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Admininstration Editor: Theo Koekemoer Based in South Africa Theo’s involvement with Bulldogs date back to eary 1970’s He is a specialist Bulldog judge. https://www.facebook.com/groups/800162470077609/ email: bullishmagazine01@gmail.com

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Administration Our Cover dog Interview: Sara Lamont BOY Spain 2016 From the Editor Bulldog Movement Code of Ethics Stud dog Register In our next issue In previous issues

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About our cover dog

Name: LaRoyal’s Best Kept Secret JW Residence country: United Kingdom United Kingdom Dog prefix: LaRoyal Owner prefix: LaRoyal Gender: Female Date of birth: 19-08-2011 Owner email: email@laroyal-bulldos.co.uk Sire: LaRoyal Luther King JW ShCM Dam: JW LaRoyal First Lady of Rock Awards: TOP BULLDOG 2013 English Champion 15 CCs // 7 RCCs // 7 BOBs Crufts BOB 2013 and BOS 2014 & 2015 BOS (Best Female) Bulldog of the Year 2013 Contest of Champions Finalist 2014 Junior Warrant Semi-Finalist 2012 DNA Tested - HUU Clear

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Interview: Sara Lamont

1) When did you start with Bulldogs? I noted that you also have French Bulldogs? When did you change breeds? How many dogs do you own? I’ve lived with Bulldogs as pets from the age of 6, I first entered the show ring aged 13 handling our first ‘show dog’. I enjoyed the Junior handling element and by the age of 17 had handled my first champion in 1997. We are a small, I like to called ‘macro’ kennel, generally we don’t have more than 6 dogs at any one time and tend to campaign just one dog at a time. My mother wanted a French Bulldog in 2006 which we showed and bred lightly. I have served on the French Bulldog Club of England (mother club) committee for 6 years and currently progress on the judging ladder for this breed. We still currently have still have two home bred French Bulldog females but have decided to concentrate what we are best at, the Bulldogs! I’ve also served no Bulldog committees including the Bulldog Club Inc for 4 years, webmaster of the Bulldog Breed Council as well as being Honorary Secretary of the Junior Bulldog Club since 2010. 2) Your kennel is well known throughout the world, including South Africa. To which countries have you exported dogs and how many champions have you bred? Because we don’t breed often, we generally have waiting lists we can’t fulfil but for us this is a serious hobby, not a business. We have exported dogs to Brazil and Holland, but also built relationships in France ‘exchanging dogs’ and also shipped semen to Sweden and Norway with success. To date we have campaigned two champions, one homebred as well as numerous CC winners. I feel fortunate to already have so many years in this breed, from such a young age and that my bloodline is now getting to the point that I’m excited for future generations because I can line breed to my own line. For me it’s not the number of dogs that move through my kennel, but the quality of the ones that do.

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What is your greatest achievement in the breed?

Has to be winning Best of Breed at Crufts 2013 with a home bred female, who I had bred both parents. She later returned for two more consecutive years to make history and be the first and only female to win the Bitch CC for 3 years in a row at Crufts. I think to keep any female ‘show fit’ with seasons and litters is hard, so this achievement for me is the greatest. 4)

Why Bulldogs?

Because they are all so different in personalities and looks and are an internationally recognised breed of dog. 5)

Are you a Bulldog Judge and where have you judged?

Yes I will be awarding CC’s in the UK for the first time in September 2017, which I believe I’ll be the youngest on the circuit currently to do so. I’ve had the pleasure of already being asked to judge in Italy, Spain, Holland and Brazil Judging overseas is always a great experience and really helps you see the challenges and virtues our breed collectively has. 6) There seems to many health problems in the breed. Are you concerned at all? I think the breed has improved massively over the last 10-15 yrs. Health is very much at the forefront of most breeders concerns. I’m not concerned overly for the breed, I feel the people that breed with the right intention will naturally improve. More of a problem is the political propaganda our breed frequently endures by anti-pedigree lobbyists and unfortunately there is no quick fix for this.

