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Volume 2, Number 2

A truly INTERNATIONAL Keeshond Magazine May, 2011

Multi Best in Show / Multi Best in Specialty Show Australian Grand & New Zealand Champion Keeswey The Marksman At Keez (imp NZ)

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Front Cover Story MBIS/MBISS Aust GR & NZ CH Keeswey The Marksman At Keez (imp NZ) Owned by Cheri & Trevor Rogers Bred by Murray, Meigan & Cathy Smithson Luca arrived in Australia in June 2009, he gained his first challenge points on 18 July 2009. In a short 17 months he has attended a total of 83 shows. Along the way he has been awarded 3 Best in Specialty Show, (One being the Keeshond Club of NSW under Ms Robin Stark of Star*Kees Keeshond USA) 2 All Breed Best in Show, 13 Best in Group (Group 1), 11 Runner Up Best in Group (Group 2) 67 Best of Breed, 73 Dog Challenges. On January 2, 2011 Luca gained the final challenge points (1000 in total) for his GRAND CHAMPION title and a nice Runner up Best in Group to top off the day! He combines the very best of New Zealand, Australian, English and American blood lines. His first Son & Daughter are about to hit the ring mid 2011.

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"wonderful mag, lovely pictures but unfortunately the writing too small for me" Gill – UK *ED NOTE: You can increase the size of the font by clicking on the individual pages / and zooming in. "Wonderful magazine with so much to read and so many pictures" Ulla-Britt – Sweden "Love the logo!" Joanna – USA "I got my e-copy.. What a wonderful job you have done." Jo Ann – USA "Wow, am impressed. Great magazine. I just went through all of it, I regret not getting my ad in. Won't miss this again. Great articles. IF anyone has time it would be great if someone could put the different standards into a format comparing them point by point. Just reading them, I learned things about structure differences. Just a thought" Kathy - USA







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We are excited to get the 2012 calendar production underway, and we can’t do it without you. From now through June 10, 2011, KSRF is accepting nominations for the 2012 calendar.



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2012 KSRF Calendar Submission Requirements Please submit digital photos sized at 4”x6” (1200x800 pixels minimum, preferably 1800x1200 pixels), with a resolution of 200 dpi (minimum), preferably 300 dpi. Photos cannot be smaller than 3”x3” (600x600 pixels). Only one photo is to be sent with the nomination. The photo and bio (250-400 words) MUST be submitted together. Photos may be color or black and white. Interesting backgrounds, costumes, holiday decorations or props are more likely to catch the judges’ eyes. Bios should be typed in a separate text file and contain information on the general circumstances surrounding the dog’s entry into rescue (don’t be too specific about the problems), how rescue affected the dog’s life, include a special memory or story, and should include the general locale of the dog. If the dog is in a forever home, list details of the family members, both 2L and 4L. The photos and bios should contain the dog’s first and last name. All digital submissions should be sent to

All submissions MUST include: Rescue’s Name, Gender, Age when rescued, current age or age when at the Bridge, birthday or gotcha day, rescue’s favorite trick or trait, and current owner and location. The current owner must approve the calendar nomination. Nominations should be submitted by the rescuer or group of record or by the forever family. Nominators must include their names, email addresses, telephone contact number and mailing addresses with the nominations. This information will not be published in the calendar, but name and general locale will be published. We are also accepting nominations for the Rachael Jensen Veterinary Professional Award (open to all veterinary professionals who have not been honored in the past, and who provide advice, medical care or services to rescued Keeshonden) and Rescue Volunteer of the Year (open to all reputable Keeshond rescue volunteers who have not been honored in the past). Pictures do not have to be submitted with nomination, but if chosen, high resolution photos must be supplied by the announced deadline. Printed photos must be mailed to designated committee member, along with bio. Photos will be returned to the sender when a selfaddressed, stamped envelope is included. For mailing information, contact All rescued purebred Keeshonden (living or deceased) who have not been monthly features in past calendars are eligible for submission. All Keeshond nominees will be pictured in the calendar centerfold. All submissions will be acknowledged with an email or letter (for hard copy submissions). If an email acknowledgment is not received within 1 week of submission, please resubmit. KSRF and members of the KSRF calendar committee are not responsible for lost or incomplete entries. A panel of judges reviews all submissions and chooses the featured Keeshonden and Volunteers. Judges’ decisions are final. Twelve chosen rescues’ photos and bios will be featured in the calendar, as well as one each of the Rescue Volunteer/Veterinary Professional of the Year awardees. All Keeshond nominees will be featured in the centerfold and throughout the pages of the calendar, and will include the bio listings as requested above. The family of each highlighted dog/volunteer/vet will receive one free calendar. Memorial photos will be accepted until press time. Please submit photos of any Keeshond (rescue, companion, show, other) who has passed to the bridgem, and has not been honored in a previous memorial section, to There are no technical specifications for memorial photos. Please include call name and last name of the Kees. The Memorial Page is a special way to honor your special Kees who waits at the bridge. Is Your Kees A Cover Model? Your Kees could be the next calendar cover! Here are the contest rules: 1. The photo must include at least one rescued Keeshond. 2. The photo must be submitted by the photographer. 3. Submissions should be sent via email to For printed photo entries, please email ksrfcalendar@yahoo. com and request the mailing address of the designated committee member. Be sure to include payment with your photo. Photos will be returned to the sender if a self-addressed, stamped envelope is included. 4. Please include a short description of the photo, including the names of the subject(s). 5. No photos from professional (paid) photographers will be allowed. 6. No copyrighted photos. 7. The members of the KSRF calendar will make the final selection to be printed on the cover of the 2012 calendar. 8. Please submit digital photos sized at 11.25” x 8.75” at 300 dpi or (3375 pixels x 2635 pixels). 9. This Year’s Theme is “Fuzzy Antics”. All cover photo submissions must follow the theme. 10. The photographer does not need to be the owner of any of the dogs in the photo submitted. The photographer may be completely neutral, but must have the dog(s) owner’s permission to submit the photo. 11. The identity of the photographer and photo subjects will be anonymous during judging. 12. This event will be a fundraiser, with a $5 fee per entry. You may submit your entry fee via PayPal. If you choose to submit via PayPal, there is a slight fee increase to pay for the charges for using PayPal. A person from the US would need to send $5.46 - if it’s a person from outside the US, they would need to send $5.52 PayPal submissions should be sent to 13. All submissions must be received by midnight June 10, 2011. Thank you for supporting KSRF!


By Alecia Novak

Aafke’s Story The approach I am scared, frightened beyond anything that I have ever known. Here I am in a strange car, with a nice couple of ladies driving me away from my home and my family. Where are we going? I wonder how small I can make myself back here? Maybe they can’t see me anymore and I can escape and run back home.

Alecia and her Keepurrs

We all know them, those selfless people who open their homes, their hands and their hearts to foster Kees in need. They walk among us, without fanfare, without glory and without the thanks they deserve. They give a piece of their heart every time a foster leaves their care for their forever home and they often get more than they bargained for....

I hear them talking about me, they say I am 7 years old and that one of them is going to take me to her home. They seem to mention one word quite frequently, “RESCUE”. I am not sure what that means.. I am SO afraid. Now the car has stopped and though I am trying to be brave, I can’t help but be afraid of what I cannot understand. Where is my family? What did I do wrong? I am being taken into a house by a nice lady – but I am balking, I am afraid. She tells me she is going to be my foster Mom and that I will have a foster sister and a foster brother just like me to play with. I am not sure what to do – I have never been around others like me. My new Mom takes me into the house but I am skittish and afraid of the shiny floors – they are so slippery and I am afraid of falling. Eventually I see my new foster brother Simon and foster sister Nikki and also my foster Dad. I am not sure about any of them. Simon and Nikki have interrogated me with their noses and have now left me alone..just the way I like it. Dad wants to approach me – I can see it in his eyes..but he is afraid to frighten me and for now I will let him believe that. I cannot trust humans.. if I get too attached to them, they might leave me. I have found a place of refuge, behind a wicker chair, well out of the way of any traffic, but close enough to watch and keep up my guard. I will stay here forever as it is as safe as I can be right now.

The V-E-T Visit My Mom has put me in the car again. She says we are going for a check-up and I am not impressed. Car rides up until now have only ever meant one thing – that I will be forced to go into a building where they will prod me and poke me with sharp sticks. I will not go easily. Mom puts me onto a table and I am scrambling for purchase on the slick surface. Mom holds me so the Vet can examine me and I am frightened even more, so much so that I have sprayed my Mom and now I am really afraid.... but she is so kind, she speaks soothing words and tells me it will be ok and that I should not worry. I am embarrassed but feeling a bit calmer as the vet finishes with all my pats and pokes. My foster Mom seems at least happy at the vet’s pronunciation that I am healthy, now if she would just change her stinky clothes! In the Beginning I am afraid of everything.. and it is exhausting! Nikki and Simon look like they are having so much fun – they romp and play and I so want to be around them, but I am scared. They are getting special goodies too but I am not tantalized. It might be a trick to get me back to the vet. My foster Dad has been very patient with me and all the humans talk in soothing voices.. but it might be a trick.. What’s that? I smell something delectable! My nose quivers with excitement. Oh, the aroma!! Foster Dad shows me where the smell is coming from – a treat!! A LIVER treat! It is irresistible and so I slowly take a piece from my Dad’s hand back to my hidey hole, behind the chair. Oh sweet treat! And the humans smile. I had an accident on the rug by the door last night, I am afraid I will be found out – but instead of anger, I am given a new routine to go outside just before bed, on a secure harness (I was going to run but they outwitted me with this). My foster Mom took a hose to my dirty britches today. I tried to get away, but she outwitted me with her wrestling maneuvers and the leg lock. I am unharmed but the doggy butt bidet is a bit much, although I do feel much cleaner!

I think tonight I will be able to close my eyes and sleep. I have been trying to stay alert in case I need to run..but everyone is so nice and I am too tired to fight anymore. Meeting and Greeting and Other Doggie Duties My foster Mom invited some of Nikki and Simon’s pupper friends over, with their humans, for a party. I greeted the puppers in the proper way but am steering away from the humans. I will watch the festivities from my hidey spot. There is one nice lady whose hand I kissed and that caused all the humans to smile at me. My foster family took me for a walk too – but I am so tired after just a bit and my tongue is hanging out. Simon and Nikki are not tired. I guess I am out of shape! I also decided to reward my foster Mom by coming a few feet closer when she came home from the grocery store. I have heard that grocery stores have good things and I thought I should try to find out. My foster Mom keep telling me that baby steps are a good thing. One day she took me and Nikki and Simon to a shop and left Nikki and Simon there! She was surprised that I went in the door but I was really curious. There was a nice lady there who spoke in a calm, nice voice to me. When we picked up Simon and Nikki, they were all fluffy and smelled kind of weird. Not a bad smell, but it seemed like they needed to go and roll around on the lawn to make them smell better to me.

My foster Mom also took away my wicker chair so I can’t hide behind it. Now I still go to the same spot but I can’t really hide. Whatever will I do if other dogs or humans come over? The thought of this panics me but I am also curious about all these humans and dogs and wonder why they don’t hide. Baby steps.... Agile Aafke My foster Mom took me to this weird place where there were lots of other dogs and some weird looking things scattered around. She took Simon and Nikki off to one of the weird things that looks like a high board and let them run up one side, run across the top and back down the other side! Simon and Nikki look like they are having fun – maybe I should try. But instead of taking me on the board, she tries to get me to jump over a stick thing. That doesn’t look like fun to me but she is showing me some raw steak as a treat and it smells good. Maybe I should try it. WHEEEEEEE! I followed Simon over and it was more fun than I thought. I can’t let my foster Mom know that I am enjoying this though or she might not give me any more raw steak. My foster Mom tried to show me this tunnel thing but I was having NONE of that until she lured me with some steak. I like the jump thing much better. How To Wrap A Human Around Your Paw I am a very lucky girl. Despite the fact that I feel scared of everything, I am lucky to be with the foster Mom and Dad that I am. They have both allowed me to approach things in my own time without allowing me to hide from everything. Things that months ago were beyond my comprehension are now normal day to day living for me. I get brushed, get my ears cleaned, nails trimmed, ride in the car, go for long walks and even went to a picnic with over 20 other Kees and lots of humans!

They are all so nice – it’s like they know just how to help me. In turn, I am trying to be sweet and gentle as is my nature. I am getting hugs and cuddles from my foster parents and enjoy being part of the pack with Simon and Nikki (even if Simon is bossy). My foster Mom has been whispering in my ear that I am going to my forever home soon. I don’t understand - I thought this WAS my forever home! This worries me. She tells me my new Mom will love me forever and I will have an older brother, who though not a Kees, is calm and gentle and we will get long walks and there will be loads of cuddles to go around. My foster Mom and Dad throw a pizza party to say goodbye to me and to introduce me to my new human family and my new Labrador brother, Jake. My new Mom lets me approach her on my own time and she is nice! When it is time to leave, I can see that my foster family is putting on brave faces and trying not to cry. I want to go with my new family but I will never forget how much time and effort and love my foster family gave to me in the nine months I spent with them. They have given me a new life, one baby step at a time.

Aafke Update I love my new family! We (Jake and I) get LOOOOOONG walks all the time and there are tons of neat smells in our walking area! My new Mom is also allowed to take me with her to the vet clinic where she works. She even put me up on this moving table thing, which I wasn’t too keen on, until the cookies were produced! See – there IS a real Keesie underneath all this fur! Before you think it is all fun, I have had to use my knowledge gained from Simon to boss Jake around a few times. He thinks HE should get all the rubs and cuddles – some nerve! I swore at him a couple of times and I think he understands. Tee hee!! I wish I could tell you all how free I feel now, how much I am freed by the fact that I don’t have to hide and can give my new family my favourite love sign – my smarl (a cross between a smile and a snarl – it appears when they rub my belly just the right way). I am still taking baby steps whenever I am fearful but my new family is kind, gentle, loving and understanding and along with the building blocks I learned from my foster family (including Nikki and Simon) I am on my way! To top it all off, I have landed in Eden – in my forever home.

Writer’s note: Aafke was rescued through Keeshond Rescue Ontario and stayed for nine months in the home of Rescue Angels Cheryl Ballantyne and Robert White along with their Kees, Simon and Nikki. We owe them all a debt of gratitude for their patience, their love and for opening their hearts to Aafke. We know they will keep a piece of Aafke in their hearts forever. All pictures of Aafke are courtesy of her foster family.







KEEMERITUS Cushings Disease By Debbie Eldredge, RVT, CCRA

immediately made arrangements to bring both girls into rescue. Darling Bubbles quickly found a wonderful forever home in the arms of a Keeshond-loving family.

This column is the story of a senior Keeshond named Morgan. Readers have asked me to write about Cushing’s disease. Morgan’s story does include Cushing’s. It also illustrates some of the difficulties people face as their dogs age, as multiple health problems can surface and diagnosis becomes complicated. Morgan (along with her Keeshond companion, Bubbles) was rescued recently from an animal control shelter in Northern California. The woman who dumped them in the shelter told the shelter staff that they were show dogs that she’d purchased from a breeder and subsequently sold to someone else. The person she sold them to eventually returned them to her, and she “couldn’t keep them,” so she dumped them in the shelter. Fortunately, the shelter staff was awesome and dedicated to saving as many animals as they can. They called me, and we

Morgan, on the other hand, arrived with health issues that must be addressed before she’s ready for adoption. Determining exactly what her problems are and what to do about them has been a real learning experience! The possible conditions are complex, and diagnosing them can be challenging under the best of circumstances. In Morgan’s case, diagnosis has been complicated by the fact that, as a shelter dog, we have no access to her previous medical history. From her shelter photos, we knew before she arrived that Morgan suffers from severe coat loss. The shelter staff was concerned about Cushing’s. Having known several Kees with alopecia X, my bet was on that. We’d have to wait until she arrived in rescue, take her to the vet, and go from there. Let’s pause here and take a moment to look at Cushing’s disease and alopecia X. What are they? Both diseases involve abnormalities of hormones produced by the adrenal glands, and they both cause coat loss.As Morgan’s case illustrates, for a breed prone to alopecia X (such as the Keeshond), it can be difficult to distinguish between them.

Cushing’s disease is complex, but it’s much better understood than alopecia X. (In fact, the condition is called “alopecia X” because it’s so mysterious!) Most dogs with Cushing’s disease are middle aged or senior dogs. The typical age at onset is about 6 or 7 to 10 years old. Another name for Cushing’s is “hyperadrenocorticism,” meaning that elevated amounts of hormones (particularly cortisol) are produced by the adrenal glands. Cortisol is a stress hormone, which helps the body during the “fight or flight” response to danger. When the dog encounters the big, mean dog down the street, the effects of cortisol are helpful. However, if the dog is exposed to high levels of cortisol over a long period of time, the result is a progressive disease that causes a wide range of serious problems. Common signs of Cushing’s include: x

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Increased water consumption and urination, often leading to accidents in the house and urinary incontinence Urinary tract infections Increased appetite “Pot belly” (caused by enlargement of the liver, shifting of fat stores in the body, and weakening of abdominal muscles) Thin, easily injured skin Coat loss Darkening of the skin Skin infections

x x x x

Lack of energy Panting Muscle weakness Slow healing

In 80-85% of cases, Cushing’s is caused by a benign tumor on the pituitary gland. This tiny gland is located at the base of the brain, and is often called the “master gland” because it controls many other glands in the body. One of the hormones it produces is ACTH, which stimulates the adrenal glands. The tumor on the pituitary gland causes it to produce increased amounts of ACTH, which causes the adrenal glands to produce too much cortisol. In 15-20% of cases, Cushing’s is caused by a tumor on an adrenal gland (the dog has two adrenal glands, located on top of the kidneys.) About half of these tumors are benign and half are malignant. Cushing’s can also be caused by overuse of corticosteroid medications (such as prednisone and dexamethasone) to treat conditions like arthritis and allergies. Diagnosing Cushing’s can be complicated. Signs such as those listed above give hints that point in the direction of Cushing’s (but most of those signs can also be indications of other diseases.) A blood panel and urinalysis, like the lab work done during an annual physical exam, can also give hints of Cushing’s.There are several tests that can be done to confirm the diagnosis, but none of them are 100% reliable. Usually, several tests are needed to diagnose Cushing’s. As we discovered with Morgan, the answer may not be straightforward.


