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Show updates and more

Yet again its been a very busy few weeks for the CED clan. All over the place dogs have been showing, attending educational events and some health checks too including a litter confirmation too! The three Akna "Volcano" litter pupsters Tuya, Knight and Shannara have been attending ringcraft and doing lots of lead training ready for their show debuts this year. They are doing really well and Team Akna look forward to bringing them out to their first show in July when they are 6 months old. Elsewhere at the end of May the Akna dogs were at a charity event in Leicester. This included some short demonstrations on activities that you can take part in with your sled dog, learning about sled dogs as pets and educating about the differences between working dogs. It was very successful, lots of cuddles and photos for everyone including one of a very bemused looking baby emu that had been brought across from the petting zoo, i think it thought it may become lunch! On the 31st May several dogs were at Boston Premier under judge Helen Taylor-Morris in breed. A super entry of really quality dogs. Three classes, 14 dogs and the final result was Best of Breed CAN CH Arcticice Qimmiq G Amorak Avec Akna (IMP CAN) and Reserve Best Of Breed Akna Asavakkit **. Rook then went on under judge Keith Givens to win the working group however nothing for BIS but still a fantastic result. Some of the other CEDs also entered AV Working and won some classes too it was lovely to see everyone, the dogs, somewhat noisey but happy i think all had a great time too. So 1st June wasnt a show, it was scan day for Akna Asavakkit **. Sarah brought Akira over to meet myself and we headed over to my friend who does the scanning for me. After lots of contact gel and parting the fur (she is in full coat) we found a space and confirmed our suspicions. Akira and Dusty will indeed be having babies in June. Its quite an exciting time as several of this litter will be going to foundation kennels to start something new and exciting all over Europe. So we need a selection of healthy boys and girls please. Some of the puppies will be staying in the UK and all of them have a bright future in working and show homes. cant wait to update you all. So thats brings us up to date and this weekends shows which were Southern Counties and Melton Mowbray. Team Gerifreki  took their dogs to SC and Team Akna headed to MM. Sadly the SC crew didnt get any further than 1st in junior dog and second in junior bitch however that gave them the all important Crufts qualifications they needed on the 13 month old youngsters. At MM we had breed classes and after a rush of who was handling what due to class wins it ended up with Rook as Best Of Breed and his son Azlan Reserve Best Of Breed under judge Tracie Mason a Dobermann breeder. Rook then went into the Working group and placed 2nd beaten by the Newfoundland that went RBIS. A great weekend t be had by everyone. With the weather still reaching high temps all over the UK running dogs has taken a back seat and no shows now until the CED club show on the 19th of June and a super entry of 27 dogs for judge Walt Howarth. Its looking set to be a great weekend. Last minute seminar bookings are being taken so if anyone wants any info please email me asap. Racheal Bailey (Akna) Email:

Working titles rewards

Well the weekend was a scorcher and not only the weather the show results were brilliant. Redditch and District show had record entries i believe over 900! lots of rare breeds were present and had classes including CED's. There were 10 entries but only 9 made it to the show which was a shame for the Judge as many CED owners are currently working to give upcoming judges support to gain the experience and numbers to aid the Judges list. The 9 dogs were over 3 classes, special yearling was won by Akna Castiel 2nd was Akna King Peak * and 3rd and her first ever show was Swisscool Avec Akna ***. In open dog class 1st went to Napu Of Northwinds at Akna *** (IMP CAN) SHCM, 2nd was Arcticice Qimmiq Jackson At Akna and 3rd was Shepherdsway Snow Drifter. Open bitch was won by Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel at Akna, 2nd was Akna Asavakkit ** and 3rd was Akna Northern Soul ***. Napu was Best Of Breed and went into the Working Group and won the group another great result for him after winning BOB at Crufts back in March. Sadly nothing further for us but a great day for CED's. Also this week there has been confirmation on working titles on some of the dogs. These dogs are owned by several people but have all achieved recognition for the mileage reached by each of them. These dogs are Tala, Luna, Dusty, Castiel, Jackson and Eiger. Well done to all the dogs and the mushers who have worked very hard to achieve these results.

South of England Show

Its been a very hectic couple of weeks for the CED with the South Of England Agricultural Society Show bank holiday weekend, Ringcraft for puppies, National Dog Show and the first time attending the National pet Show in London. We took three CED's under judge Chris John in AVNSC Working at the South Of England show. Akna King Peak* first in Junior and Reserve Best Of Breed, Akna Morzine first in Graduate and CAN CH Arcticice Qimmiq G Amorak Avec Akna (IMP CAN) first in Open and Best Of Breed. The Dusty x Siku puppies have been going to ringcraft for the last couple of weeks now and its funny to see how their characters are so different. Knight (Akna Silver Throne) the only male has always been the most confident, Shannara (Akna Iskut) who seemed quite shy is actually a very forward little girl and her sister Akna Tuya whose name is also Tuya is just so stubborn and knows exactly what she wants. Cant wait to see how they grow. Some of the older puppies have been attending not only ringcraft but Good Citizen and Obedience training as well as going backpacking. Akna Pika * has been a challenge for his owners at Good Citizen but they are getting there with him, you cant always get your own way Reef. At the National it was a repeat of the last show with a father and son Best of and Reserve Best Of Breed. After a rush into the ring because the previous breed didn't arrive, a mix up with dogs in the wrong classes and some playing up by the dogs for their handlers places were withheld by the judge on the day. It left some disappointed but its a lesson learned to double check with the steward as you enter the ring the class and your number! The National Pet show in London at the Excel was a great success with father and daughter team Rook and Peech representing the CED with the breed stand on site all weekend. It was a gloriuos weekend outside so it was a joy to be indoors with air con. The dogs met lots of people, made it into the Telegraph and im sure will appear all over after posing for hundreds of pictures. A brilliant round up of a couple of weekends. Sadly no working updates now and probably wont be as the weather has become too warm to do any sort of working activities so certainly over the next few weeks plenty of show updates coming. The CEDCGB are also busy planning their Breed Open Show and Breed Seminar weekend in June. The Breed show is in the morning and is being judged by Mr Walt Howarth and in the afternoon the Breed Seminar and Hands on assesments will take place. Its something to really look forward to for everyone and their dogs.

Weightpull fun and more

Well working season is over for us and many other sled dog owners. Its a sad time as most of our dogs thrive on this time of the year with cooler temperatures and exciting races and events. A total of 16 CED were at the AMCUK fun weekend which included weightpull, bar-b-que and trek. A great finish for us as we haven't had much chance to get to the weightpull events just lots of treks this year. The weightpull is split into weight categories and the weight pulled is increased after each successful pull. Each pull is timed so that winners can be worked out should dogs pull the same weight in the same classes. In the 41-60lb class Siku weighed in at 49lb and placed 4th pulling 900lb, placing 5th was Castiel weighing 37lb and pulled 900lb, 7th place was Eiger and her first ever weightpull weighing 41lb and pulling 700lb, next was Maple weighing in at 47lb and pulling 700 and finally not feeling the love of the pull was Akira weighing in at 56lb and also pulling 700lb. In the 61-80lb class a super pull from Rook even after the rain which left the pull area wet and somewhat slippy he placed 2nd pulling 1600lb and weighing in at 79lb. In the same class was Napu at 80lb pulling 1300lb placing 8th and Azlan at just over a year old and his first weightpull weighed 68lb and pulled 900lb. A fantastic result for Akna Castiel bred by myself but owned by Pete McDaid and Steph Wearmouth she won the overall highest weight pulled to bodyweight ratio in the competition pulling 24.32 time!!! A great result for them after a great show season, excellent working season and brilliant weightpull trial and she took to it like a duck to water. Quite exciting news that one of the Scottish Kennels Karkopekleri, Harry and Shelley Lawrence who have siberians but also 3 CED have had a mating between their male Yakone and older of their two females Neith. Both of these dogs are bred via the Akna Kennel and have met all the required health tests and my personal requirements for breeding as well as granted permission from the KC as they are both dogs registered from Unverified parents or breedings. Its exciting to see the next generations hopefully multiplying so we wish them all the best for the future and hopefully welcome all the new CED owners hoping for a pup into the CEDCGB. There is also another breeding planned and a couple of applications for Kennel Affixs so some more exciting news to hopefully come soon from other club members. Around the show ring we have several shows coming up with CED entries so please feel free to come and see us at ringside. WELKS this month in AVNSC, South Of England Agricultural Society at the end of the month again AVNSC and then breed classes at the National and Redditch in May. If you haven't entered some shows still are open for online entry so please support our judges. We will also be holding a club seminar alongside our CEDCGB Show in June and will endeavor to finalise the schedule for the weekends events soon, so watch this space.

Sad loss to the club

Firstly let me take the time to thank Claire Henry our previous breed notes writer for the support in writing our breed notes as i have now stepped up to continue this hard work and keeping everyone up to date with the world of CED. Sadly our breed notes start off on a sad note with the loss of one of committee, a good friend and admired lady Margaret McFarlane. Margaret and her k9 chum Billy Bean were a regular sight around the shows and they would always take the time to pass by our breed ring as well as lots of others too. A wealth of knowledge in all things dog and a great sense of humour she will be sadly missed by us all. Billy Bean has been taken safely to his happy retirement home in the country with the lovely Jenny Grant-Parkes and her collection of Lancashire Heelers and rare breed sheep but also with Billys two daughters. We do not know any further details at this time but we will let everyone know when we do. Moving on to something happier the Contest Of Champions event this weekend was attended by one of my own dogs, Can CH Arcticice Qimmiq G Amorak Avec Akna aka Rook as he was crowned Top CED 2015 in the Dog World competition. Along with lots of other top winning dogs we attended the beautiful event and bumped into lots of people we know from around the world of show dogs and made some new friends too. Dressed in gowns and lovely dresses and bow ties everyone really did look very different to the normal dog show attire. A great event organised by the Canine Supporters Charity that raise money for all sorts of things. We had a wonderful time. A big well done to the four finalists and the overall winner Tyler the Bulldog. Looking forward to going again hopefully in the future. We may also have some exciting news coming soon with the club enlisting a Patron and litters of puppies from some dogs from the Kennel Club UVP scheme so watch this space.

Aviemore and lots more

A busy couple of weeks for mushers in the UK firstly at AMCUK Greystoke rally teams took to sleds in the snow. 1st was Steph running a team of all in season bitches 1 x sibe and Angel, Maple and Castiel. Poor Steph she was only running 3 and then we got to the start line on day one and it was like oh no another one is in season quick give her to Steph.

2nd Racheal running napu, akira and jackson

3rd Gaynor running 1 x sibe, seal and rook

Sadly Paul Keenan was disqualified running luna, tala and aurora and a malamute as he went the wrong way.

Pete also had a recreational run on the Sunday taking peech, eiger, riker and a crossbreed out for a run which was brilliant. lots of great snow pictures on social media too.

also siku gave birth to a litter of 4 gorgeous puppies on 1st Jan 2016, 1 male and 3 females of striking colours out of the old boy dusty who is 10 soon.

Shortly after Greystoke hundreds of teams of sled dogs gathered at Aviemore for SHCGB's 33rd annual Aviemore rally. On the Friday four Eskimos competed in the AMWA weight pull competition. WA weight class (40-60lb dogs) was dominated by the Eskimos with last years runner up, Gerifreki's Felicity taking first place over her litter sister and a previous Aviemore weight pull champion, Akna's Maple. Finishing the podium places in the WA weight classes was Gerifreki's Torrent, the lightest Eskimo in the weight class and her very first weight pull.

In the 60-80lb class Matt Hodgson's boy Invi who just scraped into the weight class at 63 lb came second and pulled the highest weight to body weight ratio of the whole competition.

The next day saw the racing begin with Eskimos in the 2 dog class (D2), 2-3 dog class (E2) and 3-4 dog class (C2). By the end of the second day of racing Patrick McIntyre finished 1st with his 2 dog Eskimo team in the D2 class, Sarah Haynes came 5th with her Eskimo and malamute team and Matt Hodgson came 9th with his Eskimo and malamute team. In C2 Pete Dowling came 4th with his 1 Eskimo and 3 Siberian Husky team, Matthew Smith of Gerifreki kennels came 5th with his all Eskimo team in a very competitive time where 59 seconds was all that separated 2nd and 5th place. Steve Henry came 6th with his 2 Eskimo and 2 Siberian Husky team.

At the Aviemore awards ceremony Felicity of Gerifreki kennel picked up another prize for the best combined sled dog for finishing in the highest position in the weight pull and race.

Despite surprisingly hot weather all the teams had a great time in Scotland and we are all looking forward to the last few races of the season.


A good weekend of racing and showing, Gerifreki kennels where present at both with 3 young dogs attending their very first show at LKA in Birmingham. Whilst none of the 6 month old pups managed a top 3 placing they enjoyed their trip out to their first show and their nephew Aslan, owned by Racheal Bailey of team Akna managed to place 3rd in AVNSC working puppy dog. The rest of team Gerifreki was racing in the Newforest near Ringwood with British Sled dog Activities (BSA). Felicity, Kaiser, Kara and Torrent took home the first place prize in the 4 dog freight class. Meanwhile in the 2 dog freight class it was a race between Eskimo - Malamute teams with Matt Hodgson placing 2nd on day ones racing with Sarah Heyes close behind in 3rd, both running a team of 1 Alaskan Malamute and 1 Canadian Eskimo Dog. By the end of the second days racing positions had reversed with Sarah taking home the 2nd place prize and Matt finishing 3rd. Meanwhile the rest of team Akna where escorting Santa to a charity event with Racheal Bailey making lots of new friends in the process. With Christmas only a week away a small break is due in the race and show season but lots of Eskimo puppies will be enjoying their first Christmas.

Race season

With the race season well and truely underway thre have been some very competative races over the last couple of weeks and some great results for CED teams across the country. SHCGB Cranwich (was Elvedon) saw a total entry of  5 teams running CEDs. Day one racing went ahead but sadly due to weather and humidity day two was cancelled. However the results were: In E2 1st storming round was Kirsty Munday running a team comprising of two Siberians and Maple, in 2nd was Steph Wearmouth who is currently borrowing a team until her team become of age so she ran Angel, Akira and Seal and in 3rd was Racheal Bailey running Siku and a Sibe in lead with Jackson in wheel. Over in the D2 class it was won by Gaynor Donley-Williams running the pawsome duo of Napu and Rook, 3rd place was Lee Betts running a sibe with Debruano and in 5th was a bit of a last minute switch for Angie Allen who ran Aurora and Matt Hodgsons boy Invi. There was also a nice reunion of puppies from the Akira and Rook litter so Angie, Sarah and Racheal took Reef, Koral, Nuniq, Peech and Azlan for a free run around the forest much to the horror of long time Siberian owner Angie. The pups thoroughly enjoyed their playtime and tired themselves out. Meanwhile in the Forest of Dean the second AMWA race of the season went underway. Due to the temperatures and humidity what was a 3 stage event was shortened to a 2 stage however the CEDs dominated the ASFDC class. Matthew Smith placed 1st with his 4 dog all Eskimo team also posting the 4th fastest time of any team across the entire event on the night stage. Yasmin Needham placed 2nd with her 2 dog team of Eskimos and Sarah Heyes finished off the podium positions in 3rd with her Eskimo and Alaskan Malamute 2 dog team. The following week saw the postponed beginning to the British Sled dog Activities (BSA) Championship at Ringwood in the New Forest. In the 3-4 dog Class Matthew Smith placed 1st with his 4 dog all Eskimo team and Matt Hodgson managed to finish second overall in a competitive 2 dog class with his Eskimo and Malamute 2 dog team. As we get deeper into the winter months I know all the mushers will be hoping for the same thing, a dry cold winter to show what the dogs can do when running at their best.

Antarctic Survey Reunion

With winter just around the corner it has been a busy couple of weeks for CEDs across the country. Halloween weekend saw several households of CED owners attend a very emotional reunion for ex members of the British Antarctic Survey, Marguerite Bay. They took along a good selection of 20 dogs from 6 months old to 7 years old. The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) for those that are unsure, is an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth and our impact on it. There is a history of sledge dogs being used in the Antarctic since 1911 when Norwegian explorer Amundsen and his team where the first to reach the South Pole but in 1945 the BAS imported a base stock of dogs from Labrador, Canada which were the foundation dogs of a 50 year breeding program which was fully independent from any main land program. Dog teams were used to transport scientists around the Antarctic where the dogs became not just a way of life but a necessity. We introduced our dogs here in the UK to men and women, some of whom haven't seen the dogs in 40 years. Unfortunately most of the dogs met a tragic end, when the dogs were ordered to be removed by 1994. The ban of dogs was introduced because of concern that dogs might introduce diseases such as canine distemper that might be transferred to seals, and that they could break free and disturb or attack the wildlife. As complete strangers these men shared heart warming stories of survival and compassion for the dogs that they had not they used but those that stood in front of them too. A mild October morning and although we are separated by decades and nearly 10000 miles it was obvious we were stood with like minded people who shared our same love for our dogs. Not only where dogs on display at the BAS reunion but dogs where on show results at Foleshill Canine Society, 1st open dog and Best Of Breed CAN CH Arcticice Qimmiq G Amorak Avec Akna, 1st open bitch Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel at Akna and puppy dog/bitch 1st Akna Peechee *, reserve best of breed and puppy group 4 2nd went to Akna King Peak *Meanwhile CEDs where participating in the opening race to the Alaskan Malamute Working Association race season in Thetford Forest with Matthew Smith’s 4 dog all CED team taking 2nd place in the ASFDC class and Matt Hodgson coming 3rd with his CED Malamute team.

Ireland 2015

The main news in the world of Canadian Eskimo Dogs this week has been to continued success of the dogs touring Ireland, competing in the Munster circuit.  They returned home safely at the weekend however these dogs and their owners have done the breed proud travelling 1100miles and 5 shows all in 9days.  All adult dogs received gradings of “Excellent” and all the puppies achieved their highest grading “very promising”.

Can Ch Arcticice Qimmiq G Amorak Avec Akna (IMP) owned by Ms R E Bailey took Best Of Breed and Best dog at all 5 shows, he was even shortlisted in the Champion Stakes class at Tralee.  Akna Asavakkit** owned by Ms S Atkins was Reserve Best Of Breed and Best Bitch at all 5 shows.  Akna carroz owned by Ms P Byrnes was awarded 4 out of 5 Reserve Best Dog.  Arcticice Qimmiq Jackson at Akna owned by Ms R E Bailey was placed 1st in junior at all shows with “Excellent” gradings and pending IKC approval will hopefully become the first ever CED to be awarded the a Junior Irish Champion but hopefully not the last. 

Akna Pika* owned by Mrs A Allen and Akna King Peak* were placed in 1st and 2nd at the respective shows in puppy dog, however they did not get a look in at Best Puppy due to the two amazing girls which attended Akna Galatea* who at 4months won Best Baby Puppy un Breed at Navan, Killarney and Tralee as well as being shortlisted for Best Baby Puppy in Show at Navan.  Akna Peechee* was awarded Best Baby Puppy for the other 2 shows.


 The CED's are also looking forward to weekend away over the bank holiday weekend as AMWA are hosting their annual Summer Social.  

Show updates and summer is here

The last few weeks may have been a little on the warm side but it hasn’t stopped the Canadian Eskimo Dogs getting out there and enjoying some events and shining themselves!!

At the National Working and Pastoral Championship show held in Malvern, the Eskimos were out in force and showed well in the hot temperatures under Judge Mr M Patrick. CAN CH Arcticice Qimmiq G Amorak Avec AKNA – Rook, placed 1st in OD, BOB and went on to take Best Rare Breed working and reserve best rare breed in show under Judge Mr J Luscott. Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel at Akna – Angel was awarded 1st in OB, BBB and RBB, Arcticice Qimmiq Anana at Akna – Aurora was 1st in PGB, RBB.. Akna Chambrey was 1st in JB, Akna Marluk** was first in PGD and went on to take RBD ,Seal Akna Morzine was 2nd in PGD.. Arcticice Qimmiq Jasper with Innugati – Fury  was 1st in Junior dog with Arcticice Qimmiq Jackson at Akna - Jackson placing 2nd and Ghost  - Akna Carroz**placing 3rd.


The Sunday saw most of the same dogs showing again at East of England Agricultural Society, the first time there have ever been breed classes at this show so we were extremely happy to be present. The judge Mr T Simmons was very patient with the dogs and we would like to thank him for this and his comments. In JD Jasper was 1st and Jackson was 2nd. In PG Rama was first, Seal 2nd and Loki – Akna Kamuka** was 3rd. Rook was 1st in open dog and went on to take BOB. Yava was 1st in JB, Her mother Aurora, was 1st in PGB and Angel was 1st in OB and RBB.


Many of the CEDs and there human friends attended the well organised Spitz in the Park event which was lots of fun. It was a chance to watch demos on canicrossing, bike joring and rig racing and have a go yourself. There was also the opportunity to have a go at agility which Yava was not bad at!! The Spitzolympics was hilarious – this was a series of event where the dogs and their human companions had to take part in different races including the egg and spoon race, the sack race and the eleven legged race.


Last weekend saw some great results from Leeds Championship show. Akna Archangel with Innugati – Widow won MPB, Akna Castiel, owned by Steph Wearmouth and Peter McDaid, at her very first show took first in AVNSC PB, BPB and Best AVNSC puppy, Shepherdsway Snow Drifter was first in PGD with Rook taking 1st in OD and Fury taking 2nd. Rook went on to win BOB which Racheal was thrilled to bits with as she said there were some great St Bernards she was up against and some lovely sportsmanship.

At Heckington Show, Napu was placed 2nd in AVNSC OD, first in AV Sled dog open and Best Sled dog. Jackson was VHC AVNSC PD, Seal won AVNSC PGD and Aurora was 1st AVNSC PGB and first in AV PG Sleddog.


There have been more puppies hitting the ground and settling in to their new homes bred by Mr and Mrs Smith and Racheal Bailey. There are eleven dogs taking part in Ireland’s Munster show circuit and they are all passported ready to go in August. There will be lots of dogs attending the AMWA’s camping event at the end of August.


Crufts 2015 and more

Crufts has been another successful event for the Canadian Eskimo dog. Our new and improved stand at Discover Dogs attracted a lot of interest with many people wanting to learn about the breed, it also gave members of the public the opportunity to fuss these original sled dogs who of course enjoyed all the attention and pampering. Out of sixteen dogs entered, ten were exhibited. There were a few absentees due to that time of year when all sort of bugs are flying around.

The Judge Mr D Cavill was very patient and showed a great interest in the breed. In JD Miss Bailey’s Akna Morzine was first with Akna Carroz** owned by Mrs Byrne placing second. First place in Post graduate dog was awarded to Shepherdsway Snow Drifter owned by Miss Wearmouth and Mr McDaid, Mr and Mrs Henry’s Akna Marluk** was second with Mrs Wilkinson’s Akna Great Bear of the North for Koldsnap placing third. CAN CH Arctice Qimmiq G-Amorak Avec Akna was awarded first in open dog and Best of breed at the tender age of nearly two years old and although he didn’t get placed in the Working Group, he showed his socks off with a such a presence. Napu of Northwinds at Akna (Imp Can) was placed 2nd and Shepherdsway Jack Frost taking third place.

Mr and Mrs Henry’s young girl Yava – Akna Chambrey took first place in JB and Reserve best B in breed. Akna Asavakitt was awarded 1st place in open B, Best B in breed and RBB.

Out of the ten dogs present, six were bred by Miss Bailey who remarked that she couldn’t be any prouder of the dogs and the owners who put the effort in to show and work the dogs while increasing the awareness of the breed. We have more dogs on the ground showing in the UK than they do in Canada!!

Crufts was held on the Friday, by lunch time on the Saturday many of the dogs were muddy after taking part in the SHCGB Cranwich Rally. There were 3 teams of CEDs competing in the E2 class, these were all dogs owned by Racheal Bailey, including the Crufts Best of Breed winner and the RBOB. Two teams run by other mushers out of the seven teams there were only 3 true freight teams as the rest had used Siberians to make up their teams finishing second was Racheal running Siku, Napu and Maple. In 5th was Gaynor Donley- Williams running Pandora, Rook and a very baby brained Akira and in 7th was Barry Weimass running Seal with two siberians. Elsewhere in the forest ASFDC class at Swinley forest was won by Matt Smith and his all CED team of Kai, Kara and Tori. Well done everyone.


Trekking proves popular with CED entry

The welsh hills saw a mixture of Canadian Eskimo Dogs, Greenland Dogs, Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes taking part in the Dyfnant Trek organised by AMWA. All dogs that participated were awarded working titles. Steve Henry and his team made up of two CEDs and a Siberian completed a total of 23 miles over the weekend, Sarah Heyes and her two dog team – one CED and one Malamute completed 18 miles, Vikki Theothone also completed the 18 miles with Sarah’s other two CED’s. Racheal Bailey completed 40 miles with her team of eight CEDS on a rig with a passenger. This really is proof in the pudding that these dogs are fit for purpose and can work and still show their socks off.

A big thank you to AMWA for organising a very fun event.

Junior Mushers show real sportsmanship behaviour at rally

The weekend of the 7th and 8th of February saw lots of dogs competing in two of the dog rallies, one held at Hicks Lodge, Leicestershire and one in Thetford Forest. In both locations there were lots of wagging tails and smiling mushers.
At the BSSF Nationals in Thetford Forest saw Matt Hodgson and his CED and Malamute team placing 3rd.
The Eskimos were out in force at the SHCGB rally held at Hicks Lodge. The course was very technical and varied and all the dogs loved it. In E2 Matthew Smith and his three dog eskimo team placed 1stfollowed by Claire Henry and her mixed Siberian and CED team with Pete Dowling close on her heels with literally seconds in it placing third with his mixed team. Racheal Bailey unfortunately had a few issues on the second day with loose dogs on the trail which caused her to have to leave a dog with a Marshall. Even with two dogs and the trouble on the course she still finished quickest!!.
Kelsey Grocock-Howe and her two dog Canadian Eskimo Dog placed first in the junior class and showed great sportsmanship with fellow musher Shauna Ward who experienced a few problems while out on the trail. On the Sunday, they both crossed the finish line side by side holding hands!!

Results from Scotland

Apologies for the lack of breed notes for the past few weeks but it has been a busy time settling back in to home and work life after an amazing time in Aviemore which hosted the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain 32nd Aviemore sled dog race.

A busy week of fun in the snow, a veritable plethora of Canadian Eskimo dogs took to the Scottish highlands to compete in one of the largest sled dog events in the UK.
The event began with a weight pull organised by the Alaskan Malamute Working Association. The lightest weight class was dominated by the Eskimos with Racheal Bailey's girl Siku placing 1st, Matthew Smith's Felicity coming 2nd, Akira co-owned by Racheal Bailey and Sarah Atkins took 3rd, Kaiser co-owned by Matthew Smith and Racheal Bailey came 4th, Racheal Bailey's Maple and Aurora came 5th and 7th.

