Margaret on June 12th, 2018

 

Calliope Bouvier Des Flandres puppies are now 6 weeks old in Barbados

Coming from a Champion sire in Belgium and an UK import who is also a Champion in Barbados is a litter of 5 very nice Bouvier Des Flandres puppies. Bred for good temperament, health, and conformation, is a litter of 3 males and 2 females.

Here is a video taken of them playing at 6 weeks of age.

 

 

The Barbados Kennel Club is currently handling their pedigree registration.  They are wormed every week and will have their first inoculation next week, when they are 7 weeks old.

Their registered names are Calliope Connie, Calliope Renee, Calliope Hercule, Calliope James Bond and Calliope Harry.

They are enjoying life, still on 4 meals a day, and days of breezes, sunshine, sleep, food, and play.

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A great combination of pedigrees and a really nice litter of Bouvier Des Flandres puppies, from a Belgium sire and an UK imported dam.

Ch Chepam Valentina at Calliope C.D. (Isabelle) was  4 years old on January 1, 2018. This is the first time she has had puppies and she is a very good mother.

My oldest Bouvier here, Ch. Calliope Rita C.D.,  is now over 12 years old.

At the end of April, Isabelle’s and Link’s puppies  were born and and she has been busy with her maternal duties and five puppies.

The sire is the Belgium Bouvier, Ch. Link van her Geldre Hof.  Isabelle is an UK import who arrived here at 12 weeks old.

There have not been many successful cases of artificial insemination with dogs and frozen semen in Barbados, but everything went very well for us.

It did take careful planning to ensure that all regulations and procedures were followed and the progesterone timing was correct for artificial insemination.

The puppies will be registered with The Barbados Kennel Club and be inoculated against parovirus and corneavirus.

 

The below photos were taken of the puppies at just four weeks:

 

4 weeks old Bouvier Des Flandres puppies

Bouvier Des Flandres puppies in Barbados

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are photos are the sire and dam:

“Isabelle” Ch. Chepam Valentina at Calliope C.D.

Belgium Bouvier Des Flandres Link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Barbados Kennel Club’s first All Breeds Championship dog show for the year was judged by Rodney Oldham who has visited the island before  but was here for the first time judging.

He is approved by The Kennel Club, UK to award Challenge Certificates to breeds which were at the show like the  Rottweiller (which had the largest number of entries at this show), Bull Mastiff,  Akita, French Bulldog, Tibetan Terrier, and also to judge Best in Show, the Utility Group and the Working Group which were the main groups represented at the show.

At this show there were no breeds entered in the Toy and the Terrier categories.  There were fewer dogs at the show grounds but the show’s sponsors, Roberts Manufacturing Limited, which promotes the Vitapet brand of dog food, did a good job of promoting the show and the show ground had a good attendance with spectators.

 

GUNDOG GROUP

 GOLDEN RETRIEVERS – DOGS

OPEN

1st Mrs. L. Husbands’  Sh. Ch. Holders Sapphire Sky C.D.  – Approaching 4yo, well balanced with proportioned head to body, dark well placed eye contributes to kind expression, clean neck and shoulder, depth to chest which is appropriately sprung, good topline and excellent tailset and carriage, clean easy mover, CC, BOB and BL.

GOLDEN RETRIEVERS – BITCHES

JUNIOR   1st  S. & S. Armstrong’s Isabella Golden Allie – 16mo, feminine in head which is well balanced with super dark eye, moderate stop, reasonable front but tad upright in shoulder, gently sprung ribcage, excellent topline and bend to stifle, fairly free mover, improved once she settled to job in hand, RCC.

OPEN

1st Mrs. L. Husbands & Mrs. J. Ray’s Sh.Ch. Angelusparks Heaven’s Gift to Thatcher -5yo solidly built and a very typical specimen of the breed but could project herself to greater advantage, good for pigmentation, well placed dark eyes, just enough stop, elbows held firm, straight front down to good feet, would prefer just a little more arch to neck, decent ribcage, sensible tailset and carriage, steady mover, CC.

 

LABRADOR RETRIEVERS – DOGS

 PUPPY

1st Mrs. S.H. Leacock’s  Linthwaite King Arthur of Theberton – 10mo and very promising, appeals for overall balance, super head type, broad flat skull, defined stop, well placed dark eyes, clean cheeks, strong neck and shoulders, straight forelimbs, well ribbed up and level in topline, otter tail, easy true mover covering the ground with ease, RCC.

LIMIT

1st Mr. T. & Mrs. V. Marshall’s Zinzara Tropical Thunder – 16mo Black, well balanced and shown in hard condition, proportioned masculine headpiece without exaggeration, straight front down to knuckled feet, depth to chest could just fill a little more with maturity, gentle slope to croup giving good tailset, moderate turn to stifle, steady mover.

OPEN

1st Mrs. V. Challenor’s Sh.Ch. Zinzara Midnight Magic C.D. – 3yo black, nicely matured without a hint of excess, super head and eye, defined stop, liked his front assembly, strong neck into well laid shoulder, decent ribcage, short firm loin, a touch proud of his thick otter tail in action, turn to stifle, respectable mover in both directions, shown in hard condition, CC & RBOB. *

LABRADOR RETRIEVERS – BITCHES

OPEN

1st Mrs. Z. Gray-Marshall’s Sh.Ch. Zinzara Darcy’s Delight (A.I.) – My idea of how a Labrador bitch should look, scores in make, shape and substance with absolutely nothing overstated, combines a touch of glamour with her attractive head and expression and her functional body and limbs, in action she is the total package and it was my pleasure to meet her at this event and give her top honours, CC, BOB, Best in Group, Best L/B in Show & Best in Show.

FLAT COATED RETRIEVER – DOGS

OPEN

1st Mrs. B. Greenidge’s Sh.Ch. Blacfriar Monopoly in Paradise –  2.1/2yo Black, well grown and shown in hard condition, proportioned head of length, decent front assembly, elbows held firm, clean neck and shoulder, depth to chest which is moderately sprung, level topline with gentle slope to croup giving good tail carriage, turn to stifle, tidy mover, CC, BOB.

HOUND GROUP

 RHODESIAN RIDGEBACKS – BITCHES

OPEN

1st Mrs. S.B. Hamilton-Outcalt’s Ch. Crownridge Bubble Candy(A.I.) C.D  & 2nd  Crownridge Bubblicious (A.I.) – RCCsisters and understandably very alike, still in need of a little more socialisation, both balanced through, length to heads, super eyes and expressions, decent shoulders and fronts, well knuckled feet, felt 10 just had the edge in topline and held it better in action but will doubtless change places many times in the future.  1st CC & BOB/ BL, Best in Group.

UTILITY GROUP

 AKITAS – DOGS

PUPPY

1st Mr. D. Cobham’s Radoni Emperor Grey – 12. 9mo and still very immature both physically and mentally, quite well grown just needing time to fill his frame and get through the juvenile period, would suggest would benefit from regular short sessions of lead walking and play to develop both his character and physique, RCC.

LIMIT

1st Mr. D.P. De B. Boyce’s Donkemre Thor –  5yo dark red/wh, very well grown with plenty of bone and substance, masculine head to suit with defined stop, strength and depth to muzzle, broad chest and depth through, double curl, steady mover, CC, BOB & B/L.

FRENCH BULLDOGS – DOGS

JUNIOR

1st – Mrs. S. Jordan’s Jafrak Nut Brittle – Liked this 16mo fawn very much, is of a handy size and so well balanced and full of breed type, head is well laid out without exaggeration allowing easy breathing and clean eyes, muzzle and skull in proportion, broad front, well ribbed up, slope to croup giving low tailset, sound hindquarters, free mover, CC & BOB AND Utility Group.

FRENCH BULLDOGS – BITCHES

JUNIOR

1st – Mr. H. Jordan’s Nican Happy Dragon Fly  – Rich Fawn with blk mask, head in proportion, broad skull, ears well placed, deep stop, open nostrils, broad underjaw, width to chest, strong neck, slight rise over loin, low set tail, would prefer slightly better definition to hindquarters, steady mover once concentrating, RCC & B/L.

OPEN

1st Mr. H. Jordan’s Ch. Jafrak Wowing The Crowds –  4yo mature brindle, liked her head and layout, broad skull, definite stop, excellent nostrils and underjaw, broad chest, head carried on good neck, well sprung ribs carried back, slight rise over loin, low set tail, gentle definition to hindquarters, easy true mover, CC, RBOB & Reserve in Group.

TIBETAN TERRIERS – DOGS

JUNIOR

1st Dr. J. Crump’s Calliope Calypso Pan – Substitute handler. Of very good breed type, correct head, broad skull with defined stop, good eye, width to underjaw giving resolute expression, decent front assembly, firm shoulder and topline with slight rise over loin, quality coat coming, moved correctly once concentrating, RCC.

OPEN

1st Dr. J. Crump’s Ch. Kybo Calypso Kid – 4yo B&W, also of very good breed type, well balanced, head is well laid out with dark eye, strength to underjaw, decent front assembly, large feet correct neck, level topline, well ribbed up and back, high set tail and carriage, decent hindquarters and action, CC & BOB.

 

TIBETAN TERRIERS – BITCHES

JUNIOR

1st Ms. M. Ashby’s Calliope Sea Breezes Lover – 16mo, presents a compact outline, decent head and proportions, eyes dark, decent underjaw, straight front and firm elbows, big feet, gentle turn to stifle, easy mover, CC & RBOB & B/L.

STANDARD POODLES – BITCHES

MINOR PUPPY

1st Miss R. D’Andrade’s Princess Elsa – 7mo White with very attractive headpiece, soundly constructed, gentle stop, dark eye, good mouth, clean neck and shoulder, good topline and tailset, gentle turn to stifle, was a little reluctant to display her virtues to begin with settled to the job as the show progressed, just needs a little more socialising with maturity, BOB & B/L Puppy.

PUPPY

1st Mr. P. Blunte’s Maxi Million at Jamiser –  7mo blk, presents a compact square frame, length to head, moderate stop, neat chiselling to muzzle, good arched neck, straight front down to knuckled feet, good topline, turn to stifle, clipped off, RBOB.

WORKING GROUP

 BULLMASTIFFS – DOGS

PUPPY

1st Mr. B.A. Bascombe’s Nexgen Crimson Tide – 11mo brindle, well grown, broad flat skull, defined stop, depth to muzzle, dark eye, broad chest, well boned, knuckled feet, would prefer a shorter loin, good tasilset and carriage, tail just long enough, true enough on the move B/L Puppy.

NOVICE

1st Mr. B.A. Bascombe’s Nexgen The Big Ticket – 22mo masculine brindle, head well laid out, flat skull, definite stop, dark eye, depth through, broad underjaw, well boned, deep well sprung ribcage, gentle slope to croup and good tailset, steady mover, CC, BOB & B/L.

LIMIT

1st Mr. R. Wood’s Samhaven Kaluca White in Woodney – Red/Blk mask, good for type just a tad long caste, liked his head and properties, clean dark eye well placed, depth through strong muzzle, broad chest and straight forelimbs and firm elbows, well sprung ribcage, good tailset and carriage, well finished hindquarters, fairly respectable mover, RCC & RBOB.

OPEN

1st Mr. B.A. Bascombe’s Ch. Ardhub Black’s in the Name to Nexgen – Well grown brindle, strength to masculine head, broad flat skull, deep stop, dark eyes, broad muzzle, powerful neck, straight forelimbs, reasonable topline, rather straight in hindquarters, steady mover.

BULLMASTIFFS – BITCHES

OPEN

1st Mr. B.A. Bascombe’s Nexgen Hold That Tiger – 4yo Brindle, presents a compact outline, proportioned head, attributes well laid out, defined stop,  broad chest, deep well sprung ribcage, level topline, low set tail, gentle turn to stifle, steady mover, CC.

2nd Mr. R. Wood’s Ch. Woodney Diana White No 29. Fawn/blk mask, 6yo, feminine all through with substance, dark eye, broad chest, powerful neck, very well sprung ribcage, firm loin, good tailset, reasonable mover. RCC.

ROTTWEILERS – DOGS

PUPPY

1st Mr. J. Jordan’s Neptune’s Pluto – 10mo, presents a compact outline, still quite raw and needing time to mature and put on a bit more substance, also needs some serious socialising and ringcraft before he gets much older.

2nd Mr. R. Baptiste’s Elthor Dark Cory – This lad is also still quite immature and needs time to fill his frame which is slightly longer caste than 1.

3rd Mr. J. Jordan’s Neptune’s Saturn –  From first impressions thought this lad to be my winner for type and make and shape but alas further examination proved otherwise.

JUNIOR

1st Mr. C. Bostic’s Bosvigo Bruno  – Of good breed type and well put together but needs more ringcraft to enable proper examination.

2nd Mr. S. Bryan’s Elthor Dark Ace –  Same comments apply.

OPEN

1st Mr. J. Edghill’s Ch. Monifa Black Maximus – super specimens of this breed, well grown and masculine without exaggeration, lovely head, with super eye placement giving good expressionvery little to separate 1st & 2nd. CC, BOB, Best in Group  RBIS.

2nd Dr. W. Welch’s Balto Von Muntz –  Slightly shorter in loin but not quite the turn to stifle of  1st placed , in the final run off felt 1 just covered the ground with a slightly longer stride but really splitting hairs. RCC & RBOB.

ROTTWEILERS – BITCHES

PUPPY

1st Dr. W. Welch’s Elthor Dark Cass –  this young miss has femininity with substance, head well laid out, definite stop, dark expressive eye, depth thru muzzle, ok front assembly, would prefer better feet, good length to neck, good croup, turn to stifle, steady mover. BP.

