From Puss To Gully

The Bull Terrier breed doesn’t start and stop in the show ring, indeed the bulk of the breed fanatics are pet owners who have no real interest in matters show related. However, one subject does tend to be of great interest to all owners and enthusiasts alike … breed history … where exactly do Bull Terriers originate?

If that is a topic that you’d like to look into then you’re in luck, because a new book published very recently covers that very question and looks at the origins of the breed and its early years, those very first dogs that were the descendants of every Bull Terrier we have seen since.

Titled ‘The Definitive Bull Terrier – From Puss To Gully’ – the book is written by Frank Dyson of the Tawnbarr kennel, and being the owner of a copy myself I can state it is a fascinating and comprehensive look at the breeds formative years and very well worth a read for anyone who has any interest in Bull Terriers.

For further details click on the link below…

‘The Definitive Bull Terrier – From Puss To Gully’

Bull Terrier Show Dates – November & December 2016

The International Weekend is now firmly established as one of the main events on the Bull Terrier calendar and as usual it is to take place during November over in Holland, hosted of course by the Netherlands Bull Terrier Club. It is not however the only event for breed followers to digest in the coming weeks as there are several remaining UK Club Shows to take in as well.

Here follows what is due to take place before the end of this year (including the lone December Show), dates and details are correct at time of writing – as checked against the likes of the K.C. website and various Show Schedules – but they are not set in stone, please double-check prior to any travelling.

November 6th, 2016
North East Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Bowburn Community Centre, Durham, DH6 5AT
Judge: Mr K. Ramshaw
Enquiries: Mrs S. Wheatley
Tel: 01670 813522
E-Mail: bulterzar@btinternet.com

November 20th, 2016
Coloured Bull Terrier Club
Open & Trophy Show
Pilsey Village Hall, Chesterfield, S45 8HU
Judge: Mr B. Smalley
Enquiries: Mrs M. Marsden
Tel: 01773 678252
E-Mail: richmarbt@gmail.com

November 27th, 2016
Bull Terrier Club Of Wales
Open Show
Mount Pleasant Hall, Pontnewydd, NP44 1AN
Judge: Mrs J. Grant
Enquiries: Mrs A. Probert
Tel: 01685 814539
E-Mail: annekeprobert@yahoo.co.uk

November 27th, 2016
East Anglian Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Little Gransden Village Hall, 7-11 Primrose Hill, Sandy, SG19 3DP
Judge: Ms M. O’Neill
Enquiries: Mr A. Bland
Tel: 01223 873227
E-Mail: alex_bland@btinternet.com

December 4th, 2016
Notts & Derby District Bull Terrier Club
Championship Show
Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre, NG10 5AE
Judge: Mrs E. Clark
Enquiries: Mrs S. Hackett
Tel: 01543 277305
E-Mail: sharonhackett@btinternet.com

Bull Terrier Show Dates – October 2016

Bull Terrier show-goers in the UK have a very busy month coming up with outings coming thick and fast, and they are spaced out fairly well with many enthusiasts being within reasonable distance of at least one of them. Hopefully the heavy schedule doesn’t have a negative impact on the entries…

As usual it would be wise to double-check these details prior to any travelling as I’m very capable of getting things wrong from time to time. Pay particular attention to the Scottish Bull Terrier Club Open Show at the end of the month as there are few details of it on the various websites I usually get my information from.

October 1st, 2016
Driffield Agricultural Society
Championship Show
Wetherby Racecourse, LS22 5EJ
Judge: Mr F. Howarth
Enquiries: Mr M. Freeman
Tel: 01623 747006

October 2nd, 2016
Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre, NG10 5AE
Judge: Mr M. Chapman
Enquiries: Mrs E. Ball
Tel: 01274 495650
E-Mail: elaine3138@yahoo.com

October 8th, 2016
South Wales Kennel Association
Championship Show
The Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, LD2 3SY
Judge: Mrs G. Branch
Enquiries: Miss B. Croucher
Tel: 01792 470417
E-Mail: bridgetcroucher01@gmail.com