61-80lb dog class, 5 Canadian Eskimos made it into this weight class and all placed within the top 8. Racheal Bailey's Rook and Napu placed 2nd and 4th, Matt Hodgson's Invi 5th and Jackie Lunn's Frazer 8th.
Approximately 200 teams entered into the  main race event and the CEDs where well represented competing the classes C2, D2 and E2. Racheal Bailey placed 2nd in both C2 and D2 with her full Canadian Eskimo dog teams, Maple, Aurora, Siku and Akira in C2 and Rook and Napu in D2 and took home the Kiniki trophy, Arctictreks trophy and also the Nosinbor trophy for the highest placed CED team in the D2 class and the Saxonwood Trophy for the highest placed all eskimo dog team with the girls. Racheal also went home with the Lunar trophy for the best combined weight pull and rally result with Siku - I think the van would have been overloaded with all the trophies!!
Although  there was plenty of snow there were patches of the trail where there was not enough snow for sleds and the Organisers made the very difficuly descision to declare the race as a wheeled race rather than a sled race.
The snow and wheels combined made the course very challenging but the CEDs showed their true strength and plowed round the course to achieve great results.
Matt Hodgson placed a very close 4th with his 1/2 CED team of Invi (the CED) and Fury his Alaskan Malamute team mate in D2.
Class E2 (2-3 dog) had a total of 3 teams with CEDs out of 13 entries, the Canadians went on to place 2nd 3rd and 4th in the class. Coming 2nd was Claire Henry with her CED boy Rama and his 2 Siberian Husky team mates, Shelly Lawrence came 3rd with her CED boy Yakone and his 2 Siberian Husky team mates whilst Matthew Smith finished 26 seconds later with a full team of 3 CEDs Felicity, Kaiser and Kara.

Unfortunately the second day of racing had to be cancelled due to unsafe icy conditions on the race trails however this did not impact the rest of the week where some of the CEDS took part in the challenging fifteen mile trek along goat trails, through scottish estates and deep flowing rivers.
Next week will see the results from the SHCGB rally held at Hicks Lodge and the BSSF Nationals race held in Thetford Forest.

Aviemore is coming

Another week into the new year and more shows and races for the Canadian Eskimo dogs.


At Boston champ show in the week CEDs had their own classes for the first time. Racheal Bailey's boy Rook won best dog and best of breed, whilst her younger male Seal won junior, reserve best dog and best puppy. Akira owned by Racheal Bailey and Sarah Atkins won best b and reserve best of breed with Racheal's Aurora winning post grad and earning reserve best b.


Straight from the show ring on Thursday the Eskimos were out at Sherwood pines rally with the Siberian husky club on Saturday. Racheal came 1st in C2 with her 4 dog mother daughter team of CED (Maple, Aurora, Siku and Akira). E2 class was an Eskimo affair with Gaynor Donley-Williams placing fist running her siberian husky with Racheal's team of Napu and Rook, Steve Henry coming second with a team of two of his Siberians and his CED girl Desna and Claire Henry-Buxton placing 3rd with her own team of 2 Siberians and her CED boy Rama.


Only two weekends to go till Aviemore Sled dog race, the largest rally in the UK. All teams are sure to be in intensive training for what could well be the most Canadian Eskimo dogs to attend the same rally ever in the UK and if the weather forecast is to be trusted it may be a sled race!! There will be a breed stand at the rally site where people can come and learn more about the breed, get to have lots of dog cuddles, and shelter from the weather.


Happy New Year

Happy paw year!! 2014 was a great year for the CEDs and 2015 has kicked off well.

In between Christmas and New year there was a race in Thetford Forest hosted by Wyedean Mushing East. Racheal Bailey won the 4 dog freighting class with a team of CEDs and Matt Hodgson won the two dog freighting class with his CED and Malamute duo.

Some owners took to the plains of Salisbury and competed in the AMWA trek. The Henry’s CEDs racked up a total of 18 miles in one day and Sarah Heyes managed 18 miles one day with her two dog CED team and then another 18 miles on the 2nd Day with her Malamute and CED team, all dogs achieved their Bronze trekking awards. An amazing well done to all the dogs and mushers who took part as the weather was awful and the terrain was tough going.

On the 27th December Sleaford and District Canine Society held their show where there were CED classes, unfortunately due to the snow there were a few absentees. Rufus was first in Open dog and Best of Breed, Rook who has just turned one year old was placed 2nd in Open dog and reserve best of breed, Akira was 1st in post graduate and Seal was 2nd and also best puppy in breed. Pandora placed first in Puppy.

Last weekend saw the first rally of 2015 hosted by AMCUK at Hicks Lodge, the CEDS took the trails with storm but unfortunately the second day of the race was cancelled due to the icy trails after lots of rain and then temperatures dropping to -4c overnight. . Kelsey Grocock- Howe won the Junior class with her two dog team, Yasmin Needham had her debut on a scooter with Indie and came first. Steve Wilkinson and his CED and malamute came 2nd in the two dog class and Racheal Bailey won the 4 dog freight class.

The Canadian Eskimo Dogs have done amazing on the trails and in the show ring in 2014, let’s see if they can do even better in 2015!!

Races and shows

Some more results have come through from recent rallies around the UK. At the AMWA Great Wood Rally held on 6th and 7th December, Sarah Heyes and her two dog malamute and CED team placed a very respectable 2nd place, Fraser (CED), owned by Jacqueline Lunn and raced by Vikki Theothaone also placed second in the scooter class with Matt Hodgson and Invi placing third. On the same weekend in Sherwood Forest saw the CED massive out in force with some good results. Unfortunately the CEDs were racing in the same class against Siberian huskies but still managed respectable positions. Claire Henry and her mixed 3 dog team (two Siberians and a CED) placed 12th out of 17. Racheal Bailey with her 4 dog CED team placed 8th out of 10. Kelsey Grocock-Howe was the only junior racing two CEDS and she placed third. Racheal Bailey unfortunately did not get to compete on the first day due to a mishap on the start line with a handler and big feet!! And therefore was disqualified which is a real shame because when she raced on the Sunday she had the fastest 2 dog freight time – you can’t win them all and accidents happen but at least the dogs got to run.

On the 13th and 14th December, there were dogs and mushers alike getting very muddy at the  AMCUK event held at Yately. Stephen Wilkinson and his two dog CED and Malamute team won their class and Matthew Smith and his three dog CED team placed 2nd in the 3-4 dog class. While a lot of dogs were getting very dirty in the forest, there were a few struggling to keep clean at the LKA Champ show held at Birmingham NEC. Claire Henry’s young girl Yava, Akna Chambrey won AVNSC PB but was beat to best puppy by a lovely Tibetan Mastiff. Akna Morzine (Seal) was placed second in PD, PGD was won by Shepherdsway Snow Drifter. Arcticice Qimmiq Anana at Akna (IMP CAN) was placed 2nd in PGB. Akna Asavakkit placed 2nd in OB. Great results especially for the puppies, Yava struggles at indoor shows so its good experience for her although when it came to leaving the show she became very scared and Claire Henry ended up carrying her through the NEC so that she would not get too freaked out. Yava thought it was great been so high up and being able to lick people as they walked by, Claire on the other hand was shattered by the time they reached the exit – the lengths we go too!!!

Exciting times are taking place at AKNA headquarters, Racheal Bailey has recently taken another road trip to France to pick up two new CED boys which have been imported from Arcticice Kennels in Canada. These boys have slightly different lines than what is currently in the UK but are related to the older existing dogs. More added to the ever expanding gene pool.

Matt Hodgson has been getting himself fit and has competed in several canicross events, he placed 4th in the Firle 10k and has also competed in several Park Runs. His CED, Invi recently ran with a lady called Perrine at Shore Park and they placed 2nd female out of 100.

Over the Christmas period there are CEDs showing, racing and trekking, results will be published in the New year.

International racing and updates

Busy busy busy making history again!! Last week saw Mrs Shelley Lawrence competing in the IFSS/WSA Nordic Freight class with Team GB at the European Championship in France. She was running her Siberian Husky with her CED, Yakone as a duo and it’s the first time that a CED has competed in a IFSS/WSA competition. Unfortunately their race times went in the Open Class (against hounds etc) as the CED is not currently recognised by the FCI. Weirdly the IFSS/WSA World Championships will be held in Canada 2015 and the CEDs will not be allowed to compete in the Nordic classes for the same reason. Shelley commented that the experience was amazing and Yakone attracted a lot of positive attention. Well done to Shelley for flying the flag in such a huge international event.

In Ringwood Forest, BSA were holding their 3rd championship event. Matt Hodgson represented the CEDs by running his CED, Invi and his Malamute, Fury and did us proud. He was in the two dog freight class (the largest class of the weekend)and was placed 3rd – a big well done to Matt and his team.

There are a few rallies over the next couple of weeks which will be attended by lots of CEDS and also LKA.

Nordic show and more

The Canadian Eskimo Dogs were out in full force last weekend. In the wet and muddy Forest of Dean, there was a good turnout of dogs at the Deans Doubles. Matt Hodgson ran his CED Invi and Fury the Malamute and were teamed up with a Greenland dog and Malamute and won their two dog freight class and were the fastest overall Nordic team. Sarah Heyes running her Malamute Marley with Billie the CED was placed second in the two dog class and also achieved 2nd place in the 1 dog class with Frazer the CED, owned by Jackie Lunn. The ‘Chuckle Brothers’ – Steve and Andrew Henry teamed up and achieved 3rd place both running one CED and two Siberians each. Everybody at the event went home with a mountain of washing and dirty but happy dogs.

At the Nordic show held in Coventry, the CEDs had a great entry of 16 dogs with 3 absentees who were busy getting dirty in the forest instead!! Judge Pauline Luxmoore-Ball commented that it was a pleasure to judge such a happy bunch of dogs although some of the youngsters still need to learn how to stand still and show their teeth!!

In the combined puppy class Seal (Akna Morzine) was 1st followed by his sister Pandora (Akna Avoriaz) both owned by Racheal Bailey and third was awarded to their Sister Yava (Akna Chambery) owned by Mr and Mrs Henry. In Reserve was Mrs Byrnes Ghost (Akna Carroz**) and VHC was Jones (Akna Courchevel). Taking Best Puppy was Seal and would have also been awarded Reserve BOB. In combined Post Grad class that was won by Maple (Akna Northern Soul ***) owned by Racheal Bailey and in second Akira (Akna Asavakkit**) jointly owned by Sarah Atkins and Racheal Bailey. In combined Limit class Siku (Shepherdsway Cinders @ Akna) owned by Racheal Bailey placed first, followed by Aurora (Arcticice Qimmiq Anana @ Akna (IMP CAN) also owned by Ms Bailey and in third Mr and Mrs Wilkinsons boy Lemmy (Akna Great Bear Of The North For Koldsnap ***). The open classes were split in Dog winner was Rook (CH Arcticice Qimmiq G Amorak Avec Akna (IMP CAN) and in second Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna *** (IMP CAN) shCM both owned by Racheal Bailey. Rook went on to take BOB. Open B was stand alone entry Angel (Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel @ Akna) who was Best Bitch.

Working season is well under way

It’s been a busy week on the forest trails for the Canadian Eskimo Dogs. It was a family affair last weekend at the AMWA Spruce Ride rally in the Forest of Dean. The ASFDC class was won by Racheal Bailey and her team – Napu, Siku and Maple, followed by Sarah Heyes who was running Maple’s sister Billie within her team of Eskimos. In third place was Maple and Billie’s brother – Lemmy run by owner Stephen Wilkinson. Siku and Napu’s son, Fraser, owned by Jacqueline Lunn and run by Vikki Theothaone won the scooter class.

At the BSA rally at Thruxton, Matt Hodgson placed 3rd in the 2 dog freight class. Patrick McIntyre had a fantastic result in the wet and wilds of Leicestershire at the Canicross Midlands event placing 2nd with Indie.

While a lot of the dogs were getting wet and muddy, there were several dogs getting pampered and cuddled at the Discover Dogs Event held at Earls Court. A big thank you and well done to Sarah and Susan Atkins, Peter McDaid and Steph Wearmouth for attending the event and for flying the flag for our breed. The dogs were excellent ambassadors for the breed.

Too warm for Autumn!

Another week of amazing results from the CED’s from within the show ring and out on the working trails. Even though it was warm on the forest trails, the dogs still did well.

At Wyedean Mushing Event in Delamere Forest in Cheshire, Pat Byrne placed third in the Women’s canicross race with Kolu which is brilliant as this was her first ever event!! It was a battle of the Henry’s in the 3/4 mixed freight dryland mushing class. Claire Henry placed first with her two Siberians and Rama the CED and her husband Steve placed 2nd with two Siberians and Desna the CED, there were nearly 4 minutes between them!!

At the SHCGB event in Thetford Forest, Norfolk, the temperatures increased so much that the event had to be cancelled on the Sunday but luckily the dogs all got to run on the Saturday. In D2 Racheal Bailey placed 2nd with the boys Rook and Napu, Gaynor Donley- Williams who was running Racheal’s girls, Siku and Maple placed 3rd. In bikejor, Indie owned by Patrick Mcintyre and raced by Racheal, achieved 3rd place with only 30seconds between them and first place which was taken by Siberians.

Sunday saw the youngsters in the show ring. At Coventry and District Open Show, at 8 months old, Seal won puppy and his sister Pandora placed second. Seal went on to take best puppy, reserve best of breed and Group 3 in working puppy. Akira won post grad b.

At Congleton & District Open show, Ghost was placed 3rd in minor puppy and 2nd in puppy dog,Yava placed 3rd in puppy b.

We are all so proud of how well the dogs are doing in the show rings and on the trails, please make sure you keep us updated with any events and results.

Working season begins

Autumn is here and so is the start of the working season and it was kicked of magnificently last weekend at The Alaskan Malamute Working Association night and day, two day event held in Thetford forest. In total there was 13 CEDs entered – the most ever at a UK working event – another piece of history in the making!!  In the ASFDC class, Racheal Bailey placed first with her three dog CED team, Stuart Marle and his 2 dog Greenland Dog team were 2nd, Matt Hodgson was 3rd with his CED and malamute team, Steve Henry was 4th with his CED and Siberian team – he may have placed higher if he hadn’t have taken a wrong turning, yet again!! Steve Wilkinson was 5th with his CED and Malaumte team, Andrew Henry was 6th with his CED and Siberian team and Gaynor Donley Williams was 7th with her CED team. In the bike joring class which is a mix of all registered sled dog breeds, Racheal Bailey was placed 9th with her CED and Stephanie Wearmouth was 10th.

Several people commented on how wonderful it was to see so many CEDS who were waiting to be raced all stood in close proximately of each other and there was not even a murmur of  grumble between them.


While the older CEDs were working their socks off at Thetford, two eight month old puppies had been taken to Midland Counties show to show their socks off but unfortunately that did not go to plan. Both dogs were spooked as soon as they entered the building – maybe it was the loud noises or echoing that unnerved them. Either way it was plain to see in the ring that both of them were unhappy and this showed in the placings. The judge of AVNSC Working, Stuart Plane was very complementary about both of them and said it was a shame that they were very nervous. AKNA Carroz** owned by Mrs P Byrne was awarded VHC in PD and AKNA Chambrey owned by Mr and Mrs Henry was awarded RES in PB. As they are both inexperienced we didn’t was them to associate showing and being in the ring with being a negative experience so after showing they were let off in the enclosed areas outside to run, play and get filthy!!


This coming weekend sees CEDS competing in Cheshire and Thetford. At the Wydean Mushing event in Delamere Forest there will be CEDs competing in the dryland mushing classes and also cannicross. At the Siberian Husky Club of GB event held in Thetford Forest there will be CEDs competing in all different classes – good luck to all, let’s keep fingers crossed that the temperatures drop.


Another whirlwind of a couple of weeks and more excellent results for CED's and lots to talk about. After Wales show we brought home Suka, who was so kindly collected by Andrea and Mark Blackburn from London for me. Suka's owners are having a last holiday before their new baby arrives so Suka came back to nannies and was reintroduced to her mum Angel and her dad Napu. She also got to meet Auntie Siku who instantly put her back in her place! But it was clear after a few days they were happy to be back together and played together lovely. Its nice t see Suka as they do not compete at the normal races or show but Tim does compete with her in lots of 10-15km events such as Tough Mudder and alike so she gets plenty of exercise and is a regular sight being canicrossed or bikejored along the Thames. Had a few errands to do with some rigs to collect for Scotland and dogs to bath ready for SKC. Seeing as a few of us that exhibit live around the Midlands we normally all bunk up in the one van to make our trips easier.This time Steph was heading for Scotland earlier than us to visit family so just Sarah with Akira and my 8 in the big van and headed to Scotland. I was going via Falkirk to visit Tricia and see their new baby as well as collecting Sika to show. We stopped overnight and had warm and comfortable hospitality and were fresh for the show, what we didnt expect on arriving was although we knew AVNSC was a 4 group combo the benching was stupidly arranged so we had CEDs benched next to tiny toy breeds, which you can imagine was fun! One guy was in complete disgust that his dog was between two CEDs who of course thought it might be fair game and were being noisy and trying to gain access to their interesting neighbour. I pointed out that there were enough of us so they should of benched us all consecutively so clearly it was something to address the show organisers about not us. Anyway we had just got everyone settled and then boom, the fire alarm. OMG dogs everywhere on different benches, people overreacting and we need to get out the building. We did and were outside for a while, fire engine came and left and then we were allowed back in. I have no idea if there even was a fire but poor old Poo was away with the fairies after that. Im surprised at how well all the younger dogs coped with it and to be fair my dogs are very well socialised and did very well, just spooky Poo which one can accept. With rig swapping in the car park and visits from some of my Scottish friends that i dont get to see often it ended up looking to be a more settled show after the excitement. Anyway we had dogs in both rings at the same time with Rare Breed one side and AVNSC the other. Fantastic results for us with Jennifer's girlie Akna Valmorel ** (daughter of Poo) doing us proud by winning puppy class and then taking Best Rare Breed Puppy. Post Grad second was also one of Jennifer's dogs Atka (Akna Sila **) and third was the Lawrences gorgeous red boy Yakone (Akna Katak **) both sons of Poo. In AVNSC ...... wait for it Working/Utility/Pastoral/Toy winner of puppy was Rook (CH Arcticice Qimmiq G-Amorak Avec Akna IMP CAN) Post Grad in third was Akira (Akna Asavakkit **) daughter of Poo and sadly no placings for Riker, Poo, Yakone, Aurora or Atka. The classes were big with 12 plus and so many different dogs. Rook then went on to take Best Puppy in breed which put us through to the group. As we are Working thats where we went and made 1 of 17 puppies through to the group. Pre judging was done before going into the big ring and in we went Rook strutted his stuff and was pulled out Group 2. I must say a massive thank you to all the people at ringside that were so supportive and the cheer that went up was surreal. The congrats after we left the ring was amazing we are so proud of how well this boy has done, I rang my friend in Canada to tell her straight away she was over the moon. Sadly the long drive home meant a 1am arrival and im always sad to see those mountains slipping away on the drive back. So with SKC out the way the following weekend was City Of Birmingham at Stoneleigh. Its probably my nearest Champ show and is definitely Sarah's so we had agreed to go. Also was the Smiths with their tribe and Lizzie Salters boy Rufus so again another great turn out for AVNSC with 7 CED's. This was Rook's last show as a puppy as he turned one on the day of him showing and he did it in style with a win for Puppy dog and then Best AVNSC Puppy was awarded over puppy bitch. Post Grad Dog was won by Kaiser and a second for Rufus and a third for Napu being beaten by the dog that went Best Dog and Best Of Breed. Reserve Dog went again to Rook which is wonderful from such a young dog. Im really pleased at the judges who have placed him so highly and not knocked him for his age at all its refreshing. The girls did good with Tori winning puppy bitch, Akira winning Post Grad followed by Flic second and Kara winning Open. Akira then went on to win Best Bitch and Reserve Best Of Breed, exactly what she did last year as a puppy. Sadly nothing in the group for us but the BOB did get shortlisted in the group twice so Akira did a good job to gain her Reserve to such an impressive male. Big well done to all. Suka returned home from the show with the Blackburns, some of us had a quick drive home and were in bed before 10pm (result) and everything is set for our next trip to Ireland for the Belfast show and for the CEDCGB Club Show which if i think im correct has 21 entries, which is fantastic. We have combined the weekend with AMCUK to offer some trails for running, weight pull, backpacking and K9 Massage with some ringcraft training too.


The last couple of weekends haven't been quite so busy although one good thing is temperatures have dropped which means sled dog training can commence once again. Something that makes many of us happy, not just because we enjoy it but because it means the dogs do not pester us quite so much as they are mentally and physically happy once exercised. It seems a long time this year that training hasn't been achieved, not just heat but humidty puts a stop to training. the dogs seem to cope in higher temps but not the high humidity which has been as high as 90% at times!  So moving onto shows last weekend one CED attended their local Open show Thetford and District where under appalling weather conditions Shepherdsway Jack Frost SHCM "Rufus" was Best AVNSC Working and then won the Working Group. Next show which was extremely well supported by the CED was Welsh Kennel Club with the whole of the 8 dog entry all being Canadians and no other breeds. Sadly two girls didn't make it due to height of season and much consideration from their owners not to bring them. So 6 dogs present with 4 of them being puppies. It was the first show for Pandora, Tori and Seal all bred by Akna. Seal, Akna Morzine the only male in the class was impeccable and won it with ease. The girls however had different ideas. Not sure if its the 6 month time for them to come into season as both girls live with girls that are currently in season, if it was the wait as we arrived at wales for 9am and had to wait till late afternoon for judging or just the whole overwhelming experience of being at their first show. However front ends were inspected but back ends were a no go area. Pandora was being handled by a friend so i stepped in to see and she did give the judge a kiss but still no bringing her round. Same with Tori, i would like to say that Mr Luscott our judge was so patient and gave them extra time and even got on the floor with them to try and give them a positive experience truly went the extra mile for them. I would like to thank him for that from myself and the other exhibitor as it can be so daunting trying to show puppies. My other puppy Rook who looks nothing like a puppy won the Open Dog class with Rufus placing second and Riker in third. He then went on to take Best Of Breed and Best Puppy too. Rook has already done so well and isn't a year old until the end of this month. Reserve Best Of Breed went to Rufus. No puppy group at Wales and sadly no place in the group, it was nice to receive so many comments from judges and spectators after the group judging expressing their support and wonderful compliments for my boy. Many people have asked about Rook as nothing was said about my ownership or his arrival to the UK until he was safely on the ground. Rook didn't arrive in the UK till the end of May when i brought him home from Canada where he had already fulfilled his Canadian Championship. I was very lucky that his breeder and now my friend kept him there and at every show took several of her own CEDs to compete against Rook so that points were earnt fair and square. Although he always stood out in the group and took 6 group placings one of which led to him winning a Working Puppy Group and then Best Puppy In Show when i was actually in Canada handling him! That was an amazing experience and one i will never forget. He seems to be enjoying showing and is such a lovely natured boy i hope to continue with his success and also on the trails as he has started training and loves it. I have a soft spot for my CED boys they seem to be able to cope with everything we throw at them and still remain loving and all go out in the paddocks together and run together. Im very fortunate. So i believe the next few weeks are SKC, which has a large CED entry and City Of Birmingham. Also for CED exhibitors the first CEDCGB Open Single Breed club show is on the evening of September 20th 2014. 

Scotland and links to CED's plus results

Once again the last few weeks have been jam packed with things going on. Some of you may have been made aware after the event about Spitz In The Park. It was certainly a surprise to the CED crowd even though all Spitz breeds were welcomed to the event any were not there. It was for us to rally around and get some dogs to the event but succeeded with a total of 10! Point of contact was Toni Jackson from the Southern Finnish Lapphund  Society who was one of the main organisers of the event. We were all made to feel so welcome and got stuck in with all the events including putting together a canicross and bikejor demo with have-a-go canicross sessions over the weekend so they could experience being attached to a dog and running for fun. They held the Spitz Olmypics which consisted of games with your dogs and Team CED did a cracking job winning quite a few of the heats, god knows what the dogs thought! With a quiz night that was hilarious and lots of demonstrations there was plenty to keep one occupied. We entered some of the CEDs into the companion dog show judged by Hazel Fitzgibbon and came away with a second in AV Puppy, third and fourth in AV Non Sporting and third in AV Spitz. It was great to see all the other spitz breeds at the event, looking forward to it next year. Moving on then much further north and Akna was off to Scotland. Meeting up with Akna babies along the way first port of call was meeting Tricia and Sika for a catch up and chat. Tricia is due her first baby soon so sadly couldnt make the journey the next day that we had planned but it was lovely to sit and talk, see the dogs and have breakfast. Then it was off to meet Shelley and Harry and have cuddles with Yakone and Neith. Wow how she has grown having not seen her since our trip back from France that tiny puppy is huge and has come out of her shell in leaps and bounds. Also coming long was Jenn and Scott sadly without Atka and Juneau but it was nice to chill out with friends and relax. The next stage was an educational and history trip undertaken with Shelley Lawrence and Sarah Atkins and included an amazing visit to the RSS Discovery in Dundee where we met and talked about the future of an exhibition with the dogs and viewed some of the dog related items taken from trips of the past. We also got to take the dogs onto the decks of the ship which was a great reminder of history and how things would of been its hard to imagine all those dogs, people and livestock and supplies piled into those tight spaces. After Dundee we headed north to Aviemore for a very special meeting with David Matthews who served on the BAS for some years and also joining us was Erica and Stuart with Loki. We met at the Glenmore race site which was weird seeing as it is all lush green grass and not a raindrop or snowflake in sight! The dogs seemed to know where they were and had a united sing song on their arrival much to the delight of tourists. David was a lovely man, had so many fun stories to tell us about the dogs and all told with such fondness. That is one thing i have really noticed about the stories told to me by guys on the BAS, their real fondness and memories of the dogs. We decided to go for lunch at the mountain cafe, another weird experience as no hot chocolate today with temps up in the high 20's oh no ice cream milkshakes it is then. More talking and laughs were had and then David kindly presented myself and Shelley with two books each, co-written or translated by him one of which really is an amazing book about the Sirius Patrol. I was sad to leave Aviemore there is something special about that place but i had friends to visit before heading back down the road. All in all a very productive trip with even more exciting finds about dogs from the BAS exciting times ahead for the dogs i need more hours in a day. Some show results then with Leeds and such a poor entry for a Champ show with AVNSC Working and only two dogs and 1 bitch present one of which was Rufus the CED who stood alone in his class but took Best Of Breed, sadly nothing in the group. Endless bathing was the topic with Sarah away on holiday Racheal and Steph undertook the mammoth task of bathing 9 CEDs one of which is a nightmare (Sarah Atkins no guessing who!) anyway all dogs ready we headed to North East Of England Working and Pastoral Breeds in Newcastle. Thank you Kevin Young for putting CED classes on for the first time and a lovely entry of 6 dogs over 3 classes. Post Graduate Dog/Bitch was won by Rook, Open Dog by Napu and Open Bitch by Angel. Angel went on to win Best Of Breed and Rook Best Puppy. Nothing in the adult group but in the puppy group Rook took a Group 2 with some clearly stiff competition beaten by the imported Siberian that seems to have been winning its way around the shows recently. Next day was East Of England Ladies Kennel Society and again CEDs were well represented with a total of 8 dogs entered across CED Open Dog and Open Bitch and AV Working. Open Dog was 1st Rufus, 2nd Kaiser and 3rd Riker with the Open Bitch class being won by Angel, whom was full of the joys of spring when she first went into the ring! 2nd was Kara, 3rd Flic and 4th Akira. The Best Of Breed challenge and it was awarded to the bitch whom the judge said was in Top, hard working condition. Over in AV Working Rook won his AV Puppy class over the Siberian and DDB and then went Best AV Puppy which gave him a chance to shine in the group. It seemed a repeat of yesterdays show, nothing for Angel in the group but Rook once again placed with a Group 3 behind the Mal and Sibe followed by the RBT. His judge commented on his soundness which like my other boy Napu one cant fault their movement. I was proud to share the weekends news with my friend and breeder back home in Canada who was over the moon with Rooks excellent achievements here in the UK and still only a puppy! Next few weeks are WKC, City of Birmingham but this week there is a CED at the Paignton show so fingers crossed for Jackie and Fraser. 