NOVICE

1st Mr. J. Edghill’s Kent Ridge Lois Lane’s Lover – Also feminine with substance, broad skull with defined stop, muzzle just tapers a tad, broad chest, straight front and firm elbows, very well sprung ribcage, firm loin, slope to croup, good tail carriage, steady on the move.

2nd Mr. R. T. Alleyne’s Richwood Diva Dancing – Feminine, I understand is not used to attending shows which probably explained her tense demeanour (not aggressive), reluctant to be handled but appeared to be typical of the breed.

LIMIT

1st Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s Richwood Cia’s Heat –  Preferred for type and substance but not in her best condition today, would like to see her another day in better coat.  Liked her head and hindquarters, scored in skull with defined stop, dark eyes and strength to muzzle, straight front and firm elbows, reasonable feet, decent hindquarters and tidy movement.

2nd Mr. J. Jordan’s Monifa Dark Kimba –  Shown in good coat and bodily condition but lacks the bone and substance of 1 and inclined to be rather straight in hindquarters.

OPEN

1st Dr. W. Welch’s Bentley Von Muntz – This feminine lady has lots of appeal, substance and a broad flat skull, defined stop, dark eyes, firm but clean cheeks, good mouth, straight frond assembly with firm elbows, super neck and shoulders, well sprung ribcage, level topline with gentle slope to croup, excellent definition to hindquarters, easy reachy mover, CC.

2nd Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s Richwood Bea’s A Burning – This lass was close up here and also carries good substance, not quite the finish to muzzle of 1, straight front down to well knuckled feet, good for croup, gentle turn to stifle, free mover, RCC.

 GERMAN SHEPERD DOGS – BITCHES

LIMIT

1st Mr. G. Bannister’s Skye Bella – Felt this 4yo GSD to be of honest type and construction without exaggeration, she was sound to handle and this was confirmed in action, I was happy to award her the CC & BOB.

BOXERS – BITCHES

NOVICE

1st Mr. M. & Mrs. L. Kings’s Tabor Ridge Princess Josie – 3yo red who presents a balanced outline, head is balanced and well laid out with definite stop, dark eyes and depth to muzzle, straight forelimbs and firm elbows, ribs gently sprung, good topline, moderate turn to stifle, steady mover, RCC.

OPEN

1st Ms. G. Leach’s Sundial’s Aurora Sunrise At Worthington –  2yo red portraying a compact outline and proportioned head carried on an arched neck, defined stop, dark well placed eyes, muzzle just strong enough, straight forelimbs, deep well sprung chest, gentle turn to stifle, easy reachy mover, CC & BOB.

 

Veteran

1st Ms. G. Leach’s Ch. Worthingon’s Pretty N Peach – 7yo Boxer of excellent type, solidly built with plenty of substance whilst retaining femininity, liked her head and expression, good neck and shoulder, straight front down to good feet, sound hindquarters and an easy mover.

 

 

 

 

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Margaret on March 22nd, 2018

Barbados Kennel Club held its final All Breeds Championship Dog Show for 2017 in November. The UK judge Albert Wight has judged dogs in Barbados on several occasions.  This show was sponsored by Spartan Animal Kingdom.

Below is the judge’s critique:

TERRIER GROUP

STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIERS – BITCHES

OPEN

1st CC, BOB & G1 Welch’s Ch Devils And Fairies Quick Silver (Imp) – just over 2 and a half years old this is a really smart example of the breed. Beautiful head and expression, good forechest, lovely spring and depth of rib, level backline, has well muscled upper thighs and her profile action was balanced and powerful. A credit in coat and body condition.

TOY GROUP

 No Entries

GUNDOG GROUP

GOLDEN RETRIEVERS – DOGS

OPEN

1st CC & BOB Husband’s Sh Ch Holders Sapphire Sky (Loc) – I know this very handsome headed chap is between coats but that could not detract from his overall quality. I loved his head and expression, he is a lovely height at the withers, shoulder well laid, firm elbows, and how good to see a level backline leading to a good tail set. His side action is so even striding, but he is a bit close going away which told against him in the Group.

GOLDEN RETRIEVERS – BITCHES

JUNIOR

1st & RCC Armstrong’s Isabella Golden Allie (Loc) – just 12 months old and such a lovely deep, rich colour. I liked her height, level topline, really good hindquarters and her side action is even stepping with good hock action. She needs time to develop in forechest as she is a shade narrow there. Also her skull needs to develop more width.  Temperament a delight.

OPEN

1st & CC & Res BOB Husbands and Ray’s Ch Angelusparks Heaven’s Gift to Thatcher (Imp) – such a mature and well constructed 5 year old not in her best coat but she is nicely put together in construction with really good spring and depth of rib, her hindquarters are well angulated and she is at her best in profile action where she keeps her shape, showing good reach and drive. Nice head, especially good eyes and a kind expression.

LABRADOR RETRIEVERS – DOGS

MINOR PUPPY

1st CC, BOB, G1 & BPIS Leacock’s Linthwaite King Arthur Of Theberton. which I see is a son of the big winning Ch Mattand Exodus. This youngster has it all. Just oozes his breed type in spades. Quite stunning head and expression, and those eyes will win many admirers. He is so well constructed, his angles harmonise a flowing shape which is magnetic. He has well weighted bone with tightest of feet, his coat was flawless in presentation and then that lovely otter tail, correctly carried (!). Finally, his balanced, powerful action was the icing on the cake. Despite his youth I could not resist awarding him the CC, BOB and G1 and BPIS.

LABRADOR RETRIEVERS – BITCHES

OPEN

1st CC & Res BOB Gray-Marshall’s Sh Ch Zinzara Darcy’s Delight(A.I.) (Loc) – I liked lots about this yellow bitch, beautifully headed, ample neck, good fore assembly and decent spring and depth of rib. For me she lacks angulation in her hindquarters and as a result she has not the smooth, even stride of the BOB winner. In stunning coat and body condition.

RETRIEVERS (FLATCOATED) – DOGS

OPEN

1st CC, BOB & G2 Greenidge’s Sh Ch Blacfriar Monopoly in Paradise (Imp) – such a smart example of the breed, oozing Flatcoat charm in head and expression, non stop tail wagger, so well constructed, clean flowing outline, well boned, lovely legs and feet, immaculate in coat which shone with well being and he is a delight to watch circle the ring with such a positive stride.

IRISH SETTER – DOGS

OPEN

1st & BOB Moore’s Sh Ch Fearnley Fire Storm of Moorlands CD, (Imp) – this quite lovely headed boy is now in his eighth year but on the stack he cannot but fill the eye with that glorious outline. His head carriage, neck and smooth flowing shape cannot but please the eye. Has retained a real Irish headpiece with that soft, intelligent expression and he was in super coat. Unfortunately I felt he could have carried a little less body weight and in this heat, it reflected in his slightly laboured action. But he remains a class act.

HOUND GROUP

RHODESIAN RIDGEBACKS – BITCHES

OPEN

1st CC, BOB & G1 Hamilton-Outcalt’s Crownridge Bubble Candy (A.I) (Loc) – although the only Hound present she was a very worthy winner of all her awards. Just 16 months she a bit on the lean side and needs to fill out that generous frame. She is a lovely wither height, generous neck, beautifully angulated both ends and this is confirmed when she sets off around the ring, style, grace, wonderful reach and drive and keeping her shape throughout. I liked the balance of her head, stunning eyes and expression and she just gives off and air of being something special.

UTILITY GROUP

AKITAS – DOGS

BABY PUPPY

1st Cobham’s Radoni Emperor Grey, (Loc) – just 5 months and still very raw. Pleasing head needs time to develop in breadth, good stop very dark eyes which are a good shape. Ears could be more hooded, enough neck, well ribbed, topline still at the stage where it rises towards his rump. In lovely coat, lovely temperament but he needs lots of ring training before one can really assess his action. He thought it was playtime!

LIMIT

1st & BOB Boyce’s Donkemre Thor, (Loc) – all male head with good eyes, ears and muzzle. He is a good size, bags of substance and shows a fair stride in profile action. Very much out of coat making his colours less than clear and brilliant as the standard requires. Not strong enough in hock when going away and although I liked his head and expression I felt I could not award the CC

FRENCH BULLDOGS – DOGS

JUNIOR

1st CC, BOB, G1 & BIS Jordan’s Jafrak Nut Brittle (Imp) (see intro)

2nd & Res CC Bascombe’s Ardhub Devils Game at Nexgen (Imp), this pied has lots  to like but for me he is just overdone in head and not quite the tight fitting eye of Nut. I liked his size, body well proportioned with a good rib cage and forechest. Topline dips a little, strongly made and well muscled hindquarters, and balanced profile action.

FRENCH BULLDOGS – BITCHES

JUNIOR

1st & RCC Jordan’s Nican Happy Dragon Fly (Loc) – this fawn really made me smile.  Lots of Frenchie charm in head and expression, very good eyes and ears, just about enough neck, so well ribbed, compact and well muscled in hindquarters. Initially it was hard to assess her action as she was doing a bit of bloodhound training, head low and bum high! But eventually she settled to do her best and was duly rewarded.

OPEN

1st CC & Res BOB Jordan’s Ch Jafrak Wowing the Crowds (Imp) brindle of classic type and she is a really top class example of the breed. Flawless in body and presentation, she is a lovely size, so compact, well bodied, correct backline, really strides out with such purpose and drive and she just loves to be the centre of attention.

2nd Jordan’s Ch Jafrak Dorada (Imp) I see her daughter won the RCC. She scores in head, eyes, super bat ears and a delightful expression. Unfortunately she was standing moving somewhat wide in front. I liked her size, compact shape and again her coat was stunning in condition.

JAPANESE SHIBA INU – DOGS

OPEN

1st CC & Res BOB Taylor’s Ch Massima No One Greater (Loc) – this b/t is such a handsome fellow. Loved his head and expression, so square in l/h proportions, high set and well curled, scores in forehand, tight elbows and neat feet. Jacket sparkled and in profile his action is a delight. Ran his sister close for BOB

JAPANESE SHIBA INU – BITCHES

OPEN

1st CC & BOB Taylor’s Ch Massima I’m So Fancy (Loc), litter sister to the DCC and I see it is their father who won BVIS and was G2 to the BIS winner so quite a family affair.  She really is quite a star this one, ultra feminine yet nothing weak about her. She has such a beautiful head and expression, her eyes being something else. She is so well constructed was in beautiful coat and body condition and she is a natural show off. She moved with ease and a litheness I found hard to resist.

TIBETAN TERRIERS – DOGS

JUNIOR

1st Res CC & Res BOB Dr. Crump’s Calliope Calypso Pan (Loc) – just 12 months and has all the makings to do so well. At present he lacks bodyweight but the basic shape is there. I loved his head balance, very good neck and backline to a well set and carried tail. Straight forelimbs, lovely big feet and a good coat texture. With a bit more weight and shade better coat presentation could be a major threat to all others, good coat texture and well set and carried tail.

OPEN

1st CC & BOB Dr. Crump’s Ch Kybo Calypso Kid (Imp) – so masculine in head and expression. Loved the size and overall balance of this b/w. His action is so light, ground covering and true both ways. Like his kennel mate, if his jacket could just be better prepared so as to present a more complete picture, he could do even better than he did today.

TIBETAN TERRIERS – BITCHES

JUNIOR

1st Ashby’s Calliope Sea Breezes Lover (Loc) – b/w which unfortunately was lacking in coat and tail furnishings. Pleasing head, very good eyes for size, shape and colour.  She is well ribbed & has a decent neck with a level backline. I would like a bit more width in upper thigh and she is a bit loose in front action when fore viewed.

WORKING GROUP

BOUVIER DES FLANDERS – BITCHES

OPEN

1st CC & BOB Ashby’s Ch Chepham Valentina at Calliope CD (Imp)lovely size and over all balance, lovely head shape, strong neck, well laid shoulders and such a good ribcage. Moderate rear angles and firm hocks. In the Group challenge I felt she lacked the drive and vigour on the move of those I placed over her.

BULLMASTIFFS – DOGS

OPEN

1st CC & BOB Bascombe’s Ch Ardhub Black’s In The Name to Nexgen (Imp) dark brindle just over 2 years old and he scores in having such a super headpiece. All male, devoid of exaggeration, eyes dark and well spaced very good ears and width in underjaw, strong neck, big ribcage and stands foursquare. He was in good nick bodywise, is well muscled with a correctly set and carried tail. Side action shows lots of power and is balanced. Just not quite firm enough in hock when rear viewed which edged him out in the Group challenge. But a very worthy Ch.

BULLMASTIFFS – BITCHES

OPEN

1st Bascombe’s Zahara Bulls Katniss at Nexgen (Loc) – this is rather a nice bitch to go over but one could see she had a litter ( I believe it was a few months ago), but the heat just got to her today and she was sluggish on the move. I liked her head, beautiful eyes and ears, very good neck and well ribbed. After winning the class her owner wisely retired her as he feared the heat might be too much for her. Thankfully she recovered in the shade after being cooled down.

ROTTWEILERS – DOGS

MINOR PUPPY

1st Jordan’s Neptune’s Pluto (Loc) – just 7 months old and I hope he grows on quite a bit. His head needs to broaden in skull, and he needs to grow taller. His shape is lovely, he was in super coat, owns a lovely eye and he is quite balanced in profile action.

PUPPY

1st Bostic’s Bosvigo Bruno (Loc) I felt he had the best head shape with a decent skull, sufficient stop and well filled muzzle with a good chin. He has a very good arched neck, well sprung ribs and his action shows reach and some drive. He would benefit from having more rear angulation and his eye could be a tad less full.

