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Old English Mastiff Club

Protecting and Advancing the Interests of the Mastiff since 1883


What the Lion is to the Cat the Mastiff is to the Dog, the noblest of the family; he stands alone, and all others sink before him. His courage does not exceed his temper and generosity, and in attachment he equals the kindest of his race.



The O.E.M.C (Old English Mastiff Club) was first established in 1883, and as such has a long history. You can read about the clubs history below.

If you are interested in sharing your life and home with a Mastiff please have a good look at our site and if you still think this is the breed for you, we hold an Open show in April and a Championship show in August and you would be more than welcome to come along and meet our beautiful breed and chat to their owners.

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The OEMC has been in existence since 1883.  If you would like to become a member please read our Club Rules and Code of Ethics before sending in an application.  The Committee will review your application and if approved you will become a member according to Rule 4 of the Club Rules.

Download Membership Application Form

Download Club Rules (as at November 2019)

Download  Code of Ethics 2016

Overseas Members Can Now Pay Membership By PayPal (a charge will apply)

Email: for more information.




The Mastiff is listed by the Kennel Club as a Vulnerable British breed. In 2009 the KC recorded 252 registrations but by 2018 the number had decreased by 43% to 143. Mastiff’s are currently listed as a Category Three breed.


The Mastiff is our most ancient breed and has been in our country for 2,000 years.  They are thought to have arrived into England from Asia, brought by the Phoenician traders.

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2019 - present Mr Connol Coan (Andwell)

2018 – 2019    Mr John Rischmiller (Santmichal)

2017 – 2018    Mr Steve Pass (Lygonhall)

2012 – 2017    Ms Julia Manfredi (Prixcan)

2011 – 2012    Mr Raymond Boatwright (Glynpedr)

2008 – 2011    Mr Graham Hicks (Jilgrajon)

1996 – 2007    Mrs Phil Greenwell

1978 – 1996    Mrs Pam Day (Hollesley)

1967 – 1977    Mrs Lucy Sheerboom (Havengore)

1965 – 1966    Mrs Nora Dickin

(32 years as Club Secretary and subsequently President)

1963 – 1965    Mr Fred Bowles

1949 – 1962    Mr Guy Greenwood

1931 – 1949    Mrs Jack Hardy

1923 – 1931    Lt. Col. Z. Walker

1915 – 1922    Mr Mark Beaufoy

1908 – 1914    Lt. Col. Z. Walker

1886 – 1908    Dr Sidney Turner

1883 – 1885    Lord Arthur Cecil – 1st President of the OEMC




Crufts:                       Doreen and Gordon Edwards Trophy, Scherboom Memorial Trophy
Birmingham:             RH Thomas Memorial
Scotland:                   Embleton Cup
Bath:                          County Cup
Blackpool:                 Ch Bulger Cup
Windsor:                    20 Guinea cup
SWKA:                       Presidents Cup
Working Breeds:        CH Fatima Cup
East of England:         Kisumu Cup
Leeds:                          40 Guinea Cup
WKC:                          30 Guinea Cup
SKC:                            Prixcan Trophy
Darlington:                 Ch Prixcan Drusus Cup
Midland Counties:     Woodbrook Bowl
Driffield:                     Ch Master Beowulf
W&PBAS:                   Centenury Cup
LKA:                            Ch Volvo of Ileden Cup


Mastiff Bitch of the Year:                   Fred Bowles Collar
Mastiff Dog of the Year:                     Norah Dicken Collar
Breeder of Mastiff of the Year:           Wolsey Cup
BIS at Club Show:                              WK Taunton Memorial cup
BOS at Club Show:                             O.E.M.C. Gold Cup
Best Puppy:                                         O.E.M.C. Puppy Cup
Limit Bitch:                                         Jubilee Cup
Limit Dog:                                           Blackrock Trophy
Reserve CC Bitch:                               Hellingly Cup - Missing Not Returned
Reserve CC Dog:                                 Oliver Cup
Best Puppy in Show:                           40 Guinea cup
Best Opposite Sex Puppy in Show:     OEMC Puppy Cup
Best Veteran in Show:                          Cardinal Cup

Trophies are only available to dogs of whom all the owners are fully paid up members with voting rights of the OEMC residing in this country.