October 15th, 2016
South Eastern Counties Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Banstead Community Hall, Surrey, SM7 3AJ
Judge: Mr C. Dobbin
Enquiries: Mrs H. Bloom
Tel: 01442 383673
E-Mail: tessanova@hotmail.com

October 16th, 2016
Northern Provincial Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Betley Village Hall, Betley, Cheshire, CW3 9BH
Judge: Mrs C. Kilpatrick
Enquiries: Mrs M. Scott
Tel: 01925 762653
E-Mail: doonhammers2000@yahoo.com

October 23rd, 2016
West Of England Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Warmley Community Centre, Bristol, BS15 9JB
Judge: Ms J. Szewczyk
Enquiries: Mrs M. Hughes
Tel: 02920 791658
E-Mail: graymor@gmail.com

October 27th, 2016
Midland Counties Canine Society
Championship Show
Staffordshire County Showground
Judge: Mr K. Goodwin
Enquiries: Mr R. Price
Tel: 01745 890368
E-Mail: pricerodney1@gmail.com

October 30th, 2016
Scottish Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Venue not known to me at present.
Judge: Mrs D. Littlefair
Enquiries: Mrs E. Wilson
Tel: 07762 174176
E-Mail: ewilson6@toucansurf.com

Bull Terrier Show Dates – September 2016

A fairly busy month coming up for show goers, with events spaced out over quite a big area. Hopefully this means a good turnout of both exhibitors and spectators at each venue.

As ever I have checked the details against various sources, – Schedules, Kennel Club website and so on, – but these details are just as likely to change as they are any other month, so please double-check prior to any travelling…

September 3rd, 2016
City Of Birmingham
Championship Show
Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, CV8 2LZ
Judge: Mrs J. Ottewell
Enquiries: Mr D. Bell
Tel: 01299 405815
E-Mail: thecitydogshow@btinternet.com

September 11th, 2016
Bull Terrier Club Of Wales
Open Show
Mount Pleasant Hall, Pontnewydd, NP44 1AN
Judge: Mr J. Hodges
Enquiries: Mrs A. Probert
Tel: 01685 814539
E-Mail: annekeprobert@yahoo.co.uk

September 16th, 2016
Darlington Dog Show Society
Championship Show
Ripon Racecourse, HG4 1UG
Judge: Mrs L. McGregor
Enquiries: Mr D. Guy
Tel: 0191 5810381
E-Mail: darlingtondss@btinternet.com

September 25th, 2016
Yorkshire Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Grenoside Community Centre, Sheffield, S35 8PR
Judge: Mrs Y. Caprino
Enquiries: Mrs P. Dandridge
Tel: 01484 717588
E-Mail: raffles.patdandridge@blueyonder.co.uk

September 25th, 2016
Ulster Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Blue Circle Cruising & Sailing Club, Larne, BT40 3HT
Judge: Mrs C. Gray
Enquiries: Mr C. Dobbin
Tel: 02828 269697
E-Mail: debully@btinternet.com

Bull Terrier Show Dates – August 2016

Two big Championship Shows for breed enthusiasts to take in over the coming month of August, both unfortunately located in fairly far-flung parts of Britain and therefore quite a journey for many, but at the same time no doubt within reasonable distance for others. In both cases let’s hope they enjoy a healthy turn-out.

Dates and details are correct at the time of writing, as checked against various sources – but it is always very wise to double check just to make sure…

August 13th, 2016
Bournemouth Canine Association
Championship Show
Pikes Farm, Organford, BH16 6EU
Judge: Mr T. Probert
Enquiries: Miss K. Rotchell
Tel: 01258 857721
E-Mail: secretary@bournemouth-show.org.uk

August 20th, 2016
Welsh Kennel Club
Championship Show
Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, LD2 3SY
Judge: Mrs A. Newberry
Enquiries: Mr & Mrs Hill
Tel: 01446 792457
E-Mail: wkcsecretary@aol.com

Bull Terrier Show Dates – July 2016

Quite a good month geographically speaking for those exhibitors and spectators in the North, with a few events being within reasonable reach – but still quite a journey for the same folk to take in the biggest show of the coming month. Let’s just hope all events get a good entry no matter where and when they happen to be taking place…

Dates and details are correct at the time of writing – as checked against the KC website and show schedules etc – but details are never set in stone and should always be double-checked prior to any travelling.

