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INTERPRETATION & ILLUSTRATION OF THE WRITTEN BREED STANDARD CLICK TO READ

Beautifully illustrated for us by Maurizio Molinari

HUGE thank you goes to all who contribute to the Illustrated Breed Standard and Judge Seminar projects. We could not present such a collection of information were it not for all the work done by so many people in this breed and others. We cannot name all of you but many many thanks are indeed passed on to each of you. Thank you also to those who sent in images of dogs to be used. We consider the projects to be invaluable educational tools. Take from them what you will with the understanding that we cannot all agree on all points but should continue to work together in e!orts to protect this wonderful breed we all cherish. To use this judging seminar for your own club please email The Sta!ord Knot. !5


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Life with Clare

by Tony Lee

It all started for Clare in the early 40’s when her father, ‘Nap’ Cairns, having lost his Airedale in a road accident, did his research, as one should, and found a smooth coated, low maintenance breed in the Sta"ordshire Bull Terrier, and acquired a juvenile from a soldier o" " to war, registered as Chainmakers Fiery Kate, a red pied grand-daughter of Vindictive Monty. Thus as a young girl, Clare was thrust into a relatively small band of enthusiasts of the breed. Polly as she was known, stood about 15 '”” tall, broad in body and a bundle of activity. Neither she nor her o"spring spring were particularly aggressive with other dogs but cats, chickens and rabbits seemed to throw themselves into their jaws. There was even one time when some itinerant’s goat, grazing in the middle of a roundabout, met an untimely end. I think the compensation paid was 5 guineas – about the same as a stud fee at the time. Living with the family cat, a plain black one, whose name I can’t repeat being non-PC these days, was no problem, but a neighbour’s was chased through the front and out the back of the latter’s house, but managed to escape up a tree. Seemingly Polly was a wonderful brood bitch, and her first mating to Bill Boylan’s Boy Dan produced Emphor Monty, who was their first prize winning dog, albeit a VHC, but as one did at the time, was celebrated as though it had won the CC. Although both parents were under 16”, she was tall enough for Clare to ride as a child! Also in the litter was Merfor Moira, so phonetic learning was high on the agenda for the young Clare – her mother being a teacher. All the Constones family can be traced back to Polly. Clare was allowed to handle the dogs, but father took over when the going got serious. The local rag once published a photo of her at a show, but she was supposed to be at school! She was duly reprimanded by the Mother Superior in no uncertain terms. She did however handle a bitch (C Concordia) to 2 CCs, who, being a poor whelper, was sold, much to Clare’s annoyance. As a result she acquired a Yorkshire Terrier but never lost her love for the Sta"ord. At school, St Anne’s in Croydon, she developed qualities, probably from her parents, which lasted all her life, namely to sincerely and passionately defend what she believed in. She sometimes challenged the nuns’ tenets, who described her as ‘a bold, bad gal’. She also valued social justice and was an advocate of women’s rights – she would probably have been a su"ragette ragette in earlier times. In her last year she had almost as many absences as attendances, but nevertheless matriculated with honours and went to study Textile Design at Leeds University. There we met. I can still remember Clare’s first day at Uni, at a ‘Freshers Hop’, seeing this red headed girl in a green/red tweedy sack dress - the first I had ever seen in reality - and saying to myself ‘that’s the girl for me’. It wasn’t always plain sailing - we dated and un-dated several times !7


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over some 4 years - but it all came together in the end, thankfully. As a non-doggy person, part of the deal was ‘love me, love my dog’. This was really brought home to me in my often recalled first Sunday lunch with the Cairns family. Half way through Clare suddenly screamed “get that bitch out of here!”. Seemingly the bitch in question – Constones Commette – had decided to give birth under the dining room table. She was quickly ushered to her whelping quarters (the garden shed), where I proceeded to witness one of the miracles of nature whilst still enjoying my roast beef with all the trimmings. The litter of 5 all had crank tails, which Clare later tried unsuccessfully to straighten with clothes pegs. From that moment I was hooked on the breed. On graduation, Clare, with her BA, worked for a short time for a textile company in the West End, but by the time we married in 1961, she had abandoned this career and took a fast-track primary school teacher training course, and I engaged on supply teaching for a term, both in the London area. Industry called me, however, and we moved to the Doncaster area later that year. We bought an acre of building land in a village – Westwoodside – and had a three bedroom bungalow built. Clare continued supply teaching in the area, and then applied for a permanent position. On the very day that the appointment was confirmed, she also confirmed that she was pregnant, and had to turn it down. She never did become a full time school ma’am! On the same day that we took occupation of our new residence, Clare was giving birth to Tim in Scunthorpe, and her parents arrived with their belated wedding present, a bitch puppy – Constones Compact. What an eventful day it was leading to many further adventures. I was elected to have the di%cult task of handling Compact to her title. She was never at ease in the ring, and being very family orientated, she wanted us all together. As a result Clare saw very little of the judging having to spend most of the time out of sight amongst the trade stands with baby Tim. Compact would whinge and fidget on the back seat of the car – no cages then – all the way to the shows, but slept like a log on the way back, until we turned in our own road. Thereafter, much to my relief, Clare did the lions’ share of handling. It seems ridiculous, but I started judging before Clare. At her first appointment in ’69 for the Northern Counties, in the very first class she was presented with the classic dilemma – an outstanding undershot dog versus a set of relatively mediocre specimens. !8


