Selmalda News

Less than a week to go...


With less than a week to go ZiZi takes in a little afternoon sunshine. She is very much taking life at her own pace. We are so looking forward to the imminent arrival of this Fawn and Brindle litter sired by Am. Ch. King Arthur Of Casaarabal, Brindle. Please check back later for further updates.

Top 20 Breeders & Owners - Latest Standings


Following what had to be considered a wonderful 2019 for the Selmalda Team we were delighted to read the news about the latest standings in the Top 20 Breeders and Owners league. The results date back to January ,1900 and we have moved up two places to 7th in the Top Breeders league having won 102 CCs with 23 Danes. In addition, in the Top Owners league, we are currently 9th having owned 15 Danes who have won 83 CCs.\r\nNaturally we are delighted with what our Great Danes have achieved and look forward to the year ahead.



On Saturday 1st we were invited to compete at the Eukanuba Pup Of The Year Final at Chesford Grange in Warwick. Following Liza Janes qualification at WKC last August she was 1 of 20 qualifying puppies on the day - the future of British dogdom is looking very bright. The judge on the day, a closely guarded secret until all the exhibitors were in the ring, was Paul Eardley. LJ put in an amazing performance and we extremely proud of how she managed with all that was happening within the arena. Thank you to everyone who passed on their positive comments and a special thanks to all at Eukanuba for looking after us all so well.

Our Dogs Back Page News...


Further to Liza-Janes success at Manchester we wanted to shout out loud about how proud we are of her and litter brother Rico. We feel this advertisement does just that and were delighted to be able to secure the back cover of Our Dogs. Hope you like it!

Manchester GCS - CC #2 for Liza Jane!


A super day at Manchester where the two Juniors did us proud. Selmalda Ricochet put in a top class performance to win his Junior Dog class and his sister Selmalda Liza Jane topped her Junior Bitch class. In the Bitch Challenge judge Tom Johnston awarded Liza the Challenge Certificate. Thats both kids with 2 CCs each and at only 16 months of age Lesley and I are over the moon with their achievements.

LKA - end of year SUCCESS!


Selmalda Ricochet 1st Junior, DCC & BOB. Sire: Am. Ch. Rojons Legendary Kiss Kiss v Svevo Dam: Ch. Selmalda ZiZi’s Journey J.W. DOB 03/09/18 Owner Breeder Lesley & Adam Chappell. Sincere thanks to judge Ken Humphries for this special award. Thanks to all for the congratulations and well done to the other winners on the day!

Rich at The Whitworth Hospital


Rich, one of our Pet Therapy dogs, recently visited Oker Ward at The Whitworth Hospital with her handler Debbie Callaghan. Rich and Debbie are pictured here with staff members Marie Povey (L) and Elaine Eaton (R)

Driffield AS Success


A satisfying day for the Selmalda Team at Driffield where Andrea Lowood-Price judged the breed. Selmalda Ricochet - 4th Junior Dog Hoppingham's Changes Selmalda - 1st Limit Dog Selmalda Liza Jane - 1st Junior Bitch and the RCC! A super day, lovely weather and well done to the other winners.

Darlington Dog Show Society


Here is the critique for Retee from judge Jean Pratt - Limit Dog 8 (3) 1. Chappells Hoppinghams Changes Selmada 2 year old Harlequin. A well grown tall boy, but well balanced. His head is in proportion to his size, he has equal breadth and width with no excess lip. Lovely crested arched neck leading to ok front angulations, well filled forechest, ample bone and beautiful catlike feet. He has width, depth and substance to brisket. I would have preferred a slightly less rise to topline but this dog had excellent rear angulations and strong hock which showed in his movement the best in this class.

Selmalda reaches 100 CCs


Following the tremendous success of our two youngsters at City of Birmingham Lesley and I were delighted to realise that we had also achieved our 100th CC bred by Selmalda. Thanks Kerry and Vince for this feature in Our Dogs this week.