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Interview: Sara Lamont 7) What requirements do you have for someone who wants to buy a puppy from you? Or use your dogs for stud? I tried to be very organised!! I document everything, so I ensure that contracts are completed for all/any transactions including puppy sells, stud work etc. This means everyone has a full understanding of the conditions and as a result no disagreements are experienced. Potential puppy owners generally have to complete an online vetting form, then a phone interview (unknowingly) and finally they can make an appointment to visit! With respect to stud enquiries I will always support people that choose my dog, but only if they breed to the same standard as me (or better!!). Mates must be Breed Council health tested and HUU tested as a minimum, and a breed standard recognised colour! 8)

Your favorite Bulldog of all times

I always fine questions like this so difficult, as I’m so critical! However for me Ch Medbull Gold Dust over Kelloe is a dog I like to see in my pedigree. I only met him once briefly has older dog. It’s such a shame I never saw him in the show ring. When I saw him he was an agile, well balanced with power and masculinity. Another all-time favourite that I did see in the ring and campaign alongside was Ch Nobozz Bobby’s Girl, to me a beautiful feminine female of the right size and shape. I would happily have both these dogs live with me! 9) What advice do you have for new breeders? Reflect on every decision you make and every action you take. Be your best critic! Also don’t worry about what over kennels are doing, set your plan and play your own game. It’s easy to be led by others that aren’t the right path for your dogs, there’s not need to follow the crowd.

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Laroyal Bulldogs (UK) 10) If you are allowed to do only one health test what will it be and at what age? Longevity! I always admire show dog’s that are still being campaigned at 4 years plus and come back as a veteran. I doesn’t happen often in the UK but surely this is the sure way to know the dog is good in health! If it can stand the test of time, it can probably withstand anything! I don’t think just one health test is any good to anyone, when reviewing a dogs health you need to look at the whole dog not just individual elements. However I do feel if test are available they should be utilised. 11) How does it feel to win at Crufts and World Dog Show with your beautiful bitch? Tell us more about her... Well I think we all have shows that are lucky or unlucky for us! Well Crufts is a lucky one for me! To win the RCC in 2008 with LaRoyal Glorification JW and then return in 2013 with her niece Ch LaRoyal’s Best Kept Secret JW to win BOB was magical, and then to return for another two years and win the CC unforgettable under such well respected judges. Especially in 2015 when I took three generations (females) all direct descents that all won their classes. Best Kept Secret wasn’t a particularly a flashy puppy, infact she was fairly reserved and to this day is a very sensible dog!! She was the first puppy we decided to keep from the 1st of 3 consecutive litters. We actually had a huge litter of 11 born shortly after (all surviving)! For me I loved her body, her topline and her front. She was picked to stay but wasn’t a massive fan of showing, infact I don’t think she would ever handled for anyone else! But from the 1st show I took her too she just didn’t stop winning! She gained her Junior Warrant in just 8 weeks (you have 12 months!!) and won her first RCC at 10mths old and her first CC at just over 1 year old and was a Champion at 16 months old. She went on to win Top Bulldog 2013, Best Female Bulldog of the Year 2013, Reserve Best Female 2015 with a total of 15 CC’s and 7 RCC’s. She’s been a super brood bitch giving me some beautiful puppies that will be nothing but an asset to my line in the future. For me she was truly a once in a life time female

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that I don’t think will ever be eclipsed. 12) You have a new business venture. Would you like to share with us what you do? For many years I have worked a corporate setting as a Learning & Development professional, but recently I decided to expand my dog breeding skillset and offer this services to other fellow breeder (all-breeds). After receiving training around Europe I am trained to ultrasound scan animals for pregnancy, also process quantitative progesterone ovulation blood test, ovulation cytology, semen evaluations (including chill shipping), mating assistance and litter microchipping. There is a big need for this additional specialised ‘non-veterinary’ support which currently keeps me very busy! It also means I learn a great deal of the reproduction patterns of all types of animals and breeds. I will have future ideas to expand in this field and currently takes up much of my time!

