Crufts Championship Show 2014
Dachshund (Miniature Wire Haired)
Judge: Mrs N Price
BEST OF BREED : KUGOW & HOLT Waldmeister Samuel JW
Dog CC : KUGOW & HOLT Waldmeister Samuel JW
Res Dog CC : FULTON Brooklaid Sir Agravaine to Bothlyn
Bitch CC : DANCE Emem Candy Sunshine
Res Bitch CC : DAYKIN Barratini Hot Gossip
Best Puppy : FULTON Brooklaid Sir Agravaine to Bothlyn
I would like to thank the Crufts committee for the invitation to judge Miniature Wirehaired Dachshunds at this prestigious show –a great honour to judge my own breed.
My ring stewards, Jennifer Hiscox and Bill Evans, were so efficient and kept a smooth running ring –thank you.
The numerically high entry was flattering and the atmosphere around the ring relaxed and supportive. The sportsmanship was so obvious by the applause after each class.
With the high numbers of entries it goes without saying that many went card less and I was splitting hairs in many classes. The Open bitch class was the best I have seen for a long time.
Dogs were more varied than the bitches.
All dogs were shown in clean condition, with the exception of some dirty teeth – I would not have expected to see this here (or at any show). Some were in “soft” condition; even after the bad weather this is not acceptable. Nails in some cases needed a little clip.
Temperaments were very good. There were no failures of the temperament test.
Many dogs looked good stacked but movement let them down, the strong rear drive was absent in some exhibits. Some handlers moved their dogs too fast causing the loss of top line and rear movement to be challenged.
VETERAN DOG (4 -1a) These three guys are a credit to their owners and breed; their movement as good, if not better, than some of the youngsters.
1-Murrays Brindekel Furrari- dark brindle with balanced head, strong mouth, gentle eye. Well placed shoulders, good length of ribbing; well angulated rear. Enjoyed moving around the big ring with confidence.
2-Ritchies Bothlyn Timemaster at Sharplaw – same comments as for 1 but just lost his topline a little in profile.
3-Ward-Blowers Willowmist Little Red Rooster – slightly shorter in rib than 1 and 2 but motored. In good hard condition.
SPECIAL PUPPY DOG (3 – 1a) two outstanding puppies with strong masculine heads.
1-Fultons Brooklaid Sir Agravaine To Bothlyn- ResCC: BPD: BPIB – a chocolate with a harsh wire coat. Excellent head and eye, strong clean teeth, good length of neck, into sound front and well placed shoulders. Muscular body for a baby, well angulated rear, tight feet and correct tailset.Well off for bone. Good ground clearance ensured he sailed around this ring. Such confidence for a youngster.
2-Finneys Dom Porignon Vitoraz- not as settled as 1 initially but then decided to cooperate with his handler. Strong head, most mischievous eye, correct ear set. Elegant neck into well placed shoulders. Shown in hard condition. Again good ground clearance and he moved well.
SPECIAL JUNIOR (6 -1a)
1-Fultons Brooklaid Sir Agravaine to Bothlyn –as SPD
2-Roses Ridanflight Ricardo- of differing type to 1, a lot to like. Balanced head with lovely dark eye, clean shoulders and front, strong tight feet, angulated rear, good tail set. Shown in hard condition which reflected in his movement.
3- Hunts Earthseas Bobby Sox –kindest dark eye in a balanced head. So masculine throughout, strong bone, correct ribbing, moved with drive. Good front, kept his top line at all times. Most extrovert temperament.
YEARLING DOG (3)
1-Howells Fallowmill Sergio –close decision between 1 & 2 but 1 had the slightly better front while 2 had a slightly stronger hind movement. Well set leathers, lovely almond eye, sound shoulder placement and front and good ribbing. Coat in excellent condition.
2- Stewards Bassodon Dolce- sympathetically handled dog (going through his teenage stage today), once settled he did move well. Sound throughout, again with a good coat, strong tight feet and well angulated rear.
3-Hemmens & Harris`s Starhill Prince Hamlet- immature compared to 1 & 2 but this should come. More compact with strong body. Proudly carried head on moving. Such an extrovert temperament.
POST GRADUATE DOG (13 -2a) Difficult class with differing types.
