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2024 YEARBOOK - now accepting adverts!
We are nearing the end of 2023, so for those of you who show your dogs it's now time to think about placing an advert in the British Chihuahua Club yearbook - the Chihuahua Chronicle.  The cost of a colour page is only £65, or black and white for just £30, with £5 off if booked and paid for by the end of November the 19th.

You can either provide the advert ready-made or the editor (Bernard Coxhead) will design your ad for you.  To book an ad you can message him on Facebook, email him ( or speak to him at the Championship show on Sunday 19th.

If you haven't yet got a copy of last year's yearbook there will be a few on sale at the show, or you can order one via this website - click here for our shop page.

Our 2023 Open Show was held at Brackley Leisure Centre in Northants on Sunday 14th May.  Pat Lewis judged smoothcoats and Saoirse McKenna the longs, with Vicky Osborne judging Best in Show.  There was a fairly good entry and these were the principal winners:

BISCopymear Reign On My Parade with Yorone (s/c) Mr SJ Rooney
RBISJorazan Quincy Quirky Sox (s/c) Mr P & Mrs A Halls
BPISTorre Del Pilar Sandman at Casiatodo (l/c) Miss E Hicks
BVISReynoldco Sweet Dreams (l/c) Mr C Craggs

Our Annual General Meeting was held during the show's mid-day break.  Mrs Pam Bungard having come to the end of her three-year term as President of the club, Mrs Beverley Sutton was welcomed as our new President.  The committee were all re-elected unopposed, with Emma Huntley continuing as Chair, Neil Smith Vice-Chair, Pauline Lodwick as Hon Secretary and Bernard Coxhead as Hon Treasurer.  Since then new committee members Hayley Martinho and Chloe Holmes have been co-opted onto the committee and Neil Smith has resigned,leaving us with two vacancies to fill.

After the club AGM, that of the British Chihuahua Club Rescue Association followed.  The existing committee were re-elected unopposed.  A vote was held on a proposal to make two changes to the charity's governing constitution, which was carried unanimously.

There was a minute's silence for the late Graham Foote at the Chihuahua rings at the start of judging, which then proceeded with Aimi Davies judging the smoothcoats and Francesco Cocchetti the longs. Best of Breed in longcoats (pictured) was Japanese, Danish, Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian Champion 'Bramver's Millionaire', owned and shown by Mrs Irene Peeker.  He went on to take 3rd in the Toy Group under Dr A Paloheimo Segersven.  Smoothcoat Best of Breed was Mary-Kate Mann's Ch Parisland Pans Little Man at Manchino.  The other CCs went to the longcoat French champion Pitch Perfect De L'isle Au Vert Coteau (her third)and Arkoschi Diamond In The Ruff (a smoothcoat).

As usual it was a wonderful experience to be at Crufts and see all the familiar faces and new friends too.  The club stand at ringside was more glamorous than usual thanks to the decorative efforts of Louise Dee, and did a busy trade in yearbooks, commemorative mugs, beautiful and glitzy Chihuahua ring clips and brooches amongst other items, raising a useful amount for club funds.

It brought us great sadness earlier this year to hear of the passing of Mr Graham Foote, former Chairman of the British Chihuahua Club and breeder of Ballybroke Chihuahuas, and also soon afterwards that of his wife Margaret.  A long-time member of the British Chihuahua Club and always heavily involved in our Rescue Association, Graham joined the committee in 1998 and two years later became Vice-Chair.  In 2004 he became the Chairman of the club, an office he filled very capably until 2017, when he stepped down for a quieter life, but still remained as Vice-Chair till 2020. Graham had a lifelong passion for Chihuahuas and was dedicated to the breed.  He was a true Gentleman, respected judge, breeder and exhibitor of Chihuahuas, and was recognised for his expertise in the breed by fellow enthusiasts around the world. 

Margaret was always his supporter and also became a mainstay of the club, joining the committee in 2015 and taking on the jobs of Coordinator and Treasurer of the Rescue Association.  She and Graham remained Trustees of the charity to the end.

We send our deepest condolences to daughters Lynn and Alison and the rest of the family. Graham and Margaret will be very much missed by all, and the legend of Ballybroke will live on in pedigrees for years to come.

The British Chihuahua Club 2022 Championship Show was held on Sunday 13th November at Towcester Leisure Centre in Northamptonshire. There was an excellent entry and the principal results were as follows:

Best in Show (judged by Mrs Beverley Sutton) went to Mr Mike Shapcott's smoothcoat bitch Gestavo Partying with Senecio, Reserve was the Hornbys' new Champion longcoat bitch Ch Denique Glory Be at Bramerita. Best Puppy in Show was the McCoids' Rubyanlo Magic Trix and Best Veteran went to Dorothy Entwistle's Ch Dorenty's Viva Vienna JW

Next year the show is expected to return to its previous venue of Brackley Leisure Centre.

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