Sunday, 9 March 2008

Hooli at Crufts Dog Show

Hooli was manning a stand at Crufts yesterday. He was on the Discover Australian Shepherds stand. I asked my daughter to supply more information, and this is what she wrote:

Hooli took part in Discover Dogs, which is basically an exhibit within Crufts. There is a breed stand for every breed recognised by the Kennel Club. Each breed stand contains information on the breed, and breeders/owners and dogs so that the public can meet the breeds and talk to owners about what it is like to own that particular breed. It is important that the dogs are confident and friendly because they are cuddled, kissed and photographed all day.

Hooli was on the breed stand for Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 5:30pm, which is probably one of the busiest times at the show. He took it in his stride and behaved impeccably. He was friendly, outgoing and gentle with children who came and literally threw themselves at him. He performed lots of tricks, the favourite of the crowd was holding a biscuit in his teeth until I said to eat it.

Hooli was a particularly good example because he has a tail, unlike most aussies. But because of the docking ban, most puppies that will be bought in the future will have tails, so people who are considering the breed really got a chance to see what their potential future puppy might look like. The docking ban came in last year, and so more and more aussies with tails are now popping up, but they are still fairly rare in the show ring. No aussies being imported from other countries can be shown if they were docked after the docking ban came into effect in the UK, which will have implications for exhibitors coming over from the States and Europe, of which there are more and more since the Pet Passport Scheme expanded to include the US. Let me know if you need any more info! Or go to

Isn't he gorgeous!


Karen H. said...

Good Morning Dabrah,
Wow, I have never heard of Hooli before. "THANK YOU" for sharing the information with us. Sounds like a great person and a wonderful thing he is doing for dogs. I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend my friend. We still have a bit of snow left around here, but it is slowly melting away. Take care my friend and have a great evening. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

dabrah said...

Karen, Hooli is the name of my daughter's dog. That's him in the pictures. I guess I made it sound like he's a person... sorry!

Ex-Shammickite said...

He is definitely gorgeous... my neighbours 2 houses away have just aquired an Australian Shepherd puppy, but I haven't seen him yet, so I don't know if he has a tail or not. I suspect they are not the kind of people who would hold with docking tails!

Rosie said...

Hi Dabrah,many thanks for calling by my blog and aslo for your lovely comment! You also have great blogs and will be back to visit from now on.

Thank you also for adding my blog link to your site and I have also added your blog link to mine :D

Rosie x

The Caked Crusader said...

Hooray for Hooli! He certainly knows how to work the cameras - he's like the dog equivalent of Liz Hurley!
Glad to hear there will be more doggies able to wag their tails. Is there anything lovelier than a dog's tail? Perhaps a cake.

BritGal' Sarah said...

Awwww bless his little cotton socks, just look at him sitting there proud as punch! Hooli is adorable :-)