March 2012 Open Show
MINI SMOOTH V. (1). 1. Maygers',
Woolsocks Black Satin. B/t 8 year old bitch. Nice head and expression. Good
length. Level topline. Moved very soundly. MPD. (4). 1. Ergis's,
Siouxline Zebedee. B/t. Promising young man. Very confident. Good head, muzzle
and underjaw. Good forechest. Long neck with good shoulders and plenty of
ribcage. Level topline. Low hocks. Moved very soundly. A very promising puppy.
BD, BP and BPIS. 2. Shukers', Yewlitt Dougal. Different type to winner but very
typy. Nice head. Good topline. Hard condition. 3. Punter's, Welcumen Guinness.
JD. (2,1). 1. Kent and Levendales', Lokmadi Oceans Eleven JW.
Not long out of puppy. Masculine head. Good profile when stacked. Kept topline
on the move. Sound mover. ND. (1). Siouxline Zebedee.
PGD. (6,2). 1. Shutts', Donnadoon Le Mousquetaire. Nice dog. Not
overdone in anyway. Good feet. Level topline. Moved soundly. 2. Ergis's,
Melbourne Holdsworth James Wolfe by Sioxline. Smart boy. Masculine head. Long
neck. Good topline. Low hocks. Moved well. 3. Yeomans', Klynerbyner True to
Form. OD. (2,1). 1. Yoemans', Klynerbyner Vim and Vigour. Typy
dog. Good head, kind expression. Correct shoulder placement. Kept topline on the
move. RBD. MPB. (5,1). 1. Shutt's, Donnadoon That's My Girl.
B/t. Baby of good quality. Nice type. Feminine head. Nice outline. Hard
condition. Moved well. Should mature into a nice bitch. 2. Oakley and Pearsond's,
Ardenrun Burnished Gold. Another promising puppy. Very feminine, appealing
expression. Good neck and shoulders. Moved quite well. 3. Walker's, Donnadoon
Tiger Feet for Dorenian. PB. (13,5). 1. Ergis's, No Name Given.
B/t. Quality puppy. Lovely head and expression. Nice in profile. Good length and
plenty of ribbing. Level topline moving and stacked. Correct angulation o
hindquarters. Covers ground and very sound. RPB. 2. Melbourne, Holdsworth and
Ergis's, Melriding Berengaria. Red puppy. Litter sister to winner. Another nice
puppy who could change places with her sister. Stood four square. Nice outline.
Moved nicely. 3. Oakley and Pearson's, Ardenrun Serena. JB.
(8,3). 1. Callows', Garthorne Tiger Lily. Brindle. Very feminine. Kind
expression. Low to ground. Level topline. Strong neck, good shoulders and length
of ribcage. Moved very soundly with drive. In excellent condition. 2. Kent and
Levendales', Lokmadi Hidden Dragon. Another quality youngster. Close up to
winner. Moved well. 3. Hunt's, Cwmdarhian Back to Alabama at Carpaccio.
NB. (5,1). 1. Sioux Alliance with Melriding. 2. Shukers', Hudemoor Much
Ado at Yewlitt. Pretty girl. Feminine all through. Good depth of brisket. Quite
sound. 3. Kent and Levendales', Crouching Tiger. PGB. (9,1). 1.
Salisbury's, Brocklewood Black Velvet. B/t. Lovely feminine bitch. Stunning
outline. Lovely head and expression. Long neck, good shoulder set. Correct depth
in front. Excellent topline and plenty of length. Low hocks. Well angulated
hindquarters. Moved with dribe keeping her topline at all times. BB, BOB and
RBIS. 2. Reeds', Cedax Octavia Surprise for Deercroft JW. By the same sire as
winner. Not a lot to choose between these two. Similar remarks as winner. 3.
Hughes's, Batendach Coppa Rose for Julidachs. LB. (13,4). 1.
Punter's, Jentiki Kendle for Welcumen. R/b. Nice head, kind expression. Good
depth of keel plenty of length. Level topline and moved with drive. 2. Hughs's,
Minimead Made to Love for Julidachs. Another very nice bitch. Good head,
shoulders and topline. Moved well. In good condition. 3. Kerry's, Kireton Agnes.
OB. (4,2). 1. Kent and Llevendales', Tonijavae Indian Passion
at Lokmadi JW. Long neck, good shoulder placement. Deep brisket. Level topline.
Moved soundly with drive. 2. Reeds', Deercroft Devotion JW. Close up to winner.
Kind expression. Well set shoulders. Level topline moving and stacked. Strode
This entry appeared: issue 20/4/12
Open show:DACHSHUND SMOOTH HAIRED:
Thank you to the Officers and Committee for the invitation to judge at this
excellently run and well supported show. There were a number of absentees - I
am sure petrol shortages didn't help. I love the Smooths and was looking for a
well balanced, correctly constructed hound with no exaggerations and free
flowing movement. I was therefore concerned at some of the movement which was
poor on both the floor surface and mats. Had the judging been outside some of
the placings may have been different. I find that squatting down in the ring
gives a much better perspective of how the dogs are really moving. There was
quite a diversity in size and some keels were very low. I was looking for
enough ground clearance to allow free movement. Construction concerns included
some long loins, poor hindquarters and forward placed and/or upright shoulders,
which impacts free movement. Some dogs appeared too long in the body - this
looks worse with forward placed shoulders and incorrectly angulated
hindquarters. The breed standard states that height at the withers should be
half the length of the body, measured from breastbone to the rear of thigh.
