Selmalda News

Back 2 Back CC's at Bath CS


Bath Canine Society - Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy - 1st Open Dog, CC & BOB Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori - 2nd Open Bitch, RCC (Jr. Cr. Ch. Am. Ch. King Arthur De Casaarabel X Ch. Selmalda ZiZi’s Journey J.W.) Lesley and I extend sincere thanks to breed judge Jean Lawless for appreciating our Danes. Also, to Caroline Rees, Working Group judge, who awarded Guy Working Group 3 in such a quality Group. The South Western Great Dane Club held their Championship Show on the day where Tina Teese judged the breed. Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy - 1st Open Dog, CC & RBIS/BOS. Thanks to Tina for Guy's awards! Well done to all the other winners on the day, Lesley & I are thrilled with our awards today and enjoyed the company ringside.

Scottish Success


The Scottish Kennel Club - Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy - 1st Open Dog, CC & BOB Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori - 2nd Open Bitch, RCC (Jr. Cr. Ch. Am. Ch. King Arthur De Casaarabel X Ch. Selmalda ZiZi’s Journey J.W.) Lesley and I extend sincere thanks to breed judge Glynn Payne for appreciating our Danes. Also, to Graham Hill, Working Group judge, who shortlisted Guy in the Group. Well done to all the other winners on the day, Lesley & I are just about to have a drink to celebrate!

On the cover of a magazine...


Lesley & I were delighted to receive from the NDDC their latest magazine featuring our very own Cruft's Best of Breed winner! Thank you, looks amazing.

CRUFT's Success!


From an entry of over 130 Danes breed judge Janis King selected our own Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy as her Open Dog winner, her CC winner and ultimately Best Of Breed. A fabulous moment for Lesley and I and memories that will stay with us for such a long time. Into the Group and Ann Ingram short listed Guy down to her final seven in the big green ring.Sincere thanks to Janis and the numerous spectators and exhibitors who offered their support and congratulations on the day and thereafter. Of course to the numerous photographers who have captured these special moments. What a thrill!

Manchester DSS


Over to Stafford for Manchester DSS where the breed was judged by leading all rounder Albert WIght. Albert had attracted an entry of 60 Danes making 68 entries and awarded his DCC to our own Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy. In the bitches he awarded our own Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori the RCC - what a great day in the breed! Guy also competed in the Eukanuba Champion Stakes where Lee Cox was officiating. Delighted to be awarded second place in such a quality entry and equally delighted with Lee's critique who wrote, 'CHAPPELL, Ms & Mr Lesley & Adam Ch Selmalda Jealous Guy (AI). It’s no secret that I love this Brindle Dane male too. His head and expression are simply delightful, he has a wonderful outline and really uses himself on the move. He has balance of leg and not too long in body. In optimum condition and handled beautifully as ever.' A super day!

The 2023 Campaign is underway...


At Boston DCS we had leading all rounder Tim Ball assessing an entry of 39 Danes, making 50 entries (no CC's on offer). Lesley and I were so pleased that he awarded Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy 1st in his Open Dog class and ultimately Best Dog. Guy's full sister Lori, Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori also topped her Open Bitch class and then Best Bitch. In the challenge Guy was awarded BOB. As Danes were fourth in the ring we didnt have to wait long for the Group and Tom Johnston awarded Guy 3rd amongst a really strong line up of winners. Tom Johnstone wrote the following about Guy - 'G3 Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy. Great Dane, handsome, masculine head, strong and of good length but not overdone, good muzzle. Medium sized dark eye, well set triangular ears. Long neck into well placed shoulders. Deep body, well sprung rib, strong loin and firm back. Good tail of good length. Well angled muscular rear, quality bone and good well arched feet. Presented in particularly good coat and condition. Balanced and holds shape when covering the ground with free steady action with good head carriage.'