2nd Maynard’s Guni’s Blue Jonny (Loc) – what a pity this youngster had a touch of the blues and was a bit of a reluctant participant..  I liked his head balance, his well shaped and so dark eyes, ample neck and a really good body in ribs and hindquarters. Just a bit uncertain about the proceedings, but worth persevering with..

JUNIOR

1st & RCC Dr. Welch’s Balto Von Muntz (Imp) – such a classy type of dog which takes the eye on the stack with that super outline, the neck almost arched, well defined withers, lovely sternum and really well off for bone and substance. His shoulders are well laid, the elbows tight fitting, he has good feet and well muscled hindquarters. A credit in coat presentation he really moved out well. Surely a titleholder in waiting.

NOVICE

1st Howell’s Arkon V Haus Gaskin (Imp) – tall, well balanced length/height ratios with a good spring of rib but he would look more impressive of he carried a shade more bodyweight.  His head is well shaped, not quite the tight expressive eye of the winner which helped split them. In such good coat he can motor in profile but needs to settle when fore -viewed

LIMIT

1st Bascombe’s Kent Ridge Son of Kryptonite (Loc) – pleasing head, eyes could be tighter for me, scores in reach and strength in neck, so well ribbed, strong loin, enough upper thigh and well muscled and in stunning coat. He too is good to watch perambulate the ring with such balance but he was toeing in coming towards me.

OPEN

1st CC, BOB G1 & Res BIS Jordan’s Ch. Monifa Black Maximus(Loc)  (see intro)

 

ROTTWEILERS – BITCHES

BABY PUPPY

1st Lavine’s Guni’s Blue Java (Loc) – such a raw baby and needs to be given lots of time to boost her confidence – and she would be worth it. Lovely head, beautiful eyes and well placed ears. Ample neck, well ribbed and bodied and well angulated hindquarters and in very good jacket. Just give her time and lots of love and she will be worth it.

JUNIOR

1st & Res CC Howell’s Kemrorocks Khaleesi Vom Viscardi (Imp) – won here on the quality of her head with that lovely Rottie head, delightful eyes and super expression.  Loved her size and amount of substance. She is so well ribbed with good rear musculature and her side action demonstrated real power. At one with her handler and did all she was asked.

2nd Dr.Welch’s Bentley Von Muntz (Imp) – this is such a good bitch so very appealing on the stack with such shapely lines. Her angles are so good, ribs to the elbow, well muscled hindquarters and tight feet. I felt she was a shade better in front action than the winner, but she had the more appealing eyes and real Rottie expression which swung the scales.

3rd Jordan’s Monifa Dark Kimba (Loc) – lots to like, fairly compact, well balanced in length/height ratios good shoulder layback, could have more width in thigh and whilst she handles well I found her expression just a little on the plain side comparing her to the two I put over. But doubtless she can turn the tables!

NOVICE

1st Holders’s Monifa Black Sandy (Loc) – medium sized with a very nice head, lovely eyes which are so expressive. Just about enough neck, very well ribbed with a strong loin broad rump and well weighted bone. She has good tight feet and had the best front action in this class which swung the red card her way.

2nd Bascombe’s Kent Ridge Too Sexy For Japan (Loc) – not quite the appeal in head for me but she is a lovely size, bags of substance, well arched strong neck, good wither definition, level back and in lovely condition. Her smooth, balanced side action put her over third placed

3rd Edghill’s Kent Ridge Lois Lane’s Loves (Loc) this attractive bitch was shown carrying too much weight especially over the shoulders which makes her stand and move wide in front. I liked her head and expression, she is a nice size, was in good coat and in profile action she showed powerful hock use.

LIMIT

1st & CC Holder’s Monifa Black Sorie (Loc) – quality which will undoubtedly go on to her crown. 2 years old, there is no questioning her sex as she is a powerhouse with a delightful head, stunning expression, is really well bodied with ribs to the elbow, covers the ground with reach and drive as she circles the ring then stacks to present an impressive picture. In the very best of coats and well handled to get the very best out of her.

GERMAN SHEPHERD DOGS – BITCHES

LIMIT

1st & BOB Bannister’s Skye Bella (Loc) – best for type with the better head, stronger bone, bigger spring of rib and gave glimpses of being able to move well in profile. Needs lots of ring training  Really a bit unruly and could do much better.

2nd Kaufman’s Ch Thorsson Haus Ava (Loc) – just not my cup of tea. The shepherd to me should have a fairly strong head with a kind eye and most intelligent, calm expression. This almost black all over was too light framed, lacked width in chest, lacks spring of rib and has insufficient width in hindquarters. She had the more controlled action but she is very close in hock going away. I have to say that her coat was immaculate and she showed well.

BOXERS – DOGS

NOVICE

1st & RCC Wilson’s Sundial’s Thunder at Kaibo C.D. (Loc) – what a very promising r/w youngster this is. Stacks so well, very good head, well defined stop, ample width and depth in muzzle, no excess flews and really good expressive eyes. Clean necked, short, fairly compact body, well muscled hindquarters and in excellent coat and muscle tone. Little proud of his front at times when in profile but that looks like sheer youthful exuberance. His title will surely come along soon.

OPEN

1st CC & BOB Wilson’s Ch Sundial’s Sun God Apollo at Kaibo C.D.  (Loc) – a class act with an air of quality about him, that je ne c’est pas something that just draws the eye. All male head, excellent pigmentation, beautiful eyes, that slightly tip tilted nose that just adds to appeal of his expression. Shown in great bloom he really motored out well until the Group challenge when he played up a little at the critical time. Looks every inch the Champion he is.

BOXERS – BITCHES

NOVICE

1st & RCC King’s Tabor Ridge Princess Josie (Loc) – lots to like about this red but the thing I would change most would be to have her ears higher carried which would help her expression. She is a nice size, is a bit short in upper arm, is well bodied and ribbed, very good bend of stifle and well let down hocks. In profile she shows lots of rear propulsion but she just steps that tad short in front.

OPEN

1st & CC Leach’s Sundial’s Aurora Sunrise at Worthington (Loc) – not yet two years old but she is such a lovely type with a delightful head, well arched neck, is fairly compact in body, gently sloping backline to well muscled hindquarters. In super coat she covers the ground so well in profile.

 

BEST VETERAN

Best Veteran in Show & G2 Taylor’s Ch Calicelesti The One N Only at Massima (Imp)

I must admit to my horror that I did not recognize this outstanding Shiba as the puppy I put through to his first BIS on my last visit to Barbados. I was delighted to see him again and even more delighted to be told, post judging, of his many successes since, including ( I think I’ve got it right!) 3 DOTY awards. He still is a class act and he had to be to be G2 in a strong Group and he only lost out to the BIS winner. And that as a Puppy as he was then!! Thank you Sir for allowing me to see the end product – and two of his progeny are Chs as well!!

 

 

 

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Margaret on February 18th, 2018

This is a first time visit to Barbados for this FCI  judge, Espen Engh from Norway.

This  Barbados Kennel Club All Breeds Championship show took place on October 8, 2017 and was sponsored by the agents for Purina Dog Foods, Massy Distribution (Barbados) Ltd.

Espen Engh is a much respected and loved  judge world wide who did take the time to meet with exhibitors here after the show.  His talk after the show was very interesting as his focus was on the successful breeding of dogs.

He is the type of judge that exhibitors can learn from, he is knowledgeable, polite and friendly and in my opinion very professional and fair.

He did withhold all awards from a few dogs from the ring but he never subjected any exhibitor to possible  embarrassment by  being the only person with a dog in the ring and having the indignity of a judge pointing them to a 3rd place like, for example  Jenny Millar did this year with some exhibitors of the German Shepherd dogs shown.

Espen Engh has judged in  major dog shows around the world and it was great that he accepted the invitation from The Barbados Kennel Club and that we got to meet him.  I hope he will return some day.

Below is his critique:

TERRIER GROUP
STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIERS – BITCHES
OPEN
1st – MR. W.A. WELCH’S DEVILS AND FAIRIES QUICK SILVER ( IMP) – Strong, still feminine bitch, excellent type and quality. Very typical head with a good skull and typical stop. Excellent expression. Rose ears. Strong neck. Well angulated both ends. Moderate amount of bone. I would prefer her shorter in her couplings. Excellent coat and colour. She moved soundly and efficiently from all angles. CC & BOB & Group.

TOY GROUP
No Entries

GUNDOG GROUP
GOLDEN RETRIEVERS – DOGS
OPEN
1st – MRS. L. HUSBANDS’ SH.CH. HOLDERS SAPPHIRE SKY – Masculine dog who is not in the best condition on the day, certainly not for coat. Typical head and expression. Very moderate neck. Quite well angulated in front. Should be firmer in topline. Moderate, but balanced angulation behind. Needs to stabilize in movement coming and going and could keep his outline better from the side, even if he is using his legs well from the side. Rather wiry coat, especially on his body. CC not awarded, Res.BOB and Best locally bred.
GOLDEN RETRIEVERS – BITCHES
PUPPY
1st – S. & S. Armstrong’s ISABELLA GOLDEN ALLIE – Very elegant, feminine bitch, eleven months old. She needs to develop quite a lot in head, both in skull and foreface. But she has quite an attractive expression and a lovely temperament. Moderate neck. Good forechest for age. Deep chest, Firm topline. Her tail could be higher set. Quite pleasing coat. Has a lot of settling to do in her front action, narrow behind, reasonable from the side.
OPEN
1st – MRS. L. HUSBANDS AND MRS. J. RAY’S SH.CH. ANGELUSPARKS HEAVEN’S GIFT TO THATCHER (IMP) – Powerful bitch, she looks a bit heavy and low legged standing, but she is light on her feet and very sound in movement and looks much better moving than standing. Quite typical head, good ears. Would prefer a longer neck. Very good forechest. Strong body with a firm topline. Well set and carried tail. Moderate angulation behind. She is sound coming and going and gets up on her legs while moving around. Quite good coat quality, not in optimal condition, but reasonable. CC & BOB.

LABRADOR RETRIEVERS – DOGS
BABY PUPPY
1st– Mrs. S.H. Leacock’s LINTHWAITE KING ARTHUR OF THEBERTON (IMP) – Five months old, very well developed yellow Labrador. Well balanced and powerful. His head is typical for his age, beautiful expression. Good neck into shoulders and excellent forechest. Deep and capacious body. Excellent bone. Topline needs to strengthen with maturity. Well set tail with a good brush. Very well coated. He moves very well in front, at times well from the side, needs to stabilize behind. Best Baby Puppy in Show.
PUPPY
1st – Mrs. V. Marshall’s ZINZARA TROPICAL THUNDER – Black dog with a lovely temperament, but very slight in his body. Acceptable head, but needs to widen in skull. Good neck. Not enough forechest or layback of upper arm. Quite good topline, too extreme in his tuck-up, he needs plenty more body. Balanced angulation behind. Moved light on his feet, needs to stabilize in front. Lacked underwool on the day.
OPEN
1st – Mrs. V. Challenor’s SH.CH. ZINZARA MIDNIGHT MAGIC C.D. – Typical black dog of excellent proportions, compact and collected. Typical head and expression, I would not want any more stop. Very good ears. Good neck into shoulders. Good forechest for age, two years old. Deep and capacious body. Well angulated behind. Very good coat. He moves well from the side and truly excellent from behind, reasonable as seen from the front. Could have been somewhat firmer in topline on the move, and he is quite proud of his tail. CC & Res. in Group.

LABRADOR RETRIEVERS – BITCHES
OPEN
1st – MRS. Z. GRAY-MARSHALL’S ZINZAR DARCY’S DELIGHT (AI) – Compact well developed bitch of excellent type. Quite pleasing head, but I would like larger eyes. Strong neck, well set. Enough forechest. Very moderately angulated in both ends, it all balances out. Firm topline, good tail. In a good jacket on the day. She moved parallel coming and going, keeping her balance from the side, with moderate extension. CC & BOB, Best locally bred & Best in Group.

RETRIEVERS (FLATCOATED) – DOGS
OPEN
1st – MRS. B.GREENRIDGE’S SH. CH.BLACFRIAR MONOPOLY IN PARADISE (IMP) – . Elegant dog, could do with a more masculine overall impression. His head is all in one piece, but could also be more masculine. I would prefer darker eyes. Very medium neck. Balanced angulation both ends. Needs to be firmer in his topline standing, but firms up on the move. Tail could be higher set. Very moderate amount of bone. Quite pleasing coat quality, but not a lot of coat. He looks by far his best on the move as he moves soundly and light on his feet. CC not awarded, but BOB.

HOUND GROUP
RHODESIAN RIDGEBACKS – BITCHES
LIMIT
1st – MRS. S.B. HAMILTON-OUTCALT’S CROWNRIDGE BUBBLE CANDY (AI) – A very attractive Ridgeback bitch, combining feminine elegance with very good substance. Beautiful head and lovely expression, Excellent ears. Good rise of neck. Balanced angulation in front. Firm topline, tending to fall of a bit too much over the croup which tended to shorten her a bit, but this was also partly due to her being a little anxious. Moderate, but balanced angulation behind. Excellent long and symmetrical ridge. She moved soundly and light on her feet, keeping her lovely balance and also driving out well. Really a top class exhibit who could go all the way if she gains a bit more self confidence. CC, BOB & Best in Group.