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Sadly it seems through feedback that the content of breed notes and the lack of breed notes for a couple of weeks during June has caused concern for "some". Writing breed notes can be a thankless task, trying to gain information from people that never send anything, collating results and stories of what people are up to with their dogs and condensing it into what one would like to think interesting reading can be difficult! Certainly breed notes can not be produced out of thin air! So i would like to take this opportunity to remind people that without your input on what is happening around the CED circles, without support and passing of information from you, the owners of these dogs one can only talk about what one knows or is involved in. Apologies were made in the first sentence of the breed notes that followed a period of silence, in fact it produced over 2 columns of what had been happening all around the world. Unfortunately in a small breed like ours, with few shows that have classes for us and many having full time commitments to work, business, children and general life some may not get to do as much as they would like with their dogs. Personally as an owner of 9 CED, breeder, exhibitor, musher, backpacker and trainer i do have a lot going on with my dogs compared to someone who only has say 1 dog. So of course ultimately there is always something happening at Akna. If anyone has any concerns about the breed notes or indeed would like to try and contribute more often or has any ideas about exactly what else they would like to see my details are always at the end of every piece to get in touch. So, on a happier note results from NW&PB and Peterborough at the weekend. We were third in the ring directly after Siberians which meant quite a long wait. However there was 13 dogs entered but only 11 turned up on the day. 5 of those were all bred by Akna and were from 3 of the 4 litters Akna has produced since embarking on breeding the CED. Junior Dog class had 3 entries with first going to Akna's new import boy "Rook" CH Arcticice Qimmiq G-Amorak Avec Akna, second to Jackie Lunns boy Fraser (Akna Anurakti **) who was handled by her daughter Kirsty and who did a fantastic job with the happy boy and in third was the Henrys boy Rama (Akna Marluk **). Rook also was awarded Reserve Best Dog and Best Puppy as the only puppy entry on the day. In Post Graduate dog Lemmy (Akna Great Bear Of The North For Koldsnap ***) owned by the Wilkinsons won his class over Riker (Shepherdsway Snow Drifter). I must say this boy has really started to mature nicely but both dogs looked well presented even in the soaring heat. Open dog only had the two entries won by the Salters dog Rufus (Shepherdsway Jack Frost SHCM) who also went on to win Best Dog and Best Of Breed and second was Napu (Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna (IMP CAN) *** SHCM. Onto the girls Junior Bitch only had the one entry, Akira (Akna Asavakkit **) owned by Miss Atkins and myself who couldnt make the show as she was doggie sitting in Scotland and having CED overload with Yakone and Neith. She also took Reserve Best Bitch. Post Grad Bitch also had the one entry Desna (Akna Northern Lights ***) who seemed to be on the same planet as the Open Bitch class entries Angel and Siku whom were all having a thoroughly great time bouncing about and hopping and skipping! I must admit i actually was laughing to myself at Angel who thought the day out was great fun and messed about almost continuously, she somehow managed to win Open Bitch and Best Bitch over her naughty litter sister still you have to smile at a CED being a clown, sometimes people take it all far too seriously! All CEDs waited for the Working Group and puppy group, sadly nothing for us there although i didnt see the BOB stay for the Best Rare Breed in show which was awarded to the Estrella. I love the idea of a Best Rare Breed in Show as it gives breeds like ours the chance to shine twice. A big thank you to Jessica Wright for handling the dogs so well again for myself, these junior handlers really do show up some of the adult handlers with their handling ability and excellent sportsmanship.  So after the show some of us went and joined our Siberian pals for a barbecue and chill out before heading home. Sunday was Peterborough and District with AVNSC Working. A selection of Newfoundlands, Giant Schnauzers and two CED were entered. Winner of Post Graduate went to Riker (Shepherdsway Snow Drifter), handled by Steph today who felt a little more comfortable in the ring after her recent knee injury and he then went on to place Reserve Best Of Breed while Rufus (Shepherdsway Jack Frost SHCM) placed third in Open. Well done to all this weekend and i think the next show the CEDs have classes will be North East Of England Working Breeds show in August.

Raising money for charity

Its been a busy week at Akna HQ, now we have relocated lots of work has gone into the new venture and continues with this week being mainly about getting the Akna kennel block completed. This work has meant little time for anything else including training for the 10K run that we took part in on Sunday 6th July at the Victoria Park in Leicester. The 10K Race 4 Life in aid of Cancer Research attracts hundreds of people and we were able to enter with dogs. So Racheal, with CEDs Aurora and Maple on one team and her friend Gaynor running a Siberian on the other completed the full 10k raising much needed funds. It was a great achievment and even without the training and knee injury we still managed a respectable 40 min run time. This coming weekend is National Working and Pastoral breeds where we hope to catch up with a few other CEDs and bring along my new boy Rook to his first champ show. The Akna puppies from February are ding very well it seems. Videos and pictures of them at ringcraft have shown some lovely movement and so well balanced only being youngsters. Keep up the good work guys cant wait to see more CEDs out in the ring. An evening was put aside to start the collation of the history i have been collecting,. With a group of us sat around my lounge and multiple piles of paperwork, books and articles we managed to work through lots of information and start an order which makes sense. Some of the finds were amazing and the history of the dogs is coming together more and more and is very interesting. I look forward to making this available online maybe in the future, we will have to see as there is quite a lot! 

Catching up

Apologies for the lack of breed notes but finding time to sit and write about everything that has gone on over the last 6 weeks has been a challenge. So whilst its raining outside and the dogs are happy not to want to come out its time to write up the happenings! Going back to May now with shows and plans all in action little time has been spent not doing something. The first weekend in May several of us traveled down to a very sunny Bournemouth to attend the SWW&PB where we had classes. A foreign judge from an Akita kennel was our judge and was extremely thorough and gave excellent feedback to us all in the ring. Best Of Breed was Napu, nothing in the group for us and with only open as a class it meant no reserve or anything. Later in the year, October they have another show and we also have classes again but still only in open. Next thing to do after the show was finish packing, yes another trip this time over to Canada to deliver and collect special cargo and to do the most exciting and wonderful thing. Team Akna are adding another new addition, a very special boy who has already been awarded his Champion title and all under 12 months of age. That's not all, this new boy was entered into 6 final shows whilst I was in Canada so i was going to be showing my own dog, my first Champion and indeed bring back to the UK the first CED CAN CH. At the show he achieved 11 placings in Breed, Group and even a Best Puppy Show (full results can be found on the CEDCGB website). He is an amazing dog to show, confident, friendly, loving and happy he was a dream to handle and to achieve such high placings not just against other CEDs but to place in Groups is a real achievement for him. So CH Arcticice G-Amorak Avec Akna aka Rook was coming home almost completing his GR CH status too! Meanwhile while showing in British Colombia in Canada the UK dogs were also at shows in England and Scotland. Akna dogs were at Redditch where Napu took Best Of Breed in CED class and also at SKC with the Working & Pastoral combined Yakone took Reserve Best Dog with Loki taking a third in Junior Dog. Well done everyone for amazing results that weekend. For me remaining in Canada for several more days it was a super opportunity to spend more time with Bev (Arcticice Kennel) and with her lovely dogs. It was nice to finally meet her and also the parents and siblings of Aurora whom i brought into the UK previously and of course Rook. Getting back to the UK was a chore in itself with Rook failing the box and needing a giant size cargo crate (costing more money) and then arriving in the UK and failing customs (costing more money) twice now bringing dogs in they have said paperwork isnt right and yet everything is checked before you even leave the ground back in Canada then on top you have the joy of paying customs tax on your dog even though i owned him since he was a puppy! Anyway we finally arrived home with only two days free before leaving the UK (again) this time heading to the French Alps to collect another special little delivery. Back in December 2013 i took a trip with my dogs to the Alps and Dusty (Shepherdsway Volcanic Dust Over Akna) met his girlfriend and successfully mated. Myself and Ann Allen had laughed about him before when we had him and Muktuk together as he clearly had no clue or inclination to mate. Although he was caught on numerous occasions playing quite flirtingly with male dogs! Ann alwasy said she thought he might not be straight but im sure Ann would be smiling down quite proud at his production of puppies and the fact we brought a little girl back to the UK on our return. Neith is a grey female, very similar in look to her dad and more worryingly alike to Angel. This means she could be trouble but up to now has settled in well with her new nanny up in Scotland and her prospective boyfriend Yakone. So arriving back from France after a real around the world in 80 days experience Phillias Bailey had two days to prep four dogs for Boston Premier Show! There really is no rest for the wicked so task completed, van loaded Akna was off to Boston as was several others. On arrival after checking out times etc it was apparent that i had left behind my whole show bag with every single lead, treats and stuff in so i had to go hunting for collars and leads luckily there are some great dog people around and with items borrowed from fellow CED exhibitors and Mal folk we were set. Another excellent turn out for CEDs as we had breed classes and Best of Breed went to Napu with Rook taking Best Puppy (full results are again on the website). It didnt stop there, Rooks first show and a fantastic result for him winning the Working Puppy Group and also for Napu who placed Working Group 2. This was much more than i could of hoped for and was totally made up especially as this also gave Napu his needed one point that would give him his Show Certificate Of Merit. What a month May was.........well it hasnt stopped there, oh no Akna has moved house too! Well we dont do things by halves. A new venture for us has menat Akna moving home to the border of Leicestershire/Nottinghamshire and a more rural location. This will make way for the running of a small kennel, Canine Hydrotherapy pool and plenty of land for exercise and training. Not to mention more room for the dogs and far more fitness opportunities to keep them fit and healthy. There has also been lots of planning going into the show in September. This is the first CED breed show in the UK and hopefully it wont be the last. With numbers slowly growing and interest rising and the help and support from some knowledgeable people its looking very bright for our breed. At this time we would invite anyone interested in maybe learning more, joining the club and becoming a member or indeed any judges that might be interested in coming onto our list or attending the planned  seminar on the weekend of the show to contact us. The date of the show is Saturday 20th September and will be an evening show (time to be confirmed) and will be judged by Mrs kath Howarth (Hawkam) and there will be marked trails at the venue for the evening after the show so that anyone with dogs can run their dogs. We also hope to have an introduction to backpacking walk on the Sunday morning as well as a breed seminar. 

Weather brings different activities for CEDs

Its been a busy couple of weekends for many with events and new arrivals. Meaning a much quieter time at Akna with the numbers of puppies reducing slowly but surely. AMWA had their annual Easter Event at Banham Zoo which the CEDs attended to compete in the Weight pull. There were 12 CEDs at the event with 7 taking part. Angel won the WA class and also the overall highest weight to weight pulled ratio trophy a big well done to Riker, Noah, Napu, Siku, Maple and Desna who also took part. It was lovely to catch up with everyone and to see the dogs. Last weekend was the AMCUK weightpull, trek and backpack and lots of CEDs again took part in the events. Little Maple pulled 1000lb winning her class and beating the older girls Angel and Siku, she also made her first 10 mile backpack along with Angel, Siku, Akira and Riker which is the first leg of their WPD Bronze. They also trekked around the beautiful Allerton Park totting up over 16 miles. Well done to everyone that took part and helped out and for the extreme pain caused from laughing so hard on the Saturday evening trek! Some stories really have to be shared and this one makes the cut. With everything set for a dusk run it had been decided that Racheal and Steph would take the passenger rig with 7 dogs, Gaynor would take her rig with 5 and Pete would take his bike with 2. There had been several warnings about punctures and Pete had already said that he had a puncture repair kit so not a problem........ or so he thought! After marker 4 Pete had managed to sustain a puncture or two. After a brief discussion it was decided that the rigs would carry on and he would walk back to camp. After another mile or so of uphill and some dog swapping it was decided that as we could see Pete the other side of the field we would steal his dogs to make our journey easier, this was done and then Gaynor was struggling to slow her team down as the grass was wet sooooooo plan c was hatched between the three women, oh dear what a laugh. Steph had a mountain bike across her lap and Gaynor and pete had managed to get themselves both on the rig. We happily headed back to camp and made it back before it got completely dark, the dogs were so happy they had worked hard and in fact so were we all. What great fun, im sure there are many stories from mushers over the years that would have had giggles and laughter echoing through the forests. Further north Tricia and her CED Sika have competed their Copper WPD and he will be the second CED to get a WPD title from the CED club. This scheme is something new that the club agreed to offer for all members who take part in the Working Pack Dog scheme. ranging from easy 5 mile walks right up to 20 mile walks with camp outs it has something to offer everyone. If you want more info you can contact Racheal Bailey for forms, all completed title holders will receive a certificate and rosette. There will be some show results over the next couple of weeks, quite a few CEDs are travelling here and there exhibiting, one show The National has classes for us so feel free to pop along and come and see the dogs in action in the show ring.

Its been quiet since Crufts

Well its been somewhat quiet over the last few weeks in the show and working circles. Working season is over till October now but just a couple of results from the AMWA event held at Buttersteep Rise saw three CED teams placing first, second and fifth in the AS/FDC class. A great result guys with Matt Hodgson running Invi, Matt Smith running Kai, Kara and Flick and Steph Wilkinson with Lemmy. Show wise here at the end of March Rufus was at Wellingborough and District Open show and was Best AVNSC and took a group 2. Overseas there has been quite a lot of CEDs out in the showring with several now made up to CKC Champions! Of course people think its quite easy when only a handful of dogs are being exhibited, but after winning BOB or BP they then have to go on and achieve group placings. This is always against far more popular breeds. This has been achieved with several group winners and even a Best Puppy in show. The judges in Canada are certainly seeing plenty of quality dogs at the moment and interest is rising and people are indeed talking about them. Weightpull has been attended both in the North and the South with the Smiths taking part in Novice at Eastleigh a couple of times now and achieving some good results, i think next seasons championship will see them attending more of the events. While in Allerton several CEDs went up early April in both Novice and competition entry. Some fab results from the Akna dogs as always with a second and third from Siku and Angel and a third for Napu in one of the biggest classes of 21 dogs pulling a massive 1700lb! Akira took part in novice and pulled 1000lb, for her first weightpull was a real achievement. I know that quite a few of the CED gang are planning on a couple of treks and backpacking events over the next couple of months so we will keep you posted. If anyone has any news or stories to share either for breed notes or for the CED Club newsletter please send them in to us, we cant keep you informed of whats happening if we dont have the information! Here at Akna things have started to go a little quieter with puppies leaving to go to their new homes now, time flies! Just waiting on confirmation of the KC registrations but thats another nine CEDs added to the gene pool with seven of them staying in the UK and also another one coming in from the mating between Dusty and one of the females in France from John Molenaar lines. John died several years ago and most of his dogs were sold on and fixed and those dogs are few and far between so its going to be quite exciting to add even more diversity. All of the puppies are in working homes primarily with showing an option for most so these little guys will be out and about around August time. So watch out for the new little furries joining in the fun.

Crufts 2014 and more

The Canadian Eskimo Dogs have gone and done it again and made history!! At Crufts there was an impressive and record breaking number of CEDs 20 dogs with no absentees. This is the highest number at a dog show in the UK and the world and definitely broke numbers for Crufts!
There was a strong presence of dogs across all the classes and the Judge, Mr Luscott thought he was in for a hard time when the first class entered the ring! There were six entries for Special Junior Dog, these were all brothers and the boys were very excitable with many of them jumping round the ring like kangaroos to start with!! Mr and Mrs Henry's Akna Marluk ** was placed first with Mr Dowling's Akna Anurati** in second place, Akna Sila** owned and loved by Mrs Semple was third with Akna Katak at Karkopekleri** Reserve and Akna Anurakti** being awarded VHC. Akna Marluk** was awarded Best Puppy.
In Post Graduate Dog Shepherdsway Snow Drifter was awarded first, Shepherdsway Chestnut with Akna second and Akna Isvara** third. Open dog had two entries, Shepherdsway Jack Frost shCM in first who was also awarded Best Dog and Reserve Best In Breed went to Napu of Northwinds at Akna (IMP CAN)*** who also placed second.
Special Junior bitch saw jointly owned Akna Asavakkit** (Ms Bailey and Miss Atkins) being awarded first and Akna Kadlu** second.
Post graduate bitch saw litter sisters battling it out for pole position. Akna Northern Soul *** was first with Akna Northern Lights *** a close second and Akna Angel of the North at Chillipaws*** third and reserve being taken by Akna North Wind at Gerifreki***.
Open bitch was awarded to Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel at Akna who was also awarded Best Bitch and she then went on to take Best Of Breed, second was Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna who took reserve Best Bitch and third was awarded to Shepherdsway Red Panda at Chillipaws.
It was great to see a bitch winning best in breed for a change and Angel definitely deserved it showing great drive in the ring, it was very daunting being in the big ring for the first time and handler and owner Racheal said she did try to move her too quickly across the ring. Watching the group in general quite a few moved their dogs a little too quickly i think this was mainly trying to get around as quickly as possible! However it certainly did the breed and her owner proud. Ms Bailey has been known to many by her turquoise suit but is now famous for it!!
A big thank you to Mr Luscott who was very patient with the youngsters and his positive feedback was greatly received by the exhibitors. This year also saw the beautiful Ann Allen Memorial Trophy For Canadian Eskimo Dogs donated and presented by Ann's husband, Mr Chris Allen to Best Of Breed. This award will be passed to each BOB every year at Crufts. It was a very emotional moment but it is safe to say that Ann who is the Club's patron and was one of the first people to bring CEDs to the UK would have been very proud of everybody's achievements and we are sure would be watching and nodding in approval of the quality and sheer number of CEDs now seen at shows across the UK. On behalf of the CEDCGB and all the exhibitors on the day we would like to thank Mr Luscott for his time and patience and to the lovely stewards for their patience and help throughout. It was an enjoyable (if somewhat stressful) morning and was wonderful to see the ring full of CEDs. Over in Canada more showing was going well for the breed with Arcticice Kennels taking their show team of 6 CEDs to a weekend of shows. Im not exactly sure who got what but several of the dogs took BOB and group placings or shortlisted. So it seems on both sides of the Atlantic the dogs have been attracting attention. Well done to everyone and keep up the good work.

Results update

2014 has really started off with a bang. Not much in the way of shows, i think this is a combination of post Christmas, rally season and the awful weather many have been experiencing. With great results in Scotland this has continued right through into February. 2013's pups from Napu and litter sisters Angel and Siku had their race debuts all over the UK. At the SHCGB Langdale rally Team Yavachays CEDs Desna and Rama running with two Siberians placed first in their class and in the two dog class Zoran and Deburano placed third. At the AMCUK Yately rally Koldsnap musher Stephen Wilkinson placed first in the dog scooter class with Lemmy and Team Gerifrecki placed second with Kai, Kara and Flick. The first IFSS World Cup qualifying round held in the UK saw 10 teams with CEDs and 8 of those teams taking podium placings with a selection of gold, silver and bronze medals. All disciplines saw a show of support from the CED with there being silver place Patrick McIntyre for mens canicross with Indie, gold place to junior musher Kelsey Grocock-Howe running with Siku, Racheal Bailey took two golds with an entry in the 6 dog class running Siku, Maple, Akira, Rama and Napu and also in the womens bikejor with Dusty. In the 3 dog class gold went to Matt Hodgson running Invi, silver to Steph Wearmouth running Angel, Riker and Kolu and bronze to Matt Smith running Kara, Kai and Flick. Two dog open was a silver for Shelley Lawrence and Yakone and in the two dog sadly no podium placings but a 4th for Pete Dowling and Zoran and debruano and Steve Henry running Desna placed 6th. A big well done to all the guys for taking part and supporting the breed. This was a bit shadowed prior to the event due to the fact this event bases its rules on the breeds eligible to take part on the recognised by the FCI (the European kennel club). We are hoping after lobbying to the IFSS race commission and the World Sled Association to try and get the decision changed. If you think you can help, or want more info on this please email the breed notes writer. Here at Akna we have had a busy time with preparing for the arrival of tiny paws. A successful arrival of two litters of puppies with one being a CED litter from our gorgeous girl Aurora (Arcticice Qimmiq Anana @ Akna IMP CAN). Its been a difficult time with a long delivery of 9 babies, 48 hours after birth an emergency vet visit with mum due to a suggested retained placenta and then a further several days of a very poorly mum and 9 hungry puppies to feed and clean every two hours! Hopefully after an all clear from the vet mother and babies are back together and doing well. Such a worrying time with them all but a big thank you for the help and advice not to mention the ears to bend over the worrying week we now leave behind us. Akna look forward to announcing the litter once we have the DNA tests back and there are several excited owners either adding a new addition or taking on a CED for the first time. Even more exciting was the birth of  a litter of CEDs in France from Shepherdsway Volcanic Dust, producing his first babies at nearly 8 years old! A litter of 7 healthy kids are currently opening their eyes and exploring their kennel and pictures show some wonderful colours in the litter. That's a healthy 16 more CEDs to the gene pool with variants to genetics used and also building great relationships across the water into Europe. You can join Friends Of The Canadian Eskimo Dog on facebook or visit our website for more info. We will also be exhibiting a super 20 dogs at Crufts and we can be found either on Discover Dogs or at the benches in Hall 4 ring 15. Come long and support us and come and cuddle an Eskimo. Please submit your show and working results or CED strories to Email:

AGM reminder and Aviemore

First of all on behalf of the CEDCGB just an announcement of their upcoming AGM. "Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Eskimo Dog Club of Great Britain to be held on Thursday 6th march 2014 commencing at 9am at Hall 4, Birmingham NEC (Crufts). Items for the Agenda should be forwarded in writing to the Secretary, Mrs Claire Henry, 188 Brocklehurst Avenue, Macclesfield, SK10 2RH to arrive no later than 1st March 2014". Crufts this year will see several dogs attending Discover Dogs over the four days plus on Thursday a total of 20 dogs are entered so this is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the breed to come along and meet the dogs in person. Updates from Scotland are fantastic, especially for one team ran by Claire Henry. At the Siberian Husky Club race in Aviemore, Scotland they placed second in the C2 class running a 50% CED 50% Siberian team of all girls. The two CED's, litter sisters Maple and Desna did our breed proud. They also took part in two treks while in Aviemore one organised alongside the SHCGB event and the other by other mushers around the beautiful mountainous forests near Glenfeshie. The girls racked up around 30 miles over 4 days (two of those were the race trails around Loch Morlich). Also giving the CEDs a proud result was Maple again this time in the weightpull event. She achieved a second place in her class pulling 24 times her own bodyweight in the competition and also receiving the highest placed combined weightpull and rally placing. A busy little girl along with several other busy dogs were all the guys that supported the Discover Sled Dogs village set up at the race site over the weekend. The stand is very informative, has lots of lovely images and a real life CED was on hand to be greeted and to meet the public. A big thank you to Sinopa, Hendrix, Desna, Rama, Maple, Yakone, Loki, Atka, Sika, Invi, Zoran, Deburano and Fraser and all their owners for coming along and supporting the breed and the club. It was lovely to see all the Akna kids and makes one feel very proud. They are all coming of age soon (12 months old) so quite a few will be racing for the first time at rallies up and down the country. Good luck to them all. 


Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Eskimo Dog Club of Great Britain to be held on Thursday 6th march 2014 commencing at 9am at Hall 4, Birmingham NEC (Crufts). Items for the Agenda should be forwarded in writing to the Secretary, Mrs Claire Henry, 188 Brocklehurst Avenue, Macclesfield, SK10 2RH to arrive no later than 1st March 2014

Results and Aviemore 2014

Will it ever stop raining?! The combinations of rallies and then shows means bathing, its a never ending tail chasing exercise. With Sherwood rally being a muddy experience for everyone i really felt for the people running two dog teams it was hard going with more dogs but even so great results for CEDs at the event. In the C2 class there were three teams with CEDs in the running and incidentally taking the top three spots. In first was Team Akna who ran a three dog in fan hitch formation Napu, Siku and Angel. In second was Claire Henry who ran a team of four consisting of two Siberians and two litter sisters Desna and Maple who is currently on loan from Team Akna for the upcoming SHCGB Aviemore race in Scotland (more about that later). In third was Simon Atherton running three Casiat Malamutes and Noah who had a super run alongside the Team Akna dogs for quite a section of the trail and were wonderful. You can really see the power of these dogs when they suddenly go up a gear with something to run or chase with. Moving on to D2 class Gaynor Donley-Williams running her Siberian with Akna's oldest CED Dusty worked really hard to gain a third place and also in D2 Team Koldsnap placed 5th with Lemmy and a Malamute. Well done guys it was a tough trail. Manchester Champ Show was over the weekend and again another wet and windy day. Directed into the car park onto muddy grass was joy with a van full of white dogs but at least it wasn't too far a walk. Main ring for AVNSC and again it seemed to be only CED and Tibetans in the mix with only one Pinscher. There were five CEDs present in Puppy Dog Rama placed second, in Puppy Bitch Akira placed first and also went on to place Reserve Best Bitch, sadly in Post Grad Lemmy didn't get a placing due to his full of beans whilst being asked to stand attitude. Its sometimes a really hard task to get these guys to stand still but he is still very immature. In Open Dog in first was Rufus who went on to win Best Dog and Reserve Best Of Breed. In second was Napu who was called back in to challenge Reserve Best Dog and took that. Some of the dogs were also entered into Rare Breed, but due to most of the owners feeling ill after suffering recently from that dreadful virus that seems to sweeping the human population al decided to head home early. This week will see hundreds of teams of dogs travelling north to Aviemore in Scotland for the SHCGB race i briefly mentioned earlier. Claire Henry will be running a team in C2 class taking Maple to run in lead at her first Aviemore race. Also racing will be Sarah Heyes (Chillipaws), the Gows from Scotland and lots more that are not quite of age are going to support. The CED Club will have a breed stand over the race days (Sat and Sun) adjacent to the car park area so the younger dogs will be on hand to meet and greet all so please if you're nearby or have a free weekend Aviemore is well worth the trip. It is a massive event and if it snows then wow what a setting. Safe travels to all going and remember to contact us on your return and send us some pictures of your teams.

Trip abroad and results

Its off to the forest again later for more working results but first an update from Akna after their recent, exciting trip to Europe. Racheal left the UK shortly before christmas with her 6 Ced's and Jerry-Lee to travel across France into the French/Swiss Alps. This was a chance to sled the dogs on some beautiful trails, meet some great people and of course Canadian Eskimo Dogs. Sadly in europe the FCI does not accept the registration of CEDs but there are quite a few dogs some registered and some not. It is a shame that these dogs are not available to use in all breeding programs with the CKC having the stance after closing registry of dogs without papers, these dogs can not be put back into the gene pool. Some of these dogs go back to lines which we certainly do not have in the UK and with breeders in Canada giving up or more sadly the loss of the older generations kennels of dogs are lost forever. Luckily for us here in the UK we still have the options open to us by the KC for the unverified scheme, although it is a lot of hoops to jump through it is well worth the end result. For one dog we are hoping that all went well as Dusty, Shepherdsway Volcanic Dust with Akna has for the first time found love. Ann Allen had Dusty and never used him and commented that she was convinced that maybe he wasnt interested in girls at all! It was a bit of joke at the time but frustrating as this is dog that came from nothing to taking a Best Opposite Sex at Crufts a couple of years ago under Racheals wing plus the added bonus of being the ONLY CED in the UK with a 0-0 hip score. Well the myths have been dispelled and obviously it just had to be the right girl. We had 4 consecutive matings over 4 days to a lovely (dare i say it) red and white female who even though slightly smaller than Dusty possesses great bone, coat, temperament and working ability.  Akna will update more when, with everything crossed this trip may produce further dogs to the UK and hopefully around the world. Onto racing now and with three teams of CEDs running at the first ever Alaskan Malamute Club Of The United Kingdom sled dog rally held at Hicks Lodge, Leicestershire. The first teams out were Racheal Bailey running Napu, Siku and Maple closely followed by Gaynor Donley-Williams running her siberian with Angel and Dusty. This was in the mixed freight class with them finishing in that order, Racheals team had the fastest combined freight time of the weekend. In the scooter class running Akna Great Bear Of The North For Koldsnap or more commonly known as the Lemster was Stephen Wilkinson in the scooter class who placed second to a siberian but with a fantastic time for his first event and on quite a technical and one can only describe the trail as hard going after weeks of rain! It was lovely to see both Maggie and Stephen running their dogs and to see Lemmy who has grown like a weed since i last saw him and still looks to be growing! I believe a few of the CEDs will be at Manchester Champ Show in a couple of weeks and the next race is SHCGB Sherwood Forest. The interest around the CED is significantly growing and Akna have several more new people waiting patiently waiting to either get their dogs out from last years litters or gain a new addition to their pack. 