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Grasping the bull by the horns (pardon the pun), she gave it to the undershot one. That set the standard for her opinion – always looking for the virtues. We moved to the North-East and while our two boys were very young we had little time for dog shows but bred the occasional litter. For one of these we called upon Malcolm Boam to use Ch Freden Dominate. Bill Alexander came to look at the litter armed with a check list provided by Malcolm’s father, Jim. We didn’t read it, but it must have been good, as he picked himself a Champion in Constones Grim Girl - his choice of name, not ours. Some time later, we heard from our good friend Betty Smith about a ‘bomb-proof’ son of Ch Topcroft Toreador. We had previously wanted to use the latter, but although having a very short but highly successful stud career, had been wisely withdrawn due to his identification as a carrier of Juvenile Hereditary Cataracts, for which there was no DNA test at the time. We thus used Ch Westpoint Warrior, with great success in producing C O’Connor, C Overlord and C Owz’at, all winners in the ring. O’Connor – Rory to his friends – was all that you could wish for in a Sta"ord. Kind and gentle to all, active and agile – he playfully chased a Borzoi on one of his walks which had to give up with exhaustion – an excellent foot warmer in bed, and would mate visiting inseason bitches before they could even cross the threshold. He was a delight to live with. By this time, my work had taken me to Harrogate, to live in a 5 bedroom Victorian house. The boys loved it, chasing round the house playing at ‘railway stations’ etc,. and we were more central to entertain visitors particularly for the Northern Counties Shows At its first Championship Show I counted some 14 people and 10 dogs in residence. At this stage Clare became more involved with the N.C

Club. Over some 40 years on Committee she occupied, at one time or another, every o%cial position apart from Treasurer – arithmetic was never her strong suit. In the late ‘70s, after secondment to Lancashire and then Spain, I was retrenched – a euphemism for redundancy – and we decided to become self employed doing something we would enjoy and, after a long

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hard life it can be. At the beck and call of people expecting you to work 25 hours a day, 8 days a week and 53 weeks a year, hail, rain or shine, with the responsibility of their dearest ‘pooches’, is extremely demanding. No wonder there is a saying that ‘you don’t retire TO boarding kennels, you retire FROM them’. Nevertheless, the good times were very good, we certainly learned a lot about dogs and cats, and had some really good laughs along the way. Stories to tell about kennel life are legion, and could probably fill a book. At least we could take the whole month of November o" to tour around Spain and stay at a succession of Paradores, the Government run hotels, usually based in historic monuments – an ideal time to go, away from the tourist seasons. In the mid ‘80s, having bred the occasional litter along the way, we bought a bitch from our friend John Turner, which had Constones breeding close up. Doris, as she was known, was a big, jolly, clumsy type of bitch – what one would call ‘roomy’ – but capable of giving substance to the puppies. She obviously needed tidying up, so we called on our old friend Malcolm Boam to do the deed with his Ch Black Tusker. This was the last recorded litter from Tusker, and he certainly produced the goods in our Ch C Yer Man (Manny). Winner of 20 CCs, he eclipsed the long standing record of Ch Benext Beau, and sired 11 UK Champions from only 68 litters. In 1991 he became the only Constones to win BOB at Crufts and we decided to retire him on a high. We never thought that he had quite the ideal head for us, but by golly, he had terrific body and construction and his movement was considered by many to be without equal. As a puppy Gerry Holmes handled him, but Clare used to take him to local Exemption Shows to try to build up a partnership between her and the dog. At one such show, the judge opined that she had a half decent dog who could do a bit of winning, but they would benefit from some handling classes! Clare handled Manny from Junior level thereafter, but as I was running the boarding kennels, I think I only witnessed 4 of his wins. !11


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Life with Clare We wanted to have a daughter of Manny’s and our chance came when Bill McKnight o"ered us one out of Belnite Niagra, the full litter sister to Ch Belnite Dark Huntsman. From her we produced, using Ch Boldmore Finbar Fury – himself a grandson of Yer Man – Constones Electra, known as Kitty, named after one of our customers who had a hard exterior with a heart of gold. Kitty had everything going for her apart from terrible ears, but she produced us two champions from two di"erent dogs – the only Constones bitch to have done achieved this. The first was Ch C High Five, out of Manassa Jack who carried Black Tusker blood, and the second was Ch C Jump for Joy, out of Ch Sparsta" Dodgy Docker. She was the last born and the only bitch in the litter of six – with what joy she was greeted! Kitty must rank among our favourites as being a delight to live with. She was a"able to humans and dogs alike and was always the chosen one to cuddle up to. She was a fantastic whelper, barely standing up to deliver her puppies, and a supreme caring mother. Unfortunately she tried to befriend a feral cat on one of her walks and, as a result of a scratch, lost an eye, but this proved no handicap to her. The burden of Health and Safety Regulations, often imposed by people with little concept of animal husbandry, became so great that we decided to retire from the business in ’02. We could then enjoy the ‘dog scene’ together. Clare was always in great demand as a judge, having first given out tickets in ’73. She tried to restrict her appointments in the U K to every 2 years or so. She judged Crufts in the breed’s Jubilee year of ’85 and was so looking forward to

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judging it again in ’16 as being to only person in modern times to have o%ciated there for a second time. This new freedom allowed us to accept appointments abroad. We were privileged to go to places around the world and see things that we had only dreamt of, meet some wonderful people many of whom have become life-long friends and admire their stock. We can’t thank the dogs enough for that! Of the many dogs seen through the years, Clare, if asked to choose any favourites, would immediately select Ch Rellim Aboy, Aust Ch Highbourne Luskin Star and S A Ch Rikarrystock Demolition Man. Her bitch selection would include Ch Belnite Marbillus and Ch Belglen Braw’s Best. One of her biggest disappointments was that C Tuscaloosa Sam never achieved his title.

