Dachshund (Miniature Wire Haired)
Judge: Mrs Helen Caple
I considered it an honour to receive the invitation to judge this delightful variety of Dachshund at CRUFTS 2015. I was pleased with the numerically high entry of 127 and thank the exhibitors for giving me the privilege and pleasure of assessing their lovely hounds. I sensed a good atmosphere around the ring and thank my able stewards for keeping it running smoothly. I had an enjoyable day and was delighted with my main winners, I thought my B.O.B CH RIDANFLIGHT RICARDO put on a great performance in the Group Ring and did the breed proud. The entry today was mixed in type, I thought that the majority of exhibits met the breed standard requirement of height to length ratio and had sufficient ground clearance. All exhibits were shown in clean condition and there were no exhibits that I regarded as being either thin or excessively overweight. My main concern was the perennial one of poor front construction, especially shortness in length of upper arm and insufficient layback of shoulder blades, restricting the forward reach in movement. On the plus side coat were mainly good and temperaments were delightful which was lovely to see. My placings were as I saw the dogs today, I was looking for a well constructed hound , balanced in outline, with lengthy ribbing, able to move freely showing reach and drive, and carrying themselves well. The quality in some of the bitch classes was such that many nice ones went home without a card.
Veteran Dog (4)
1) Black. Ch Bassodon Bilbie. Hard to believe this quality boy is coming up to 8yrs. Smart d/br who presented an excellent outline, really good to go over. Masculine head, reachy neck, excellent well filled front together with good upper arm and shoulder, well angulated quarters, lengthy ribbing, moved soundly away and back, strode out in profile, stands on good feet, in excellent coat and condition.
2) Evans. Emem Storms Ahead. Pleasing br coming up 9yrs, very masculine in outlook, pleasing overall shape with lovely chunky bone and neat feet, loved his head and expression, well filled front , would like to see more length to upperarm, well angulated quarters, well sprung ribbing, would prefer more length, moved out soundly and smartly, but not quite the extension of 1. Well presented with excellent wire coat.
3) Ward-Blower. Willowmist Little Red Rooster. This 10yr red boy has a pleasing head and expression with good pigmentation , neat front, well sprung ribbing but lacking in length, in excellent muscular condition and strode out well on the move.
Minor Puppy Dog (1)
1) Spence & Kirkwood-Emery. Helydon Goharley At Cicada. Neat brindle baby pleased for size and type, appealing head and expression, good overall shape, has well filled front, good ribbing and neat quarters, needing slightly longer upperarm, his movement is neat coming on, but at present is slightly bowed behind, however he strides out smartly in profile, has a lovely outgoing temperament and was well presented.
Puppy Dog (3) 3 Completly different types of puppies.
1) Lewis. Bastlefords Toffee Crisp For Trixhund. This lad caused me a dilemma, as I considered him the best constructed overall, but was a handful on the move, I liked the make and shape of this harsh coated red. Good head and dark eye, well constructed front with good shoulder, upperarm and ribbing, well angulated rear with short hocks. On the move could just see enough to award him the class, got his act together later in the challenge.
2) Heather. Ravensbeech Rossini With Whiteorchard. More rangy red, still very immature and very much a baby, appealing head, dark eyes and good pigmentation, good front and ribbing, tad long in loin, well angulated rear, strode out well in profile and was neat away and back.
3) Helydon Goharley At Cicada.
Junior Dog (6)
1) Feetham. Bothlyn Wee Man At Kimbleholme. 13 mths dark brindle who had immediate appeal, looked lovely stacked, very much altogether in his build and very well balanced, has a lovely masculine head, is well angulated fore and aft, good bone and neat feet, ribbing carried well back and with good depth, his wire coat is of a good harsh texture and he moved out with freedom and drive, most promising youngster.
2) Tubb. Westwillow Mini Major Rich. Red with lots to like, at present lacking the maturity of 1, He is well put together and neat all through, attractive head and dark eye and although his shoulder is well angulated with enough upperarm his fore chest still needs to develop, has good depth of rib and well angulated quarters, moved soundly but not as outgoing as 1.
3) Flowers,Soderberg. Baltiyskiy Indiana Jones (Imp). Smart brindle with excellent wire jacket, very neat all through and slightly taller on the leg, good forechest and ribbing, happy enthusiastic mover who kep a good topline but lacked the scope of those above.