For Best Puppy:                    The Withybush Puppy Cup
For Best Brindle Dog:          The Ch Withybush Aethelred Trophy
For Best Brindle Bitch:        The Lady Turk Trophy
For Best Fawn Dog:              The Uther Penarvon Trophy
For Best Fawn Bitch:             Ch Ursula Trophy

Full details of these awards can be obtained from the current Cup Steward



Kindly note OEMC Trophies are no longer permitted to leave the safekeeping of the Cup Steward.

Wolsey Cup

Mr E. Hanbury was a founder member and took a very active part in the Club serving on the Committee for many years, acting as Hon. Treasurer and Hon. Secretary at different times. He judged frequently and was the breeder of many famous Mastiffs, the best known being Rajah, Prince and Wolsey, a son of Rajah.

In 1973 Mrs How gave a cup for the Breeder of the Mastiff of the Year to be known as the Wolsey cup. This cup was won in 1876 by Mr E. Hanbury's famous dog 'Wolsey' at Birmingham National . The cup is inscribed 'Old Calabur Biscuit Silver Cup' presented by Messers WP Barr & Co, for the best mastiff in all classes at the Birmingham National 1876. Mrs How saw this cup at a sale of silver and bought it and presented it to the club.

To be awarded to the breeder of the dog or bitch winning the most challenge certificates during the year, in the event of a tie to the breeder of the animal made Best of Breed at Ch shows most often during the year.


Templecombe Torus

This dog was found wandering in London during the bombing and though the Kennel Club accepted him as a true Mastiff his owners and papers were all lost.  He was taken in by a Miss Fawell on the south coast, who presented in his memory the Templecombe Torus Trophy in 1984 to be awarded annually at Bournemouth Ch Show. Unfortunately there are no longer CC's on offer at this show. A very interesting article was written about him by Graham Hicks (Jilgrajon), in a club newsletter in the 80's.

W.K. Taunton Memorial Trophy

1927 - Following the death of WK Taunton, who had been Hon Secretary and Treasurer for many years, an appeal was launched for donations to provide a W.K. Taunton Memorial Trophy, to be offered once a year for the Best Mastiff either sex, once in the North and once in the South alternately.  All monies raised to be spent on the trophy, and a special committee was formed to select designs silversmiths etc. A design being decided upon at a price of £105 and a member present offering to make up the difference. There was at this time some dispute about the funds for this trophy and mention of legal action.

1928 - The first time the W.K. Taunton Memorial Gold Cup was presented was at Crufts the judge being Mr Hunter Johnston and it was won by Mr G. Cook's Ch. Cleveland Premier

From Members subscriptions a similar cup which is smaller was purchased for best opposite sex, these two trophies being awarded annually at the club Championship show for members resident in the UK or Irish Republic.

Mr Oliver presented the club with the Hellingly Brindle cup. This cup is bought with money paid over through the High Court after the settling of the case over the Taunton Memorial Trophy. The work was done by Mr Oliver on condition he charged no fees. Therefore £29 odd was left after paying out of pocket expenses, to which he added and bought this cup.


The 40 Guinea Cups

Two forty guinea cups are mentioned in the minutes, presumably purchased by members donations. By 1899 the cups were filled up with engraving so 2 black plinths one for each cup with plate for further engraving were purchased 'these shall not exceed 17/6 each'!


County Cup

In 1893 the Irish Challenge Cup was introduced, for Irish owned dogs. In 1910 this cup was renamed The County Challenge Cup to be presented to the Best Mastiff not under 1 nor over 3 years of age, exhibited by a resident in the county in which the show is held. This trophy is won at Bath Ch Show for BOB


The Fred Bowles Collar

It was announced at the AGM in 1969 that two collars were to be presented as memorials. The Norah Dickin Award for The Mastiff of the Year, to the dog gaining the greatest number of Challenge Certificates during the year, and a similar collar for The Mastiff Bitch of the Year as a memorial to the Late Mr Fred Bowles.