UTILITY GROUP
AKITAS – DOGS
LIMIT
1st – MR. D.P.de B. BOYCE’S DONKEMRE THOR – Masculine dog with quite pleasing proportions. His head is not his fortune, long in muzzle and with little stop. Bite could be more regular. Strong neck. Good topline standing, balanced angulation behind. Good tail, but very sparsely coated, as was the body with hardly any undercoat. Could improve in movement both coming and going, quite good from the side, but could show more pride. CC not awarded, but best Male and BOB.
AKITAS – BITCHES
JUNIOR
– MR. J. BRATHWAITE’S MASSIMA TURNING ME UP – Fifteen months old bitch, unfortunately not typical of the breed. Very small, short on legs and long in body. Untypical head, very narrow and without breed character. Quite good neck, but she did not use it at all on the move. Pleasing coat quality. Tended to crab in movement. Awards withheld.

FRENCH BULLDOGS – DOGS
PUPPY
1st – Mrs. S. JORDAN’S JAFRAK NUT BRITTLE (IMP) – Fawn male, a little too up on legs at this time, 11 months, but still typical. Good skull, could do with some more width of muzzle. Pleasing eyes, very good bat ears and very pleasing expression. Good neck. Very moderately angulated in front. Firm topline with a good rise over the loin. Adequate angulation behind. He looked his best on the move, especially as seen from the front and from the side. Very good coat and colour. CC and Res.BOB, Best Puppy in Show.
JUNIOR
1st – MR. B.A. BASCOMBE’S’ ARDHUB DEVILS GAME AT NEXGEN (IMP) – Strong, masculine dog, quite compact with enough length of leg. Rather plain in head and did not make use of his ears. Very moderate neck. Moderate, but balanced angulation both ends. Deep and capacious body. Brindle and white party. Moved quite well from the side and from the front, but needs to stabilize behind. Not as shapely in his body as I would have liked.
FRENCH BULLDOGS – BITCHES
OPEN
1st – MR. H. JORDAN’S CH. JAFRAK WOWING THE CROWDS (IMP) – Feminine bitch, still with good substance. Good skull and ears, could be wider in muzzle. Pleasing neck. Balanced angulation both ends. Could be a bit shorter in body, quite pleasing topline. Very good coat and colour. She moved well from all angles when given a little instructions from her handler. CC & BOB.

JAPANESE SHIBA INU – DOGS
OPEN
1st – MR. A. TAYLOR’S CH. MASIMA NO ONE GREATER – Black and silver Shiba, well proportioned and well constructed and a lovely mover. Masculine head of pleasing quality even if he could do with some more cheek, very good ears. Very good rise of neck, excellent body proportions, firm topline, well set and carried tail. Pleasing coat. He looked particularly good in movement, especially from the side, but also pleasing coming and going, and the more he moved, the better he looked. CC & BOB and Best in Show.

TIBETAN TERRIERS – DOGS
PUPPY
1st – Dr. J. CRUMP’S CALLIOPE CALYPSO PAN – Almost one year old male, quite immature and still needs to gain some more masculinity. Same thing goes for the head, rather refined and needs more chin. Pleasing expression. Moderate neck. Not enough of an outline and the tail is very flat and kinked. Strong topline. Quite good topcoat, but not enough underwool. Needs to gain more width and depth of body. Tends to pull on the lead and then does not show the desired silhouette on the move.

OPEN
1st – DR. J. CRUMP’S CH. KYBO CALYPSO KID (IMP) – A very typical Tibetan Terrier, well proportioned and with a very typical head and expression. Enough neck, Good topline, but he does not get quite enough credit for it because of rather bushy coat tending to hide his outline. Excellent length of leg and square outline. Well set tail. When given some guidance by his handler, he moved well and showed an attractive outline. Reasonable coat quality, but needs some more finesse to his presentation. Correct feet. He moved really well with lovely drive from behind. CC & BOB, Res BOG.
TIBETAN TERRIERS – BITCHES
PUPPY
1st – MISS M. ASHBY’S CALLIOPE SEA BREEZES LOVER – A young bitch with good potential as she has very good proportions and a typical, feminine head with excellent expression. Good neck. Firm topline, I would prefer more angulation behind, her hindquarters also needing more coat and they looks a bit out of balance at this time. Well coated in front and body. In glimpses she moves well, but most of the time she was pulling on the leash and then lost some balance. Worth putting more training into, but not ready for the CC today. Res.BOB and Best puppy, Best locally bred.

WORKING GROUP
BOUVIER DES FLANDERS – BITCHES
OPEN
1st – MISS M. ASHBY’S CH. CHEPHAM VALENTINA AT CALLIOPE C.D. (IMP) – Quite well proportioned bitch, feminine, but without the athletic element this bred has to have. Quite well proportioned head with good width of skull and good ears. Correct, rather short neck. Very flat in the lower part of her chest. Quite good topline, if a little high behind. Very moderately angulated behind. Coat not in optimal condition. Moved with little pride or energy, even if she used her legs quite well, but with the tail down. CC now awarded, but BOB.

BULLMASTIFFS – DOGS
MINOR PUPPY
1st – MR. B.A. BASCOMBE’S NEXGEN CRIMSON TIDE – Brindle dog who needs to develop a lot with time. His head is not very typical, long in muzzle and not wide enough in skull or muzzle. Strong neck. Firm topline, well angulated behind. Very good coat and colour. A sound and positive mover, but definitely scoring in soundness over type. Best Puppy.
JUNIOR
1st – MR. R. MARSHALL’S NEXGEN THE BIG TICKET – Strong, brindle dog with a lot of type, excellent head with width and squareness. Strong neck. Balanced angulation in front and behind. Deep and capacious body, good topline. Needs to be sounder behind both standing and moving and has some skin problems, but scored in breed type. Mostly jumped around in gallop, but sometimes moved quite well from the side, needs to improve in soundness behind. Res.BOB. 2nd – MR. R. WOOD’S SAMHAVEN KALUCA WHITE (IMP) – Very stylish fawn dog, but too racy all over. Needs a strong head with more width between eyes. Too long and rather thin in neck for balance in the breed. Topline could be stronger. Well angulated behind. The best mover in the class, but not the type of the winner.
– MR. D. COBHAM’S FOUL BAY BENTLEY – Underdeveloped dog with a very narrow, untypical body, needs a lot more volume and weight. Extremely undershot, showing teeth at all times. A lovely character. Very scrawny and I cannot see him develop into a proper Bullmastiff at this time. Not sound in movement from any angles. Awards withheld.
NOVICE
1st – MR. H.A. KING’S PRINCE SAMMLER – Leggy, short-coupled dog with a rather narrow and long head. Did not look happy. Excellent neck, good forechest. Strong topline, deep enough in chest but could do with more volume. Would like better angulated hindquarters and unsound going away. Moved quite well from the side. Turning his front feet out.
OPEN
1st – MR. B.A. BASCOMBE’S ARDHUB BLACK’S IN THE NAME TO NEXGEN (IMP) – Typewise attractive dog with quite a well proportioned body with good depth and capacious enough. Quite typical head with good width of skull, attractive eyes. Strong neck. Moderate angulation in front. Strong topline. Beautiful coat and brindle colour. Needs more angulation of stifle and hock, but moved much better than should be expected from this shortcoming, actually quite well from the side as well as coming and going. CC & BOB.
BULLMASTIFFS – BITCHES
OPEN
1st – MR. R. WOOD’S CH. WOODNEY DIANA WHITE – A bitch who keeps herself up well on the move, but her skin condition is very bad with wounds all over. Reasonable skull, not nearly enough width of muzzle. Good neck and forechest. Strong topline, deep chest. Moved very close and unstable as seen from behind, but pleasing from the side. Best bitch, but CC not awarded. – MR. B.A. BASCOMBE’S ZAHARA BULLS KATNISS AT NEXGEN – retired by owner.
ROTTWEILERS – DOGS
MINOR PUPPY
1st – MR. C. BOSTIC’S BOSVIGO BRUNO – Eight months old dog, immature for his age and needs to grow on. Typical head and expression with good skull and ears. Tends to turn his front feet out. Enough bone. At this time rather up on legs and needs to develop in his body, both in depth and width. Good topline until the croup which is falling off too much. Ample angulation behind. Moved OK form the side, but needs to stabilize both ends. Beautiful rich tan, good coat.
PUPPY
1st – DR. W. WELCH’S ELTHOR DARK ACE – At ten months old this dog looks rather long and racy in his body. His head has quite pleasing features, but needs to grow stronger. Rather round in eyes. Very good neck. He needs to become more compact in his body. Moderate angulation in front, very good behind. Somewhat harsh coat. By far his best feature is his movement: well co-ordinated, energetic and sound. Best L/B Puppy in Show.
JUNIOR
1st – DR. W. WELCH’S BALTO VON MUNTZ (IMP) – Typey dog, well proportioned with good length of leg and a compact body. Excellent skull and head proportions, but could do with more width of muzzle. Dark eyes. Strong neck, medium angulation in front. At 13 months, he still needs to gain some more forechest. Firm topline, Strong hindquarters. Excellent coat and colour. He moved soundly and with energy, keeping his attractive balance on the move. Res.CC & Res.BOB and Reserve in Group.
NOVICE
1st – MR. R. BASCOMBE’S KENT RIDGE SON OF KRYPTONITE – At this age, a rather insignificant dog who needs to grow on quite a bit. Quite plain in head, not helped by the unclear tan markings. Rather short neck, which he could use more to his advantage. Good depth and width of body, with some tendency to roach his topline. Plenty of angulation behind. He moved quite well from the side, but needs to stabilize both ends and particularly in front movement.
OPEN
1st – MR. J. EDGHILL’S MONIFA BLACK MAXIMUS – Masculine dog of very pleasing type and quality. Masculine head, I would prefer less wrinkles, eyes medium dark. Strong neck, compact, well developed body with very good volume. Moderately angulated in front, well angulated behind. Very good coat and rich tan colour. He moved well coming and going, took some time to fully synchronise from the side, but improved with subsequent looks, and when he finally got there proved to be an impressive dog. Docked tail. CC & BOB, Group and Reserve BIS.

ROTTWEILERS – BITCHES
JUNIOR
1st – DR. W. WELCH’S BENTLEY VON MUNTZ (IMP) – Impressive bitch, very sound and really good moving. Excellent skull, but she is rather deep in stop and could do with some more strength of muzzle. Excellent neck. Well constructed, well angulated both ends. Deep and capacious body while still having excellent length of leg. Excellent coat and rich tan colour, well marked. Excelled in movement from the side and from the front. CC.
2nd- MR. S. HOWELL’S KEMROROCKS KHALEESI VOM VISCARDI (IMP) – Feminine bitch, quite well proportioned. Pleasing head. Medium neck. Would have liked her to be straighter in her front legs. Compact body. Balanced angulation behind. Coat could be shorter. Moved quite well from the side, but not nearly as well coming and going.
3rd – MR. J. JORDAN’S MONIFA DARK KIMBA – Feminine bitch, not as firm or as athletic as I would like her to be. Her head is rather foreign with plenty of wrinkles and a low brow. Good neck. Wide in front. Excellent tan markings, but could be deeper in colour. Did not hold her topline on the move and tended to crab.
NOVICE
1st – MR.R. BASCOMBE’S KENT RIDGE TOO SEXY FOR JAPAN – Very feminine bitch, very slight and she needs a lot more substance and is smaller than ideal. OK skull, needs a stronger muzzle. Normal neck. Not enough bone. Far too much tuck-up creating a somewhat sighthound-like outline. Quite good hindquarters. She looks her best on the move, showing energy and reasonably sound.

OPEN
1st – MR. O. HOLDER’S MONIFA BLACK SORIE – Eye-catching bitch with excellent type and body proportions. Typical head with excellent width all the way. Strong neck. A little upright in shoulder. Deep and capacious body. Firm topline. Balanced angulation behind. Good tan markings. I would have preferred her in stronger muscular condition, and if so, she would have been more of a challenge. Moved reasonably well, but somewhat with the breaks on and could be cleaner going away.Res.CC.
BABY PUPPY
1st – DR. W. WELCH’S ELTHOR DARK CATO – Five months old dog puppy , reasonably well developed for his age. Pleasing head, masculine, I would not want any more wrinkles than this. Strong neck. Well angulated both ends. Good neck, crested and well set into shoulders. Well angulated behind. Rather wiry in coat. Needs some more ring traning, but the handler more so than the dog. At times moved quite well. Best Baby Puppy in Breed.
2nd – DR. W. WELCH’S ELTHOR DARK CASS – Feminine bitch, at five months old I would like a little more of her and particularly a stronger head. Good neck, pleasing forechest for age. Good topline, on the longer side in body. Very good tan markings. Moved quite well for her age.

GERMAN SHEPHERD DOGS – BITCHES
LIMIT
1st – MR. F. BLACKMAN”S ECHO EL DORADO (IMP) – Feminine bitch, not the type I would be looking for in the breed. Acceptable head, short neck. Short legs, deep body, not in balance. Not much shape of topline. Well angulated behind. Her best feature was her movement from the side as she opened up well, but quite unsound as seen from behind. In a rather in between coat with plenty of wool at this time.
– MR. G. BANNISTER’S SKYE BELLA – A bitch unable to move even for a glimpse in a trot, despite several attempts and thus impossible to judge and excused.
OPEN
1st – MRS. B. KAUFMAN’S CH. THORSSON HAUS AVA – A very large, mostly black bitch, not feminine. Strong head. Large, rather prominent and light eyes. Good neck and forechest, excellent return of upper arm. Not very shapely in body, but deep and capacious, carrying too much weight on the day. Moved quite well from the side, but needs improvement coming and going. Quite good coat. CC not awarded, best bitch, BOB, Best Locally Bred.