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BOY Spain 2016

Bob Crufts Multi Ch Meljane King Edward, gives us another new joy winning the BOY Spain 2016. There are no words to describe what happened this weekend, winning the boy, it’s simply indescribable, and more in a weekend of good environment, fun and full of feelings and really being the party of the bulldog par excellence. So much dog excellent together it’s hard to see and proof of this is that came out to see the expo a bunch of people from all parts of the world to see the show and that says a lot about what kind of event is. Awesome!! Like I don’t want to forget anyone i want to say thanks to everyone for all your affection, organization, etc. Etc. Congratulations to all the bulldogs there because they all did so great this show. And in particular to thank Edward, my “Pepe”, what we’ve done mate exposure after exposure in these years I don’t imagine ever not in the best of my dreams. The time has come for your withdrawal of shows in Spain and there is no better way that as you have done, as you know, being on top!!! Thank you Edward for making history in this race with you!!!! Alberto Gonzales

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From the Editor

A super issue of BullishMagazine. Smack has been a good boy winning three (3) All Breed Best in Shows in the last month. Well done to his handler Dennis OÇonnor and his owner Taylor Bustamante (USA). In Korea Dice has won his 23rd Best in Show - what an amazing achievement. In Ireland the beautiful Henry has won his first All Breeds Best in Show - a dog I personally like very much. Well done to his breeder Alberto Gonzales and his owner Mark Graham. In Portugal World Champion Seahurst Sand of Stone has won an All Breeds Best in Show - congratulations to his owners and breeders. Our next issue is our Christmas issue - please send us your Christmas ads by 15 December 2016. In this issue we talk movement (again) and i have included an article written earlier by Elizabeth Hugo Milam. A big thank you to Majaz Sucevic for the design of the cover and the beautiful ad of Edward and to Sara Lamont for the interview of LaRoyal Bulldogs and the lovely ads! I am a proud bulldogger! Theo

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Bulldog Movement

While there is much debate about movement, I will repost this article written by Elizabeth Hugo Milam at my request. (2014) She is an American Bulldog Club Hall of fame breeder. She and her family have been involved with show bulldogs since 1967. In that time they have bred and/or owned close to 50 AKC champions, with 25 being home bred. Their dogs have won close to 150 specialty awards. Elizabeth is an American Kennel Club licensed specialist Bulldog and French Bulldog judge. Bulldog Movement. Likely the most misunderstood aspect of the breed as far as show ring evaluation is concerned, the way a bulldog moves is often the subject of much controversy. There are two major standards utilized in the show world today, the British Standard (which FCI is based on) and the American standard. Currently, the American standard is the most like the original British standard of 1865, except in the movement department. We use the standard as our guide to learn what is considered “perfect” for evaluation and as guidance in our breeding programs. What to do then, when this major aspect is not clarified so well in our standards. We have to dig deeper for the final answer. The original British standard says this in regard to movement; “From it’s formation the dog has a peculiar heavy and constrained gait, appearing to walk with short, quick steps on the tips of it’s toes it’s hind feet not being lifted high but appearing to skim the ground, and running with the right shoulder rather advanced , similar to the manner of a horse in cantering”. The current British standard says this; Gait/Movement/Appearing to walk with short, quick steps on tips

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Bulldog movement (Cont)

of toes, hind feet not lifted high,appearing to skim ground, running with one or other shoulder rather advanced.Soundness of movement of the utmost importance. And the BCA (Bulldog Club of America) Standard says this; Gait The style and carriage are peculiar, his gait being a loose-jointed, shuffling, sidewise motion, giving the characteristic “roll.” The action must, however, be unrestrained, free and vigorous. There was a standard used in England up to a point when the Kennel Club called for one singular standard to be used instead of multiple ones. Called the “Allied” Standard, its wording for movement goes like this; The animal should have perfect freedom of movement and activity, notwithstanding the peculiarly constrained manner of gait natural to the breed caused by the immense development of the head, chest and shoulders, and by his hind legs being higher than its fore legs. So, in evaluating movement, we naturally have to consider the physical make-up of the dog. According to our standard (regardless which one you chose to follow) the breed is wider in the front than he is in the rear and also has a back that is roached with a rise at the loins and a low set tail. Moving towards you, the bulldog should move naturally from his wide set front. A bulldog must have an arched neck. In order to have strong arch, the neck has to have enough length to it. So heads seemingly set on the shoulders will never move correctly. By virtue of having a full, wide front, in addition to a proper neck, the shoulders of the dog should be set so that the full power of his front end is realized. This means a well-laid back shoulder and an upper arm that is balanced correspondingly. It is often said (not in any standard) that a bulldog needs to “walk his width”. This is an often very misunderstood statement. A bulldog with no neck, moving very stiffly forward with tight elbows and no forward extension based on poorly

