BEST OF BREED : BLACKBURN Ch Stargang Witches Shadow
Dog CC : BLACKBURN Stargang Plutomium
Res Dog CC : ROSE & BLACKBURN Stargang Pot of Gold at Ridanflight
Best Puppy Dog: BLACKBURN Stargang Plutomium
Bitch CC : BLACKBURN Ch Stargang Witches Shadow
Res Bitch CC : FRANCESCONI Queenlord Black Devil Dolly
Best Puppy Bitch : GRANT Granhoward Patience
Best Puppy : BLACKBURN Stargang Plutomium
Best Veteran: PAIN Trixhund Tattiannie Ravensbeech
Minor Puppy Dog (3)
1st: BLACKBURN Stargang Plutomium
2nd: DASILVA & SEXTON Molloney Woody or Won't He at Ertekes
3rd: LINDFIELD Nigel
Puppy Dog (3)
1st: GILKES & STORTON Dereheath Shaken Not Stired At Birichino
BLACK Bothlyn Back in Black Bassodon
Junior Dog (1)
1st: HOPPER Arbennik Pol Eriskay at Brynfaw
1st: MILLS Tythe Fred Flintstone at Oniasid
Post Graduate Dog (4)
1st: KIRKWOOD Beetlejuice Vitoraz At Helydon (Czech imp)
2nd: COVENEY Emem Django
3rd: PHILLIPS Birichino Barley of Robinswood
Res: TOMSETT Dajean Oatmeal Cookie
Limit Dog (4)
1st: ROSE & BLACKBURN Stargang Pot of Gold at Ridanflight
2nd: CROSSMAN & KENNEDY Foxearth Fly By Night
3rd: KILROY Blackvein Cupid at Janacop
Res: TOMSETT Dajean
1st: DANCE Emem Solar Power
2nd: PAIN Ch Ravensbeech Buccleugh
3rd: BARCELLA Queenlord Le Roi Soleil
Res: KIRKWOOD-EMERY Ch Helydon Laird Loki JW
VHC: SMITH Ch Alncroft Ivan Inkling
Veteran Dog (3)
Minor Puppy Bitch (7)
1st: GRANT Granhoward Patience
2nd: MAGRI Rozelle Roxanne Rozamie
3rd: MORRIS Granhoward Phoebe at Pennywave
Res: TOMSETT Dajean Kantars Kaylie
HILL Knowing Me Knowing You to Weipowa
1st: GRANT Granhoward Priscilla
2nd: STEPHENSON Bothlyn Sweet Missy at Wistex
3rd: MARSTON TEAL Lordscairnie Endless Love
Res: JONES Bimini to the Moon and Back
VHC: GILKES Dereheath Just The Tonic At Birichino
Junior Bitch (4)
1st: ROSE Ridanflight Renata
2nd: DANCE Emem Autumnal Sunshine
3rd: KIRKWOOD-EMERY Helydon Radiant Rivva
Res: KILROY Blackvein Rambler at Janacop
1st: MARSTON-TEAL Lordscairnie Love to Dream
2nd: WARDIELL Babypawz Brenda's Girl
Post Graduate Bitch
1st: SMITH Alncroft Ida Zire
2nd: MERRY & SELBY Olivia Belle for Merryline
3rd: PEEK & PEEK MATAR Whiteorchard Tiggy Winkle of Milkwood
Res: KIRKWOOD Helydon Quickstep Queeni
VHC: FITZHERBET STEWART & TOMSETT Dajean Pinochios Star
Limit Bitch (8)
1st: FRANCESCONI Queenlord Black Devil Dolly
2nd: SEXTON Molloney Noodle Not a Doodle
3rd: MERRY,SELBY & VRANCH Ona Meli for Merryline
Res: CROSSMAN & KENNEDY Moonshe Queen Bee
Wistex Taking it Easy
Open Bitch (10)
1st: BLACKBURN Ch Stargang Witches Shadow
2nd: DANCE Emem Letty Bee Sunshine JW
3rd: JONES Bimini Chasing Moonbeams
Res: KIRKWOOD-EMERY Helydon Nifty Nairn JW
VHC: MILLS Middleton
Hunt at Oniasid
Veteran Bitch (1)
1st: PAIN Trixhund Tattiannie Ravensbeech
I would like to thank the Dachshund Club once again, for the honour of judging mini wires and to the exhibitors who entered their dogs for my opinion. Whilst I may not breed mini wires, I have bred standard smooths and mini longs successfully for 30 years, so my comments are those of a breeder and also a judge who has been blessed to judge our breed fairly regularly across the globe, so I hope my observations are taken in the light of positive feedback for improvement of breeding programs, for those actively seeking to breed correct, typey, top quality examples of our breed.