1-Dance`s Waldmeister Rova To You Emem- does not show himself off enough; going over him he is so pleasing. Strong head, neck and body. Well placed shoulders, good spring of rib, muscled body, and strong bone. Moved with such drive and would win the waggiest tail.
2-Mcleod & Hassall’s Bryntonian Mynyddog- little to choose between these two. Beautiful balanced head and gentle eye. Clean neck, good front, well placed shoulders, long ribbing and strong loin. Moved true. Shown in immaculate condition.
3-Rose's Ridanflight Rafferty - took a little while to settle; good head. Strong body, good ground clearance, balanced, moved soundly.
LIMIT DOG (10 -1a) Strong class
1-Haywards Foxearth Fidler On The Roof- strong head, gentle dark almond eye, elegant neck into well placed shoulders, well sprung ribs, short strong loin. Well-turned stifle, most beautiful feet. Good bone. Well-presented coat. Flowed round the ring; strong contender.
2- Dunn`s Barratini Danz On To Ashbridge- another good dog. Balanced head, neatest of fronts, long ribbing and strong loin. Took a while to settle but once he did showed himself off by striding round this ring. Good tail carriage. Well-presented coat.
3- Macdonough`s Varrich`s Black Bob-Strong bone, masculine head, reach of neck into shoulder placement. Good rear angulation; moved with drive. Again well presented.
OPEN DOG (7) Brilliant class –thank you..
1-Kugow & Holt`s Waldmeister Samuel JW- CC & BOB- Strong masculine head with super mouth. Lovely eye and leather set. Well arched neck into good shoulders, strong body with long ribbing and short strong loin. Good angulation, tight feet, well-muscled rump. Movement so true, parallel coming and going, strong top and underline. Superb coat and presentation. At one with his handler.
2 – Blackburn’s Ch. Stargang Crusoe –another in first class condition, masculine head of correct proportions with darkest almond eye. Well placed shoulders, long ribbing. Muscled rear used to full advantage. Strong top and underline kept on the move which was flowing.
3- Phillips Ch. Curtisey Boogy Woogy JW- balanced head and leathers, good strong mouth. Long ribbing and short loin. Good tail set and carriage. Nothing exaggerated –well balanced throughout. Flowed round the ring.
GOOD CITIZEN DOG (1)
1-Stephenson`s Molloney Oh Oh Seven Von Wistex – good head with dark eye. Well off for bone. Strong rear used to motor round. Coat well presented.
VETERAN BITCH (7- 1a) A super class of elder ladies –all well deserving of places, so well presented and enjoying their day.
1-Holgates Drakesleat Bahn The Bomb- not showing her years. Balanced head, strong mouth with clean teeth. Arched neck into well placed shoulders. Well bodied with good rear angulation. Moved like a two year old keeping a good top line and parallel rear movement.
2- Hill & Nialls Drakesleat Material Girl At Kanstul – more compact bitch. Feminine head with gentle eye. Well ribbed with good underline. Balanced rear, neat feet, good tail set. Well presented coat. Moved well. Decided to fidget in the line up.
3-Hayward`s Ch Foxearth Foto Copy- feminine head with lovely dark eye, good reach of neck into well placed shoulders. Long ribs and short strong loin, rear angulation shown well on the move. Good top line – a little rotund underneath.
SPECIAL PUPPY BITCH (8)Strong class.
1-Russel`s Rusteck I Dreamed A Dream- BPB – Strong yet feminine bitch, balanced head and lovely dark eye. Arched neck into well placed shoulders. Ribs well sprung, muscled body and rear. Well off for bone. Harshest of coats. Moved soundly and confidently with good ground clearance.
2- Marston Teal`s Lordscairnie Rhythm Of Love – slightly smaller than 1, extremely well proportioned. Good head, well placed shoulders, sprung ribs and short loin. Used her angulated rear to full advantage on the move, keeping her top and underline. Well presented coat.
3-Kemps Metcroft Blue Jeans Of Vossmead –such an extrovert girl, immature compared to 1 & 2. Good head and neck, sprung ribs, strong top line and rear angulation. Coat just right.
SPECIAL JUNIOR BITCH (12 -1a) Another strong class.