Happy Christmas From the CEDCGB

What an exciting and busy time its been for CED's after great results from Sherwood more results came in from a slightly different sport, Canicross. Running with your dog and navigating your way around some pretty tough trails can be hard going but not as it seems for Suka (Akna Sedna**) and her owner Tim Cochrane who are the first CED team to enter the Human Race and their Wildman Event. Held at the Ashby ranges and a total of 10k over some really hard going terrain including deep water and thick mud they stormed through to place 1st in their age category in just over 53 minutes. Canicross is a very popular sport and several CED owners regularly take part in various events so we will keep you posted on their results as they come in. Another slightly different activity is backpacking with your dog. Now for the first time in the UK AMWA (Alaskan Malamute Working Association) have designed a scheme whereby other breeds of sled dog can receive recognition for their completion of various activities. Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna (IMP CAN) *** has been working hard to gain his Bronze title and has competed 3 legs of the 4 required already. After being weighed at the vet the backpacks are made up to contain a minimum of 10% of the dogs body weight and 10 mile trails have to be completed. This is a fantastic way of doing stamina and strength training and the dogs clearly love doing it. Team Akna have also had some very exciting training after recently returning from the Alps! Taking a total of 6 CED's over for some winter sled training on snow was fantastic. Miles of pisted and non pisted trails to break through and the dogs were not phased by any of it and ploughed through regardless. There was also another reason for this exciting trip and this was to hopefully to liaise with another fellow CED owner and to hopefully put the wheels in motion after a mating for a slightly different line to be imported into the UK next year. Fingers crossed for a successful mating and the pitter patter of tiny paws in 2014. Now onto show results and LKA. There were 10 CEDs entered on the day and it was a great atmosphere seeing them together. AVNSC Working Puppy Dog in third place was Akna Marluk ** owned by the Henry's with a CED absent in this class, Post Graduate Dog was won by Shepherdsway Chestnut With Akna owned by the Smiths and Bailey, in second was Shepherdsway Snow Drifter owned by Allen and Bailey and in Open Dog Napu was also absent but Shepherdsway Jack Frost placed second. Moving on to the girls in Puppy Bitch Akna Asavakkit ** placed first owned by Atkins and Bailey, Post Grad in second was Akna North Wind *** owned by the Smiths and in third Akna Northern Lights *** owned by the Henrys. In Open Bitch the lovely Kara (Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna) placed third. A great turn out for the breed. Up coming events over christmas include races in Thetford and at Hicks Lodge in Leicestershire and Sleaford and District Canine Society Christmas show. May we all wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Wonderful New Year. 

Discover Dogs Update

Discover Dogs at Earls Court was a success as always with the weekend being well attended and handing out 251 leaflets! We look forward to the DD events as it is nice for the dogs to meet the public and to surprise many that the breed even exists at all. A very interesting meeting with a guy that knows some of the old time CED owners and explorers made it a very interesting chat on the Saturday. Thank you to everyone that helped out and that came to visit us. Race results are in from Sherwood and it was a beautiful weekend in the forest. The tree's had shed most of their leaves, which lined the trails and the ground was soft but not too soft in fact Sherwood looked the best it has in a long time. There were CED teams split across DF and EF classes and as this was an "Open" rally all sorts of dogs were taking part. Team Akna's dogs were not ran by myself this weekend, but were ran by my good friend Gaynor who stormed the trails. The winners of DF class were Maple, Siku and Napu also giving the quickest trail time of all the freight dogs. In 6th place was Claire Henry running her own girl Desna, with Aurora and Riker. In the EF class Gaynor was running Dusty and Angel placed 4th with them. Up in Scotland the three Akna puppies are all doing well in training, we keep seeing regular updates of Atka canicrossing with his owner. Miles actually, bless her. Sika doing very well with Tricia and they seem to be enjoying the extra speed and power in the newly formed three dog team and then Yakone who has been working in a 6 dog team and on a passenger rig and by all accounts running in wheel and working well. its lovely to read all the updates and see all the pictures of the dogs doing so well. Even Rufus has now been working in harness, i haven't been passed any information on races or training but have seen a picture of him running wheel with two siberians. Overseas the shows seem to have dwindled off but we see plenty of pictures of their up and coming new puppies too which is very exciting. The CED really seems to have taken a few positive steps forward and i truly hope this continues.

Race and show updates

More race results from the Delamere night race with CED's doing really well. A big well done to Pete McDaid running his first rig race in the two dog freighting class with Shepherdsway Snow Drifter and Arcticice Qimmiq Anana @ Akna and for placing third. There was two sixth placings for CED's running with other breeds. Team Koldsnap also running in the two dog class with Lemmy (Akna Great Bear Of The North ***) alongside an Alaskan Malamute and Team Yavachay ran in the six dog nordic class with siberians and their female CED Desna (Akna Northern Lights ***). Team Akna had the four dog class in the bag with a storming run of 23 minutes dead over the 4.2 mile trail making them the fastest freight team on the trails and after a fun bikejor and ending up tangled up on the floor with dog (Maple Akna Northern Soul ***), bike and human managed to finish in fourth place! On the show scene the prestigious Nordic Show was held for all things Spitz. The Canadian Eskimo Dogs are in their second year at the event and yet again it was another well supported entry. Up from last year a total of 16 dogs (6 puppies, 3 juniors and 7 adults) under judge Mr Simon Luxmoore. I am sure he was very pleased with his entry and judging started at 10.30am prompt. Sadly only one exhibit couldnt make the show due to her fathers ill health and we all send hugs to them in Scotland. the winner of the combined Puppy class and also Best Puppy was Pete Dowlings boy Akna Anurati ** a stunning dark red and white boy, in second was his female and half sister to the first placed dog Akna Kadlu **. In third was Team Yavachays boy Akna Marluk **, in fourth Akna Asavakkit ** and reserve Akna Katak @ Karkopekleri **. Combined Post Graduate was won by Akna Northern Lights *** and second her litter sister Akna Northern Soul **. Limit was won by their other litter sister Akna North Wind ***, second was Shepherdsway Snow Drifter and this was his first show for quite sometime after being rehomed in December 2012. Very pleased for him he is looking really good and actually was one of the few dogs that took to the slippery floor without an issue. In third place was Arcticice Qimmiq Anana @ Akna (IMP CAN) who was so happy to be there she wooed all the way round the ring. Moving onto Open Dog in first place was Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna (IMP CAN) *** followed by second place Shepherdsway Chestnut With Akna. Open Bitch in first place was Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel @ Akna, in second place Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna and in third litter sister to the class winner Shepherdsway Cinders @ Akna. There was then a new class this year Progeny where the parent and their offspring show as a team. The winner was Napu with his son Zoran and daughter Akira and in second was Aurora with her two daughters Desna and Flick. Best of breed went to Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna (IMP CAN) *** and he was also shortlisted in the group to the final six from over twenty dogs. In the AV Brace stakes class Team Akna placed reserve with Maple and Angel. It was a wonderful day and so nice to see everyone and their dogs and great to catch up in the evening after the show and have a lovely meal with everyone. Everyone has things coming up over the next few weeks with Sherwood rally and LKA so if anyone has anything they would like to add to the breed notes please get in touch.

Race updates

Race results are coming in thick and fast and the season seems to be in full swing on the plus side the weather has definitely taken a turn for the cooler temps, which for those of us working our dogs is great news. At the Quest Lite held in the Forest Of Dean there were several teams in attendance. Plus some of the youngsters along for support. In the Team up class placing first was Team Yavachay who were each running a CED (Aurora and her daughter Desna) within their team as well as their siberians. In the DR4NB2 class (3-4 dog freight class) in first was Team Akna running Siku, Maple, Napu and Angel and in second was Team Gerifreki running Kara, Kai and Flick. Team Chillipaws split her CED's Billie and Sinopa into two teams placing third in the DR2NB2 (2 dog class) and ninth in the DR2 (open class). All the dogs ran very well and other than the storm during the night that flooded the venue and brought so many acorns down from the tree's it sounded like machine gun fire! At the AMWA Kings Forest night and day rally again teams were out in force. In the Bikejor class Dusty (Shepherdsway Volcanic Dust) had his first race outing placing fifth in his class but loving every minute of being back out racing again now he is back with Team Akna. In the ASFDC class there were two CED teams in the top three and with a new specially built podium great photo opportunities. In first place was Team Akna running Siku, Maple (featured in the picture), Napu and Angel. Placing second was a team of Greenland dogs and in third was Team Yavachay running mother and daughter Aurora and Desna (featured in the picture) along with a siberian. A big well done to all the teams out on the trails at the moment. More race results coming next week and also we have some Open show results coming up to. Also the dogs will be at Discover Dogs at Earls Court helping to educate and show people the differences between the breeds and to get endless strokes and cuddles. If you have any results or any articles or items that could not only be included in the breed notes but also the club newsletter please feel free to get in touch.


Well what a week of god awful weather! I think the whole of the UK at some point has had wind, rain and storms and it looks like more to come. Wales Championship show was not as well attended during the last couple of days across the board. Many people decided not to risk the journey with the bad weather and i can see why. After leaving Leicester at 6am the roads were wet, driving was slow and the windy roads of Wales needed ones full attention! The AVNSC Working classes should of been renamed the Bouvier and CED classes, thats all that was entered. In Puppy Dog the beautiful Fraser (Akna Anurakti**) placed second after bouncing around the ring. This was his first show at just short of 8 months and more importantly gained him his qualification for Crufts 2014. In Open Dog there were only three entries with the top Bouvier winning the class, Shepherdsway Jack Frost SHCH in second and Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna (IMP CAN) *** placing third. In the Bitch classes only one CED was entered and that was Akna Asavakkit ** who really swept the board. She placed first in Puppy Bitch, then went on to win Best Puppy, also taking Best Bitch and then Reserve Best Of Breed to the Bouvier that won the Working Group. Akira is also just short of 8 months old so another fab result for the breed. Moving on to Working results and the CED continues to shine, even if they are all covered with mud! Last weekend saw the second event of the Working Season and the Wyedean Quest Lite. After a combination of storms and rain that brought humidity to high levels the racing finally began. Out of the 18 CED's present at the event a total of 11 of them received fantastic placings. In the 4 Dog Freight class placing first was Team Akna running Napu and Angel in wheel with Siku and Akna's homebred girl from last years litter Maple. In second was Team Gerifrecki running Maple's sister Flick in lead with Kara and in wheel Kaiser. Team Akna not only won the 4 Dog but also ran the fastest trail time for a freight team of the weekend. There were two CED's split into the 2 Dog freight and 2 Dog Open classes both Team Chillipaws dogs with Sinopa and Billie (sister to Flick and Maple) running and doing very well. Then moving over to the Team Up class and Team Yavachay split their Siberians up and added a CED to each team with Mrs Henry running Akna's girl Aurora and Mr Henry running her daughter Desna, Akna Northern Lights **  (sister to Flick, Maple and Billie) and finishing in a very respectable first place. It was lovely to see all the other guys there and see how big those puppies really are now. They are all coming along really nicely. If anyone has any information on shows, races or anything CED please get in touch.

First race event of the season

Last weekend was a very busy time for CED's from all over the UK. Seventeen of them went to the Hounds Of Hicks Event held in the National Forest. The event included an FDS, a night sled dog race and a morning race. This included various dog sports including canicross, bikejoring, scootering, rigs and a Duathlon section where the first section of the course was canicrossed and then followed by the team jumping onto a scooter or bike to complete the trail. The CED's entered all had fantastic results and were supported by other fellow CED owners who had travelled down for the event especially. From Scotland Jenn and Scott brought the lovely Atka to see us, Sarah and her girl Akira came along to help out, Riker and his new owners were taking part in an event for the first time. The Henrys had entered their older CED and of course brought the younger boy along too! Akna was there with their pack of CED's and from down South Matt Smith brought his three along to compete. The results for the dog show were Best Puppy )6-12 mths) fifth place Akna Isvara **, Best Sled Dog in joint first Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna (IMP CAN) *** and in third place was Shepherdsway Snow Drifter. In the Fancy Dress class the winners were Racheal dressed an an Inuit hunter along with Akna Northern Soul ** and Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel @ Akna along with a stuffed seal! Next for race results for the Sat night bikejor Pete and Riker placed third, in the Dry Land Rig four dog freight class in first was Akna's four dog team Angel, Siku, Napu and Maple for whom this were her first race. In second was Matt Smith also running a four dog which was a Siberian along with Kara, Kai and Flick who again was racing for the first time. On the Sunday the Duathlon had two placings for the CED with the winner being Patrick McIntyre who owns CED puppy Indie but as he was too young to take part so he used Aurora and Siku and stormed round beating all the non freight breeds. In fifth place was Claire Henry running a Siberian along with Desna. Junior musher Kelsey had ran Aurora on Sat night as part of her team and was the junior winner over the two days. Well done to everyone that took part and that came to visit. Elsewhere there was a CED class at Cleethorpes Open show. The information was passed to me by our club secretary. I have said many times in breed notes before both for the website and the breed notes you must email us or the information will not be included. many of us are not at events that others are attending and most of these Open show results are not available online to try and chase up after the event! Anyway this event was sadly on the same day as the race event so there was only one CED at the show. I personally had tried to contact the show committee earlier in the year as i knew several months ago that these events would clash and with their being several classes at the show it was clear that it was not going to be very well supported due to the clash and hoped we could make a class change for this year. I am not sure which class that Rufus was entered into and can only presume Open Dog of course which he placed first and then took Best of Breed and also went on to place Group three. Well done for another Group placing making the overall weekend successful for the CED again. I would also like to point out it is the time of year when Canine Seasonal Illness starts to make an appearance. For all of you that run your dogs or walk them in the forest and in particular the areas associated with CSI please take caution over the next couple of months, stick to the clear trails and do not let your dogs wander off deep into the forest. This illness still has no found cause and can be fatal, for more information you can visit The Animal Health Trust website at . Several CED owners will be busy training and preparing for more races now the working season has kicked off Akna are heading off to the Forest Of Dean this weekend to try out the trails that we hopefully intend to use for the Can Eskimo race in March 2014 (details will follow) and next week it will be blasters to the ready to get the dogs that are attending the Wales Champ show ready.

Darlington Results

We are playing catch up with breed notes this week after bringing you all the Irish Circuit info. So onto Darlington, what a day! It was such a proud moment as a breeder and exhibitor to see so many CED's together in one place. The Judge Kevin Young was too very surprised and honoured to have the appointment. Nineteen dogs were entered but only seventeen made it after an outbreak of Kennel Cough which was believed to have been caught at SKC, which left two dogs coughing and feeling poorly. In the Breed classes there were three classes a combined Junior Dog/Bitch, Open Dog and Open Bitch. Very kindly those of us with last years pups did not enter into the Junior class to give all of this years puppies a chance to shine. There were seven out of the nine entered, four from the Napu and Siku mating and three from the Napu and Angel mating. There are very clear as to who is related to who with Angel's puppies still looking very young and at the moment having a lot more coat and taking after their sire where by Siku's have got good coat coming through but all look more maturer even though they are all the same age. This in my opinion was reflected in the judges results with the first four placings going to Sika, Akira, Zoran, Loki and Rama. This gives Crufts two more Junior entries for 2014 as Akira (jointly owned by Atkins and Akna) had already qualified in Ireland at the Navan Show. The winner of the class Akna Isvara ** also went on to take Best Puppy and Reserve Best Dog. The Open dog class was not as well supported, which is a shame. This is due to a combination of reasons, males that are too young to compete with older males, older dogs that are maybe not quite to the breed standard or their owners have felt due to certain faults that are more prized as a true working dog and more importantly a lack of males being produced/imported in general. There were three dogs in total Rufus who won Best Dog and Best Of Breed, Napu who placed second, after reading the judges critique he was placed down due to his complete lack of concentration and stress with two of the entered females only just being out of heat and the whole time he was constantly looking for his girlie's, the down side of a stud boy. In third place was Kai a beautiful dark red boy with a lovely nature who has blossomed over the last few months but lacks the bone that some of the other males possess. The Open Bitch class was well supported with Akna girls Angel, Siku, Aurora and Maple. The Henry's girl Desna, Smiths Flick and jointly owned Kara. Very proud that Angel won the class and then went on to take Best Bitch and Reserve Best Of Breed followed by Desna in second who was Reserve Best Bitch, in third was her sister Maple, fourth was Siku and fifth Kara. The judging of the Dog and Bitch class was as to be expected. The girls that shone were very well presented and moved exceptionally. Its very good to see so many dogs in the ring with the odd exception that all work in harness and show. This certainly supports the Fit For Function that the Kennel Club are so keen to move forward with for all breeds. In the Breeders Competition Akna put forward two teams and Sika, Akira and Zoran strutted their stuff to place first. In AV Rare Breed Working and Pastoral the CEDs again did very well with Puppy Dog class winner Sika, second Rama and third Zoran with Sika placing Best Puppy Male. In Puppy Bitch Akira placed second and Debruana placed third. The other class entered by CED's was the AV Brace Stakes judged by Christina Chapman. We were very proud with Maple and Angel placing a respectable VHC out of lots of entrants. Sadly nothing for the BOB or Best Puppy in the Working Groups.  The youngsters are seven months old and training begins with them as soon as they show interest. Seeing the dogs in their natural environment and talking to other large kennels with CED the puppies are taken out for training runs with adults from 3 - 4 months old and although at that age they do not pull in harness or are attached to the sled/quad they are take along to get used to the noises and smells and allowed to run short distances along side as they grow and show interest in being part of the team, usually with their parents or siblings from previous litters. It will be nice to see last years puppies running this race season and hopefully towards the end of the season. First race of the season will be at Hicks Lodge organised by National Forest Mushing so hopefully bring you the results next week.

Darlington: The Story

The Canadian Eskimo Dog has begun to grow in popularity over the last couple of years. Dogs were first imported directly from Canada back in the late 1990’s by the late Ann Allen (Shepherdsway) and Walt and Kath Howarth (Hawkham) and then a few more additions around 2006/2007. This only really had numbers of CED’s in the UK at around 25-30 dogs at that time and then this rose with litters but they still never really reached a point of popularity unlike the other sled dog breeds. During 2011 it became clear that we had the dogs in other corners of the world but just not enough genetics in the UK to breed to widen the gene pool. So after a lot of research, decisions were made to acquire dogs by the Akna Kennel, importing both registered and unregistered dogs from Northern Canada. The first of these Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna (IMP CAN) *** (a white male), this dog not only being the first dog to be imported after many years, he was also the first CED to be registered using the Kennel Club’s Unverified Parentage Scheme. After using the scheme and seeing it used as a successful tool for the future of the breed a further dog was chosen, mated and imported in whelp. This dog Arcticice Qimmiq Anana @ Akna (IMP CAN) (a white female), carried a special cargo of seven puppies who were the first litter of CED’s to also be registered under this scheme. These dogs have been shown and promoted the breed all over the UK. Bringing us to 2013 where with Napu’s new genetics he produced a further twelve puppies that all could be directly registered with the Kennel Club. These puppies all became of show age ready to attend Darlington and brought the numbers of dogs to a massive entry of 19 CED’s! This number of entries has smashed all Championship and Open Show records and even Crufts has never seen entries of this kind. It has also been researched and a total of 11 dogs at a show in Canada was the most seen as a collaboration at any show, so not only has records been broken in the UK but worldwide! Plus with several Working Group placing’s by dogs at Open Show level and then a first for the breed at E of E Champ Show back in July 2013, where Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna  placed Group Forth the CED has certainly raised its profile around the show ring. What many people will not know that almost every single CED shown is also a true fit for purpose working sled dog. They are used for long distance trekking, dry land racing, back packing and mountain biking. The Akna Kennel have a very successful working racing team and are also the first to receive certification in the UK for distance trekking with both of the Canadian Import dogs and many others are now waiting for their dogs to become of working age to take part too. More information about the breed, results and pictures can be found on the breed club website.

Written by Racheal Bailey (Akna)

For pictures click HERE

Irish Shows

This week we can bring you all the details from the recent trip to Ireland undertaken by Team Akna. Many of you may of heard of the famous Munster Circuit, for those that haven't it is a run of five Championship shows over seven days, all held in Southern Ireland. Racheal Bailey (Akna) and Sarah Atkins (joint owners of Akna Asavakkit **) took a team of eight CED's to the Emerald Isle in August. A total round trip of around a thousand miles! It all kicks off at Navan Show held just outside Dublin. Then the following day off to Clonmel Show. A day off before heading to Killarney. Followed by another day off before going onto Limerick and then after yet another day off finishing at Tralee. The days in-between give exhibitors ample time to enjoy what Ireland has to offer as well as preparing for the next show or arriving like tourists to erect gazebo's instead of beach towels to secure the best spots at ringside! Clearly the usual weather for the circuit is rain, rain and you guessed it more rain so 2013 was certainly a good pick to experience an unusually dry circuit. The Canadian Eskimo Dogs were VERY well received and appreciated by other exhibitors and the judges and attracted a lot of interest. The selection of dogs taken really showed off the difference in sexes of the breed, varied colours and coat patterns as well as the depth of coat and quality from dogs imported direct from Canada and their offspring. With sled dogs and Spitz types categorised slightly differently in Ireland due to it being FCI it made a lot of sense to be featured in the Group alongside breeds that would normally be in other groups here in the UK. Well after the shows were complete it was clear from the verbal critiques and the grading cards that the judges, who were a mixture of Irish, Australian, Spanish and Norwegian clearly did appreciate the dogs. Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna (IMP CAN) *** achieved a full house at all five shows. Best Dog, Best Of Breed and graded "Excellent" with great observation on his movement and working drive around the ring. Akna Northern Soul *** as Junior Bitch achieved three Best Bitch and Reserve Best Of Breed. Akna Asavakkit ** as Puppy Bitch achieved four Best Puppy and a Best Bitch and Reserve Best Of Breed with "Very Promising". Lastly Arcticice Qimmiq Anana @ Akna (IMP CAN) was only entered in the one show and placed first in her class and was graded "Excellent". We sadly had no group placings but to be honest did not expect to with only one of the five breed judges ever seeing a CED previously as the CED is not an FCI recognised breed. The Norwegian judge however although at first glance said that Napu looked like the Greenland dogs he has judged previously he was aware that he was a CED and was most impressed with the clear working drive of him and knew right away that he was worked in harness. He also said after going him that the rear muscle and powerful chest showed his capability to work which he said was in his opinion much needed in a sledge dog. Although this could of been witnessed as i did take a mountain bike so the dogs could be exercised of an evening to the surprise of some of the camped exhibitors! We were also spotted at Insch Beach, outside of Tralee exercising the dogs on the beach and swimming them in the sea. Several beautiful photographs of the dogs were sent via facebook from a photographer whom had seen the dogs taken pictures and then zoomed in on the van and traced us from there. The dip in the sea certainly did their coats the world of good ready for the last show as did the trip up to the Killarney National Park and the swims they enjoyed in the mountain lakes. It was a wonderful experience that everyone should take the opportunity to do even just once. With the great venues that were so accessible, the friendly and helpful attitude of the other exhibitors to make you feel welcome and the chance to show under foreign judges that one might not normally see in the UK it was worth every minute.

Scotland starts off their shows

Its been a couple of weeks but that doesnt mean the CED hasnt been busy! Results and reports from Ireland will come next week as will pictures hopefully. So here in the UK all over the UK infact peskys have been busy in the showring. We will start in Scotland and three of this years Akna kids had their debut's at SKC and LKA of Scotland. SKC saw three CED's entered for AV Rare Breed and AVNSC, a somewhat ridiculous collaboration of Working/Pastoral/Toy/Utility! Anyway in AVNSC the only CED to find a placing was Akna Sila ** owned by the Semple family and he got a VHC in Junior Dog/Bitch. In the AV Rare Breeds the CED's truly shone with Akna Kamuka ** placing first, Akna Katak @ Karkopekleri ** placing second and Aka Sila ** VHC all Junior Dog/Bitch. Akna Kamuka ** owned by Miss McClements then went on to take Best Dog and Best of Breed and Best Puppy closely followed by the Lawrences boy Akna Katak ** or as he is more well known as Red CED Fred to us Reserve Best Dog. Well done to everyone it was a difficult call with so many groups in one class. At the same ground at LKA Of Scotland the following week Akna Sila ** or Atka as his call name they went back to the one and only CED class of the day and placed first in their class and Best Of Breed. So a massive well done to them too. Meanwhile in England at City Of Birmingham it was first time out for a couple more CED's and this time the Henry's young boy Akna Marluk ** or Barry as folk like to call him (real name Rama) and one of the last years pups Desna (Akna Northern Lights ***). Also was the jointly owned Akna Asavakkit **, Akira who has already had some show experience in Ireland and one adult CED Shepherdsway Jack Frost (Rufus). However AVSNC Working it was and it seemed to be Canadian Eskimo Dogs and Russian Blacks only that were entered. Placing first in Puppy Dog, Rama was very well behaved and certainly ringcraft and all the hard work has clearly paid off. In Open Dog Rufus placed second. Onto the Best Dog and Reserve Best Dog went to Rama which we were all thrilled about. With the girls Akira placed first as the only entry and Desna second in Junior due to a poorly foot from running the night before, it happens when you have working dogs and show dogs but they still need their exercise. it didnt stop her from being very happy and being very good for the judge which is far more important. Anyway in the Bitch Challenge it was clear the judge really liked the CED pupsters and he gave Best Bitch to Akira, who then got Best Puppy and Reserve Best Of Breed. Chuffed to bits with those results and even though we didn't get anything in the Working Puppy Group she still gained more valuable experience. The Akna dogs seem to being very well all over the UK at the moment and seem to be enjying it all too. A big well done to everyone and also to our friends in the other sled dog breeds, for their Working Group placings. It is a real breath of fresh air to see dogs that are shown and worked doing so well around the shows and really does support the drive from the KC for fit for function dogs.