City of Birmingham - SUCCESS


Certainly a day Lesley & I will remember forever! At the City of Birmingham our Danes achieved the following; Selmalda Ricochet (Am. Ch. Rojons Legendary Kiss Kiss v Svevo x Ch. Selmalda ZiZis Journey J. W.) - 1st Puppy Dog, Best Puppy Dog and DCC! Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda (Fi. Ch. Ozaenas Suoernova x MiHavana Independence ) - 4th Limit Dog Breeder Anitta Kilpeläinen Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. (Int. Multi Ch. Diplomatics Val Kilmer x Ch. Selmalda Rock Ola Baby J.W.) - 2nd Open Dog co-owner Jacqui Williams Selmalda Liza Jane (Am. Ch. Rojons Legendary Kiss Kiss v Svevo x Ch. Selmalda ZiZis Journey J. W.) - 1st Puppy Bitch, Best Puppy Bitch, BCC, BOB and Best Puppy topped with a super Working Puppy Group 4! Thank you, sincerely, to breed judge Mrs AJ Flower and Puppy Group judge Mary Deats. Also, to Jacqui, John & Heather for the drinks and support and to all who passed on their congratulations. Working Puppy Group judge Mary Deats critique - 4. Chappell’s Great Dane bitch, Selmalda Liza Jane, almost 12 months old, with many of the breeds desired characteristics present. She presents an eye-catching outline for balance, excellent neck and body, strong bones, very good feet. Her head has the correct proportions, depth of muzzle and no excess flees, very good eyes for shape and colour, well set ears, and she moved with such ease and always true. Judge Alaine Flowers critiques for our Danes - PD – 1st Chappell’s Selmalda Ricochet. Elegant red Fawn dog with Black muzzle, lovely length of foreface, crest of neck, correct lay of shoulder with just enough upper arm, flat bone, level back into angulated quarters. Just under 12 months. I would like to see more bone but his proportions are correct and in profile his lines flow and are pleasing on the eye. Moved well and my DCC today. OD – 2nd Chappell & Williams Ch. Selmlada The Journey J.W. – 5 year old Fawn Dog in good condition, level back and angulated quarters, moved well. PB – 1st Chappell’s Selmalda Liza Jane. Graceful Fawn bitch of nearly 12 months. Appealing head, Black mask with good length of foreface and expression, clean cut neck, correct lay of shoulder, level back slight rise over the loin into correct croup and angulated quarters. Moved freely. Although I prefer more strength of bone, this little detracts from the beautiful qualities in this young dog, in that there are refreshingly no exaggerations in structure. Her lines flowed, the best Dane I saw today. BCC, BP and BOB.

Welsh Kennel Club


The long, winding road to Builth Wells where Andre Van Den Broek (NL) was appointed to judge the breed for the first time. It is safe to say that there were a number of bizarre decisions made by our judge and our results were mixed! Selmalda Ricochet - 1st Puppy Dog, Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda - unplaced, Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 2nd Open Dog and Selmalda Liza Jane 1st Puppy Bitch and RCC! In the Eukanuba Pup Of The Year competition Liza Jane was an absolute star and won the days heat overall under Tom Johnstone. Returning for the final on the Sunday Liza was up against the Papillon from Friday and the Pointer who topped Sunday. Naturally we were delighted when Liza was awarded the Overall Heat Winner for WKC and thus qualifies for the final next February. So, so proud of her. Here is Puppy Stakes judge Tom Johnstons critiques - Puppy Dog (Pastoral/Working/Terrier) 2nd Chappell’s Selmalda Ricochet, Great Dane. Strong and elegantly built. Good headpiece with well set ears. Good rib and at right stage for age. In good coat and moved steadily. Puppy Bitch (Pastoral/Working/Terrier) 1st Chappell’s Selmalda Liza Jane, Great Dane. Lovely head and expression, good skull, eye and muzzle. Clean neck into well laid shoulder. Good depth and strong loin. Quality bone and well set tail. In very good coat and condition and moved with good steady stride holding a balanced shape. Overall Winner.

Bakewell Open Show Success


At Bakewell Agricultural Open Show there were 15 Danes entered, including two Champions, and our very own Harlequin male, Retee, was Best Of Breed. Our sincere thanks to breed judge Annette Harrison for recognising his qualities and also for the lovely silverware donated. Here is the photo secured afterwards with Annette and Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda. Retee was bred in Finland by Anitta Kilpalainen. Here is the judges critiue - Open 7 (1Abs) 1st 303 Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda (IMP FIN) 20month old Harlequin dog nicely marked with black torn patches. Muscular, strong yet elegant to look at. Handsome head. Face well chiselled and proportioned with tight eyes black nose and a pleasing expression . Nice length of neck into well laid shoulders. Forelegs straight with flat bone. Muscular hindquarters. Second thigh long and good turn of stifle. Moved with enthusiasm and drive with a good topline and head carried high. Which won him the class and my BOB.

