Below you can read a translation of the new 2008-2012 Breed Program for the IRWS in Norway, by the Norwegian Breed Committee (translated from norwegian, may contain som minor translative errors...):
The new breeding program has four main issues in its criterias, in which working ability has the strongest focus:
1. Working ability
The reason working ability has the strongest focus, is due to the fact that this is where the IRWS in Scandinavia has the biggest challenge. Data from field trials will be used as an objective expression for the working abilities. Increase in hunting desire is the foremost target for the breeding program at this point. The average hunting desire for Norwegian IRWS in field trials up to and including 2007 is 2,68. The maximum for this scale is 6. The average for all pointing dogs in Norway is 3,95. For Norwegian IRWS who has entered field trials the average points for pace, style, independence, search range and search pattern is approximately half of the average for the red irish setters. The method of index-based breeding has shown good results for other breeds i.e. Breton. The 2008-2012 breeding program will foremost focus on the working abilities such as hunting desire, gamebird finding, search pattern/-range and cooperation. It is very important for the index-based breeding program that as many IRWS as possible enters field trials, and that each dog enters multiple times. To encourage this NISK arranges field training gatherings for IRWS, and for 2008 and on there will be a IRWS of the year-award based on points collected on field trials similar to the Irish Setter of the year award.
Regarding behaviour/temperament, health and conformity/exterior the breeding program also has high standards, which will not be discussed or attempted translated in this article.
The new breed program 2008-2012 sets the following criteria for breedings recommended by the Breed Committee (freely translated from Norwegian to English):
One of the parents should have achieved minimum 2nd on a field trial. The other parent should at least have been started in field trials or field training gatherings, or have parents or siblings with achieved field trial results.
Achieved at least 2nd place in show.
Documented no HD (A)
Tested or documentet no CLAD
Good health, good temperament, no physical or behavioural abnormalities
Father-daughter or mother-son combinations not allowed
The Breed Committee can decline approval of other combinations or close related parents in which earlier matings have produced “unfortunate” results.
Widening the gene-pool
In addition to the breeding criterias the Breed Committee has its focus on widening the gene-pool for the IRWS in Norway and Scandinavia. This will also be a factor when The Committee approves new matings. Today there are approximately 30-40 IRWS in Norway, and very few have been tested in field trials. To widen the gene pool the Breed Committee will encourage importing new dogs, preferably from bloodlines not too closely related to existing lines in Norway. Also there will be produced a outcross program in cooperation with SISK (the Swedish Irish Setter Club) and IRWS Club (the Irish Red and White Setter Club), if approved on the highest level in Ireland and Norway (NKK – the Norwegian Kennel Club).
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Posted on July 31, 2010 at 8:14am
Kennel Alvertoppen have been to Ireland and bred our bitch Toboggan's Amazing Skadi to Desmond Linton's Craigrua Kansas. Expecting puppies ultimo august.
Picture above: Craigrua Raceaway, the sire of Kansas' mother Continue
Dam Skadi has 1AK (thereby qualified to run in the winner stakes) in norwegian field trial... and 2 x…
Posted on November 15, 2009 at 3:29pm
Toboggans Amazing Skadi got her 1. AK on field trial today (15th november 2009). This is the first time an IRWS achieves this placing in Norway.
Now she can enter the VK-trials (Winners Class) for the next two years, which are the most prestigeous trials and where the CACITS are achieved (very hard to get though). CACIT is needed to become a field trial champion, in addition to 25 FT points.
In addition she now has the required field trial placings (1. AK) to become a Show… Continue
Posted on October 10, 2009 at 1:56am
Irish Red and White Setter Toboggan's Amazing Skadi got her 2AK (2.price, Open Class) at Kongsvoll-prøven(Highland field trial on grouse) on october 2nd 2009. She is the only irws with this high placing in Norway, together with Ben of Sugarloaf (visitor from sweden) who got the same placing sometime in the early nineties.
She is also the first norwegian IRWS with several field trial placings, and with placings both on highland and forest trials.
This also makes her… Continue
Posted on May 10, 2009 at 5:00pm
Just made this teaser for the 2009 Irish Red and White Setter field training and get-together at "US" kennel & camp on Hjerkinn,… Continue
Posted on May 8, 2009 at 4:30pm
Toboggans Amazing Skadi was awarded the Norwegian Irish Red and White Setter of the year 2008, due to our results in field trial. The prize was a beautiful trophy, given by Terry O'Leary/The motherclub in Ireland. If we can win it in 2009 and 2010 (3 times), it's ours to keep permanently. We will do our best :)
Skadi enjoying bodega-time during eastern holiday in the norwegian mountains on "grandma's" lap:… Continue