Born in Old Shoreham, Sussex in 1843, educated at Merchant Taylor's School and St. Guy's Hospital, this distinguished gentleman had an illustrious career in the field of medicine, becoming House surgeon at Guy's, pro-sector of Anatomy Royal College of Surgeons, Fellow of the Zoological Society, member of the council of the Lister Society, to name just a few of his offices. He specialised in biology and contributed regularly in the chief medical journals of the day.

A practitioner of eminence he was heavily involved in the Lister Institute of Preventative Medicine.

He began showing dogs in 1862, became a Kennel Club member in 1881, committee member in 1886 and its Chairman in 1889, the second in its history, a post he held for 22 years.

During his period of office he did much to advance the sport of dog showing, which he loved so much and advanced the influence of the Kennel Club through public speaking.


As a judge, his opinion was greatly respected and his advice was sought on the difficulties of breeding good Mastiffs. He judged the Kennel Club's 23rd Exhibition at the Crystal Palace, where 50 Mastiffs were present.

In 1883, he was one of the four main founders of our Club and one of the architects of our Breed Standard.

An author of renown, writing in umpteen periodicals for decades, he was the general editor of the Kennel Encyclopaedia and his articles on Mastiffs are still the major reference ideal together with those of his friend Walter Taunton, for those genuinely interested in learning about the breed and breeding for its improvement. The learned articles written by him on the Mendelian theory of breeding still hold true. His knowledge and expertise was sought after by breeders here and in the States, where the Mastiff was becoming more strongly established.

His celebrated Mastiffs included Champions Beaufort, Hotspur, Orlando, Lady Isabel, Lady Elaine, Seabreeze, Isolde, Ayrshire, plus many more. Owning large Kennels of Mastiffs for over 50 years, his breeding records are meticulous, in beautiful copperplate handwriting, with every detail of the dogs written down, including height, weight, length, head circumference, length & depth of muzzle, width of skull, tail length, girth, leg circumference and faults.

He had great skill in modelling dogs in wax, which he subsequently cast in bronze. The passion he felt for dogs led to him becoming Vice-president of Battersea Home for Lost Dogs and Chairman of the Society for the prevention of Hydrophobia.

He was chosen to stand for the by election in Dulwich for the Conservatives in 1910, but stood down in favour of Mr Bonar Law.

During the First World War he was also Chairman of his local Military tribunal. 


His Mastiffs Lady Isabel and Beaufort were often used for many advertisements, especially on the cigarette cards that later became collectables. 

Written by Sian Pass for The AW TML 2015

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Mastiff Statistics






A1 - Judges previously approved by the KC to award CC's

Miss T Atkinson, A1 - Breed Specialist, 01635 269056

Mr B Bosch, A1 - Breed Specialist, 0032 89 572741

Mrs M Bromley, A1 - Breed Specialist, 01380 828920

Mrs P Chadwick, A1 - Breed Specialist, 01692 581826

Mr C Coan, A1 - Breed Specialist, 020 8546 2932

Mrs A Collinson, A1 - Breed Specialist, 01948 710259

Mrs H Cook, A1 - Breed Specialist, 01226 754834

Mr K Dickinson, A1 - Breed Specialist, 0771 532 0080

Mrs M Duval, A1 - Breed Specialist, 01953 498346

Mrs Pauline Gittins, A1 - Breed Specialist, 01269 592668

Mrs E Gordon, A1 - Breed Specialist, 1-908-735-6008

Mrs A Griffin, A1 - Breed Specialist, 01694 724759

Mr C Habig, A1 - Breed Specialist, 06732 1842

Mr Colin Hill A1 – Breed Specialist, 01902 790415

Mrs D Mantle-Halley, A1 - Breed Specialist, 01772 814167

Mrs L McKevitt. A1 - Breed Specialist, 01226 294126

Ms Elaine Norris, A1 - Breed Specialist, 01892 526376

Mr Luis Pinto-Tiexeira, A1 - Breed Specialist,

Mr B Sabroe, A1 - Breed Specialist, 004560 778526

Ms H Sargeant, A1 - Breed Specialist, 07778 269265

Ms H Scott, A1 - Breed Specialist, 80538-970-669-0977

Miss G Taylor, A1 - Breed Specialist, 01299 250530

Mrs S Windham, A1 - Breed Specialist, 0513 88178

Mr J Bispham, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01772 627161

Mrs C E Cartledge, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01344 424144

