Registrations up once more

Pembroke registrations for 2018 totalled 576, well up on the figure of 456 for the previous year and the highest since 2004. Indeed, registrations seem to be climbing rather dramatically from the low point of 274 in 2014; let’s hope this is not the start of a population explosion. We have all seen what has happened to French Bulldogs so I pray that any further growth in numbers is slow and gradual. The rise is certainly not reflected in any comparable increase in the number of ‘show’ breeders, nor in show entries. Of course today’s figures are nothing compared with the totals from the period in which the Pem was one of the most popular of all breeds, peaking at 8,933 in 1960. Strange how breeds go in and out of fashion. The final quarter of 2018 saw 132 registrations from 27 litters, one single dog registration and seven imports. Three litters were bred by Assured Breeders. Just nine carry affixes regularly seen in the show ring. There were six emergency caesars and one elective caesar. Of the imports, three were Irish Kennel Club registered (at least two of these actually bred in Northern Ireland but if they are initially registered with the IKC, our KC counts them as imports). The others came from Russia to Craigycor; from Russia to Creslow; from Lithuania to Mr P Lewis; and from France to Woodhenge, the latter having already made a mark in the ring. There is just one export, to the Philippines. Teresa Maddox’s Salvenik Summer Rosebud has won a junior warrant and Victoria Poile’s Oregonian Snow Monkey to Cherrimar a show certificate of merit. No show news from the UK has filtered through this week so one again we have to cross the Atlantic, to Texas. Thanks must go to those who post results or marked catalogues, wish this was the case for other specialties around the world. The Greater Houston club is another to hold a double show, and the first day judge was Judy Hart (Sua Mah). BOB was Robert Simpson’s tri bitch GCh Vangard At Last (GCh Woodsedge Brynlea Noir Like Me ex Ch Vangard Bells A Ringin). BOS was Nancy and Mike Oehlhof’s GCh Springmill A Blast From The Past (GCh Springmill Sweet Talkin Guy ex GCh Springmill Dec Th’Halls). Gayle Garvin (Garvin’s) officiated the next day and chose Macy Rogers, Dede Rodgers and Mary Greenwood’s dog GCh Greenwoods Livin’It Up (GCh Linincorgi’s Livin’ On A Prayer ex Ch Greenwoods Midnight Melody). BOS was Kara and Alyssa Janiszak’s Ch Sterling Shine The Light (GCh Lionhart’s All About Harry ex GCh Sundance Grace Kelly). From the recent Westminster show, one Pembroke and his handler got a lot of media coverage. This was Pogo, a tricolor boy who was competing in the ‘junior showmanship’ (junior handling) with 11-year-old Riley Dean. Pogo had been adopted four years earlier by Riley’s mum, Morgan Scandura, after she saw him on Facebook while he was at a rescue shelter in Ohio. He became the family pet and when the horse Riley was showing went lame and could not longer compete, she started taking Pogo into handling classes, eventually qualifying for the Westminster event. Even though they didn’t win, between them they attracted a great deal of good publicity for the breed. SIMON PARSONS

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