Yearling Dog (7)
1) Kent. Ch Barratini Teddyboy At Lokmadi JW. This super youngster, who I see is sired by my Veteran winner, is very masculine in outlook and well balanced all through, he has a well proportioned head, dark eye and pleasing expression, reachy neck and good head carriage. Very well put together with well filled front, neat elbows and lengthy ribbing, well angulated quarters and stands on neat feet. His movement is sound away and back and he moves freely in profile with good reach and drive. In lovely coat and condition. Pleased to award him the Res CC.
2) Amore. Joker Della Kafara. Smart brindle boy and close up to 1, pleasing head and expression, lovely size and type, good conformation all through, great little mover, covering the ground well, lovely outgoing temperament, good wire jacket, immaculately presented and well handled, just preferring the more houndy head of 1.
3) Neate. Beaucat Eddie Tor. Good coated Red of pleasing type and size, neat all through, masculine head, dark eye, good neck and topline, deep chest, ideally would like better length to ribbing and tighter feet, showed well and moved freely.
Postgraduate Dog (8) Difficult class to judge with differing types and sizes.
1) Flowers. Metcroft Raspberry Beret. This Red boy stood away here having the best overall construction, moved soundly and freely and was an easy winner, liked his long masculine head, strong neck and good topline, he is well angulated fore and aft and stands on good bone and neat feet, carries himself well on the move, has a good wire jacket.
2) Galen-Bisping. Jiljac Yulebrunner At Celticberns. Attractive d/brindle of a pleasing type and overall shape, has a masculine head well furnished and lovely expression, good neck and topline, well sprung deep ribbing, nicely angulated quarters. Not quite the front angulation of 1 and would like a little more leg length and ground clearance, however moved soundly away and back and showed well with a lovely happy temperament.
3) Macdonough. Varrich'Black Bob. Dark brindle who stands higher on the leg and is smart in outline, has a good head, reachy neck and good ribbing, moved out smartly and drives well from his strongly made quarters, is a shade wide in action coming on, does not have the freedom in movement of those above, well presented with a lovely close wire jacket.
Limit Dog (12) This very competitive class made for the closest of decisions.
1) Barney. Verrami En Trac. Smart well made brindle, liked his size and shape, pleasing to go over, lovely well filled forechest, good shoulders and enough upperarm, ribbing well sprung and carried well back, short hocks and neat feet, has a lovely masculine head and reachy neck with good head carriage, moved soundly both ways with good extension in profile.
2) Dunn. Barratini Danz On To Ashridge. Quality brindle boy of the type I like and neat all through, pleasing outline with well balanced angulation fore and aft, lovely ribbing with good length and depth, well angulated quarters, moved true away and back with free easy stride in profile, in good coat and condition, ideally would like a little more forechest.
3) Dance. Waldermeister Rova To You Emen. This handsome brindle completed a trio of good prospects for the future. Loved his houndy head, expression and strong jaw, is well constructed all through with lovely chunky bone and neat feet, has a lovely outgoing temperament and good textured jacket, moved out smartly using his short hocks to really drive, was a little close coming on today but liked him a lot.
Open Dog (11) Excellent class
1) Rose. Ch Ridanflight Ricardo. Topped a class of quality males, impressive brindle, super for type, well put together and impressive in outline, has a handsome head, good neck and proud headcarriage, his front is well constructed with close fitting elbows, ribbing carried well back and he has a strong well angulated rear, his movement is a joy to see, so sound away and back with great freedom in profile, shown in super coat and condition, to top it all he has both style and presence, a great little showman, pleased to award him the CC and BOB.
2) Hayward. Foxearth Fiddler On The Roof. Lots to like about this well constructed Red, loved his clean lines and overall shape, pleasing head with long muzzle, dark eyes and good pigmentation, has balanced angulation front and rear, good deep ribbing carried well back, good bone and feet, moved out well keeping a good topline and really driving from the rear, coat of good texture , well handled and close up in the challenge.