Alopecia X occurs mainly in Nordic breeds, such as the Keeshond, Chow Chow, Pomeranian, and Alaskan Malamute, as well as in poodles. This confusing condition has been referred to by many names, including adrenal sex hormone imbalance of plushcoated breeds, Nordic breed follicular dysplasia, and castration-responsive dermatosis. Exasperated dog fanciers call it names like black skin disease, coat funk, and The Disease. Alopecia X runs in certain breeds and lines, and often occurs in related dogs, implying that it is a genetic disease. It usually begins in young dogs between 1 and 3 years old (although it has started in dogs as young as 9 months or as old as 11 years.) It appears to be more common in intact males, but it occurs in females, too. Like Cushing’s, alopecia X causes coat loss and darkening of the skin. Dogs with these two conditions can look very much alike! Also like Cushing’s, alopecia X seems to involve an abnormality between the pituitary and adrenal glands, which leads to altered hormone levels. However, unlike Cushing’s, the cortisol is rarely elevated. Instead, alopecia X causes abnormal levels of the sex hormones (such as progesterone.) Alopecia X begins with the loss of guard hairs. At first, the undercoat remains, giving the dog a wooly, puppy-like appearance. Then, the undercoat falls out, beginning in areas where there’s friction (the neck, backs of the thighs, the tail.) Over the next months or years, the hair loss gradually extends to the rest of the body (except for the dog’s face and feet, which are unaffected.) The skin in the bald areas quickly turns black.

How alopecia X causes hair loss is a mystery. Is it an interruption of the hair growth cycle? A dysfunction of the hair follicles?Something else? So much research needs to be done!

Curiously, hair often grows back in areas where there’s trauma, such as where biopsies are taken. About 85% of males regrow coat after they’re neutered (although they sometimes relapse a few years later.) Females may also regrow coat after they’re spayed, although the statistics are not as well documented. Definitive diagnosis of alopecia X is difficult. It’s based on the dog’s history and clinical signs, results of hormone tests and skin biopsies, and ruling out other causes of coat loss that can look similar, such as Cushing’s and hypothyroidism. Back to Morgan’s story… Having rescued Morgan from a shelter, we have no access to her medical history. All we know is, according to the shelter staff, the woman who dumped her said, “Her coat fell out after her last litter and never grew back!” How old was she when the alopecia started? How did the hair loss progress? When was she spayed? These are questions we have no way to answer! In addition to the obvious alopecia, her foster mom reported that Morgan was drinking large amounts of water and urinating a lot. Our adventure began! We took her to our veterinarian, who gave her a thorough physical exam.

The vet also did lab work to check her overall health and begin screening her for a host of problems that cause excessive water consumption and urination (such as diabetes, primary hyperparathyroidism, kidney disease, Cushing’s, etc.) We got good news and bad news. Her blood work was good – she isn’t suffering from diabetes mellitus or PHPT, and her liver and kidney values were normal. The bad news was, her urine was very dilute and contained a large amount of protein. The vet ordered more tests: x A urine culture to check for a urinary tract infection – which was negative. x A urine protein creatinine ratio – which indicated possible kidney damage. x A urine cortisol creatinine ratio (a preliminary test that can rule out Cushing’s, but can’t diagnose it) – unfortunately, it didn’t rule Cushing’s out, so more tests were needed. At this point, the vet recommended an abdominal ultrasound to evaluate Morgan’s kidneys and adrenal glands, and a more definitive blood test to check for Cushing’s. More good news and bad news! The good news: the veterinarian who performed the ultrasound found no adrenal masses. The bad news: based on Morgan’s clinical signs and “plump” adrenal glands, she suspected pituitary-dependent Cushing’s (PDH). She recommended that we do an ACTH stimulation test.

For the ACTH stim test, the dog is fasted overnight. In the morning, the vet draws a blood sample. The dog is given an injection of ACTH, and a second blood sample is drawn an hour later. If the dog responds with a strong rise in cortisol, the diagnosis is most likely Cushing’s. Morgan’s response wasn’t that strong! Her result was in the “equivocal” range, indicating that she might or might not have Cushing’s. Based on her signs and test results, the vet suspected that Morgan had alopecia X AND early Cushing’s, and recommended that we start treatment for Cushing’s. I began researching both diseases, trying to determine our best options. Which treatment would be most appropriate for Morgan, based on safety, efficacy, affordability, and her prospects for adoption? Lysodren (mitotane) was one possibility. Unfortunately, this medication is fairly toxic. It reduces the dog’s production of cortisol by destroying part of the adrenal glands and can have very serious side effects. A dog on Lysodren must be monitored closely. Vetoryl (trilostane) blocks cortisol production by inhibiting an enzyme.

It doesn’t destroy the adrenal glands. Dogs must still be monitored, but it’s safer than Lysodren. It’s also expensive, which could scare off potential adopters. Should we consider surgery? In the past, this would not have been an option, but it is done in humans, and has very recently become available for dogs in Los Angeles. That’s only about 6 hours’ drive from us, but I’d need to ask many questions before making this choice! What are the risks? What are the chances of a successful cure? How much would it cost, and could we raise the money? Meanwhile, I was becoming more and more confused. Did Morgan actually have Cushing’s? Did she have alopecia X, too? The tests we’d done were not really conclusive. I didn’t want to put her on medication for Cushing’s if she didn’t need it. And were her kidneys okay? I realized it was time to bring in a specialist! I set up an appointment with Dr. Merrianne Burtch, an internal medicine veterinarian, whose expertise has been invaluable to me in other difficult cases. I also learned of an alopecia X study with exciting possibilities (more about this shortly), and began corresponding with the researchers, Dr. Rosario Cerundolo and Dr. Tosso Leeb. Our first step with Dr. Burtch was… You guessed it! More testing! We sent samples to the University of Tennessee for an adrenal panel. This test is similar to the ACTH stim test we did earlier, but it measures the levels of multiple hormones. The results would take about 2 weeks. While we waited, Dr. Burtch started Morgan on melatonin (in about half of alopecia X cases, this supplement from the health food store leads to improvement or even cure.) She also put Morgan on medication to reduce protein loss from her kidneys.

Finally, the eagerly awaited results of the adrenal panel arrived! This time, Morgan’s cortisol was normal, while elevated sex hormones pointed to an adrenal sex hormone imbalance. This supports the diagnosis of alopecia X, and indicates that Cushing’s is unlikely! Dr. Burtch arranged for Morgan to be seen by an excellent dermatologist, Dr. Helen Power, who has also spoken with Dr. Cerundolo regarding the alopecia X study. We’re waiting for the results of Morgan’s skin biopsies, which we expect to confirm the diagnosis of alopecia X. Morgan’s case is a perfect illustration of how difficult it can be to obtain a diagnosis when trying to distinguish between two confusing diseases that look similar. When there are other complicating factors, like possible kidney problems, it becomes even more challenging. During our journey with Morgan, as I’ve spoken with specialists and researchers, and learned more about these diseases, I’ve become very excited about the research that’s underway. Someday soon, we may be able to test dogs for the genetic causes of alopecia X! This would aid in diagnosis, and allow breeders to breed dogs who’ll be free of the disease. This happy day may be right around the corner – if Keeshond clubs, owners, and breeders jump on board and support the research! (Please see below for details.) For my part, I’m organizing a sample collection from 3 or 4 dogs (including Morgan)

within the next week or so, and sending them to Dr. Leeb at the University of Bern. Here in California, Dr. Burtch, Dr. Power and I are excited about supporting this study! Once we verify that the samples arrive in Switzerland in usable condition, I’ll get busy organizing sample collections from more dogs. I hope Keeshond people around the World will get behind these efforts! We’ve done it before with PHPT. We can do it again! Meanwhile, Morgan is basking in attention, and collecting a large wardrobe of stylish sweaters, coats and tee shirts to keep her warm and protect her bare skin. She’s convinced that she’s every bit as adorable as she ever was!

The author wishes to thank Nicola Mohr, DVM, Merrianne Burtch, DVM, DACVIM, Helen Power, DVM, DACVD, Rosario Cerundolo, DVM, Cert. VD, Dip. ECVD, MRCVS, Prof. Dr. Tosso Leeb, and Ms. Jane Saunders for their support and patient answers to her many questions!

Alopecia X Study Dr. Rosario Cerundolo and Dr. TossoLeeb are collaborating on a research project seeking to identify the genetic causes of Alopecia X in Keeshonden. They need DNA samples from affected dogs and healthy controls! Dr. Cerundolo is selecting the cases for the study. Interested owners should contact him with a brief history of the dog’s problem, description of the alopecia, and copies of any test results available. Photographs are also helpful. Please contact Dr. Cerundolo at For more information: University of Bern, Institute of Genetics, Research Project on Alopecia X 353/e2479/index_eng.html Alopecia and Coat Loss in the Keeshond, written and edited by Jane Saunders, Keeshond Club Health Co-ordinator Owners interested in contributing samples from the United States, please contact Debbie Eldredge, Let’s make it so! Photography ©Debbie Eldredge 2011

So, You Want To Show Your Dog By Carole Henry — Vandy Keeshond - USA

Looks easy enough in that conformation ring. You walk in with your dog, walk around the ring with the other dogs and the judge looks and goes over each dog and then he picks the best one. That’s it.. or is it? Many beginners go into the ring totally unprepared with both themselves and their dog. Most do not last long in the dog show game. You actually may have the best dog in the ring and still not win. Too many blame the judge, the pro handlers for not being put up to that first place win. Many do not stop and ask themselves, could it be them. Many times it is. Unfortunately most fade away with a bitter taste in their mouth about dog shows. I remember way back when I did my very first sweepstakes judging at a specialty in the mid west. When it was over, I was told that so and so said I was political because I had put up big names. I was taken aback by that comment and thought for a moment and yes I had put most of the top names of the breed up to first place wins. They were also the ones who had the best structured dogs in the best condition and the best trained. It is the reason that they WON and did WIN a lot in the show ring. It is what you do not see when watching the dogs in the show ring that is the most important. The correct conditioning, grooming and training of both the dog and handler. Also important is the winning attitude of both the dog and handler. Body language is very important. If you don’t believe your dog is the best and the dog is not having a good time, the judge will not be a believer either.

How many times have you seen someone in the ring not having a good time? They frown, do not look happy and are not doing a good job showing their dog. Their dog may be picking up on their handlers body language and either being unhappy along with them or tuning out their handlers problems and making up their own good time in the ring. Then you have the ones showing OUTSIDE the ring getting their dog to bait and bait and stay at attention and by the time they finally go into the ring the dog is mentally tired or full enough of the bait, they do not want anymore, or at least not enough to put their ears up. I had an advantage when I went into the dog show ring, having shown quarter horses before, where conditioning was as important as training in order to perform well in the ring. Most of the time I was alone in the ring showing the horse, so the ring did not scare me and what was around the ring did not intrude into my brain. As obedience was the first venue of dog showing, I had learned control of my dog. Showing dogs was so easy when you were use to trying to correct a 1,500 pound horse wanting to take the wrong direction, gait or lead in the ring and making it look like nothing went wrong. I did have to learn to let my dog have more space to be up on their toes and animated in the breed ring. I remember with my first show dog when at one show, my husband told me I should be more animated………at that time I was very resistant to my ex’s opinion, but he was right. My dog was standing and baiting and I was standing in front. Period. There was no animation. A dog just under control and on tippy toes, asking for it, is more eye catching then one just standing even if both have their ears up and are standing well. Till next time when we will talk about getting your dog ready for the ring.

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What Should I Avoid When Choosing a Food For My Pet? By Dr. Marion (Meg) Smart DVM PhD Department of Small Animal Clinical Studies, Saskatoon SK Canada

I am a professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. After receiving my PhD in Beef Cattle nutrition in 1984, I have taught many Veterinary students Large Animal Medicine and Nutrition. In 1994, after a knee replacement and being diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's Disease, I started a Small Animal Nutrition Elective for final year veterinary students ( I believe this was the first of its kind in North America). Over the years, I have become very skeptical about the motives and the regulations of the large pet food manufacturers which prompted me and two other colleagues to write a paper " The Pet Food Industry: What every veterinarian should know. After the Menu Pet food recall, this paper was put up as a discussion paper on the Veterinary Information Network. As a result I was asked to help with the Canadian Broadcasting Cooperation documentary “A Dog's Breakfast" and co-author a book” Not fit for a Dog: The truth about manufactured dog and cat food" My journey has been educational, sometimes lonely but never dull, are you interested? Introduction As a Small Animal Nutrition professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, I have witnessed many changes within the pet food industry over the past 14 years. These changes have not always been related to the improved nutritional value of pet foods. To increase their market share, the multinationals that manufacture pet foods are buying smaller profitable companies and have developed sophisticated marketing strategies that are centralized around the humanization of our pets.

Feeding Your Dog: A Ideal Diet The ideal diet for a dog is a “whole food diet” that meets your dog’s nutritional requirements. The nutrients come from fresh, whole, recognizable ingredients such as ground or raw vegetables and fruits of varied colours, raw or lightly cooked muscle tissue, organ meats, perhaps cooked grains and rice, and cooked eggs, including the shell. These diets can be homemade or are commercially available as dehydrated, raw or cooked diets. The disadvantages of these diets are that they are time consuming to make, subject to ingredient omission, they can be expensive and they need to be kept frozen or refrigerated. If you choose to feed your dog a commercially available diet that adheres to the principle of the “whole food diet,” do your research. Many of the manufacturers of these types of diets are devoted dog breeders who have sound knowledge of nutrition through research and have fed these diets through several generations of dogs. Others are made by individuals who have only the dollar sign as motivation or who are well motivated but have limited nutritional knowledge. The most common nutrient that is deficient in most homemade diets is calcium. Commercial Diets For most pets, the ideal diets are not an option due to time or cost constraints, so what should one look for in a commercial kibble?

The first thing you should know is what to ignore: Meaningless marketing slogans such as: x recommended by veterinarians, x human grade x all natural, x premium or ultra premium x highly digestible, x extremely tasty Fancy packaging. A very palatable diet does not necessarily indicate a diet that is any better for your pet. Kibble and canned products have added flavours that are purchased from companies who specialize in developing highly attractive tastes for pets. Kibble at the end of the drying process and just before packaging can have up to 15% fat sprayed onto it to improve palatability. Probiotics, amino acids and other nutrients that are destroyed by the heat of dehydration process are also added as a final step. The Guaranteed Analysis The Guaranteed Analysis indicates the minimum percentage of Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Calcium, and Phosphorous in the diet. The maximum percentage of Crude Fibre, Moisture and Ash are also given. These levels do not reflect what is actually in the diet only the guaranteed minimum and maximums. Reading the Ingredient List: The ingredient list does not indicate the source, quality or the digestibility of an ingredient. In a single batch of pet food the ingredients can come from many sources. In some cases the manufacturer may not even know the original origin of an ingredient because they are purchased from brokers or as premixes. The only information you can get from the manufacturer about the source of ingredients is if some are purchased locally or within the country.

The label requires some contact information and a phone number but this can be vague as to the exact origin of the diet. “Manufactured for” means it was not made by the brand identified on the packaging. “Made in the USA by,” or “Distributed for or by” are also of limited value. What you need to know when reading the ingredient list: x Protein sources that are described as meals, such as lamb meal, chicken meal, etc…, are derived from rendered animal parts (muscle and fat trim and organs) and will have been heat processed once during rendering and again when the pet food is manufactured x Meals of plant origin, such as corn meal or soy meal, are by-products from the processing of corn , soybeans and other grains for human food x Meat, poultry or their byproducts frozen or fresh are often the first ingredient you will see on the list, but after cooking and drying to 10% moisture, they will have lost 70% of their original water. So, if 100 gm of meat was added, there may only be 30 gm in the finished product. This makes the meat content less than other less “consumer friendly” protein sources, x “Ingredient splitting” is when products such as rice, corn, and usually other grains are listed as whole ground and again as flour and perhaps even a third time. x Many of the more attractive ingredients are added in small quantities and often appear after the added flavours. The first 5 ingredients are the ones supplying the bulk of the major nutrients. The rest of the list contains ingredient with market appeal, ones necessary to balance the diet or ones used to replace nutrients destroyed during the processing

Given the recent pet food recall, how do I know the food is safe for my pet? You still have to go on the assumption that a pet food is safe. Although regulations are in place, these are acted upon only if a complaint or recall is launched voluntarily by the manufacturer or when unusual reactions to the pet food are noted by the consumer or by veterinarians. The regulatory bodies do not have the financial resources or the work force to monitor the industry. Again, do your research. An informed consumer is a smart consumer. Can you tell me about the benefits of feeding a grain-free kibble? To date no scientific proof exists that diets containing grains are harmful. All kibbles must contain between 15 to 30% starch derived from grains or starchy vegetables. When heated, the starch is gelatinized which turns the product into a stiff dough, which is then cut into a kibble and dried. If the dough was not formed, the kibble would break apart when bagged and shipped. A grain-free diet may be beneficial for pets with proven sensitivity to wheat or other grains but no definitive evidence exists indicating that eating grain will lead to a blood glucose and insulin surge. The Bottom Line Obesity and associated problems are becoming serious issues for pet owners and veterinarians. No matter what pet food you select, you must consider the caloric requirements of your pet. To roughly calculate how many calories (kilocalories) your dog needs to maintain a healthy weight, use this formula: Calories (Kilocalories) per day={(Body weight in kilograms x 30)+70} x an activity factor

Activity factor =1.8 for an average dog =1 to 0.8 for an obese dog =3 for a moderately active dog or a puppy up to 4 months of age =2 for a puppy 3 to 9 months of age =4 to 8 for a very active dog Example: Your dog weighs 10 kg and is an average young adult. Her caloric requirements are {(10x30)+70}x 1.8=666Kcal per day Your dog food has 3500 Kcal/1000g (1kg) or 1 g has 3.5 Kcal. Therefore your dog requires 666/3.5=190 g/day. If 1 cup weights 90 g your dog requires 190/90=2.10 cups per day Before you calculate the number of calories your dog requires you need to find how many calories are in the food. Starting on 2011, all manufacturers must put the caloric density of the diet on the label with the guaranteed analysis. If you cannot find it phone the number provided on the bag and they may provide you with the caloric information. Feeding guides on the label. Most companies provide feeding guidelines that suggest a certain number of cups per day. One cup usually refers to a standard 8oz measuring cup filled to the 1 cup mark. Some companies provide accurate information; others may inflate the values so that your dog eats more. No matter what method you use, if your dog is gaining weight cut back. If your dog is losing weight then increase the amount you are feeding. If you follow these guidelines, a weight loss diet is not necessary. If your dog is overweight you can cut back her regular dog food by 25% and not cause a deficiency. Your dog may not like it.