BOXERS – DOGS
NOVICE
1st – MISS J. WILSON’S SUNDIAL’S THUNDER BOLT AT KAIBO C.D. – Rather leggy dog, shorter than square. Quite pleasing head proportions. Enough neck, Rather straight in shoulder and upper arm. Short body. Too much tuck-up, his body could make a stronger impression. Tends to hock in standing, but decidedly so on the move. Would like some more volume all the way. But he moved well from the side. Res.CC not awarded.

OPEN
1st – MISS J. WILSON’S CH SUNDIAL’S SUN GOD APOLLO AT KAIBO C.D. – Typically square dog, but looking somewhat younger than his four years old. Good narrow skull, enough strength of foreface. Pleasing neck with a nape. He has a striking and beautiful outline, but could do with some more volume all the way, particularly through his loin. Excellent topline and good tailset. He comes into his own in movement and moves particularly well from the side, balanced and well-coordinated and with plenty of energy. CC
BOXERS – BITCHES
OPEN
1st – MS. G. LEACH’S SUNDIAL’S AURORA SUNRISE AT WORTHINGTON – Square, well proportioned and well constructed bitch. Her head is not her fortune and needs more detailing, but she has a pleasing expression. Moderate neck. Very good return of upper arm and forechest. Very good topline and tailset. Excellent body volume, she does not need any more weight. She moved soundly, especially so from the side and from the front, but also OK from behind. CC & BOB.
2nd – MS. G. LEACH’S CH. WORTHINGTON’S PRETTY N PEACH – Strong bitch on the heavy side. Rather lymphatic in head, prominent eyes, heavy lips. Strong front. Topline could be firmer and she tended to be high behind in movement. Plenty of body; both depth and width. Beautiful dark red colour. Needs to stabilize in movement as seen from behind, quite good in front.

Espen Engh (Norway)
Judge

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Aimee and Ken Kincaid –   American Kennel Club obedience dog judges, trainers, handlers visit Barbados

Excellent job done by Jenni Wilson and her team of Sarah Hamilton, Linda Pearson and Linda Ridout of The Barbados Dog Training Club in inviting the American Kennel Club competitive obedience judges, trainers and handlers of Aimee and Ken  to Barbados.   Ken and Aimee were on the island for a few days and conducted an interesting seminar, held trials,  helped handlers in pointers to improve their scores and also did individual training sessions.

Dog clubs in Barbados, individual trainers and handlers, can go so much further and achieve so much more if they are exposed to experienced, friendly judges  from overseas.

These seminars, trials, and training sessions were open to interested persons, especially the seminar and the private training but it was mainly members of The Barbados Dog Training Club and their dogs who supported the weekend of the American Kennel Club obedience judges, trainers, handers. So the main dogs involved were from the gundog group like the Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retrievers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks from the Hound Group, the Tibetan Terrier puppy from the Utility Group, and breeds mainly such as the German Shepherd dogs,  Border Collie from the Working Group. There were a few rescue type mixed breeds belonging to members of The Barbados Dog Training Club.

I think Aimee and Ken worked hard with us but still got to see some of the island and I hope they enjoyed themselves as much as we enjoyed them.

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In the above photo are my Tibetan Terrier puppy, Calliope Sea Breezes Lover (Jolene) and my Bouvier Des Flandres, Ch. Chepam Valentina at Calliope, C.D. (Isabelle) who did get to meet the American Kennel Club Obedience judges.

Barbados is a very beautiful island with very friendly people and I imagine there are a lot of top overseas judges/trainers who would be willing to come for a vacation and share their knowledge and experience.

It would, of course, be great if Aimee and Ken can return, in say 18 months, as guests of The Barbados Dog Training Club again and see the progress made by the Club with training, trials results and judging in competitive obedience as they gave pointers to the local judges.

The attached pictures of Aimee and Ken are with my Tibetan Terrier puppy “Jolene” who did not do trials but came out for a training session.

Aimee and Ken with Jolene, the Tibetan Terrier Puppy

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In September, 2017, The Barbados Dog Training Club is hosting American Kennel Club Obedience judges, Aimee and Ken Kincaid. Aimee and Ken have many years experience as obedience handlers, trainers and judges.

I think this is a very positive step for this club and persons interested in competitive obedience should take advantage of this opportunity.

Their visit will include seminars for handlers, trainers and judges on September  23 and 24th.            .

Interested persons who qualify can also enter their dogs for trials for the CD, CDX and Utility titles during this period and be judged by an AKC obedience judge.

Private lessons are also available from the pair of AKC obedience judges.

Interested persons may contact Jenni Wilson at 262-4523 e-mail: [email protected] and she will provide further information.

Registration, with payment to The Barbados Dog Training Club should be completed by August 31st.

 

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The first Barbados Kennel Club’s All Breeds Championship Dog Show took place on March 26.  The judge originally invited was Liz Cartledge who is very highly respected as one of the UK top dog judges.  She has previously been approved by The Kennel Club UK to award Challenge Certificates to most of our breeds here and judge all groups at Championship level and also to judge Best in Show.  She has judged in Barbados on several occasions and also all over the world. I do have a lot of respect for Liz Cartledge, she knows the breeds, is very polite to exhibitors and writes a very honest critique.

When she was unable to keep the judging assignment, the Barbados Kennel Club replaced her with Jenny Miller who at this current time, according to The Kennel Club UK’s web site, is approved to judge the Gundog Group at Championship level and regarding the dogs she judged here, Jenny Miller was previously approved by The Kennel Club, UK,  to award Challenge Certificates to the Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Flat Coated Retriever, Irish Setter and the German Shepherd.

Not yet five years and this judge arrives again!!!!!

It is easy to go to Shows on this site and also see what top judges said on the same dogs Jenny Miller  has written critiques on. And, of course, other judges critiques will follow,. If they are here for the first time and are regarded as honourable judges it will be interesting to read their critiques and compare their critiques.

Jenny Miller

Jenny Miller

The show had several visiting photographers  belonging to The Barbados Photographic Society. This is a club that I also belong to. That club’s committee tries to find a different venue for photographers to come out to each month, it could be the Gold Cup horse racing, a busy day in Oistins and a dog show would have been new for the photographers who did come out. This was a one time ever visit I believe for most of them but their presence could have accounted for an apparent increase in spectators to the show.

My friend Franz Phillips was there and I also have photos from Floyd Blackett, a professional USA photographer, who was one of my house guests at the time of the show. I have permission from both of them to use their photographs.

Only 57  dogs entered the show ring (excluding variety classes).

And to compare the individual breed numbers which showed under Jennifer Miller in 2012 is interesting.

In 2012, 3 breeds showed in the Toy Group, only 1 breed showed in March, 2017 and only 1 entry.

In the Terrier Group in 2012, there were 2 breeds,  in 2017 only 1 breed showed and only 1 entry.

The Gundog and Utility groups remained at 4 breeds  each.

The Hound group went down from 3 breeds in 2012 to 1 breed in 2017.

The  most significant drop in breeds came from the Working Group. In 2012 there were 8 breeds (and sometimes this group has had as many as 11 different breeds lined up for group judging). In 2017, Jennifer Miller only had 4 dogs/breeds  in the ring for the Working Group judging.

Shiba Inu and Boxer go BIS and RBIS

I am not saying that this judge was the cause of the lack of breeds entering the show ring but it suggests that people in Barbados might import and own and breed  all kinds of breeds here but not be bothered in entering and supporting The Barbados Kennel Club’s dog shows.

Below is Jenny Miller’s critique of the  dogs she judged:

Staffordshire Bull Terrier at dog show in Barbados

Staffordshire Bull Terrier at a dog show in Barbados, March 2017

TERRIER GROUP

STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER

OPEN BITCH

1st – MR. W.A. WELCH’S DEVILS AND FAIRIES QUICK SILVER ( IMP) – 1ST AND CC BOB GROUP WINNER, very well built 2 year old dark brindle bitch in lovely coat and condition, good size and weight, feminine well constructed head, dark eyes and well set ears. Good neck to shoulders, firm topline to nice pump tail. Well angled both end, enough bone and good tight feet. Brisk sound mover, was moved too fast at first but settled to correct gait, worthy CC, should have a bright future.

TOY GROUP

CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL

OPEN DOG

1st – MRS. G. SEALE’S EMBEE HIGHLAND MAGIC (IMP) – 1ST CC BOB GROUP WINNER, smart outline and balance to this black and tan 2 year old male. Super head flat skull, well set on ears nice feathers, large round dark expressive eyes, good neck to shoulder and firm backline and well carried wagging tail.  Well bodied and ribbed, boned legs of correct length good feet. Coat presentation was a little fluffy just needs some conditioning and flattening before a show but was nice and clean. Handler had difficulties but settled him into a sound free happy stride.  Should do well with slightly better presentation

GUNDOG GROUP

GOLDEN RETRIEVER DOGS

OPEN

1st – MRS. L. HUSBANDS’ SH.CH HOLDERS SAPPHIRE SKY – CC BD BOB BEST L/B, nice size and correct balance to this well coated and feathered boy of which I preferred his outline and balance. Correct head shape, nice stop dark almond eyes, well pigmentated, good use of ears.  Good front and rear angles, bodied with depth and well sprung ribs, good muscle tone. Nicely presented coat of good colour. Straight well boned legs, tight feet, moved out well, little close behind but sound, very good side stride, happy tail.

2nd – MRS. J. RAY’S SH.CH FENWOOD LOUIS VUITTON OF THATCHERS (IMP) – RCC, lovely character to this good looking 7 year old.  Masculine head but slightly narrower than my winner, good eye colour and pigmentation, good use of his ears.  Presented well in paler coat with nice feathering over a good body  correctly angulated front and rear, level back well sprung ribs little longer in loin slightly spoilt his balance and outline. Nicely boned straight legs, feet could be tighter. Moved out soundly but not the drive and stride of 1.

GOLDEN RETRIEVER BITCHES

OPEN

1st – MRS. L. HUSBANDS AND MRS. J. RAY’S SH.CH ANGELUPARKS HEAVEN’S GIFT TO THATCHER (IMP) – BCC RBOB, very attractive on the stance this 4 year old paler coated bitch. Lovely shape and size with a feminine well constructed head, dark expressive eyes and good use of well set ears. Well muscled neck to well laid shoulder, firm topline to tail well feathered. Good body nicely angled, well presented clean coat in nice condition. Moved out bit close to rear but sound at front with good reach, not the drive or ground coverage of the dog.

 

LABRADOR RETRIEVERS DOGS

LIMIT

1st – MRS. V. CHALLENOR’S ZINZARA MIDNIGHT MAGIC – CC B/L BOB GROUP WINNER, quality dog this 23 month old, very well built and put together. He has most all I look for in a dog with such style.  Presented in clean coal black double jacket in gleaming condition. Masculine strength to his head, dark expressive eyes, well used ears, strong neck into clean shoulders, firm back line to well set on otter tail, which is held and carried too gaily. Well ribbed body with depth and substance, well angulated front and rear with good muscle tone, straight well boned legs, tight cat feet. Really positive mover with great drive and reach covers ground, lost the chance of top honours on his exuberant tail carriage.

OPEN

1st – MRS. A. ELLIOT’S SH.CH. MARANATHA BAILEY- RCC RBOB, nice size and balance to this well constructed yellow in very good double coat in nice clean and healthy condition. Masculine well worked head, dark well shaped eyes and used ears, strong neck to shoulders, firm level back and nice set on and carried otter tail, well bodied and ribbed with substance, depth to chest, straight forelegs, well boned tight feet, good return of stifle and hocks. Moved out with good drive but very wide behind reaching sound forward action.

LABRADOR BITCHES

NOVICE

1st – MRS. Z. GRAY-MARSHALL’S ZINZAR DARCY’S DELIGHT (AI)- BCC B/LB, very impressed by this 12 months youngster who should have a good future, just could not match the maturity of the males for me on the day. Lovely head piece, super dark expressive eyes and well used ears completing the picture.  Good neck length, well laid shoulders, firm level back and nice set on otter tail. Good front and rear angles with muscle tone. Well ribbed body with depth, well presented and conditioned yellow double coat. Straight well boned legs and tight feet, excellent side stride and sound both ends.

LIMIT

1st – MRS. Z. GRAY-MARSHALLS’S THEBERTON TITMOUSE OF ZINZARA – RCC, nice outline to this black, correctly coated with nice overall balance and build. Feminine head not having the strength or build of my winner, would prefer darker eyes, well used ears. Good neck to shoulder but would like better upper arm, well ribbed back body nice loin, well muscled quarters would like more return of stifle. Although she covers ground well needs more drive is little close behind and inclined to drop her top line on the move. Happy otter tail well used and carried.

 

RETRIEVER FLATCOATED DOGS

OPEN

1st – MRS. B.GREENRIDGE’S BLACFRIAR MONOPOLY IN PARADISE (IMP) – CC BOB, loved the outline of this quality young man, super masculine one piece head, dark well set expressive eyes, excellent neck set into well laid back shoulders into firm level topline and well carried happy thrashing tail with nice feathering. Correctly angulated front, I would like more depth to his chest, good body, well ribbed back, super presentation to his black well conditioned coat with lovely feathering. Enough muscle tone and return of hindquarters with good hocks. Straight well boned legs and tight feet really impressed on the move with excellent ground coverage.

