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New Zealand Report to
8th World Tibetan Terrier Congress.
Sturbridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Let me first tell you a little about where we come from. New Zealand is in
the South Pacific about three and a half hours flying time from Australia. Thatís
approximately the same as London to Malta or Boston to Texas. New Zealand is
made up of two main islands, the North Island where the majority of the
population live and the South Island where we live.
Shows held in New Zealand are conducted under the auspicious of the New
Zealand Kennel Club. The all breeds shows range in size from around 400 dogs in
the smaller country areas to around 2000 dogs at the National Dog Show. There is
no specialist Tibetan Terrier Club in New Zealand although most of us belong to
the Asian Breeds Club and treat their shows as out specialty. Tibetan Terriers
have been Best in Show at the Asian Breeds Club on six occasions. Although we
occasionally see an Australian dog at our shows, dogs shown are almost all New
Zealand owned due to New Zealands quarantine laws.
Dogs are shown in classes according to age beginning at 4 months of age with
Baby Puppies, 4 to 6 months. The next class is Puppy 6 to 12 months, followed by
Junior 12 to 24 months, Intermediate 24 to 36 months and Open over 36 months,
although any dog except Baby Puppy may be shown in Open if the owners wishes.
This is of course means if you have a very big young dog you can try and fool
the judges that he or she is older than it really is. Some shows also include a
New Zealand Bred class. All class winners then compete for Best Dog or Best
Bitch respectfully and then the two winners compete for Best of Breed. Champions
are shown in the breed classes and so to become a New Zealand Champion, dogs
have to beat the existing champions. All age classes are carried through to
Group and In Show and so we have Best Puppy of Group, Best Junior, Best
Intermediate, Best NZ Bred and Open of Group, Best Puppy in Show, Junior,
Intermediate, NZ Bred and Open in Show. Best of Breed winners compete for Best
of Group and Best of Group winners for Best in Show. There are seven groups in
New Zealand. Toys, Terriers, Gundogs, Hounds, Working (the pastoral breeds),
Utility (the guard breeds) and Non Sporting (which includes the TTís). To date
there have been 114 NZ Champion Tibetan Terriers of which 37 have been
Caerlaverock owned or bred. The most recent imports to New Zealand have been an
Africandawns bitch from the UK, a Kashi dog from the UK, A Boshanti dog from the
UK and a Bakit dog from Australia.
The New Zealand Kennel Club has just instigated a new award, The Gold
Certificate of Merit, awarded to dogs that have been awarded 50 or more
challenge certificates, and if those present will indulge me a little, our UK
import NZ Ch Boshanti Tyson is the first TT to receive this award and I would
like to ask Pat Tempest co-owner along with Krista Guziolek of Tysonís dam to
come up and accept this Gold Certificate of Merit Award, awarded by the New
Zealand Kennel Club to NZ Ch Boshanti Tyson (Imp. UK).
Health problems are rare in the New Zealand TT population. In the twenty-five
years the breed has been in our country we have seen five or six cases of Lens-Lux
in the North Island and one reported case of PRA, although I have yet to see the
paperwork confirming this. Hip testing is rare but most South Island TTís used
in the breeding program are eye tested. The NZ Kennel Club holds a register of
hip scores and the results are published monthly in the NZ Kennel Club Gazette.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated UK breeders who
took the time to select quality stock to send to New Zealand on which we have
built. The Tibetan Terrier breed goes from strength to strength in our country
and is a constant winner in the group and in show ring.
Caerlaverock Tibetan Terriers