I am aware that my comments are based solely on the dogs that were entered on the day, but if they were representative of the breed as a whole in the UK, I would be a little concerned for the state of the breed. There were several things which alarmed me and I want to share those, in the hope that breeders will start to pay more attention to those areas, as I saw these traits in many of the dogs presented to me.
The front oval shape of the dachshund is unique and a hallmark of the breed, with the chest sitting in the crook of the front legs. Many dogs didn’t have the chest sitting in the crook and there were too many round fronts and short ribbing. Short ribs leave the heart and lungs exposed. Too many were also too wide in front, with loose elbows popping out. On the other extreme, there were others who had practically no space between the front legs. The requirement for tight elbows carried close to the ribcage and correct space between the front legs is a functional requirement of the Dachshund. There was also a large presence of short upper arms, giving restricted reach in front or a high lifting front action. Correct reach and drive is a requirement of typical Dachshund movement. Top lines on the whole were level on the stack, but many lost it on the move due to the lack of proper conditioning. I was disappointed that many were not in hard muscle tone and are clearly sofa dogs. This is a working breed and needs regular roadwork, to keep them in hard muscle and correct condition. This was clear in the rear movement, where many lacked the correct apple shaped bum and hard muscling that would result in good drive and parallel rear movement, showing clean pads as the dog moved away. Far too many dogs had no rear drive and back legs going in every direction, except parallel. Poor conditioning also resulted in many flat splayed front feet and long uncut nails made this worse. Breeders should also pay attention to underlines, as many had underlines which cut up drastically and spoiled the pleasing outline they should have. Attention is also needed to the correct almond shaped eye and dark colour, with several having round goggly or light eyes, which ruins correct expression.
One of the reasons I never owned a wirehaired, is because I am too lazy to do the coat work required to present them correctly, if they are to be given top awards. Too many of the dogs appeared ungroomed and more attention is needed to their jackets. Thankfully the majority had the correct harsh texture, with only a few very soft incorrect coats. A dog show is a show and a lack of ring craft for quite a few dogs (and owners) led to it being difficult to properly assess them, as they either wouldn’t stand for the table examination or refused to move correctly, wildly darting in every direction. I am forgiving of younger dogs being overenthusiastic and I rather they were a bit exuberant and enjoying this experience, but older dogs that still won’t move properly in a straight line because of a lack of training, is unacceptable.
Tail sets were overall excellent with very few terrier-like tail sets. Breeders are to be commended on temperaments, as they were excellent and I had no shy or nervous dogs. This pleased me immensely, as the majority of the pups we breed end up as pets, thus good temperaments is paramount for the good image of the breed. I was greatly pleased not to find a bad mouth or incorrect bite. Hocks were generally short across most of the dogs and thus no tummy tappers. Even better was the fact that most skulls were slightly arched, as per the breed standard and I only found very few with incorrect domed skulls, which tends to be an issue in the miniature and rabbit varieties. I was delighted that all the dogs were in good weight, with well covered bodies and none were too thin, in order that they stayed within the weight. You are all to be highly commended for that, as it is clear you have placed the welfare of dogs above a ribbon and worked very hard to keep the correct weight for a mini. It was also very pleasing to note that the numbers and depth of quality in the bitch classes was higher, which bodes well for the breed. Especially the puppy bitch classes which were filled with some top quality bitch pups, making my decisions harder.
Everything being said, I was delighted with my main winners and class winners in some of the larger classes, who excelled in most of these areas of concern I mention above and who could easily win the world over, at the highest level! Once again, I pray my intended constructive comments will be taken as constructive feedback by serious breeders, from a fellow breeder, for more careful consideration when planning their breeding program. I only say all this, as I sincerely love our breed and want the best for them. I always say that the dachshund is functional from the tip of its nose to the tip of its tail and so that’s why every part from the nose to the tail and in between, needs very careful consideration when we plan a breeding. The perfect Dachshund is yet to be born, so we all continue to strive to breed it! Thank you all again and I wish you much success, but especially continued happiness with your Dachshunds!
