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Interview with Liz Davidson D’Accord French Bulldogs

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And our usual health and training articles with Breeder Vet Dr. Lori Hunt DVM and Breeder Trainer Anna Denisova, respectively.

Wow. On the first issue of the Frenchie Fancy Magazine, over 4,000 unique reads in less than 2 days. Let’s let that sink in for a while. By the time you pick up this issue for the first time, we will have surpassed the mark of 10,000 unique reads to our magazine. That is an incredible reach. The response from our readers has been equally incredible. We have reached readers from over 50 different countries. These are breeders, judges, exhibitors, that share the same thing in common: The love for French Bulldogs. But first things first: Welcome to the second issue of The Frenchie Fancy magazine! It is a joy to see you again. Relax, get your iPad out, or your print copy after a long day and immerse yourself into the universe of the French Bulldog Fancy.

Our grattitude to some of the many people behind what makes this publication a great one. Our friends Anna Denisova (Italy), Ana Jagtiani (Spain), Sarah Ventham (UK), Guilherme Rocha (Portugal) and Mell Greenall (Australia). You will find them with limited copies of our issue at select shows, so get yours with them while they last! Of course - you can always order them with us online as well, simply go to FrenchieFancy.com for more details. And, last but not least, thank you. Our readers and friends who keep coming back with great tips, critics and above all, keep coming back for more. We will keep coming back with more, too. With love from the Fancy Team,

We have prepared a great issue for you. Our lovely interview is with the Breeder Judge Liz Davidson, from Australia, who has dedicated a portion of her life to her love for the breed for over 20 years. Breeder Judges Mr. Paul Pearce, Mrs. Barbara Pallasky and Ms. Diane Burvee write about their recent experiences judging French Bulldog specialties in Europe and Australia.

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Liz judging Best Baby Puppy in Group in Australia. Right page: Liz in Sweden judging the Fransk Bulldogg Klubb Show in 2006, and Liz braving the cold judging in Norway for the Norsk Bulldog Klubb in 2005

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the ancy talk interview with liz davidson breeder judge from d’accord french bulldogs, Australia Elizabeth (Liz) Davidson is an international French Bulldog specialist judge and the breeder behind the kennel name D’Accord. Living in Australia with her Frenchies and family, Liz has heavily influenced the French Bulldogs from down under. For over 25 years, she has bred and exhibited great specimens of our breed, as well as mentored countless breeders. Liz is part of many breed clubs around Australia and the world, such as the French Bulldog Club of England and the French Bull Dog Club of America, and currently holds the position of secretary and public officer for the Australian French Bulldog Club of NSW. The Frenchie Fancy spoke with Liz about judging the French Bulldog, what she considers when she selects her puppies, health testing and the current state of the breed in Australia.


FANCY TALK - Liz Davidson “D’Accord”

When and why did you choose the French Bulldog? Did you have a history with another breed before Frenchies? 1986 was the beginning of our journey although Michael and his family had owned frenchies when he was a boy living in Wales. Initially we bought two frenchies as pets and the rest is history.

Tell us a little about the French Bulldog scene from back when you started out, both in Australia and the rest of the world. Do you see a difference in quality? Were the breeders open to collaborating with someone so far? In the 80’s the French Bulldog fraternity was small. There were a core group of breeders battling along and helping one another to the best of their ability. Even now quarantine restrictions in Australia make it difficult and expensive to import. It was even more so back then. Understandably, there were very few people willing to send their precious dogs so far away. Long sea voyages had to be endured until the mid 1970s. It is hard to imagine nowadays. There were some interesting dogs and people involved in the 40’s such as Yvonne Henderson (Morebees UK) who came to Australia briefly with the intention of settling here. Mrs Henderson’s Morebees Bunny won the group at the 1948 Melbourne Royal and was the first French Bulldog to win a major award in Australia. This I believe created interest in the breed by some other

prominent dog people and so began the Australian & New Zealand French Bulldog history. Breeds evolve and French Bulldogs are certainly no exception. The quality in Australia is improving all the time. In the 80s the quality of the dogs in Australia and New Zealand was “sufficient”. I say sufficient because the heads and expression, ear shape and set were very good. Most if not all had that charismatic charm so desired in a French Bulldog. However they lacked in body, both in symmetry and soundness. Breathing difficulties were common both in imported and homebred French Bulldogs. Cosmetically, one thing which really bugs me are light eyes. When I first came into the breed, there were no light eyes. Sadly this is something which has been introduced to the gene pool here through imports.

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FANCY TALK - Liz Davidson “D’Accord”

When judging a French Bulldog, what do you focus on? Are there any deal breakers for you? You can’t focus on one particular point of any breed. In Frenchies I judge the overall and weigh each point against the other. I am a stickler for soundness and have been complimented on this when judging. Being a short coated breed there is nothing to hide and correct movement equals correct construction. Coarse expression and bad fronts are something I won’t tolerate. I certainly won’t tolerate one eyed dogs – believe me this happened in NZ when judging a specialty. The dog had been a successful show dog but sadly had lost an eye. The exhibitor handed me a vet’s certificate stating that the eye loss was caused through injury. I thanked the exhibitor, suggesting that out of respect to his dog it was time to retire him. Another rather disturbing incident happened when judging in Europe. One of the exhibits had obviously had back surgery and was presented to me with a shaved back and scarring right along the spine. You see it all when judging !!

when judging I am looking to find the best dog and bitch who can offer the breed the most in future generations. of dilutes now in the gene pool. Personally I would avoid breeding pied to fawn, however I have seen good results from respected breeders who have made this combination. The old school of thought was only breed brindle to pied, brindle to fawn and not to mix the two. Pied to pied is acceptable for one breeding but I would avoid breeding twice in a row from a health viewpoint. Fawn to fawn works nicely but again I wouldn’t keep doing this for fear of losing black pigment.