By Joan Malak Majikees - USA

Although Toni has been taking lessons for about 1 ½ years now, I still feel like a total novice when it comes to herding. However, here are some of the things I’ve learned along the way: x





Sheep don’t move well in deep snow (so Toni had no herding lessons from mid-December thru late March). Sheep startle very easily and will jump straight up in the air or even into a fence when seeing something unexpected. (I put my brightly colored jacket on the ground next to the pen Toni was working sheep in -- but on the outside – and the next time Toni brought them near the fence where the jacket was a number of them jumped straight up in the air.) Sheep have long memories and can form a dislike for a particular breed of dog if they’ve been handled roughly by a dog. They can also react oddly to a dog of a breed they’ve never seen before. (Although there are not currently other Keeshonden in our area that are herding, Denise, Toni’s trainer, believe that the sheep are probably thinking that Toni is a weird looking Sheltie.) Sheep can sense the confidence level of a dog and react accordingly. The same group of sheep might move easily for one dog, yet a different dog might not get them to move as a group, or might not get them to move at all. When you enter a herding test or trial, you agree to be responsible for the health and safety of the sheep that your dog is working. In other words, if your dog injures any stock, you’re responsible for vet bills or buying new sheep.

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And, like any sport or activity, herding has a language all its own: x



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Strong-eyed refers to dogs that stare at the sheep with intensity and that gaze is what is used to control the stock. Strong-eyed dogs often use a creeping/crouching approach to the stock. Border collies should exhibit a strong eye. Loose-eyed dogs do not refer to dogs with loose haws like Neapolitan Mastiffs. Instead the term refers to herding dogs that don’t stare intensely at the sheep the whole time they’re working them. Usually loose-eyed dogs work the stock in an upright body stance. Keeshonden are considered loose-eyed dogs. This is not a bad thing – it’s just a herding style. Strong dogs have nothing to do with physical strength, but instead it relates to the dog’s attitude toward the sheep. A strong dog approaches the stock directly and with confidence. Sheep can sense this and will tend to move off rather than standing their ground. Power has nothing to do with electricity. Instead it relates to the confidence level of the dog with regards to the stock. Broke sheep has nothing at all to do with injured sheep. But, broke sheep are sheep that have been worked by dogs and understand that they should move away from the dog. Sheep that have not been worked by dogs might stand and fight or run wildly.




Go-bye, come-bye, away or away to me has nothing to do with asking the dog to leave your presence or to come back to you. Instead go-bye or come-bye are the traditional voice commands for the dog to go around the sheep in a clockwise direction while away or away to me arethe traditional voice command for the dog to go around the sheep in a counterclockwise direction. Walk up has nothing to do with walking up a trail or stairs. Instead it is a vocal command instructing the dog to walk in a straight line toward the stock. This is often used when the dog needs to herd the sheep thru an obstacle or into a pen. Balance has nothing to do with walking a tightrope or a teeter-totter. Instead it refers to the position the dog must be in to easily maintain control of the sheep. When the sheep are moving, the dog is in balance if she has the sheep moving all together at a steady pace. When the sheep are supposed to be kept in one spot, the dog is in balance when the sheep are still and the dog is in an appropriate position to control any sheep that try to break away. If the dog is out of balance while moving sheep, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tend to move too fast, not turn in the direction desired, or even split into multiple groups. If the dog is out of balance while the sheep are supposed to be stopped, the sheep will keep drifting or even split into multiple groups.



Off contact has nothing to do with missing a contact zone like in agility. Instead it refers to times when the dog loses control of the stock because it is too far away or loses concentration. Shed or shedding has nothing at all to do with coat coming out. Instead it refers to sorting out a specified number of stock from the group and making sure they stay separate.

Hearts & Flowers Is there someone out there in the Keeshond World that would like to take care of this column? This column will be about the people of the Keeshond community. I would appreciate hearing from anyone that has any big events or changes in their life. Please contact with items of interest so they can be included in future columns.

Janit Johnson is recovering from knee surgery. Hope to see you back in the ring soon Janit! Our heartfelt condolences go out to Judy Elliott on the loss of her Father Ira Anderson Our heartfelt condolences to the Pierce Family on the loss of Mr Ken Pierce aged 85. Ken was an all breeds judge and Keeshond breed specialist in Australia Best wishes to Gerry Mullock and wishing him a speedy recovery Congratulations to Paul & Tracy Hoffman on the recent birth of their son Jacob. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Wyhoon Family on the loss of Margeret. Margeret held the prefix of Leifhond in Australia for many years.

Alan Leff was in hospital at the end of the year with Gall Bladder surgery. But we hear that his 14 day cruise saw him fit and healthy again. Congratulations to Terri & Stewart Butler on the birth of their second son Eric. Best wishes to Bill Milwee as he continues to recover in hospital after a terrible fall.

Every once in a while you just need to take a break! Our break was AGILITY!!

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JUDGING THE KEESHOND by Doris Purdon Vanwall Keeshonden — United Kingdom Doris Purdon &Vanwall String of Pearls (Maxine)

In this issue we are pleased to include an interview with Doris Purdon (Vanwall Keeshonden). Doris is an owner, breeder and judge of Keeshonden in the UK. She could be called a “Pioneer of the Keeshond breed” in the UK. Her involvement began in 1959 when she and her husband, Bill, took on an 11 month old named Rookie of Rhinevale (Kim). While out for a walk Doris came across a dog show and she was persuaded to enter Kim. While she had no experience with dog shows, Kim amazed her by being chosen as the Best Dog. I guess, like many of us, she got the “show bug” and felt the need to get another Keeshond. In 1960 Bill met Margo Emerson, from Rhinevale, and later acquired Ringot of Rhinevale (Beatle). He did a fair bit of winning, including two firsts at Crufts. Many of us are aware of the wonderful Ch Ledwell Dutchman (Chips)

who went to live with them at 8 weeks of age. A day to remember for them would have been the 1976 Crufts when Chips became the new record holder by winning his 25th CC and going on to win his 4th group win. Bill had always been interested in motor racing, Formula 1 in particular, and the first winner of the F1 World Constructors Championship in 1958 had been Vanwall. In 1986 Doris applied to The Kennel Club and was allowed the affix of Vanwall.


Another memorable acquisition was Ch Kwintex Kelly who became their foundation bitch. Kelly had two litters, first to Ron & Doreen Nuttall’s Keesland Jumping Jack Flash of Vandorne and then to Ch Ledwell Silver Dollar. Each litter had 9 puppies. From the first litter came Julie Bratley’s Ch Vanwall Sergeant Pepper of Valkanties ChVanwall Sergeant Pepper of Valkanties

Ch Kwintex Kelly & Irene Birch’s Ch Lovely Rita.From the second was ChVanwall Delaware (Kilroy)and Vanwall Georgia. Georgia mated to Keesland Jumping Jack Flash of Vandorne produced 5 Champions including Ch Vanwall Apache Squaw, Ch Vanwall Cheyenne Brave and Ch Vanwall Comanche Chief

The future Ch Kwintex Kelly with Bill ChVanwall Comanche Chief who won Best In Show at both the Keeshond Club and the North Of England Keeshond Club Championship Shows in the same year. Between 1987 and 1995 they bred 13 litters which included 9 English Champions plus 2 overseas and 6 other Vanwalls won one or more CCs without managing to get that elusive third. They won annual trophies between 1970 - 1998 including: Our Dogs/Pedigree Chum Top Puppy twice, Our Dogs/Pedigree Chum Top Sire, Dog World/North Light Top Stud Dog twice, 6 CC’s at Crufts, 5 with BOB, Royal Canin Top Brood Bitch, 6 times, top utility brood bitch once, and perhaps best of all, Our Dogs/Pedigree Chum Top Keeshond Breeder every year between 1991 and 1998

My 50+ years life with Keeshonds has been written of many times, and the full account is in the Spring 2010 Keeshond Club newsletter and then in the Spring 2011newsletter there is an article introducing me as the new President of the Keeshond Club so my friend Jean Davies (Kyross) suggested I write of my judging abroad, so here goes!

My next trip was to Sweden in 1990 to judge the Swedish Keeshond Club’s 25th Anniversary Show. Sylvia had judged the breed there in 1985 and wanted to renew the friendships of her visit so she came with me. At Heathrow we met Judy and Bill Crawford (Venway) and Pauline and Philip Wilson (Gallowtree) who were also visiting Sweden to see the Keeshonds and visit friends.

My first overseas appointment was in 1989 when I judged in Finland. The appointment was originally for Margo Emerson (Rhinevale) but she was over the accepted age for judging there and suggested me which was approved. May I say that without the encouragement of Margo I would never have judged at all, anywhere. Before I ventured on the appointment it was necessary to read up on the guidelines for judging in Finland which was different from judging in the UK.

I had an entry of 85 dogs which were of high quality, excelled in temperament with good bone and movement. Each kennel had different attributes to offer the breed which was recognizable throughout. Both of my top winners came from the same kennel, Best Dog was Int & Nord UCH Keestorpets Zirocco and Best Bitch & BOB went to Keestorpets Madonna. I have followed the fortunes of this kennel and they have continued breeding top quality Keeshonds.

The judging takes much longer as one has to dictate a critique on every dog which is given to the exhibitor. I had an entry of 62. One thing I noticed was that nobody used a brush in the ring. My Dog CC winner was Ikurin Con Brio sired by Rhinevale Renegade out of Gavimir Fossa and my Bitch CC & BOB winner was Solvargens Cidubara.It was brought to my notice that in my line up for best bitch 4 out of the 5 were sired by R Renegade so I would have pleased Margo. Sylvia Scroggs (Ledwell) accompanied me on the trip and was asked to judge the best mover which she gave to my BOB.. The Finnish people were most hospitable and even arranged for us to visit the Finnish Kennel Club. It was so nice to see the employees dogs with them in their offices, not something I would expect to see in our Kennel Club. Sylvia and I were sight seeing in Helsinki and, feeling tired, we saw places to sit on a bank where other ladies were sitting. A young man who spoke perfect English came up to talk to us and we explained that we were in Finland to judge keeshonds.At that time I was surprised to notice that the ladies were departing with different men. We then beat a hasty retreat. It seems that we had seated ourselves on a picking up point for prostitutes. Well, we were only country women and naïve to say the least.

The kindness of the Swedish people was wonderful and the fond memories I will always cherish. There was one further incident. On our way home there was a strike at the airport so, after a longdelay we were given first class tickets to compensate for the inconvenience. That was the first and only time I have travelled first class. It was out of this world. My next invitation was in 1993 to judge the NorCal Keeshond Club’s 25th Anniversary Show in San Jose, California. The invitation came from Joanne and Dave Brown who had seen me judge at the Crufts Centenary Show in 1991. I must add that my BOB at Crufts Ch Neradmik Jupiter, went on to top the Utility Group. I had two years to read up on dog shows in the USA but I don’t think I was fully prepared for how serious a business it was, also the importance of the video camera, which appeared to me to be an established tool of the trade. There is no contact between judge and exhibitors prior to the show. After my 6000 mile flight I was installed in the hotel and the Chairman’s wife telephoned me to welcome me to America. I had dinner with Robin Stark and Luane Vidak who were judging at the same show as me. Apart from that I had no contact with USA Keeshond fraternity. I was alone in the hotel room waiting for the telephone to ring and the start of what was to be the most testing experience of my life.

After a fitful night’s sleep I was transported to the show in grand style and introduced to my steward who looked after me well. Then a visit from a representative of the American Kennel Club to ensure that I had done my homework and that I would not violate any of the AKC rules. This same lady contacted me afterwards with a favourable report. There were 95 dogs entered, some travelling 3000 miles to the show. My overall opinion of the keeshonds I saw in America was that generally they had good bone and good colour, nice movement and excellent temperament. They were beautifully prepared with none of the excessive trimming that I had half expected to see. My main criticism was the lack of the foxy heads and the dark almond shaped eye. Also, few of the tails were tightly curled. Seventeen years on I am sure the breeders have rectified these faults. It took me 5 hours to grade all the dogs and I was exhausted when it was all over, and then there were all the photographs to be taken with the winners. (The Keeshond Club knows how I hate having my photograph taken). After the show all restrictions were lifted and I was able to talk to many of the people who had attended the show. I was informed that my BOB had won at the Westminster Show the previous week and was the current top winning keeshond Ch Fantasia Flying Colours. My BOS was a daughter of Ledwell Alexander, Greenkees Moriah at Marlboro. The following week I visited several Keeshond breeders who made me most welcome. I was fortunate that Penny & Gerry Manser had volunteered to be my hosts during my stay. They were absolutely charming and made sure I had a very pleasant visit to America. Joanne & Dave Brown were kindness itself in looking after me at the end of my visit and saw me safely back to the airport for my return journey. I also enjoyed talking with Robin Stark who I thought was an authority on Keeshonds. I must say that I don’t believe in the lyrics of the song ‘It never rains in California’ as it rained for 8 days of my stay. My last overseas appointment was in Australia in 1997.

I was invited by the Keeshond Club of New South Wales to judge their 60th Championship Show which coincided with the 30th anniversary of their formation.It was also the first time that an English judge had officiated at their Club Show. Sylvia was with me as she was judging the following day. The hospitality of theAustralian people was a joy to behold. Our host, Brad Santas, was so kind and helpful. After the show he found time to drive us to so many interesting places. My overall impression of the Keeshonds was very good. I thought they excelled in colour. Most heads were correct and movement was excellent, especially front movement. I was, however, alarmed at the speed at which they were moved, as it was too fast and not the correct brisk action we should be seeking. Sadly it is happening in the UK now. Dogs are running in the ring which is incorrect. That is one of my rants at the moment so I will say no more. I had an entry of 135 and BIS was Ch Nynka Apollo with his brother Ch Nynka Such A Dutchman reserve BIS.

BOS was Ch Rysup La Belle Lucie. On the Sunday after the judging we were guests at the club’s celebration dinner and were presented with many lovely gifts. We had thought that after the judging we would say our ‘goodbyes’ to the NSW Keeshond Club members but it wasn’t to be. They had made arrangements to entertain us for the following week and we were looked after in a lavish way. We stayed at Julie & Peter McClen’s home where we had a very happy time. When I arrived home my reflections were - missing the blue skies every day and missing the friendship of the Australian people. That ends my exploits of judging abroad and I would like to thank the Keeshond people in Finland, Sweden, America and Australia for inviting me to judge their beautiful dogs and providing me with such wonderful memories to cherish in my twilight years.

Training with Jedi Have you ever wanted to know “How To”? Through a series of articles, Jedi and his Human Nik, will show you HOW!

Nose Targeting Nose targeting is a very valuable skill as it is the foundation of many different tricks. A simple nose target can be used to close drawers and doors, turn on lights, push a ball or in this case, to ring a bell to be let outside. Additionally, nose targeting can be used to teach other tricks such as spin, beg, crawl and many others. I taught this trick to Jedi out of necessity so that he had an appropriate and consistent way of letting me know he needed me to open the door so he could toilet outside. Once Jedi was trained at 10 weeks of age, his toilet training was smooth and effortless because he could communicate in a very clear manner that he needed to toilet. Every dog that has come to live or board here has learned very quickly how to ring the bell through observing Jedi and Ahsoka. It is a very valuable skill for the dogs to have when there is no doggy door available and can even be taken with you on holidays or to other houses to continue to provide your dogs of a way to communicate their needs.

Who Is Nicola Boyd & Jedi? “I am a final year medical student and I share my home with Jedi, the 3 year old Keeshond and Ahsoka, the 2.5 year old Finnish Lapphund. Training dogs is my passion and I am so lucky to have two amazing dogs who adore training as much as I do. They give everything during our training sessions because they believe that training is the best fun you can have (and so do I)! I started training Jedi in obedience and tricks when he was just a baby and we have never looked back. We now not only compete in obedience, flyball and agility but Jedi and Ahsoka will also be making their herding debuts in 2011. On top of all this, Jedi and Ahsoka are certified Therapy Dogs and make regular visits to a local aged care facility. In my ‘spare’ time, I am an obedience instructor at a local obedience club, where I am a big advocate for training spitz breeds, particularly Keeshonden after hearing from many people how untrainable they are. I guess someone forgot to tell that to Jedi! All you need is a great bond with your Keeshond, a positive training method, some patience and an understanding of what your dog loves – in Jedi’s case, FOOD!” Jedi – N. Ch Sandstock Littel Jake CD FDCh ET

Photos © S Gurney 2011

Lesson Two

How to Teach “Nose Targeting” Difficulty level: Nose targeting can be taught with shaping or luring. For the purpose of this tutorial I will go through the steps of luring. What you will need: a clicker, yummy soft treats, your hand and your dog! Step 1: Hold a treat between your index finger and thumb while keeping the rest of your hand flat (see photo). Hold your hand out palm-facing the dog, 10cm/4 inches in front of the dog’s nose. As soon as the dog makes contact with their nose on your hand, click & treat. Repeat approximately 5-10 times. Each time, move your hand to a new location slightly above, below or to the side of your dog’s nose. Step 2: Repeat step 1 with no treat in your hand. It may help your dog to ‘pretend’ you have a treat by holding your hand with your index finger and thumb together, however fade this out quickly so that your palm is flat and facing the dog. Step 3: Increase your criteria by moving your hand farther from your dog’s nose so they have to lean towards your hand. Once consistent, continue moving farther away so they need to take steps to get to your hand.

