Selmalda News

Irish GDC EuDDC Weekend


Thanks to Patrick Fortune for capturing Fiona & Margot following their tremendous success at the EuDDC weekend shows. Here she is with Lourdes Carvajal (Bitch judge) and Eric Bailey after being awarded Green Star Bitch, BOB Fawn and eventually Best Puppy In Show at just 8 months of age. Lesley & I are very proud breeders and co-owners.

Scottish Kennel Club Success


An early start for Lesley and I as we set off for Edinburgh with our show team. Samantha Dolby was our appointed judge and we were delighted with the days results. Selmalda Ricochet - 1st Puppy Dog and Best Puppy In Breed. Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda (pictured) - 1st Limit Dog and RCC. Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 3rd Open Dog. Selmalda Liza Jane - 2nd Puppy Bitch. Thanks to all the fellow exhibitors and spectators for their kind words about our Danes. So proud. Judge Samantha Dolbys critique - Puppy Dog 1st Chappells Selmalda Ricochet. Lovely Fawn puppy dog who already shows himself to advantage and looks very noble. Good length to head, typical expression with dark eye and mask. Straight front on this puppy with depth of chest, standing on tight feet. He still needs to fill all through but okay for age. Topline held and well tucked up. Moved out well around the ring. Well handled, Best Puppy. Judge Samantha Dolbys critique - Limit Dog 1st Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda. Harlequin with good markingswho has lots of character which made me smile, a real eye catcher. Superb expression, loved his head with correct eye and dentition. Enough depth of chest and spring of rib leading into correct tuck up and topline. Moved out well around the ring with correct rear angulation. Well handled. Pleased to award him RCC.

WELKS Championship Show


Joan Toohey was the appointed judge at WELKS and we opted to take the youngsters for a stroll. Selmalda Ricochet was 2nd in Minor Puppy Dog and his litter sister Selmalda Liza Jane won her Minor Puppy Bitch class. It was a great run out for them both as they ease into the show scene.

Happy 10th Birthday


Lesley & I wish a very Happy 10th Birthday to the Bono x Echo (Highesteem Keep Em Talking x Selmalda Echo J.W.) kids. Here is our very own Georgia in her favourite place, the kitchen, with Liza Jane photobombing in the background. Happy 10th Birthday 🎂 🎉🎁 Marco - Marian. Georgia Daisy - Judy & Stuart. And remembering those who are no longer with us - Elke - Fiona Geno Nova Spring - Judi & Bill Ralf - John, Heather & Candice.

WHAT A DEBUT - Scottish GDC Championship Show


Lesley & I had a long but rewarding day at the Scottish Great Dane Club Championship Show who put on a lovely show and whose committee worked hard for the exhibitors. Our special thanks to judges John Dyson (D) and Maria McGuinness (B) who appreciated our Danes. It was a huge day for our new puppies who were making their debut. Selmalda Ricochet - 1st Minor Puppy Dog (Am. Ch. Rojons Legendary Kiss Kiss V Svevo x Ch. S. ZiZi’s Journey J.W.) Hoppingham’s Changes Selmalda - 1st Yearling Dog & RCC (Fi. Ch. Ozaenas Supernova x Mi’Havana Independence) Selmalda Oh Boy At Thornbrae - 1st Special Veteran Dog (Int. Multi Ch. Europower Boy Toy x Selmalda In The Name Of Love) owners Jim Sneddon & Ronnie Lawton Selmalda Liza Jane (pictured) - 1st Minor Puppy Bitch & Best Puppy In Show (Am. Ch. Rojons Legendary Kiss Kiss V Svevo x Ch. S. ZiZi’s Journey J.W.) On the way home we were delighted to hear of litter sister Genie and her success in Italy with owner Salvatore. A wonderful day. Judge John Dyson critique - MPD, 1st Chappell’s Selmalda Ricochet, fawn, good body, pleasing head, well off for bone with good angles front and rear, showed well and moved with drive very promising youngster. 1st Chappell's Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda, Harlequin, well marked with pure white background, good proportions of head with great length of foreface and correct drop of lip. I do find many Harlequins lack elegance in the head department but this boy has it along with the required tight eye , strong bone, tight feet, moved out well with drive, handler had to work hard with him but when settled presents a very pleasing picture and a very promising future was pleased to award him the RCC. Judge Maria McGuinness critique - Minor Puppy B 5,1 ABS. 1ST L & A Chappell's, SELMALDA LIZA JANE (AI), 7 MONTH OLD FEMININE BITCH, RICH FAWN, LOVELY OUTLINE, NOT OVERDONE ANYWHERE, GOOD LENGTH OF FOREFACE WITH CORRECT BITE, NICE ARCHED NECK IN TO WELL LAID SHOULDERS, NICE TUCK, GOOD ANGULATION AND COVERED THE GROUND EASILY, I'M SURE SHE HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD, AWARDED HER BPB AND ON AGREEMENT WITH MY CO JUDGE SHE WAS AWARDED BPIS.

Great Dane Breeders & Owners Association Champions


Lesley, Jacqui & I are so proud of Ruger - Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. We felt very honored that in 2018, at the very first show scheduling the Champions Class (Great Dane Breeders & Owners Association), that he was the first Dane to win this class in the UK. A year later and not only did he win the Champions Class but was also awarded the DCC & RBIS under breed specialist Elaine M Hyde (Dorneywood), pictured. It was wonderful to see Olly, Selmalda Oh Boy At Thornbrae, win his first Veteran Class for owners Jim Sneddon & Ronnie Lawton - Olly looks great!

CRUFTS - Our Therapy Dane


So proud to have been part of the Therapy Dogs Nationwide team today at Crufts 2019 - presented by The Kennel Club UK. Rich couldn\'t have done anymore, superb behaviour and certainly a people magnet. All the dogs and volunteers did an exemplary job. Credit to handle Debbie who has worked tirelessly with Rich since being born.