Basically when judging I am looking to find the best dog and bitch who can offer the breed the most in future generations.

Do you believe in inbreeding (tight breedings between mother/son or father/daughter)? Are there certain colors, patterns or markings you don’t breed together? It is now not permitted to breed mother/son or father/ daughter in Australia under Australian National Kennel Council [ANKC] rules. The closest inbreeding I have personally done is grandfather/granddaughter. I would prefer to keep following my breeding pattern of bringing in fresh blood and using new bloodlines over my bitch lines. This works well for me and by keeping two bitch lines going I’m able to intermingle the two at appropriate stages without boxing myself in. The most successful D’Accord bitch line is now in its 7th generation, something I’ve worked very hard to maintain for many years. Nowadays with DNA colour testing breeders have it easy to select partners for their bitches. DNA testing is something to be encouraged to try to curb the influx With Multi BISS Ch D’Accord D’Amour - One of her favorite girls. 22 frenchiefancy.com


FANCY TALK - Liz Davidson “D’Accord”

What is your process to decide which of your puppies are show potentials? Probably the same process as most successful breeders. You need to have a thorough understanding of breed hallmarks, breed type, balance and hereditary diseases. I do not differentiate between show potential or breeding potential. Show dogs are to be admired but the real success comes with a fabulous sire or dam for your breeding programme. Balance, correct head & expression, good fronts, well sprung ribs, topline & tail set, good movement – I look for the complete package. At around 10 weeks of age we have a preliminary spine & hip x-ray on all puppies (show or pet) to check for severe abnormalities. By 3-4 months of age I can usually tell if the puppy will make it in the show ring.

What should Australian breeders be focusing on to improve the breed? Down-faced dogs are appearing in the show ring and the novice exhibitor is not aware that this creates a foreign expression. Breeders need to study the characteristic head & expression so desired in the French Bulldog and work hard to improve this important breed hallmark. Fronts need to be improved.

At the moment, health testing is not compulsory in Australia. Are there any moves to create blanket change across registered breeders? Do you believe health testing should be enforced by the club or encouraged by fellow breeders? Australia has in place a voluntary Hip & Back Scheme. French Bulldogs are x-rayed and graded after 12 months of age. The current breed average for hips in Australia is 11.74 from a range of 1 – 67. The majority

of dogs graded have a hip score under 20. More than 100 dogs have been graded with results held by the ANKC. Spine results to date currently show a breed average of 4. We grade 1 point for partially wedged vertebra; 2 points for fully wedged vertebra; 3 points for double wedged (butterfly) vertebra. At present recommended breeding practices by the French Bulldog Club of NSW Inc (FBCNSW) are to breed “with care” any dog or bitch with a hip score over 30 or a back score over 10. If a dog or bitch scores highly in both areas, the recommendation is not to breed from the animal. Recommended breeding practices also include DNA testing for hereditary cataracts. Peer pressure and an educated public have created the need to perform these basic health tests. Clubs should be encouraging health testing for hereditary diseases in the French Bulldog. At present we do not have enough data and it will take time to gather sufficient information and health test results to be able to put a compulsory scheme in place.

A lot is said about the French Bulldog FCI standard versus the AKC standard. In your opinion, how does the style of the Australian French Bulldogs compare with those overseas? Don’t forget the English breed standard which is the standard we follow in Australia. There are really only some basic differences between the three standards. FCI allows for a slightly larger dog from 8 kgs up to 14 kgs with no difference between the sexes. (In France there is a tolerance of 200 gms over 14 kg. All dogs are weighed prior to exhibition at club shows.) Faults are listed in varying degrees with disqualifying faults being; aggressive or overly shy, colour of nose other than black, hare lip, scissor bite, teeth showing when mouth closed, eyes of different colour, non-erect ears, mutilation of ears, tail or

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FANCY TALK - Liz Davidson “D’Accord” dewclaws, taillessness, dewclaws on hindquarters, colour of coat black and tan, mouse grey, brown. USA disqualify dogs over 28 lbs. Colour allows for the creams with light pigment acceptable. I noticed last year at the FBCA National a red fawn with liver pigment being placed under several judges. There may be some misunderstanding by judges about colour genetics and some confusion with the wording of the standard. Pigment in all colours other than cream should be black. That is something which could be tidied up in the American standard. In the UK and Australia we have an ideal weight of 12.5 kg (28 lbs) for males and 11 kg (24 lbs) for females. We are not subject to disqualifying faults and judges are given discretion as follows: “FAULTS. Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.” Acceptable colours differ with the nonacceptance of the fawn pied colour pattern. There is a move in the UK to address this non-acceptance and to move more in line with the FCI in relation to colour. Once so moved, there would be immediate flow-on in Australia. Understandably the style of the Australian French Bulldog is definitely more European as the gene pool

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in the country has been created mostly from European dogs.

What positive (or negative) changes have you seen in the Australian breed scene in the last 10-15 years? Positive changes are that the French Bulldog is now a major breed in the Non-Sporting Group. Often our breed is strongest numerically at championship shows. Specialty Shows are attracting record entries. We are seeing less “padding out” with inferior dogs to make up numbers. Experienced breeders/exhibitors from other dog breeds have become involved bringing a wealth of experience. It is definitely more competitive in the show ring and despite the number of shows available it is becoming increasingly difficult to title dogs. This of course makes the title of “champion” much more worthy of admiration. ANKC has recently removed the restriction of dogs titling under 12 months of age. I would personally like to see this qualification re-introduced. Negative changes? There are a few but I prefer to focus on the positive.

