Birmingham National 2005
Dachshund (Smooth Haired)
Judge: Mrs M R Hitchens
MPD (2). 1 Oxley’s Lauralee The Real Thing at Owlery. First and second litter brothers, first place being a black and tan who seemed more mature in several areas, he has a balanced head and dark correctly shaped eye, good length of neck with well angulated front quarters, ample prosternum, one foot needs to tighten a little and his ribs ready to spring more but he is only a baby and has lots of promise. On the day, he moved more accurately in the rear than his brother; 2 Armstrong’s Lauralee Hot Chocolate. Still quite a baby with his early coat still to come out fully, good in head, eye and forechest, was not so enthusiastic on the move.
PD (4). 1 Burke’s and Manston’s R Nonavoir Kool Ovation. Black and tan who needs to develop in forechest but apart from that is v nice, has a conical head and dark eye, correct front and hind angulation, tight elbows, a little long in loin, moved the most steadily and correctly in this class; 2 Cooper’s Sontag Simon Le Bone. Another nice black and tan, who lacked a little confidence on the table, but is good to go over, with pleasing head, eye and quarters, also ribbing is of correct length and spring, not quite so tight in front movement as the winner; 3 Cotton’s Bonavoir More Than.
JD (4). 1 Armstrong’s Lauralee Lloyd George. Black and tan who did not take kindly to me on the table but his many attributes won me over, so balanced and sound to go over, everything was where you would want it. Had slightly better hind angulation than second; 2 Turner’s Rosanport Out Of The Hat. Black and tan, I enjoyed watching his profile movement, he has a balanced outline, conical head, dark eye, good ribbing and is in excellent body tone with level top line, both he and winner had good fore chests, preferred front movement of first; 3 Wolage’s Hatzell Milord.
PGD (1). 1 Stanton’s Hampdach Hot Topic. Typy red with balanced head, eye a little full, top and under line good, was a little overweight over the withers and shoulders could be better, moved soundly.
LD (4). 1 Wolage’s Matzell Moritz. Red in great muscle condition, no exaggerations, head and eye are correct, good prosternum, balanced front and rear quarters, ribs well sprung and run well back, not an easy d to handle but moved soundly; 2 Melbourne’s Sunhaze St John of Melriding. Red of heavier type, but good to go over, well placed shoulders and upper arm, firm level top line, tight feet, good under line, well muscled hindquarters, this virtue missing in a good number of exhibits, moved well; 3 McCarthy’s Seatris Laced With Success.
OD (3). Three v sound reds. 1 Bethel’s Ch Hampdach Autumn Quest. Super size and type, he has a lovely head, eye and expression, good length of neck into well laid shoulders and correct upper arm, with matching hindquarters he was able to cover the ground with ease on the move, holding a firm level top line, to be ultra critical I would like him to carry a little more weight. My DCC and BOB; 2 McNaughton’s Aust Ch and Ch Nicholyev The Hobbit (imp). Masculine head, dark eye, super angulation in front and rear quarters, strong level top line, feet better than winner, again a pound more weight would complete the picture, watching his profile movement, he extends and drives well, preferred hind movement of the winner. RDCC; 3 Norton’s Ch Matzell Mateus.
MPB (4). 1 Lerego’s Teckelgarth Pandora. Classic black and tan of lovely proportions and so feminine, she has a balanced head and darkest of oval eyes, good reach of neck into correct front, optimum weight, level top line, her well angulated hindquarters were well used to drive her round the ring, most promising youngster. BPIB; 2 Armstrong’s Lauralee Single Girl. Bigger built black and tan but retains her femininity, conical head and dark eye, good feet, ribbing and top line, moved well, preferred the overall balance and elegance of the winner; 3 Chamber’s Viewmoor Call Me Madam.
PB (1). 1 Chamber’s Viewmoor Enchantment. Black and tan who was flying her ears a little, spoiling her expression somewhat, head shape ok, but eye a little full, adequate fore chest, shoulders a little upright, moved soundly.
JB (9). Super super black and tans. 1 Armstrong’s Lauralee Under Milk Wood. Excellent in hindquarters and also had matching well laid shoulders and upper arm return, feminine head, dark eye, well sprung long rib cage, level top line, moved with extension and drive; 2 Norton’s Matzell Melua. A bit skittish at times, but lovely head and eye, tight feet, good prosternum, v well muscled body, good top and under line, pleasing on the move; 3 Hinwood’s and Little’s Longmel Sparkler.
PGB (6). 1 McNaughton’s Cedavoch Aarwen. Feminine red, she has good reach of neck, excellent shoulder and upper arm angulation with matching hindquarters, hence her ability to really cover the ground on the move and is stylish with it, her head maybe was the one feature that did not impress me but her other attributes well out-weighed that. I liked her a lot and awarded her the BCC; 2 Burke’s and Manston’s R Bonavoir Griannan. Chocolate who greatly appealed and who was lovely in practically all departments, has good length of body with the rib cage to support it, preferred her head to 1, good reach of neck into excellent shoulders, correct movement; 3 Hinwood’s and Little’s Longmel Double Truffle.
LB (3). 1 Bethel’s Hampdach Spellcaster. Nice sized black and tan, pretty balanced head, dark well shaped eye, she is good to go over and moved v happily covering the ground well; 2 Kerry’s Rosanport September Morn at Kireton. Black and tan who is slightly bigger than one but pleasing to handle on the table, good head, eye feint, carrying a little excess weight over the withers which partially spoilt her outline, steady correct movement.
OB (7). 1 Turner’s Ch Marictur Miss Midnight. Smaller of two v nice black and tans. She has a balanced outline with no exaggerations and on handling v few weaknesses. Liked her length of ribbing along with correct spring and depth. Enough prosternum. In lovely body and coat condition. Good to watch on the move. RBCC; 2 Turner’s Ch Rafthouse Read My Lips. Slightly different type but so pleasing to go over, prosternum less defined but has super shoulders and return of upper arm with matching hindquarters, level top line, accurate, enthusiastic mover; 3 Armstrong’s Lauralee Inspiration.
M R Hitchens