Top Dog 2022 - Final Standings


Lesley and I were delighted to receive the news from Our Dogs that our owner bred Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy concluded the 2022 campaign not only as Top Great Dane (as he did in 2021) but also as overall Top Working Dog. Delighted also to see that he was 9th place Top Dog ALL BREEDS - what a year!

Top Breeder 2022 - Final Standings


There really are no words for how Lesley and I are feeling following the final standings in the Working Group. To achieve Top Breeder within a group that is full of talented breeders with such lovely examples is just, well, amazing.

Top Brood Bitch 2022 - Final Standings


What more can we say about ZiZi, aka Ch. Selmalda ZiZi's Journey J.W. Not only a Champion herself but also a super producer having now given us six Champions with the four UK offspring amassing over 50 Challenge Certificates! In 2021 she was Top Brood Bitch ALL BREEDS and again in 2022 Top Brood in the breed. As she lies at our feet right now we could not be more proud of all the joy she has provided. Love you ZiZi!

LKA - Final Show of 2022!


The final show of the campaign, LKA, had Jeanette Park appointed with an entry of 53 Danes giving 57 entries. Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy was awarded the CC, and ultimately BOB, bringing his tally to 30! His sister, Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori, was awarded second in Open. It has been a phenomenal year for these two, so, so proud of them both.

LKA - Eukanuba Champion Stakes Finalist


He did it! Ladies Kennel Association Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy Eukanuba CHAMPION Stakes 2022 Heat Winner (Jr. Cr. Ch. Am. Ch. King Arthur De Casaarabel X Ch. Selmalda ZiZi’s Journey J.W.) Lesley & I are on cloud 9! Sincere thanks to judge Mike Vincent (Sylbecq) and to all those who passed on their support and applause, so, so proud!

Penultimate Show of the Campaign - M&WEGDC Ch.


M&WEGDC Championship Show (122 Danes, 159 entries, 33 abs) Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy 1st Open Dog, DCC & BIS Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori 1st Open B*tch, BCC & RBIS/BOS (Jr. Cr. Ch. Am. Ch. King Arthur De Casaarabel X Ch. Selmalda ZiZi’s Journey J.W.) Sincere thanks and appreciation to both judges, Auli Haapiainen-Liikanen and Joe Smith for thinking so highly of our Danes. Again, thank you to Candice for stepping in and handling Lori so well in the final challenge. Lesley and I have had a super day, the Club put on a super show and the hard work certainly pays dividends, good atmosphere and good to catch up with so many. Congratulations to all the other winners on the day.

#1 Working Breed


Lesley & I were justifiably proud when Our Dogs published the latest standings in the Top Dog Awards for 2022. Our very own Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy maintains his lead in this Group, not only as #1 Great Dane but also #1 Working Breed. With only a couple of shows remaining in the campaign it is going to be an exciting conclusion!

SWGDC Super League Finals


SWGDC Ruby Anniversary League Finals Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy OVERALL SUPER LEAGUE SUPREME WINNER Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori #2 SUPER LEAGUE (Jr. Cr. Ch. Am. Ch. King Arthur De Casaarabel X Ch. Selmalda ZiZi’s Journey J.W.) Ch. Selmalda Journey To Melody At Samdice Owned Loved by John, Heather & Candice Dyson. OVERALL VETERAN WINNER (Int. Multi. Ch. Diplomatics Val Kilmer x Ch. Selmalda Rock Ola Baby J.W.) Lesley & I would like to express sincere appreciation to the 'surprise' judge Simon Luxmoore for recognising our Danes and to the many 'congratulations' from fellow Daneites during the weekend. Also, again, many congratulations to those who qualified and were placed during the event. To the South Western 'Team' - Thank You, a wonderful weekend!

Working & Pastoral Breeds of Scotland


Owen Greechan was appointed and had drawn an entry of 46 Danes making 49 entries. He awarded Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy, winner of Open, the DCC whilst Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori topped her Open class. Another successful day where Guy claimed his 28th Challenge Certificate! Owen wrote about Guy, 'Well grown Dark Brindle, very well balanced in profile, nice head and neck into good shoulders, shown in hard condition, won his class on movement.' And Lori, 'Rich Fawn, lovely head and neck into good shoulders, clean outline, moved well in profile'.

