Selmalda News

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.

South Wales Kennel Association


At SWKA we had breed judge Sheena Booth appointed who had attracted an entry of 56 Danes giving 68 entries. She awarded our own Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy 1st in Open Dog and ultimately his 26th CC. In bitches Sheena gave Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori 1st in Open Bitch and the RCC. Guy was declared BOB. Our Working Group judge was Caroline Rees who after a thorough examination of all BOB winners awarded the number 1 spot to Guy (as pictured). His second Working Group 1 award in as many weeks. Group Judge Caroline Friend-Rees' critique - Group 1 Chappell's Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy, Great Dane. What an excellent example of the breed. This extremely well built Brindle male has a stunning head with correct head planes, dark eyes and that Great Dane expression that you just can't ignore. So well made with well arched clean neck into excellent shoulders, deep chest down to close fitting elbows. Well muscled hindquarters and totally balanced throughout. Moving so well around the big ring with springy free easy ground covering action.

SKC Success


At SKC first time breed judge Audrey Sinclair had received an entry of 59 Danes making 60 entries so it was an early start for Lesley and I. Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy topped his Open Dog class before being awarded his 24th CC, later that day gaining BOB. His sister, Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori, and half sister Ch. Selmalda Liza Jane were 4th and 3rd in their Open Bitch class. Judge Audrey Sinclair’s critique - OD (4,1) 1st DCC BOB WGP1 BIS. Chappell’s Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy. Well what can I say about this dark Brindle male that hasn’t been said before. From the tip of nose to the tip of his tail this boy just oozes quality and breed standard. I was so pleased to get the chance to go over this boy as he is absolutely stunning. He has a super well chiselled head shape, darkest of eye and correct eye placement, super reach of neck, excellent shoulder placement, good bone, tight cat feet and moved effortlessly around the ring.

Scottish GDC - BIS


At the Scottish Great Dane Club breed judge Tammy Pocock was appointed, she had attracted an entry of 65 Danes making 76 entries. Tammy awarded Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy top spot in his Open class and followed with his 25th CC. Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori won her Open class but no further. Guy was awarded BIS overall. Thank you to all for the lovely comments about Danes. Judge Tammy Pocock wrote, Open Dog - 1st Chappell's, Ch Selmalda Jealous Guy (AI). Dark brindle male with a balanced and correct outline. Excellent head with parallel head planes, good length of foreface enhanced by a dark mask, good eye shape with clean dark eyes, correct teeth, lovely expression, used his ears to advantage. Long well arched neck into nice strong shoulders, deep chest, well filled front. Straight front legs into tight feet with short nails. Deep brisket to his elbows. Strong firm top line and good undercarriage tuck up. Carrying the ideal amount of weight. Excellent angulation front and rear. Shown in excellent condition, well-muscled all over. He moved with a long length of stride with reach and drive. I was pleased to award him the DCC and Best In Show.

SKC - Working Group continued...


Following his BOB award from breed judge Audrey Sinclair, Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy went off for the pre-judging of the Working Group under leading all rounder Paul Lawless. Guy, as always, put in a super performance and managed to stride out in the restrictive ring. Later it was into the main ring where Guy gets into his own stride and thrives on the buzz of the competition. Making the first short cut down to the last 7 we were over the moon when Paul Lawless gave the number one spot to Guy, his first Working Group 1. Working Group judge Paul Lawless' critique - another look at each of the finalists and after they had all moved again, I chose the Great Dane as my winner, Chappell's Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy. A young Brindle male of great size, super masculine head piece, lovely crest of neck and excellent topline and croup. He has excellent bone and good feet and was beautifully presented and he is quite the showman. Once he finds his stride, he presents a lovely balanced outline on the move. Was delighted to watch him go on to win Best In Show.



Following his Working Group 1 win under Paul Lawless it was not long before Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy was called upon again to compete against the other six group winners for the ultimate prize. From over 4200 exhibits, over two days, we were very proud to share this ring with such quality representatives of their respective Groups. Again, Guy put in a faultless performance for the judge Tom Johnstone and following a further inspection the contenders moving the award boards were called for - Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy was awarded BEST IN SHOW at The Scottish Kennel Club's 200th Championship Show. WOW! Best In Show judge Tom Johnstone's critique - After further serious consideration the top honours had to go to: BEST Chappell's Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy. Great Dane, dog. Head masculine, strong and of good length but not overdone. Skull not too broad, good muzzle. Medium sized dark eye, well set triangular ears. Long neck into well placed muscular shoulders. Deep body, well sprung rib, strong loin and firm back. Well set tail of good length. Well angled muscular rear, very good quality bone and good well arched feet with strong nails. Presented in very good sleek coat and good condition. Well-muscled. Balanced and very together when covering ground with free steady action holding a firm outline and good head carriage.

Belfast at the double!


Lesley and I had a lovely weekend in Ireland, staying in a very quaint cottage in Lisburn. At Belfast DSS on Sunday all rounder Tom Johnstone was appointed and awarded Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy 1st in the Open class and ultimately the DCC, his 23rd. In the Open Bitch class our own Ch. Selmalda Oh Lori was the winner with half sister, jointly owned with Fiona Byrne, Ir. Ch. Selmalda After All second. Lori was awarded the BCC, her 10th, with Margot collecting the RCC. Guy was awarded BOB over his litter sister Lori - another super double and a great set of results. Sincere thanks to all for their kind words and support.

Darlington DSS - Such a memorable day!


Lesley and I attended Darlington with our owner bred Brindle male, Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy. Breed judge Peter King awarded Guy 1st in the Open Dog class, then eventually the CC and ultimately Best Of Breed. He was short listed, down to the last eight, in the Working Group under Moa Persson and won a respectable third place in the Eukanuba Champion Stakes under Liz Cartledge. With this CC Guy becomes the TOP WINNING BRINDLE OF ALL TIME.

Our Dogs - Selmalda Advert


So pleased with how our ad turned out for the A-Z Dog Breeds feature in this weeks Our Dogs. It looks super spread across two pages.

Richmond CDS


Lesley and I were delighted that Ch. Selmalda Jealous Guy was awarded his 21st CC at Richmond CDS from judge Scott Pearson. Guy always puts in a sterling performance and never lets us down. Judge Scott Pearson's critique - OD (3 Entries) Abs: 0 1st: CHAPPELLS, Ch Selmalda Jealous Guy (AI) An outstanding brindle dog of great proportion. His head is strong with elegance and offers a silhouette of excellent breed type, A strong well angulated front confirms his true movement He is well muscled and was shown in excellent condition, so pleasing to see a great dog and handler at one. A pleasure to judge and a worthy Champion. DCC.