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What impact or influence are back yard breeding or mass breeding practices having on the breed in Australia? Our club has been preparing financially in the event of an increase in rehomings and rescues. So far this has not occurred despite the number of registrations in Australia hitting an all time high. Last year the French Bulldog ranked 10th in overall registrations nationwide. The demand for puppies has brought the “greeders” onto the scene and like the rest of the world we are being swamped with people breeding undesirable colours, poor quality dogs and charging exorbitant prices for them. Other breeds are suffering the same fate as our Frenchies. Unfortunately for the reputable breeders and caretakers we are currently facing possible extinction with a New South Wales state government proposal restricting the breeding of all dogs. On the proposed recommendations there are no exemptions for registered breeders.

Many people say our breed is a head breed. How do you feel about this statement? Do you believe that more focus should have been given in the standard to other aspects, such as movement? The French Bulldog is a head breed, a brachycephalic head breed. Just like the Bulldog, Pekingese, Pug and many other brachy breeds, great importance has to be given to the head. However the old saying of a dog cannot walk on its head must apply. There has to be a harmonious blend of all breed characteristics, soundness and temperament to make a great French Bulldog.

Do you think that our breed “breeds true”? In other words, do you feel like one usually gets where they expected to get with a planned mating? Not in my experience. The great Dick Bowgen of UK Paling fame used to write about this. Establishing type is very difficult and takes time. I’m finding it now after many generations.

Ch. Sovereign of Selholme

What is your pet peeve in Frenchies? Oh!! I wish they were easier to house train both from a hygiene and damage viewpoint. Our poor house has some frenchie engravings in just about every room. They can be so destructive.

What dogs of all times do you think that have made the most impact in our breed in a positive way? This is a difficult question to answer and so I’ll concentrate on the Australian scene. All the early imports to Australia were from England. One dog who did a lot to improve overall type was Ch Sovereign of Selholme. Sovereign is behind all the early successful kennels in Australia. He is also grandsire to one of the most famous English bitches of all time, Jill Keates’ UK Ch Nokomis Omeme. From Scandanavia the import Ch Shi-Fra-Sa’s the Viking Hanahaus deserves special mention. Not only did he sire 34 champions, 3 grand champions and 5 specialty best in show winners, much more importantly this dog has improved the health overall of the breed in Australia. His grandchildren today are gracing the ring and proving themselves as successful healthy representatives of the breed.


FANCY TALK - Liz Davidson “D’Accord”

Which dogs bred by you that you feel better represent your ideal of type? Ch D’Accord Dame de Coeur Ch D’Accord La Vie En Rose

What has been the biggest honor or achievement in your breeding life? There have been many highlights but the most exciting win came in last year with my homebred bitch Rose who was placed 3rd in Group at the Sydney Royal Dog Show under Ed Bivin (USA). Sydney Royal is the most prestigious show in Australia and to be placed by a man who has judged 3 FBCA Nationals meant an awful lot to me as a breeder.

What do you wish that you were told when you were starting out in the breed? I was lucky to be mentored by some very knowledgeable breeders and so anytime I needed answers I had people I could rely upon. Wisdom and experience takes many years and I advise anyone embarking on a long-term commitment to this breed to find someone willing to help and mentor you along the way

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To Russia with love

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oscow is the capital city of Russia, and former Soviet Union. The city is a major political, economic, cultural and scientific center in Eurasia. When one thinks of Moscow, the St. Basilica, The Kremlin, and of course, the world-class Russian Vodka comes to mind. So, it was with great anticipation that I embarked on my journey to judge the RFBC Russian French Bulldog Club specialty show in Moscow this past spring. Many who claim they know me well will accuse me of being a wee bit of a head-hunter, as I have professed to be a big sucker for a beautiful correct headpiece. However, when it comes to the French Bulldogs, a beautiful correct silhouette and outline (both topline and underline included) in perfect harmony (incidentally, my favorite word in the French Bulldog dictionary) shall always reign supreme with yours truly. An impressive square well-cushioned head with good layback, beautiful tall ‘bat ears’, good upsweep of underjaw, smart pleasing expression and well-placed facial features will come next, and then, followed by excellent bone, and structure, plus sound easy movement. As a judge, I strive to consider the whole package, and not get overly hung up on certain attributes, which seems to be the pitfall of many judges and breeders alike. A connoisseur appreciates the virtues in the whole package, while an amateur dissects to find faults and excuses. I compare an ideal Frenchie to liken a well-ripped athlete, over a bulky 36 frenchiefancy.com

overstuffed linebacker. Too much of a good thing can simply be too much, and anything in excess can be a pure sin. Let’s keep in perspective that this is afterall a moderate breed. Having said that, the French Bulldog is also considered a Molossian breed, which means bulliness, bone and substance are key. The Russian French Bulldog community of breeders had done impressively well, with several World Show winners in recent years. I was excited to get my hands on these dogs to evaluate if they actually live up to the admiration I have held for them from afar. And boy, they did not disappoint! A specialty show is the opportune chance to find something special that sets off the little twinkle in my eyes. One that perhaps makes my heart skips a beat, and maybe wishes it was mine. On the day of the show, my goal was to find the diamond that oozes with virtuous breed type of correct shape and make, but yet housed with the power, substance, bone and strength that I desire. In a nutshell, I was looking for dogs that exemplify my interpretation of an ideal Frenchie, and one that is far from being plain and common. Because I reside in the United States, most consider me to be an American, but my taste in dogs is truly more global than Americano. While I appreciate the softer expression, tighter cat-feet with short stubby nails, compact well-ribbed body, and smaller package more prevalently found in the American dogs, I also