Special Beginners Dog (3, 1A) 1st – Mills’ Tythe Fred Flintstone at Oniasid. 15mo dog of decent type. Good head proportions but prefer more strength in the underjaw. Well off for bone. Correct level top line. Decent layback of shoulder with sufficient prosternum. Would prefer better underline with less tuck up. Correctly angulated in the rear but prefer shorter hocks. Moves true coming and going. Would benefit from carrying a little more body and weight. Correct harsh coat texture but requires better grooming. 2nd – Lindfield’s Nigel Nu. 7mo smaller framed dog of decent type. Masculine head with good eye shape and colour. Prefer tighter elbows and thus moves wide coming back. Carrying a little too much weight for his small frame affecting his top line on the move. Moves true going. Coat texture a little soft and needs grooming. Requires more confidence and ring craft.
Minor Puppy Dog (3) 1st – Blackburn’s Stargang Plutonium. DCC, BOS, BP & BPIS2. Cracking young 6mo dog of exquisite type! Caught my eye for his correctness for such a young dog, the minute he stepped into the ring. Masculine conical head with correct eye shape and colour. Good strength in the muzzle even at this age. Very well off for bone and with really good substance. Lovely tight bunched feet. Correct length of neck into excellent laidback shoulders with great length of upper arm. Would prefer slightly better ribbing, but this is knit picking. Correct tail set and carriage. Correctly angulated in the rear, with lovely short hocks. Super level top line on the stack and carried level on the move. Moved true coming and going, with lovely correct reach and drive. Obviously with age and better muscle tone, his movement will be firmer, which was the reason he was BOS to his half-sister, purely on maturity. Not a bad first outing and definitely one to watch for the future, with his super conformation and show attitude to boot. I had no hesitation giving him the DCC, even at this young age, as he was a delight to watch and go over. Everything was where it should be. 2nd – Sexton & Dasilva’s Molloney Woody Or Won’t He at Ertekes. 7mo very promising youngster of excellent type, just needs a little more confidence, but has a nice masculine head with good dark almond shaped eye. Well boned with good substance. Reachy neck. Balanced angulation fore and aft and well ribbed back. Correct tail set and super harsh coat texture. Moves true for his age and just needs a bit more ring exposure.3rd – Lindfield’s Nigel Nu.
Puppy Dog (3, 1A) 1st – Gilke, Storton & Storton’s Dereheath Shaken Not Stirred at Birichino. 12mo dog of very good type and size. Masc conical head of correct proportions. Correct almond shaped dark eye. To be hyper critical he could do with a little longer upper arm and tighter elbows. Perhaps with age the elbows will tighten as his prosternum develops. Lovely tight, broad front feet. Excellent top line on the stack, but tends to bum up a little on the move, which appears to me a confidence and age related thing. Prefer slightly longer ribbing. Correct rear angulation with excellent tail set and carriage. Nicely balanced youngster. Moves true going, but a little narrow coming back, which with maturity and development of his chest and prosternum, will hopefully improve. Well-groomed with correct harsh coat texture. An exciting youngster. 2nd – Black’s Bothlyn Back In Black Bassodon. 11mo well-made young dog of good type. Prefer darker eye, but of correct shape. Prefer more strength in the muzzle. Correct length of neck, with good layback of shoulder and return of upper arm. Well off for bone for his frame and has correct coat texture for his age. Would prefer better underline. Level top line on the stack and move. Tail carried a little gay on the move because of excitement, which is perfectly fine for a young puppy. Moves true going and a little narrow coming, which hopefully will improve with age. Lost out basically on his condition, as I would have preferred him with a little more weight, but nonetheless a very promising puppy.
Junior Dog (1) 1st – Hopper’s Arbennik Pol Eriskay at Brynfaw. 13mo junior dog of good type. Would prefer darker eye and a more masculine head overall. Well angulated both ends and well ribbed back. Good underline and level top line on the stack, but due to excitement on the move, he loses it at times. Well boned with lovely tight padded correct front and rear feet. Could do with carrying a little less weight. Moves wide going and narrow coming, but with roadwork and maturity this will hopefully improve. Coat texture was acceptable, but could be a little harsher.
Novice Dog (1) 1st – Mills’ Tythe Fred Flintstone at Oniasid. 15mo dog of decent type. Good head proportions but prefer more strength in the underjaw. Well off for bone. Correct level top line. Decent layback of shoulder with sufficient prosternum. Would prefer better underline with less tuck up. Correctly angulated in the rear. Prefer shorter hocks. Moves true coming and going. Would benefit from carrying a little more body and weight. Correct harsh coat texture, but requires better grooming.