July 3rd, 2016
Windsor Dog Show Society
Championship Show
Home Park, Windsor, SL4 6HX
Judge: Mr W. Lambert
Enquiries: Mrs I. Terry
Tel: 02088 505321

July 3rd, 2016
Scottish Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Gretna Social & Athletic Club, DG16 5AP
Judge: Mrs C. Stephens
Enquiries: Mrs E. Wilson
Tel: 07762 174176
E-Mail: ewilson6@toucansurf.com

July 24th, 2016
Northern Provincial Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Betley Village Hall, Crewe, CW3 9BH
Judge: Ms T. Backhouse
Enquiries: Mrs M. Scott
Tel: 01925 762653
E-Mail: doonhammers2000@yahoo.com

July 31st, 2016
Notts & Derby District Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Shirland Village Hall, Alfreton, DE55 6BB
Judge: Mr M. Thompson
Enquiries: Mrs S. Hackett
Tel: 01543 277305
E-Mail: sharonhackett@btinternet.com

Bull Terrier Show Dates – June 2016

A big month ahead for the breed in the show-ring, as indeed June tends to be every year. Below are details for what are usually considered the main events for exhibitors and spectators alike, and good to see a fairly even spread of locations around the country – so hopefully they will be well supported with decent entries.

As ever I’ve compiled this information from various sources and as far as I can see it is correct at the time of writing, but I’d advise to double-check beforehand because I’m more than capable of getting things wrong from time to time!

June 4th, 2016
Southern Counties Canine Association
Championship Show
Newbury Showground, Thatcham, RG18 9QZ
Judge: Mr B. Browne-Cole
Enquiries: Mrs A. Cavill
Tel: 01225 752551
E-Mail: scca@angelacavill.co.uk

June 10th, 2016
Three Counties Agricultural Society
Championship Show
Malvern Showground, WR13 6NW
Judge: Mr B. Blacker
Enquiries: Ms J. Lane
Tel: 01584 711094
E-Mail: lane@littlehereford.fsnet.co.uk

June 12th, 2016
West Of England Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Warmley Community Centre, Bristol, BS15 9JB
Judge: Mrs J. Peakin
Enquiries: Mrs M. Hughes
Tel: 02920 791658
E-Mail: graymor@gmail.com

June 18th, 2016
North East Bull Terrier Club
Championship Show
Bowburn Community Centre, Durham, DH6 5AT
Judge: Mr S. Parsons
Enquiries: Mrs S. Wheatley
Tel: 01670 813522
E-Mail: bulterzar@btinternet.com

June 24th, 2016
Blackpool & District Canine Society
Championship Show
Redwood Park, Inskip, PR4 0UA
Judge: Ms V. Hearne
Enquiries: Mr S. Hall
Tel: 01254 853526
E-Mail: secretary@blackpooldogshow.com

June 25th, 2016
South Eastern Counties Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Banstead Community Hall, Surrey, SM7 3AJ
Judge: Mr H. Konings
Enquiries: Mrs H. Bloom
Tel: 01442 383673
E-Mail: tessanova@hotmail.com

June 26th, 2016
Yorkshire Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Grenoside Community Centre, Sheffield, S35 8PR
Judge: Mr D. Catilina
Enquiries: Mrs P. Dandridge
Tel: 01484 717588
E-Mail: raffles.patdandridge@blueyonder.co.uk

Bull Terrier Show Dates – May 2016

You wouldn’t think we were heading towards the month of May with the ridiculous weather we’re having, warm sunshine one minute then Arctic snowstorms the next – but on second thoughts that’s what April and May are always like these days! But we are indeed days away from May and with it comes another raft of events for the Bull Terrier show-goer to take in.