Show updates and Ireland here we come

Well its been an interesting couple of weeks to say the least. The weather has been so hot that the working dogs have all but ceased doing anything other than sleeping during the heat of the day. Speaking to the folk that work their CEDs in harness its clear that temperatures have affected everyone all over the country. Team Chillipaws in Devon was saying it has been so humid in the forest most exercise time has been spent heading off to the beach for walks and swims, Team Gerifrecki down in Bracknall have said that even their early rise around 3.30am has just not been cool enough to run so plenty of forest walks, Team Akna have been free running and swimming and Team Yavachay up north have done the odd canicross in the rain or free run around the park. So while we make the most of swimming the dogs (which is helping to get all the winter coat out) the summer shows go on. Only a couple of open shows and one Championship Show where CED's are in attendance. Paignton show and then later City of Birmingham with AVNSC but breed classes are at Darlington in September. So on with more great results Peterborough and District was AVNSC with a first in Open Dog for Shepherdsway Jack Frost followed by a Best AVNSC and at East Midlands Canine Society evening show two second places for Akna dogs Maple in Graduate and Napu in Open with Rufus taking first in open, Best of Breed and then a Working Group win. This is now the second Adult Working Group win for a CED this year at an Open Show. In fact 2013 has been a cracking year up to now for the breed with several group placings. Keep up the good work everyone. At EELKS show at Newmarket Racecourse (beautiful venue but small rings!) there were four CED's enter into Canadian Eskimo Dog. Akna's Napu took first in Open Dog and Rufus placed second. In Open Bitch Maple placed first over her sister Desna who placed second. Napu then took Best Of Breed, sadly nothing for us in the group. But a big thank you to the Judge Mrs Kim Lathaen who awarded the Best Of Breed winner with a beautifully hand made key ring with a head study of one of the early CED's High Lonesomes Little Sinner (Sinner) who was owned by Mr and Mrs Howarth. It was a wonderful thing to receive with such a lovely part of our history and just showed how much research the Judge had put into our breed. The results in from Paignton Show well done to Team Chillipaws for getting Reserve Best Bitch with Sinopa in AVNSC after two first placings with Billie in Junior Bitch and Sinopa's in Open Bitch. A fantastic result after not showing for so long and two more CED's qualified for Crufts 2014. Its getting near to that time now that the two litters of Akna pupsters turn six months, so shows in Scotland, Stoneleigh and Ireland followed by Darlington will see these guys coming out for the first time. Team Akna are heading off to the Emerald Isle in a couple of weeks with seven CED's and a show team of four. Their first show will be Navan and the first time a group of CED's will be showcasing the breed. We are looking forward to meeting all the judges and exhibitors in Ireland and hope the dogs are as much of a hit there as they have been here.

Show news is good news

What a great couple of shows we have attended with the CED's recently. Weekend before last was Windsor and the Wilkinson's and Smiths headed down entered into AVNSC Working and Pastoral, with four between them. Akna Great Bear Of The North For Koldsnap *** placed first in Junior Dog with Shepherdsway Chestnut With Akna placing first in Post Graduate Dog over to the girls. Akna North Wind *** placed second in Junior Bitch with Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna taking a first in Post Graduate Bitch. Well done guys. Next show was last weekend and East Of England. Again AVNSC Working as no classes here for us. I was told that this was one of Ann's favourite champ shows and i know since i started showing that E of E is always attended by a CED. This show was no exception with four CED's entered, three boys and just the one girl. Hot was not the word and even arriving at 10am the temperature was 24c already! the dogs were actually coping really well with the heat, to be fair they dont have coats at the moment and with common sense they were quite happy relaxing in or out of the sun. Shepherdsway Cinders @ Akna placed first in Post Graduate Bitch and then Reserve Best Bitch while the boys Shepherdsway Jack Frost SHCM and Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna (IMP CAN) *** both placed first in their Limit and Open classes with Napu taking Best Dog and then Best Of Breed. With BOB in the bag it was going to be a long hot wait till the Working Group so we found a shady spot, treated everyone to an icecream (including Poo) and sat and relaxed. The Working Group was being judged by Ann Arch and was first group to be judged. We were last in the ring as AVNSC but the applause for us was amazing. Poo was very patient and strutted his stuff when required which in turn we were short listed into the final six and after more movement placed a fantastic Group Fourth! To say i was surprised would be an under statement. The support around the ring when we were placed was just such a wonderful feeling, Poo took it all in his stride and is oblivious to how special he is. This for our breed is a milestone, a piece of history! (That seems to be happening a lot lately) The first ever Canadian Eskimo Dog to take a group placing at a Championship show and under such an experienced and knowledgeable judge is the icing on the cake! Akna has indeed been celebrating and i must admit i have had to take stock of things a couple of times and just think "Oh my god" what a massive achievement for our breed. Well next weekend is National Working and Pastoral breeds and we have six going along as we have classes here. Just a thank you to everyone who is doing their bit for the breed and good luck to everyone exhibiting over the next couple of weeks.

What should a CED look like?

This weeks breed notes I need to start with trying to educate. On several occasions now a certain judge has now passed comment about our breed and has been completely wrong not only in their statements and explanations but more recently in the manner of which this is occurring! I would of thought that when one is showing their dog under a judge then of course compliment or criticism should be expected within the ring but at ringside when said judge is not judging or is exhibiting a dog of their own not only do i find it inappropriate but clearly others find it highly unprofessional and quite off-putting. The basis of the comments are also completely wrong which in turn could have a seriously detrimental effect on our breed. After reading more recently Andrew braces article it shows how easy it is for people to completely change breed characteristics, characteristics that set all breeds apart. There are several characteristics that set these dogs apart from similar or relative breeds. A lot of these are behavioural traits which only when you live with a CED can you understand these but for judges looking at first glance at a CED there are several physical differences. The CED has one distinct difference to its Nordic cousins, the mane and spinal stretch of fur that primarily sits over the shoulders and runs down the spine. Granted the UK KC breed standard is short and somewhat vague but it does clearly cover the point of having a mane in our coat description. The country of origin standard published by the CKC does go into far much more detail about what the breed should look like and its original purpose. I can understand that if you are not "in" the breed people can be forgiven for not knowing full details but surely if you don't know something why form an opinion that is wrong and harmful. Or is it more of case some people actually think they do know more? The reality for those of us within the breed is a very difficult one. These dogs are an extremely vulnerable breed in 2011 only one CED was registered in the UK and those of us with females of age had no males to mate to our dogs and in turn those with males of age had no females to offer them for stud to. In a nutshell to say the future of the breed looked very bleak was an under statement  With the loss of Ann Allen (Shepherdsway) not only did many of us lose a friend and mentor but also a major link to future breeding, stud dogs and contacts. That loss left the CED with no breeders in the UK and after a rehome/spay/castration program of the Shepherdsway Kennel no dogs either! This is when some of us decided we needed to do something hence the importation of a bitch in whelp from Northern Canada (Alberta) and a potential stud dog from Iqaluit (Nunavat). This brought registrations of CEDs during 2012 to nine and has now increased in 2013 to twelve. The clear difference of bringing in dogs from the Arctic compared to dogs bred here in the UK some several generations down from Arctic bred and raised dogs shows. The obvious coat difference. Having myself dogs bred and born here to having an Arctic born dog was a massive difference in coat length and density. Also having a dog that was not regularly groomed and relied on environment to aid moult (if at all) showed as my well groomed dogs coats did feel softer than the imported coat. It also to be noted that dogs bred directly out of Arctic bred dogs and then imported here also show a much denser and longer coat. So even by breeding from these imported dogs in the offspring it is very apparent that coat can be born with but then lessons over time due to our climate and the fact that a lot of dogs now live indoors. Which combined with our heating, insulated homes and clearly most of us that have indoor dogs do not wish to live with a dirty smelly dog hence there well groomed appearance which in comparison to dogs that live outside and that are not groomed as regularly they seem lesser in coat. Even with a heavier or less coat they still display the thicker mane of fur and over the shoulders in the males and some of the first generation females clearly have the longer mane although nowhere near as heavy as the males. Another obvious point to note is the CED has a straight topline, under that mane and thickness of fur they are level backed even though that fur can give the impression of a higher front, this can be felt when you go over the dog. They also do not slope to the rear like the GSD or even the slighter sloping topline of the Alaskan Malamute. I think when looking at faults deriving from these it really depends on just how important the individual thinks however its a good job that these choices don't depend on a life or death situation. Breeders that show will change there type if judges persist in placing a type that suits them NOT the breed. Breeders that breed for a working type will never change their lines as they have a dog that suits the needs that the breed should be used for. Ultimately the breed is going to change if judges personal opinion continues. Anyway we are hoping to have another Breed Seminar in the near future so we can hopefully invite both knowledgeable and those that would like to know more about the breed. Anyway moving on we have had more show results with a fantastic from Three Counties this weekend in AVNSC Working and Utility Napu placed second in Post Graduate dog and Rufus placed third in Open Dog. A very naked Angel achieved as i expected VHC in Open bitch but she needs to get back into practise for showing again as both her and Siku missed out from having puppies earlier this year. I would also like to wish Lemmy a speedy recovery after having a saliva gland removed after getting an infection. He has a shaved neck at the moment so not sure how long it will before he is back in the showring, we will miss his antics at ringside over the next few weeks. Elsewhere all the puppies are doing very well and growing well. Its nice to see the updated pictures so keep them coming

Showing here and in Canada

Never a dull moment with team Akna that's for sure! The last couple of weeks have been a roller coaster ride of emotions. With shows and some slight changes to the pack we seem to be on a roll. Around the show ring "Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna (IMP CAN) ***" has been showing his little socks off. Tuesday evening the 28th May was the Boston Premier Show over at Newark. With a large AVNSC Working entry and with Poo entered into Open Dog class of 16 i didn't think we stood a chance. It was a very busy event with lots going on but with us only being at the same venue a couple of weeks before i was hoping Poo would be settled and he was. Although when our class was called I looked around the ring and seemed to surrounded by several top winning dogs, with only a couple absentees from counting. There were only two CED's present, Poo and Rufus (Shepherdsway Jack Frost). Poo met the judge and strutted his stuff and moved solid and strong. We got back into place and to my surprise when she was short listing the class she pulled us out. Moving us all together she then picked out her dogs and we placed third. Overjoyed that the judge clearly appreciated my boy as she watched him move right up the final stand. Next to Melton & District Canine Society where the CED has breed classes. This is a local show to Akna and today was another brilliant day and Akna does another first for the breed. A well supported CED class of six dogs, with the Smiths travelling up from Bracknall, the judge placed Napu first followed by Maple (Akna Northern Soul ***) in second. Kara (Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna) in third and Kai (Shepherdsway Chestnut With Akna) in fourth. Then giving Best Of Breed to Napu and Reserve to Maple. With Napu BOB we waited for the Working Group judging and it was well worth the wait. The judge loved him and totally understood the breed and the somewhat suspicious nature they can sometimes exhibit, which over previous shows has clearly meant he has missed out! After moving all the dogs she was ready to choose her working line up and Napu was a awarded Working Group 1. Sadly we couldn't make a triple when we went into Best In Show but a very proud owner I am, i have a very proud breeder whom i emailed on my return who still works all her Canadian Eskimo Dogs within the polar regions of the North Pole where she lives and endless messages of congratulations have poured in. We are off to Three Counties next weekend so fingers crossed again. Also we have our pack change or should i say new edition. Shepherdsway Volcanic Dust Over Akna aka Dusty has now become one of the Akna pack. Dusty will be coming out to show at East Of England in July, he has already started back with his harness training and has settled in here like he was never away. I am hoping that he will also be able to put something back into the gene pool in the future. The puppies all seem to be doing well, with lots of pictures of owners holding their dogs appearing they are growing so quickly, time has flown by. I hope to see several of the guys coming out around August time when they are six months, its so exciting. Please keep us updated on your show wins or stories so we can get it all in the breed notes. A little bit to add also that the CED seems to have been doing very well at shows across the water in Canada with Bev from Arcticice Kennels have several BOB's and Puppy Group placings so accumulating points for her dogs within their judging system. I was sent some lovely pictures and it makes me so happy to see the breed doing well everywhere. Well done to all and keep up the good work. 

Lots of shows!

Well showing seems to be happening every weekend at the moment, which is keeping the Akna Pack busy for sure. It was nice to see quite a few dogs at The National Dog Show a couple of weekends ago. Although they were split among two classes as I couldn't take one of my entrants due to season. Anyway it was quite late in the afternoon for us and all kicked off with combined Junior class. Three of last years puppies were Desna, Maple and Lemmy placing first to third in that order looked really good in the ring at only thirteen months old. Lemmy in my opinion looked the best as he has good weight and coat. The sisters both myself and Claire Henry have been battling since they both had seasons and really did lose some body weight. They are also still very puppy like in behaviour and so is their brother however this is one thing about CED's they never really grow up mentally. Then onto open dog and only two dogs Rufus and Napu again placing first and second in that order with Rufus placing Best Dog and Desna placing Best Bitch as no puppies now. Well there are plenty of puppies waiting to get into the ring but they will not be six months until later in the year, August time. For the first time we had also put together a Breeders team which consisted of the three junior dogs. Akna are very proud to have been awarded their certificate and we also entered the Breeders Competition where we placed second. I look forward to doing some more of those as we had a really good time and it was different. With more show results for Napu this past weekend, Saturday was one of our local ringcrafts shows. Loughborough and District Canine Society just ten mins away from my house! Napu placed first in Post Grad AVNSC and second in AV Working, On Sunday we went to Stoneleigh to Coventry and District Canine Society and he placed first in AVNSC Working Limit and although the judge clearly quite liked him we didn't take any RBOB, shame as he had done very well as it was a very hot day with lots going on. When we got home he was ready for a nap so i took some of the other dogs out for a lovely sunny walk down the river with friends where they were all swimming and playing for a few hours. We have had some great puppy updates too with all the pupsters doing really well. Everyone seems to be growing nicely and have settled in their new homes. Still a couple of toilet training hiccups and getting food right but they are only three months old so still babies. Lots to learn yet. This coming weekend Akna will be at The Melton County Show giving some demonstrations in canicross, bikejor and scootering so come along and see us its a bank holiday weekend for the whole family. I have also recently made contact with a guy that has a dog from Ann out of Anuviks Blue Steel @ Shepherdsway and Shepherdsway Colour Me Red. She is red and white and seven years old now. Its really nice to start catching up with how all the other CED's are getting on and to put pictures to the names of the dogs. The CEDCGB club are very busy at the moment, Memberships thanks to Harriett Smith are growing, the judges list is currently being collated by our Chairperson Sue Smith, thank to to those judges who have applied to go onto our judges lists. If you would like to be considered for our list please visit our website and under the committee section you will find our secretary's contact email  Carol Atherton. Please send your details and CV direct to her. We are now also collating data on health as part of the Kennel Clubs health drive for Breed Clubs. The clubs Health Advisor Racheal Bailey has sent out data sheets to be completed and it is also downloadable from the CEDCGB website, if you have had or still have a CED please take the time to complete it. It is very important for the club to begin collecting data, producing health information in requirements to the KC and hopefully so that in the future this information can be used to help with health and breeding. We would also like to give our congratulations to Racheal Bailey of Akna Kennel for receiving her Kennel Club Assured Breeder membership.

Is summer finally here?

Wow what a beautiful last few days it has been. Showing signs of being a lovely summer this year, fingers crossed! This will make the shows through the summer wonderful and hopefully being outdoors in the sunshine will make the dogs happier too. Over the weekend it was busy for everyone, with dog shows everywhere over the bank holiday. With Aurora in season she was a no go for the Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society Dog Show but Napu was entered too so off we went. After last weeks indoor ring and tannoy phobia when we arrived and checked out the indoor ring and tannoys i wasnt really holding out much hope! I was starving so headed straight to the food corner and we found a seat and sat eating Victoria sponge and chips with cheese on. Needless to say Poo sat and shared all of it and then went for a second helping when my friend got some too! We sat watching the world go by and it was very busy however he seemed far more settled so i stayed where we were. Our turn in the ring was up and i had entered Poo into Post Graduate AVNSC Working a little bonus was a women judge so fingers crossed we went into the ring. In our class was a German Pinscher and a Newfoundland, for some reason the Newfy owner informed the steward it wasn't staying in. We moved round the ring and poo as always moved beautifully and light around the ring and shock was leaning into the judge and enjoying being looked at. I was thrilled to bits when she pulled us out first and he stood happy and relaxed even with everything going on around him. Then after the next class it was unbeaten dogs and a selection of all very popular Working breeds. A St Bernard, Newfoundland, Russian Black and then little old us. She moved all the dogs again and then plucked out the Russian for BOB and then WOW we got the Reserve. Poo was still happy as larry and wagging away even though i was a little anxious in the line up to be honest (and usually im not!) Well i dont know if it was the sunshine, the cake or the chips but i had a very happy dog today and a beautiful RBOB rosette. Next weekend is breed classes for us at the National Dog Show so fingers crossed Poo keeps this happy go lucky attitude. I have also seen results from Canada this weekend and one of the Arctice CED puppies Cupon placed Group 4 and won BPIG too so a big well done for results over the pond.

Its been a while.

Sorry we have not had much to report over the past couple of weeks but there has been a bit of break between shows. I'm not complaining as we have had some lovely weather too, however lovely weather equals less training. The Akna dogs have had a few very early morning or late night runs when its been cooler but we change our training through the warmer months. Being quite lucky to have dogs that will behave and recall off the lead we take advantage of lots of free running, trips to the coast and plenty of swimming to keep all those muscles fit, hearts healthy and help get those coats all out! We were at WELKS last weekend with three of the pack and also Koldsnaps boy Lemmy was there too so that was a nice surprise seeing as it seemed to be Bouviers and St Bernards entered. I must say it was clearly a day for the girls. Maple and Aurora were the only ones in their respective classes but were so well behaved and moved beautifully. The judge has some very nice things to say about the girls, their lovely friendly natures and their movement. However the boys were not meant to shine! Maggie was also showing in the Malamute ring so she got stuck there so I took Lemmy in who stood well but decided he wanted to go running with nanny rather than trotting! he was a good boy for the judge though unlike Poo!!! As soon as i found out we were inside i went to check out the ring but it was clear to me after walking in the building it wasnt going to be an easy day. There were tannoys and as we walked in it went off and Poo was off on one. He did settle on the benches after a while but combined with a male judge and mixed with my stress of  handling al the dogs it wasnt to be his day. The judge was really lovely as well, he was so patient and even fed him some liver to try and settle him but Poo had it in his head and there was no changing his mind. So the boys finished with Lemmy second in JD and Poo not placing. I think maybe he has other thoughts going on in his head too as Siku has had a show of season, Aurora looks to be in season and Jade has started flirty play. The one joy of having my girls is that they all come into season together and then its all over which makes life easier. My two entire boys never fight over the girls however not eating and sleeping will surely follow. We have a couple of shows coming up next month Newark and Notts, National, Loughborough and District, Coventry and District, The Melton Show and Boston so quite a lot going on.Hoping to see quite a few other CED's at the shows too as i know a few others are entered so will be nice to catch up and see how everyone is doing. Racheal Bailey (Akna)

Puppy updates :-)

With Crufts and the rally season over it seems there is not a lot left to do????? Yeah right! Certainly the Akna CED's clearly have no idea that they need to chill out and are still keen to keep training. Even Angel and Siku are back to training now. Their pupsters are 6 weeks this week and the girls are more than keen to get out into the van when we go running. They are not up to speed yet but are back up to 3 miles no problem. They are starting to look scraggy with their coats almost out and lost some body condition from being zapped by the twelve pesky puppies. The puppies are doing really well and it wont be long before they start leaving Akna HQ to go onto their new homes. Out of the twelve little kids two are going to live in Scotland, eight around England and one maybe two are going into Europe! All of them are going to homes where they will be worked and several owners wish to show so there will be quite a few new faces hitting the show ring around August time, so keep an eye out for the next generation of Akna CED's. Elsewhere last weekend saw the final AMWA rally of the season at Buttersteep Rise and a few peskies went along, not all were competing but certainly the Smiths were proud of their second place in the AS/FDC class with Kai. Also Flick and Lemmy got to run in the courtesy class and did very well running as a brother and sister duo. Well done guys for truly braving all that mud! Further north at the Herts and Essex Border canine society open show Rufus was there and entered into the AV Working class under judge Richard Kinsey. He won his class and Best Of Breed which will hopefully now give him all his required points to gain his Show Certificate of Merit. A big congrats to Lizzie and David for achieving this with Rufus just short of his fourth birthday. The next event is this coming weekend and two of the Akna dogs will be competing at the AMWA Banham Zoo Easter weekend weight pull and then afterwards we will be attending the CEDCGB AGM. We now have the Show Points system back up and running and would ask you all if you have from Jan 1st 2013 any shows that you wish to submit to be in with a chance of becoming Show Dog of The Year 2013 please submit them directly to Lizzie Salter who is collating them all. Email: We will also be producing our CEDCGB Newletter shortly after the AGM so if you have any pictures or stories that you would like to see in the newsletter please forward them to Simon Atherton who has kindly offered to put the newsletter together for us. Email: Please note you will only receive this newsletter if you are a member of the CEDCGB information about joining and form can be downloaded direct from If you have any info and results for Our Dogs please Email: rachealbailey33@hotmail or Tel: 07921136975 Well done to everyone for a fantastic race season and looking forward to seeing more of you around the shows through the spring and summer. Racheal Bailey Akna

Wales and Crufts

Its been a busy couple of weeks for many CED folk. Taking advantage of the colder weather again to train the dogs, preparations for Crufts, looking after puppies and respective mums and even some long distance trek's! AMWA organised a trek in Dyfnant, Wales on March 3rd and Aurora, Kara and Napu went along with some Siberian and Malamute friends to join in. It was a lovely cold day, the trails were great and we were round and back in no time. Although that left time for us humans to enjoy a rather nice Sunday lunch on the journey home. The week prior to Crufts for us all exhibiting has been spent bathing, keeping them clean and avalanches of fur as typically the weather went mild and the coats began to fall out! Can Crufts be moved to November please? Crufts for some of us started on Thursday. Racheal and Lizzie arrived at the NEC to man Discover Dogs. With the stand set up and looking rather swish with snow camo and lots of traditional Canadian flags we were on hand to chat to the endless stream of folk and the dogs were lapping up all the attention. Day one was a great success and Rufus and Maple were a hit. Day two was Aurora's turn on the stand with Lorna who regularly attends races and helps out. Another busy day and lots of attention even tired Aurora out, which is no easy task. Saturday was Maple's sisters turn so Desna along with Claire her mum and Sarah who is patiently waiting for her little CED girl to turn 8 weeks old all went along to promote the breed. Another busy but great day was had by all and all the information leaflets were gone. Meanwhile there were visitors arriving at the airport who were coming to visit to see puppies and who were attending Crufts for the first time. So an exciting time for them. With Working day upon us it was lock and load and head to the NEC in convoy. Dogs, bags and people we arrived at a snowy NEC bright and early. Brandon headed off to Discover Dogs with Aurora and then Matt with Flick and Stephen with Lemmy would cover the day before CED's were going to be judged. Onto the breed results the judge was Mrs J Peak and she had a total of nine CED's with no absentee's. BEST OF BREED was SHEPHERDSWAY JACK FROST this will be his third Best Of Breed at Crufts he also was Best Dog. BEST PUPPY was one of last years Akna puppies at 11 months old AKNA NORTHERN LIGHTS. BEST BITCH was Aurora ARCTICICE QIMMIQ ANANA AT AKNA who was completely naked but looked super fit in the ring. RESERVE BEST DOG was NAPU OF NORTHWINDS AT AKNA. RESERVE BEST BITCH was SHEPHERDSWAY SNOW SHOWERS OVER AKNA. You can find all the class results etc on Fosse Data and click onto Crufts results online. Well done to everyone and a massive thank you to all who helped both at Discover Dogs and behind the scenes. Also a big thank you to everyone who turned out to support our breed and for all the well wishes.  If you would like to become a member of the CEDCGB you can download a form direct from the website. Go to and you will find a pdf version on-line  Alternatively you can email our Membership Secretary; Mrs Harriet Smith: and she will gladly send you the information you need. It is now 2 and a half weeks before our AGM and this is only open to members so please if you would like to attend get your memberships in as soon as possible. The AGM will be held at Banham Community Centre Hall, Kenninghall Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2HB at 3.30pm on Saturday 30th March 2013. If you have any questions or anything that you wish to include in the agenda please email our club secretary Carol Atherton:


The Show and Working results are starting to lack as the rally season draws to a close. Akna will not be at any rallies now this season but will be back on the trails later in 2013 with a couple of CED teams. We have got planned to go to the Easter Weight Pull event organised by AMWA at Banham Zoo, as the puppies will be coming up to 8 weeks then so will be leaving the nest and going off to live with their new families. We do have some very positive news to announce. After a recent CEDCGB committee meeting and a lot of discussion and a lot of hard work behind the scenes we are now very please to announce that the club has now re-opened its membership and we have set a date for our AGM. If you would like to become a member you can download a form direct from the website. Go to and you will find a pdf version on-line  Alternatively you can email our Membership Secretary; Mrs Harriet Smith Email: and she will gladly send you the information you need. There is a little over 4 weeks before our AGM and this is only open to members so please if you would like to attend get your memberships in as soon as possible. The AGM will be held at Banham Community Centre Hall, Kenninghall Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2HB at 3.30pm on Saturday 30th March 2013. If you have any questions or anything that you wish to send to our club secretary Carol Atheron please Email: May i take this opportunity to wish everyone at Crufts good luck and to thank all who are attending Discover Dogs stand this year with their CED's.

Shows, shows and more shows! Oh and some great news ;-)

Exciting news to share and lots more show results all over the country with several of the show team out and about. At City Of Cambridge Show Shepherdsway Jack Frost had a superb result not only in the AVNSC Working Open class that he won but then won Best of Breed and topped it off by taking Group 2! At Rugby and District Canine Society Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna and Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna both placed with Kara taking Reserve in AVNSC Working Open and Napu placing second in AVNSC Post Grad. At the National Working and pastoral Breeds Open Show only Napu went along but it was well worth the trip. Winning AVNSC Open Dog and Best Of Breed and then into the group. It was a very strong group with some amazing dogs through but Napu was short listed into the judges final pick which was in itself a fantastic result. No placing for an Eskimo but a very good show of support and another step forward to judges seeing our breed more and more. At Ashton-Under-Lyne and District Kennel Society Akna's Great Bear Of The North For Koldsnap was out strutting his stuff again. A very proud Maggie sent a picture of not only his first place in AVNSC Working Puppy Class but Best Puppy too! Akna are very proud of the "North" litter of puppies who seem to do well when at the shows wherever they are. Just to update briefly the Crufts entries are available and to be honest its somewhat disappointing this year with the CED having a total entry of nine dogs/bitches! Many of the dogs that could be in the show ring have been absent and with only several shows having classes and Crufts being considered one of the more prestige events of the show calendar its surprising to see such a low entry. On the note of low entries and the clear lack of show of CED's over the last few months Akna would like to make a little announcement. On February 11th Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel @ Akna gave birth to six beautiful puppies and on Feb 14th,(what a way to celebrate Valentines day) Shepherdsway Cinders @ Akna gave birth to six beautiful puppies also. The sire of both litters is Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna and proud daddy is now watching as his nine little boys and three little girls all grow nicely. Pretty much a whole spectrum of colours has been produced with grey sables, reds and patchy markings of light grey, dark grey, black and red shine through. Keep an eye later in 2013 for some of these guys in the show ring and towards the end of next seasons rally season they will be spotted on the trails too. We are really looking forward to welcoming many new people into the Canadian Eskimo Dog fold and of course those that already have a CED that are going for another. These puppies widen the gene pool for the CED here in the UK and hopefully across the pond. This only part of the plans made for the future of the breed here and hopefully with relationships built with other breeders and interested parties the CED will continue to grow in popularity and in a constructive way to secure its future for many years to come. We will also have some updates on the CED Club too coming soon.