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Bulldog movement (Cont)

set upper arms might also walk his width. This can never be the only and final determination about movement coming towards you. The natural way for a normally constructed dog to travel forward is to converge slightly as he speeds up. Just as you would not speed up from a walk to a jog with your legs at exactly the same width. Try doing that smoothly. A big and correctly constructed bulldog will never “get in his own way” when moving, even with a natural convergence. From the BCA standard; “Forelegs--The forelegs should be short, very stout, straight and muscular, set wide apart, with well developed calves, presenting a bowed outline, but the bones of the legs should not be curved or bandy, nor the feet brought too close together”. If the legs are properly straight, the ribs properly round, the chest properly deep, round and full and the pasterns strong (not curved or bandy), the dog will not “move too close” when coming at you. Just be aware of the composite parts as you evaluate movement. Straight ahead movement (with zero convergence) cannot truly be considered proper if the dog has no neck, has straight shoulders, is narrow in the chest or ribs. Put the importance on the anatomy first. Too many people are making the mistake of admiring dogs that “walk their width without exploring the issue deeper. The BCA standard mentions a “characteristic roll”. This means the skin over the ribs move side to side as the dog moves. Moving away from you, the bulldog should never move wider than his front end, or even the same width. By his construction, he should never be pigeon toed or move with open hock. The standards are consistent with this view of the hindquarters; HINDQUARTERS The legs should be large and muscular, and longer in proportion than the forelegs, so as to elevate the loins. The hocks should be slightly bent and well let down, so as to be long and muscular from the loins to the point of hock. The lower part of the leg should be short, straight and strong The stifles should be round and turned

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Bulldog movement (Cont)

slightly outwards away from the body. The hocks are thereby made to approach each other and the hind feet to turn outwards. One should never interpret “peculiar” to mean unsound. A bulldog must never limp. The peculiarity comes strictly from the fact that he is not built like any other breed. One should also never admire a bulldog that moves as many other breeds do. They are not constructed the same so why would they move the same? “Keeping up with the big dogs” in the group is not a compliment. We do not discuss “reach and drive” as we do in many other breeds. While good forward reach is a desirable way for any dog to move, our bulldog’s hindquarters are not built to “drive”. Plus the wording of the standards clearly do not call for that

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BullishMagazine Code of Ethics

If you would like to advertise in this magazine or be a member of our Facebook group please ensure you adhere to this code of ethics. 1) Chooses breeding stock carefully, with an eye to physical and temperamental soundness. 2) Chooses a stud because he is complementary to the bitch and not because he is nearby, popular or cheap. 3) Does genetic testing for defects such as hip dysplasia before breeding, as well as pedigree analysis for less obvious faults. 4) Breeds only for the purpose of preserving or improving the breed and never for ego satisfaction, financial gain or “because she/he ought to be bred at least once�. 5) Provides the bitch with a warm, safe, comfortable place to whelp and care for her pups. Provides pre- and post-natal veterinary care for the bitch and her pups. 6) Begins a medically-sound inoculation program before the bitch is bred andcontinues it when the pups are the proper age. 7) Is willing to supply previous buyers as references and not just those who bought show dogs or who co-own dogs with the breeder. Is able to provide written certification of freedom from genetic diseases that affect the breed. 8) Belongs to a local or regional breed club and is willing and able to supplythe names of officers and members of that club as references. Is very concerned that all pups are placed in suitable homes. To that end,personal interviews with buyers are conducted with information requested about life-style, children, other animals, fencing and general knowledge ofthe breed. Proper contracts, guarantees, medical records and pedigree are all in writing and understood by all concerned. 9) Accepts life-long responsibility for the pups’ welfare, assisting when necessary in finding a suitable new home for dogs whose family circumstanceschange. 10) Stays in touch with puppy-buyers, ready with advice, referrals, assistance and empathy.

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