Many thanks to the Crufts committee for the invitation, exhibitors for entering and to my stewards for the smooth running of the ring.
A few general observations. Teeth on the whole were clean and I found 1 level bite. There were a number of bitches either not too long off a litter or having a phantom as there were a number of droopy underlines. There were some exhibits whose coats were only just coming in but it was clear the texture was good. I was surprised at how many dogs hadn’t been properly groomed, there were several that would have benefited from a really good brush, comb and general tidying up, my hands were quite dirty at the end of judging. A couple looked like they had had clippers on them! Some would have looked better if their nails had been cut. This was Crufts, the premier show of the year!!
What did shock me was movement. I have avoided properly looking at dogs being shown knowing this appointment was coming up and anyone who has entered under me before knows I like to judge dogs moving not stacked. Both front and rear action in some dogs was very poor and those dogs were penalised accordingly.
Temperaments on the whole were very good with only a handful that wouldn’t come back to my hand.
I was delighted with my winners, the DCC and BCC are superb examples and I would be delighted to own either of them!!
1st Patton’s Lesandnic Larrson, Dark brindle with harsh coat, very sound mover and lovely temperament as are all from this breeder. Masculine head with correct eye, prominent fore-chest, well laid shoulder, has plenty of ribbing giving a good top and underline, correctly angulated hindquarter, has enough bone and tight feet.
1st Rowe’s Boloria’s Cincinnati. Balanced C/T of good size, good textured body coat, has plenty of ribbing and well angulated hindquarter, has enough bone, feet could be tighter, moved soundly. His outline got better the more he moved BPD
2nd Vine’s Cishelvine Judge and Jury, balanced dark brindle with good coat texture, has good tail set but is very proud of it! Lovely head with correct eye, plenty of bone and good feet, has enough fore-chest and shoulders are well laid back, has enough ribbing, good body, moved soundly.
3rd Gibson’s Allfreys Here’s Lookin at You, good sized dark brindle with super coat, has a good head and eye, prominent forechest, could do with more lay of shoulder and his ribbing is adequate, hindquarters are correctly angulated, his feet need to be tighter, he moved soundly behind but was close in front.
1st Chamber’s Hototo’s Bark at the Moon, Sound harsh coated dark brindle, very nice head with good eye, has enough forechest, shoulders are well laid, has excellent ribbing and has enough bone and feet are good, well angulated hindquarter, presented a very nice outline when moving.
2nd Vine’s Cishelvine Caught Out, balanced brindle, thought this would be my winner on the initial go round but he was hesitant to come back to my hand and was not as sound in front action as the winner. Lovely head with kind eye, has good angles front and rear, enough fore-chest, coat not as harsh as first.
3rd Van Oosten’s Pier Du Chapeau Bjwnl 16, super coat on this exhibit, very nice head, was slightly straight in front and rear and presented a taller outline, has enough bone for size, movement could be sounder.
The action on some of the exhibits in this class was very poor, particularly in front.
1st Shaw’s Tendrow Moondance, very good coated dark brindle not helped by his handler over stretching him at the rear, not needed as he has a very good hind end. Has enough bone for size, has a lovely head and good eye, has plenty if ribbing, presented a very nice picture, has lovely temperament.
2nd Baldwin’s Aventine Scott’s Bluff, dark brindle of larger mould, very sound mover, super head with correct eye, shoulder could be a tad more laid back, excellent ribbing and correct topline, well angulated hind end and correct tailset.
3rd Vig’s Q-rrens-Dax Enzo –Topazo, super harsh coated brindle with a really lovely head, needs tighter feet and more ribbing, has enough fore-chest and his shoulders are adequately laid, has well angulated hindquarter.
LD (9, 2 Abs)
Some exhibits in this class would be improved by better handling.
1st Martson-Pollock’s Cloudside Oliver, Brindle, could do with a touch more coat but what there was is of good texture. Has the loveliest front construction with prominent fore-chest and well laid shoulder, great bone and feet, loved his head and eye, excellent hindquarter and correct tail-set. To be hyper critical ribs could go further back, his front action was superb, could be shade more positive in the rear, close decision for RCC.
2nd Bliss’ Knottrose Juniper at Tobenkipt . Harsh coated brindle, has good ribs and his topline is correct, his front and rear angulation is good and he moved soundly.
3rd Hinder’s Aventine The King’s General, fabulous masculine head on this larger cast brindle, has enough fore-chest, his shoulders could go back a shade, has long ribbing and kept a good topline, tailset is correct and his hindquarters are well angled, moved soundly both front and rear. Very nicely presented.
OD (11, 2 abs)
1st Patton’s Ch Lesandnic Sea the Stars, balanced brindle, nothing flashy or exaggerated about him, masculine head with a kind eye, has prominent fore-chest, well laid shoulder with good return of upper arm, super ribbing that goes well back, correctly angulated hindquarters, has good top and underline, to be hyper critical feet could be tighter and he could do with a shade more coat but what there was is of good texture, Absolutely sound and he looked like he could move all day, DCC.
2nd Ray, Peterson & Malecka Am GCH Raydachs Ride My Ducati. Good sized brindle of different type, has the head I really like, eye could be a shade darker, has very nice front construction with prominent fore-chest and good shoulders. Has plenty of bone for size and excellent feet, would prefer a touch more bend of stifle in the rear and he flies his tail a shade but the set on is good. Immaculately presented with good coat right down to his feet. Another that was sound moving and he looked really good moving. RCC.