crave the layback, upsweep, style, boning, shape and build of their European counterparts. It is not incorrect to say, idealistically for me, a European dog with touches of American accents is my cup of tea. Cheers to no weight disqualification under the FCI breed standard, as I do sometimes find it such a shame to discount a dog, simply because it does the squeeze into the 28 lb limit. Remember big heads, substance and bone can be heavy. While tailessness, which is totally not uncommon in the Yankee show rings, is a major fault in Europe. Going by American standard, my overall entry was well above average. Across the board, there were more depth of numbers, and perhaps arguably even consistency in certain bitch classes. However, the main attraction of the day was easily a few of the males that stand out with their stellar qualities. One can afford to be more forgiving with the bitches, as they are the staple and backbone of the breed. The males, on the other hand, are the luxuries not everyone can afford to indulge in. In a world where mediocrity breeds contempt, and everyone desires only the best, male dogs cannot be just good specimens, they must be extraordinary. Only the ‘crème de la crème’ of the male fraternity of Frenchies should be utilized to propagate and advance the breed, so while it may sound cliché as a double standard that is the truth in reality. Selective breeding, without compromise, is the tip.


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Not to be outstaged by many of the fine bitches strutting their classic alluring feminity in my ring, the boys certainly came to play in full force on this day. There were 5 males that fought for the lead role, and commanded my attention. My Best Junior in Show was BUSHER PLJUS REAL PRO (owned/bred by Irina Komolova, and handled by Marina Rusakova). A handsome adolescent full of promises and one whose career I shall be interested to follow. I have admired his Polish sire, and I adored the son’s proud upright carriage and zest for the ring. His balance and outline, together with his easy manners, were his main strength. His body work was lovely, and his overall package asked for the win. With more than enough bone for a touch of masculinity, but yet not overwhelming, this junior reminds me of a sprouting college athlete. Although not the finished product he is going to be, I was rather taken with this teenaged love just waiting to blossom into the real thing. ZON MIREKL GOING ALL IN (bred/ owned by Olga Zabroda, and handled by Olga Tyagunova) was another young dog I admired. I saw him win at the World Show in Salzburg last year, and I was more than satisfied when I had my hands on him. Perhaps a more American-sized Frenchie, in a fetching compact package, there is so much to like about this charming lad, and my appreciation for him did not stop at his expressive dark eyes that spoke volumes, his lovely

balance, type and unexaggerated headpiece. Good ratio of bone to substance, with correct amount of daylight underneath. Moved in one solid piece, and well handled, there is much to like, and rave about him. A true representative of his pedigree and ancestry, this dog could be an asset for those that want to control size as well as stature. HONORE DE TAMERAN (Owned by Revaz Khomasuridze) is a youthful

veteran that, on any given day, can teach the younger generation a trick or two about substance, poise and strength. Gleaming in excellent coat condition, Senor Honore has a big well-cushioned headpiece, pleasing sweet expression, and type to spare. Still full of unyielding enthusiasm despite a longer show career, his impeccable muscle tone is a credit to both his owner, and also breeder, Diego and Magaly BermŃŠdez Barbosa of the De

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FANCY JUDGING - Diane Burvee brindled youngster not quite in his prime, he exhibited style, finish and maturity beyond his age. Full of animation, and undivided attention for his handler, he performed like a seasoned trooper. His curvy outline and silhouette were dreamy, and there was no mistake this is a Frenchie that could hold his own in any arena. From his smart handsome headpiece, with tidy ears of correct set and shape, to his crest of a strong neck that fitted neatly into laid-back shoulders, and on to his marvelous topline, and then, appealing finished with his low tailset as his final detail, his lines were fluid. Good angles, boning and substance. With his silhouette and contour as his forte, he should be no stranger to the winners’ circle. I was delighted to learn he captured the coveted title of BOB at the prestigious World Show in Budapest a month later under breed authority, Mr. Fred Peddie.

Class Winner, CCCH - A’VIGDORS RAMASSEUR DES COMPLIMENTS Tameran kennels in Spain. An ample thicker male, using maturity to his good advantage, he had nice depth of chest and good spring of rib. I was so pleased to see him being recognized with BOB, Group I and BIS-3 at the all breeds shows judged by my American colleague. A top-winner in Europe, and a beautifully-marked crystalclear double-hooded pied, A’VIGDORS RAMASSEUR DES COMPLIMENTS (Owned/bred by Revaz Khomasuridze, and handled by Ekaterina Komissarova) is truly a dapper pied stallion, and a crowd favorite. It is easy to understand why with his overall presence, comprising a lovely head and expression, and a well-muscled body of correct balance. Solidly architectured like an imposing skyscraper it is no quandary why he had won the hearts of so many. Yet, his virtues don’t quite stop there, as he had 38 frenchiefancy.com

lovely tight feet, open tall bat ears, and a powerful arch of neck that only adds to his dramatic appearance. Without a doubt, the most striking exhibit of the day, and an eye candy, he rules this Pied Kingdom with ease. His straight front legs framed an easy square, and he demanded your attention the moment he steps foot into your ring in his lofty gait. Full of pizzazz and such style, he was definitely a very valid contender pushing hard for the top award. But on this day, I gave my heart to A’VIGDORS STRANGER IN THE NIGHT (Bred by Revaz Khomasuridze, and handled by Ekaterina Komissarova). Though in the final line-up, he was shown by Olga Tyagunova who used to handle the Russian beauty, Ch Zon Mirekl Rocket Bomb. There was no mistake this captivating charmer knew his routine, and exactly what was expected of him. A well-

My apologies to the bevy of lovely bitches, as there were a few most breeders would be proud to call their own, but I want to focus on the males for this article, because they stood out in my mind. A piece of advice I do have for the Russian handlers is to please move your dogs at a comfortable speed that showcase off their true reach and drive. It is not necessary to run your Frenchies as though it is the Indi 500, or Kentucky Derby. This is not a race, and I expect to see true honest movement that are not cleverly disguised nor hidden with speed. Yes, there were a few exhibits that flipped their wrists, paddled in front, and perhaps needed stronger rear actions, but on the positive, I did not witness any skipping, limping or crabbing. I did not wonder if their patellas were luxating, or if they had just missed a chiropractic adjustment appointment. Movement in Frenchies remains an issue that needs to be tackled universally, just like layback, upsweep, and topline with the correct rise and fall in the right places.