Mr S W Hall, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01254 853526

Mr J Horswell, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01509 674059

Dr R James, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01832 293422

Mr Frank Kane, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01642 485895

Mr Richard C Kinsey, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, Tel : 07809 211135 or 01205 820010 e:

Mr P Lawless, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 00353 45482160

Mr K R Newhouse, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01257 263926

Mr P J Radley, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01863 243005

Ms M Sargent, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01530 249904

Mrs S Searle, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01302 788755

Mr J Smith, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 0121 556 2647

Mr C Thomas, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01780 41014

Mrs Z Thorn-Andrews, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01905 820720

Mr N Waters, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01743 355412

Mrs M Wildman, A1 - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 0151 256 7153

A2 - None

A3 - Judges whom the OEMC support to award CC's but have not yet been approved by the KC

Mrs E Haynes, A3 - Breed Specialist, 01424 432208

B - Judges whom the OEMC support to judge the breed without CC's

Mr K Baldwin, B - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 0151 4984006

Mrs D Harding, B - Breed Specialist, 01 303 250683

Mrs S Hewart-Chambers, B - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01691 658368

Mr S Jones, B - Breed Specialist, 07824 573006

Mrs Sandy Lipman, B - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 02920 689556

C - for aspiring judges who may not yet qualify for list B but have the support of the OEMC.


Mrs V Cook-Smith, C - Breed Specialist, 01709 893541

Mrs V Miller, C - Breed Specialist, 01202 245461

Mr D Simister, C - Breed Specialist, 01354 692050

Mrs K Weston, C - Breed Specialist, 01455 213009

Mrs C Whelan, C - Breed Specialist, 01248 603899

Mr I White, C - Breed Specialist, 07977 075235 - email:

Mrs J Wright, C - Breed Specialist, 07977 075235 - email:

Mrs D Yemm, C - Breed Specialist, 01303 276227

Mr D Bedford, C - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01 953 688251/07815 171006 - email:

Mr B Blunden, C - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01 476 407032

Mrs J Kay, C - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01709 510796

Mrs A King, C - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01283 212233

Ms K Lathaen, C - Non Specialist/All Rounder, 01678 520555





After a period of 10 years involving letters, phone calls, DNA testing and the employment of Solicitors and a Barrister, the KC finally agreed to a compromise over the pedigree of Jengren Mr Milligan who’s Dam was unknown.  This settlement was agreed on 23rd November 2009 and a Notice of Discontinuance was lodged at the High Court.  At the time of the settlement over 119 registered puppies’ pedigrees were affected.

The exact wording of the relevant part of the agreements is as follows:

“The KC shall place a note on its data base of current registrations against the records of Jengren Mr Milligan and his progeny as follows:

The pedigree of this dog/bitch is subject to a query over the breeding of Jengren Mr Milligan x generations ago”

Both parties agreed to pay their own costs.

Brief Background to the Case

In November 2000, the Mastiff Association wrote to the KC about a breach of KC rule 42 stating that there was evidence to support that Jengren Wilma was not the Dam of Jengren Mr Milligan.  They received a reply promising to take up the matter with the breeder and to keep the MA informed. 

In January 2001 it transpired that the KC had agreed with the breeder that the pedigree was to be changed to ‘Dam Unknown’.  It was felt that this made a mockery of the KC’s registration system as there was no evidence provided to support that ‘Dam Unknown’ was a pedigree dog.  The reason given by the KC was that this was obviously a Mastiff to Mastiff mating.  The OEMC sent a letter of complaint to the KC and requested this be changed to ‘Mastiff Dam Name Unknown’ as damage limitation for the breed. 


This was refused and the OEMC appealed the decision in June 2002.

In July 2002 the KC agreed to the amendment and the OEMC believed the matter closed.

June to August 2006.  Following continuing adverse publicity the Hon Sec at that time, Mr Glyn Payne, purchased a copy of Mr Milligan’s pedigree from the KC.  Mr Tugwell urged legal redress in this matter and hire a Barrister.  The committee decided on DNA testing first and letters were sent to owners of relevant dogs from whom blood samples were required.  All owners, with the exception of one, complied.  The samples were sent to a laboratory in Germany as no UK lab wanted to become involved in the dispute.  At this point there were 78 dogs with incomplete pedigrees.  All information was collated and sent to the solicitor.  The KC were contacted but refused to discuss the matter further.