Step 4: Adding a verbal cue is a personal preference, however it allows you to apply the behaviour to random objects such as a bell or light switch. To add a verbal cue, state the cue (e.g. “touch”, “target”) before placing out your hand. It should look like this: verbal cue – hand signal – behaviour – C&T.

Trouble Shooting “My timing is all wrong!” - Make sure you are clicking the instant the dog’s nose touches your hand. If you are having trouble with your timing - practice using the clicker without your dog. Some great ways to practice include clicking the instant a new commercial comes on while watching TV or clicking at traffic lights when each car drives through a certain point.

“My dog just stares at my hand” – Consider that you may have increased your criteria too fast and you may need to either wait your dog out or make it easier for the dog.

“My dog just walks away” – Make these sessions fun! Use your dog’s favourite treats and keep the sessions short and fast! This is a perfect behaviour to teach in 30 second blocks. Always stop the session while the dog is still keen to keep them motivated!

Lesson Three

How to Teach “Ring A Bell To Go Outside” A Note on Puppies - This method will not teach toilet training to your puppy however it will assist them to communicate with you and will speed up the process. Make sure that you are still taking your pup out at regular intervals to minimise the number of accidents in the house, always ringing the bell before you let them out.

Difficulty level: What you will need: clicker, yummy treats, bell. What type of bell? The type of bell you use is a personal decision and is based on several factors including the size of your dog, location you want the bell and whether they will nose or paw target the bell. Options include: - Cow/Goat bell - Countertop bell - Electronic door bell Note: Avoid using jingle bells as they can be a choking hazard. Step 1: To introduce the association between the bell ringing and the door opening, whenever you let your dog outside ring the bell yourself before opening the door. Continue to do this until your dog understands how to ring the bell on cue. Step 2: Teach your dog to nose target your hand (if your dog paw targets you can still apply this method). Make sure you have a verbal cue (e.g. “touch”) so that you can start applying the nose target to the bell. Step 3: Hold the bell in your hand and ask your dog to “touch”. Your dog may not be able to generalize this behaviour to the bell immediately, so make it easy for them by holding it right in front of their nose as if you were teaching nose targeting from scratch again. Gradually increase your criteria by moving the bell farther away from your dog before you ask them to touch. Step 4: Place the bell on a string and repeat step 3. Step 5: Hang the doorbell next to the door at nose height. Now instead of ringing the bell yourself before you let your dog out, ask them to touch. Praise and open the door. You should not need to use treats or toys to reward, as the reward is being able to go outside and doing so can also create problematic behaviours. Step 5: Continue asking the dog to ring the bell before you open the door. Each dog will be different, so yours may immediately understand the connection between the bell and the door opening or they may take several days or weeks. Be patient! Make sure you are listening out for the bell while you are home! Trouble Shooting “My dog rings the bell for fun!” - For dogs that ring the bell without wanting to go outside, open the door and encourage them out. If they will not go, pick up your dog and put them outside! You need to communicate to the dog that ringing the bell means they need to go outside, whether they wanted to or not! “My dog rings the bell as soon as he comes back inside!” - In the early periods, often the dogs like to test out their new-found communication tool and over-use it! When this happens, put your dog outside for a minimum period of time (e.g. 5-10 minutes) so that they understand they can’t come in and out repeatedly.

History of the keeshond in Britain The Dutch Barge Dog – a Pictorial History Part Three

By Christine Searle Christine Searle is the owner of the website. She follows the history of the Keeshond in Britain with photos and kennel clippings from dog magazines. Christine has kindly agreed to share her knowledge with KeeshondWorld through a series of articles.

The New Breed Becomes Popular!

Once the Keeshond Club was established the keeshond increased rapidly in popularity throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s. Breeders collaborated in importing dogs from Germany and these imports became the foundation of the British keeshond. In 1928 Challenge Certificates were awarded to the breed for the first time, and Bartel van Zaandam, who had been imported from Germany under the name Billo von der Maiblume, won the first ticket.

Ado von Thierlstein, another dog imported from Germany sired by Ger. Ch. GeronamZiel, won the ticket the following year. Geron am Ziel was also the sire of the first Keeshond to be registered in America, Carl Hinderer’s Bella von Trennfeld, and of GuelderGeron, born in 1928.

Bartel van Zaandam

Ado von Thierlstein

Ger. Ch. GeronamZiel

DochfourHendrik GuelderGeron DochfourHendrik was to become the first champion in the breed, winning his third ticket under Mrs WingfieldDigby at the LKA in 1929. Mrs WingfieldDigby comments “This is an outstanding dog; his carriage and action are perfect; his coat is beautiful; his ears small and well-set; dark eyes; lovely colouring; to try and fault him, he is on the big side, rather tall on his legs, and snout a shade long, and spectacles might be more clearly marked.”

Breeders in England were increasing in number by the end of the 1920’s. Well-known names like Baroness Burton, Miss Hastings, Mrs Gatacre, Mrs Norton and Mrs Morton were all active in importing and breeding, along with other less well-known owners and breeders. In 1926 just 33 dogs had been registered with the Kennel Club, and two years later the number had increased to 131. In 1931 Lt.Col.WingfieldDigby, judging at Birmingham, said “Now that keeshonden are becoming more popular in England we should be careful not to let them get too large, bearing in mind they are essentially house dogs; at the same time we do not want to see too much of the Pom in them.”Alice Gatacre, in her notes for the Christmas edition of Our Dogs, notes that “the breed has become quite established in England now, and several exportations to the USA and the Continent (i.e. Europe) took place this year.”

In 1931 Mrs Morton of the de Witt keeshonds died and the de Witt kennels were dispersed, but Mrs WingfieldDigby’s sister, Mrs Fisher Rowe, had joined the ranks of the breeders. By 1935 registrations had increased to 242 – more than twice the number registered annually in the 21st century..

Mrs Morton of the de Witt keeshonds

Peaklands dogs were well to the fore in the mid-1930’s. Names that cropped up regularly in the lists of winners were Miss Kay’s Buck and his sire Speedy of the Peaklands.

Speedy of the Peaklands

Foxlydiate Max was also a regular winner, and a very good-looking dog.

Foxlydiate Max

The judge at WELKS in 1935 describes him as a sound, active dog of true type with the correct expression. At the same show the well-known littermates Hagedorn (see picture) and Halunke of Evenlode (see picture) received glowing reports. The judge said of Halunke“a beautiful puppy; this puppy should go far, he only wants time.” And of Hagedorn“She is practically faultless, and shows and is put down in that wonderful way one always associates with this kennel; there is no doubt as to her future.”

Halunke of Evenlode As the end of the decade approached and war loomed there was concern about the future of the dogs. Food was hard to obtain, most shows were cancelled, only smaller local shows going ahead as people were unable to travel due to fuel rationing and night-time restrictions. Dogs were found new homes, with only a few being kept in the hope that once the war was ended breeding could continue with the dogs that remained. Hagedorn of Evenlode

ROSSVALE FRANKLY MY DEAR KYROSS “FRANKIE” BEST PUPPY IN SHOW THE NORTH OF ENGLAND KEESHOND CLUB OPEN SHOW MARCH 2011. Special thanks to Sheila & Steve Brown for allowing me the privilege of owning this very special boy. Miss Jean S Davies, Kyross Keeshond, Brynford Stores, Lixwm Road, Brynford, Flinthsire, North Wales. CH8 8AD. Tel: 01352 711339

AustKees Keeshond in Australia By Shirley Mewett Brilhond Keeshonden

G’day again from down under. The first three months of 2011 have produced the most unusual weather in Australia including cyclones and 1 in 100+ year floods from Queensland in the north to Victoria in the south of the continent. As most of our shows are held outdoors, some impact on events has occurred but it is road closures and detours to venues, which has caused the most chaos. Two weeks ago I attended a show in a town on the Murray River and 3 months after the major flood event in January, detours were still in place on the many roads and bridges damaged or washed away by the water. Much of the land is “flat as a biscuit” and in places, deep water still lays across the farm land. The day after the show at Cohuna, several surrounding districts were visited by His Royal Highness Prince William. Now to the results…………and just a note here, throughout the results you will notice many for Baby Puppy. In Australia we may show dogs from 3 to 6 months of age in a Baby Puppy Class. They are ineligible for any Championship points at this age but compete for their class in breed, group and show. If you would like to see your results here, please email them to me at Vendorfe What The Heck Sire:-Ch Calivale Does It For Me Dam:-Calivale What Now ( Owned and handled by Sue Emary) 3/1/11 Central Gippsland K C Inc BOB& Junior in Group 26/1/11 Australia Day International Show Inc Junior in Group & Junior In Show 6/3/11 Yarra Glen K C Inc PM show BOB 12/3/11 Mt Elephant &Dist K C Inc BOB & Junior in Group 26/3/11 Eltham &Dist K C Inc BOB Miavig O Can You CE Me Sire:-Ch Vendorfe Sa You Wish Dam:-Ch Miavig Nikita (Owned and handled by Sue Emary)

Vendorfe What The Heck

29/1/11 West Gippsland K C Inc Baby Puppy in Group 13/2/11 Berwick &Dist K C Inc Minor Puppy in Group 12/311 Mt Elephant &Dist K C Inc BOB Minor Puppy in Group & Best Exhibit In Group at 7 months old 13/3/11 Noorat &Dist K C Inc Minor Puppy in Group CH KEEZ KNITTS INYA NIKKERS Sire:- Aust. Grand Ch Ryfrost Cool Dude Dam:-Ch Keez Everybodyz Talkin (Owned and handled by Shirley Mewett) 26/2/11 Naracoorte Kennel Club Inc. Judge Mrs l Stevens (Australian Capital Territory) Best Of Breed 26/2/11 Naracoorte Kennel Club Inc. Judge Mrs V Knopke (Queensland) Best of Breed 27/2/11 Naracoorte Kennel Club Inc. Judge Mrs R Henderson (Queensland) Best of Breed & Intermediate in Group

Miavig O Can You CE Me

13/3/11 Noorat & District Kennel Club Inc. Judge Mrs E Warner (Victoria) Best of Breed 14/3/11 Camperdown & District Kennel Club Inc Judge Mrs G Johnston ( New Zealand) Best of Breed

KEEZ KARBON KOPY Sire:- Australian/New Zealand Ch Keeswey The Marksman At Keez (imp NZ) Dam:- Australian Gr Ch Keez Tayla Maid (Owned and handled by Shirley Mewett) 22/1/11 Australia Day International Dog Club Inc Judge Mr K Johansson (Sweden) Baby In Group 6/2/11 Ballarat Dog Club Judge Ms J Lees (Victoria) Baby In Group 26/2/11 Narracoorte Kennel Club Inc Judge Mrs V Knopke (Queensland) Baby in Group 13/3/11 Noorat & District Kennel Club Inc

Keez Karbon Kopy

Judge Mrs M Thomas (New South Wales) Baby In Group 14/3/11 Camperdown & District Kennel Club Inc Judge Mrs G Johnston (New Zealand) & (Mrs D Clark (New Zealand) In Show Baby In Group & Baby In show 18/3/11 Cohuna & District Kennel Club Inc Judge Mrs J Arthur ( New South Wales) Baby In Group 19/3/11 Cohuna A P & H Society Inc Judge Mrs S McMahon ( New South Wales) & Mr M Arthur (New South Wales) In Show Baby in Group & Baby In show 20/3/11 Kerang & District Kennel Club Inc Judge Mrs r Robertson ( New South Wales) Baby in Group MBIS / MBISS Aust Grand & NZ Ch Keeswey The Marksman At Keez (imp NZ) Owned and Handled by Trevor & Cheri Rogers 6-Feb-11 Dog Challenge, Best of Breed Ballarat Dog Club [CH] (Judge was Ms J Lees) 30-Jan-11 Dog Challenge, RU Best of Breed Lady Bay Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mrs R Collicutt (Tas)) 29-Jan-11 Best of Breed - RU Best in Group - Open in Group Warrnambool &Dist Kennel &Obed [CH] (Judge was Mr S Munton (Tas)) 26-Jan-11 Dog Challenge, Best of Breed . Open in Group Australia Day International [CH] (Judge was Mr H Kadowaki)

MBIS/MBISS Aust Grand & NZ Ch Keeswey The Marksman At Keez (imp NZ)

23-Jan-11 Dog Challenge, Best of Breed - RU Best in Group Cranbourne Dog Club [CH] (Judge was Mrs J Rusby (Canada)) 21-Jan-11 Dog Challenge, Best of Breed, Best in Group Australia Day International [CH] (Judge was Mr K Johansson (Sweden)) 9-Jan-11 Dog Challenge, Best of Breed - RU Best in Group Yarra Ranges Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mr Chan Weng Woh (Malaysia)) 8-Jan-11 Best of Breed South Eastern Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mr Hanchul Kang (Korea))

7-Jan-11 Best of Breed - RU Best in Group South Eastern Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mr Alex Zee (Taiwan)) 2-Jan-11 Dog Challenge, Best of Breed, RU Best in Group - NEW GRAND CHAMPION Central Gippsland Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mr P Luyten) 1-Jan-11 Dog Challenge, Best of Breed, RU Best in Group New Years Day Amenities Show [CH] (Judge was Ms T Edwards (SA)) RUBISS Aust Ch Keez If The Shoe Fits Owned and Handled by Trevor & Cheri Rogers 30-Jan-11 Bitch Challenge - Best of Breed Lady Bay Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mrs R Collicutt (Tas)) 29-Jan-11 Bitch Challenge - RU Best of Breed - Australian Bred in Group Warrnambool &Dist Kennel & Obed [CH] (Judge was Mr S Munton (Tas))

RUBISS Aust Ch Keez If The Shoe Fits

8-Jan-11 Bitch Challenge, RU Best of Breed South Eastern Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mr Alex Zee (Taiwan)) 7-Jan-11 Bitch Challenge South Eastern Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mr Alex Zee (Taiwan)) Keez Kause For Koncern Sire:- Australian/New Zealand Ch Keeswey The Marksman At Keez (imp NZ) Dam:- Australian Gr Ch Keez Tayla Maid Owned and Handled by Trevor & Cheri Rogers 26-Jan-11 Baby of Breed and Baby in Group Australia Day International [CH] (Judge was Mr H Kadowaki (Japan)) Keez Kause For Koncern Keez Me Myself N I Sire:- Australian/New Zealand Ch Keeswey The Marksman At Keez (imp NZ) Dam:- Australian Gr Ch Keez Tayla Maid Owned and Handled by Trevor & Cheri Rogers 30-Jan-11 Baby of Breed and Baby in Group / Baby in Show Lady Bay Kennel Club [CH] (Judge was Mrs R Collicutt (Tas) / Mr S Munton (Tas)

29-Jan-11 Baby of Breed and Baby in Group Warrnambool &Dist Kennel &Obed [CH] (Judge was Mr S Munton (Tas)) 23-Jan-11 Baby of Breed Cranbourne Dog Club [CH] (Judge was Mrs J Rusby (Canada)) Keez Que Sera Sera Owned & handled by Dave & Denise Wall


Cranbourne Dog Club

Minor Puppy of Breed

12-Feb-11 Sunshine Kennel Club

Minor Puppy of Breed

25-Feb-11 2011 Royal Canberra Show

Puppy of Breed

12-Mar-11 Mt. Elephant& District Kennel Club AM

Puppy of Breed

12-Mar-11 Mt. Elephant& District Kennel Club PM

Puppy of Breed

13-Mar-11 Noorat & District Kennel Club AM

Puppy of Breed

13-Mar-11 Noorat & District Kennel Club

Puppy in Group


Puppy of Breed

Central Victoria Canine Club

16-Apr-11 Deniliquin & District Kennel Club

Best of Breed & Puppy of Breed

17-Apr-11 Deniliquin & District Kennel Club

Best of Breed & Puppy of Breed


Benalla Kennel Club

Runner Up of Breed


Benalla Kennel Club

Runner Up of Breed


Sunshine Kennel Club

Best of Breed


Noorat & District Kennel Club

Best of Breed


Cohuna A.P. & H. Society

Best of Breed


Kerang & District Kennel Club

Runner Up of Breed

Keez Me Myself N I

Keez Que Sera Sera

CALIVALE Calivale So You Think


S: Ch Keeswey Silver Crusader (Imp NZ)

D: Ch Calivale Abracadabra

Watch for her in a ring near you!

Calivale Keeshonds - Brad Santas - + 61 2 4774 1918 Web:


CALIVALE Calivale At It Again


S: Ch Calivale Does It For Me

D: Calivale Play It Again

Striker is well on his way to his Australian Championship Title.

He is PHPT neg and is available at stud to approved bitches. Home of All Breeds & Specialty Best in Show Winners Top Breeder 2009, 2010 & Currently #1* in 2011 *Dogzonline pointscore as at 2.4.11

Kees in canada

Western Canada Results - By Jeannie Owen — Kozmic Keeshonden I can’t report show wins if you don’t send them to me! Please feel free to send me your Western Canada show results and photos to If you are interested in reporting for other areas of Canada please contact At Oceanside, BC Keesrich Gossip Girl won WB three out of four days. Keesrich Thunder Down Under won BOB, Group 3 and a Best Puppy in Group. Seattle WA - Am. Can. Ch. Keesrich Wizard finished his U.S. championship in style taking BOB over top US Specials and onto a Group 4.