Russian French Bulldog Club Specialty April 2013 The afore-mentioned dogs all exhibited good width, and depth of chest, abled straight forelegs, strong pasterns and snug feet. Splayed feet, that are usually accompanied by broken down pasterns, is a major pet peeve. I was also pleased to see mostly correct round eyes in both sexes, and an absence of glaring light eyes that shine like headlights. There were none so slight and lacking substance that I wondered if it could be a Boston Terrier, nor any so overdone I want to call it a overstuffed Panini. I also did not find any compromised skin or coat issues, which was a nice change, and also more neck (both length and strength), as compared to the average American Frenchie. Temperament and deposition were excellent, and there was something positive I could say about every exhibit. A wry mouth on a brachycephalic breed is a cardinal sin in my Bible, so I was gratified that no teeth or tongue poked out to say hello to me. Many have asked me what I thought of the Russian dogs, and whether the experience had been fulfilling. Like the world-renowned Russian vodka, the Russian French Bulldogs are truly unique. I was told they had come a long way, so kudos to the dedication of a group of like-minded breeders and skilled handlers, the Russian dogs have now become a distinguished group of players in the world of Frenchies. Highly competitive, flawlessly trained, and professional handled, they are

Best in Specialty Show - A’VIGDORS STRANGER IN THE NIGHT

simply in a league of their own, just like the Russian athletes that thrive regularly at the Olympics. I must thank all the exhibitors for taking their dogs under me, and also for accepting my placements in such a sportsmanlike manner. The French Bulldogs in Russia, just like their Bolshoi Theater, and Russian Ballet, are truly class acts. I shall always be grateful for my fascinating time in Moscow. Yes, the Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin

and the Red Square were all sights to see and behold, and Moscow should be on the bucket list for any travel fanatics. For me, the icing on the cake was the many lovely people and quality dogs I got the chance to know, study and appreciate, up close and personal. To all that helped to make my visit to Moscow such a memorable and enjoyable trip, may I say “To Russia With Love, thank you for a wonderful experience I will always cherish, and cherish indeed.”

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f ancy tricks planning ahead to succeed

by Anna Denisova, CTC Without a doubt, one of the essential tools in the kit of the successful trainer, breeder, and/or handler is PLANNING. I believe that the time we spend on planning proportionally equates to the quality of the outcome we get. That is why I’d like to take this time to talk about Record Keeping and Planning this summer. Of course Record Keeping is not mandatory, but highly reccomended to anyone aiming to get the behavior and get it fast. The more accurate and detailed your record keeping is, the more your dog will improve, the easier it will be for you to understand how your training affected the dog, how your dog is learning, and what you should do for a dog to learn faster. In other words, if you keep records, you will be able to keep the situation under control through out training and beyond. As time goes by, you will always be able to go back to your Record Keeping Journal and find useful hints, observations, and ready training plans. 48 frenchiefancy.com


by Anna Denisova So let us see what a French Bulldog Trainer Diary should look like. As we all know most efficient way to train is to have short daily sessions. Even better is multiple short daily sessions. From my experience, it makes sense to write some things beforehand, some while you train, and some right after the session is over. The things to write beforehand are the training plan and any observations that could be useful. The training plan essentially consists of: Dog Name – That’s easy! Date/Time – Time is important because your dog can behave differently in different hours of the day and maybe you are one of those really determined people who train several times a day to get the behavior very fast. Trainer Name – It is best to work in couples: one is the assistant who observes and keeps records, the other one is an actual trainer. Then you change roles! I’ll tell you a secret, the best role is the observer/assistant, because you can learn much more and criticise! Location – Defintely change locations from time to time. Behavior should be strong everywhere, not only in a certain spot. You may include the location in your training plan as one of the criterias. We’ll talk more about criterias later on. Final Goal – This should be “the standard” of the behavior (ex. Dog staying still on a grooming table, giving attention to his handler for xxx minutes). Session Goal – Write here what you want to achieve during the training session. The secret here is to shoot for a balance between the dog learning something new and not to be bored, but not so much that it is impossible to do during 5 or 10 minutes. If you feel that the goal of the previous session wasn’t reached, review the plan and repeat the session. There is no need to jump on something new and especially not something more difficult. Planned Steps – This is like a cake