Midland Counties Success


At Midland Counties we had first timer Mike Gadsby (Afterglow) judging the breed and he had attracted an entry of 62 Danes making 77 entries. He chose Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy, winner of Open, for his Dog CC and Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori, again topping Open, for his RBCC. A great day!



Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori claimed her 11th CC and BIS at The GDC of Wales where Nigel Marriner was the judge. The smile says it all! Judge Nigel Marriner’s critique - OB (3,1) Chappell’s Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori. Would just like to say this kennel produces many top level Danes of super quality whichever country the stud dog comes from and this girl is just one of them, also litter sister to ‘Jealous Guy’, what a great litter that was. Fawn, lovely outline, level head planes, foreface and skull, dark eye, clean neck into shoulder, good front angulation, strong bone, god depth of brisket, chest width and elbow placement, well covered body, strong rear muscle with good rear angulation, stood well and looked the part. BCC and my co-judge agreed with awarding BIS.

South Wales Kennel Association


At SWKA we had breed judge Sheena Booth appointed who had attracted an entry of 56 Danes giving 68 entries. She awarded our own Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy 1st in Open Dog and ultimately his 26th CC. In bitches Sheena gave Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori 1st in Open Bitch and the RCC. Guy was declared BOB. Our Working Group judge was Caroline Rees who after a thorough examination of all BOB winners awarded the number 1 spot to Guy (as pictured). His second Working Group 1 award in as many weeks. Group Judge Caroline Friend-Rees' critique - Group 1 Chappell's Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy, Great Dane. What an excellent example of the breed. This extremely well built Brindle male has a stunning head with correct head planes, dark eyes and that Great Dane expression that you just can't ignore. So well made with well arched clean neck into excellent shoulders, deep chest down to close fitting elbows. Well muscled hindquarters and totally balanced throughout. Moving so well around the big ring with springy free easy ground covering action.

SKC Success


At SKC first time breed judge Audrey Sinclair had received an entry of 59 Danes making 60 entries so it was an early start for Lesley and I. Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy topped his Open Dog class before being awarded his 24th CC, later that day gaining BOB. His sister, Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori, and half sister Ch. Selmalda Liza Jane were 4th and 3rd in their Open Bitch class. Judge Audrey Sinclair’s critique - OD (4,1) 1st DCC BOB WGP1 BIS. Chappell’s Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy. Well what can I say about this dark Brindle male that hasn’t been said before. From the tip of nose to the tip of his tail this boy just oozes quality and breed standard. I was so pleased to get the chance to go over this boy as he is absolutely stunning. He has a super well chiselled head shape, darkest of eye and correct eye placement, super reach of neck, excellent shoulder placement, good bone, tight cat feet and moved effortlessly around the ring.

Scottish GDC - BIS


At the Scottish Great Dane Club breed judge Tammy Pocock was appointed, she had attracted an entry of 65 Danes making 76 entries. Tammy awarded Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy top spot in his Open class and followed with his 25th CC. Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori won her Open class but no further. Guy was awarded BIS overall. Thank you to all for the lovely comments about Danes. Judge Tammy Pocock wrote, Open Dog - 1st Chappell's, Ch Selmalda Jealous Guy (AI). Dark brindle male with a balanced and correct outline. Excellent head with parallel head planes, good length of foreface enhanced by a dark mask, good eye shape with clean dark eyes, correct teeth, lovely expression, used his ears to advantage. Long well arched neck into nice strong shoulders, deep chest, well filled front. Straight front legs into tight feet with short nails. Deep brisket to his elbows. Strong firm top line and good undercarriage tuck up. Carrying the ideal amount of weight. Excellent angulation front and rear. Shown in excellent condition, well-muscled all over. He moved with a long length of stride with reach and drive. I was pleased to award him the DCC and Best In Show.