Shows and The 30th Anniversary of SHCGB Aviemore

Its been a very busy couple of weeks for CED's both in the show ring and on the race trail. Starting with the results from Manchester Champ Show two of the Akna puppies had great results in AVNSC classes. Maggie Wilkinson's boy Akna Great Bear Of The North For Koldsnap won his class in Puppy Dog and then went on to take Best Puppy and Reserve Best Dog. In the AVNSC Rare Breed combined Working and Pastoral class Claire Henry's girl Akna Northern Lights took first in Puppy Bitch and then Best Puppy. There was no Puppy Group at this show which was a shame. Results are in from the fantastic SHCGB Aviemore sled dog rally in Scotland. For the first time in years the B2 class which is the six dog mixed class was listed and Racheal Bailey and Sarah Heyes pooled their dogs together to enter with six CED's. History was made and it was an amazing sight seeing six CED's running on a sled and with Sarah as a passenger! Placing second the team worked amazingly round the trail and it was bliss not to have to get off and run up all the hills! Not a single mishap or wrong turn from the team which consisted of Siku and Napu in lead, Aurora and Kara in team and Hendrix and Sinopa in wheel. Also competing was Team Casiat and Noah and his malamute team mate were running in the D2 class and placed a respectable 8th out of 25. There was also two more CED's running, Dakota and Luna they placed 3rd in the E2 class. With other events taking place over the week Kara will be taking part in the Aviemore Trek and CED's shone in the Weight Pull event too. With Aurora not only winning her class but also taking the trophy for Best combined Weight Pull and race points and Napu placing 2nd in his weight class and 2nd overall. Also Noah who placed 4th in his weight class and really did show promise as the pulls went on. A very big well done to all the CED folk at Aviemore and to the dogs for promoting themselves with little help. More exciting news for CED's too. Akna are very pleased to announce that Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel @ Akna and Shepherdsway Cinders @ Akna are due babies very soon. Scans have confirmed both sisters so Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna will be a proud daddy sometime in February. Also we are pleased to confirm all three of their eye tests are clear. While in Scotland David Salter and Shepherdsway Jack Frost were at City Of Cambridge Open show and Rufus not only won his class in AVNSC Working, he took Best AVNSC and then Working Group 2! To sat the CED's are doing well would be an under statement. I am looking forward to welcoming several new CED owners to the Show and Working circles this year and once again big congrats to everyone who is out there doing our breed proud.

Mud mud glorious mud!

What a muddy weekend for the Akna pack that was! With the SHCGB Kershope rally over it was a hard slog but worth the trip north. The trail was 4.5 miles of mainly up hill and thick mud. I would say barely a third of the trail was grass and hard packed but challenging and longer than normal which is what most of us with the freight teams are striving for. Day one was a nightmare with a missed start time and then two teams ready to go behind the CED's had to stand to the side of the start chute and watch the other teams take to the trails, tensions were high and everyone just wanted to go. We left the start chute 6 minutes later and whooshed off up the first hill without a problem and eventually catching the second team off and then towing them round to catch the first team off. Day two no one missed a start time and we all set off and with Team Akna now 8 minutes behind we had some serious work to do to make up the time lost and then to pass both teams and get far enough in front to secure a win. Well it was hard work but we did it the dogs worked like troopers as the trails was certainly no improvement on the day before with some rain in the night and thick fog it felt warmer but the temps said around 4 degree's. However a big well done to the doggies who literally worked up those hill's and dragged the rig and a muddy musher through those hard swampy sections bringing home first place in C2 class. Elsewhere and I'm sure in a far cleaner and warmer environment the Koldsnap kids were off showing. At Cleethorpes and District Open show in AVNSC Working Akna Great Bear Of The North For Koldsnap aka the Lemster placed second in Puppy and also second in Open. Maggie said she a great day out is really looking forward to a summer of showing off the boy and gaining valuable experience with him. This coming weekend we have SHCGB Sherwood Pines rally and Nuneaton and District Canine Society open show so a busy weekend ahead! Confirmed Crufts entries will see several youngsters from the 2012 Akna litter and some of the adults too it will be great to see all the dogs. As usual we will be at Discover Dogs for all four days, we already have several volunteers and their dogs to man the info stand but if you would like to help in anyway or if you have any info for the breed notes please get in touch.

Happy New Year

Firstly we would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. I hope 2013 brings everyone a better year. Its been a busy time with the CED's over Christmas. After LKA weekend it was back to trek training for the dogs attending the Wyedean Mushing Xmas Trek held in the Forest Of Dean. The trails were superb with everything from grassy trails, hard packed up hill and down hill, lots of puddles and streams breaking the banks and flowing along the trails with all the usual twists and turns one could expect at a rally. The total distances covered were 18.1 miles over the two days with the bigger teams and even some of the younger CED's were bikejored along the shorter 5 mile loops. We had a total of 13 CED's attend the weekend along with many other sled and non sled dog breeds. A big thank you to everyone who supported the event and who took part and we will let you know exactly how much we raised for the CEDCGB and the other welfare organisations. After a very dirty trek and Christmas it was bath time for the dogs entered into Sleaford show. Our judge Simon Luxmoore was extremely pleasant and patient as the younger entrants had the devil in them from digging and slipping on the floor in the hall! Claire had already taken a wonderful swan dive in the Sibe ring so was feeling a little delicate. We had a wonderful time at the venue none the less and will definitely return next year to support. A total of 5 CED's were entered with Junior class winner Akna Northern Soul (Maple) followed by her litter sister Akna Northern Lights (Desna) taking 2nd. In Post Grad only one entry Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna giving him 1st and in Open Shepherdsway Jack Frost (Rufus) placed 1st with Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna (Kara) taking 2nd. The final run and Napu took Best Of Breed, Rufus Reserve and Maple Best Puppy putting two Akna dogs into the Working Group. The group was judged by Sue Smith and was huge, i think she finally judged in three sittings! Napu was short listed but didn't end up taking anything but none the less a very proud and happy moment. Maple also didn't get a placing in the group but it is all valuable experience for all including the stewards and spectators at ringside who most of which surprisingly knew exactly what the dogs were. After the show we headed to Thetford for a visit with friends, time to relax and good food and conversation oh and some much needed collar and harness repairs! The weekend of the first Wyedean East Open Rally was looming and it would mean more dirty dogs. The CED's were split into several teams, with a 4 dog team consisting of Angel, Siku, Napu and Kara, a Junior team but still running a full trail was Aurora with her team mate Darwin and then the Canicross class with a recent arrival Riker. A win for the 4 dog team and overall in the 4 dog class not last place. A win for Brandon in the Junior class, a 4th place in the Canicross and even Maple and Rufus ran the trails in the courtesy class. Well done to all yet again for supporting the classes at all these events. For us here at Akna its getting quite an exciting time with lots of CED plans going on. Crufts is entered so hopefully quite a few dogs going there this year and with Discover Dogs i can guarantee lots of Eskimo kisses and cuddles to be had. Also two of the Akna girls Angel and Siku finally coming into season Napu may well be a daddy. Fingers crossed that we will have the pitter patter of tiny paws or maybe not so tiny paws looking at the size of Poo's feet! Then we have Aviemore to look forward to with some exciting plans going on there plus for the first time the sled dog breeds will have representatives at Glenmore with information on the breeds at the breed stands. This will a great opportunity for people to come and meet some dogs. If you are planning on going to the great Aviemore event and would like some more info or would like to contact us to know more about CED's or even add some info to the weekly breed notes please get in touch.

This week updated

Thursday 13th December was both a sad and happy day at the funeral of Ann Allen, Shepherdsway. The family gave her a wonderful send off and she regally arrived in a Marston replica carriage drawn by four beautiful black Friesians dressed in all their finery at the church. After a very emotional service Ann was taken to Kings Lynn crematorium where there was a further service. Her coffin was amazing coloured a pale blue with images of wolves all around it. She would of been truly proud to have had all the stops pulled for her. There were many familiar faces there and after it was nice to chat to some and talk about the mutual things we had in common with Ann. A very special lady who will be sorely missed by all that knew her, who leaves a legacy in Canadian Eskimo Dogs and Alaskan Malamutes. With regards to the Canadian Eskimo's that Ann loved and cherished I must put a few facts right with references made in last weeks paper and at the service. Our history of the CED is very special and important to us. One of the four original dogs imported by Ann along with Kath and Walt Howarth was High Lonesomes Polar Bear at Shepherdsway known to many as Panda. Panda was the dog that won many times and was seen in the big ring at Crufts on five separate occasions and handled in 2002 (when we first had breed classes there) by Sue Smith one of Ann's long standing friends. The reference to High Lonesomes Qimmiq Polaris III at Shepherdsway call name Polar, although a lovely dog he did not arrive in the UK till 2008 and never made it into the show ring due to his reserved attitude to strange people. The other three dogs imported in the late 1990's were High Lonesomes Finn at Shepherdsway, High Lonesomes Tiuk and High Lonesomes Little Sinner. Panda, Finn and Tiuk are all part of the history of most of dogs that we have here today but sadly Sinner never did play a part in the early breeding program as the High Lonesomes never sent her paperwork. It took several years and a court case for the Howarth's to get it and by this time Sinner was around 8 years old and they decided not go ahead. Lets hope now that we have our foundation dogs plus some lovely import dogs with more planned to arrive that we can continue to carry on Ann's hopes and dreams. With this in mind we have certainly seen a fantastic result at the LKA last weekend. AVNSC Working saw six Canadian Eskimo Dogs entered mixed in with a selection of Tibetan Mastiffs, St Bernards, German Pinschers, Greenland and Hovawart. First Pesky in the ring was Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna in Junior Dog who by default won his class due to absentees. This is Poo's last show entry into Junior so he now moves up to Post Grad as he a big boy soon. Next in was Shepherdsway Jack Frost who won Open Dog. It was then Best Dog with five dogs in for the challenge. I could not believe it when the judge walked over to me and shook my hand and then going over to David Salter to give him Reserve. It was a quick rush to get back and swap dogs ready for Puppy Bitch with two of my Akna puppies in the same class. Claire Henry's girl Akna Northern Lights placed a well deserved first, she stood and moved beautifully today much to Claire's surprise however mine Akna Northern Soul had other idea's and was playful to say the least taking a Reserve. Next class was Post Grad Bitch and \Arcticice Qimmiq Anana @ Akna mother of the two puppies won her class even though she was wooing and wagging the whole time. To be fair this girl has come on leaps and bounds in the show ring compared to the first few outings and settles far quicker and when she moves she moves so well. That just left Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna who had already been in the main ring at 8.30am with a 9 year old young lady in the Junior Handler class. Kara had stepped in due to the girls own dog not being well and for a little dot she not handled her well Kara loved every minute of it although collapsing on the floor to be fussed when the judge went over her probably didn't win her a spot in the final. In the Open Bitch class she placed second which left two Peskys for the challenge and Aurora took Reserve Best Bitch. Then a quick swap and over for Best Of Breed which was won by a truly magnificent male youngster but Napu took Reserve Best Of Breed which has made me very proud. Thank you to all around the ring for kind words and support its fantastic to have such an interest in the dogs. I hope today a very special lady had a broad smile on her face as i know we all did. Well for CED's i think the next big show outing is going to be Sleaford Show late December as for races we have the Xmas Trek coming up next weekend, Wyedean East after Christmas and then into the 2013 Kershope and Aviemore. Well a big well done to everyone today.

With deep sadness

How else can the breed notes begin but with the sad and recent loss of someone very special to us all. With deepest regret Ann Allen passed away in hospital on Thursday 29th November. Her funeral will be held on Thursday 13th December at 1pm. A service at Outwell Methodist Church, Isle Road, Wisbech followed by her cremation at Kings Lynn and then the wake being held at the Servicemens Club, Outwell. All are welcome to pay their respects as are flowers and donations can be made to the Stroke Association. After a stroke a couple of years ago she suffered a further stroke that left her in a coma and she passed in her sleep in hospital. Ann touched the lives of many, in many different circles and had many friends both in the UK and all over the world. Mostly known for her involvement with Alaskan Malamutes and Canadian Eskimo Dogs Ann had a love of many dog breeds and animals especially her pride of cats. Many will remember Ann in the early days with her border collies and GSD's. I've been told many funny stories by Ann of friends or family being chased by one of her shepherds or the odd crook running the gauntlet on Allen land or even the dreaded cat Pixie, that would love you and then launch an attack onto your arm. For many years she did Border Collie rescue and took in stray cats or those dumped on her without turning them away or denying them of help. Ann also had birds, wildfowl, horses and of course the livestock on the farm. Having them around her certainly made her very happy. It was never a dull moment visiting Ann at home and she could always get you to task in one way or another as well as plying you with tea and food! Ann has had a heavy involvement with Alaskan Malamutes, importing, breeding, showing and working the dogs. She had a real love for the sled dogs of the north and i suppose that's why she ended up with Canadian Eskimo Dogs too. Ann paved the way in the UK for the CED importing with friends four dogs back in the 1990's which has truly left many of us with not only happy and funny memories but a legacy to be very proud of. Ann was a tough no nonsense woman who if required would pick up the phone and give you a right royal rollocking or congratulations and praise for a job well done. She was a generous lady who showed her appreciation for help and achievement. You always knew where you stood with Ann a quality among the many she had that I will for one truly miss. Ann helped many people get started within the two breeds and there are many Shepherdsway dogs and their owners who will miss her. I personally would like to thank Ann for everything she has done for me, for trusting me, helping me and for the gift of my first CED Angel. I waited several years for my grey eskimo and when i went to collect her and she told me thank you for all i have done and i was handed my little girl as a present i was overwhelmed. Needless to say Ann didn't appreciate the hug very much. I still laugh now when i let her go and the look on her face. For now I know there are many people who too are far happier in the knowledge that they knew and loved Ann and each and everyone of us has a funny memory that is personal to us that will last forever. My deepest sympathy and thoughts are with her husband Chris and her son Michael and this is extended to all her friends who will miss her so much. Rest In Peace Ann, joined with many of her four legged friends especially Scout and Panda. We talked about the legacy that she leaves behind and life does indeed carry on. The Shepherdsway dogs have been strutting their stuff in the show ring and in the forests. On Saturday 24th November for the first time in the history of the show Canadian Eskimo Dogs had classes at the prestigious Nordic Show. It was a very proud day with 11 dogs entered and in attendance. With a very happy judge Hazel Fitzgibbon worjed through the classes. In Puppy class four of the 2012 Akna "North" litter supported with Akna Great Bear Of The North For Koldsnap taking first, second Akna Northern Soul, third Akna Northern Lights and fourth Akna North Wind. The youngsters have really come on in leaps and bounds. In Post Grad Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna placed first, second Shepherdsway Chestnut @ Akna and third Arcticice Qimmiq Aurora @ Akna. In Limit thw two sisters went head to head and Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel @ Akna took the win over her sister, Shepherdsway Cinders @ Akna. There was not so much support in the Open Dog and Bitch classes which was a shame so by default Open Dog was Shepherdsway Jack Frost and Open Bitch was Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna. Best Of Breed & Best Dog went to Shepherdsway Jack Frost who was also short listed in the Best In Show judging, Reserve Best Of Breed & Reserve Dog to Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna. Best Bitch was Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel @ Akna with Reserve Bitch Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna and Best Puppy Akna Great Bear Of The North. Many of the dogs entered into the Stakes Classes also with some good results too. AV Puppy placing second to BPIS was Akna Northern Lights. A surprised Racheal after winning AV Brace with Akna Northern Soul and Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel @ Akna. In AV Sled Dog Novice Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna placed second and in AV Sled Dog Open placing second also taking Reserve Best Sled Dog was Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna. It truly was a memorable day and we were all very proud to finally have classes at this show. Its been quiet with races for several reasons some of us made to Amanda Palmers training and race weekend at Elvedon a couple of weekends ago and the Akna pack ran well placing first in four dog freight and Kara with her junior bikejorer and Czechoslovakian team mate placed fourth. Team Casiat managed to get out on the trails at the SHCGB Cranwich rally last weekend. In the D2 class Mr A along with a very focused Noah (Shepherdsway Snow Ghost @ Casiat) finished in fab form along with their malamute team mate in first place. A big well done to them all and keep up the good work.

CED's do some miles!

It never seems to stop with these pesky esky's all over the UK it has been full of things to do and places to go and i might add in some serious tight time spans! Bonfire weekend was just a blur, well the M6 was thats for sure. It started Friday 2nd with the Smiths heading up to Leicester bringing Kai and Flick and their Siberians with them. After a cooked meal, baths and toilet stops it was an early night for an early start. In my infinite wisdom I had decided we were going to NWPB of Scotland and the SHCGB Delamere night rally! Yes all in one day. We were up at 4am and with CED's all loaded we set off to meet the Henry's to collect Desna to complete the journey. One van, three women and eight eskimo dogs we headed to Edinburgh showground. We arrived about 10.30am got settled and waited. Luckily our judge Mrs Zena Thorn-Andrews didnt break for lunch till after judging AVNSC Working so the plan to be out the showground by the latest at 3pm was all going to plan. It was a great result for the Akna puppies with two more now qualifying for Crufts 2013. Puppy class was 1st Akna Northern Soul (Maple), 2nd Akna North Wind (Flick) and 3rd Akna Great Bear Of The North For Koldsnap (Lemmy), Junior saw 1st and 2nd place unchanged but 3rd place went to Akna Northern Lights (Desna). Post Grad class Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna was the only entry taking 1st and then Reserve Dog with Maple taking Best Bitch and Best Puppy with Flick taking Reserve Bitch. I left Maple behind with Lisa to go into the Puppy Group however she was overlooked which is not surprising but the experience is paramount for these young dogs and she had a great time. I left the showground at 2.55pm and we hit the road back to Cheshire for an 8.30pm start time. Matt had already headed to the race site with the other dogs as had Steve and Claire so with a spot ready for us to park in we headed south. Luckily the roads were clear and the rain had stopped so we arrived at a very busy rally site at 7.30pm. It was a quick turn around with dogs watered and exercised, rigs inspected and changed ready to race i was amazed we did so well. We briefly spoke to the Lewis' who had popped along to watch the event, Becky looks very pregant now and it doesn't seem long now, hopefully another young musher in the making! I for one felt shattered and was so proud of all my girls. Shepherdsway Cinders @ Akna (Siku) and Arcticice Qimmiq Anana @ Akna (Aurora) stormed around the trails really working through the boggy sections to bring us home in first place. Matt Smith placed 5th with Shepherdsway Chestnut with Akna (Kai) and their sibe Diesel and Anne following in 6th with Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel @ Akna (Angel) and Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna (Kara). It was a very well supported class with i think 18 or more competitors so a very pleasing result for the CED's again. So we move on to this weekend just gone and yes as usual busy busy busy! It is Discover Dogs at Earls Court, London and we had Lizzie and Shepherdsway Jack Frost (Rufus) there on the Saturday later supported by Hariett and Akna North Wind (Flick). They were a real hit and attracted lots of attention. There is always a concern using young dogs at these events as it is a long day but Flick loves people and children as do all the other litter mates. We are all really proud of our dogs as clearly they have taken mums fantastic temperament and revel in strokes and fuss. Flick attended the Sunday for us too with Matt and had a wonderful day. On Saturday the Akna pack were receiving fuss and hugs from visitors at home. With plans for our 2013 litter well under way now with all the health tests done and paperwork in order it was a meet and greet day for one of our prospective new families. A husky owner for many years the family have been waiting for their son to grow a little more before introducing their next puppy. Its very exciting as they spend a lot of time abroad cross country skiing and in the mountains so it will a perfect situation for a CED puppy to be raised in. I already have a dog that lives in the French Alps and she loves skijoring and has a fantastic lifestyle. In fact I wouldnt mind living there myself! On the Sunday Maggie Wilkinson took Lemmy up to Hyde and District Canine Association Open Show and under judge Miss S Whybrow had an amazing result. Lemmy not only won puppy class, he went on to take Best AVNSC Puppy AND Best AVNSC Working but it didnt stop there! In the Working Group he took Group 3 and in the Puppy Group 2, needless to say Maggie is over the moon and so am I. That is the first Akna bred CED to take a working group placing and two in one day as well. At the same time I was with seven of the Akna dogs in Leicester at the Phoenix Centre for the film festival showing of The Last Dogs Of Winter. Costa Botes a New Zealand film director has put together an amazing documentary about Brian Ladoon and his colony of dogs on the Hudson Bay in Churchill, Canada. Our dogs are distant relatives of those dogs so when we were asked if we would support the event how could we say no? The dogs were greatly received and lots of photo's were taken and fusses dished out. Siku, Angel, Maple, Aurora, Napu, Desna and Kara were in attendance and really made the day complete. Some of the other Akna pack were there too for a little support and we had kit on display consisting of sled, rig, bike, harnesses etc for people to see and ask questions about. A big thank you to everyone who has supported and helped over this last couple of weeks, it really is greatly appreciated and its all to help raise awareness and promote our special breed so again thank you all. A big well done to Maggie and Lemmy on your fantastic results. If anyone has any updates on what they have been up to with their CED's please let us know. 

More shows and off to Crufts we go

So much can happen in a week! Thursday was Midland Counties champ show. It was so exciting as it was Akna Northern Soul's (Maple) first show and we were looking for our Cruft's qualification as she was the last of the Akna Pack needing it. Also there was her sister Akna Northern Lights (Desna) and Akna Great Bear Of The North For Koldsnap (Lemmy), whose name is now confirmed. I also took Napu as he is still looking and moving great and the more experience he gets the better as he is only 15 months old so still a young boy. With great results the Canadian Eskimo Dogs really did make an impression in the AVNSC Working ring. I felt so proud watching both Maggie and Claire run the puppies that carry my name around the ring. Lemmy placed fourth in the Puppy Dog class, Napu placed second in Post Grad Dog, Maple placed second in Puppy Bitch and Desna third in the same class. Its an amazing feeling seeing them grow after everything we have been through to get them here and registered. Well after nice clean white dogs in the show ring we braved the weather in Thetford Forest for the AMWA Kings Forest night/day rally. Saturday through everything at us rain, sleet, wind, thunder, hail, snow, lightening and blue skies and boy was that trail tough with one dog on a bike. There were six CED's running at the event split between bikejor (which was a full trail) and AS/FDC class. With the hard graft on Saturdays night run Sunday looked even more difficult with rain over night and high winds. I had a few technical problems with the mountain bike over the whole weekend with the fact my own bike the brakes had leaked out their oil deeming it unfit to use, the bike i then borrowed was already being used in another class which gave me a delayed start Saturday but on Sunday i literally had a minute to grab the bike off the chap using it to get to the start before the off and then with a slight issue of Aurora taking a gee when we were supposed to go straight and nearly flying over the handle bars when the seat snapped off at full speed down hill i just expected my insurance policies to be cashed in there and then. How on earth i managed to remain on the bike with Aurora running like a scolded cat and my rear somewhat skimming the rear tyre god only knows! However with all the excitement of the race i didn't stop and managed a well deserved second place. Also in the bikejor was Anne running with Kara who placed fifth. In the AS/FDC it was nice to see Mr Atherton running a two dog team consisting of a malamute and Noah, why Simon didn't manage to experience such high levels of excitement on the trails is beyond me but obviously Noah did indeed have his sensible head on and the Casiat team finished second overall. The other team was three in the AS/FDC Angel, Siku and Napu who had two hard going but blinding runs and finished first place. We caught team Casiat on the night trail and it was a pleasure to race with Mr A again with such great control of the teams and amazing working ethic the overtaking was faultless by both dog teams. We did briefly see Mrs Casiat with little Romilly who for obvious reasons wasnt around for long at the night rally although after a recent bout of Chicken Pox probably the great outdoors was a better place to be and she got some fab shots of the CED's as did Lisa Mort so thank you for those. Moving on from racing Monday was spent at the Kennel Club building in London and in particular the library. Kath Howarth and Susan Thompson were brilliant in sourcing Eskimo Dog/Esquimaux/Huskie information that all relates back to the early dogs first seen in the UK. We found many dogs registered over the years, sporadic but lots to see and interestingly some of the specimens exhibited were sourced from Hudson Bay/Baffin Island in Canada and not from Greenland which may lead to some more interesting information begging question to the origins of some of the dogs we know differently today. The Zoological Societies also played a big part in showing and breeding exhibits before selling them off, in the early days to many wealthy individuals. We also found some old club magazines from the old "Eskimo Dog Club" they are a mine of information with some surprising articles to say the least! Health results and concerns and in books also some interesting pictures and references. I will start to collate the information and place some of this on the website over the next few weeks hopefully. Not an easy task as still working on getting the seminar DVD's put together. Plus with NWPB of Scotland and Delamere night rally coming up we are still busy here! 

Snowdon Climb and some interesting info!

Wow what a busy couple of weeks. First of all a big thank you to everyone that sponsored our climb up Mount Snowdon. Brandon was the first up with his two dogs and I closely followed behind with my two. We had a great climb up and even had snow when we neared the summit. The views were amazing and it was a great achievement to have the first Canadian Eskimo Dogs to the top of the second highest point in the UK. We are still collecting in our sponsorship money but will let you all know the final figure soon. Coming down was tough as the dogs were all harnessed up and on waist belts and just wanted to work all the way down too, it was interesting at times to say the least and with the snow turning to slush was quite treacherous in places. Even so it was a fantastic experience that we hadn't thought about doing before. I also spent some time at the Chesterfield library looking into the Asa Lee's collection stored there which contained some very interesting information on some very old "Esquimaux" dogs that were registered and shown the Kennel Club. There were some pictures and information on their owners which at some point I will sift through and post some of it on the website. I am hoping to visit the Kennel Club library soon and the British Zoological library as they too hold some vital information about the old dogs which i am sure is going to make very interesting reading. Onto some race results now, what an exciting start to the 2012-2013 race season. The first event attended by CED's was the Deans Doubles held in the beautiful Forest Of Dean. This event is a fun start to the season where musher's team up in pairs under team names. Each team member gets to run their team of dogs on their allocated time slot and the final times are added together to give the overall finish time. There were more CED's at this event than ever before with six from the Akna pack and six others between the other competitors, this included four of the "Akna" litter from this year who were not competing but did indeed have a mile run on the trails on the Saturday afternoon after racing had ceased. They all went out in pairs with an older, more experienced dog and trotted round the trail past spectators and even a herd of thirty or more wild boar! The teams for this year were Team Pole Position which was Racheal Bailey (Akna) and Sarah Heyes (Chillipaws) running between them seven CED's and in the novice class Matthew Smith was running Kai along with a Siberian. Pole Position did indeed live up to their team name and placed a very well earned first in their class. Sarah had ran one of the Akna dogs in her team and did a grand job and Racheals four dog were running on similar times to last year getting round the trail in around 14 mins. The Smiths team also put in a great finish with a second place for them. It was great to see the dogs all running and working so well and to see all the pupsters and how friendly they all were with dogs, people and each other. The girls are beautiful looking and have grown so much. This coming week several of us will be at Three Counties, then the AMWA Thetford Forest rally so plenty of chances to see the CED's showing and working. It will be Akna Northern Soul's (Maple) first show so I am very excited.

Shows and weight pull

Another week has passed and again its been busy one way or another. A big congratulations to Maggie and Lemmy (Akna Nanuq Of The North For Koldsnap) on his first show. They went to the White Rose Canine Society show on Saturday. Lemmy took second in AVNSC Working Puppy and fourth in the AV Puppy stakes class. He was a very happy boy and loved the day. The first puppy out of the little pack to make a show debut. On Sunday was the first AMCUK Weight Pull event at Allerton Park. The Akna pack headed north along with visitors Matt and Harriet with Flick and Kaiser. When we arrived we had to weigh in the dogs. Angel was 52lb's, Aurora was 54lb's, Siku was 55lb's and Napu was 82lb's. This put the three girls all in the same class. Kaiser weighed in at 70lb's but was only going into novice class. He did really well, there were a few dogs in novice class this time. Napu and Aurora did really well as it was their first event too. Aurora was the first of the girls to go out after pulling 700lb's placing fourth and Napu was so funny. He pulled a pleasing 1400lb's placing fifth but i think it was more to do with the fact Andy who helps out and competes with one of his own dogs was stood behind him! I felt quite sorry for him as he is a really lovely chap but Napu really got it in his head that Andy was not to be trusted, funny boy. The girls did well, with Siku finishing in third place overall pulling 1100lb's and Angel placing second pulling an amazing 1200lb's. I am so pleased with their results. Next weekend we are off to climb Mount Snowdon in Wales to hopefully raise some funds for the CEDCGB. At a rough count we have around £45 up to now and if our offer to match it comes through that will take it up to around £90. My son Brandon who is now fifteen is also joining me with a CED. If you would like to sponsor us then please get in touch every penny pledged will be going into the club. 