recipe. Imagine the steps of “cooking” your behavior and put them down on a paper. The main thing here is to be as precise as possible (e.g. write: 1. put sugar in the bowl. 2. put flavor in the bowl. 3. put eggs in the bowl. 4. mix; as opposed to: 1. put everything in and mix). Another highly important thing is to train only 1 criterion at a time. Criterion is something that will change during training. For example, if you train stacking on a table, each session should aim to better that criterion (starting with 10 seconds of stacking, increasing to 20, then 30, etc). Other criterion might be the position of the body, or the height of the table, or the possibility to have someone else touch the dog, or performing in an unknown place. Gradually introduce a new criterion, one at a time. Choose one and stick with it until your goal is accomplished, giving other things minor importance. Clearly, it is also important to plan the criteria in a logical training order. It makes no sense to ask the dog to stack in a crowded place if he is not able to give you the necessary attention at home, or to ask him to stay still on a table if he is scared. First teach him to love or at least be okay with being on a table in any position and THEN move on to training for attention. Record of Sets or Trials – Here you or your assistant will write how training actually goes. Every step of your plan must be repeated until you are sure that the dog has learned it. For example, if your step number 1 is R+ (reinforce, remember from the previous issue‘s article?) for the dog staying still on a table for 3 seconds, you put your dog on a table (his attention on you or food) and count down 3 seconds (I usually use the thousand method 1001, 1002, 1003). If the dog complies and gives attention, click (if you are using a clicker) and give the food (R+), pet the dog (R+) and mark on the Session record to indicate 1 correct repetition. If the dog is not quite there (moved, turned around, did anything that’s not in the plan), write 0 to indicate a failure. Then the set goes on, repeating the exercise 5 times. If the dog gets it 5 out of 5 times, move on to step number 2 in the plan. If the dog gets 4 or 3 out of 5, repeat the set. If the dog gets 0, 1 or 2, go back to the previous step of the plan or split the step into several parts, such as: 1A: R+ dog staying still on the table for 1 second; 1B: R+ dog staying still on the table for 2 seconds; 1C: R+ dog staying still on the table for 3 seconds. Then start with a new trial of 1A.

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If you do not have assistance and feel uncomfortable to mark every repetition down, write them as soon as you finish the trial of 5. A trick to help you remember the results is to continually repeat the results after each repetition, and move on only when you get the desired behavior. For example, if your Frenchie only gets one wrong out of all 5, you would count it as ”1 out of 5... 2 out of 5... (mistake) 2 out of 5... 3 out of 5... 4 out of 5, the end” until you’ve finished that set and are able to write down the results. As soon as you finished all the steps of your plan or only some of them (no sense to keep training if you feel tired or if something doesn’t work), look through what you’ve done and write some short observations. For example, “Dog is uncomfortable with the new clicker sound”. And plan what you will you do next. This will help keep consistency from session to session. The great Behavior Maestro Bob Bailey used to say “A training session is not over until you planned your next training session“. That’s pretty much it for your training days, but if you decide not to train for one day, follow Agility STAR Susan Garrett’s advice, and simply write down: “Date______. Today I didn’t train (dog’s name). My commitment to improve (dog’s name) (behavior) was just not where it needed to be today.” Somehow I feel that days like that never happen in Susan’s records though. See you next issue,

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About the Author: Anna Denisova, CTC, is a pet and show dog trainer and counselor. She started her career with dogs as a show-dog handler and gained practical experience working with various breeds of dogs. She graduated with honors from prestigious Jean Donaldson San Francisco SPCA Dog Trainers Academy (USA) and successfully completed Operant Conditioning Workshops with world famous animal trainer Bob Bailey, also known as “a teacher of teachers” (Sweden). Anna continues her dog training education working virtually with Susan Garrett and SAY YES Dog Training (Canada). Apart from training dogs, Anna owns the French Bulldog Kennel Hellzapoppin. All of Hellzapoppin Frenchies are exclusively ownertrained and shown in conformation in Italy and abroad. Anna lives with her family and dogs on Varese Lake in Northern Italy.


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f ancy judging FANCY JUDGING - Barbara Pallasky

Frenchies From Down Under

by Barbara Pallasky, I.K.F.B. President & with pictures from Amy Lee

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t was an unbelievable experience to be invited to Australia and to judge the Championship Show of the French Bulldog Club of NSW. How would they look, the French Bulldogs on the other side of the world? I discovered that we are all living on the same Planet and the Frenchies in Australia are also a lovable breed with lovely owners!

breeder and member of the breeders commitee of I.K.F.B. The quality of the Dogs was very good. Some had a not so typical expression, some had breast bones that were too short, problems with their undershot and gait and there were not so many male dogs.

104 French Bulldogs were registered for the show held on April 6th, 2013 in Sydney Erskine Park.

However all of these problems can also be seen in Europe. None of the dogs shown to me had problems with their respiratory systems or breathing.

I was accompanied for the trip to Australia by Dr. Anne Posthoff, vet,

The Best of Breed, CH Emorette Rolls Royce would in Europe also

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belong to the winning dogs. Runnerup Best in Show CH Frogwyck Margeaux is a typical Bitch with exquisite head and expression. After judging, there was a round table discussion about French Bulldogs in Germany and Australia including many exhibitors, Dr. Karen Hedberg FBCNSW, Dr. Anne Posthoff IKFB and myself. I think it was very interesting and informative for us all. It was a wonderful and exciting day, which Anne Posthoff and I will always remember fondly.


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Runner Up BIS & Challenge Bitch - CH FROGWYCK MARGEAUX

Puppy in Show (Bitch) - TALGUNNER ATPERICLES

Junior in Show (Dog) - CH D’ACCORD LAURENT PERRIER

Baby Puppy in Show (dog) - BULLECOURT DIGNITY

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Opposite Baby Puppy (bitch) - LECARBUL LA PETITE FEMME FATALE

Opposite Junior (bitch) - CH LABOHREM AS REAL AS IT GETS

Opposite Puppy (dog) - TOPETTE JON LUC

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Opposite Intermediate (bitch) - PENDRAGAN QUEEN OF TARTS

Opposite Minor Puppy (bitch) - SWIFDELIGHT DU JOUR

Reserve Challenge Bitch - CH D’ACCORD LA VIE EN ROSE


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f ancy judging FANCY JUDGING - Paul Pearce

Norwegian Frenchies

by Paul Pearce, HETANA & with pictures from Bitten Oldereide

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fter judging a French Bulldog specialty in Northern California, I flew into Heathrow Airport and with barely time to catch my breath, boarded another plane to Norway. I was met at the airport by a representative from the Norwegian French Bulldog Club. After twenty four hours rest I found myself in the delightful lake side setting of Hokksund. Surrounded by tall pine trees the picture was idyllic. The weather was warm, in fact hotter than in

the US, I was pleased to say that I did not observe any Frenchies with breathing difficulties, they were all coping with the heat wonderfully. My impression of the Frenchies presented before me, was that they were of good type, healthy and sound with overall excellent movement. My top winners were, in my opinion world class and would be able to hold their own in any country along with the best of them. There were a couple I would have liked to take home with me.

