Selmalda News

Blackpool CDS


There was an entry of 68 Danes awaiting appointed judge Jan Rual at Blackpool Championship Dog Show. Jan awarded our own Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy 1st in his respective Open Dog class, followed with the Challenge Certificate and ultimately Best of Breed! As you can see from the photo by the time the breed judging had concluded it was rather blustery! As the Working Group was called the heavens opened! Andrew Brace judged the Group, claiming it was one of the 'strongest Groups he had ever judged - anywhere in the World' and duly shortlisted Guy down to the final 11.

Up to Border Union


Lesley and I travelled with Guy to Kelso where breed judge Alaine Flower was appointed, attracting an entry of 52 Danes. Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy duly topped his Open class and following further assessment was awarded the CC and BOS.

Sunny Southern Counties.


Southern Counties CA Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy 1st Open Dog & CC. 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 thank judge Jan MacDonald for appreciating our Danes and congratulate all the other winners today. It was a lovely relaxed show, lots of sunshine and laughs.

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. Jean Lawless' critique reads as follows, 'Have always admired this handsome Brindle and delighted to have the opportunity to go over him. Impressive standing, harmonious in outline, well presented in excellent condition, and of good size, bone and proportions. Pleasing well structured head, elegant well placed stop. Lovely eye and expression. Excellent ears for size and set. Nicely unbroken line from his crested neck down to the well laid back shoulder, firm topline and correct croup. Deep chest with well developed sternum, and nice underline. Excellent feet and effortless springy movement sound always. Expertly handled and well deserving of the Dog CC and BOB and delighted to see him later go 3rd in the Working Group, congratulations.' 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! Judge Glynn Payne's critique - OD (6,1) 1st Chappell's Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy. This is a GREAT DANE - he has size, substance and soundness. Beautiful head with every component in the right place. Excellent front construction with well boned legs and fantastic feet. Correct height to length of body ratio and strong hindquarters. He has such a sound fluent action as he covers the ground with ease controlled by his skilful handler. Pleased to award the Dog CC and then Best Of Breed.

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.