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Life with Clare He had to be found a new home where he must have thought he was in heaven, but his new owners didn’t quite grasp the idea of keeping him in ‘show condition’. She claimed that one of her best achievements was to get a Good Citizen’s Bronze Award latterly with one of our bitches, because our boys were always critical of our animal’s behaviour over the years. She said the feeling was as good as winning a CC! Clare also developed a reputation for leading seminars on the breed which have become popular of late. I think their success was due to her passion for the breed, her sincerity and her depth of knowledge and memories dating back to her childhood when the breed was just finding its feet. She could recall many of the respected ‘old-timers’ on a personal level, and sometimes scotch some of their apocryphal stories. She was considered by many to be an authority and wrote 3 books on the breed whilst contributed to others, and also wrote the weekly Breed Notes for Dog World for some years. Her overall passion was breeding and, in reality, would love to have bred race horses, where the results are objective – she loved an occasional flutter on the gee-gees. We didn’t believe in mating two bits of papers together, nor dashing o" to use the latest ‘flavour of the month’. We tried to use the ‘2 in-line and then an outcross’ principle, and spent many hours and went hundreds of miles researching and seeing litters, siblings, aunts, uncles,

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grandparents etc of potential mates. As a result, we were very proud to claim to have had a Constones bred champion in each of the last seven decades. Besides being a Trustee of the Gallimore Trust which acts as a back-stop for recognised rescue organisations, Clare had many interests outside of dogs. She was Secretary of a W I Branch at one time, a keen campaigner for women’s cancer control, a great believer in social justice and women’s equality (but refrained from burning her bra!), an avid reader being a member of a book circle, erstwhile Secretary of a Fine Arts Society, ballet & theatre goer and loved to have music playing through the house, sometimes to my annoyance. She was a wonderful homemaker/ hostess and always loved bringing the whole family together at times such as Christmas.

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From the many messages of condolence received on her death it was obvious that she had touched many peoples lives, some of whom I had no knowledge. It was her passion, sincerity, plain-speaking, easy listening, sense of humour and fun, wisdom and gregariousness that endeared her to so many. It was said that she could light up a room with her presence. Never averse to a glass of wine, a G & T or maybe a glass of port, she always seemed to be the last person to leave any gathering. She was many things to many people. To me, she was just Clare.

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Alarm goes o" at 5am! l definitely don’t do early starts. But Deacon and l were heading o" to compete in an Endurance Test in Keysborough held by the American Sta"ordshire Terrier Club of Victoria. It was forecast to be an average winters day in July and the weatherman kept his promise. At the event l met up with our training buddies Belinda O’Shea and Frankie. Belinda & l had been training our dogs together for 6 weeks prior to this event so to have the fitness level to obtain an Endurance Champion title. We had been completing sessions of up to 10 k’s towards the end of the training. Both of our dogs had a good level of fitness prior to commencing the training. Other than increasing their fitness and muscle, the training was to also accustom their pads to the distance. As we didn’t want them to become sore during the test. Also to get used to running beside our bikes and with another dog closely behind. A few days prior both Frankie & Deacon had also obtained a certificate from our vets confirming their fitness to take part.

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The Endurance Test itself is over a distance of 20kms and is split into three sections, the first being eight kilometres. The second and third are six kilometres. There is a break of 15 minutes between the first and second sections and 20 minutes between the second and third sections. All this was carefully watched over by our judge Michael Stuart. The dog’s fitness and condition is monitored by a team of vets who examine each dog during the breaks. A speed of 10mks per hour must be maintained for the duration and we had Graeme Ward as our pace setter (thanks Graeme for keeping us on track!) So Deacon & Frankie passed their pre-test vet assessment and were cleared to the next stage being the willingness test. This had me more concerned that the Endurance test itself. Deacon isn’t known for his high level of obedience. However being a Willingness test he was MORE than willing. Phew….. lets get ready to RUN! We had 2 hours of running ahead of us so lets do this. There was all up 17 or so dogs entered from all di"erent breeds. Frankie & Deacon were the only Sta"ordshire Bull Terriers competing and we were up the front of the line. Which was great for Belinda & I as we could chat (haha) and support each other during a long 2hours. Well it was time to commence the test and o" we all went. It was so lovely that we had spectators there to cheer everyone one and we left the start with cheers even at that horrendous hour of a Sunday morning!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh whoops smile everyone as we came around the first corner to find Event Photographer Kellie Jayne there to capture everyones departure. Thanks Kellie for the great shots of the event.