Its getting cold!

A bit of a break in the breed notes I'm afraid. Its been busy here at Akna with the cooler weather we have been out 3-4 times a week training. With the weather so unpredictable it seems its better to get it while we can. The dogs are enjoying it all and even Maple has been running out with the guys too. I am very lucky that my gang are really obedient and have good recall on the trails, so puppy has been free running with the older dogs when they are in harness. I find this a really great way of getting them stretching all those muscles, enjoying the run without the strain of pulling and learning to ignore everything that's going on around them and focus on staying with their pack mates. I used to free run my dogs next to my bike years ago and have always found it gives them good focus and general fitness. I here on the grapevine that with the recent cold spell a certain peskimo has also taken to running well. Casiat's Noah has apparently been very keen in training and more focused, perhaps its that free running he has been doing!? Its great to hear the dogs are happy and looking forward to running as we are. Which leads me onto the next topic which is........drum roll please.......the rally season is here! Happy days spent in the forests of the UK, with cold, wet, windy, snowy and wintry weather is upon us at long last. The first event is this month in the beautiful Forest Of Dean, the Deans Doubles. This event is a great opener as it is more a fun event. There is a combined seven dog CED team entered between Akna and Chillipaws they are running in the 3-4 dog freight class and also we have the Smiths running Kai with their husky to team up in the 1-2 dog novice class, this will be their first event running on a rig as Matt has been scootering for a few years with their Siberians so exciting for them. Also congratulations to them on the acceptance of their new kennel name. "Gerifreki" was their choice based on their interests in Norse mythology Geri and Freki were the wolves of Odin. The translation of the name means ravenous or greedy ones, which is quite fitting for an Eskimo dog. Some of the pupsters will also be at the event but purely as spectators for now. Over to the show rings some of us travelled north to Cleethorpes and County Canine Association show for our breed classes. Our judge was Walt Howarth who would be considered a breed specialist. Him and his wife Kath were part of the original group to bring the registered Canadian Eskimo Dogs here in the late 1990's. I am sure Walt would be as excited and interested to judge our dogs just as we are to show under him. It was a good entry of seven dogs from junior to open with only one absentee. Napu as only junior won his class and then went on to take Reserve Best Of Breed all be it a very close call for that. Siku took first in Post Grad class giving Aurora a second place, in Open Rufus took first, followed by a second for Kara who then took Best Bitch and a third for Angel. Rufus then went on and won Best Of Breed and then a Working Group Three. Another great result for the CED. 

Tired but happy!

An exciting start to last week when the big brown envelope arrived at the house. Napu and Aurora's hip scores had arrived. I was not at home as it was my son that rang to say so i told him to open it as i couldn't wait till i got home! Aurora had already had her eye test prior to having her puppies and they were clear so fingers were crossed. With a total of 9 that was a great result and a great start to the puppies future with good health tests and a fantastic temperament. The big one for me was Napu, as he is from a long line of working Arctic expedition dogs. No health tests are done in these lines because working ethic is by far more important so when Brandon told me he was an 8 I was totally made up. Poo too had his eyes tested clear so now i can continue with the breeding plans i had and hopefully those waiting can get the Poo puppy that they have been patiently waiting for. I also spoke to Harriet and her boy Kai is a 13. I think I am about recovered after the last few weeks of organising the K9 Duathlon and Wolves Of Willesley Woodside event. Then the pre dog show prep that comes with owning white dogs! With most of the Akna pack staying at the event, two of the pack made their way north to Yorkshire to Darlington Championship Show. Maple (Akna Northern Soul) placed 5th in the Working Class out of 20 plus dogs which was great practise for her. While Napu and Kara settled in alongside each other at the show. With breed classes at this show it only leaves us with CED's one show for 2012 as the rest will all be AVNSC. Its quite exciting when its your own breed and there were two other CED's entered into the show. Shepherdsway Jack Frost (Rufus) and Steelpaw Vixen (Vixen). I left my two in the capable hands of Sharr and Jay who were also showing their own dogs and Maggie Wilkinson (Koldsnap) who owns Maples litter brother Lemmy. Eventually i got the call to say that judging was over and i was chuffed to bits. Maggie had done a fantastic job and handled Poo to win his class in Junior and then on to Best Dog. Kara was alone in her class but then went on to take Best Bitch which then meant both Poo and Kara were against each other for Best Of Breed. I cant believe my boy beat the top winning CED to get Best of Breed, I know he is a lovely dog but as the owner one always says that. Maggie did a grand job and even though there was no group placing for us this time I hope this is not the last time Poo can get to strut his stuff around the group ring. When they arrived back on Saturday evening I was still busy with the Shaun Ellis seminar and Sharr came in and presented me with the cards and rosettes, I was so happy that Poo had done so well. When I got back to the van after Poo was wooing away and so excited to see me. I gave him a massive hug and kiss and then we loaded the dogs up and took the quad out on the trails and did a 4 mile run. He worked really hard and I said to my friend its unbelievable that a few hours before he was trotting around the show ring and now in his harness just doing what he does, makes me very proud. A big well done to the others for supporting the classes. I think a couple of the puppies have some shows coming up, Lemmy has a local show and Maple will be with Poo at Midland Counties so fingers crossed for them all starting out in the big wide world of dog showing.


Its been a busy time with bathing for shows, in-between training with the cooler mornings. The City Of Birmingham show was quite good with an early start to the judging. AVNSC Working for us again but three CED's entered. Napu and Rufus were so well behaved and we stood side by side both inside and outside the ring talking and they just stand and chill. I am very impressed with the temperament of those two boys, Rufus for an adult and entire male is most definitely impeccable clearly a lot of time and effort has been put into him over the years and it shows. He is always up for a cuddle and hug from Auntie Rach and of course a small treat from my pocket! Kara on the other hand had other ideas at the show, she played up all the way in to the show jumping and play bowing and dashing about on the grass. This continued into the show ring with her diving at her shadow on the green carpet, pulling on the lead and wooing. She was having a ball however i wasnt so happy with her frolics!!! This lost her Best Bitch so a Reserve for her and no chance of challenging for Best of Breed. This was taken by Rufus, he really is racking up his BOB's at the minute. Napu won his Junior class and then took Reserve Best Dog was very pleased with him for that. Last week I sat waiting patiently for the all important phone call from the Kennel Club for my "North" litter registrations. It didn't come when I expected however after a long, painful weekend of waiting i got it. He said yes, not the man from Del Monte but the Kennel Club committee agreed that the litter should indeed be registered giving our gene pool here a well deserved bump up and also cementing a more solid future for us. All we need now is those all important hip score results from the BVA, its been a little over 4 weeks now so still a while to wait. This being patient thing is killing me. Its all worth it though. The next show for us I believe is Immingham at the end of September so a couple of weeks for that. I myself will be far busier, I got a good run in at Sherwood earlier in the week and will hopefully get another one in before the weekend and then I have my weekend event with Shaun Ellis and I get to run in the K9 Duathlon. My son Brandon will be running too and I am not sure who to run yet. Its a 2km canicross and then a 5km bikejor, ideally I would like to run two but I limited the event to one dog. It will be fun anyway.


With vans packed and dogs all loaded it was off to the AMWA Salisbury event. The event is organised as an educational weekend with the chance to do some training as well as participate in showing, weight pull, fun events and quizzes. The Akna pack arrived on Friday and was greeted by friends who had cooked dinner for us and saved us a spot with plenty of stake out space. The home made burgers went down a treat and the dogs were happy to be out the van after the trip. With the weather looking grim and getting cooler we decided to take the passenger rig out with some of the dogs. Angel and Siku have been desperate to get out over the last couple of weeks but with the weather being so humid this has not been possible. We put them in lead and then put Napu and Kara in wheel and set off with speed! They really did need the run as did all the others. On Saturday Fabrizio and Debra from Italy arrived. Since leaving us earlier in the week they had been to Oxford and Stonehenge. They were keen to see the dogs and meet all of Phoenix's neices and nephew from her sister Aurora's litter. Phoenix was very good at meeting everyone and didnt seem phased at all. It was nice to introduce them to some of the other CED's that they have only seen pictures of. I took them over to meet Becky and Dai Lewis who were there with all their Steelpaw pack. Noodle, Vixen, Sugar, Polar, Pogo and Badger who is now 12 years old. I left them to chat and take pictures and then they came to say goodbye before they left. We have invites to go to Italy in the future and hopefully we can work together to bring more interest and dogs to Italy. The puppies had plenty of playtime and regularly met up over the few days we were there. There will be some photo's added to the website gallery shortly, thank you to everyone who took their camera's and spent time taking some pictures for us. Just deviating off from the dogs I would just like everyone to wish Becky and Dai a big congratulations. They are expecting their first child due in November time so that's another junior musher or mushette for the future. Moving on to some show results on Sunday 26th August in the south at the AMWA Dog Show against Alaskan Malmutes and Siberian Huskys, little Maple (Akna Northern Soul) aged 20 weeks took a 6th place in Minor Puppy out of 20 - 30 entries. Kara (Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna) took a 2nd place in Adult Bitch and 1st in Prettiest Piebald. Further up the country Rufus (Shepherdsway Jack Frost) was at Suffolk Kennel Association Open Show. Not only did he take a 1st in AVNSC Working Open Dog he then went on to take Best Of Breed and then Working Group 2 under judge Bridget Bodle. In the last three shows a Canadian Eskimo Dog has taken a Working Group placing, its a fantastic achievement for the breed especially against the more common sled dog breeds. We are very proud of our dogs and hope to see more and more results like this in the future. The next outing for CED's will be Birmingham Show where we have three of the dogs entered. Fingers crossed for everyone.

Proud Napu!

It was a busy weekend for quite a few of us as we all headed from our different corners of England to meet at Wolves and Woofers GSD Rally and Show. Akna K9 were attending to give a demonstration to the public in the disciplines of canicross, bikejor and scootering. Supported by Arctic Wolf racing and friends with their dogs including some more CED's. However the weather was so hot we just couldnt jusify harnessing the dogs in those temperatures. So instead everyone decided to enter the obedience classes, dog show or generally chat to people about the dogs and what they do. There was a Pedigree Dog Show at the event so I entered the pesky's. With it being a male judge i thought Poo could do with the experience and the puppies would benefit as well. Napu got a first place in AV Junior class, Kara got a second in AV Open class and Kai although he didnt place in Open was again a very good boy and moved beautifully. He really is coming along well. With Poo taking a first he was called into Best Pedigree In Show alongside the AV Puppy, AV Sporting, AV Non Sporting and AV Open winners. Poo stood and moved as wonderful as always and clenched the Best In Show. The judge (Mr Brian Lowe) a Gundog man by heart said he moved really well and he really liked him and he knew what he was (shock:horror!) A big thank you to everyone who helped out, very much appreciated. Also a sad but happy time too little Star (Akna North Pole) made her flight to the USA on Tuesday. She arrived safely at JFK and Seanna (Arcticfire Kennel) collected little Star to begin her new life. She has been a wonderful puppy, in fact the whole litter have been bright as buttons and so friendly and forward. My house is back to normal now with just my pack left so normal service is resumed.....for now! It was wonderful to meet some of our international visitors for the first time this week. Fabrizio and Debra from Italy with their gorgeous girl Phoenix came to Leicester to visit us. We looked at pictures, chatted about the dogs and went for a walk followed by lunch. I am hoping they will be able to join us later this bank holiday week at the AMWA Salisbury event. We too along with lots of other CED's are set to be at this event. The Chillipaws gang, the Henrys with the lovely Desna, the Wilkinsons with Lemmy the little nibbler, the Smiths with their pack, the Steelpaw gang and the Bodleys. So plenty of Canadian Eskimo Dogs to see. If you would like more details on this event please drop me an email and I can get the point of contact, venue and directions for you. Have a lovely bank holiday all.

East Midlands Canine Society Show

What a busy week here at Akna. Preparations for getting the 5 dogs ready for the East Midlands Canine Society Thursday night show were under way. With some quick ringcraft lessons for the handlers (and the dogs), grooming and more training. Its quite funny watching Aurora learning to be calm, she is so happy and excited to be out and about she just runs and jumps around. Not ideal for a the show ring of course but she is just such a cracking little dog which oozes energy its a shame to stop her. This has proven excellent in other areas though as once the harness goes on she is off and flies around the trails like a husky! With Aurora settling down it seems the excitement couldn't be contained by Angel and Siku who have had  enough of chilling out and want to be running. Don't worry girls the season is nearly here. Napu is his normal happy self and princess Kara just takes it all in her stride. With the dogs loaded off we went on our road trip. It was very exciting for me too as i wasn't planning on handling my dogs at the show as I had other commitments. I was stewarding for Sue Jones as she was judging several working breeds two of which I have had a lot interest in before. Our ring judging ceased in time for AVNSC Working so to the delight of my handlers I got myself ready and took 2 of the 5 into the ring. The Graduate class was a good result with Arcticice Qimmiq Anana @ Akna (Aurora) placing 2nd, Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel @ Akna (Angel) placing 4th and Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna (Napu) placing VHC. The Open class saw Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna (Kara) placing 1st, Shepherdsway Jack Frost (Rufus) placing 2nd and Shepherdsway Cinders @ Akna (Siku) in 3rd. Kara then went on to take Best AVNSC and Working Group 4 under Judge Sue Smith (Zeelukzak). She said some wonderful things about our beautiful Kara so we are happy. i have played catch up with the puppy owners this week. Maya has been to some show training and is a beautiful little girl but needs more training. Lemmy has been chilling with his mum and dad with the holidays and has enjoyed travelling around the UK, this will set him in good stead when his show and working career kick in. Billie has been having fun down the beach again due to the lovely weather in the South. Desna has been doing brilliantly at her obedience and ringcraft and i have seen lots of pictures of her. I will be seeing her next week and also Flick who will be heading north for a couple of days. This is when Star will head down south ready for her trip to the USA. Today she had her pre flight health check and her worming treatment and the vet was very happy with her. She has grown into a lovely young girl and Seanna (Arcticfire) will be thrilled when she arrives. Maple who i kept is coming along in leaps and bounds, she did very well at ringcraft the other night and walks lovely on her lead and her recall is amazing. I hope those long legs she has will be as good on the trails as her other family.

Hip scores and fun stuff

What a long week this has been! Since the show last weekend time has flown by and with the weather being very hot in places the dogs have not really been doing all that much. The Akna pack managed a very early training run on Thursday morning in the National Forest which settled everyone back down for a couple of days. Friday was an exciting day for the breed as I had organised for some of us to head to South to get hip scores done. The Fenskimo dogs Hawk and Chilli, two of the Akna dogs Napu and Aurora and the Smiths/Akna boy Kai all attended. It was a very exciting day and although the girls had a little moan the boys seemed very good with it all. Nice straight xray plates and looking at them they all look very good. Kim also had her boy Hawk re-xrayed. He had been xrayed before and the score can back from the BVA quite high, which was quite worrying however it had been left too long to rescore and appeal to the BVA. However looking at those plates his hips for a dog of his age and size looked pretty darn good to say the least. It was discussed by those present that the hips looked good and they were quite shocked at the result given. At least for now Kim can have her mind put at ease that there are no signs of HD and she can continue working him as he is a very strong dog that really pulls when being worked. After saying our goodbyes the Akna pack headed off to the Bracknall Forest for a nice bar-b-que and then a free run at Buttersteep Rise. It was strange being there and not seeing all the car park full of vans and dogs but we never saw a soul. Matt kept Kai and one of his siberians on the lead, Harriet had their other siberian and Scott had Kara while Jerry-Lee, Jade, Vika, Maple, Star, Flick, Aurora and Napu all had fun in the forest. They were black when we got back to the vans after finding the stinkiest bog they could but they were so good and came when called and stood waiting for drinks at the end together. I dont think there has ever been so many CED's running around in Bracknall it was a great sight to see. It was back home after with tired dogs and slightly more relaxed week ahead. The Akna pack will be at an event next weekend giving some canicross/bikejoor and scooter demo's and then Star will be heading back to Bracknall for a couple of days before heading to Heathrow on the final stage of her journey to the USA. She is probably the most travelled CED in the UK now after flying here in Aurora's tummy as a twinkle in her daddies eye and now flying back across the ocean to complete her destiny at the Arcticfire Kennel. All exciting stuff.


Wow what a fantastic weekend at East Of England Ladies Kennel Society show at Newmarket. With breed classes here for us it was nice to see some other people attending this year. The Salters, Akna Pack and The Smiths between them entered four dogs between the two classes. Three boys into Open dog Shepherdsway Jack frost, Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna and Shepherdsway Chestnut with Akna. Finishing the class in exactly that order. It was great to see the all the boys together. Princess Kara took the Open Bitch class on her own and took Reserve Best Of Breed to Rufus who took Best Of Breed. A little discussion due to the horrendous storm that broke out and it was decided all would stay for Working Group and Reserve Best In Show class. Rufus looked fantastic in the working group and it was a very close call. Judge Janice King was stuck between the Siberian and the Canadian, it was so tense at ringside but she eventually chose the Siberian giving the CED Group 2. Big cheers at ringside none the less another Working Group placing for a CED. The Reserve Group judge Kevin Young clearly liked the CED and this was also true in the Reserve Best In Show ring with every breed of dog that received a Reserve in the ring there was over 20 dogs and Kara was short listed in the final seven. Kara didn't move as well as she should just slacking off in the hot sun and after a long day but we were still very proud to have been short listed over so many breeds. The Akna pack bid their farewells and headed off to Thetford Forest for a well deserved walk with the dogs. Poo had a ball running around the forest in all the puddles and mud and didn't look very much like a show dog at all! Well done to everyone and it a big thank you to Bill Robins for coming to support us and taking some lovely pictures.

Road trip for the CED's

Summer is definitely here at long last and CED's all over the UK have been enjoying the warmer weather. The Chillipaws gang down in Devon have been regular visitors to the coast. Keep the pictures coming of the dogs enjoying themselves. The Akna gang have been on a road trip to Scotland. Catching up with friends from the races and exploring the Scottish countryside and coast. Star has shown her hunting skills down on the beach emerging with a dead baby shark! Maple was running around with the big guys in and out of the sea without any fear and Napu spent the whole morning running around, playing, swimming, climbing the rocks and exploring. Kara had a morning greeting with 40 or so sheep that were not in the field when we set up camp however had appeared through the night. She was such a good girl and got straight back in the van all happy and wagging. It was a lovely trip and the dogs really enjoyed it and with the high temperatures hindering any chances of running the dogs the swimming and free running around on the sand really does keep them in tip top condition. In the East the Casiat crew have been sending some lovely pictures across of their little girl Romilly and Noah. Its so nice to see the dogs with children and you can see just how much they adore each other. Traditionally Inuit children would play and mix with the dogs all the time and Pesky's certainly have lots of time to play. In the north Rufus had his trip to Leeds Champ Show and being judged by Mr Paul Singleton he placed him First in Open Dog and then he took Reserve Dog. Next weekend we will be at Newmarket Racecourse for the East Of England Ladies Kennel Association show.

Sad news & NW&P updates

First of all sad news I'm afraid. Some of you may have been lucky enough to know him, others should have taken the time too. A sad day on Thursday 12th July Alan Hickmott passed away at home with friends and Follie. Alan was very much a lover of the "Eskimo" dogs and back in the mid to late 90's had competed with his two beloved dogs Badger and Mungo. He was also back then a member of the old "Eskimo Dog Club Of Great Britain". Alan was a funny man with a great sense of humour and was much loved. I really got to talk to him over the last couple of race seasons as he had seen my dogs and was interested to know more, that's when he started telling me of his involvement back in the early days with the dogs. He showed me old pictures and paperwork that he had kept safe and sound and was kind enough to let me copy  some which I will not only keep safe and sound but will put on the club website for all to see. One thing for sure I am glad that Alan liked my dogs and that Napu reminded him so much of Mungo so that he could reflect back and think of those fun and happy times with his dogs, that's an endorsement to be proud of. It was also a fitting tribute that on Sat 14th July at National Working and Pastoral Breeds, David Salter asked the stewards at the Siberian Husky ring to hold a minutes silence before judging for Alan. Rest in peace Alan and we spare a thought for your loved ones left behind at this sad time. Well, also at W&PB the CED had their classes and judge on the day was Simon Luxmoore-Ball. I must say some of us were a little apprehensive of being judged by someone we didn't know but what a friendly and patient man he was. It was a shame that Mr and Mrs Smith didn't make it with their boy due to illness but that left 6 pesky esky's, some more pesky than others I might add! All the dogs were super friendly and even Rufus and Napu at very close quarters were being very good, very proud of them. With lots of helpers (thank you all) judging began and the end results were certainly what we would of expected. BOB and Best Dog was Shepherdsway Jack Frost, Reserve Best Dog & Best Puppy was Napu Of Northwinds at Akna, Best Bitch and Best Opposite Sex was Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna and Reserve Best Bitch was Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel At Akna. Although it was a close call for BOB between Kara and Rufus again. Rufus went into Working Group and so did Poo into Puppy group, although it is at times a little disheartening that our breed never quite gets that second look. I was certainly chuffed to bits with Poo's last show as puppy and with him turning 1 year old on the 15th its big Happy Birthdays to him. he has really settled down now with the judges, movement is always good with him and his friendly disposition really does make him cut the mustard. Aurora was as happy as always and really is showing signs of settling down in the ring quite well. She still has no coat and is still putting the weight back on after motherhood but is such a sweetie. The next outing for the CED I believe is Leeds where Rufus is heading north to compete in AVNSC, good luck up north.

Thank you

I would just like to say a personal thank you to the committee of the CEDCGB for the lovely flowers and thank you card after the seminar. It was hard work but I am just glad after reading all the feedback that everyone who attended learnt something and went away with a better understanding of the breed. It was a very enjoyable event and I would hope that we can offer something in the future for our members and enthusiasts. if you have any ideas of suggestions please get in touch. The weather really is proving to be a pain at the moment. We have had so much in such a short time and its affecting so many of the events and shows. This weekend was the East Of England Championship Show and wash out is not the word. Luckily the car park is mostly hard standing so for us getting three clean, white dogs into the show ground wasn't too much of a challenge. It was finding space ringside that proved a bit of a problem. There was quite a lot of tension with wet dogs, cages and general showing paraphernalia. For some it seemed the dogs were far more relaxed with the crowded conditions than some of the owners! AVNSC Working was being judged by Kevin Young and a range of dogs with four CED's, Tibetan Mastiffs, German Pinschers and Giant Schnauzers. Its quite nice at times to be in the NSC classes, you get to see a wide range of dogs and I find the owners to be a really nice group of people who are keen to tell you about their breed and be both complimentary and congratulatory. The CED's today were three of the Akna pack, Napu (entered into puppy), Kara (entered into Post Grad) and Aurora (entered into Open) East Of England being her first ever show. Plus Rufus into Open. Napu was a little uneasy with the clapping and cheering from the GSD ring nextdoor and the tannoy. But with this aside he was happy for the judge to go over him and moved so well. This won him his class and Best AVNSC Puppy. Kara was a dream as always, moved beautifully and stood stock still for her cheese. She took first in her class, Best Bitch and Best Opposite Sex to the Schnauzer who went on to win the Working Group. Aurora was the only one in her class and moved around the ring like a gazelle, happy she was a little too happy but stood for the judges inspection and has her Crufts qualification. Rufus was also a little happy in the ring today and thus took a second in his class and took Reserve Best Dog. It was nice to see so many CED's together and they all complimented each other at ringside and behaved impeccably I must say. It was nice to see people interested in our breed again and some familiar faces were around during judging to show support or to come and say hello. Next weekend will see seven CED's at National Working and Pastoral Breeds so good luck to everyone who has entered the show.

Seminar success

Well last week was exhausting but amazing all at the same time. Tuesday I travelled down to Heathrow to pick up Matty McNair who was going to be guest speaker at the CEDCGB Breed seminar. With all prep work ready for Wednesday we set off to the venue slightly early so I could get the dogs settled. Several other people arrived early too and had brought along different working spitz breeds for after the seminar. Once everyone arrived Carol Atherton and I thanked everyone for attending and got underway. Matty gave a fun filled presentation with some amazing pictures in her slide show which was well received. We broke for a lovely buffet lunch which gave people a chance to talk as there were a few faces there from the past. Bill Robins who used to own CED's many years ago joined us and told me stories about the dogs he remembered back in the 1990's. Getting back to business we handed over to Christina Chapman who I must say not only made several of us look like complete idiots was a comedienne whilst delivering a very informative and breed specific Movement and Conformation in the working dog presentation. Christina had clearly taken a lot of time in looking into our breed and at such short notice I would like to thank her both personally and on behalf of the CEDCGB. To finish off the day I had permission from Costa Botes, a New Zealand film director to show a documentary that has not yet gone to production, The Last Dogs Of Winter. It is a controversial documentary about the kennel of Canadian Eskimo Dogs in Churchill, Canada owned by Brian Ladoon. It showed the dogs interacting with wild Polar Bears, purely kept as a breeding program as the dogs are no longer used as working sled dogs. However it gave great insight to the true plight of our breed, the tough characters that they are in order to survive and some great images of the CED in its true raw state. The day was a great success. Thursday seemed to arrive too quickly and I took Matty back to Heathrow to fly back to Canada and then drove on to Windor Dog Show. I had two dogs entered into the show and the Salters had brought their boy Rufus and also the Smiths had brought Kaiser too. There were several dogs in the AVNSC Working and Pastoral class. Rufus took a First in Open Dog and Best Of Breed, Kaiser got a first place but is quite new to showing so was a little too happy and bounced around the ring on the move but none the less behaved impeccably. Kara got her first in Post Grad Bitch. Napu was a star and Frank Kane was very thorough with him. Poo didnt mind at all as he can sometimes be a little nervous of strange men but moved well and got a second in Puppy Dog. The temperatures were unreal and soared well into the late 20's and possibly early 30's! While we had heat waves the rest of the country seemed to be struck by storms and even a tornado which brought hail stones up to 5cm back home in Leicester. A fantastic day had by all so a big well done to the exhibtors. I would also like to say on behalf of the CEDCGB a very big thank you to everyone that attended our breed club seminar, we hope you all went away with a new knowledge and understanding of our very special breed. Many of you asked about club membership and judges applications. If you could drop us an email with your request it will be passed onto our club secretary for their attention. Our website has been updated with some new gallery pictures as well as a bit of breed history with the last 10 years of CED's at Crufts whom have taken Best Of Breed. We have also put a video on our links page sent from the Kennel Club titled "Dont cook your dog!" please take the time to watch the video. With recent hot weather and reading many stories of dogs dying in hot cars it would be a couple of minutes of your time to think about stopping this happening to your dogs. 

Seminar updates & debut for Kai

The Canadian Eskimo Dog Club Breed seminar bookings are almost full, so if you are interested in attending please drop an email or a call to the contact details below to avoid disappointment. The Akna "North" litter are all doing well with their new homes. All are growing well and settled in. Now just over 10 weeks old now, those little balls of fluff are running around causing havoc! All reported to be sleeping through the night, eating well and intergrating with their new packs. Its so nice hearing about them. Aurora has finally dried up her milk and hopefully looks set to be putting on weight nicely too. Maple and Star are both with the Akna pack and are fitting in well. Puppy training starts this week, should be fun. I wonder what they will make of all the naughty dogs at class? Sunday was an exciting day as Southampton and Distric Canine Association had their show and Shepherdsway Chestnut @ Akna aka Kai owned by Mr and Mrs Smith and Ms Bailey had his debut. it was the first ever show he has been to and he has been attending ring craft and coming along really well. Sitting by the phone in anticipation they ended up getting a first place in Post Graduate AVNSC Working. The judge has no problem going over him and was told he moved lovely. A big well done to them and a big head scrub for Kai for being such a good boy. Flick couldnt go into the show to support but decided that staying asleep in the car would be a better option! At the same time Sarah from Chillipaws has taken Billie down to the beach for the first time. She has paddled in the rock pools, eaten some seaweed and had an ice cream. Hard life being a puppy.