Post Graduate Dog (4) 1st – Kirkwood’s Beetlejuice Vitoraz at Helydon (Imp Cze). 19mo dog of very good type. Slightly larger build and frame than the rest. Well off for bone and substance. Nice masculine head. Has the correct shape prosternum. Decent layback of shoulder, but would prefer slightly longer upper arm and tighter elbows. Carries a level top line and correct underline. Good tail set and carriage. Moves a little wide going, but true coming. Has the correct harsh coat texture, but needs tidying up to show his attributes better. Was the easy winner in this class. 2nd – Coveney’s Emem Django. 20mo dog of good type. Masculine head, which would be improved further with stronger underjaw. Correct eye shape and colour. Slightly narrow standing in front. Well off for bone and substance. Good tight and thick feet. Would prefer better underline and shorter loin. Top line is level on the stack but he but bums up on the move, as he needs more rear drive. Narrow going and front feet turn out slightly coming. Maturity and more roadwork may help improve his movement. Well-groomed with harsh coat texture. Need more ring craft. 3rd – Phillips’ Birichino Barley of Robinswood.
Limit Dog (4) 1st – Rose & Blackburn’s Stargang Pot of Gold at Ridanflight (AI). RCC. 3yo red male of excellent type and size. Another that caught my eye immediately, demanding top awards. Masculine conical head, with correct dark eye. Good layback of shoulder and return of upper arm. Sufficient prosternum, but would have prefer more definition. Good bone for his size and frame. Correct level top line on the stack and move. Pleasing underline. Really excellent harsh coat texture, with a quality jacket. Moves true both ends with reach and drive. Rear end would be perfect with more roadwork, as it’s correctly angulated and the right shape. Groomed and presented to perfection. A cracking little dog, with no mistaking his sex and presented a picture of balance without exaggeration. In the CC line up, his son just worked that much harder for the CC and pulled out all the stops. It’s evident that he’s passed on many of his great traits to his son. Needless to say I was delighted to discover they were father and son. 2nd – Crossman & Kennedy’s Foxearth Fly By Night. 15mo bt dog of decent type. Correct eye shape but could be darker. Good bone for his size. A little straighter in front than I would prefer and could have a better underline. Lacks prosternum and needs tighter front feet. Pleasing side gait, carrying a level top line, but moving narrow coming and going, because of an overall lack of condition. Excellent grooming and presentation, with good coat texture. 3rd – Kilroy’s Blackvein Cupid at Janacop.
Open Dog (6, 1A) 1st – Dance’s Emem Solar Power JW. 14mo dog of excellent type. Well off for bone with correct substance for his frame. Conical masculine head with pleasing dark eye. Still young, so his prosternum is not fully developed. Good layback of shoulder and length of upper arm. Correct tight feet. Excellent level top line on the stack and move. Well angulated in the rear, but due to immaturity, lacking that full shape. Moves true going and coming. One of those amongst my main winners, who also had ideal true front movement coming back towards me. Coat texture super for his age. Groomed and presented very well. A very confident and happy dog, so a natural showman. Another top drawer male for the future and pushed hard for the RCC. 2nd – Pain’s Ch. Ravensbeech Buccleugh. 3yo dog of excellent type. Masculine conical head with correct expression. Balanced front and rear angulation. Well off for bone and substance. Nice tight feet. Well ribbed back, carrying a level top line on the stack and move. Good tail set. Needs more roadwork and lost this class as on the day he moved a little narrow coming and going, due to conditioning. Excellent coat texture and grooming. Presented well. A quality male. 3rd – Barcella’s Queenlord Le Roi Soleil.
Veteran Dog (3, 3A)
Special Beginners Bitch (5, 2A) 1st – Mills’ Middleton Hunt at Oniasid. BSB. 4yo red bitch of excellent type. Pleasing feminine head. Could have a slightly darker eye. Nice defined prosternum. Balanced and well angulated front and rear. Well off for bone and substance. Carries a good level top line on the stack and move. Pleasing underline. Moves true coming and going. Well-groomed and presented, but would prefer harsher textured coat. 2nd – Mountford’s Incordemeo Pretty Peggy. 20mo bitch of good type. Feminine head but prefer better eye shape and darker colour. Correct bone and substance for her frame. Good top line on the move and stack. Prefer better underline which cuts up too much. Moves narrow going, but true coming. Needs to settle down and be comfortable with the show ring. Correct harsh coat texture. 3rd – Wardiell’s Babypawz Brenda’s Girl.
