My day judging the mini longs at Crufts was very
special and I felt proud to be able to judge your Breed at this prestigious
show. Your super entry of Dachshunds was much appreciated and it was so
rewarding to hear the applause and hope I didn’t disappoint too many of you.
My stewards were absolutely superb and kept our ring running very
efficiently all day, so my sincerest thanks goes to them also. I feel the
highly placed exhibits will change places frequently in the future.
Mini longs have been criticised for a while because of
lack of poor front construction, shortness of ribbing, and poor movement,
but I was very pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of the dogs and
bitches today. Both challenges were all sound, well constructed Dachshunds
and there were many others in my class placings who were also good quality.
My dog challenge looked special ,and I was so pleased to see them all
together as they moved round the ring , and they were also the type I was
looking for, and so sound and most of them will be contenders for top
honours in the future, I am sure. The DCC and BOB winner, was new to me ,
although I was told afterwards that I had given top honours to his mother in
Ireland a while ago, but I thought him outstanding, and I felt proud that he
went on to represent us all in this variety, in the group. He may have gone
no further in the group , but rest assured, he acquitted himself well, and
demonstrated how full of quality our variety can be. I do feel that with
some dogs who didn’t do so well, their breeders should really look closely
at the breed standard and in turn, use the right stud dogs to introduce the
correct bone structure underneath their dogs’ coats, the construction that
most of the dogs in the challenges had, and which, more importantly, they
demonstrated they had as they moved. If the anatomy that is described in the
Breed Standard, is not present on the dog, then that dog cannot move
correctly. The two go hand in hand, and incorrect construction can only be
rectified by correcting the breeding.. The bItch challenge had top quality
in there too with more type variation, but I could not always do as I wished
with my placings, as some were unhappy on the table.The BCC was another
super example of this variety and afterwards, I was surprised to find she
was a Lyndarlea champion . It was sad that her owner has passed away
recently, but I was pleased that Lyn Brooks Lynderlea, was represented so
well on this occasion by her champion bitch and her new expert
owner/handler, and that she was not forgotten on the day, and remembered
fondly by her friends A few exhibits were uncomfortable with the general
atmosphere and crowds and loudspeaker etc, and handlers need to understand,
that it is vital that the dogs get used to the business of showing and get
practising for the future, as unfortunately for them, they have to be “spot
on” if they are to be able to progress in this sport, most especially at
Crufts. Except for a couple of incorrect mouths, and the very occasional wet
eye, most dogs were well covered, as they usually are at Crufts, as scales
are not required by the show, and I felt that only one dachshund could have
done with a really good meal. Teeth cleaning is also an issue which needs to
be addressed in some dogs and there are new methods available now which
don’t involve scraping or the vet and exhibitors need to be aware.
VD. 1 Entry, 2 Absent
1st. Walter’s Ch Ralines Just Ozzie, 7yr old, shaded
cream, First dog in the ring today, and with two absent he stood alone, but
what a high standard he set for the others to follow.The type I love, with
correct head and pigment, and super front assembly and layback of shoulder,
groomed to perfection,his tight elbows and well angulated quarters enabled
him to keep his outline and demonstrate his reach and drive as he went
around the ring . In the challenge I put him in front of my open dog to lead
the others around, and he didn’t disappoint and his RCC and BV awards are
MPD. 1 Entry
1st. Siggee’s Ensigynes Sterlini, Nicely marked
cr/brindle, well shaped head with good reach of neck, a little forward in
shoulder as yet but still a baby, needs time to mature, ribbing excellent
too, and still needs to settle on the move to give correct outline .
Abydachs Aristocrat, Bl/cr. Well constructed all though, from front to
rear, with good head carriage, impressive shoulders and ribbing .Correct
angulation on his quarters completed the picture and he moved so well in
both in his class and the challenge, and was pleased to award him BPD, and
2nd.Norton’s Halunke Chasing A Storm, S/R. Another
sound quality puppy, with good head and reach, and excellent ribbing. Higher
in type from 1. Moved well, presenting good outline.
3rd. Paterson’s Perez Nite Pride, S/R, nicely put
together , good head and ribbing, but longer in loin than 1 and 2, and not
quite the outline of the other two, on the move today.
Three good dogs here.
1st. Poole’s Findowrie Mr McKenzie, Sh/R, loved
this dog, he stood away in this class, so full of himself and so well put
together in all departments. Super head and front construction he showed
correct shoulders , elbows, and ribbing , and was not overlong in loin ,and
he moved well around the ring with drive, keeping his super shape on the
move. Well boned with good feet and well presented, one destined for the top
2nd Oxley’s Lokmardi Rio Bravo At Dinkidax S/r,
Smaller type than 1, but correctly assembled in all departments, this young
dog also caught my eye as he moved so well. Very compact and should do very
well as he matures.
3rd. Mc Carthy’s Nagshall Love To Be, Bl/cr,
Quality young dog, not quite as compact as the first two in this class, and
longer in loin, but had super head and was excellently ribbed, moved so well
keeping correct outline.
YD. 7 Entries.