Am. Can. Ch. Keesrich Wizard


How to become a French champion?

by Isabelle Barthès-Courtet, kennel "des Loups grisd'Occitanie” - France

Four qualifiers can be attributed: EXC. : Excellent (red card) The term is attributed to a dog which comes very close to the standard of the breed ... presented in excellent condition, the dog makes an harmonious and balanced set. It has the "class" and it has excellent posture. Its superior qualities dominate its little imperfections and it has the characteristics of its sex. TB: « Très bon » meaning Very good (blue card). The dog is perfectly typed, balanced in its proportions, and it’s in good physical condition. Some defects "venial" but not morphological, are tolerated. The qualifier can reward only a quality dog! B: « Bon » Good (green card) This designation is awarded to a dog with characteristics of its breed however showing defaults, only if they are not prohibitive! AB: « Assez Bon » meaning Pretty good (yellow card) The dog is "typed" but without possessing and, or, not in good physical condition. For Puppy class (dogs between 9 and 12 months), the judge can make an assessment - « Trèsprometteur » Very promising - « Prometteur » Promising - « Assezprometteur » Pretty promising Depending on the type of show, some certificates can be also attributed: CACS « Certificatd'Aptitude de Conformité au Standard » or Aptitude Certificate of Compliance with Standards The CACS goes to the best male and the best female after the first confrontation of the two "REVIEWS" Open Classes and Labour. RCACS : « Réserve du Certificatd'Aptitude de Conformité au Standard ». The RCACS goes to the dog/bitch classed second behind the holder of the CACS. CACIB : « Certificatd'Aptitude au Championnat international de Beauté ». The certificate is delivered after the first confrontation EXCELLENT in Champion Class with dogs that have obtained the CACS and RCACS. RCACIB : « Réserve du Certificatd'Aptitude au Championnat international de Beauté » The RCACIB goes to the dog/bitch classed second behind the holder of the CACIB. How to obtain the title of « Champion de France de Conformité au Standard ? It depends on the breed but, for keeshonden in France, you have to obtain: ¾ The CACS of the « Championn at de France » (only one National exhibition each year) or the CACS of the National show of the breed (only one show organized by each kennel club each year, too) ¾ The CACS in one of the « Special breed » show organized by the club (about ten each year) ¾ The CACS in an international show where the CACIB is also attributed. ¾ The 3 CACS have to be obtained with 3 different judges, including at least a French judge. ¾ The TAN « Test d’Aptitudes Naturelles » or Test of natural aptitudes (no stressed and aggressive dog, walking in lead and without near the owner and somebody can examine the dog) ¾ The exam of hip dysplasia with an official advice, necessarily A or B Then, you have 2 months to ask for the approval of the title of France Champion.

International show (2288 entries) ROUEN - Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December 2010 Keeshond Dog 1st EXCELLENT CACS - CACIB BEST OF BREED In class OPEN jugged by M. BLANGINO Jean : BLIXI PARADISE OF THE GRAY WOLVES (Prop : Mlle DESJARDINS Erika Prod : Mlle DESJARDINS Erika) 2e EXCELLENT RCACS In class OPEN jugged by M. BLANGINO Jean : VICK D'ARLANDE (Prop : Mlle DESJARDINS Erika Prod : M. GRANGE Claude)

Exposition Nationale (1736 entries) NANTES - CACS - Saturday 11 December 2010 Keeshond Dog 1st EXCELLENT CACS BEST OF BREED In class OPEN jugged by M. VOILET Claude : CURACAO HANNIBAL OF BLOOM WHITE (Prop : Mme LOIZELET Elisabeth Prod : Mme LOIZELET Elisabeth) 1st EXCELLENT BEST YOUNG In class YOUNG jugged by M. VOILET Claude : F MACFLY (Prop : M. LACROIX Guy Prod : Mme FAUCHEUX Anne-Marie)

International show (2428 entries) NANTES - CACIB - Sunday 12 December 2010 Keeshond Dog 1st EXCELLENT CACS - CACIB BEST OF BREED In class OPEN jugged by M. LENEUF Christian : DICKENS OF BLOOM WHITE (Prop : M. CELIBERT Stéphane Prod : Mme LOIZELET Elisabeth) Keeshond Bitch 1st TRES BON In class OPEN jugged by M. LENEUF Christian : ECLIPSE (Prop : M. CELIBERT Stéphane Prod : Mme FAUCHEUX Anne-Marie)

International show (2971 entries) PARIS DOG SHOW - Saturday 08 January and Sunday 09 January 2011 Keeshond Dog 1st EXCELLENT CACS - CACIB In class OPEN jugged by Mme MEYER Dany : DOLCE VITA DYCK OF BLOOM WHITE (Prop : Mlle QUICRAY Aline Prod : Mme LOIZELET Elisabeth) International show (3008 entries) BORDEAUX - Sunday 16 January 2011 Keeshond Dog 1st EXCELLENT In class OPEN jugged by M. KLEIN Jean-Claude : DOMEI DES SEIGNEURS DE LA VALLEE DE L'ISLE (Prop : Mme MAUFRAIS Virginie Prod : M. Mlle DIAS RODRIGUES Manuel / BOITELLE Aurélia) 1st EXCELLENT CACS - CACIB BEST OF BREED In class INTERMEDIATE jugged by M. KLEIN Jean-Claude : EWOK BAILA WITH THE DOGS (Prop : Mme MAUFRAIS Virginie Prod : Mmes DUMON-MAUFRAIS Virginie / MAUFRAIS Sarah) Keeshond Bitch 1st EXCELLENT In class OPEN jugged by M. KLEIN Jean-Claude : HISATIS VAN'T KEZENHOEVEKE (Prop : M. DULAIS Raymond Prod : M. Mme GEERENS Karlo / VANHAELEN Marie-Josée)

International show (2136 entries) TROYES - Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 February 2011 Keeshond Dog 1st EXCELLENT CACS - CACIB BEST OF BREED In class OPEN jugged by M. OLIVEIRA Rui : ELDORADO DON JUAN OF BLOOM WHITE (Prop : M. HUSSON Francis Prod : Mme LOIZELET Elisabeth)

International show (1465 entries) NIORT - Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 February 2011 Keeshond Dog 1st EXCELLENT CACIB BEST OF BREED In class CHAMPION jugged by M. KERIHUEL Jean-Paul : ASPEN OF BLOOM WHITE (Prop : M. BENISTY Elie Prod : Mme LOIZELET Elisabeth) Keeshond Bitch TRES PROMETTEUR In class PUPPY jugged by M. KERIHUEL Jean-Paul : FLEURE DES FORETS EPHEMERES (Prop : M. Mme SICOT Jérémy and Angélique Prod : Mlle M. RAVINET Céline / SICOT Jérémy)

International show (2061 entries) TOULOUSE - Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 February 2011 Keeshond Bitch 1st EXCELLENT CACS - CACIB BEST OF BREED In class OPEN jugged by M. KLEIN Jean-Claude : DJUNE DES SEIGNEURS DE LA VALLEE DE L'ISLE (Prop : Mlle GAZAL Lila Prod : Mme M. BOITELLE Aurélia / DIAS RODRIGUES Manuel) TRES PROMETTEUR In class PUPPY jugged by M. KLEIN Jean-Claude : FLEURE DES FORETS EPHEMERES (Prop : M. Mme SICOT Jérémy and Angélique Prod : Mlle M. RAVINET Céline / SICOT Jérémy)

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Kees in Germany By Ulla Meyer — Kennel “ vom Alten Nierstal”

January 15, 2011, International Nürnberg, Mrs. Angelika Kammerscheid-Lammers, germany Junior dog 1. Arny von Fritzi’s Wölfen 2. Apollo von Fritzi’s Wölfen 3. Cooper von den Grafen aus Haun

Veteran bitch 1. Kiki vom Albuch

Champion dog 1. Sedrik vom Albuch

Junior bitch 1. Yoko Ono vom Alten Nierstal 2. Alfa von Fritzi’s Wölfen 3. Eleonora-Luna vom Ilmbogen

Open dog 1. Kimi vom Taubengarten 2. Cornelius von der Römerroute 3. Larkivom Taubengarten

Open bitch 1. Eila von der Dollyburg 2. Daika vom Ilmbogen 3. Blanca von der Steinbruchmaut

Challenge dog Kimi vom Taubengarten

Challenge bitch Eila von der Dollyburg

Reserve challenge dog Sedrik vom Albuch

Reserve challenge bitch Daika vom Ilmbogen

Best of breed Yoko Ono vom Alten Nierstal, owner Ulla Meyer

Yoko Ono vom Alten Nierstal

January 30, 2011, CAC-show Castrop-Rauxel, Mr.Milivoje Uresevic, Slovenien

Veteran dog 1. Nelly’s Major

Puppy bitch 1. My Grey Sweetheart Amazing Emely

Puppy dog 1. Ernesto von Klein Manhattan 2. My Grey Sweetheart Angelo

Junior bitch 1. Ylva vom Alten Nierstal 2. Nelly’s Xelia

Junior dog 1. Ernesto von der Römerroute 2. Nelly’s X-Tra

Intermediate bitch 1. Aischa vom Xantener Dom

Open dog 1. Ayrton S. von Klein Manhattan 2. Ares vom Hobelspan 3. Campino von Klein Manhattan

Champion bitch 1. Nelly’s Voona 2. Baluna von Haus Rubens

Veteran bitch 1. Pina vom Alten Nierstal 2. Nelly’s Quonny 3. Nelly’s Pretty Lady

Open bitch 1. Endearing Romina vom Kreigenfeld 2. Casey Hope von Klein Manhattan 3. Beautiful Sunshine Lady von Klein Manhattan

Inter cham. bitch 1. Velvet vom Alten Nierstal

Challenge dog Ayrton S. von Klein Manhattan

Challenge bitch Nelly’s Voona

Reserve challenge dog Ares vom Hobelspan

Reserve challenge bitch Baluna von Haus Rubens

Bestof breed Nelly’s Voona, owner Michaela Weyna

Nelly’s Voona

February 12, 2011, International Rheinberg, Mr.TheoLeenen, Belgium

Veteran dog 1. Chris von Hochkirchen 2. Nelly’s O-Kiss

Veteran bitch 1. Roxette vom Alten Nierstal 2. Pina vom Alten Nierstal

Inter cham. Dog 1. Androsch von Haus Rubns 2. Tommy vom Alten Nierstal 3. Nelly’s Tasco

Inter cham. Bitch 1. Velvet vom Alten Nierstal

Junior dog 1. Abelix von Bella-Lupella 2. Nelly’s X-Tra 3. Ernesto von der Römerroute

Junior bitch 1. Nelly’s Xelia 2. Golden Sam’s Amoura 3. Ylva vom Alten Nierstal

Champion dog 1. Nelly’s Ury

Intermediate bitch 1. Elisabeth “Sissi” von der Römerroute 2. Aischa vom Xantener Dom

Open dog 1. Ares vom Hobelspan 2. Campino von Klein Manhattan 3. Ayrton S. von Klein Manhattan

Champion bitch 1. Baluna von Haus Rubens

Open bitch 1. Nelly’s Vunny 2. Bosliefje-Edda op’n Spits Terpje 3. Casey Hope von Klein Manhattan Challenge dog Ares vom Hobelspan

Challenge bitch Baluna von Haus Rubens

Reserve challenge dog Nelly’s Ury

Reserve challenge bitch Nelly’s Vunny

Bestof breed Ares vom Hobelspan, owner Monika Möller

March 12, 2011, International Offenburg, Mrs. Ingrid de Lasberg, germany Veteran dog 1. Jasper-Leon

Intercham. Bitch 1. Chila von der Lärchenhöhe

Junior dog 1. The grey sensation Andy 2. Emil-Etzel vom kleinen Oberschelklingerhof 3. Aistraum Sheggy Sean

Junior bitch 1. Yoko Ono vom Alten Nierstal 2. Eni von der Lärchenhöhe 3. Emma vom kleinen Oberschelklingerhof

Intermediat dog 1. Enyo-Toni von der Römerroute

Intermediate bitch 1. Enja von der Lärchenhöhe

Champion dog 1. Dingo von der Lärchenhöhe

Champion bitch 1. Dana von der Lärchenhöhe 2. Whitney Houston vom Alten Nierstal

Open dog 1. Dolce Vita Dyck of Bloomwhite 2. Cornelius von der Römerroute 3. Hanno vom Alten Helenenhof

Open bitch 1. Shamayra’s Djymba Diva 2. Djamilia-Ylva von der Lärchenhöhe

Challenge dog Dingo von der Lärchenhöhe

Challenge bitch Shamayra’s Djamba Diva

Reserve challenge dog Dolce Vita Dyck of Bloomwhite

Reserve challenge bitch Enja von der Lärchenhöhe

Bestof breed Yoko Ono vom Alten Nierstal, owner Ulla Meyer

Yoko Ono vom Alten Nierstal

Kees in Russia By Ekaterina Nikitina Kennel Iz Mirashela January 30, 2011 -Keeshond National Specialty Show– 2011 (City Moscow) - Judge MrsGavrilova Y. Best Male, Club Winner, - Russkoe Serebro Peresvet(Epic’s Mr Took x Vanderblom Circe Invidosa For RS) – Milovanova E. Best Opposite Sex, Club Winner, – Rus Ch Diva Divnaya iz Mirashela (Lohamras King Of The Road x Gloria Florens Bessi Light) - M. Alesehko Best of Breed, Best of Junior, Young Club Winner - Pushistikoff Don Diego Desperado (Russkoe Serebro Obereg For Pushistikoff x Aella) – Shadrina O. Best of puppy - Daddy Line Elini (Russkoe Serebro Plyushevyy Mishka x Aystraum Chara Cheerful) – Baranov A. Best of baby -Almaznyy Istochnik Golubka Moya (Eswood Pure Mousse x Almaznyy Istochnik Ahni Vosled) - Hvatova N. and Litov O.

Rus Ch Diva Divnaya iz Mirashela

Daddy Line Elini

Pushistikoff Don Diego Desperado

International Dog Show CACIB : February 26, 2011 – International Dog Show (City St. Petersburg) – Judge Mr. Yohai Barak - Israel Best of Breed, CACIB – Rus Ch Russkoe Serebro Obereg For Pushistikoff (Epic's Mr Took x Ais Lu-Lu Serebrjanaja) - S. Moskvina Best Opposite Sex - Rus Ch Pushistikoff Amazonka(Ikurin Nota Bene x Aella) - S. Moskvina March 12, 2011– International Dog Show « Stars Siberia» (City Novosibirsk) – Judge Mr. Alexandrov- Russia Best of Breed, CACIB, – Rus Ch Gudini iz Mirashela (Lohamras King Of The Road ̵ Gloria Florence Best Gel) – Vask K. Best Opposite Sex, CACIB, –Rus Ch Lohamras Queen For Mirashel (Stratus The Philanderer x Lohamras Itzi Bitzi) – E. Nikitina

Rus Ch Gudini iz Mirashela March 26, 2011– International Dog Show « Eurasia - 1» (City Moscow) – Judge Mr. Eugene Erusalimskiy- Russia Best of Breed, CACIB, Champion of Eurasia – Rus Ch Aistraum Chubby Chieftain (Epic's Mr Took x Ais Lu-Lu Serebrjanaja) - S. Moskvina Best Opposite Sex, CACIB, Champion of Eurasia – Rus Ch Aistraum Shayana (Aistraum Bonte ˁasper ̵ Aistraum Jemika) - S. Egorova Best of Junior - Rus JCh Niksend Road Of The Real King(Lohamras King Of The Road x Niksend National History) – Hlebnikova V. Best of puppy - Almaznyy Istochnik Golubka Moya (Eswood Pure Mousse x Almaznyy Istochnik Ahni Vosled) - Hvatova N. and Litov O. Best of baby - Trio in C Gorbatki Samaya Luchshaya (Trio in C Gorbatki Argo x) – Dorofeev N. Best of Veteran, -Rus Ch Tinika Thea (Aistraum Blad x Sashanna Blue Little Gloud) - G. Karpova, Rus Ch Aistraum Shayana

March 27, 2011– International Dog Show « Eurasia - 1» (City Moscow) – Judge Mr. GERARD JIPPING -Netherlands Best of Breed, CACIB, Champion of Eurasia – Rus Ch Shone Hund Zerkalo Dushi (Aistraum Terri Tvein ̵ CH Gintare`s Ara) – Markova N. Best Opposite Sex, CACIB, Champion of Eurasia – Rus Ch Pushistikoff Don Diego Desperado (Russkoe Serebro Obereg For Pushistikoff x Aella) – Shadrina O. Best of Junior - Rus Ch Pushistikoff Esmeralda (Arron x Pushistikoff Amazonka) – Morozova T. Best of Veteran, -Rus Ch Serebryanaya Shubka Ben (Aistraum Gvidon x Tinika Thea) - G. Karpova,

Rus JCh Niksend Road Of The Real King

Rus Ch Shone Hund Zerkalo Dushi Rus Ch Pushistikoff Esmeralda


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Kees in the United kingdom By Lady Karin Hickson — Kichigai Keeshonden

For this issue of KeeshondWorld our UK results will be limited to the 2011 Crufts show, The Greatest Show on Earth! The Rules for British dogs entering Crufts are simple, you come first to third in qualifying classes at Championship shows where Challenge Certificates (CC’s) are on offer or you have your Stud Book Number gained by either winning CC/RCC Junior Warrant or 1st in open dog/bitch class at Championship show with CC’s on offer so for some the year previous is spend going to Championship shows for that qualification. Having spent time attending qualifying Championship shows throughout the previous year. The owners and breeders of 21377 dogs of all recognised breeds entered Crufts over 5 separate halls and 4 days, with the hope of becoming Crufts Supreme Best in Show! This is done by winning Best of Breed then Best in Group then the ultimate Best in Show. Coming from this number, 39 dogs and 48 bitches were entered in the Keeshond classes making a total number of 87 dogs and 90 entries, for breed Specialist Judge Mrs E Wogan (Deminiac) French by Birth but an adopted Irish Breeder/ Exhibitor. Owning the first Keeshond to go Best in Show all breeds in Ireland. Liz has bred or made up 17 Irish Champions , 6 UK Champions has achieved 6 best in shows, 12 Reserve Best In shows and a grand total of 38 Group Wins. Although no longer breeding she is still taking a keen interest in the breed. March 13th 2011 .