 

IRISH SETTER DOGS

OPEN

1st – MR. & MRS. A. MOORE’S SH.CH FEARNLEY FIRE STORM OF MOORLANDS C.D. (IMP) – CC BOB, this nearly 7 year old is an old favourite whom I have done really well on a previous visit but today although he retained his lovely outline and held his topline was carrying far too much weight which showed in his movement today which was sound but sluggish. Such a beautiful head so well constructed, super eyes and ears well furnished. Lovely neck length, well laid shoulders, angulated front, good depth of chest and brisket, beautiful gleaming red coat nice, finish and in excellent condition. Correct tail carriage with nice action. Straight well boned legs, his feet could be tighter, good hindquarters and short hocks.

 

HOUND GROUP

RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK DOGS

OPEN

1st – MR. O. & MASTER K. HOLDER’S CH CROWNRIDGE FLASH FORWARD – DCC BLD RBOB, very impressive dog but I could see he was carrying a little weight which was making him loose his topline both on the stance and then on the move. Correct head proportions, good skull and well set ears, dark eyes. Good neck, shoulders and upper arm, well ribbed body, good rump and well set on tail. Muscular hindquarters, good hocks and tight feet. Well presented rich coat in excellent condition. Powerful stride and sound.

2nd – MRS. N.FLORES’ XOEFORDIAN BALACK – RCC, young 20 months richly coated dog in lovely condition. Nicely built head lacking a little in strength and skull width, nice eye shape and colour. Good neck to shoulder, lacking in depth of chest but with a nice brisket and tuck to loin. Well muscled quarters with moderate return of stifle. Firm topline, good ridge and crowns, too much drop in back line, nice tail carriage over a conditioned body with good clean skin for his age, in my opinion would have liked to see a few more pounds added to his weight. Straight boned legs, would like more bone with better feet, good mover with nice stride.

RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK BITCHES

MINOR PUPPY

1st – MRS. S.B. HAMILTON-OUTCALT’S CROWNRIDGE BUBBLE CANDY (AI)- BCC BOB BLPUPPY, IN LAST 3 FOR BEST PUPPY IN SHOW, very impressed by this quality nearly 9 months youngster. Headed the class over her sister, preferred this girls head construction and overall build and balance. Very pretty head just needing now to mature as she grows, good use of ears and kind dark expression. Good length of neck, clean shoulders, firm correct topline, with ridge and nice crowns, correct tail set and carried well.  Lovely body with ribs well back, good chest of depth and brisket, and tuck to loin. Good forequarters and best of hindquarters. Straight nicely boned legs would prefer tighter feet. At first was being handled but once settled still showed to be a free sound mover. Should have a bright future which I will try and follow.

2nd – MRS. S.B. HAMILTON-OUTCALT’S CROWNRIDGE BUBBLICIOUS (AI)- RCC, pretty head but slightly longer and narrower than her sister, nice kind eye and ears set on well but not used to advantage.  Lovely length of neck, clean shoulders, firm topline with good ridge and crowns, good croup to nicely carried tail. Well bodied with enough depth to chest and brisket, well ribbed back body covered with deep rich red jacket with good conditioned skin. Would like more return of stifle lovely straight well boned legs and nice tight cat like feet. Moved out well and soundly little closer behind than 1.

Utility group winners March 2017

UTILITY GROUP

AKITA DOGS

LIMIT

1st – MR. D.P.de B. BOYCE’S DONKEMRE THOR- DCC RBOB, a substantial made male, little on the bigger side for me and carrying a bit of extra weight. Strong masculine head, good stop, eye and ear placement.  Well muscled neck, well held backline to tail a little low set and could be held firmer. Nice muscular body, well ribbed back covered in thick double brindle and white coat. Good front and rear quarters, well boned straight legs and well padded compact feet. Was side winding and hocking but had forward reach and was sound, covered the ground well.

AKITA BITCHES

PUPPY

1st – MR. J. BRAITHWAITE’S MASSIMA TURNING ME UP, BCC BOB BLB BEST LOCAL & PUPPY BEST PUPPY IN SHOW, my little star of the show, really feel for this attractive well built and constructed nearly 9 months pup. Entered the ring with that real showgirl attitude and was well handled. Lovely head piece just needing to mature with her age, super ear set, dark alert eye. Head held well on good neck length, clean shoulders, firm backline, super set and carried tail. Body with substance and depth, chest will need to fill in as she matures. Correct length to well boned legs, compact tight feet. Good upper arm well angled shoulder, correct return of stifle and short hocks. Body covered in clean well presented white patched coat with good under jacket. Very sound forward action and free driving rear action. Should have a great future, good luck to her owner and handler.

 FRENCH BULLDOG DOGS

MINOR PUPPY

1st – MR. B.A. BASCOMBE’S’ ARDHUB DEVILS GAME AT NEXGEN (IMP) – DCC BDP BP of good size, shape and overall balance this 8 months boy. Head of correct shape with enough development for age, good open eye and neat erect ears. Strong neck, shoulders and backline nice strong bottom, good width of chest straight forelegs held well. Neat tight feet, enough return to stifle and hocks. Nicely bodied with good ribs covered with clean well conditioned brindle and white jacket. Stylish little mover with correct action and very sound both ends.

FRENCH BULLDOG BITCHES

OPEN

1ST – MR. H. JORDAN’S CH JAFRAK DORADA (IMP)- BCC BOB RES GROUP WINNER, very eye catching fawn bitch with black mask, lovely overall size, balance and of correct breed type. Attractive head good proportion and well worked, good dark eye, well positioned neat erect ears. Strong muscled neck, well laid shoulders with correct topline to good rump. Good width and depth of chest, nice body well shaped and ribbed, presented in excellent coat and condition. Moved out with correct sound action on good legs and compact feet. Gave a good account of herself in the group challenge.

2nd – MR. H. JORDAN’S CH JAFRAK WOWING THE CROWDS (IMP) – RBCC RBOB, lucky owner to have two such nice girls from this well known breeder, also to have looked after them so well too. Very feminine head of good proportion and strength, nice mouth, eye shape and colour, strong erect ears, short strong neck and shoulders, preferred topline of my winner but firm back and good rump. Super body well ribbed lovely clean dark brindle coat well conditioned. Stocky well boned forelegs nice foot, would have liked slightly better return to hindquarters, well muscled and so sound with correct action both fore and arft.

JAPANESE SHIBA INU DOGS

OPEN

1st – MR. A. TAYLOR’S CH CALICELESTI THE ONE N ONLY AT MASSIMA (IMP) – DCC BOB GROUP WINNER & BIS, this was my overall star of the day such a showman who oozes quality of breed type. I had judged this boy some 5 years ago when just a pup and thought him something special but I was worried then he might grow on but still gave him top honours. Today he has matured into something just as stunning and as he entered the ring he just stole the show presenting himself so well, stands and positions himself correctly, is now of a lovely size and balance and built with all the bits in the right places. His beautiful rich orange coat so well conditioned, nice tail well curled with great legs and dainty feet, he covers the ground with sound brisk action. So pleased for his excellent handler, owner that he has done so well and is now producing quality stock as he was also the Stud Dog winner

2nd – MR. A. TAYLOR’S CH MASSIMA NO ONE GREATER – RCC BLBD, very pretty well marked boy of 3.5 years old and the son of my BIS winner. Smaller than his father and not quite as well balanced but is of a lovely type. Super head construction, dark alert eye, neat ears well used. Good neck to shoulder into good backline and well positioned tail well carried. Well bodied and coated, enough angulation both ends but not as good as 1. Straight boned legs and feet could be tighter. Moved with good sound action.

JAPANESE SHIBA INU BITCHES

OPEN

1st – MR. A. TAYLOR’S CH MASSIMA I’M SO FANCY – BCC BLB RBOB BLB, the daughter of my dog winner from another litter. Very nice size and balance for this typey bitch, sweet feminine foxy head well constructed, alert dark eyes, erect ears, head carried well on good neck, nice shoulders and firm backline and well set on tail, carried well. Super body with substance and depth well ribbed back and covered in a quality shaded sable and white coat. Nicely angled front and rear with good tone. Moved out with brisk action fraction close behind, well boned legs and tight feet.

 

TIBETAN TERRIER DOGS

OPEN

 

Tibetan Terrier in the show ring in Barbados

Tibetan Terrier at dog show March, 2017, Barbados

1st – DR. J. CRUMP’S CH KYBO CALYPSO KID (IMP) – DCC BOB, I liked the overall size and correct breed type for this impressive beautifully presented Black and White coated dog. Lovely to see a dog shown with this heavy type of coat in such good condition in this temperature. Although I liked his head would in my opinion have liked a little more strength, correct mouth, eye, and ear set. Excellent topline to tail little low set but carried well with enough plume. Well ribbed body with depth and substance, correct chest depth, nice body line, correctly angulated front and rear. Straight legs, well padded compact feet, stylish mover and sound both ends, well handled and presented.

Rather pathetic as only 4 breeds returned for the once very powerful Working group line up in Barbados, March 2017. The judge was Jenny Miller.

 

WORKING GROUP

BOUVIER DES FLANDERS BITCHES

 

Bouvier Des Flandres at a dog show in Barbados

Bouvier Des Flandres at a dog show in March, 2017

OPEN

1st – MISS M. ASHBY’S CH CHEPHAM VALENTINA AT CALLIOPE CD (IMP) – BB BOB, on looking across the ring this bitch presents a nice outline of good breed type and balance, although her body has enough depth and substance and her head is of correct strength and shape kind dark eyes and well placed ears but on putting your hands over her, she was in bad coat presentation, her trim, its condition and cleanliness. Her skull had nick marks and scabs. I was disappointed to find this from an owner, I felt her good breed points and straight well boned legs and sound movement plus excellent temperament allowed the award.

Please read my notes on this below

BULLMASTIFFS DOGS

OPEN

1st – MR. B.A. BASCOMBE’S ARDHUB BLACK’S IN THE NAME TO NEXGEN (IMP) – DCC RBOB, very impressive 18 months dark brindle of good breed type. Masculine well constructed head, good mouth and dentition, alert dark eyes, muscular clean neck into well laid shoulders and firm topline to tail well set and carried. Great body substance with good depth, correct angles front and enough rear return well muscled throughout. Straight boned legs and well boned compact feet. Very impressive on the move which was sound. Pleased to hear he gained his title on the day.

2nd – MR. B. LOWE’S CH ROYCEPRIDES EPIC DREAMER AT COTTAGE (IMP) – upstanding 4.5 year old Fawn coated male with good mask. Really liked his masculine strength to head, good stop, dark eyes well positioned, well positioned ears, strong jaw and good dentition. Muscular neck to good shoulder failed in backline which was long and dipping badly. Well bodied and ribbed little long in loin, good depth of chest and well developed quarters with a better return of stifle than my winner. Strongly boned legs and compact feet. Could cover the ground well but not as positive or sound as 1.

BULLMASTIFFS BITCHES

PUPPY

1st – MRS. M. SMALL-INNISS’ NEXGEN ANY GIVEN SUNDAY AT JONABULL – RCC BP BLB, very well put together for her age, just 10 months. Lovely overall breed type with super body strengths and in good tone, correct angulations front and rear. Very impressed with her head construction with enough stop, a strong jaw and dark mask, but failed in eye colour for me which spoils her expression, well carried ears.  Strong neck, shoulders and backline to well set tail. Beautifully presented Fawn jacket in good clean condition. Powerful boned legs feet need attention. Very stylish mover.

2nd – MR. M. MOORE’S NEXGEN FLASHING LIGHTS – another 10 month old presented well in a dark brindle coat with a lovely outline and very well bodied with good ribbing, substance and depth.  Impressive head for age and nice set eyes of good colour, well used ears, lovely temperament too.  Strong boned legs and tight feet but her movement let her down being very close front and rear and not the side stride of 1.

OPEN

1st – MR. B.A. BASCOMBES’S ZAHARA BULLS KATNISS AT NEXGEN – BCC BOB BLB, strongly made impressive bitch on the stance and the move. Presented in super condition with good muscle tone and a body with depth and substance, well ribbed back with short loin covered with a dark fawn jacket.  Sweet head of strength with good black mask, eyes of good shape and colour, well positioned and used ears. Strong neck and firm backline to well set and carried tail. Strongly made straight legs feet could be tighter, good mover free and sound with good driving action just a little too close behind.

ROTTWEILERS DOGS

MINOR PUPPY

1st – MR. M. BOVELL’S QUIGLEY VON BLACKSAGE ( IMP) – just 7 months nice enough outline for me, she is a little long in loin and back which spoils her overall correct balance. Broad head skull well shaped for her age, defined stop, clean jaw line, eye shape and colour, well hung ears set well apart. Moderate neck to well laid shoulders, good depth of body with substance, coarse flat coat of black and rich mahogany.  Correctly angulated with good return of stifle but surprised to see her side winding on the move, but settled to being sound.

2nd – MR. O. HOLDER’S MONIFA DARK SPARKS – loved the outline and 50/50 balance of this 6 months baby, sweet head with good width and well positioned ears set wide apart. Nice dark eye, tight black lips but at present mouth and dentition needs to settle. Strong muscular neck to well laid shoulders and firm back line over a lovely body well ribbed back with well condition black and rich mahogany flat coat.  Good rear quarters, not the bone and feet of 1 and limping slightly on the rear.

JUNIOR

1st – MR. S. HOWELL’S ARKON V HAUS GASKIN (IMP) – feminine with broad skull on nice head, well set apart hung ears, good stop, dark set eyes, head held well on strong neck and shoulders well laid back firm but little long, strong rump nice tail carriage. Good depth of chest, brisket well ribbed body with depth ribs could be further back making loin little long, presented well in well marked rich tan on black flat coarse coat. Very sound driving action with good front and rear action.