East of England Championship Show & EEGDC Open Sho


A super day for the team on Friday at the East of England Championship Show which was back to back with the East of England GDC Open Show. Lesley & I thank both judges on the day, Ronnie Lawton (pictured) and Josh Henderson, for thinking so highly of our Danes and for those ringside who passed on their congratulations. Selmalda Ricochet - 1st Puppy Dog & BPD and 1st Puppy Dog (EEGDC). Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda - 2nd Yearling Dog. Breeder Anitta Kilpeläinen Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 2nd Open Dog. Co-owned with Jacqui Williams Selmalda Liza Jane - 1st Puppy Bitch & BPIB and then a Working Puppy Group Shortlist. Best Puppy In Show (EEGDC) A lovely day, Lesley mopped up on the raffle and well done to all the other winners today. Here are the critiques on our Danes from the judge - PD 1 Chappells Selmalda Ricochet. 9 mth old fawn puppy who stood out as he entered the ring. Correct head with good length of foreface, tight eyes, would just like darker eyes. Correct straight front, moved well coming and going, well handled. YD 2 Chappells Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda (Imp Fin). 22 mth harlequin. Made his handler work today. Lovely markings on this Dane, good head shape and expression, correct dentition, good length of neck, level topline, good front and rear angulation, free mover. OD 2 Chappell & Williams Ch Selmalda The Journey JW. Upstanding fawn shown in great condition. This dog has strength throughout. Strong head shape, dark eyes, soft expression, good width depth of chest, good spring of rib, straight front and correct angles, stood four square, moved out well. PB 1 Chappells Selmalda Liza Jane (AI). 9 mth old fawn with good head planes. Would just prefer slightly darker eyes. Good length of foreface, correct dentition, great length of neck. Presented a lovely picture on the stand. Good front and rear, moved with drive. Shown to perfection I was pleased to award her BPIB.

A hot day at Windsor Championship DS


A beautiful day for Windsor Championship DS where judge Mandy Bithell was officiating. As always Lesley & I very proud of our Danes achievements. Selmalda Ricochet - 1st Puppy Dog & Best Puppy Dog. Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda - 2nd Yearling Dog & RCC (his 4th), pictured. Breeder Anitta Kilpeläinen. Selmalda Liza Jane - 1st Puppy Bitch, Best Puppy In Breed & Working Puppy Group 4 under Meg Purnell-Carpenter. Selmalda Shining Star - 2nd Puppy Bitch & 3rd Eukanuba Puppy Stakes. Owner Suzanne Nas. Well done to all the winners today and thank you to all the judges for appreciating our Danes. Here are the judges critiques on our Danes - PD 1 Selmalda Ricochet, tall, elegant Fawn boy with lovely arched neck of good length. Front assembly portrayed a picture of correct head shape and flat bone, standing on good feet. Good depth of chest and tucked in elbows. I would prefer a darker eye and croup. Moved out well for one so young. This boy will take time to mature, but no rush. YD 2 Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda. Nicely balanced Harlequin, with beautiful clean, arched neck. Uses his ears to give a true Dane expression (when he wants). Good depth of chest and good spring of rib. Firm topline, which he holds on the move and drives well with his correct, well let down hocks. Well muscled condition. Lots to like about this strong willed boy and is improving all the time. I feel there is lots more to come from this boy as he matures and one for the future. Delighted to award him the RCC. PB 1 Selmalda Liza Jane. Tall Fawn with a beautiful elegant outline and beautiful crested neck, flowing into a good lay of shoulder and solid topline. All flowing into correct croup and tail set. Perfectly placed hindquarters, falling parallel proving a lovely picture when viewed from behind. This girl flowed smoothly around the ring with good reach and drive. Im sure this girl will have bright future. BPB & BPIB and did the breed proud with PG4, well done. 2 Selmalda Shining Star. Another beautiful Fawn with nicely shaped head and dark eye. Nicely bodied in outline and good hard condition. Good depth to chest and enough filling for age. Stood on good feet with flat bone. Moved beautifully when viewed from the side. Needs to use her ears and just needs to settle, with more experience, this will come.

Kilkenny Championship Show


Enrico Drudi awarded Margot, Selmlada After All At Sundasac, her 4th Green Star for co-owners Fiona Barrett. Way to go Margot!