1-Kugow & Holts Waldmeister Annie –won this class on her movement; could have worked all day. Feminine head with strong jaw and teeth, mischievous eye. Well arched neck into sound shoulders and front, sprung ribs and short loin. Muscled rear and good angulation. Coat in tip top condition. Good ground clearance. Strong contender.
2- Lancaster’s Pellismer Sticks N Stones- Balanced feminine head, beautiful expression. Neat front, good ribbing and loin proportions, well off for bone, tight feet; pulled out all the stops when she moved.
3-Poxon`s Upto Mischief Diervilla Via Kapodach (Imp Pol)Higher on the leg but well proportioned. Balanced head, elegant neck into well placed shoulders. Strong muscled body, good broad rump with angulated rear used well on the move. Good coat presentation.
YEARLING BITCH (11 – 4a)
1-Billinghurst`s Drakesleat Scent Sueall For Jilljac- well-proportioned head, neat front and shoulders, good depth of chest, beautifully bodied and muscled. Ribs to loin correct. Strong top and underline kept on the move. Well off for bone, correct feet, good tail set. Moved with drive.
2- Morris`s Stargang Quintina At Pennywave- the prettiest of heads, good front, ribbing and tail set. Well-muscled and bodied. She was fidgety ++ initially, probably due to her most extrovert temperament, but settled well on the move –sympathetically handled.
3- Busta`s Skin On Skin Vitoraz (ATC AQO2152CZE)- differing type. Feminine head, well arched neck, correct shoulders and good front. Strong top line, well-muscled body. Harshest of coats presented well. Looked balanced stacked but moved a little close today, nevertheless moved with such drive.
POST GRAD BITCH (14 -1a)very mixed class
1-Billinghurst`s Drakesleat Scent Sueall For Jilljac –as yearling.
2- Fulton`s Bothlyn Penny Wise- most feminine head with the darkest eye. Good mouth and gleaming teeth. Neat front, well placed shoulders, well bodied. Coat in immaculate condition. Slightly immature compared to 1 but her day will come.
3- Baxters Hotwire All Shook Up- not as “glamorous” as 1 & 2 but everything is there, gentle expression in well balanced head and leathers, correct shoulders and ribbing, good depth of chest. Strong rear. Moved exceptionally well.
LIMIT BITCH (17 – 2a) A very strong class
1-Addoo`s Reulemill Freya Fraywood –of smaller type with correct proportions and ground clearance. Good head and gentle dark eye. Neat front and shoulder placement, correct depth of chest. Well ribbed, strong loin. Moved with drive keeping her top and underline.
2- McLeod & Hassall`s Janjac Mac Zeen- shown in superb condition –coat immaculate. Balanced head, good shoulder placement and ribbing, strong muscled body, angulated rear. Tightest of feet, good tail set carried well.
3-Busta`s Rock Me Rita Vitoraz (ATC AQO 2153CZE)- Good head, neck and shoulders, deep chest, well-muscled and bodied. Did not like the noise and took time to settle on the move.
OPEN BITCH (14 – 2a) What a class and a delight to judge.
1-Dance`s Emem Candy Sunshine –BCC and RBOB – so very sound. Feminine head with such a mischievous eye. Good neck into well placed shoulders, neat front. Ribbing to loin proportions correct. Strong muscled rear with good angulation. Kept her good top and underline on the move coming, going and in profile. What an extrovert temperament; well handled. Made up on the day –congratulations.
2- Daykin`s Barratini Hot gossip JW- RCC –most attractive girl shown in immaculate condition. Good head, neck, front and shoulder placement. Well bodied with good rear angulation used to perfection. Moved round this ring with such positive determination keeping top and underline.
3- Marston-Teal`s Ch. Lordscairnie Love Life –another with lots to commend. Balanced head, good front and shoulder placement. Well sprung ribs. Good rear angulation. Presented in tip top condition with harsh coat.
GOOD CITIZEN BITCH (3 – 1a)
1-Addoo`s Reulemill Freya Fraywood –as Limit bitch
2- Stephenson’s Bothlyn Indigo Blue At Wistex- carrying a little weight today. Neat head and gentle expression. Well balanced throughout and moved with drive enjoying herself.
Nora Price (Judge)