Selmalda News



Hoppinghams Changes Selmalda (Fi. Ch. Ozaenas Supernova x Mi Havana Independance). Breeder: Anitta Kilpeläinen Owners: Lesley & Adam Chappell National Working & Pastoral Breeds Society - 1st Junior Dog & RCC, Best Puppy in Breed - Judge Miss J.A. Williams John MacDougall Memorial Junior Stakes - 2nd Judge Mr. Michael Coad

East of England AS


Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - BD & BOB at East Of England Show. Judge Joe Smith Bred by Lesley & Adam and co-owned with Jacqui.

Both Ruger & ZiZi IMGD Clear


We were delighed to learn that both Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. and litter sister Ch. Selmlada ZiZis Journey J.W. are both clear from Inherited Myopathy (IMGD)

Bath CS


Lesley, Jacqui & I had a lovely day at Bath chatting and catching up. A super win for Ruger too. Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 1st Open Dog, DCC and BOB. Sincere thanks to breed judge Leah Wiltshire



Working & Pastoral Breeds Association of Wales. Many thanks to judge Janet Gunn for thinking so highly of our Danes. Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. (pictured with judge) - 1st Open, DCC, BOB & final 6 Group Shortlist for co-owner Jacqui and breeders Lesley & Adam. Ch. Selmalda ZiZiS Journey J.W. - 1st Open & RCC.

First EVER Champions Class Winner


Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - the first, and only Great Dane to date, to win the newly scheduled Champions Class in the UK. Here he is with judge Frank Kane at the Great Dane Breeders & Owners Association Championship Show last weekend. Thank you for all the applause and support and well done to the other winners on the day. Thanks also to Tammy for the photo. A first for Lesley & I and co-owner Jacqui

Northern GDC


Lesley & I made it to the Northern GDC today and special thanks to bitch judge Mandy Thomson for thinking so highly of ZiZi. Ch. S. ZiZi’s Journey J.W. - 1st Open Bitch & RCC. No males today!

Manchester DSS - Ruger goes BOB


Lesley, Jacqui & I were delighted with Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. and his BOB at Manchester DSS. Many thanks to judge Dianna Spavin.

Ruger wins Working GROUP 1


At Boston & DCS we had Roger Cruden judging the breed who had an entry of 31 exhibits. Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W., co-owned with Jacqui Williams, duly won Open Dog, Best Dog and then Best of Breed overall. In the Working Group there were 16 top class exhibits and after careful consideration appointed judge Christopher Quantrill awarded Ruger the TOP SPOT - Working GROUP 1. Pictured is his Group win photo and here is what Judge Christopher Quantrills critique said - Group 1, the exceptional Great Dane Chappell & Williams Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W., handled to perfection by Adam Chappell, I saw this dog at just 1 year of age and he has just continued to improve. His elegance of movement and balance was clear to be seen and he did not disappoint in the Best in Show ring on Sunday.

Boston & DCS - Group Awards


Here are Rugers, Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W., awards from Boston after a most successful day.

Our Dogs Annual Advert


Thrilled to bits with this years Our Dogs annual. As always many thanks to Lisa and her super photos and artwork. To the owners, judges and all that make this success a reality - thank you from Lesley & I. Happy New Year.



A super afternoon and Lesley & I are proud breeder/owners. SWGDC Top 12 Ch. Selmalda ZiZis Journey J.W. - Super League Winner. Ch. Selmalda Journey To Melody At Samdice - 2nd Super League John, Heather & Candice. Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 2nd Super League Jacqui. Sincere thanks to our judge Ken Sinclair and well done to all the other winners.

Its official - CHAMPION ZIZI


Delighted to receive through the post The Kennel Clubs certificate confirming not only ZiZis Challenge Certificate achieved in Belfast from Jeff Luscott but also confirmation of her Champion title along with our Breeder Diploma. Very satisfying. CHAMPION SELMALDA ZiZis Journey J.W. - our 16th homebred Champion.

Dane of the Year


Dane Of The Year - Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 1st Open Dog, Best Dog & BOS. Co-owned with Jacqui. Ch. Selmalda ZiZi’s Journey J.W. - 3rd Open Bitch. Ch. Selmalda Journey To Melody At Sandice - 4th Open Bitch. Owned by John, Heather & Candice. Lesley & I express sincere thanks to Dog judge Ken Humphries and well done to all winners today. Judge Ken Humphries critique Open Dog 1st Chappell & Williams Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. A big strong male with regal looks; outstanding in profile and on the move, well balanced. A very close fit to my interpretation of the breed standard. He has a strong but not over the top head, flowing neck into well-muscled shoulders, well filled in deep chest with a good tuck up, strong bone, tight feet, excellent mover.

Driffield AS - What a muddy day!