Minor Puppy Bitch (7, 1A) 1st – Grant’s Granhoward Patience. 6mo bitch of excellent type. Feminine conical head and correct expression with dark almond shaped eye. Well off for bone and substance, but carrying a little more weight than ideal. However, being a young pup this is perfectly acceptable to me. Prefer tighter front feet and shorter nails. Correct layback of shoulder and return of upper arm. Balanced front and rear angulation, with a lovely correct shaped rear. Well ribbed back, carrying a level top line on the move and stack, except when she’s being naughty. Moves true going and coming. Harsh coat texture. A top quality puppy, with a bright future ahead. 2nd – Magri’s Rozelle Roxanne Rozamie. 7mo red bitch of excellent type. Conical feminine head and good expression. Well boned and correct substance for her size and frame. Would prefer a slightly longer upper arm, which causes her to lift her front feet a little too high when moving. Level top line on the stack and move. Good underline. Well angulated behind, with a lovely round full rear. Correct movement coming and going. Harsh coat texture for her age and colour. Another one to watch for in the future, as it was a tough decision between her and my first place winner. 3rd – Morris’ Grandhoward Phoebe at Pennywave.
Puppy Bitch (9, 1A) 1st – Grant’s Granhoward Priscilla. 6mo bitch of excellent type and quality who impressed me greatly. Conical feminine head, with exquisite expression. Correct dark eye, with a glint! She is beautiful and she knows it, but she’s also got a naughty streak. Love it. Correct shaped prosternum, already evident at this age. Balanced and well angulated fore and aft. Super tight feet. Excellent, table top top line on stack and move. Correct bone and substance for her frame, keeping within the weight and retaining her femininity. Pleasing underline and well ribbed back. Correct tail set and carriage. Loved her flowing lines. Moved true both ways and had correct reach and drive. Excellent harsh coat texture and super jacket. Groomed and presented to perfection, despite being a handful. Another extremely exciting puppy, with a bright future. Was chuffed to find out she’s the litter sister to my first place winner in the Minor Puppy class. 2nd – Stephenson’s Bothlyn Sweet Missy at Wistex. Yet another cracking puppy! 12mo with conical shaped feminine head. Would prefer a bit more strength in the underjaw. Excellent happy nature and temperament. Well off for bone and substance. Would prefer more definition to her prosternum, which could well come with maturity. Beautifully ribbed back. Correct top line on the stack and move. Moves true going and a little narrow coming, which is connected to her prosternum development, so hopefully improves with age. Correct harsh coat texture, but perhaps needs a little tidying up. She pushed hard for the class and was another quality young puppy that filled my eye. 3rd – Marston Teal’s Lordscairnie Endless Love.
Junior Bitch (4) 1st – Rose’s Ridanflight Renata. 17mo smart little bitch of excellent type. Feminine conical head but with good strength. Correct eye shape, but prefer darker colour. Well defined prosternum. Correct length of neck. Balanced and well angulated fore and aft. Correct underline and well ribbed back. Holds a level top line on stack and move. Moves true and free both ways, with good ground covering movement. Would prefer the tail set a fraction lower, but that’s knit picking. Could have tighter and fuller front feet. Correct harsh coat texture. Well-groomed and presented. A nice honest bitch, who needs more body and maturity. 2nd – Dance’s Emem Autumnal Sunshine. 15mo. Another feminine bitch of excellent type. Would prefer slightly better eye shape and darker eye. Prefer a better lay back of shoulder and longer upper arm. Very well ribbed back, with correct underline. A fraction more turn of stifle would complete an otherwise lovely shaped rear. Moves very true going away, but slightly narrow coming, which I feel is a maturity issue. Excellent coat texture, quality, grooming and presentation. Like the first place winner, just needs maturity. 3rd – Kirkwood-Emery’s Helydon Radiant Rivva.
Novice Bitch (4, 2A) 1st - Marston Teal’s Lordscairnie Love To Dream. 17mo bitch of good type. Prefer a stronger and better shaped head. Correct eye shape with dark colour. Lacks balance between front and rear angulation. Prefer tighter and thicker front feet with shorter nails. Top line could be firmer as she’s carrying a little too much weight affecting her top line standing. However on the move it is improved. Acceptable rear angulation and shape. Moves freely and with confidence. Coat texture reasonably harsh. 2nd - Wardiell’s Babypawz Brenda’s Girl. 17mo bitch of average type. Overawed by the whole experience so needs more exposure and training to help her gain confidence. Prefer better eye shape and darker colour. Good substance for her small frame, but prefer more bone. Good level top line. Well angulated in the rear. Moves freely coming and going. Coat texture is very soft and silky, so incorrect for this breed and also needs correct grooming.