LIMIT

1st – DR. W.L. WELCH’S ELTHOR DARK TITO – very well constructed boy with good overall balance of height to length, well presented coarse coat of good rich mahogany and black overlay. Strong broad head, good skull and wide set ears well hung, good set and use of dark eyes. Strong clean jaw.  Muscular neck to well laid shoulders and into a topline that dips both on stance but more on the move just lacking in muscle tone. Good depth of body well ribbed, correctly angled front and rear. Strong rump and nice tail set on and carried. Very sound free driving action nice side stride.

OPEN

1st – MR. J. EDGHILL’S MONIFA BLACK MAXIMUS – DCC BLD BOB BLB, very impressive quality male has great ring presence and has the correct 50/50 balance with that lovely height to length. Super neck to shoulder with good upper arm and depth of chest, super held topline held firm over a well ribbed body, lovely to see docked tail. Strong masculine head, broad skull and well set apart ears nicely hung. Super expression from dark well set eyes, good close thin lips, correct dentition. Well muscled throughout, presented in clean super condition to his rich mahogany marked coarse flat coat. Very sound free driving action with excellent side stride off of good boned legs and tight feet.

2nd – MR. N. MCCLEAN’S KENT RIDGE SUZUKI’S DRIVER – RCC, very smart outline of good balance on this upstanding male but lacking the bone strength of my winner and needing tighter feet.  Strong masculine head with broad skull well set apart ears, nice eye colour. Well bodied and ribbed but carrying just a little too much weight which showed in his movement, which was sound with drive, but his topline did not hold firm.

3rd – DR. W.L. WELCH’S ELTHOR DARK MATCHO – younger dog of the 3 and it showed in his development. Lacking the strength of skull and head although it is masculine enough, dark eye well set as were ears. Firm back little longer than first 2 and longer in loin, presented in excellent coat of good colour and condition. Well bodied ribs need to be further back. Enough angles front and rear, straight boned legs moved out ok but was very close at foot .

ROTTWEILERS BITCHES

MINOR PUPPY

1st – MR. S. HOWELL’S KEMROROCKS KHALEESI VOM VISCARDI (IMP) – RBCC BPB BPIB, just a little more mature than the others in the class. She has the most beautiful head well constructed with good and correct length, super expressive dark eyes and well used ears set well apart. Loved her balance and outline, super angulation front and rear with good muscle tone for age. Presented in firm body condition with stunning well conditioned and clean well marked mahogany flat coarse jacket. Head held nicely on well laid shoulder into a firm back, strongly balanced legs and tight feet, very stylish mover once she settled into the job. Lost on handlers positioning in the final BP challenge.

2nd – MR. O. HOLDER’S MONIFA DARK SPARKLES – BLBP, very sweet pup with correct head development for her age, with all the good points, head held well on good neck length into a firm balanced topline and tail, for her age I would have like more body weight, not the substance of my winner. Coat presented in rich colour with gleaming black jacket, nice bone and feet moved well once into hr stride and sound both ends.

3rd – MR. O. HOLDER’S MONIFA DARK KIMBA – Presents a nice outline on the stance with correct breed balance. Lacked the front angles and moved out a little wide and loose at elbow. Enough straight bone, feet a little flat. In my opinion would have liked more return of stifle. Enough body and substance for age in excellent coat texture, colour and condition. Sweet headed baby with enough working, dark eyes and well set ears. Moved out ok.

PUPPY

1st – not awarded – 2nd – MR. O. HOLDER’S MONIFA DARK DANCER -I really liked the look of this youngster on the stance and was equally nice to go over with a good well ribbed back body of correct balance to height and length, sweet broad skull well set on and hung ears, dark expressive eyes. Well presented and handled in lovely coat and condition, enough bone but very flat feet front and rear feet too, both down on her pasterns and with weak hocks. She struggled on her move not using her feet well on the ground, very close behind and hocking badly.

JUNIOR

1st – MR. J. EDGHILL’S KENTRIDGE LOIS LANE’S LOVE – just 15 months old with a nice outline of correct height to length and well built body with substance and depth, has correct shoulder to upper arm angle and good return of stifle and short hocks. Correct straight well balanced legs and tight feet. Feminine head but with good strength to skull, my opinion would like more stop and felt eye shape gave a strange expression although temperament was great. High set well placed ears used well. Well coated with good colour and in lovely condition. Very sound driving action sound both ends

NOVICE

1st – MR. T. AUSTIN’S RICHWOOD CENDY’S HEAT – just over 2 years this very feminine bitch has a very slight mouth problem and I feel at her age this will not improve, so it is to be forgiven or dismissed, but I made a decision on how she showed and looked, I liked her head shape strength and well set and carried ears and big nose and well shape thin lips, her eyes were kind and well positioned either side of a good stop, I liked her backstrength, good neck to shoulder and that she was correctly balanced and with good angles, presented in clean coat of rich tan with good markings. Moved really well just a little close behind.

LIMIT

1st – MR. O. HOLDER’S MONIFA BLACK SORIE – BCC RBOB BLB, this class was headed and won by two very nice bitches, the difference in front angles made my decision. Lovely pretty feminine bitch really impressive on the stance and so very nice to go over. Strength to skull well set apart ears, nice stop and dark kind eyes, big nose and correct foreface length so balanced. Head held well on strong moderate neck set into well laid shoulders and strong level back. Great body substance with enough depth to chest, brisket and body well ribbed back. Lovely front angles and hindquarters with good rump, great strength and good return of stifle and powerful hocks. Presented in lovely flat coarse coat with rich mahogany marks and in super condition. So very sound with lovely driving trot and forward reach.

2nd – MR. R.T. ALLEYNE’S RICHWOOD CIA’S HEAT – a bitch with good height to length balance with a super outline and just as nice to go over. Beautiful head shape with correct points and balance. Head carried well on strong moderate muscled neck, shoulders well laid but lacked in upper arm, elbows well in on straight well boned legs and tight feet, nice body well ribbed with depth and substance and covered with rich mahogany marks on her coal black coat which was flat and conditioned. Moved out well from good rear quarters giving good side stride but not the drive of my winner or forward action.

OPEN

1st – MR. O. HOLDER’S CH MONIFA SHADES OF PINK – lovely type to this feminine bitch and with correct breed balance and well built. Lovely depth and body substance with ribs well back and short loin. Firm level back line, correct angles front and rear. Nice head shape with good strength and balance with nice points, dark expressive kind eyes. Well developed straight legs down on her front pasterns and on the move was throwing her front feet around, loose back feet open toed. Had a strange front action and was not positive behind.

 

2nd– MR. R.T. ALLEYNE’S RICHWOOD BEA’S A BURNING – another with a nice balanced outline and correct height to length, very feminine head with wide skull but ears were unsettled and fly away and spoiled her expression, kind eye with nice colour, shape and expression. Head carried well on muscular moderate neck, firm backline and good rump. Well angled front and rear, straight well boned legs and tight feet. Moved out ok, good side stride but very close at front and rear. Well presented coat with correct rich tan marks on her coarse flat coat.

 

GERMAN SHEPHERD DOGS – DOGS

MINOR PUPPY

1st– Not Awarded – 2nd – MR. G. BANNISTER’S BOSCH DE RUFUS – for 6 months this Shepherd pup has a narrow wedge shaped head which is of good strength for his age, has good dark expressive eyes and erect well held ears, long neck to shoulder, topline roached and spine showing, with rich black and gold coat which was stark and stand offish needing conditioning. A pup at this age needed to be carrying some substance but this boy was far too thin and needing condition to his body. Lacking depth of chest, lacking front angles, enough rear stifle but stands cow hocked and moved so badly with hocks to the ground and crossing badly. Forward reach was better, not pretty to watch and so uncontrolled by handler.

OPEN

1st – Not Awarded – 2n – MR. A. SULEMAN’S BRIVAL YANKEE (IMP) – was somewhat impressive on the stance but did not like his roached top line to a croup that feel away sharply. Very masculine wedge shaped head, super balance with nice dark eye and erect well set ears. Good dentition. Strong neck to shoulders little high set with straight upper arm, no depth of chest, excellent forelegs of good bone and feet. Body was well ribbed back and covered with a rich coat needing some conditioning. Good return of stifle but lacking in muscle tone, very long in hocks, stood with hocks in and to the floor. On the move his handler had little or no control and his rear movement was weak and so unsound. Front action once into a stride was good with reach. Good side stride. Needs schooling and exercising.

GERMAN SHEPHERD DOGS – BITCHES

LIMIT

1st – MR. G. BANNISTER’S SKYE BELLA – BB BLB BOB, very feminine, a rich red sable long coated bitch in nice presentation. Well worked head of correct wedge shape, enough stop, erect ears well set and used, kind dark eyes. Correct dentition, nice nose. Strong long neck and well laid shoulder firm level slightly sloping topline to a croup with enough fall to well set and coated tail. Nice angles front and rear with enough depth of chest and good return of stifle and short strong hocks. Forelegs straight and well balanced with strong well padded feet. Good body of correct length and good depth. Moved out completely uncontrolled and loosing any rear drive or action, was sound at front and had a lovely side stride when allowed to move out. Another needing to be properly handled and schooled.

OPEN

1st – Not Awarded – 2nd – MRS. B. KAUFMAN’S CH THORSSON HAUS AVA – This bitch was of good height to length, she looked and felt to be completely out of coat although her black and tan coat was well presented. Head with good skull but too long in foreface and snipy, good dentition, dark eye and erect ears. This bitch had enough neck length but was steep in shoulder and upper arm and lacked depth of chest. Topline roached and fell away to a steep croup, well carried tail of good length. Straight forelegs lacking bone strength and flat feet needing to be tighter. Lacking in return of stifle, long in hock, moved away very close behind and with loose hock action, side stride was short and lacked ground coverage, front action was reasonably sound with some reach. I would like to see this bitch carrying more weight and to be in better muscle tone.

BOXERS – Quality entry

DOGS

JUNIOR

1st – MISS J. WILSON’S SUNDIAL’S THUNDER BOLT AT KAIBO – RDCC, superior head for this young 13 months dog, good dark eye, stop to nose well defined lips with good teeth correctly set across lovely black mask. I would like better set and ear carriage, spoilt by being fly away. Head held and carried well on strong clean neck, well laid back shoulder and firm level topline with slight fall to well set on tail.   Well angled front with enough depth to chest, elbows in on straight well boned legs with nice tight feet.  Strong body with good tone, well ribbed with depth to brisket and nice tuck to loin, all covered by a beautiful conditioned rich red and white coat. Strong well muscled hindquarters with good return of stifle short hocks. Very positive front action but with true Boxer action was little too close behind.

OPEN

1st – MISS J. WILSON’S CH SUNDIAL’S SUN GOD APOLLO AT KAIBO C.D. – DCC RBOB, very impressive quality dog stood showed off his masculinity and how well muscled he was, super size and overall balance. Lovely depth of chest well angulated front with good neck and shoulders and lovely topline to tail well set on and carried. Super body well ribbed back, depth to brisket and excellent return of stifle and muscled hindquarters, short hocks. Masculine well constructed head, super eye shape and colour, ears were not settled but set correctly. Strong muzzle and jaw and well positioned teeth, good black mask. Today for me he showed great drive with true Boxer action, but was close at foot behind and slightly toeing at front

BITCHES

JUNIOR

1st – MS. G. LEACH’S SUNDIAL’S AURORA SUNRISE AT WORTHINGTON – BCC BOB BLB, GROUP WINNER AND RES BIS BLBISHOW – I am not one for giving young dogs top honours but today this stylish very attractive quality bitch just so took my attention. She has the most divine feminine head for a Boxer bitch, yes needs to mature further but at 13 months I want it no stronger, super eye colour kind expression, lovely stop, upturn and strong jaw and muzzle with black mask. Head carried proudly on good length of well muscled neck, clean shoulders into firm level back line, slight slope off to tail.  Beautifully conditioned rich dark red jacket with clean skin over a lovely body with substance and depth to chest, brisket and to a body well ribbed back with short loin, strong rump and hindquarters with good return of stifle and short hocks all so well muscled for her age. Very smart mover and so very sound , straight forward reach and sound driving action beat the dog on the day. Pleased to award res BIS.

LIMIT

1st – MR. M. & MRS. L. KING’S TABOR RIDGE PRINCESS JOSIE – class of two nice bitches just preferred the head structure and balance of my winner, lovely eye shape and colour, well set and placed ears, correct teeth and position good jaw. Excellent neck to shoulder with a better width of chest, straight legs well boned with tight enough feet. Firm backline to well set on tail over a body with depth and substance and well ribbed back, well conditioned rich red and white with black mask. Strong hindquarters with good stifle and hocks, was the soundest of the two with the best side stride and action.

2nd – MRS. S. FOSTER’S SUNDIAL SUN GODDESS ARINNA – presented a nice outline of good size, shape and balance with a well conditioned body, good muscle tone and with a clean rich red and white jacket and black mask to her well constructed head but in my opinion head is just a little stronger than I like.  Nice neck to shoulder and firm back line, well ribbed back, body of depth with nice brisket and tuck to her loin, muscular hindquarters good stifle short hocks. Moved out well, toed in at front and was close behind.

OPEN

1st – MS. G. LEACH’S CH WORTHINGTON’S PRETTY N PEACH – RBCC, lovely shape to this well constructed bitch presented, covered the ground well with lovely stance and good breed points.  Lovely feminine well worked head, good skull nice ear placement, dark expressive eyes, strong muzzle and jaw with correct dentition, nice black mask giving finish to her head. Strong neck of good length, well laid shoulders, firm level back with slight slope to tail well set on. Well angulated front and rear with evident muscle tone, super depth to her chest, brisket and body which was well ribbed back to short loin with nice tuck. Strongly boned straight legs, tight cat like feet, well muscled hindquarters with good return. Excellent rich red and white coat in lovely condition. Moved out well with good side action, excellent rear action, toeing slightly at front.