Lesley, Jacqui & I are over the moon with Ruger today. Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. - 1st Open Dog, CC (#11) & BOB. Ch. Selmalda ZiZi’s Journey J.W. - 2nd Open Bitch. Selmalda Journey To The Line - 2nd Limit Dog - John, Heather & Candice Dyson. Ch. Selmalda Journey To Melody At Samdice - unplaced Open Bitch. Thank you to judge Peter King, well done the other winners and many thanks for the support in the Group. What a muddy day! Judge Peter King's critique - OD (7) 1st Chappell & Williams Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. Well made, powerful Fawn with bone and substance. He has a very nice outline, strong head with length to foreface, black mask, good rise over brow, however, I would prefer a flat skull, depth of chest with just enough fill, strong muscled neck well set into a firm topline, well muscled loin and padded croup. I thought he just flowed through neck and over topline, showed himself very well to take the DCC and BOB. Judge Peter King's critique - OB 2nd Chappell's Selmalda ZiZi's Journey J.W. Very nice outline on this Fawn girl, standing square. Her head has square drop of lip, width to foreface, black mask, dark eye and correct stop and flat skull, she has strength and the elegance needed. Shown in immaculate condition.

Belfast DS - New CHAMPION!


Champion #16 for Selmalda. Subject to KC Confirmation this is Ch. S. ZiZi’s Journey J.W. (Int. Multi Ch. Diplomatics Val Kilmer x Ch. S. Rock Ola Baby J.W.). Lesley & I could not be prouder of this special litter, 3 Champions, 2 POTY Qualifiers, 3 Junior Warrant winners, Top Puppy in Breed (‘15) incl. BPIB at Crufts, Overall Premier League Winner and now a total of 16 CC’s & 20 RCC’s (incl. 5 BISS Ch.) and 4 Group placings between them. Not forgetting ZiZi’s epic Pedigree Paws Unite walk raising over £3500 for charity. Thank you to all owners, John, Heather & Candice and Jacqui for being on this journey. To Teija for the opportunity with Higgins. To all the judges especially Susan Bishton, Paul Harding and Jeff Luscott for ZiZi’s 3 CC’s and all the other judges who have appreciated our Great Danes. A very proud breeder moment xx

WKC Judge Elina Haapiniemi's critiques


Here are the critiques - Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W., three year old upstanding very beautiful Fawn male full of his own importance. When you look at him it is easy to understand why the breed is called the Apollo amongst dogs. Shown in lovely bloom. Excellent size and masculine all through. Very good length of head, would like a slightly better chiselled skull. Excellent dark eye and lovely expression. Quality bone, well made legs and feet. Excellent body. Impressive mover. Happy to award him the CC and Best of Breed. Put up a very good performance in the Group and went on to win a well deserved Group 2 - congratulations! Ch. Selmalda Journey To Melody At Samdice, I liked this one as soon as she entered the ring. Three year old beautiful bitch with lovely outline. Shown in good, fit condition. Good head of nice length, just a little strong in skull. Super eye and expression. Quality bone. Just tends to toe in a little. Excellent body and strong, well made rear. Super movement in profile. Feminine, noble and carried herself to advantage. RCC. Selmalda ZiZi's Journey J.W., litter sister to first. With their CC and BOB winning brother these littermates certainly should make their breeder proud. Strong bitch of lovely type who I would have preferred in slightly leaner condition. Lovely quality head, medium brown eye. Excellent bone. Beautiful neck. Rather strong rear angulation. Strong mover.

Welsh Kennel Club


A wonderful day at The Welsh Kennel Club show where Elina Haapaniemi (Finland) judged the breed. Lesley and I are over the moon with the results, it was just a shame Lesley was unable to attend. Ch. S. The Journey J.W. - 1st Open Dog, Dog CC (#10) & BOB for co-owner Jacqui. Ch. S. Journey To Melody At Samdice - 1st Open Bitch & RCC for owners John, Heather & Candice. S. ZiZi's Journey J.W. - 2nd Open Bitch. Ruger had terrific support in the Group and put in a sterling performance (he just loves the big ring) and delighted when Stuart J Mallard awarded him Group 2 (pictured). Well done to the other winners on the day, to those who stayed behind to support and the many great comments received about our Danes. Stuart Mallard's critique - Group 2 and so close up was the noble Great Dane, Chappell & Williams Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W., displays strength with grace, such a harmonious picture standing, quite beautiful and an effortless mover, had great appeal.

Bournemouth CA


Bournemouth CA - Judge Meg Purnell-Carpenter. Ch. S. The Journey J.W. - 1st Open & DCC, #9. S. ZiZi's Journey J.W. - 2nd Open Bitch. Lesley, Jacqui & I are happy! Here is Megs critique - Ch Selmalda The Journey JW. 3 years, dog of quality, excellent head proportions, good forequarter angulation, firm topline, well balanced hindquarters. Extremely sound on the move. Shown in excellent order.



Ch. Selmalda The Journey J.W. is awarded BEST IN SHOW at the Pennine GDC's Championship Show. Many thanks to judge Margaret Grosvenor for this special win and the following write up - Impressive Fawn. Very good topline and correct angulation front and rear. I have seen this dog from the ringside and seen him slowly mature and feel that he is now at his prime. Pleased to award him the CC and Best of Breed on the referee's decision.