Blackpool & District Canine Society


Lesley & I enjoyed a super set of results with our team at Blackpool & District CS. Thanks to first time judge Rui Oliveira (Portugal) for appreciating them. Selmalda Ricochet - 1st Puppy Dog. Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda - 1st Yearling Dog. Breeder Anitta Kilpeläinen. Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 1st Open Dog. Co-owned with Jacqui Williams. Selmalda Liza Jane - 1st Puppy Bitch & Best Puppy Bitch. As always Retee enjoyed the limelight and thanks to Gary for capturing his podium photo. Well done to the other winners on the day.

Happy 5th Birthday to the Higgin's x Ola kids!


Lesley & I wish a belated Happy 5th Birthday to the Higgins x Ola kids. Int. & Fin. Swe. Nor. MVA Ch. Diplomatics Val Kilmer x Ch. Selmalda Rock Ola Baby J.W. Ch. Selmalda ZiZis Journey J.W. (Purple) Ch. Selmalda Journey To Melody At Samdice (Yellow) Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. (Red) Selmalda Journey To The Line (Blue) And now their own kids are impressing in the show ring!



The Royal Cheshire County Premier 2 Day Show Total 1619 All Breeds Entered. Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda - 1st Open & Best of Breed (Howard Ogden) - Working Group 1 and ultimately BEST IN SHOW (Tony Allcock). Sincere thanks to both judges for recognising Retees qualities, Lesley & I are very proud of him. Thanks to all for the lovely comments. Breeder - Anitta Kilpeläinen (Hoppinghams, Finland). Group & BIS judge Tony Allcocks critique - Great Dane Chappells Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda, the moment he entered the ring this young, courageous, masculine Harlequin demonstrated such a regal appearance. He possesses the three main attributes of dignity, strength and elegance. He portrays great majesty. Came through from an amazing Working Group and was even better in the Best In Show ring. He clearly will make his mark in future. Breed judge Howard Ogden wrote, Chappells Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda, 22 month old Harlequin dog who epitomizes Dash and Daring. Whole head appeared of equal breadth, clean cheek, excellent muzzle. Arch to long neck. Well angulated fore and aft. Excellent rib and depth. Torn patches on white underground. Took it up a notch when he moved with tremendous drive and muscular power yet grace of form. BOB and cheered him on to BIS.

Border Union AS


A super day at Border Union AS for Lesley & I and our Selmalda Danes. Lovely sized ring, outside and great company. Thanks to Keith Nathan for appreciating our Danes. Selmalda Ricochet - 1st Puppy Dog & Best Puppy Dog. Hoppingham’s Changes Selmalda - 2nd Limit Dog Breeder Anitta Kilpeläinen. Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 2nd Open Dog & RCC co-owned with Jacqui. Selmalda Liza Jane - 1st Puppy Bitch, Best Puppy In Breed & RCC! Liza then won Working Puppy Group 3 under Mike Vincent. What a day! Thanks for all the lovely comments and PM’s and well done to all the other winners today. Judge Keith Nathans critique - PD Chappell's Selmalda Ricochet, 9 months Fawn, beautifully square, super arched neck, he is a good size for his age, his head is outstanding, similar width all the way through, good 50/50 skull and muzzle,flat skull, good cartilage ridge and super eye and expression. Correct in front angle, nice strong bone and tight feet, nicely balanced in rear with long second thigh, he has easy sound movement and think he is a very exciting youngster. Judge Keith Keith Nathan's critique YD 2. Chappell's Hoppingham’s Changes Selmalda (Imp Fin). Very handsome and well made Harlequin with a lovely head shape, balanced skull and muzzle, good eye and expression. Lovely arched neck into good well placed shoulder, and top line, correct rib shape and depth. Strong bone, all in all a really lovely dog who wouldn’t settle and messed about and that was a shame. Judge Keith Nathan’s critique - OD 2. Chappell & Williams Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W., another very exciting Male, loved his outline and top line, well boned, such a handsome head, with a well placed eye and good expression, deep lengthy rib, nice second thigh, very sound and stylish. RCC. Judge Keith Keith Nathan's critique - PB 1. Chappell’s Selmalda Liza Jane. Fawn, just right for size, beautifully balanced with such a good outline. She is quite outstanding in her head shape, eye and expression. Beautifully balanced and refined skull, muzzle matching length and width. She has the most correct top line and tail set and tail length, she is amazingly well put together and it shows on the move. She is just so precise front and rear, easy reach and drive, what an exciting puppy, she just filled my eye. Quality all through and great breed type. RCC and BPIB.