3rd Phillip’s Ch Wiretap Here I Am (Imp Can). Red with good head and eye. Has prominent fore-chest but his shoulders are a shade upright, is well ribbed and has correct hindquarters, feet could be tighter and his coat texture could be a shade harsher. Moved soundly.
Withheld as exhibit was lame
1st Patton’s Lesandnic Liberthine. Light brindle of good breed type, very pretty head, sound enthusiastic mover with lovely temperament. Is correctly angled front and rear with long ribbing.
2nd Rollinson’s Ch Nosinllor Joan of Arc. Super harsh coated brindle, she is a shade heavy and wasn’t moving as freely as the winner, very pretty head, good bone, lovely hind end and has plenty of ribbing.
1st Pughe & Fraser’s Bystock Pannacotta. Balanced red brindle, excellent harsh coat and superbly presented. Has a feminine head with correct eye, has prominent forechest with well laid shoulder, plenty of ribbing and correctly angled hind quarter, she is a lovely size and sound mover. BP
2nd Warren’s Wagsford Jennifer. Lovely type on this dark brindle, has a very pretty head, could benefit from a shade more fore-chest, has good ribbing and nicely angled rear, has good back coat but shade softer elsewhere. Feet could be a touch tighter. She was a touch unsettled on the move but saw enough to warrant this place.
3rd Vine’s Cishelvine Just an Enigma. Dark brindle of lovely type, has a very pretty head and dark eye, she has good angles front and rear, prominent fore-chest, good ribbing, good bone and feet, she was just running up a shade on the move which cost her a higher place.
JB (10, 1abs)
1st Seath’s Hella’s Ozlem at Sunsong (imp Nor). Super coated light brindle, this bitch was not wholly settled at first and I found out later that it wasn’t her usual handler; however I forgave that as she is such a nice exhibit. Lovely head with expressive eye, she has a prominent fore-chest with well laid should and correctly angulated hindquarter, her ribbing goes well back and she has correct topline and underline with correct tailset. Sound mover with good reach and drive. Still young with maturing to do but I liked her enough to award her the RCC.
2nd Wharton’s Greyhayne Black Velvet. Slightly out of coat brindle whose eye could be darker but she has lovely breed type, has pretty head and good bone and feet, well ribbed with a good rear and moved soundly.
3rd Vlad’s Megline Astasia for Sightnscent, Excellent coat and presentation on this bitch, beautiful head with dark eye, she is of lighter type but has lovely shoulder placement and fore-chest, has enough ribbing, would prefer a shade more bend of stifle, has a correct top-line, likes her tail, moved out soundly.
PGB (14, 2 abs)
1st Dean’s Brontillow Grace Darling, Well balanced dark brindle with excellent coat and well presented. Has super bone and tight feet, very pretty head with dark eye, excellent lay of shoulder with prominent fore-chest, has excellent ribbing and good body, has well angled hindquarter, handler doesn’t always stack her to advantage but she came into her own moving when she strode out soundly, looked a picture, close decision for RCC.
2nd Bubb’s Rocinda Dora for Wyenot, another very pretty brindle bitch, unlucky to meet first, she has many of her attributes, lovely head, good angles front and rear, good ribs, moved out soundly, she just needs to mature but she has time on her side.
3rd Hasting’s Lesandnic Sleepytime ShCM, super coated lighter brindle, lovely type and sound movement, feminine head with correct eye, has a well laid shoulder with enough fore-chest, enough bone, feet could be a shade tighter, has good ribs and body, her rear is well angled.
LB (14, 4 abs)
Some lovely bitches, first 3 are lovely exhibits
1st Morris’ Wagsford Giselle. Brindle with lovely bone for her size, very pretty head, sound positive mover, has good ribbing, well laid shoulder and correct hindquarter, could benefit from a shade more fore-chest, correct top and underline.
2nd Carruther’s Brumberhill Bellina. Lovely type on this brindle, very pretty head and good eye, coat looks like it is just ready to come out but good texture. Has very good forequarter and super rear, Lovely bone and feet, good ribbing, positive mover.
3rd Phillip’s Tendrow Joie de Vivre by Atahira. Brindle with super shoulder placement, excellent ribbing, well angled rear, super top and underline, has enough fore-chest, pretty head, strode out soundly.
OB (11, 3 abs)
Best class of the day!
1st McCalmont’s Ch Silvae Solo, well balanced light brindle with superb harsh coat, she has everything in the right place, very feminine head with correct eye, prominent fore-chest, correctly placed shoulder and upper arm, ribs go well back, strong angulated hindquarter, correct top and underline, good bone and tight feet, she is ultra sound and was expertly handled. BCC & BOB
2nd Pughe & Fraser’s Ch Bystock Pussy Galore, a bitch I really like and have done well for before, super well presented coat, lovely head, well angulated fore and hindquarters, strong bone and tight feet, sound mover, another one expertly handled, close decision.
3rd Warren’s Wagsford Lydia, brindle whose coat could be harsher, lovely type with very pretty head. Correctly angled front and rear, well ribbed with good tail-set. Good bone and feet ok, sound mover.
1st Dean’s Brontillow Grace Darling
2nd Wharton’s Greyhayne Black Velvet
3rd Baxter’s Cishelvine August Breeze. Very dark harsh coated brindle. Needs slightly more angulation front and rear, her head is good, perhaps a shade stronger in bone, has enough fore-chest and moved well.