The après show hospitality was great, I thoroughly enjoyed the barbecue, but then who could not fail to do so in such a stunning setting. A super show, super Frenchies and super hospitality, thank you to the Norwegian French Bulldog Club for my invitation. Best in Specialty show: CH Store Linde’s Oselina Le Monde Best of Opposite Sex: Daulokke’s Sartre Le Royal

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Best Bitch Competition - 1. Store Linde`s Oselina Le Monde 2. Store Lindes Reseve Du Paris 3. Zecudas Kiss N’Tell 4. Babybulls Mandy

Veterans - BOBH BABYBULL`S MANDY, BOS CH GO-LUNÅ`S CHESTER LEGOLASS

BIS - CH STORE LINDE`S OSELINA LE MONDE & CH MAD HOUSE ISABELLA

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THE HEALTHY FANCY - Only the lonely: Raising the Singleton Puppy

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the healthy ancy Only the Lonely Raising the Singleton Puppy

by Lori Hunt, DVM & French Bulldog Breeder

Anyone who has raised a “singleton” knows that it can be a huge challenge. In many ways, I find raising the single puppy more difficult than even the biggest of litters. I have raised MANY one puppy litters, and consider myself somewhat skilled in it. I’d like to share some hints and tips with the Frenchie Fancy that I’ve found helpful in raising a single puppy. The information I will discuss is not necessarily breed specific, though it’s more common in our breed. Over the years, I have learned that each singleton is different, yet the same. I will address some of the more common issues I encounter with singleton puppies and their moms. Let’s start with the two kinds of singletons. First there is the true one puppy litter. Alternatively, there are those litters that have a sole survivor. There is no difference in caring for the resulting puppies, but the first can have unique issues concerning timing of the section and mammary development prior to whelping. It is absolutely essential that the timing of the cesarean section be carefully mapped out. Single puppies often do not set mom into labor, especially in medium to large sized breeds. Therefore, they have a tendency to be overdue and ultimately not survive. My recommendation is to ALWAYS do ovulation timing while you are breeding so there will be no doubt as to when she is due. The less we guess, the better the chances that the puppy will survive.

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In my experience there is a high mortality rate (33-50%) for singletons due to not being delivered at the right time. In my own bitches, I schedule the section for 61 – 63 days post ovulation, using her progesterone, her past whelping history as well as family history to help me decide exactly. After the delivery, the first issue experienced with a singleton is that mom doesn’t always have a strong motherly instinct, especially if this is her first litter. It can take several days to weeks for the mom to take over sole mothering of their new charge. I had one bitch take 18 days! Eventually she became a skilled and devoted mom. So often, we take away their chance to be a mom and deny them this learning opportunity to become better for next time. BE PATIENT. Give her a chance to become the mother you and she both want. Pain control post c-section, oxytocin injections for the first 24 hours, calcium supplementation and


by Lori Hunt, DVM her milk supply coming in are a few things that can help improve mothering skills in an otherwise healthy bitch. On the other hand, we have those bitches that “over mother” their puppy; forcefully licking and pushing their charge around the box, tugging on cords, etc. Usually, given time and direction, these too will settle into a better mothering style.

ALWAYS DO ovulation timing so there is no doubt when the bitch is due.

Occasionally some bitches will make more milk than is necessary for that one puppy to grow. It is essential that we monitor these bitches for mastitis. Express milk daily from each teat to be certain no disease is starting. More often that not, milk supply is normally low in bitches with single puppies, as only one puppy nursing doesn’t pull milk down at the same rate and volume, as would an entire litter. Often this requires helping mom to make more milk AND supplementation for baby. Oxytocin injections can be administered to increase milk but lose their effectiveness after the first 24 hours. Fenugreek (610 mg), an herbal supplement that is available at most nutrition stores, helps drop milk as well. I use one (1) capsule twice daily until mom and baby smell like maple syrup or her milk has come in, whichever comes second. There is no harm in continuing it past these two events. Calcium supplementation is also useful. Keeping mom VERY well hydrated, pain free, and comfortable is essential to milk production.

Another important aspect to helping mom’s milk drop is allowing her HUNGRY puppy to nurse. This seems simple, but often times people worry about the pup, tube or bottle feed her and then let her nurse on mom. She, of course, has a full belly and only halfheartedly nurses. Please, do it the other way around. Let baby nurse on mom while she’s hungry, and then “top her off” AFTER with a bottle or tube. I have found if I have another mother, letting her whelps nurse on my single puppy’s mom (in a controlled and supervised manner) helps pull her milk in faster. Single puppies are notoriously slow to gain weight, often taking 5 - 7 days to surpass their birth weight and have bigger losses than a puppy of the same age that has littermates. Weigh your puppy daily, or twice daily, but don’t panic as long as baby is acting vigorous and nursing. I do not allow my puppies to lose more than 10% of their body weight before intervening. The puppy must stay strong to be able to pull milk in and maintain body temperature without littermates with whom to cuddle. Normal milk intake for a puppy is 1 ounce of milk per 4 ounces of puppy divided throughout the day. This leads into another very important topic of maintaining a very warm box environment when there is only one puppy. They do not have littermates to snuggle and if mom isn’t staying with them constantly they can get chilled and lonely. I recommend keeping the box at 80 - 85 degrees Fahrenheit (26 - 30 degrees Celsius) the first week and decreasing by 3 - 5 degrees F (or 1 C) weekly

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thereafter until reaching room temperature around 3 - 4 weeks of age. Also, I keep a heating pad available for the puppy as well as offer a snuggle puppy and/or snuggle disk (both products available online).

is too soft and easy on them. I use my tried and true “puppy raisers” who I know will not hurt the puppy but will give good directions and teach them how to be a good pack member.