In August 2006 Messrs Thomas & Tugwell re-homed 3 dogs as their owners were unable to keep them and it transpired that one of the Mastiff’s was Mr Milligan (he was thought to have died sometime before).  Further DNA samples were collated and sent to the legal team and Barrister acting on behalf of the OEMC & MA and a case was drafted. 

At the OEMC AGM held on 27th April 2008, members voted to continue with the court case against the KC.


The Kennel Club:



DNA testing:

KC Judges' Critiques: 

Show Schedules - Fosse Data:

Show Schedules -Higham Press:

Mastiff Association:

Mastiff Club of America:

Australian Mastiff Club:

Mastiff Club of Belgium:

Danish Mastiff Club:

Old English Mastiff Club of Germany:

Finland Bullmastiff & Mastiff Club: 

Old English Mastiff Club of Netherlands:

Mastiff Lovers Association Netherlands: 

Norwegian English Mastiff Club:

Swedish Mastiff Club:

Mastiff Club of Switzerland:

Info -Dog Owners Guide - Canismajor: 

Dog Press - Our Dogs:






Hon. Secretary

Debbie Harding -

Hon. Treasurer

Lyn McKevitt -

Puppy Line, Rehoming and Membership Liaison Officer

Claire Whelan. 'Alexia', Ursula Avenue, Selsey, West Sussex PO20 0HT

tel - 01243 603899

Breed Health Co-ordinators

Colin Hill - and 

Rhian Jones-Nuttall -

Newsletter Editor and Breed Archivist

Dave McKevitt -

Website -

Website History & Acknowledgements


In 2002 the first Old English Mastiff Club website was created by Lyn Say (Bulliff Mastiffs) in conjunction with a website design company locally based to her called TJS.  Using her knowledge and experience in breeding, owning and showing Mastiff’s Lyn wrote the majority of articles that you can read on this website today.  The guidelines on Puppy Line, such as rearing puppies, feeding Mastiffs and the ‘do’s and don’ts’ are full of common sense and especially worth reading.

Lyn subsequently retired but continued to assist Keith Dickinson (Mullak) who followed as the next editor. Dave McKevitt (Tyketarn) subsequently took over from Keith.

In April 2018 the editorship of the website passed from Dave McKevitt to Tracey Atkinson (Honeycroft). The now 16 year old website was difficult to update - only limited text could be added and no photos without referring to the website hosting company. There was no support contract with the website hosts and they stated the website needed to be updated with a secure https address at a cost of £250. If this work wasn’t completed by July 2018 visitors to the site would receive a message that the site was unsafe and not to visit.

The website was then re-built by this editor over the course of a 6 month period. Although the look of the site is different, the original information and articles remain and new articles and information have been added. Words highlighted in blue are links to other documents, websites or photo’s. 

The cost of hosting the site with the original company was £330 per year and another £300 for 5 Domain names, a total of £630 per year. Including the extra charge of £250 this would have been a cost to the club of £910 at a very difficult time in the Club’s history. The editor decided to look at other options and chose a self build website company, Squarespace. Using this company halved the costs to the club from £630 per year to £312. 

Since November 2020, and after Committee agreement, the website's day-to-day running and development has been taken on by a new party, and at no cost to the club. A more modern and up-to-date appearance, as well as functionality, and the ability to expand ecommerce for instance, was also 'voted on' and agreed. The New Domain is The hosting has also been moved to a platform with greater flexibility. These latter two costs have also been cut down by 2/3rds, in comparison to what was previously being paid. Obviously, a great saving to the Club, as well as a more professional and functionable website moving forward.

The website is continuously 'under construction' and is regularly updated.  If you find any errors on this site, or wish for amendments or additions, then please contact us.


The OEMC would like to thank the contributors to this website:  Dog World, Frank Garwood, Diana Pearce, Alan Walker, John Hartley and Anne Roslin Williams for their photographic contributions.  April 18 Open show photo's:


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