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THE STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER CLUB CELEBRATING 80 YEARS FROM 1935-2015 by Helen Reaney The Sta!ordshire Bull Terrier Club Championship Show held at the Kennel Club Building on Sunday 8th November 2015.

With a new committee at the helm it was time to put on a show. Our Team comprised of the following: President – Fred Gadd Chairman – Frank Gough Secretary – Alan Hedges Treasurer – Helen Reaney Asst Sec/Show Manager – Karon Jackson Vice Chairman – Patrick Enfield Committee Pau Baker, Neil Binder, Spencer Cox, Je" Ford, Joan Gadd, Tina Hubble, Wayne Jackson, David Molineux, Kirstie Molineux, Clare Robinson-Cox, Jill Studley, Tina Walker, Christine Whitehouse and Steve Whitehouse. Judges for the day Dogs – Mr James Beaufoy (Wyrefare) and Bitches – Mr Colin Powel (Bowtmans) both were highly experienced judges and with an entry 317 dogs it was going to be a long day. We also had a Referee

for the day Miss Jaci McLaughlan who was called in at the end of the day. The committee had set up the venue the night before with final preparations being done on the morning of the show. There were super-size special rosettes for the principle winners with all 1st to 6th place also receiving a special rosettes as well as Special prizes. The top table looked amazing with all the specials and rosettes neatly laid out for everyone to see. The committee opened its doors at 8.00am, people were already outside waiting to enter, everyone was greeted by the Chairman – Mr Frank Gough with Clare Robinson-Cox and Jill Studley on the door handing out the pre-paid catalogues and selling the few we had on sale. We had a few stalls on the day of the show namely the club Stall run by Neil Binder, we also had Bev Harrison, Martin and Karen Johnson, Paddy Enfield and also the people from Room for One More Sta%e were present. !22


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On the top table were myself and Karon Jackson our Asst Secretary/Show Manager already busy with the day’s events unfolding. Our Secretary Alan Hedges was working the room welcoming everyone as he and David Molineux sold ra(e tickets for the Hamper ra(e. Five hampers had been donated by various people

Our President Mr Fred Gadd opened the show at 9.00am and thanked everyone for attending, Our Chairman Frank Gough presented the Judges and the Referee with their gifts and judging then commenced. Our stewards for the day were in the dog ring Peter Rhodes and Frank Reader and in the bitch ring were Wayne In the hospitality we had Joan Gadd and Christine Jackson, Whitehouse who looked after the VIP’s who we Craig Stokes invited and the Judges and their guest. Tea, co"ee, and Steve biscuits and cake were in abundance. Both worked Whitehouse. extremely hard all day. The outside caterers Farmers Paul Baker Fayre were in the kitchen suppling various food and would be refreshments taking the to the very club photos’ large crowd of and also people we had doing a short all day. video of each class line ups to post on Facebook to send around the world to ensure those who couldn’t make it at least saw the day’s events unfold. At 11.00am all judging ceased as we remembered those who had been killed in conflict around the world as this was also Remembrance Sunday… we played the last post and as this echoed around the room you could hear a pin drop, not one person not one dog made a sound. It was truly an amazing 2 minutes.

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At lunchtime were drew the ra(e and then shortly after we did the Parade of Champions I gathered them outside the venue in ring number order and they entered the venue to the sound of Emerson Lake and Palmer playing Fanfare for the Common Man. All did a lap of honour before each one walked up and down the mat as Alan Hedges read out their brief resume, each received a special rosette. After this interlude judging recommenced and the afternoon proceedings took place it was turning out to be a long day but with the end of the main show drawing to an end it was time to sort out the Sta"ord of the Year Exhibitors (these are dogs/bitches who have won a CC’s since the last SBTC championship show) These would be judged by three other judges who had been invited for the day. They were Colin Davies, Mansell Frayne and Brian Bates. Collating the points and ensuring fair play were myself and Paul Gardner the KC Building Caretaker as the independent scrutineer.

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Principle winners for the day were: Bitch CC and Best In Show Ruadonia Delialahs Delight owned by Mr & Mrs Elrick Dogs CC and Reserve Best In show & Best Opposite Sex In Show – Ch Eclypsta! Cuz I Can owned by Mr & Mrs Davies Best Puppy In Show – Dazmarnic Cetewayos Kraal – Owned by Mr & Mrs Asker Res Best Puppy In Show – Biggleswick Fifty Fifty – owned by Mr & Mrs McKimm Best Veteran in Show – Terrocota Hells Angel – owned by Rhodes and Foxall Res Dog CC – Ch Kyraloebis Italian Gigalo Jw ShCM – Owned by Mrs R A Plant Res Bitch CC – Ch Berrystock Charlies Angel JW – owned by Mr & Mrs Rogers

Stafford of the Year commenced after all judging had been completed – the judges were in place and dogs came in three at a time and each of the judges went over each dog. Once all the dogs had been in the ring they all came back in for a final line up and the judges placed them on a marking sheet which was then handed to myself and Paul for marking while they judged the bitches. After all judging had been done myself and Paul marked up the bitches and then collated the two sexes to find out who was the overall Winner of Stafford of the Year. That honour went to Elitebulls Heartbreaker for Regalbull JWShCM owned by Mr & Mrs Fulford bred by Mrs D Desmond. After a long day it was time to say thank you to everyone who attended and to wish everyone a safe journey home. All that was left to do was take down the show and tidy away. A truly fantastic day was had by all who attended the atmosphere around the room and in the ring was electric everyone was enjoying the whole day. The new committee worked well a team and produced a truly spectacular day. Helen Reaney Hon Treasurer/Membership Secretary !26