Classes Veteran - Dog Entries: 3 Abs: 0 1st






Special Puppy - Dog Entries: 3 Abs: 0 1st






Special Junior - Dog Entries: 8 Abs: 0 1st










Post Graduate - Dog Entries: 9 Abs: 0 1st










Limit - Dog Entries: 7 Abs: 0 1st







Open - Dog Entries: 9 Abs: 0 1st










Good Citizen Dog Scheme - Dog Entries: 1 Abs: 0 1st


Veteran - Bitch Entries: 6 Abs: 0 1st










SWASHWAY STAGE STRUCK – Reserve Bitch Challenge

Special Puppy - Bitch Entries: 3 Abs: 1 1st



Special Junior - Bitch Entries: 11 Abs: 2 1st










Post Graduate - Bitch Entries: 10 Abs: 5 1st










Limit - Bitch Entries: 9 Abs: 3 1st
















Good Citizen Dog Scheme - Bitch Entries: 2 Abs: 0 1st




KEESHONDS CRTITIQUE CRUFTS 13TH MARCH 2011, JUDGE: MRS. E. WOGAN. Many thanks to the exhibitors for a lovely entry and for the sporting reaction with which they received my decisions. I had some really lovely exhibits to go over, however, I did think there was more depth of quality overall amongst the bitches than the dogs, my open bitch class being the hardest of the day with some top quality bitches leaving the ring unplaced. VETERAN DOG. 3.0A. 1ST: Austin’s CHOTAKEES WHAT A DREAM. Nice dog of correct size with very good neck and shoulder placement, high set tail, Giving a lovely outline, typical head with good eye shape, well placed ears. Good coat texture and clear colour. Sound mover. In excellent condition, a credit to his owner/handler. 2nd. Hickson’s CH. KICHIGAI GREAT PRETENDER. One I have seen before and always liked. Very balanced with good overall conformation, plenty of substance, correct tail set. Masculine head, nice eye and well placed ears. Well marked coat, well boned legs, good feet. Slight problem with his front movement cost him the class. 3rd. Rose’s VALINDALE RUM PUNCH FOR ESORKEES. Again, one I have judged before and highly placed but today lacking his previous sparkle. Nice size, good front, good angulation. Masculine head. Coat of correct texture with strong markings but could have done with a little bit more trousers. Tended to pull on one side when moving. SPECIAL PUPPY DOG. 3. 0A. 1ST. Lindsay’s ENREVEYAR EXCEPTIONAL WITH MEZANDA Nice size, good front, would like him a little more compact. Typical head, eye of correct shape, a touch light, good ear placement. Enough bone, moved well. 2nd. Ednaaron’s BUCHKEES LOVE IN THE MIST.

Compact with good overall balance, good reach of neck and shoulder placement. Tail set could be higher. Lovely head with dark eyes and neat ears. Coat of good texture and colour for age. Good bone, needs to settle on the move. 3rd. Wood’s NERADMIK SECRET AFFAIR WITH WEGLAUFEN. One I really liked and could have won the class but threw his chances away. Excellent body proportions and well made throughout, high set tail. Beautiful head, dark eye and nice ears. Good legs and feet. Needs to cooperate better with handler on the move. SPECIAL JUNIOR DOG. 8. 0A. 1ST Brunt’ SUEACRES ICED DIAMOND OF ZANDVOORT. Very nice dog of lovely type, good front, right amount of angulation, good neck and shoulder placement, high tail set. Loved his head and expression, dark eye and well placed ears. Coat of clear colour, good legs and feet. Sound mover. Should have a bright future. 2nd.Well’s ALLFORUS HUBBA BUBBA OF BELANISTA. Smaller dog, well put together with a balanced outline, excellent tail set. Liked his head very much, dark eye of correct shape giving a lovely expression, correct ear placement. Strongly marked coat for age. Good bone, moved well. 3rd. Wilkes’ HELKEESEN SURFIN AT DAKARAIKEES Nicely made and in good body condition. Muzzle a little fine and would like a fraction more stop, dark eye, well placed ears. Clear coat colour, good legs and feet. Very sound moving dog POST GRADUATE DOG. 9. 0 1st. Luckurst’s GAVIMIR DEMON Looked an absolute picture when standing, excellent shape with good reach of neck and tail set, giving a lovely outline. Beautiful head and expression, dark eye of correct shape, well placed ears. Very good colour, good legs and feet. Beautifully presented and handled but rear movement let him down in the challenge. 2nd. ELLIOTT’s NERADMIK BOSS AT FLETILLA Threw his chances away, would not stand or use his ears properly which cost him the class. Quality dog of excellent type, good overall conformation and high tail set. Very attractive head with correct eye shape. Well marked coat of clear colour, good bone, sound mover. When better behaved, should have a bright future. 3rd. BATTRAM’s EDNAARON HAWKWEED Good front with good reach of neck and shoulder placement. Tail set could be higher. Attractive head but foreface lacked markings, dark eye of nice shape giving lovely expression, well set ears, good coat colour. Would have liked more bone, moved ok. LIMIT DOG. 7.0A 1st. FEIST’s NERADMIK VALENTINO Looked an absolute picture, beautiful outline, excellent neck and shoulder, good tail set, hard body condition. Gorgeous head and expression, well placed ears, plenty of bone, good feet, very sound mover. Coat of colour good and with stronger markings would have been a contender for top honours, Can see no reason why this dog should not make it to the top 2nd. ATKINSON’s TORRIKEES WHO IS THE BOSS OF WINKLESTAR Another quality exhibit, nicely balanced outline, good body condition, with good front, correct angulation, lovely head and expression, neat ears. Coat of correct texture and colour, very good bone, moved well, his day will come. 3rd. KING’s EASTKEES SECRETS AND LIES Could another day swap places with 2. Nicely made with good front, neck and shoulder placement, high tail set. Lovely head and expression, dark eye, ears a touch large but well set. Coat of nice colour, good bone, moved well. OPEN DOG. 7.0A 1st BLOMFIELD’s CH. VALINDALE WHATEVER. Most handsome and impressive dog, well up to size but without any coarseness Excellent reach of neck, short back, high tail set. Masculine, attractive head of good type, dark eye of nice shape, correct ear placement for width of skull.

Well marked coat of good clear colour and right texture. A pleasure to watch on the move, beautifully presented and handled by his breeder, my pleasure to award him CC and BOB. 2nd. DAY’s CH. ALLFORUS DICE MASTER FOR SPITZCAV One I have judged and liked when younger and has matured into a lovely dog but I do not think I have seen him looking better than today. Excellent overall conformation very good reach of neck, good tail set. Nice head type with lovely expression, dark eye, good ear set. In strong, well muscled body condition, nice legs and feet. Coat in full bloom with good texture and colour. Sound mover. Very well presented and handled. RCC. 3rd.BRUNT’s ZANDVOORT DREAM MACHINE Completed a trio of top quality exhibits, well constructed throughout with good neck and shoulder, short back and good tail set giving a lovely outline. Nice head and expression, eye of correct shape, excellent ears, good bone, moved well. Nicely handled. Would expect him to get to the top in the future. GOOD CITIZEN DOG SCHEME.1.0A 1st.WELLS’ ALLFORUS HUBBA BUBBA OF BELANISIYA VETERAN BITCH. 6.0A 1st.SHARP-BALE’s CH. STURTMOOR CRAZY FOR NERADMIK. Lovely for type, beautiful shape and outline, excellent neck and shoulder, short back, good tail set. Liked her head and expression very much. Coat of nice texture and colour, good bone, nice feet, excellent mover. 2nd. GODDARD’S. CH SWASWAY DRAMA QUEEN Smaller bitch with good conformation, excellent tail set, gorgeous head, dark eyes and small, well placed ears. Coat of clear colour and strong markings, good bone, nice feet, moved very well for her experienced handler. 3rd. STUBBINGS’ NORKEES SPECIAL EDITION AT VANDERSEE Nice outline, well put together with very good neck and shoulder placement. Good tail set, pretty head, dark eyes and neat ears. Good colour and strong markings, good legs and feet, excellent mover SPECIAL PUPPY BITCH. 3.0A 1st.SAUNDERS’ LIEFKEES ANGELIKA Taller bitch, well constructed, good front, neck and shoulder, good angulation, tail set could be higher, nice head type with dark eye, good ear set. Coat of clear colour, good bone, moved very well 2nd.ROSES’NERADMIK KISSES AND GIGGLES FOR ESORKEES Lovely size, good make and shape with good substance, dark eyes, well placed ears, although to be hypercritical they could be a touch smaller. Well boned legs, sound mover but needs to make more of herself. SPECIAL JUNIOR BITCH. 11.2A 1st. HICKSON’s KITCHIGAI SPECIAL EDITION Very nice bitch, balanced outline with excellent front assembly and high tail set. Sweet head and expression, lovely dark eye, nice ears, in good coat of clear colour and good markings, good bone, very sound on the move. Should have a bright future. 2nd. SAUNDER’s LIEFKEES ANNABELL Bigger bitch, well constructed, very good neck and shoulder placement, excellent tail set, pleasing head with dark eyes, ears set could be higher. In nice coat of good colour and markings. Very good on the move. BP. 3rd. HENMAN, PETTERSON AND BELL’s FOXIFAIRE PRETTY WOMAN. One I thought lovely and who could on another occasion win her class, but on the day her coat was not at its best. Excellent conformation, liked her size, very pretty head, with dark eyes, neat ears. Good bone, nice feet, excellent mover. In better coat should do really well.

POST GRADUATE BITCH. 10.5A 1st. EGGLESTON’s MARTELLKEES FORGET ME NOT BY RICARA, Right size and substance. Excellent neck and shoulder placement, short back, good tail set. Lovely head type, nice shape of eye and small ears. In good coat of correct texture and good colour, good legs and feet. Moved well. 2nd. JAINES and BATES’ ALLORUS BORN FOR ICE. Out of a bitch I have always liked and like her mother, of very good shape and make with good front, neck and shoulder. Tended to drop her tail. Very pretty head, eye of very good shape, giving sweet expression, and small, well placed ears. Coat of correct texture, Nicely boned legs, sound mover. 3rd. ELLIOTT’s NATLOU LADY PENELOPE AT FLETILLA Good overall balance with very good neck and shoulder placement, high tail set, however I felt her outline would have been served better if she carried less coat. Lovely head, dark eye and good ear placement. Clear coat colour, nice bone, Movement not quite as good as 1 and 2. LIMIT BITCH. 9.3A 1ST HILL’s PLYMKEES LIMITED EDITION Short back, would have liked a touch more reach of neck, good tail set, pretty, feminine head with dark, nicely shaped eye, correct ear placement. Good coat texture and clear colour, good bone, moved well. 2nd GREGORY’s NERADMIK SCANDALOUS AT NATLOU Nicely balanced outline, good reach of neck, good tail set. Lovely head and expression, dark eye of correct shape, good ear placement. Good coat texture. Well boned legs and nice feet. Lost to 1 on movement. 3rd. STUBBINGS’ VANDERSEE AUTUMNAL MIST Not quite as compact as 1 and 2, but with good neck and shoulder, right amount of angulation and good tail set. Feminine head with dark eye and good ear placement. Good bone, sound mover. OPEN BITCH. 9.2A My strongest class of the day and, unfortunately, some very nice bitches left the ring unplaced. 1st. SHARP-BALE’s LADY GODIVA’s GUILTY PLEASURES WITH NERADMIK Outstanding bitch, excellent overall conformation with good reach of neck and shoulder placement, high tail set. Lovely head type with dark eye and small, neat ears. Profuse coat of correct texture with nice colour and good markings. Very good bone, nice feet, one of the best movers on the day. CC. 2nd. FRANCIS and WILDING’ SWASHWAY STAGE STRUCK. Standing, looked a smaller replica of 1. Very good neck and shoulder, very good tail set. Beautiful head of a type that I love and that one has come to expect from this kennel, dark eyes and small ears. Nice bone. In full coat of clear colour, sound mover. Full of herself and quite a handful, credit is due to her handler for getting the best out of her in the challenge. RCC. 3rd,BARDSLEY’ s BALEISSA CATWALK QUEEN Quality bitch, well constructed and presenting a lovely outline with short back, good neck and shoulder, very good tail set. Feminine head, lovely expression, eye could be a fraction darker but of correct shape, small, well placed ears. Very good bone, tight feet. Well marked coat of the right texture and clear colour. Very sound. GOOD CITIZEN DOG SCHEME BITCH.2.0A 1ST.BARDSLEY’s BALEISSA CATWALK QUEEN 2nd. SAUNDER’s CH. LIEFKEES ALBERTINE Not as compact as 1. Very good front with nice reach of neck, good shoulder placement, high tail set. Correct ear set. Enough bone. Well marked coat of excellent colour. Moved ok. Critiques reproduced with kind permission from Mrs. E. Wogan.




Photos courtesy of Karen Fiest & Isabelle BarthesCourtet

75th Anniversary Celebration Weekend Programme of Events & Booking Form Friday 5th August to Sunday 7th August 2011 Grange Park Sports Club Wetherby Grange Park Old Boston Road Wetherby LS22 5NB Kindly Sponsored by:


Programme of Events (All taking place on site)

Friday 5th August 2011 in the Club House, Grange Park Sports Club

Waakzaam Memorial Welcome Reception (Funded from the Bequest of the Late Mary Smyth) 7:00pm Light Refreshments & 1st Drink Free on production of Voucher, Cash Bar thereafter. Booking Essential. Please use the booking form to order your free Vouchers.

Saturday 6th August 2011 in the Marquee

Breed Championship Show (Sponsored by Royal Canin) 8:30am Show Opens 9:30am Judging Starts Hot & Cold Refreshments available all day, including breakfast and lunch. Cash Bar from midday. An assortment of stalls inc Tombola 6:30pm Quiz, Hog Roast with Side Dishes (Vegetarian Option available), Disco all for £7 per head. Booking Essential. Please use the booking form to order your prepaid tickets. (Cash Bar, Coffee Stall etc available)

NB: All times are approximate apart from the Opening Time and Start of Judging of the Championship Show


Programme of Events (Continued) (All taking place on site)

Sunday 7th August 2011 in the Marquee

11:00am Fun Day Activities (Sponsored by Harringtons, Fish4Dogs, Vet Recommended Diets) (Entries taken on the day) Including, in no particular order: Sausage Relay: Fancy Dress: Spud & Spoon: Have a Go Agility: Have a Go Heelwork to Music: Musical Chairs Etc An assortment of stalls inc Raffle Hot & Cold Refreshments available all day, including breakfast and lunch. Cash Bar from midday. 4:00pm Closing Ceremony & Cutting of Anniversary Cake 6:00pm Fish & Chip Supper (Vegetarian Option available) @ ÂŁ5 per head payable on the day but please indicate numbers on the booking form if you wish to partake. (Cash Bar, Coffee Stall etc available)

NB: All times are approximate apart from the Opening Time and Start of Judging of the Championship Show

Map of Grange Park Sports Club, Wetherby Grange Park Old Boston Road Wetherby LS22 5NB Wetherby

Leave A1M (N or S) at Junction 45 & follow signs A689 (A168) Wetherby At 1st roundabout take 3rd exit Boston Road A168 Wetherby Boston Spa

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to bring your own chairs and picnic tables NORTH OF ENGLAND KEESHOND CLUB Ian Stubbings Acting Secretary 3 High Bields Yapham York YO42 1PL Phone: 01759 304773 Email:

Activities in Brief In addition to the “serious business” of the 2011 Breed Championship Show on Saturday 6th August 2011 (see Schedule for full details), Members, Exhibitors, Visitors and Guests are invited to participate in the following social events, all taking place on site.

Waakzaam Memorial Welcome Reception Friday 5th August 2011 7:00pm Light Refreshments and 1st Drink Free (with Voucher). Apply for your free vouchers in advance.

Hog Roast, Quiz & Disco Saturday 6th August 2011 6:30pm Hog Roast, with Side Dishes (Vegetarian Option available) £7 per head all in. Apply for your prepaid tickets in advance 2011...Keesie Heaven Fun Day Sunday 7th August 2011 11:00am Fun & Games for all Keesies, and their doggy and human friends. 4:00pm Closing Ceremony and Cutting of the Anniversary Cake

Fish & Chip Supper Sunday 7th August 2011 For those who do not have to rush away, a Fish & Chip Supper will be prepared and served on site from 6:00pm. The price will be £5 per head payable on the day. Please indicate numbers, if you wish to partake.

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NORTH OF ENGLAND KEESHOND CLUB Ian Stubbings Acting Secretary 3 High Bields Yapham York Phone: 01759 304773 Email:

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“yankees” Kees in the usa By Terri VanSchyndel Wund-R-Y Kees — USA

There have been others that won breeds and got group placements that I have not listed here, to those I apologize….if anyone wants to report their group placements to me for future reporting, please do. Photos are also needed, along with your results! There is nothing like some FREE advertising for your wins!!

For the first 3 months of 2011 proved to be a very good time a few dogs in the Midwest and East Coast of the United States. GCH Karolina Bonnyvale Meant to Be scored some very nice wins. In the first quarter of 2011 he amassed a Group 1, two Group 2’s and three Group 3’s. Congrats go out to owners Bill & Pat Stroud and Darlene Bosch. GCH Daimlers Caviar Dreams has also enjoyed group placements the beginning of 2011, two Group 1’s & one Group 3. Breeders/Owners are Terry & Diane Benz. CH Darkenwald Flashpoint at Southcar started out with some group placements out of the classes prior to his championship being obtained. He earned one Group 3 and 2 Group 4’s. Owners are Lynne Hewitt and Suzette Lefebvre.