It can be difficult when rearing the singleton to be sure that the puppy is “normal”. There are no littermates to compare to her. Many late nights, I have asked myself, “Is she twitching enough? Eating enough? Is that diarrhea? Is she interacting enough? Should she be up and walking by now?” All things that are much easier to monitor when you have a litter. I like to keep a journal with notes from each litter so I can compare her directly to those who have come before. It is important to make sure she meets milestones appropriate for her age. I find singleton puppies are either obese or lean, and never in between. The lean pups are up and moving without issue and usually much more active and eager to “get busy”. The obese pups are slow and dull and take much longer to be motivated. Without littermates to spur activity on, single pups particularly fat ones - will be lazy and behind in development. I often have to perform a hobbling technique to get some very fat pups up and on their feet.

While singletons are a lot of extra work and challenge they are VERY rewarding to raise. They are usually excellent at self-soothing, very outgoing and establish a deep bond with humans. As I finish writing this article, my latest singleton turns 3 weeks and we’ve MADE it! I hope he will continue to thrive and become as lovely as those singletons that have come before him. He taught me some new things that I shared with you…

Early socialization with single pups is important. I introduce them earlier to the pack than other pups so they learn dog behavior and body language, as often mom

About the Author: Lori Hunt, DVM is a practicing small animal veterinarian in Westlake, Ohio. She has a special interest in reproduction and brachycephalic breeds. For almost 15 years, she has been a French Bulldog breeder, exhibitor and veterinarian to several hundred regular frenchie patients. She also consults worldwide on many Frenchie cases. Meet Lori and her Frenchies on her website: www.freewebs.com/assisifrenchies

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FANCY CHAMPIONS

The following French Bulldogs have recently finished a Championship (or Grand Championship) in their countries. The Frenchie Fancy Magazine wishes to congratulate each and every one of them, along with their dear humans!

April 2013 - Limassol, Cyprus NEW CYPRUS, MONTENEGRO & SAN MARINO CH

Bullcy Angelito Golden Velvet Owned by Michalis Kouroushis

April 2013 - Limassol, Cyprus NEW CYPRUS, MONTENEGRO & SAN MARINO CH

Bullcy Amaryllis Golden Red Owned by Savvas Christou

April 2013 - DeKalb, IL - USA NEW AMERICAN GRAND CHAMPION

CH O’s N X’s Shady Harbors Champagne Diamond at Prairie Gem Owned by Andrea Paul-Huelsemann

May 2013 - Czech Republic NEW CZECH JUNIOR CHAMPION

Store Linde’s Rendola Chianti Owned by Jana Kreplova

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April 2013 - Pittsburgh, PA - USA NEW AMERICAN CHAMPION

Brick by Bryck d’Assisi Owned by Lori Hunt, DVM

May 2013 - Budapest, Hungary NEW WORLD PUPPY WINNER

Frustyle Royal Elegance Owned by Sitnikova Tatiana, Bobyleva Viktoria

May 2013 - USA NEW AMERICAN CHAMPION

Adore’s La Vie En Rose Owned by S.John Nowicki, Gregory Workman, Mark Lucas

May 2013 - Barcelona, Spain NEW SPANISH CHAMPION

Black Domina de Dezabulls Owned by Roberto Garcia / Soraya Zas

April 2013 - Eaton, OH - USA NEW AMERICAN CHAMPION

Chestagard Dejavue Devine Design Owned by Loria Eastridge, Beverly McCann

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May 2013 - Italy NEW ITALIAN JUNIOR CHAMPION

Tiara de Elka Gyvybes Zyme Owned by Anna Denisova

April 2013 - Romania NEW ROMANIAN CHAMPION

Multi CH Xanti von Glandorf Owned by Eleonora Pongrácz

May 2013 - USA NEW AMERICAN CHAMPION

Adore’s Rocket Man Owned by S John Nowicki, Gregory Workman, Mark Lucas

May 2013 - USA NEW AMERICAN GRAND CH

Am/Can CH Frenchkisses Mr Big Owned by Billy Covalucci, Matthew Dover, Mickey McGee

May 2013 - USA NEW AMERICAN CHAMPION

Daulokke’s Valdonis Le Croq Owned by Donna Cron, Stephen Miller, Robert Smith

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April 2013 - Richmond, RI - USA NEW AMERICAN CHAMPION

Robobull Fabelhaft Bootie Call Owned by Vivianne Mello, Shelley St John, James Dalton

May 2013 - Canada NEW CANADIAN CHAMPION

Frenchkisses Robobull Firefly Owned by Mickey McGee

May 2013 - Venezuela NEW VENEZUELAN JUNIOR CHAMPION

Multi BIS JCH Col. Banyan Bandog’s Big Shot Owned by Luis Armando Arraez

Jun 2013 - Norway NEW DANISH, NORWAY, SWEDISH & NORDIC CH

Multi CH Dauløkke´s Sartre le Royal Owned by Tove Rasmussen

June 2013 - Canada NEW CANADIAN CHAMPION

Fabelhaft Robobull Mademoiselle Margaux Owned by Sophie Saint-Amour, James Dalton

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The Frenchie Fancy - Issue 2 - JULY 2013  

Welcome to the second issue of The Frenchie Fancy! A brand new quarterly online magazine dedicated to the education and celebration of every...

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