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by Audrey Hubery

I would like to congratulate the club for hosting a fabulous weekend of shows. Beginning with the I.S.M. - What an achievement to have 12 countries all bringing fabulous teams for your 3 well known judges who I may add did a fantastic job a very di%cult task. I would also like to congratulate your stewards in an expert job done with kindness shown to all. The challenges gets tougher year by year but the high light to me is the enjoyment everyone gets from this event from all our new exhibitors to the seasoned competitor Again the UK team won but all the teams made us work for it. Once again well done from Team manager Audrey Hubery. Now for the Champ. Show which followed the next day. The evening before we all met for the pre party what a party everyone let their hair down and plenty of fun banter was had. I congratulate the club on receiving a record entry for your very well respected judges with this being I was asked to step in to judge the remainder of classes. My thanks to those I judged your Sta"ords were turned out in excellent condition with sound temperament and correct movement my placings were very close but a decision had to be made the placements could be changed on another day. My heartfelt gratitude to my stewards whose expert running of the ring would put some of our UK stewards to shame thank you. Thank you to you all and hope to see you all next year in your new venue and even bigger entry of exhibitors & spectators !30


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HEALTH TESTING * * * Please note - a CAER or PHPV test done by a canine ophthalmologist is NOT the same test as the DNA test for HC - BOTH tests should be carried out * * *

Remember, if you choose to breed from a carrier you must test the entire resulting litter to determine clears & carriers. Thus if you choose to keep a carrier from that litter, the same must be done for each subsequent litter resulting from breeding carriers. If you sell carrier pups, please consider spay/neuter so that more carriers are not produced. With the advent and ease of genetic testing many of these diseases could be eliminated by only breeding clear to clear. To use a known carrier requires an extra step of responsibility. There is no excuse to breed an untested dog. Testing Facility For L2-Hga & HC Animal Health Trust Lanwades Park, Kentford New Market, Suffolk CB87UU Phone: 01638 751000 Fax: 01638 750410 Email

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What is L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria ? L-2-HGA (L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria) in Sta"ordshire Bull Terriers is a neurometabolic disorder characterised by elevated levels of L-2-hydroxyglutaric acid in urine, plasma and cerebrospinal fluid. L-2-HGA a"ects the central nervous system, with clinical signs usually apparent between 6 months and one year (although they can appear later). Symptoms include epileptic seizures, "wobbly" gait, tremors, muscle sti"ness as a result of exercise or excitement and altered behaviour. The mutation, or change to the structure of the gene, probably occurred spontaneously in a single dog but once in the population has been inherited from generation to generation like any other gene. The disorder shows an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance: two copies of the defective gene (one inherited from each parent) have to be present for a dog to be a"ected by the disease. Individuals with one copy of the defective gene and one copy of the normal gene - called carriers - show no symptoms but can pass the defective gene onto their o"spring. When two apparently healthy carriers are crossed, 25% (on average) of the o"spring will be a"ected by the disease, 25% will be clear and the remaining 50% will themselves be carriers. The mutation responsible for the disease has recently been identified at the Animal Health Trust. Using the information from this research, we have developed a DNA test for the disease. This test not only diagnoses dogs a"ected with this disease but can also detect those dogs which are carriers, displaying no symptoms of the disease but able to produce a"ected pups. Carriers could not be detected by the tests previously available which involved either a blood or urine test detecting elevated levels of L-2-hydroxyglutarate or magnetic resonance imaging. Under most circumstances, there will be a much greater number of carriers than a"ected animals in a population. It is important to eliminate such carriers from a breeding population since they represent a hidden reservoir of the disease that can produce a"ected dogs at any time. The test is available now and information on submitting samples is given below.

CLEAR: the dog has 2 copies of the normal gene and will neither develop L-2-HGA, nor pass a copy of the L-2-HGA gene to any of its o"spring. CARRIER: the dog has one copy of the normal gene and one copy of the mutant gene that causes L-2HGA. It will not develop L-2-HGA but will pass on the L-2-HGA gene to 50% (on average) of its o"spring. AFFECTED: the dog has two copies of the L-2-HGA mutation and is a"ected with L-2-HGA. It will develop L-2-HGA at some stage during its lifetime, assuming it lives to an appropriate age. Carriers can still be bred to clear dogs. On average, 50% of such a litter will be clear and 50% carriers; there can be no a"ected produced from such a mating. Pups which will be used for breeding can themselves be DNA tested to determine whether they are clear or carrier. COURTESY AHT !33


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Thank you for the opportunity to tell your readers what has happened in South Africa in 2015. What a wonderful year we had with no less than seven Sta"ords ending up in the Animal Talk Top 100 Showdogs in South Africa. We as a Sta"ord community are very proud of the way we supported each other. We rallied for every group and when the Sta"ord went through to Best in Show we all where there for the support. Top honours as follow: CH Eukleia Aurora Sparkle of Sivhana, bred by Dr. Eurika van Heerden of Eukleia Sta"ords and co- owned by Lourens ten Napel of Sivhana Sta"ords ended in third among all breeds, winning four Best in Show, all breeds for his honour as first placed Terrier and Top Sta"ord. CH Delu He’s the Man, bred and owned by Debbie Lurie of Delu Sta"ords placed 29th on the all breeds list with one all breeds Best in Show.