The beginning of the year seems to be having a slow start for our breed in the group ring, hopefully this will improve during the year and we will see more Keeshonden getting recognized in the group rings! I have heard favorable comments from several judges about the quality of the Kees they are seeing in the Midwest. It does a breed proud to hear good overall comments about the breed we love so much.

Gait & Movement of the Keeshond by Phyllis Noonan — Sherwood Kennels - USA Describing Keeshond movement is about as difficult as describing how I make my spaghetti sauce with no recipe. At least we have our Standard to follow that does somewhat describe the movement that is desired in the keeshond. Our breed standard describes the keeshond as well-balanced, short coupled with alert carriage. Under GAIT, it states “ the distinctive gait of the Keeshond is unique to the breed. Dogs should move boldly and keep tails curled over the back. They should move cleanly and briskly; the movement should be straight and sharp with reach and drive between slight to moderate.” We need to analyse these words before we can begin to understand gait/movement. Well-balanced requires that the entire dog is in sync. Balance can only be achieved if all the pieces fit. To simplify, shoulders, length of back, rear assembly all play a vital role in making a “well-balanced” animal. Our standard calls for angulation to be slight to moderate both with the forequarters as well as the hindquarters. If the front assembly, shoulder to upper arm angulation is in proportion and the rear angulation is in proportion to the front, we will then have a wellbalanced keeshond who will move straight, sharp and brisk. It goes without saying, that we also must have a happy, alert and proud dog with the attitude that compliments the correct conformation.. Short coupled means the back should be short and the dog should also have a short loin. An animal that is too long in either the back or loin will never end up being “shortcoupled”.

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The standard calls for “square appearance” also and in order to achieve that, both back and loin need to be short. However, “too” short can be a problem as is “too” long. Alert appearance – seems easy enough to understand !!!! But – is it? To give that alert appearance, the animal must carry his/her head well above the height of the back. Neck plays a role here also as that must be correctly placed and per the standard, the neck has to be reasonable long, well placed and carried properly. This breed’s gait is described as “unique” !! Movement needs to be clean, brisk, bold, sharp with the ability to move efficiently. All of the above describes the wellbalanced animal who can and should move correctly. We are NOT looking for a ground covering type of movement but rather, a shorter and brisker stride. We are looking for the type of movement where the front legs just extend far enough forward to clear the rear legs. When you are viewing a well made Keeshond coming at you, the front legs may converge SLIGHTLY toward the center , particularly as the speed increases. While seeing the Keeshond move away from you, you should be able to view the back pad and again, when the speed increases, the legs converge SLIGHTLY toward the center. In my view, what is important is to remember that this breed is frequently called “THE DUTCH BARGE DOG “ and as such, must be sure-footed and capable of short, brisk strides with the added ability to function on a WET DECK.

A “slight” bend of the pasterns aids in the ability of this animal to move with a sure-footed action. This same sure-footed animal can turn the corner the ring1 cleanly VOL 1ofISSUE and efficiently and therefore, must be well-balanced with equal angulation fore and aft. We do not want any sort of swinging from side to side or pounding of their legs while moving and we do not expect them to keep pace, step for step with the Dalmatian or the Standard Poodle. The Handler should move just fast enough to allow the wellbalanced, well built, proper angles front and rear with proud carriage animal to present the “UNIQUE” movement that we are discussing here. Now, having said that, we must also learn what is the correct speed for any one particular dog and also, how to use the lead to aid in the smooth movement that we are looking for. If , when moving, you as the handler holds the leash too tightly, it will throw off the movement and in that same mindset, if you are moving too slowly or too fast, the movement will be altered. A well-built, Keeshond, shown on a lead that is held rather loosely will trot out there briskly and efficiently. As the speed increases, it is acceptable to see a slight convergence , both in the front and rear to the center line of gravity. On the lateral or side movement, we are not looking for a great, flying trotting action but rather, a shorter gait with the front legs going just far enough out to avoid the rear legs.

If the dog is not equal in angulation and the rear assembly has more angulation than the front, it can overreach, meaning that while moving, this animal will bring his rear feet outside of the center line or sometimes, inside because those legs have nowhere else to go. The same may also happen when the Keeshond is “too” short in back and/or loin. When moving, this dog has no room to place or plant his rear legs in line with his front legs so again, the rear appears to be out of sync. In the good column, words like; balance, smooth, brisk, efficient, short-coupled, neck well-set, compact body, all help to make for a good moving Keeshond. In the bad column, words like; restrictive, cowhocked, sickle hocked, overreaching, toeing in or out, short upper arm are all items that make for a poorly moving keeshond. So, to sum this all up, before you can have a properly true moving keeshond, you have to start with a well-made dog that has correct angulation, that is short appearing with a compact body, a barrel that is well rounded, that has a neck that is long and properly set on the shoulders, with a “slight” sloping topline. If you have all of the above and you teach yourself as well as the dog to move at the right speed, you will have a great time in the conformation ring and your dog will have the distinctive gait that is UNIQUE to our breed and our breed alone. Now, I have been asked by many to try to give some sort of a guideline as to the speed with which we are supposed to move our dogs. Tough call here. Earlier, I mentioned that too short OR too long are incorrect and while moving, these differences in the build of the dog being examined display quite different movement.

The too short dog may have difficulty finding some place to plant their hind feet and in most cases, with this type, a slower speed seems to work better and conversely, the animal that is too long generally can move faster and may appear to be the better build of the two. We have more difficulty at the group level of competition with the very shortbacked keeshond as Judges seem frequently to judge on speed rather than on the correct, overall conformation and the extended reach and drive that sometimes accompanies the dog that is beyond “ moderate” in angulation and is a mite too long in body, shows exciting , albeit, incorrect lateral movement. When I am trying to evaluate one of my own dogs and trying to decide if this is what I want to exhibit, I start with him or her outside in the yard running around with no leash at all. I like to watch the movement that this particular dog is most comfortable with, while watching , I look for too much extention while trotting and /or too little. This helps me first to determine how this dog will move while on a lead and perhaps being made to either slow down or speed up. I also have a very large mirror set up against the wall in my garage. This is opposite my jogger so , while I have the dog moving along at a slow speed on the jogger, I watch. I will then move the dial so that the speed on the trotter is increased. This, also can help to show me what seems to be the correct speed and timing for this particular dog.

Even two dogs that seem to be built almost identically to one another can move differently so you need to really watch and learn what is the very best speed on the down and back and what is the very best speed on the go around. Those speeds may vary depending on the dog being evaluated. Lots of practice here and learning how to use your leash so as not to restrict the movement but to also control that movement will give you the confidence and ability to be competitive in the conformation ring. You will be as “unique” as is your “unique”, alert and well moving Keeshond. Practice makes Perfect and will help you to be comfortable and competitive while exhibiting your happy, alert and well-made Keeshond. ENJOY !!!!

I would like to take a moment to extend my thanks to all of you who have so graciously written or called regarding the first two articles and it is my sincere hope that this third and final article is enjoyed as well.

A long discussion later, 11:00pm was time to go to bed!

A Unique Experience ! By Isabelle Barthès-Courtet (France)

This year, a friend convinced me to come with her to the CRUFTS, in Birmingham (England) It was 120 years of existence of this show organized by the English Kennel Club. So I traveled from Toulouse to Birmingham on Friday 11th of March (The CRUFTS started on Thursday 10) We went to the North of England Keeshond Club’s stand in the “Discover Dogs” place and met some Kees lovers and had interesting discussions about the dogs, health, and so on. It was a lovely pullover made with Keesie’s coat! But as I arrived at something like 4:30pm, we didn’t have a lot of time and soon it was time to go to the apartment, near the center of Birmingham. a short train ride later, we were at the apartment and MJ & Corinna showed me their first purchases ! Then we went at an Indian restaurant where we discovered the “papadoms”: in fact, the server asked us if we wanted some "papadoms" ... Eeeeeuh?.. Some “what”? We laughed a lot about this!

On Saturday, we went to the Kees stand again and met others kees lovers and a very good ambassador of the breed: Lexy (or MEZANDA TEACHER'S PET) This wonderful girl is really a star: doing doggy dancing with Sue, she also was a great helper for kids: they presented her two “rosettes”, one of each hand and she gave a helping paw on one of them ! She was also spent on TV! It's a fun little trip!.. For a little treat! Then we've scoured the various stands and halls, taking pictures of Parson Russels for a friend of mine, buying some gifts, seeing other breeds as Afghan Hounds, Deerhounds, Elkhounds, etc. And we went to the main area to see the Heel work To Music first part of competition. It was really an amazing time! I’ve really appreciated the routine of Linda & Eby, from Belgium and Richard Curtis’ one also. End of my first day at CRUFTS, I was a bit tired in fact and happy to go back to the apartment. We’d like to try the Greek restaurant but it was complete so we were at the Italian restaurant (the second time for MJ & Corinna). Sunday morning: waking up at 7:00 am today, it’s Keeshonds day! I’m very excited! We decided to go early at the show, in order to take place near the ring at good places! Then we had a walk in the Keeshonds’ aisles, taking pictures, discussing, meeting already known people on Internet! It’s so funny to meet people in real life after dealing with them for a long time on the Internet! I enjoyed it!

90 keeshonds! (In fact, something like 80 really presents) I've never seen so many keesies in a same place! This was also a great experience because you really can see the differences, comparing many dogs : what is best in one, less good in the other… How can you see if a dog has a short body or not: in static or in movement? And so on. I was very surprised by the bad moves of many dogs, especially males! And I think I was not alone, listening to feedback from each other. Even the judge, Liz Wogan, with whom I discussed then (she lives in France and even if she had not recognized at the time, we had already encountered), said she had sometimes been very bored dogs to try and classify defects: is it better a bad move or too short-legged dog? This is obviously a rather personal choice. The winner was Valindale Whatever : a well coloured dog and good size, in my opinion. End of the day, last go to the apartment, last restaurant (a Chinese one) and last travel to Toulouse… But such a lot of pictures in my head that it was really difficult to resume my normal life! 22,000 dogs entries to this event but I was very surprised by the quietness and cleanliness of this show! It’s really different from what I already known and CRUFTS is really a unique experience! You have to do it one time in your life! For my part, I’m now looking how to go to the World Dog Show in Paris in July and the “2011… Keesie Heaven” organized by the NORTH OF ENGLAND KEESHOND CLUB in august!


DEPARTMENT OF VETERINARY MEDICINE CAMBRIDGE UK Those of you who have been following the new developments in keeshond health will know that two diseases have been focussed on over the past few years – primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) and idiopathic epilepsy (IE). Work on PHPT culminated in a test being developed at Cornell University that is currently offered commercially. The IE problem has not yet been resolved. Keeshonden have a form of familial epilepsy that is well recognised (Wallace, 1975, Hall and Wallace, 1996). It is thought to be inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern, that is, both parents need to carry a mutation to pass the disease on to the progeny. Epilepsy in dogs can be difficult to control and familial epilepsy in the keeshond can pose major clinical problems. Affected dogs may have generalised seizure activity or may have partial seizures or absence episodes. These latter are not of any great clinical significance but may limit the usefulness of the dog as a show or agility animal. Generalised seizures are frequently difficult to control in the keeshond and many dogs show clustering of seizure activity with some having 10-12 seizures over a 12-hour period. Cluster seizure control in the dog requires levels of medication at which side effects (lethargy, drowsiness, and possible hepatic impairment) are common. Since 1989 The Keeshond Club in the UK has been trying to control the dissemination of epilepsy within the breed using pedigree analysis and informed breeding and making public the names of known epileptics.

As with most of these schemes, the success of this is hampered by the reluctance of breeders to share information and also by the clinical spectrum of epilepsy within the breed whereby many animals known to have ‘funny turns’ are bred from and are not registered as epileptics. The genetics of epilepsy is relatively complex. In people there are 90 distinct epileptic conditions with recessive or possible recessive inheritance, so there are no particularly striking candidate genes available. To identify a gene or genes responsible for causing epilepsy in the keeshond it is necessary to use techniques to map and identify genes on the basis of their position and then to look at them in detail in epileptic and normal dogs to see whether they have been mutated in epileptic dogs. This process has become easier to do over the past few years but still may not yield a simple answer. The project to try to identify the genetic basis of idiopathic epilepsy (IE) in keeshonden began some time ago but has, so far, been beset with problems. Recently, the decision was made to team up with the geneticists at the Animal Health Trust (AHT), Cathryn Mellersh and Sally Ricketts and to attempt a repeat genome scan using their techniques. This, unfortunately, means that we have had to launch a new sample-collecting initiative as most of our DNA was used up during the previous genome scan.

I think my language so far has sounded a little down-beat when actually this move represents a second chance for this project! The goal set by Cathyrn Mellersh and Sally Ricketts was to provide them with at least 24 epileptic keeshonden and 24 control dogs. The epileptics must have a firm diagnosis in that all other common causes of seizures have been ruled out but we need to remember that epilepsy is a diagnosis of exclusion – there is no sensitive and specific diagnostic test. The control dogs must also be selected with some care. Older dogs are preferred as they are more likely to be nonepileptic if they have reached the age of at least 8 years without having had a seizure.

If you are confident that your dog has a diagnosis of IE then we would like to hear from you. If you are not sure then I am happy to discuss your dog’s condition with you. You will be sent a sampling kit from the AHT with instructions how to use it and a short questionnaire about your dog. It is a simple, quick and painless procedure to collect the samples and you could be doing your bit to help future generations of keeshonds. Please act now – we need your epileptic dog!

Barbara Skelly MA VetMB PhD CertSAM DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA

The relaunch of the project has been heralded with a flurry of activity from the tireless breed health secretaries Jane Saunders and Anji Marfleet. We may, with some luck, already have nearly 20 epileptic samples. The controls should be much easier to accumulate but we need to be vigorous with our selection criteria and exclude any that have even had just one ‘funny turn’.

Department of Veterinary Medicine University of Cambridge Madingley Road Cambridge CB3 0ES

This problem is not restricted to the UK as the business of dog breeding is an international one. We are therefore putting out an international plea – please send us samples from your epileptic keeshond, wherever you are. We are in the fortunate position of having funding in place and we are raring to go once we hit our sample targets! The AHT are used to working with DNA samples extracted from buccal swabs (cells scraped from the inside of the cheek) so to contribute to this project you do not even have to take your dog to the vet.

Swab packs can be obtained from Bryan McLaughlin at the AHT.

In Australia: Swab packs can be obtained from Trevor & Cheri Rogers


Solving Reproductive Problems

Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc is a veterinarian at North Richmond Veterinary Hospital, Chair of the ANKC Canine Health Committee and is licensed to judge Working Dogs, Utility & Non Sporting Groups. Karen is also the Author of “The Dog Owner’s Manual on Selecting, Raising and Breeding Dogs” She has kindly given KeeshondWorld permission to run a series of informative articles on canine reproduction problems in the Dog & Bitch

Reproductive problems in the bitch as measured by : ƒ poor fertility, ƒ small litter size, ƒ failure to hold pregnancy etc, Poor fertility can be as a result of a wide variety of factors. These can range from: ƒ genetic, ƒ environmental, ƒ hormonal, ƒ dietary ƒ timing of mating ƒ histories of the parents of the proposed litter. To discuss all these areas in depth would probably fill a small book, so the major areas are discussed in outline.

Unfortunately, not all infertility problems can be solved. This is a constantly expanding research field and our control over canine infertility improves as breakthroughs occur. Too little is known even now, about infertility in the bitch and specific hormone levels within different breeds. Because of this, one should be reluctant to use hormone therapy on bitches unless they have a well proven history of poor fertility or specific hormonal problems affecting the pregnancy itself. The more facts available to the veterinarian, the more likely a satisfactory result will be achieved.

The Importance of Good Records It is most important to remember that every bitch is different and so is every case of infertility, poor fertility or reduced viability of puppies. If there is a good history with presenting bitches, the veterinarian can make a far more informed diagnosis as to where or what the problem is. The main points to be able to tell your veterinarian about your bitch are as follows: ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ

Her age and general health condition How often does she cycle and the length of season. When she is normally mated during a season and over what period. Does she mate easily or does she require artificial insemination. Does she have purulent discharges during or after seasons. Does she have false pregnancies. Does she have live puppies and how long do they survive. Diets and breeding history of the whole kennel.

Specific Problem Areas Timing of Mating: -


Incorrect timing of mating the bitch is the most common reason for low fertility or failure to get pregnant. Standard season in the bitch lasts 3 weeks with the average bitch being mated between day 1014.

a reliable stud dog in the back yard, can be a good indicator of when the bitch is approaching the optimum time for mating, the majority of breeders have to rely on either smear testing or more recently on progesterone blood testing.

Smears Examination: When the cells are all cornified (flattened out and the nucleus is barely visible), the bitch is ready to mate. Accuracy: - Reasonably good if doing serial smears during the season. - Poor to acceptable if doing the odd smear during the season.

Progesterone Levels As a rough guide, the following progesterone levels equate to:

• LH surge (stimulus for ovulation) 1.5-2.0 ng/ml (4.5-6 nmol/L) • Ovulation (2 days after LH) 5.0-5.5 ng/ml (15-18 nmol/L)

• Fertile period 10-30 ng/ml (30-90 nmol/L) Ideal mating time around 15-24ng (48-75 nmol)

Progesterone Charts Time between events (on average) • LH to ovulation 2 days; • Ovulation to fertilization 2-3 days In the dog, the follicles (eggs) ovulated undergo a final maturation before they are fertilizable [ this requires 48-72 hours]. Whelping dates – 63 days from ovulation.