Correct build generally achieves good movement unless the dog has sustained an
injury or is overweight. A question to consider when choosing breeding stock is
whether there should be less emphasis on specific features and more emphasis on
correct construction, soundness and overall balance (whilst not losing the
quality and overall breed type). We have seen a number of overseas stock
brought into Britain and although this widens the gene pool perhaps some of
these lines do not always suit some of the British lines? From what I saw
today, I feel some construction issues need to be addressed which may be
improved within two or three generations with careful selection and detailed
knowledge of the whole of the pedigrees of breeding stock. This is of course
only my opinion, but I say it with the best interests of the breed in mind.
However I was delighted with my main winners. There were some tough decisions
and I judged according to my interpretation of the breed standard - not
forgetting Sayers and the Kennel Club's 'Fit for Function' website. As always
my decisions were based on how the dogs appeared and performed on the day.
PD (2,1) 1 Trafford's Dabrenhof Nadal. B/T Good head and eye, good
length of neck, prominent breastbone. Lost topline a little on the move but has
plenty of time to mature. J (3) The first two could change
places on another occasion but neither moved well today. 1 Hunt's Cwmdarhian
Hogan's Hero at Carpaccio. B/T Masculine head, and good feet. Won on his height
to length ratio and balanced outline. 2 Ellis's Tealby Red Between The Lines.
Good head & eye. Prominent forechest. Nicely handled as all were from this
kennel. 3 Lewis & Eddie's Kauldwell Tango In The Nite. N (1) 1
Ellis Tealby Red Between The Lines. L (6,3) 1 Rawson's
Rosenket Nostra Damus. BOB, BIS. Very masculine B&T, teeming with breed type,
really well balanced and soundly constructed dog. Good head & eye, good length
of neck leading to well laid, correctly angulated shoulders and prominent
breastbone. Good bone and feet. Excellent length of ribbing and short, strong
loin. Correctly angulated hindquarters. Moved extremely well, had reach in
front and drive from the rear viewed from all angles and really stood out
today. Should gain his title. See from the catalogue he is already passing on
his qualities. Wonderful dog and really delighted he was awarded BIS. 2 Tite's
Rijobeau Hot On Ya Heels. Masculine dog, prominent breastbone, good length of
ribbing, slightly longer in loin than winner. Plenty of bone and good feet.
Preferred head, hind angulation and movement of the winner. 3 Linacre's
Cavalleria Rusticana. O (4,2) 1ST &RBD Tite's Ch Rijobeau
Caught Red Handed. Showy red masculine dog. Good head & eye. Strong jaw. Good
length of ribbing, firm topline and strong hindquarters. Moved with drive. In
the challenge, preferred the shoulders and front movement of the BOB winner. 2
Chauhan's Hampdach Man in Black. Another masculine dog, lower to ground than
first and movement was not as good. Lovely condition and nicely handled and
presented. MPB (4) Some nice puppies all at varying stages of
development. 1 Chauhan's Honey Crips. Very feminine with good head. Lovely
temperament and best movement in this class. 2 Lockett- Walter's Ralines Dirty
Dancin. C/T. Just six months so giving away a lot in age. 3 Kerry's Ralines
Pretty Woman at Kireton. PB (4,1) 1 BP & RBPIS Rawson's
Rosenket Queen of Hearts. A lovely feminine C/T with beautiful head and
expression. Excellent front and feet. Well constructed and balanced throughout,
really good shoulders and hindquarters. Kept a firm topline on the move. Moved
true from all angles. See she is sired by the BOB winner so he is passing on
his good qualities. 2 Chauhan's Sapphire Razzle.Lovely head and expression,
really feminine bitch but a little longer in loin and didn't move so well. 3
Lockett- Walter's Ralines Back to the Future. J (3,2) 1
Bethel's Hampdach Coraline. Lovely red bitch, very eye catching. Beautiful head
& eye. Well constructed throughout with good neck, shoulders, topline and
strong, correctly angulated hindquarters. Her conformation gave her good and
true movement. Beautifully presented and handled. N (4,2) 1
Bethel's Hampdach Coraline. Just had the edge on maturity in this class. 2
Rosenket Queen of Hearts. 3 Ralines Back to the Future. PG
(5,2) 1st & BB Bethel's Hampdach Copperhead Rose. Loved this feminine and typy
red bitch. Well constructed and balanced throughout. Beautiful head &
expression. Good length of neck with well laid shoulders. Really good
hindquarters, moved well from all angles. Beautifully handled. In the challenge
she was the perfect feminine counterpart to the masculinity of the dog. He just
had the edge on movement to win the BOB. 2 Ellis's Tealby Little Dorrit.
Beautiful classic outline, just preferred the movement of the winner. 3 Lewis &
Eddie's Kaudwell State of Play. L (5,2) 1st & RBB Turner's
Marictur Moulin Rouge. Feminine red. Pretty head & expression. Good length of
ribbing. A little more length to neck would complete the picture. Won on her
movement. 2 Ellis's Tealby TittleTittle. Really liked her overall make and
shape but preferred front movement of the winner. 3 Rawson's Rosenket Nectar of
the Gods. O (6,5) 1 Cooper's CH Hacienda Lo N Behold it's
Sontag. Red. Lovely head & eye. Larger bitch but balanced. Slightly overweight
with a milky underline, which cost her in the challenge. Very well handled.