Ruger goes BEST IN SHOW


At he Midland & West of England GDC Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. went BIS. Co-owner Jacqui, Lesley & Adam would like to extend our thanks to Fawn judge Jim Sneddon and BIS judge Caroline Friend Rees for recognising his qualities and making this happen. This is the third time in the last four years that our Danes have won this award at this show! Judge Caroline Friend-Rees critique - Best in Show - Lesley & Adam Chappell and Miss J A Williams’ Ch Selmalda The Journey, Stunning male. Powerful and masculine yet still elegant. He commands your attention as he enters ring.So well made with excellent front and rear angulation, deep chest down to tight elbows and straight forelegs. Firm topline and strong hindquarters giving a totally balanced outline. Moving with ground covering free easy movement and powering from the rear. A pleasure to award him Best in Show.

Rich the Therapy Dane


Our Clever Rich doing her Therapy work visiting Meadow View Dementia Care Home. One of the residents couldn\'t thank me enough, he said he had seen the dogs on the telly and now he has met one for real. He thanked me for the work we do. Therapy Dogs Nationwide

Merry Christmas from all at Selmalda.


Lesley, Adam and all the Danes at Selmalda wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful 2019.

Ladies Kennel Association


The final show of the campaign and we were delighted when Ruger won 2nd in Open Dog and the RCC. Here is judge, Angela Challenger, critique... CHAPPELL, Mrs L & Mr A & WILLIAMS Miss J A, Ch Selmalda The Journey JW, Fawn, a boy I judged as a puppy on my last appointment, my has he blossomed into a lovely male, I can see why he has done so much winning, a strong lad that is ex overall, a head that is in balance with his frame, well made fore and aft with ex depth of brisket, well sprung ribcage, strong loin with powerful hindquarters, moved with a free and ground covering stride, RCC.

Richmond CS - Group Critique


Group Judge Kari Jarvinen's critique - Working Group - Once again my pleasure to judge at this traditional, well organised show. Thank you. Loved them both...super job. As the Best of Breed Working dogs ran into the big ring, it was the large powerful males that impressed. Driving across the ring with majesty and dignity and once more making me aware that the best of British dogs could win anywhere in the world. 1. Chappell & Williams Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W.. The handsome Great Dane of correct proportions. So big and strong yet no trace of coarseness, he is well coupled with great bone, tight feet, super body and condition. He presented to me a marvelous outline and gave smooth fluid movement that earned him the highest award today.



What a wonderful day for Lesley (puppy sitting at home!), Jacqui and I at Richmond. It was all about Ruger! 1st Open Dog, DCC, his 15th, & BOB - judge Glynn Payne. 3rd Eukanuba Champion Stakes - judge Paul Lawless. Then he went and won WORKING GROUP 1 under Kari Jarvinen. Needless to say we are all over the moon and thank everyone for the super comments.

ZiZi's Babies are born!


On Monday September 3rd our beautiful Ch. Selmalda ZiZi's Journey J.W. gave birth to 11 puppies, 8 bitches and 3 dogs. Sired by the beautiful Am. Ch. Rojons Legendary Kiss Kiss V Svevo, Fawn, we are extremely grateful to Pam Allee Tozzi and Ray Cataldi (Rojon's) for allowing us this opportunity. Here they all are!

City Of Birmingham Show


City of Birmingham Canine Association. Judge: John Carter Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda - 2nd Junior Dog Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 2nd Open Dog & RCC (pictured) Jacqui & I had a lovely day whilst Lesley was back at Stankirk keeping a watchful eye over ZiZi ahead of the imminent arrival.

Sweet Dreams Ralf


Our heartfelt thoughts are with John, Heather & Candice on their very sad day yesterday. We have some lovely memories with Ralf and you gave him everything - thank you X Selmalda Im Yours J.W. - WJW10 1CC 2RCC Premier League Winner (2010). DOB 17/04/09 - 13/08/18. Pictured here making his swansong back in 2016 where he went BVIS at The Great Dane Club. Thoughts are with you, Lesley & Adam xxx



Lesley & I have just arrived home from a wonderful five days in Amsterdam competing at the World Dog Show. A totally unique experience for us as this time we were exhibiting in Black/Harlequin ring with our youngster Retee, Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda who was bred by Anitta Kilpalainen in Finland. Benelux Winner - Judge Ilona Onstenk-Schenk (Nl) Junior 3rd/8 - Graded Excellent Speciality Dog Show with Double CAC - Judge Carsten Birk (Dk) Junior 1st/5 - Graded Excellent, RCAC and Best Junior World Dog Show - Judge Massimo Inzoli (It) Junior 0/18 - Graded Very Good As always it was wonderful to catch up with fellow breeders and friends from around the world and compliments to all the winners over the three shows. Special thanks to Debbie for looking after all at Stankirk whilst we were away X Now to plan Shanghai 2019!

Exciting News - ZiZi is in Whelp


Lesley and I were delighted when ZiZis ultrasound confirmed that she is in whelp to the beautiful US Ch. Dinro Legendary Kiss Kiss v Svevo. We now welcome any serious enquiries.

The Great Dane Club Championship Show


Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda - 1st Junior Dog Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 2nd Open Dog Many thanks to judge Jeanette Park and to the many with their positive compliments about our dogs, this means so much to Lesley and I. Pictured is Retee, DOB 02/08/17, who is bred by Anitta Kilpeläinen.



Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda (Fi. Ch. Ozaenas Supernova x Mi Havana Independance). Breeder: Anitta Kilpeläinen Owners: Lesley & Adam Chappell Northern GDC - Best Puppy In Show - Judge Mrs Judi Cottam