CH Sta"yfriends Fantasma Negro of Sharrazar (Imp Spain ), bred by G.G. Perez and owned by Adrian Austen of Sharrazar Sta"ords was in the 33rd position winning one all breeds Best in Show.

Sharrazar Demon Walker, bred and owned by Adrian Austen of Sharrazar Sta"ords, placed 35th , also with one all breeds Best in Show.

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Rumox Ex Calibur of Ronaith, bred by Gerhard du Plessis of Rumox Sta"ords and owned by A. Walters of Ronaith Sta"ords. Expertly handled by Shapphire Sta"ords ended up in 68th place with one all breeds Best in Show. Demac Bullet La Rey, bred by Mr. G. van Niekerk of Demac Sta"ords and owned by Johan Kruger of Jakru Sta"ords, won an all breeds Reserve Best in Show and placed 70th.

CH Kelev Gipsy Boy, bred by Peter Grek of Kelev Sta"ords and owned by Dr. Shaun Morris, won multiple Terrier groups ending in 74th place.

Congratulations to all these Sta"ords that did us proud by ending in the top 100 all breeds. Then of course we had our six speciality shows with great entries. Our numbers are climbing and hopeful we can get back to the 150-mark in the next two years. Western Cape Sta"ordshire Bull Terrier Club, judged by Mr Brian Owen (UK), with the winner Gizzo Marcus Auralius bred and owned by Jurgens Hanekom of Gizzo Sta"ords.

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Free State Sta"ordshire Bull Terrier Club, judged by Mrs. C. G. Taljaard (SA) with Best in Show CH Eukleia Aurora Sparkle of Sivhana, bred by Dr. Eurika van Heerden of Eukleia Sta"ords and coowned by Lourens ten Napel of Sivhana Sta"ords. Sta"ordshire Bull Terrier Club of Transvaal, judged by Laurie Ford (UK) with Best in Show CH Stofano Double Impact of Rosswar, bred by Mr. A. C. Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen of Stofano Sta"ords and owned by Mrs. A. A. Love & Mrs. M. H. Rossouw of

North West Sta"ordshire Bull Terrier Club, judged by Steve Dickenson (UK) with Best in Show Stapphire Darke Tenacity, bred by Mrs. D. Jackson of Stapphire Sta"ords and owned by Mr. P. Kleijnhans.

KZN Sta"ordshire Bull Terrier Club, judged by Mr Steve Whitehouse (UK) with Best in Show CH Vomhausharrock Flink, bred and owned by Mr. D.M. Harris and expertly handled by Ansa Vermeulen o Boldwin Sta"ords.

Pretoria Sta"ordshire Bull Terrier Club, judged by Dave Wedgwood (UK) and the Best in Show CH Larumo Sgt Major, bred and owned by Louis & Adele

We also had our second Charity show, where all the money raised went to Goldfields Show Grounds. We as a breed hope to do even better in 2016, but most importantly, to work together for the betterment of the breed, as always quoted by Auntie Stella.

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East Anglia Sta"ordshire Bull Terrier Display Team – By Lesley McFadyen Although not an obvious choice as an agility dog, the bold and fearless Sta"ordshire Bull Terrier temperament, coupled with its desire to please its owner means that courses are usually run in fast times even if equipment doesn’t always survive the round intact! Sta"ord shape doesn’t appear to fit easily around weaves, but amazingly once on a run Sta"ords do weave, if not as fluidly as collies. Agility Clubs around the country have Sta"ords training with them now, some compete, some choose not to. Obviously before beginning agility training any dog needs a reasonable level of basic obedience. It’s important the dog responds well to its handler, but with such a people orientated breed that generally means they can retain good focus. Sta"ords, too, are usually an agile breed with a good degree of intelligence, couple that with a love of food and you have a great basis for training!

Having trained and competed in agility with her bitch, Tammy (Araidh Sweetest Taboo), Wendy Clewley, who subsequently emigrated with her dogs to Australia, was instrumental in getting together a small East Anglian Sta!ordshire Bull Terrier Club Agility Display Team, which was invited to give a display of Sta!ord Agility at Crufts 2004. A spectator later said the dogs were like ‘canine bullets’. This was a huge success and led to the EASBTC holding the first ever Sta!ord only agility show later in 2004. The show attracted Sta!ord owners from around the country and resulted in a very enjoyable day for all involved. A comment made at the show: it was the first time the spectator had seen every dog leaving a ring with a smile on its face! Over subsequent years more and more Sta!ord owners are now seen competing at agility !45 shows, showing how versatile the breed can be.


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East Anglia Sta"ordshire Bull Terrier Display Team – CONTINUED Ever aware of the negative publicity often aimed at the breed, the EASBTC has sought to promote Sta"ords in a positive light and taken part in displays around the area, at county fairs, other SBT breed club events and open days. One of the original team members, Jo Ann Essex, competes at top level with her two Sta"ords, Bacon – Javawolf Mogwai AW (G) - (Grade 7) and Mouse – Javawolf Mighty Mouse JW, AW - (Grade 7), and is a regular at our Club displays. Jo has also developed a Sta"ord Agility League that has 42 members in its first year, emphasizing the popularity of Sta"ords in agility.