As ever I’ve checked details against the Kennel Club website and Show Schedules etc, but it is always wise to double-check prior to any of the Shows in question. So here follows the details of the main Bull Terrier events of May 2016…

May 1st, 2016
Coloured Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Pilsey Village Hall, Chesterfield, S45 8HU
Judge: Mrs L. Grieves
Enquiries: Mrs T. Fletcher
Tel: 01246 853941
E-Mail: napierdogs@aol.com

May 8th, 2016
Birmingham Dog Show Society
Championship Show
Staffordshire County Showground
Judge: Mr A. Small
Enquiries: Mrs J. Griffiths
Tel: 01694 751326
E-Mail: karamynd@btinternet.com

May 15th, 2016
Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre, Derbyshire, NG10 5AE
Judge: Mr M. Chapman
Enquiries: Mrs E. Ball
Tel: 01274 495650
E-Mail: elaine3138@yahoo.com

May 22nd, 2016
Scottish Kennel Club
Championship Show
Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston, Edinburgh
Judge: Mr C. Mellor
Enquiries: Mrs E. Harrison
Tel: 01316 653920
E-Mail: beth@scottishkennelclub.org

May 29th, 2016
East Anglian Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Buckden Millenium Community Centre, PE19 5UY
Judge: Mrs L. Brailsford
Enquiries: Mr A. Bland
Tel: 01223 873227
E-Mail: alex_bland@btinternet.com

Bull Terrier Show Dates – April 2016

Where does the time go, it’s nearly April already! In the world of the Bull Terrier show enthusiast that usually means a fairly quiet month and this one is no different with just three main events to focus on. Those of you around the Midlands area are perhaps best placed for paying them a visit, but hopefully all three benefit from a good entry and turnout.

As ever double-check these details, I only ever print what I find from various sources (Show Schedules, Kennel Club Website, etc) and if they are wrong then obviously they will be here as well. Usually all the information on all the sources matches up, but occasionally they don’t – this month for example the KC website has the venue for the NDDBTC show as being a different one than stated in the Club’s own schedule for the show. I’ve listed here the details as found on the schedule as it clearly states it is a new venue, but as I say it is always wise to make absolutely sure when it comes to dates and venues…

April 2nd, 2016
National Terrier Club
Championship Show
Stafford County Showground, ST18 0BD
Judge: Mr S. Walker
Enquiries: Mr S. Plane
E-Mail: stuart.plane@virgin.net

April 10th, 2016
Northern Provincial Bull Terrier Club
Open Show
Betley Village Hall, Betley (Near Crewe), CW3 9BH
Judge: Mr P. Seward
Enquiries: Mrs M. Scott
Tel: 01925 762653
E-Mail: doonhammers2000@yahoo.com

April 24th, 2016
Notts & Derby District Bull Terrier Club
Limit Show
Shirland Village Hall, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 6BB
Judges: Mr D. Hackett & Mr S. Mathison
Enquiries: Mrs S. Hackett
Tel: 01543 277305
Mob: 07796 944335
E-Mail: sharonhackett@btinternet.com

Bull Terrier Monthly Website Changes

In the near future I’m planning to have a major career change and am about to embark on a new property developing business, – something that I’ve always wanted to do. As such I’m going to have a lot less time to devote to anything ‘Bull Terrier Monthly’ related and will be changing my routines accordingly.

Unfortunately it means that I’ll not be adding anything like the same amount of new content to the BTM site/s from this point onwards, maybe the odd piece here and there and the show dates and details, but otherwise not a great deal. I’m toying with the idea of creating one yearly eBook containing all the judging reports instead of all separate documents, as that would be easier and far less time consuming from my point, but I’ll have to see how things are – I’m not promising anything!

What I do plan however – and I can’t even begin to think when this will happen – is to revamp the website, the main change being that I’ll make ALL 120 of the Bull Terrier Monthly issues available for download at just a couple of Pounds or Dollars each, in addition to offering them all as one set on a CD as they are now. I may also look at offering them on a USB stick as well for those who have tablets and iPad’s without a CD Drive. As I say though just looking ahead without any real idea as to when I get around to it…

In the meantime I hope you’ve enjoyed the site and found it of some use over the last few years, it will still tick along in some way shape or form and I’m still more than happy to receive emails and so on – but for the time being I’ll be easing off to get stuck into a few rundown houses here and there!

Best of luck

Paul – Bull Terrier Monthly