3) Phillips. Ch Curtisey Boogy Woogy JW. Have done this smart dark brindle well as a youngster and still like him now, has matured into a well bodied boy with good neck and shoulder, super ribbing with good depth, short loin and strong well made rear, on the stack he sinks on his hocks and loses his topline but comes into his own on the move where he keeps his shape, strode out well , was true away and back, ideally would like a little more upperarm and a more masculine head, has one of the best wire jackets here today.
Good Citizen Dog (1)
1) Stephenson. Molloney Oh Oh Seven Von Wistex. Fully mature 5yr brindle who has a slightly larger frame, clean in outline, liked his houndy masculine head, good basic construction with well filled front and deep ribs, moved out well and has a good stride.
Veteran Bitch (5). Lovely class of mature ladies who enjoyed their day out.
1) Hayward. Ch Foxearth Foto Copy. This sprightly energetic pretty Red bitch is now 11yrs the dam of my 2nd in Open Dog, she could out move many here today, have judged her before in 2008 and it is good to see that she has retained her lovely outline and sound movement, her head is very feminine with dark eyes, neat front and good length of upperarm, ribbing carried well back, has a super happy temperament and really strode out in profile.
2) Black. Ch Bassodon Dita Von Teese. Smart brindle litter sister to my Veteran Dog winner rising 8yrs and like "peas in a pod", she is well constructed throughout and has a pleasing head and eye, good bone and neat feet, moves out, freely, not quite so positive in rear movement as 1 today, her coat has a good wire texture and she is in lovely condition.
3) Ward-Blower. Willowmist Brown Sugar. Feminine Red who again is in lovely condition for her 10yrs , litter sister to 3rd in Veteran Dog and very much like her brother, has a well filled neat front, good depth of rib, moved out smartly, not quite the topline or scope in movement of those above.
Puppy Bitch (3) All quite different in type and at differing stages of development.
1) Price. Samlane Belleza. A lot to like about this 10 mth dark brindle, very feminine in outlook, pleasing houndy head, neat front with close fitting elbows, good depth and spring of rib, firm topline and quarters, moved soundly away and back and strode out in profile, good texture to coat and furnishings. Best Puppy.
2) Flowers. Bingobongo's Felliciana. This smart 10 mth Young lady was sired by my Post Grad winner and is very much in the same mould, she is slightly taller on the leg than 1, but has a lovely clean outline, well filled front, good ribbing, in good coat and condition, moved freely but still needs to firm up in rear, will be interesting to see how she develops, thought that winner was more together today.
3) Thackwray. Dathack's Perfect Diamond. Pretty brindle of 10 mths still immature , not quite the bone or substance of the 2 above, lovely head and eye, well filled forechest and depth of rib, moved out smartly but at present moves a little wide in front, she is a very happy showgirl and is a little proud in tail carriage, just needs patient handling and time.
Junior Bitch (18)
1) Howells. Fallowmill Carolina. This soundly made light brindle is just 12 mths, liked her make and shape and is pleasing to go over, pretty feminine head, good neck and front assembly, with well filled forechest and neat fitting elbows, good bone and neat feet, her ribs are carried well back and she has good rear angulation, moved out soundly with a free easy stride, lovely prospect.
2) Blackburn. Stargang Compania Faberge. Immaculately presented brindle of a pleasing overall shape, has a lovely head which I actually prefer over 1, well constructed front, good depth of rib carried well back, well made quarters, moved out with good extension, still needing to firm up in the rear and not as settled as 1.
3) Morrison. Bentsen Sexy Shoo. Well made brindle, pleasing feminine head, reachy neck, good angulation fore and aft, deep chest, moved out smartly, looks better on the move than at the stack where she needs to relax in her topline.
Yearling Bitch (14)
1) Barcella. Queenlord Skinny Love. This eyecatching brindle showed really well on a loose lead, lovely balanced bitch whose good conformation and sound movement won her this class, attractive head good neck and topline, deep ribbing carried well back, short loin and strong well angulated rear, loved her outgoing personality and deportment, moved very freely with both reach and drive, in lovely wire coat, was close up in the challenge.
2) Rose. Ridanflight Remember Me. Lots to like about this dark brindle, lovely for size and type, very smart in outline, super head and furnishings, soundly constructed with well filled front, good length of ribbing and short loin, well angulated quarters, would prefer shorter length of hock, moved out well with a good stride, still needing to firm up and at present does not have the maturity or finish of 1, immaculately presented and in lovely coat.