In November 2011 the Kennel Club invited us once again to take part in agility displays over both days at their Discover Dogs event held in London. This time we expanded the team to include fifteen dogs, showing more diversity in terms of style and application. The displays were met with huge applause and have resulted in the team being invited to take part again at Crufts each year – a challenge we will relish. Our Display Team has developed to include not only agility but also obedience and a whole array of tricks and now has regular bookings at Crufts and Discover Dogs, and also at the CLA Game Fair and lots of other dog related and countryside events throughout the summer – showing o! our wonderful dogs skills to the general public. Who knows? We may just stage another Sta!ord only Agility Show in the future………. !46


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MOVEMENT STATIC BALANCE Looking at the dog from the front the inclination on which the shoulder blade lies on the rib cage will a"ect the position of the foreleg to attain static balance when the dog is standing. The static center of gravity of each shoulder blade is roughly the center and in order to have static balance the dog must place his heel or the inner edge of the heel vertically under the center of the shoulder blade.

STATIC BALANCE Kinetic balance deals with forces in motion. When a dog commences to move, he will move from the position of his static balance and as his speed increases, in order to procure maximum e%ciency in movement, the legs, when seen from the front or the rear, must incline inwards towards a longitudinal central line in order to maintain kinetic balance. The faster the dog moves, the more his legs will incline inwards until the speed is reached where he will single-track in order to maintain his balance. It is absolutely imperative that it be understood that the alignment of the bones from the center of the shoulder blade, when viewed from the front, to the center of the foot

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must be in one straight line, but it is not a vertical line. The same applies to the hindleg when seen from behind. The bone alignment from the hip joint to the foot must also be in a straight line but not a vertical line, except when the dog is standing. EXPERIMENT OF HUMAN KINETIC BALANCE AS A SIMPLE EXPERIMENT: STAND WITH YOUR LEGS SLIGHTLY APART SO THAT EACH FOOT IS DIRECTLY UNDERNEATH ITS RESPECTIVE HIP JOIN. NOW TRY TO WALK FORWARD KEEPING THE LEGS AT THE SAME DISTANCE APART WITH THE FEET FACING DIRECTLY FORWARD. THIS IS HOW SOME PEOPLE EXPECT THE DOG TO MOVE FOR-WARD. YOU WILL NOTICE IMMEDIATELY THAT IT IS AN UNNATURAL MOVEMENT, BESIDES BEING AN AWKWARD AND UNGAINLY WAY OF WALKING. THERE IS NO EFFICIENCY OR ECONOMY OF MOVEMENT. YOU WILL NOTICE AS YOU MOVE FORWARD THAT THE BODY HAS TO SWAY FROM SIDE TO SIDE IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN ITS BALANCE. IT IS CERTAINLY NOT A NATURAL NOR AN ATTRACTIVE WAY OF WALKING. IT IS EVEN !48 MORE UNGAINLY WHEN RUNNING.


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Next try walking normally then fast and finally break into a run. You will notice immediately that at the fast speed you will be singletracking too and your legs will be inclining inwards from your hips and will no longer be on a perpendicular plane to the ground, as when you first started to move. Your legs and feet, unless you are flat-footed, will still be in a straight line from hip to foot just as is required in a dog moving, or any other animal for that matter. If, however, you have a weakness at your ankles and your feet turn inwards or outwards, then the straight alignment of your joints from hip to foot will be broken and you will be moving unsoundly. This is the equivalent of the dog moving close. If you happen to be knock-kneed (and most women are), and turn your feet out , then you have a similar double fault like a cow or a dog that is "out at elbow" and has weak, turned-out pasterns. The required straight line from your hip to foot will be broken in two places, at the knees and at the ankle. In the cow-hocked dog the desired straight line, as seen from the rear is also broken twice, once at the stifle, throwing the hocks together, and again at the hocks, throwing the feet outwards. At the slower speeds the inclination of the dog's legs in-wards is much less in comparison than with the fast speeds. But whatever the speed, the importance is the straight alignment of the bones and joints from shoulder to pad and from hip to pad in order to procure maximum performance with the minimum of e"ort.

SINGLE-TRACKING There are unfortunately still too many people who do not perceive the di"erence between single-tracking and moving close. It is the di"erence between a sound dog and an

unsound one. When a dog is moving fast and single-tracks at speed, his lugs seen from the front are inclined inwards and the bone and joint alignment from the center of the shoulder blade to the center of the pad must be in one straight line. If the forward-moving leg brushes or interferes with the weight-bearing leg, then there is a constructional fault, and the alignment of bone and joints will not be in a straight line. If the alignment is correct and straight, then there will be a fault in timing or a constructional body fault.

