Selmalda News

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



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.