1st. Breeze’s Silkdown Samson, Sh/r, good type,
with super head, correctly laid back shoulders,tight elbows, good reach on
the front, and well ribbed .He had sound quarters, enabling him to drive
around well. Super topline with good bone and feet. Lovely quality
.Definitely one to watch for the future.
2nd.Irvine’s Bronia The Dutchman, Similar
comments apply to this sh/r dog , with quality all through and very sound.
Just the type I like.Moved well.
3rd. McCarthy’s Nagshall Love to be, See Previous
PGD. 7 Entries
1st.McCarthy’s Nagshall Just Lucamac, I loved
this sh/ r boy,with his super head and front construction with good ribbing.
His rear was sound and he moved truly with drive, in both directions keeping
his shape and setting a high standard for the others to follow in this
2nd. Jury’s Bluebegin Thunder N’Light over Torwood,
S/D. More compact than 1 and well put together and nice type,
Correct head, and bone ,moved well .
3rd.Hall’s Cliffmere Folk Art, Quality sh/r with
correct construction and was well balanced . Front , ribbing and shoulders
were correct, and moved well.
LD.10 Entries.Three quality dogs
1st. Higgin’s Ralines Just Jewels, Bl/cr.
Compact, quality super dog, with good head and reach of neck, and correctly
constructed front and shoulders. His ribbing reached far back, elbows tucked
in, and he looked a picture on the move, keeping his outline at all times,
2nd. Pitfield’s Follyfield Farley’s Fella, Bl/t,
Another quality dog, here , which I really liked, lovely head and front, and
good ribbing, but just preferred the outline of 1 on the move today. Good
bone and coat , and well presented.
3rd. Phillips’ Summerview Yogi Bear JW, Bl/t,This
good dog was sound and compact, with lovely head and good bone,and I loved
his type. Would just like to see a little more coat, and some practise
keeping his tail down , enabling him to show his outline on the move.
OD 6 Entries, 1Abs. Three good dogs here.
1st.McAlpine’s Lampcien Trick or Treat, Bl/cream,This
dog drew my attention immediately as he entered the ring, as he just moved
so well , displaying super reach on the front and extension on the back and
good outline as he circled the ring . On examination, he was correctly
constructed all through, with super head, nice reach of neck, and correctly
laid shoulders, good sternum ,tight elbows,and with ribbing well back. His
quarters were firm and well angulated too, and his tail set correct.Super
bone , well shaped feet and also the excellent presentation of a super coat,
completed the picture, and I was delighted to award him the DCC and BOB.
2nd.Norton’s Halunke Pure Magic, Sh/r.This lovely
boy was different in type from one, standing taller , but was soundly
constructed all through. He had a good head, front, ribbing, and he kept a
super outline on the move as he drove around.
3rd.McCarthy’s Nagshall Just Santana, JW, ShCM,
Sh/cr., Good quality dog , lower in type than 2,and so well put together. He
had a good head and front construction, super bone and feet, and loved his
coat. Just a bit longer in loin. Looked well on the move and lovely outline.
VB. 7 Ent 1 Abs.
1st.Geeson’s. Ch. Abydachs Absolutely, Bl/t,
Correct head, front assembly and shoulder placement, well ribbed, and with
well angulated hocks, this little lady of 7 yrs, looked a picture in this
class, and as she moved she stood apart from the others. When it came to the
BV challenge, I just preferred the outline and pace of the veteran dog.
2nd.Jury, handling for Stephani and Fletcher’s Torwood
Guns and Roses at Walnutfarm, Sh/r,9yr old,smaller compact bitch in
lovely condition, correct all through, with good front. Moved really well in
3rd. Drady’s Larkhund Rusn Kween, Bl/t, 9yr old,
darker coat, nice quality and type. She had a good front and excellent
ribbing, with correct angulation on the back end, and moved briskly around.
MPB, 3 Ent.
1st.Jury handling for Stephani and Fletcher’s Ebonique,
Bl/t, Small Immature baby, had good ribbing, and angulation on the quarters,
a little long in loin for me and hopefully will body up with maturity.
2nd. Bell’s Tolberg La Di Da, Bl/t, lovely bitch,
who should have won this class with ease, but was not happy with the table
today and unfortunately this cost her the class. She had a good head, the
best of fronts and quarters, and looked so well on the move, just needs a
bit of practice.
3rd.Shutt’s Penelope Hokus Pokus Z Perlowej of
Donnadoon (Imp.Pol.), Ch/Dap. Now this young lady was the opposite of
the previous, superb temperament on the table with a nice head , good front
and well marked, but when it was her turn to show her movement,she was
erratic and rather unsettled, so more practise definitely needed for her as
difficult for me to assess her movement today.
PB 8 Ent. 1 Abs.
1st.Breeze’s Silkdown Dark Star, Bl/t Very smart
young dog who had all the the qualities I was looking for. Super type,
correctly constructed all through, with good balance. Really good head,
correct front and ribbing, matched on the back with firm well angulated
quarters. Lovely outline on the move , nice coat and feet. Definitely one to
2nd. Mc Carthy’s Nagshall Holly Lightly Go, Sh/cr,
Was well put together with nice front and shoulders and ribbing, needs care
when standing her as she was pulling back feet under her, but on the move
she looked excellent, just needs to mature a little.