3) Hendriksen. Sebasso's Baccarat. Attractive red of a completely different type being slightly narrower all through and taller on the leg, very good through the front, well ribbed back, strong well angulated quarters, liked her head shape with darkest of eyes and lengthy muzzle, has a good textured wire coat , moved with drive.
Post Graduate Bitch (16) Close decision between 2 promising youngsters.
1) Dance. Bimini Time To Travel To Emen. Delightful young lady who pleased for size and type, has everything in the right place, liked her overall shape, good chunky bone and neat feet, has the most appealing head and expression, well made front, snug fitting elbows , good ribbing and quarters, moved out soundly with both forward reach and drive, just tending to drop her head a bit when moving, has a lovely outgoing temperament and showed with confidence, in a crisp jacket, lovely prospect, liked her a lot.
2) Jones. Bimini Out Of The Blue. Smart brindle very similar in type to 1, but more compactly built, good overall construction, attractive head and dark eye, reachy neck, enough forechest, good length and depth to ribbing, well made quarters, moved out smartly keeping a good topple and was true away and back, showed well but not quite the forward reach and drive of 1, in excellent wire jacket.
3) Feetham. Brooklaid Lady Igraine At Kimbleholme. Well presented brindle with close wire jacket, more rangy and slightly taller on the leg, good bone and neat feet, feminine head, lengthy neck, enough forechest, deep well sprung ribbing, showed well and moved with drive, preferred the the overall balance and toplines of those above.
Limit Bitch (10)
1) Jones. Bimini From Russia With Love. Smart brindle whose good conformation and sound movement won her this class, pretty feminine head, lovely eye and expression, has balanced angulation fore and aft and very clean in outline, her front is well filled, ribbing is deep and she has good bone and neat feet, moved out freely keeping a good topline, well presented in good wire jacket.
2) Kugow &Holt. Waldermeister Annie JW. This super coated dark brindle is in hard condition and has good ground clearance, she has a houndy but still feminine head and strong jaw, firm well made body with good spring of rib and strong well muscled quarters, not completely relaxed on the stack but came into her own on the move, where she has a free and easy stride, close decision, preferred the overall shape of 1.
3) Blackburn-Bennett. Stargang Walking On Sunshine. Immaculately presented brindle with firm clean cut outline, but longer cast than those above, lots to like, loved her well shaped feminine head, soundly constructed front and long ribbing, moved out well, would have liked to see more drive.
Open Bitch (16) Hotly contested class and a pleasure to judge, several I liked went home without a card.
1) Dance. Ch Emen Candy Sunshine. I was immediately drawn to this super brindle who is very much of the type I like and for me she is absolutely lovely, very feminine and of an ideal size, beautifully balanced and so well put together, liked her head and expression, reachy neck into well laid shoulders, good upperarm and snug fitting elbows, her ribs are well sprung and carried well back, has a good top and underline, short in loin and well muscled quarters, she is so sound on the move, carries herself so well with excellent forward reach and drive, in lovely coat and condition, a happy little extrovert and fabulous temperament, pleased to award her the CC.
2) Daykin. Barratini Hot Gossip. This beautifully made dark brindle has a touch of elegance about her, loved her size and balance , was close up to 1, attractive head with good furnishings, long neck, firm topline and shapely body, has a well filled forechest, good shoulder and upperarm with legs set well under, ribbing is well sprung and go well back, nicely angulated rear, moved out with freedom, drive and good head carriage, in the challenge her sound and accurate front movement edged the yearling winner to gain the RCC.
3) Blackburn-Bennett. Ch Stargang Czarina. Completed a super trio of top class bitches. Classy Red whom I admired as a puppy, is now a quality 4yr and a worthy Champion, lovely to go over with super head and eye, well constructed throughout with excellent front and ribbing, covered the ground well, but not quite as steady as those above, in excellent wire coat and condition.
Good Citizen Scheme Bitch (1)
1) Addoo. Reulemill Freya Fraywood ShCM. Stood alone but deserved her red card, attractive 6yr brindle with super outline, lovely head and reachy neck, deep ribbing and well angulated rear, she moved freely in profile holding a good topline, was however a shade wide coming on, was well presented.
Helen Caple (Judge)