Boston & Seminar

Boston Premier evening show was so busy, i was surprised to see so many people and dogs. We found our ring and chatted to a some people from the racing circuit that were also showing. I also bumped into Ray who is such a lovely man. Ray Morland whom i brushed up my adult handling skills with a few years ago is part of the show. He came to say hello and i introduced Napu to him who he thought was lovely. Poo wasnt bothered by Ray at all even though he is well over 6ft tall and sporting a bright "tango" orange shirt. This wasnt to be the same in the ring, Poo wasnt happy with the judge and although stood and moved spot on wouldnt let the judge touch him. Got some work to do with him as he is such a friendly boy once he gets to know people. This weather certainly is more for ducks rather than dogs! With Wednesday spent bathing and blasting Napu for his show at Three Counties it possibley would of been better to shampoo him in the car park prior to the show. It rained from the minute we left Leicester right the way through the day. Once inside it was quite slippy but we got settled and chatted to some lovely people who all had dogs smaller than his head. It was Working and Toy and the class we had entered was AVNSC of the two. The judge was a lady so Poo could relax in the ring. In our class only two dogs and poo got second. I was a little disappointed as he was such a good boy and moved so well but she clearly was a Toy breed judge and even the Bouvier never got a look in. Well thats another dog ticked off the crufts Qualification list. We still have some work to do with regards to this "man" thing as the stakes class judge had the same effect on him. I cant seem to pinpoint quite what it is other than hesitation by the judges but at least he doesnt grumble or snap so i am happy about that. In fact Poo never is a grumpy boy. His harness training is still ongoing and he is doing so well. After Three Counties we encountered a long drive to Scotland, arriving very late at night and bedding down near to Edinburgh airport, (right under the landing flight path!) The trip was to friends and to get the new rig carrier fitted to the back of the van and to collect a passenger rig. With a couple of test runs around a local forest it was a done deal. This will enable me to run more dogs on trails that do not allow the use of the quad which has become an invaluable training tool since getting the extra dogs. Aurora (Arcticice Qimmiq Anana @ Akna) also had a run out with the bigger team and this time was right on the ball even running out lead next to an experienced dog. She is such a happy girl when she runs and has taken to harness work like a duck to water. Here at Akna we excitedly opened the Kennel Club envelope last week that contained her KC papers. Its very exciting as the breeder in Canada had her up for sale for a while and then was supposed to be sending her to the UK but for whatever reason it all fell through. Luckily everything went to plan for us and now we await the registrations for her kids and getting all the little guys and Aurora qualified for Crufts too. Another exciting happening is the Canadian Eskimo Dog breed seminar being held on June 27th. Matty McNair an explorer and polar guide is giving a presentation, Christina Chapman will be discussing the conformation and movement in the working dog and we have a very interesting article being sent across from Canada from Genevieve Montcombroux who has been involved with the breed for several decades. There will be several dogs there and confirmed judges from working backgrounds as well as those who have judged the breed before or maybe doing so in the future. if you are interested in coming along to the seminar please contact Racheal Bailey (Akna) via or telephone 07921136975 places are limited at this event.

Running, training and exciting news :-)

Well i hope everyone is enjoying the weather and the dogs are all coping. At Akna rig/quad training the dogs has been put a hold somewhat. Temperature and humidty have been high so  walking of the dogs has been very early or very late in the day! We managed to get to Sherwood Forest before 6am last weekend, so everyone got a run. The forest was all ours, apart from some deer and the odd squirrel. Aurora did her first 2 mile trail on the rig with my oldest dog and was happy girlie. Pine cone alley was fun as im sure every pine cone needed a smack with a paw to send it flying down the trail. Back at home paddling pools full of water have been greatly appreciated either for drinking from or playing in, pesky eskys certainly love water. The puppies are nearly 8 weeks old now and have been having a ball outside and with this good weather toilet training has been a breeze. They will all be heading off to their new homes this week/weekend. Sarah from Chillipaws is adding another little girl to her pack. There are a couple of them going to first time CED homes which is very exciting. People which have been working and showing their current sled dogs for many years, its nice to involve some new people into our wonderful breed. I have added to my pack a grey female who I have called Maple and Star is staying for a short while. Star is set to go to New York early August to begin her new life with a show kennel and hopefully to be an ambassador there; as her new owner has done lots of work with several of the kennel club organisations. There are some upcoming shows that some of the CED's will be at. Windsor, East Of England, Boston and Three Counties spring to mind. So come along and see us. There may be a breed seminar coming up in late June, just got a few things to confirm but we will list the info here if we go ahead. It should be quite exciting as Matty McNair, a polar guide and explorer is coming over to the UK for a few days to spend sometime with us here at Akna. I think she is excited to be coming here to see the dogs as we are to have her.

Lots of shows!

Wow what a fantastic weekend for Canadian Eskimo Dogs. On Saturday 19th May, Judge Ray McDonald at Wickford, Basildon and District Canine Society Open Show gave Rufus (Shepherdsway Jack Frost) a 5th place in AVNSC Working Open Class. While on the same day Judge Eddie Webster at Loughborough and District Canine Society Open Show saw Poo's (Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna's) first outing into the show ring and took a third place in AVNSC Puppy Class. He was very good and stood well for the judge and moved very well. It was a little daunting due to the bad weather we had been moved inside so the rings were smaller but it was quite cool. In AVNSC Post Graduate Kara (Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna) took a fourth. The following day at Coventry and District Kennel Association Open Show AVNSC Working started with Napu getting a third place again. Judge Dave Parish gave him several chances but today he just wouldnt stand for him to go over him. Although he commented on his movement he placed him last in the class which was fair enough, such a shame after yesterdays confidence. However the star of the show shone brightly today. Kara took a first place in AVNSC Working Open and then went on to take Best AVNSC Working. He really liked her and she seemed to like him, she wagged and moved like a dream. So it was wait for the Working Group, also judged by Dave Parish. It wasnt long before it was called and all the Working Group Dogs entered into the ring with Kara being held back till last in. What a line up it was but again Kara did her best and took it all in her stride with little woo woo's as she trotted around the ring for her final movement of the day. You can imagine the shock being pulled out in the short list of four and then being given the Working Group Two! This is the highest group placing for an Adult Canadian Eskimo and what a proud moment. I left the ring so happy with tears and smiles. It was lovely that people outside the ring were also chuffed to see a CED get such a placing. Kara has just come on in leaps and bounds and is such a good girl. Thank you to Dave Parish for being so patient and for thinking so highly of our girl.

National Dog Show & Puppies

What a fantastic weekend at the National Dog Show. It was a good turn out with 6 CED’s present and a couple of the dogs we haven’t seen around the show rings for a while. It was a nice atmosphere and the dogs did very well inbetween rain showers and wind! A big well done to Rufus taking Best of Breed again and to Kim for qualifying her two entrants for Crufts so early in the year. Kara did really well by winning Bitch and taking Best Bitch. A proud moment everytime, she does so well and for a rehome dog with zero background on showing or working its wonderful to see. There was quite an interest in the dogs, what with the new litter well and truly on the ground and with the prospective new owners coming to ringside to take a look its proving to be quite exciting for everyone. I must say i would like to thank the judge Jeff Luscott for his time. Not only did he take his time with each dog and go over them gently, he also explained his reasoning for placings and some bits of advice on various things. His judging and conversation was well received. As for puppies well growing well coming up to six weeks old now and eating, playing and sleeping hard. The beginning of June will see the youngsters going to their new homes with six of the little gang staying here in the UK and one pup travelling over to the USA. It will be nice to see some new pups at the shows and hopefully more dogs at Crufts 2013. There are six more shows this year with classes for us, check out the website to check out where we will be over the coming months.

Good News

Well its been a hectic couple of weeks at Akna HQ since the new CED litter arrived but they are doing very well. Meals of warmed goats milk are gladly welcomed, howling at 4am is however not! They are very active and happy little things and their colours are really amazing and have changed since they were first born. The litter have met their prospective new parents and I am very pleased that they will hopefully be all training through the summer ready for shows and harnesses later in 2012. More exciting news is that Racheal's imported CED boy known as "Poo" has now received his registration and Napu Of Northwinds @ Akna (as he is now officially known) will be out and about at shows through the summer. Akna's other import (mother to the puppies) Arcticice Qimmiq Anana @ Akna's registration paperwork has arrived from the CKC so more great news for the CED's here in the UK. There are quite a few excited new and old CED owners to say the least. Keep an eye out in the show rings over the summer for the new dogs. With shows in mind there are a few shows with CED classes, very exciting "The Nordic Show" scheduled for Nov 24th 2012 at Connexions, Coventry has kindly for the first time included us at their show. If you have any details of any shows that might be interested in putting on classes please contact Carol Atherton, Email:

Puppies have arrived in the UK

On Friday 6th April a very special event took place. A litter of seven CED puppies was born in the UK. The first litter from outside lines and not from Shepherdsway dogs. The one boy and six girls will now open up the gene pool here for the first time since Ann Allen, Walt and Kath Howarth brought the CED's here in the late 1990's. Born at Akna Kennels to an imported Canadian Female the puppies all have a great future ahead of them. Six of the puppies will be staying in the UK and are all going to working/show homes however one of the magnificent seven will be heading to the USA to a show kennel alongside some other CED's from Canada to be ambassadors there.

Race Season over and AGM

Well thats it for the race season now, it all ended for the Akna dogs with a trip to Pembrey Forest on the coast of Wales. Racheal Bailey took a second place with her two sisters Angel and Siku and Anne Sharman ran the third team dog Kara in the scooter class to bring back a well deserved third place. After the racing the temperatures soared to 16c so all the dogs went on a well deserved trip to the beach. With miles and miles of open sand and sea the dogs pretty much had it all to themselves and had the chance to run and swim in the sea. it was wonderful to see all the dogs playing and some fantastic pictures were taken. We will upload some of shots to the CEDGB website gallery soon. Akna are still patiently awaiting the arrival of their first litter of CED's. After a successful trip over Canada and then to Heathrow "Aurora" a stunning white female CED made it safely to the UK with her special cargo. Her pregnancy was confirmed by scan 3 weeks ago and she is due any day now. This is a very exciting time for everyone involved as the sire of the puppies is a completely unrelated dog to the dogs currently in the UK so this will open the gene pool up even more so. All the puppies are expected to go to homes where they will be worked and shown so expect to see quite a few puppies around the show's and rallies during 2012/2013. The Canadian Eskimo Dog Club of Great Britain will be holding their AGM in May. The venue is at Carol and Simon Athertons home Anchor Farm Cottage, Woods Lane, Little Ellingham, Norfolk, NR17 1JZ. Just in case you need more directions or information you can call Carol direct on 01953451519. The meeting will open on Sat 5th May at 11am. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Crufts & Membership

Well what a fantastic week at Crufts for the CED. A big thank you to everyone who helped and offered to do so, its great to have the support of people with and without the dogs. Racheal Bailey and Lizzie Salter arrived on Thursday to kick off with the dogs on the Discover Dogs stand. Angel and Rufus (litter sister and brother) were meeting people through the day. Friday was Stu and Siku on the stand. Although Stu doesn't own a CED he attends many race type events with his own dog and thoroughly enjoyed talking to people about the dogs and the outdoor activities that can be taken in part in. Saturday was the big day for everyone, arriving not only to provide dogs on the DD stand but to show our qualified dogs too. Sarah Heyes girl Sinopa and one of Racheal's new Canadian import dogs manned the stand. It was a big experience for Napu who is only 8 months old but he attracted a lot of attention, although Sinopa who loves people made she sure she was well in with all the visitors! Down on the benches it was a great turn out. Every dog entered turned up which was fantastic. The whole Wookie and Polar litter were at Crufts. Rufus, Orlaigh, Angel, Siku, Kezzie and Sinopa. The results between these guys were so close with Rufus taking Best of Breed, Orlaigh taking Reserve Best Of Breed and Siku taking Reserve Best Bitch. The Reserve dog place went to Dakota also a Wookie puppy. It was nice to catch up with everyone and see how the dogs have changed and grown. A really nice example was Sugar (Shepherdsway Snowdrop), she currently stays with Becky and Dai and she has come on really well and has blossomed into a lovely young girl. The highlight of comedy was Jude and her tights. I think that brought a smile to everyone's face as she struggled with them staying up! We also had a lot of visitors down to the benches both old and new faces. A big thank you to everyone who came to support us, with folk travelling from all corners of England, Scotland and Wales. Crufts also gave the CEDCGB committee time to catch up. Its been a while since many of us have had the chance with the Atherton's having their new addition Romilly born in January, the Gow's being right up in Scotland and pretty much everyone else busy with work, dogs or life. We would like to ask all existing and new members for any photo's, info, results and stories to include on the website and within the newsletter.

February's been a busy month

February has been lots of training & rallies plus training for Crufts too. A combination of ringcraft during the week to trim the dogs up & the handlers for handling the dogs in the ring. The dogs are so universal one minute trotting nicely along in training to pulling a harness & rig through the forest. There are 11 CED's entered for Crufts in March. There are also dogs on the Discover Dogs stand. We missed Earls Court this year but will be back there in November, great place to meet the CED up close & personal. Good luck to everyone that's entered. The BSHRA has continued to put on some fantastic rallies within the Thetford Forest. Some very close finishes between Racheal & Simon. But the overall season finished with Racheal & her three little girls taking first place DF Championship & Simon Atherton & Noah second. Big well done guys. 

Back from Scotland!

A big well done to Team Akna, Team Khakassia and Team Chillipaws on their success at the Arden range and SHCGB 29th Aviemore Sled dog event in Scotland. On the Friday morning the Weight Pull event saw Akna sisters Angel and Siku finish second and third in the 41-60lb class. At the weekend rally in the C2 class Racheal, Hendrix, Angel, Siku and Kara finished in fourth place, also taking the highest placed combined weight pull and rally trophy "The Lunar Cup". In the E2 class with some outstanding competition and finishes saw Sarah in third running Marley, Usher and Sinopa taking home the "Tamischka" trophy along with the highest placed mother and furthest travelled. Holding off stiff competition in fourth place Cheryl with Dakota, Luna and Lilly. E2 was a very competitive class this year with some great teams and day one of the event saw cold winds, sleet and snow storms and a trail with the consistency of a slush puppy! Monday was the SHCGB eye clinc and we are pleased to say that the Akna dogs tested were all clear. Angel, Siku and Akna's new edition "Poo" were all very well behaved. Napu, affectionately known as Poo is Akna's new male CED. This was his first Aviemore and it didnt phase him at all and he loved every minute of the cold and snowy weather. Tuesday was the SHCGB Trek and the dogs were brilliant. Several CED's took off in their group teams and covered the 10 or so miles with ease. Their were some technical issues such as Team Scotland snapping a rig frame and a head stock and Team Akna bent the side of their rig on the goat trail boulders but everyone got back in one piece and the Akna/Chillipaws dogs loved it and romped in little affected by the trail. Another big well done goes to the Casiat humans Carol and Simon Atherton and the birth of their not so little girl Romilly Elise, weighing in at 10lb 1oz! Big congrats from everyone a new musher is born. 

CED Updates

Hi all hope you had a wonderful start to the year.  The weather has been quite warm after the recent days so Sherwood SHCGB rally was hard going for Team Akna. Angel, Siku and Kara worked their furry butts off to bring home a beautiful 1st place shield. Day one was not too bad with a cold wind but Day two was very warm and on leaving the start line the sun was shining. Its a good training run pre Aviemore so more training will ensue. Crufts entries close soon but up to now there are several CED's entered and on the Discover Dogs stand. So if you are interested in CED's or would like some information please come and find us at Crufts Working Day on Saturday 10th March, where you will see the breed in the show ring. For all other days there will be dogs on the Discover Dogs stand and plenty of information will be available. I hope to keep you all updated from Aviemore this year as several teams from around the country will be competing their Eskimo Dogs against other breeds in the SHCGB Arden Grange Sled Dog Rally in Scotland. There will be at least 9 dogs taking part in the Weight Pull, Rally and Trek and we will bring you some video footage and pictures from the events too.

(Picture Courtesy of Mark Wyard)

CED Christmas fun

Can I just start by saying I hope everyone has had a wonderful christmas. The CED folk have been out and about in all weathers and from one extreme to the other! The Scottish gang "Khakassia" have been lucky enough to get out on the snow (well at least one day of their event!) in Scotland. The SDAS Darnaway rally was a rig event on the Saturday and Mike Gow ran three of their Eskimo's for a first place and then with Sundays race cancelled they went out on sled's just for fun.

Send some south guys will you? 

Also with Livingstone Canine Society Open Show kindly putting CED classes on they took the team along there too. The final pick was 1st place to Shepherdsway The Big Chill, 2nd Shepherdsway The Little Chill and in 3rd Shepherdsway Raven. I think a few handlers were borrowed and all did very well. Well done guys. In the middle of England there hasn't been any shows or rallies attended so Team Akna have just been out training regularly, keeping up fitness ready for their next event which is SHCGB Sherwood in January. 

Down in the south however, AMWA organised a trek over Salisbury Plain. There was only two CED's taking part but judging from the pictures it was a very wet and muddy affair.

(Photo courtesy of Mark Squires)

Hopefully next year there will some more Peskimo's out and about at shows, rallies, weight pull and trek's plus some other events to keep an eye out for such as Discover Dogs at Crufts in March and hopefully for the first time at the Nordic Show, purely for all sled/spitz type dogs. 2012 looks like its going to an exciting and interesting year for Canadian Eskimo Dogs. 

Wishing you all a very Happy 2012 whatever you may be doing.

Christmas Greetings!

"A Very Merry Christmas & Prosperous New Year From The Canadian Eskimo Dog Club Of Great Britain".

Wind, rain.......sigh!

Well this last week has been wet, windy and cold for most of us! This has not stopped those of us with CED's getting out other than the Scottish gang who suffered with very high winds and issued with travel warnings. Michael posted some pictures on facebook while at work and with winds well into 150 miles an hour at times its hardly surprising the damage sustained in the north was bad for some. The Owen's Pembury Open rally was cancelled, a real disappointment so the Akna Pack met up with the "Coldfeet" siberian huskies gang and went to Sherwood Forest training instead which was a great run. Down in the south the Chillipaw's gang have been training ready for Aviemore in January 2012, running their E2 class team together which is going well and keeping Hendrix (Shepherdsway Apache) nice and trim ready for his run with Racheal and her team of girls for their C2 class entry. Sarah has been informed that if it is a sled rally she will be a passenger with Racheal as she thinks its funny running four dogs on a sled! The running lists for the SHCGB Aviemore rally are up on their bulletin board this week and there are lots of entries, especially in the freight classes. The event also has weight pull and a trek which will see more CED's taking part in too! Racheal's two girls Angel (Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel) and Siku (Shepherdsway Cinders) are both entered into the weight pull at Aviemore and will also be going to AMCUK's next weight pull event next weekend to get a bit of practice in before January. Also entered in the weight pull event in January is one of the Khakassia dogs plus the trek will see Racheal's four dog team taking part, Sarah Heyes with Sinopa in her team and we believe the Khakassia dogs will also be taking part. It seems there will be lots of CED's at Aviemore next year. How exciting! The CED website could do with some more pictures of all your CED's so please email us with some. 

Another great weekend!

Another fantastic weekend for the CED with some fab results. SHCGB Rally at Elveden Forest, Norfolk. Simon & Carol Atherton's Noah (Shepherdsway Snow Ghost of Casiat) was the sole CED runner this weekend, running with his Mally big brother Xabi (Shepherdsway Black Label) of Casiat). Saturday was very warm and humid with temperatures reaching 15 degrees at times and whilst it dropped to around 12 degrees at race time it was a tough stage. As well as the heat the overnight rain had made the trail heavy in places and throughout the 3.4 miles there were a couple of deceptive little slopes. In just his second competitive 2-dog outing Noah found it a little tough and was reluctant to run on. However the conditions were the same for all and overnight 2nd place out of 7 overall wasn't bad. Sunday was at least 5 degrees cooler and much more favourable. Noah also found reverse seeding to his liking and was running much more confidently overtaking 4 teams ahead of him meaning the 2nd place stayed in the bag. The times reflected this and the boys were over a minute and a half quicker than Saturday. More importantly they were the quickest 'all freight team' only being beaten by a mixed Sibe team. The tricky conditions were a good experience and judging by the quiteness in the kitchen a real test for Noah. He will be out again in a fortnight at the BSHRA Kings Forest event. At the same time at Sherwood Forest, Racheal Bailey and the Akna Peskimo's were running the three dog team class DF at the ABSA Championship Sherwood event. A brilliant run on the sunday took them into a clear lead sitting first place with some great overtaking with Lisa Morts home bred mally team. This is easy for the girls as they overtake like a dream but was a great experience for the other young team. Day two was colder and not quite so windy as the previous day but with a first out in the class Angel, Siku and Kara just took off and stormed home with well over a minute ahead of second place. Kara had also taken the initiative at the mushers meeting to slip her collar and trot up to find out where mum was, what time we were out and have a quick look at the trail map! This tactic clearly worked as Kara was brilliant working well in the team and even trying to catch the two lead girls on the grass straight. The Scottish Peskimo's were not out this weekend partly due to Luna having picked a bug up and needing some well earned R and R. A great time had by all yet again. Click on the You Tube video link below to see some footage from Sherwood.


Its been great fun training over the last week as the weather has gotten colder of an evening. The Akna Peskimo's Angel, Siku and Kara have been loving the colder weather and even though they are coming into season it hasnt affected them running at all. Proof of this was at the AMWA Forest Of Dean event where they stormed round to a first place on the 3.4 mile trail in a second over 19 mins on the saturday and were over a minute quicker on day two of the event running in a fan hitch, (even with the loose pug dog attached to Siku's neck and a rather impromptu squirrel moment!) Even so the girls were impeccable on their turns and behaviour. Joining the event was Mr and Mrs Heyes with Team Chillipaws dog's Sinopa running with their malamute Marley bringing a second place for Sarah. Stephen (Mr Chillipaws) Heyes had his first event and had opted for scooter class with Hendrix. This too was his first event and although day one went ok and left them sitting in eighth place sunday was slightly more eventful for all the wrong reasons! The trail was a fast and hard mile with a downhill hairpin bend that Hendrix took very fast, however the co-pilot didnt manage to quite navigate the turn and from eye witness accounts (thank you keith Martin for the heads up shame you didnt get any photo's) Stephen flew through the air at great speed, hit the bank and then the floor while the scooter and Hendrix were heading to the finish line at speed with shouts of "Hendrix, come on mummy got your dinner!". All was ok with Hendrix, the scooter needed a little tlc and Stephen was given lots of sympathy from all of us. It has now been decided that scootering is for mental people and a new rig needs to be bought so that Mr Heyes can compete safely in future. He still maintained his eighth place out of i believe 15 entries so still a good result. Well done to all this weekend. The Akna Pack have their local event coming up at Sherwood Forest so fingers crossed for them and the Casiat Crew who are racing at Elvedon.

Running all over

Well into November now and lots of us are wishing the cold weather would make its mind up! Never the less CED's have been busy all over the UK yet again. Team Scotland have been busy racing. Michael Gow took first at Tentsmuir with all the Khakassia Eskimo dogs competing in the four dog freight class and Dakota (Shepherdsway The Big Chill) is back on the team now all the girls have sorted their seasons out. Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk and BSHRA had their first event of their calendar and also another piece of history with them now offering a DF class not just only for CED's but Greenlands and Samoeyd's too! Although only the CED's took part and an honory malamute to make up Team Casiat, everyone was well received and the dogs loved the fast, grassy trails. This was also a first for so many CED's to be present at a BSHRA event. Angel and Siku ran lead followed by rehome Kara in wheel to bring Akna first place each day, Sinopa (Shepherdsway Red Panda) and Hendrix (Shepherdsway Apache) stormed the trails with Mrs Heyes and Casiat's Simon Atherton running with his two dog team Noah and a mally on the Sunday. Hendrix's first rally went really well and Noah (Shepherdsway Snow Ghost) met a new peskimo friend to play with. A really positive event down south but great results from everyone. Over in Germany, Hollands Pameiyut Kennel were off on training trails with a seven dog team of Alaskan Malamutes and Kitu the CED. Bert-Jan has started doing his long distance training ready for longer trips planned in 2012. Watch for gallery updates as we collect some pictures in.


Well a busy couple of weeks what with races, show's and training, phewww! Check out the Working results page for updates from Team Akna, Casiat and Khakassia. The Akna Pack had a trip down to Haldon Forest, Exeter to visit Sarah and the Chillipaws gang. It was another great opportunity to get all the dogs out for some distance training on the quads plus for Racheal to try out her Aviemore team for 2012. It was a fantastic weekend and some amazing trails. The Athertons were in Thetford a couple of weekends ago at the AMWA rally and Noah ran his first rally with his malamute team mates. David Salter took a win at Thruxton, ABSA running with Rufus (Shepherdsway Jack Frost) and a malamute plus Team Mr and Mrs Khakassia were blazing the trails in Scotland pulling a first each with their four dog team! Becky and Dai Lewis now officially "Steelpaw" had some mixed news this week. Their CED "Noodle" (Shepherdsway Golden Kiss) eventually had her puppy, a little girl. Both mum and little 'un are doing well after being with the vet to deliver her but im assured both are doing well and Steelpaw now have a new addition to their pack. This weekend see's Team Chillipaws heading north to compete alongside Team Akna at BSHRA's Rendlesham rally and the scottish clan are racing too. More updates and blog soon. Well done everyone and keep up the good work.

Racheal Bailey with CED's Siku (Left lead), Kara (Left team) and Angel (Right team).
Haldon Forest, Exeter. Taken by J Lunn.

CED Bark

Hello everyone and welcome to the Canadian Eskimo Dog Bark. This is a blog that will keep you up to date with all sorts of things CED. Show's, races, results, events and general info. Sat 5th November Racheal Bailey ran two of her CED team, Siku and Angel (Shepherdsway Cinders @ Akna & Shepherdsway Eskimo Angel @ Akna) at Delamere Forest, SHCGB rally. In the D2 class set out in 6th place overtaking all in front to take a 1st place over 3.5 miles in just over 18 minutes. While at the same time in Scotland.....a little piece of history was made at the Working and Pastoral Breeds Association of Scotland show. Only two Canadian Eskimo Dogs travelled the 974 mile round trip to Edinburgh. Shepherdsway Jack Frost and Shepherdsway Snow Showers Over Akna (owned by Mrs Salter and Ms Bailey and both bred by Mrs Allen) were entered into AVNSC Working, which was one of the last classes to be judged by Richard Kinsey at 5.30pm, barely making the Working Group judging! Shepherdsway Jack Frost owned by Mrs Salter but handled by her husband David proudly entered the Working Group line up judged by Christina Chapman. After going over all the dogs she short listed her group and to our surprise picked out the CED. Although he didnt make the group placing, everyone was thrilled to have gotten so far. This is the first time since Canadian Eskimo Dogs were accepted as a breed here that one has ever been short listed to the Working Group at a Championship show, a proud day for all of us with Canadian Eskimo Dogs.

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