MOVING CLOSE The di"erence between moving close and single-tracking is that, when viewed from the front or the rear, the column of bones is not in a straight line: it is generally broken by the pasterns which either turn in or out. From the rear it may be the hocks which break the straight line of the bone assembly and this will be seen with cow-hocked dogs. This fault is a great weakness, because the line is broken

POUNDING AND PADDING twice between the hip and the pad. Pounding and padding are both caused by the same faults, an upright shoulder blade, which is frequently combined with too strong a rear action. Pounding is when the dog takes no action to compensate for the fault. Padding is the evasive action of a hackney gait which the dog employs, in order to lessen the excessive shock to the whole of the front of the dog through the pad. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 1977 - NEW YORK: ARCO PUBLISHING !49


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FROM THE EDITOR “We don’t need geography. Staffords are our world.” torch over to a new beginning with Helen and our new team. —Lynn Caswell (Wavemaker) Sr. Editor, Creative Director

I would like to welcome our new Managing Editor, Helen Reaney (Rolenska) on board to help me run The Sta!ord Knot publication. Helen and I have worked tirelessly (along with our volunteer sta!) over the last many months to bring you this issue. We hope that you not only enjoy reading & sharing it, but also would consider supporting TSK in our June issue by contributing articles, photos and purchasing advertisements. Proceeds go to Sta!ord rescues around the world. When we work together on our passions and hobbies we will find happiness, success and always something to look forward to. The Sta!ord Knot brings all Sta!ord lovers together for the same good cause. Thank you to all of you for your many years of support as I pass the

Hello Everyone We’re Back!!!, Yes the Sta"ord Knot is now back in circulation after a couple of years break. This has been a big learning curve for me and I am still learning but very much looking forward to the Summer 2016 edition so come on you Sta"ord lovers please send us your news from around the world. I have taken on the role of Managing Editor, however the founder and Senior Editor Lynn Caswell is very much involved – this is her baby….. We have on board various people from around the world helping us but I must just say a big thank you to all of you who have provided us with articles and adverts. Big thank you to Gregory Wattrelos and Tina Walker who have come on board to help do the design

and layout of articles but would welcome anyone other people who are interested to help. The main focus of the Magazine for this edition is the article on Clare Lee (Constones) the sudden loss of this special lady sent shock waves around the world. This edition of the Magazine is dedicated to her and her family. Thank you to Tony Lee for providing us with photos of Clare when she was young and for providing us with the article on his life with Clare. From all of the team we hope that you enjoy this Edition of the Sta"ord Knot and we very much look forward to hearing from you during the next few months with articles, news and photo’s. The next edition will include Champions from days gone by and also an article of Crufts 2016. Helen E Reaney (Rolenska) Managing Editor !50


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Bonjour, Je m’appelle Gregory WATTRELOS et je vis à Lille dans le nord de la France. Il y a 6 ans, avec Féria du Clan’Molotov, j’ai fait la connaissance du Sta!ordshire Bull Terrier et cela fut un coup de foudre instantané. Le Sta!ord m’a séduit à tout point de vue, tant sur son petit gabarit sportif que sur son caractère si proche de l’homme. En 2013, j’ai créé mon élevage et a"xe « De l’île aux Bulls ». Je participe à de nombreuses manifestations dans lesquelles je m’épanouis, et j’éprouve un véritable plaisir à m’a"rmer en tant que jeune handleur. Mais ma passion ne s’est pas seulement limitée aux expositions. Durant ma scolarité, j’avais commencé des études de graphisme, que j’ai du brutalement arrêtées suite à la mort de mon père. Subvenir aux besoins de ma famille fut ma priorité à l’époque. Mais grâce au Sta!ord, et après avoir vu plusieurs montages sur les réseaux sociaux, j’ai décidé de remettre mon talent à l’épreuve. J’ai d’abord créé des montages de mes chiens, y exprimant toute mon admiration pour eux. Puis, de

grands éleveurs et quelques particuliers ont su apprécier mon talent et me faire confiance. Je suis aujourd’hui fier d’être polyvalent dans le milieu du Sta!ord et c’est pour moi un immense honneur que de pouvoir exprimer cette passion dans le Sta!ord Knot. Gregory Wattrelos - Artist I got my 1st Sta"ordshire Bull Terrier Bess, at the tender age of 14 and for me no other dog comes close. Bess gave me my love of the breed and when I met my husband, she was the one that infected him with that love. It was quite a few more years before we decided to step into the world of Dog Showing and in 2006 my husband and I were granted the JANIKASTCO a%x. With our Bitch, Rogue (Tiptoe Red Lady At Janikastco) we started entering a few shows and soon became addicted. We did reasonably well with Rogue, qualifying for Crufts and gaining her SBN. We had 2 litters from Rogue, keeping a

Bitch (Daisy – Janikastco Deja Vu) in partnership from her 1st litter and a Bitch (Maggie – Janikastco In Ya Dreamz) for ourselves from her 2nd. We campaigned Maggie and at the age of 16 months she was awarded a CC and her SBN. Maggie took a dislike to showing so we made the decision to retire her. When Daisy had a litter, we decided to have a male pup (Gino – Seenworsta" True Grit For Janikastco) and have been campaigning him for the last 3 years. I had my 1st Judging appointment in November 2014, which I thoroughly enjoyed and I now serve as a committee member of The Sta"ordshire Bull Terrier Club. In September 2015, I was invited to join the team at The Sta"ord Knot, I was very happy and it has thus far been an enormous learning curve which I am thoroughly enjoying. Tina Walker (Janikastco) - Artist

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