Progesterone Blood Tests Fixing the Timing of Mating Blood tests to determine the progesterone levels in the bitch. There are 2 types of tests: 1. Elisa tests – take approximately 20 minutes - single test gives a bracket result - Difficult to know how long the bitch has been in that bracket range or when likely to move out to the next level. - Accuracy increases if doing a series of tests to accurately pick the changes between the different ranges. 2. Assay tests – generally take 2-3 hours - High degree of accuracy with exact results of the level. - Progesterone assays (using a radio-active labelling test) will give extremely accurate readings. Progesterone assays are a must with bitches being inseminated with frozen semen, and are particularly useful for bitches traveling interstate and for those with

When timing of mating is considered as a problem, then the bitch should be monitored through her next season to see whether she actually does ovulate and also when. Many of these so called infertile bitches are often at either end of the scale, being either ready very early or more commonly, very late in the season. Bitches that have small litters either very “early” or “late” relative to their mating dates are again often merely being mated slightly too early or late relative to their peak fertility time. Better timing by mating either a few days earlier or later, can often be all that is needed.

Two matings, 48 hours apart, are quite sufficient for the average bitch.

Removing the obstruction can make the bitch rather sore for a normal mating in that season. This means that the bitch often has to have to have an AI that season if corrected.

Semen will generally last very well for 48 hours within the bitch. If the bitch is spot on via the progesterone assay test, one mating is usually quite sufficient.

These type of obstructions/restrictions are best corrected while the bitch is in fully season as the vaginal area is softened and enlarged, particularly when compared to bitches out of season.

For normal matings (without tests etc), once the bitch is standing (and the dog is very keen), generally I wait 24 hours and then first mate the bitch. A repeat mating 48 hours later gives the breeder, a very good chance of covering the entire ovulation period.

Points to Remember when Mating your Bitch

Number of Matings

If the bitch is mated over a longer period of time, it becomes difficult to determine when the puppies should arrive; limited matings give a more exact range of whelping dates.

Physical Obstructions to Mating. Infertility can be as a result of a physical obstruction/restriction â&#x20AC;&#x201C; preventing the dog from achieving a proper mating. If the stud dog has trouble either entering the vulva or being able to get a "tie" and the bitch objects strenuously, the bitch should be taken to your vet and examined internally in case there is an obstruction. Occasionally the bitch may have a persistent hymen and/or a phrenulum of tissue dividing the vestibule. If the bitch has an obstruction or is very small in the vulva, an artificial insemination (AI) can be carried out. Obstructions should be removed if at all possible. If the obstruction is small, it can tear by itself while the bitch is whelping. Unfortunately, most obstructions are not noticed until the time of mating and many owners do not want their bitch anaesthetised unless the obstruction is fairly major.

If you are travelling any great distance to the stud dog (ie. Interstate), have the bitch blood tested for progesterone levels prior to traveling. The stress of traveling and changing surroundings can delay events by several days, particularly with nervous bitches. Nervous and/or neurotic bitches often fail to conceive when left somewhere strange to be mated. This means that they are not good candidates to be sent away to stud dogs, particularly for the first litter.

Infections and/or Discharges of the Uterus Infections of the uterus are not uncommon in the bitch. During a season the cervix is relaxed, permitting a greater flow of bacteria both in and out of the uterus. The infections are generally mild and can be quite easily cleared up with a course of antibiotics. Many veterinarians consider these to be insignificant and are dubious as to the value of swabbing in the first place. However, discoloured discharges can be an indication of infections and/or low grade metritis (inflammation of the uterus) and should be investigated. Bitches over four years of age are far more likely to have low grade inflammatory changes or infections than younger bitches.

Swabbing Bitches If there is a history of previous infections of the uterus and/or you are using an expensive stud dog, I would suggest the bitch be swabbed, usually day 3-4 of a season. Approximately 80% of bitches will turn up bacterial growths of some kind, which in most cases would probably have caused no problems. The most common infections of the uterus are coliform and B.Haemolytic Streptococci, however, there are many types of bacteria. Some are far more resistant to antibiotics than the average, e.g. Pseudomonas, which is extremely resistant to antibiotics. Bitches with Pseudomonas infections should not be bred from in that season as this bacteria is very resistant and very hard to remove. Pseudomonas infections are accompanied by a persistent dark browngreen discharge. An affected bitch may need several courses of antibiotics and several swabs before the problem clears up. I also suggest that she is re swabbed to make sure she is clear before being bred from at the next season. Pseudomonas can be almost impossible to get rid of and bitches have had to be desexed because of it.

Discharges during Pregnancy During pregnancy, a bitch will normally have a small amount of discharge which is clear to cream. There should never be any brown or greenish discharge. If there is ever any discharge of this nature, your bitch should be checked over immediately by your veterinarian. Generally, the vet will put your bitch on antibiotics and/or swab her. If a bitch had an infection prior to mating, but was treated with antibiotics successfully, there is no need to repeat the antibiotic treatment unless there is a nasty discharge during pregnancy or the bitch has a previous history of problems. On the whole, if the bitch is going along well and is healthy, leave her alone and do not fill her with antibiotics unnecessarily.

Where discharges persist, the chance of abortion or metritis increases. There may be hormonal reasons for the discharges e.g. failure to hold pregnancy.

Metritis Mild cases of infection of the uterus are called metritis. Metritis can be in the form of a low grade and chronic infection of the uterus, causing infertility, irregular seasons, poor fertility or early abortions. Metritis can be the first sign of the uterus failing to cope (often as a result of irregular hormone levels coming from the ovaries) and may go on to develop into pyometra at a later date. This condition needs antibiotics for the infection and drugs such as prostaglandins to assist with drainage. If the bitch is old and you have finished breeding from her, desexing will cure the problem, as metritis often develops into pyometra in subsequent seasons.

Pyometra This is a very serious condition and can cause a critical emergency. Pyometra is a severe bacterial inflammation of the uterus, which can develop rapidly into a very toxic condition. Toxaemia occurs through the absorption of toxins from increasing amounts of pus being produced by the bacterial infection. Age Group - It is usually seen in the older bitch, who is over 5-6 years of age and is within 2- 4 weeks of having had a season. It can occur in younger bitches but is less common. Causes of pyometra are varied. Older bitches often have poor hormonal control over their seasons and their cervixes may no longer function properly. The cervix may be open during, and do not close off tightly after, a season. This means that bacteria can more readily establish infections than in a fitter, healthier bitch.

Symptoms of Pyometra

Treatment for Pyometra

Symptoms of pyometra are easy to recognise: The bitch will have had a season which has finished usually within the last 2-4 weeks. Generally off their food, drinking excessive amounts of water, vomiting and are very depressed.

Antibiotics and drugs to relax the cervix and to promote better drainage are used immediately upon diagnosis.

There may be a discoloured discharge, depending on whether the cervix is opened or closed. Some bitches present to the veterinarian as having had a prolonged season with bleeding for up to 4-6 weeks. The blood picture (count) is also very characteristic. There is a very high white cell count in response to the severity of the infection and immediate treatment is necessary.

Closed versus Open Pyometra Open pyometra occurs where the purulent material from within the uterus is able to discharge through the cervix and so relieve both the pressure and the toxic build up. These bitches have a thick discoloured discharge, which is often rather foul smelling. Closed pyometra is a very dangerous condition for the bitch as the cervix is closed, causing an increasing build up of purulent toxic material, which if not corrected fairly quickly, can cause death. These bitches have little or no discharge. Closed pyometras are often presented as medical emergencies. Ultrasounds of the bitches abdomen can often assist in determining how severe the condition is, ie. how much pus and discharge is present in the horns of the uterus. Where this is extensive, immediate desexing is advised.

Surgery is often necessary on the 'closed' cases in order to save the life of the bitch, as the toxic effect from the bacterial build up within the uterus can kill the bitch within 2-3 days. 'Open' cases can quite often be treated with drugs to assist in expelling the infected material from the uterus. However, despite this, bitches often have to be desexed within a short time if the condition does not clear up completely. Once pyometra has occurred, the likelihood of it recurring is very high. Younger bitches have a far greater chance of recovering and can often be bred from in the subsequent season. Prostaglandins offer hope for non-surgical intervention, particularly in the younger bitches, but the above conditions in the older bitch still apply, and desexing is often the preferred option once initial symptoms are under control. Milder drugs that may assist in the drainage of the uterus include Millophyline¨ and Buscopan¨, both of which act as smooth muscle relaxants.

Outcomes of Pyometra/Metritis Bitches with metritis and those that have had pyometra should as a precaution be placed on high doses of lactobacillis acidophilus or other bacterial stabilising compounds (eg. Protexin) as these compounds have the added advantage of assisting the bacterial flora of the uterus to stabilise. Ideally such bitches stay on these products continuously until they are retired ie. desexed. Bitches post metritis/pyometra treatment should be breed from the next season to try to stabilize the hormones and the uterus. Once functioning well, one can afford to miss a season. Any return to infection of the uterus usually results in the bitch needing desexing, particularly if she is an older bitch.

Simon’s Adventure With Hypothyroidism By Cheryl Ballantyne — Simon’s Human

“Odd,” I thought, “Maybe he isn’t feeling well”

From the moment I brought him home at eight weeks, Simon’s been the quintessential Kees: full of himself and drop-dead gorgeous. One afternoon, while walking him on the main street of our little town, a gentleman stopped us and insisted that Simon needed to be in Hollywood; if only this guy had been an agent! Simon has also been known to stop traffic on our road (OMG! Now THAT’S a DOG!!) and has had teenaged hands clutching iPhones stuck out car windows taking photos of him. (The first two incidents happened when Simon was an only child, the carload of teenaged paparazzi incident happened when I was walking both Simon and Nikki. Nikki insists it’s she they were photographing. Simon just rolls his eyes.) Simon is very social as long as everyone, human and canine, recognises his superiority. He likes nothing more than partying with his best Keesie friends and he was in top form 2010 August when Keeshond Rescue Ontario had its summer picnic. Simon met all 23 Keeshonden in attendance but he had the most fun wading into the midst of the Keefer gang, ‘like an Outlaw biker going into a Hell’s Angel’s club house, as the Keefer gang’s owner noted.

Simon did all of his ‘Yes, as a matter of fact, I am the best Keesie in the world’ blustering and posturing. And the moment the Keefer gang went down for their nap, Simon (who wouldn’t otherwise deign do such a thing) immediately pounced on Mr. Keefer’s lap as if to say, ‘See? Told you!’ In October or November 2010, after he came home from the groomer, I noticed a small bald patch in his left side britches. ‘Haha,’ I thought to myself, ‘guess Simon and Nikki were playing Chase Me! Chase Me! games and Nikki caught him.’ In December, Simon’s Keesie pals and their owners came over for a gathering and Simon, instead of bossing everyone around and making trouble, asked to be put outside. Alone. And for the entire time his best buds were here. ‘Odd,’ I thought, ‘maybe he isn’t feeling well’. Around the same time, I noticed that Simon now had bald patches on both britches. I took a photo of the areas and posted it on The Keeshond Express forum asking if people thought this might be the beginning of Alopecia X. I knew of some Keesies with Alopecia X so it isn’t unheard of in our breed.

One forum member suggested that I have Simon’s thyroid hormone level tested before accepting a diagnosis of Alopecia. She asked if I’d noticed a behavioural change in Simon recently. I will be forever grateful to her for asking that one little question. Besides Simon’s odd behaviour at our last Kees party, there had been other incidents of un-Simonlike behaviour: anxiety in the car, heightened anxiety with strange noises in the house, and irritability when visiting friends and family he’d always loved to visit. There had quite definitely been behavioural changes and I made an appointment for a thyroid check. I have no medical background at all but I spoke with friends who did and found out that a more accurate picture of thyroid function can be had by testing the free v. bound thyroid hormone in the blood as well as measuring the total thyroid concentration (the T4 test). So I asked the vet to do both. (Excellent article: It took about a week for the results to come in. Briefly, the T4 test indicated that there was a very slightly low normal concentration of thyroid hormone in the blood and the free vs. bound test gave an indication of slight thyroid under-function. The lab analyst was on the fence about recommending treatment. The lab would not recommend treatment based on one test or the other but with both tests indicating a slight problem? Well, maybe… . The vet and I decided on a six month trial. She sent us home with a script for Thyro Tabs 0.2 mg tabs, two times a day.

Simon is a dream to pill, by the way, as long as he gets his cheese chaser. We started the treatment on 2011 January 13. As of this date (2011 March 28), there has been no change in his bald spots. But there is good news: Within the first month of treatment, I got my ‘I am Simon Akbar Khan, which means the Great Prince in another language because that’s what I am’ back. No more whining in the car, his anxiety levels decreased and he could even tolerate the snow falling off our roof, which usually happens at night, without jumping on top of me in bed, shivering and shaking in white-eyed terror. About a month ago, I took him back for another blood test and his thyroid hormone level is almost exactly in the middle of the normal range. I don’t know if his bald patches will recover; neither does my vet. I can’t say that I’m terribly worried about it, either. The bald patches aren’t detrimental to his health and, if given my druthers, I’d much rather have my cocky, confident, and bossy little boy, thank you!

The Talents of Russian Keeshonds By Ekaterina Nikitina — Kennel Iz Mirashela Translation by Maxim Nikitin

Almost twenty years ago first Keeshonds were brought to Russia. These dogs were excellent breed representatives and no wonder - Russians fell in love with this breed from the first look. For some reason, most Keeshonds owners also had German Sheppard and Collie dogs. As German Sheppard owners get used to engage in training with their dogs, they began looking for a “job” for their Keeshonds. They quickly spotted Keeshond’s excellent working merits. Agility was not very popular at that time, so most Keeshonds were trained using General Course of Training (GCT) – Russian analogue to Obedience Training Keeshonds were able to handle it perfectly. Even more, one Russian Keeshond was trained … – Russian analogue of Schutzhund. He was working great and didn’t become a bad dog because it was a fun game for him

Alexander Martynov and his Keeshond Perishel Eboni Brilliant on a competition

Keeshond Aistraum Rex

They began to look for a “job” for their Keeshonds

Last few years a growing number of Keeshonds’ owners do agility with their dogs. It appears that agility training is most popular for Shelties and Border Collies. A lot of sportsmen take dogs of these breeds to win. Speed, obedience, slightly elongated body and the size – all these are perfect in these breeds for agility. Our Keeshonds usually win because of precision performance of commands and some of them have a very good speed. If Border Collies at the speed can miss the rush of the barrier or partition in the slalom, the Keeshond will always do everything precisely. Our Keeshonds features a true love to their owners, that’s why they are struggling to do everything correctly during the passage of the route.

Michael Alesenko and his Keeshond Diva Divnaya iz Mirashela

Thanks to the excellent Keeshonds’ sense of smell, some breed representatives in our country are working in Search and Rescue Service. When rescuers were looking for rescue dogs they noticed that in addition to excellent sense of smell, Keeshonds are very active dogs with a lot of cheerfulness and love to the people. Now Keeshonds in Russia help to find lost people. Keeshonds’ search talents are also used in Russia to identify animal origin odors, in particular to study tigers’ populations in the laboratory. For many years, a group of Keeshonds were trained by special techniques to take part in interesting scientific researches.

Zolotoy Dublon on the job.

Sashanna's Archibald on the job

Russians love Keeshonds not only for their talents in work and sports. Most of Russian Keeshonds are companion’s dogs (friends). They accompany their owners during walks and longs hikes in summer and winter. Adju Maptit Bel

Keeshonds play with children with a great pleasure and participate with them in “Child and the dog” competitions. Dogs of this breed do not give a miss to older people. Some hearing-impaired older people specially train their Keeshonds barking on the door or phone. I have seen a Keeshond who runs to hearingimpaired older owner to call her to the front door or the phone when it rings.

Keeshond breed become more and more popular in Russia with every year. Some people see this breed on the streets for the first time; others fall in love looking at breed photos. But all those who ones communicate with Keeshonds won over their handsome exterior and the “golden” heart

Karina Nikitina and her Keeshond Lohamras Queen For Mirashel

Ekaterina Nikitina with Keeshonds Darina iz Mirashela and Diva Divnaya iz Mirashela

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What a ride we have been on in the past 12 months! 5 New Champions and 1 New Grand Champion. RUBISS Aust Ch Keez If The Shoe Fits (Imelda) Owned by Trevor & Cheri Rogers • RU Best in Specialty Show - Keeshond Club of Victoria • Best in Specialty Show (open) - Keeshond Club of New South Wales • 4th place RAS Pedigree Annual Puppy Award • Victorian & South Australian Puppy of the Year Qualifi er • Multi Puppy in Group & Show • Multi Best of Breed over Champions and Grand Champions • Finished #3 Keeshond in the Breed 2010 DOLPS*

Aust Ch Keez I C U Watchin Me (Lleyton) Owned by Syd & Shirley Munton • Multi Best of Breed • Multi Puppy in Group & Show • Group 2nd placement • Tasmania Puppy of the Year Qualifi er • Finished #38 Keeshond in the Breed 2010 DOLPS*

Aust Ch Keez Knitts Inya Nikkers (Nikki) Owned by Shirley Mewett • Multi Best of Breed • Group 1st and Group 2nd Placement • Multi Puppy in Group • Finished #18 Keeshond in the Breed 2010 DOLPS*

Aust Ch Keez U Got It Flaunt It (Xacary) Owned by Trevor & Cheri Rogers Shown by Tahnee & Chris Spear

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• Best of Breed • Puppy in Group & Show • Finished #44 Keeshond in the Breed 2010 DOLPS*

MBIS / MBISS Aust Grand & NZ Ch Keeswey The Marksman At Keez (imp NZ) (Luca) Owned by Trevor & Cheri Rogers • Multi Best in Show All Breeds • Mutli Best in Specialty Show - KCV & KCNSW • Multi Group 1st & Group 2nd • Multi Best of Breed • Best in Champion Sweepstakes Royal Melbourne Show • First 100 points and Championship gained in 2 months (10 shows) • First 1000 points and Grand Championship in 17 months (83 Shows) • Finished #1 Keeshond in the Breed 2010 DOLPS* *Dogzonline Point Score Quality Keeshonden For The Discerning Fancier

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