Post Graduate Bitch (10, 4A) 1st – Smith’s Alncroft Ida Zire. 16mo bitch of excellent type and quality. Nice feminine head. Correct eye shape, but prefer darker colour. Good length of neck into nice lay back of should and return of upper arm. Well off for bone and substance. Correct underline and well ribbed back. Level top line on the stack and move. Would prefer slightly longer second thigh to give her a better rounded shape to her rear. Handled to perfection, she moved true and free coming and going, which won her this class. 2nd – Merry & Selby’s Olivia Belle for Merrylane. 2yo bitch of good type. Feminine head with nice dark eyes. Lacks prosternum. Prefer better length and lay back of shoulder. Well ribbed back and slightly long in loin. Would prefer tighter thicker feet and shorter nails. Beautifully angulated behind with the roundest of apple bums. Moves true both ends. Correct harsh coat texture, of good quality and grooming. Presented and shown well. 3rd – Peek & Peek-Matar’s Whiteorchard Tiggy Winkle of Milkwood.
Limit Bitch (11, 4A) 1st – Francesconi’s Queenlord Black Devil Dolly (ATC). RCC. 20mo bitch of excellent type and quality. Correct conical feminine head with keen expression. Nice dark almond shaped eye. Correct shaped prosternum, with nice lay back of shoulders and great length of upper arm. Very good bone and substance for her frame. Lovely tight feet. Well ribbed back. Would prefer a slightly better underline. Correct tail set and carriage and correctly angulated in the rear with nice well let down short hocks. Moves extremely true coming and going with excellent reach and drive. Harshest of coat texture, of great quality. Excellent presentation and grooming. Was delighted to award her the RCC based on her lovely type, powerful, free movement and coat quality. Lost out to the BCC winner on maturity. 2nd – Sexton’s Molloney Noodle Not A Doodle. 2yo bitch of excellent type. Nice feminine expression with good dark eye. Good prosternum. Correct length of neck. Nice balanced angulation front and rear. Excellent bone. Nice thick tight feet. Well covered and ribbed back, with correct flowing underline. Moves well coming and going, but slightly turns out one front foot coming back. Lovely picture on the stack with level top line. Nice harsh coat and correct grooming and presentation. 3rd – Merry, Selby & Vranch’s One Meli for Merryline.
Open Bitch (10, 3A) 1st – Blackburn’s Ch. Stargang Witches Shadow. BCC & BOB. 3yo bitch of exceptional type and highest quality. Beautiful classical conical feminine head. Nice dark eye of correct almond shape. Correctly shaped, prominent prosternum. Good length of neck into well laidback shoulders and nice long upper arm. Level top line, correct underline and excellent long ribbing. With matching front and rear angulation, this bitch screamed balance! Lovely tight bunched feet, she is well of for bone and well bodied. Nice short hocks which she used to advantage. Excellent true movement, with correct powerful reach and drive and in good hard condition. Harshest of coats, beautifully groomed and very well presented. Whilst I appreciated her outstanding qualities in the class, enough for her to win it, she only truly started to shine and grow on me more and more each time she came back into the ring, first for the CC and then for BOB. During the class she seemed rather unanimated and asleep, but each time she came into that large ring and was sent around, she began to own it and show me her many virtues of a true hound. One of those dogs who excel and show their best on the move. She beat her younger half-brother for BOB because of this and also on maturity. But you can definitely see the two being from the same mould. (Also, I’m a sucker for a top quality bitch!) 2nd – Dance’s Emem Letty Bee Sunshine. 20mo bitch of excellent type and quality. Feminine conical head with keen dark eye and correct expression. Good prosternum. Plenty of bone and substance, for her lovely small frame. Well angulated fore and aft. Correct superb level top line on the stack and move. Excellent quality harsh jacket. Groomed and presented very well. Movement true and energetic, covering the ground well. Prefer a slightly better underline and tighter thicker front feet, but overall still a top quality bitch with many typey virtues. 3rd – Jones’ Bimini Chasing Moonbeams.
Veteran (1) 1st - Pain’s Trixhund Tattiannie Ravensbeech. BVB. 11yo bitch of good type and showing her age, but carrying it gracefully. Nice feminine expression. Could have better prosternum, but is well ribbed back. Age has affected her top line. It’s still wonderful to see her happily go around the ring and enjoy her day out. Coat still has excellent texture and quality for her age. Her overall condition is a true credit to her owner. Kudos and bravo!