3rd.Worswick’s Dolyharp Music of the Night,
Quality Bl/t, with good head, correct front construction and well ribbed,
with nice angles on the back, another young lady who needs to mature a
little to see her full potential.Moved well.
JB. 11 Ent.Three quality girls.
1st.Locket Walters’ and Walters’ Ralines Honeycrisp,
Sh/r, This youngster was very promising, demonstrating correct head and
superb front, shoulders and ribbing, elbows were tight and movement true and
she really drove round the ring, which gave her the class.
2nd. Sainsbury’s Drymoor After Eight at Boscolla, B/t,
Another lovely type, correctly assembled and who moved well too.Super head
and correct front, and good outline, correct coat, just not quite the drive
of 1 as they went round today, but very nice
3rd. Dare’s Larkhund Sofia, Nicely marked Bl/t,
good compact type, with nice head and sound front construction. A little
smaller than the first two, but she moved well and I liked her very much.
YB 8 Ent.
1st.Bell’s Tolberg Cream Treat.JW, Sh Ch, Sh/cr,
Loved this bitch, with superb front, nicely ribbed and sound well angulated
quarters. Not overlong in loin , and with nice bone and good feet, she
looked well in this class, and her movement was excellent.
2nd. Latham Jackson’s Urishey Heart’n’ Soul, Sh/rAnother
lovely bitch here, well put together all through and really sound. She was
compact and I loved her head and coat. Just preferred outline of 1 on move.
3rd. Johnson’s Charpurdy Dandy Dutchess, Sh/r,
Lovely compact little lady, all correct with good sound front, shoulders and
elbows tight, also looked well on the move as she went around.
PGB 14 Ent. 1 Ab. Difficult decisions here.
1st. Bell’s Tolberg Tilly’s Just The One, Sh/cr,
Good head, nice reach and well placed shoulders, and correct ribbing .She
moved so well, both ways, with her sound front and quarters, and this
enabled her to look so balanced as she moved round the ring.
2nd. Whitfield Roberts’ Dandydayo I am Moana, Sh/r
Not much to choose between 1 and 2 and the same comments apply here, as this
young lady was also correct in most departments , was well balanced also and
really moved out well as she went. Splitting hairs here but just preferred
head on 1.
3rd. Mason’s Tolberg Beezs Kneez at Teckeltown,
Sh/r,good head and neck and ribbing, sound well angulated quarters, and
moved out well with the others, just preferred the shorter loin of the first
LB 13 Ent, 1 Abs. Lovely class with some super bitches.
1st. Higgin’s Crisp Fall Night At Ralines, Sh/r,
Loved this bitch, with her super head, correct front assembly and ribbing,
and well angulated rear. She moved so well going around the ring, and the
picture was completed with her super coat and presentation.
2nd.Metcalf’s Metadale Ariadne, Sh/r, another
quality bitch,lovely type,well constructed and sound all through, with well
laid shoulders and correct front ribbing. She moved truly as she went in
both directions, close decision here ,just preferred compactness of 1.
3rd Geeson’s Abydach’s Avada Kedavra.JW, Ch/t,
good sound bitch, Correct construction all through, especially superb chest
and ribbing, Moved well.
OB 10 Ent. A class with quality all through. Some
superb bitches and difficult decisions
1st. Lockett Walter’s Ch Lynderlea Vienna, Sh/r,
this delightful bitch stood out today as she looked amazing and was well
shown and she could do no wrong. Constructed so well , on both her front end
construction, and her sound quarters, she had all I was looking for, and it
was set off to perfection by her coat and presentation. Pleased to award her
the BCC in the challenge, and then a very close decision for best of breed,
but I felt the dog just had the slight edge as they went around, and felt
very proud to see two such excellent dogs competing together at the end of
2nd.Mitchell’s Ch Bronia First Impression, Sh/r,
another superbly constructed exhibit, who excelled with her chest, shoulder
placement and ribbing.She had correct angulation at both ends, her movement
was very positive, giving her reach and drive, and she too looked a picture
on the move . Preferred coat of 1 today.
3rd Mee’s Barlaine’s Red Splendour, Sh/r, this
bitch is also out of the top drawer and is correctly put together in all
departments. She showed well, has a good coat to complete the picture, was
just not quite as sure of herself as the first two today, but I felt she was
beautiful and with a bit of extra confidence she could get her title with
ease. Not many bitches today had her correct construction.
GCB 3 Entries.
1st Mason’s Tolberg Beezs Kneez at Teckeltown,
See 3rd in PG.
2nd Drady’s Jumanda’s Silver Sparkle at Indiko,
Sl/d, well constructed with correct front and good ribbing , would just
prefer more angulation on the quarters, moved well.
3rd. Murphy’s Classidax Limited Edition,
Correctly put together, with nice head and good front . Moved well .