 

VETERAN

1st – MRS. S.B.HAMILTON-OUTCALT’S CH CROWNRIDGE RED REGENT (A.I) CDX UD – Stylish old man, super exhibit for the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed. Lovely head slightly long in foreface but of good strength. Clear dark eyes, clean teeth with good dentition. Strong neck to shoulder and firm level topline with good clear ridge and nice crowns. A body still well muscled and with good depth and substance presented in excellent rich russet coat, good skin, some pressure marks on strongly bone forelegs, excellent tight feet. Muscular hindquarters, excellent stifle, moved out like a youngster with lovely sound action front and rear with a super side stride. Nice tail carriage.

STUD DOG

1st – MR. A. TAYLOR’S Japanese Shiba Inu – CH CALICELESTI THE ONE N ONLY AT MASSIMA (IMP) – lovely trio

BROOD BITCH

1st – MR. O. HOLDER’S Rottweiler CH. MONIFA SHADES OF PINK– very nice group

 

 

Pertaining to the critique above of my Bouvier Des Flandres dog, Ch. Chepam Valentina at Calliope, C.D., contrary to what the judge, Jennifer Miller  wrote, this dog was shown in extremely clean condition. Her total coat had been shampooed with Plush Puppy approximately one week before the show.

The evening before the show, Isabelle was shampooed again with a Plush Puppy shampoo, her head, and beard, legs and furnishing.  As I had house guests,  I also had help with blow drying her coat and combing and brushing her out.  She was also fully combed and brushed out again the morning of the show and brushed  again at the show grounds. She arrived at the show with her own towel to sit/lie on and entered and left the show as beautifully clean as she arrived.

Dog judges are people so there are good judges and there are bad judges.

Some judges are very knowledgeable, well respected and liked because of their knowledge, their integrity  and also how they treat exhibitors and the dogs in the ring.

Like people, there are honest dog judges and there are dishonest dog judges.

I believe that there are judges who come to Barbados and judge every dog shown fairly and most important, they also have the knowledge to do so, and are also pleasant to exhibitors.

Barbados only has 3 All Breeds Championship Dog shows a year and a puppy has to be at least six months old to enter a show. To date, Ch. Chepam Valentina at Calliope C.D. at 3 years, 3 months old has achieved Challenge Certificates from the following UK top well respected judges: Tom Mather, Geoff Corish, (also Best puppy in show for both Tom Mather and Geoff Corish) ) Jeff Luscott and Geoff Corish also gave her the Working Group Reserve, Dereck Smith, C. Keith Thornton,  Robin Newhouse, and Graham Hill. The above are all generally regarded as top UK dog judges, some of whom are respected enough to be on The Bouvier Des Flandres judges’ list as knowledgeable enough to judge Bouvier Des Flandres dogs at their Club shows. Some of these judges have also judged the Working Group at several Championship Shows including Crufts  and also are Best in Show judges, Crufts show included. And also judge internationally.

“Isabelle” unfortunately missed the Ann Ingham show in November, 2016, as we had Tibetan Terrier puppies here.

We, as exhibitors, can choose  whom to show our dogs to in the future. And, we as exhibitors and breeders can also discuss locally and overseas our experiences with judges. And being a blog owner, I can also share my experiences and thoughts a lot further than the average show person in Barbados.

For a judge to comment negatively on a  dog’s cleanliness when several hours were spent and a lot of work was done by an exhibitor to present a very clean and well groomed  Bouvier Des Flandres  is disappointing and says, in my opinion, a lot about the judge. And what it says is not nice!!

Good, knowledgeable judges normally look for breed type when a dog enters the ring, they also look and award good, correct movement for the breed. If a dog’s coat does not appear in good condition, a judge might comment on it and in a coated breed a judge would look for matts and missing coat. Isabelle had no matts, no missing coat areas, and most important,  her coat was beautifully fresh and very clean. I had not cut the hair on her head and ears before the show so there were no nick marks from grooming on her head and her coat was in the usual Bouvier trim that I have given her and my Bouviers over the years.

 

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Bouvier Des Flandres passes CDX leg

Ch. Chepam Valentina at Calliope C.D. with Tibetan Terriers

I am very pleased with Isabelle for achieving the first leg of the CDX title on April 12, 2017.

The CDX exercises are all off leash: free heeling with turns, stops and different speeds, a figure 8 to show team co-ordination, a drop on recall, the retrieve of a dumb bell over the flat, and a retrieve of the dumb bell over the high jump, the broad jump and the long sits and downs with the handler out of sight.

We know that we have to work on our heeling and that we are fairly strong on the other exercises. We did get first and the trophy for high and first in trials but we just scraped by in passing marks!

 

Bouvier des Flandres doing well in obedience trials

Ch. Chepam Valentina at Calliope C.D, with her trophy for first and high in trials at CDX competition enjoying a nap

We only restarted training approximately 2 weeks ago.

Always more challenging to make up a female as they cannot train with the other dogs or attend trials when they are in season and Barbados has just a few trials a year.

Both Bouvier Des Flandres Isabelle (Ch. Chepam Valentina at Calliope),and Tibby, a Tibetan Terrier (Ch. Araki Miss Conduct at Calliope) have CD titles and I was trying to trial them together for the CDX but I found it  too challenging to do both at the same time. So I decided to trial Isabelle first and if she is in season the time of the trials to bring out Tibby, the Tibetan Terrier.

We were away from the training grounds for over 5 long months as Tibby’s pregnancy was confirmed in October last year and I stayed away from the training grounds.

Tibby’s puppy Jolene is now 5 months old and we work on exercises off leash like sits and downs and the recall. Jolene will soon be ready to compete in CD trials. Jolene is a natural in retrieving the dumb bell already and is great fun to train.

Isabelle is pictured with her two impish Tibetan Terrier friends. Jolene on the left and Tibby on the right.

The above lovely photo was taken by Floyd Blackett on March 26th,. Floyd and his wife, Gina, who is a cousin, were my house guests at this time and Gina was also very helpful with Isabelle’s shampoo and blow drying for the show on March 26th.

There was no formal CDX class so the group of us trained on our own. I would like to thank those I trained with and whom were very supportive, Jenni Wilson, Sarah Hamilton, Sandra Manning and most of all Linda Pearson.

Thanks also to the CDX judge Jean Ray and the members of the Barbados Dog Training Club who assisted at the trials.

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Margaret on January 15th, 2017
Rottweiler Goes Best in Show, November 2016

Rottweiler Goes Best in Show, November 2016

 

This show was the final Barbados Kennel Club’s Championship All Breeds Dog Show for the year.  The judge was from Ireland and is an FCI judge. She is also approved in the UK to award Challenge Certificates in the UK to the following breeds shown at this show: Boxer, Bullmastiff, Dobermann, Great Dane. She is approved by The Kennel Club, UK, to judge all of the groups and also Best in Show.

This show took a drop in numbers and I believe this could be because several of us have puppies and would therefore be avoiding Waterford grounds where the shows are held.   Parvo and other dog sicknesses are highly contagious, especially to puppies. Any area where there a lot of dogs could put vulnerable dogs and puppies at risk.

There were no Toy entries, and no Terrier entries. Just the Rhodesian Ridgeback, with 3 individual entries, in the Hound Group. The Utility Group only had two breeds, the Japanese Shiba Inu and the Tibetan Terrier and only one dog from each breed. The Gundog group had 4 breeds, The Flat coated Retriever, The Golden Retriever, the Labrador Retriever and the Irish Setter (one of which just competed in the Veteran class).  The Working group was still well represented with 7 breeds and the bulk of the entries came from the Working Group.  My own breed, Bouvier des Flandres was absent as I currently have Tibetan Terrier puppies here. Also missing was the Russian Black Terrier which has been competing lately. The top winning dogs of this show came from the Working Group, a Rottie and a Boxer as the reserve. Both of which are locally bred.

This show was sponsored by Spartan Animal Kingdom.  243-7323 This company carries, besides dog food, a range of dog products which include grooming, training, supplements,  and playing items.

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Here is the critique, as provided by The Barbados Kennel Club.

GUNDOG GROUP

 CLASS 4 – GOLDEN RETRIEVER (OPEN DOG)

1st – Mrs. L. Husband’s CH. HOLDERS SAPPHIRE SKY –        (4) Very typical dog who could be in better coat. Very nice head with soft expression, good reach of neck running into well laid shoulders, a little weak in pasterns. Good topline and tail carriage, could have more spring of rib and be a little stronger in hindquarters but carries himself well going around the ring keeping a good topline. CC.

CLASS 5 – GOLDEN RETRIEVER (OPEN BITCH)

1st – Mrs. L. Husbands  & Mrs. J. Ray’s SH.CH. ANGELUSPARKs HEAVEN’S GIFT TO THATCHER

(5) Well presented feminine Bitch with very nice outline. Typical head with good mouth and soft expression , good reach of neck , could have a little more height of foreleg. Well sprung ribs carried well back, well angulated hindquarters, covers the ground well on the move keeping a nice outline. Scored in coat and condition over the male. CC BOB later won Group 2nd.

CLASS 6 – LABRADOR RETRIEVER (MINOR PUPPY DOG)

1st – Mrs. G. Alluard’s MARANATHA’S MARLEY

(6) Masculine dog in good coat and condition with lovely happy temperament. Well balanced head with correct stop and good mouth, could have slightly darker eyes. Good reach of neck, a little short in upper arm, well sprung ribs, strong hindquarters, spoils himself a bit on the move by not carrying himself properly and making it difficult to assess but this just needs a bit more ring training.

CLASS 7 – LABRADOR RETRIEVER (JUNIOR DOG)

1st – Mrs. V. Challenor’s ZINZARA MIDNIGHT MAGIC

(7) Very nice masculine dog in good coat and condition. Lovely head with correct stop and dark expressive eyes. Good reach of neck, a little short in upper arm which makes him a little short stepping in front movement, turns his feet out a little, excellent rib cage, strong hindquarters, would prefer a lower tail carriage on the move but he goes with great attitude using his strong hindquarters well. BOB

CLASS 8 – LABRADOR RETRIEVER ( PUPPY BITCH)

1st – Mrs. C. Murnighan & Mr. A. Gibson’s OVER THE MOONS SHINING HALO – (8) Feminine Bitch in great coat and showing well. Well balanced head, falls away a little under the eyes, excellent mouth and nice expression. Good reach of neck running into well laid shoulders, well sprung ribs, could have a little more angulation in hindquarters to allow her to move with more drive. Very nice outline and correct tail carriage on the move. Best Puppy

CLASS 10 – LABRADOR RETRIEVER (OPEN BITCH)

1st  – Mr. E. Maynard’s PITNEZE PRINCESS LEAH

(10) Very typical Bitch who just needs to be a bit more positive on the move. Well balanced head could be a little stronger in muzzle and broader in skull, correct stop, good mouth and nice soft expression. Good reach of neck, well laid shoulders , turns her feet out a little, well sprung ribs, strong hindquarters and correct tail. Moves soundly just needs to be a bit more positive on the move and carry herself better. CC

CLASS 11 – FLAT COATED RETRIEVER (JUNIOR DOG)

1ST – Mrs. B. Greenidge’s BLACFRIAR MONOPOLY IN PARADISE

(11) Well balanced dog with typical happy temperament. Really nice head with dark expressive eyes, good reach of neck running into well laid shoulders, a little weak in pasterns, good depth of brisket, correct topline and tailset, covers the ground with a nice easy stride keeping his nice topline and using his tail well. CC BOB and later won the Gundog Group.

HOUND GROUP

CLASS 12 – RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK (JUNIOR DOG)

1ST – Mrs. N.L. Flores’ XOEFORDIAN BALACK

(12) Impressive male in wonderful coat and condition. Very nice head could have a little more underjaw, lovely expression, good reach of neck, well laid shoulders, could have better pasterns, good body and strong hindquarters, falls off a little too much over his croup, moves really well covering the ground easily. Res.CC.

 CLASS 13 – RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK (OPEN DOG)

1ST – Mr. O. & Master K. Holder’s CH. CROWNRIDGEFLASH FORWARD

(13) Impressive masculine dog of excellent type with lovely head and expression, good mouth. Good reach of neck, needs more layback of shoulder, good depth of brisket, strong hindquarters which he uses well, a little loose in front movement but goes with great drive with a lovely outline.CC & BOB

CLASS 14 – RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK (JUNIOR)

1st – Mr. M. Forde’s XOEFORDAN BEIRA BON FIRE

(14) Well balanced feminine Bitch with very nice outline. Typical head with good mouth and expression, good reach of neck a little short in upper armand slightly weak in pasterns. Good body and topline, could have stronger hindquarters, just needs a little more confidence on the move and more maturity. CC.

 

UTILITY GROUP

 CLASS 18 – JAPANESE SHIBA INU (OPEN DOG)

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Shiba Inu wins Utility Group, November 2016

Shiba Inu wins Utility Group, November 2016

1st – Mr. A. Taylor’s CH. MASSIMA NO ONE GREATER

(18) Well balanced male with really nice head and expression, well set ears, good neck and shoulder, could have a little more height of foreleg, good body and topline with correct tail, could have stronger hindquarters but uses them well and moves well keeping his good topline. CC BOB and later won the group

CLASS 19 – TIBETAN TERRIER (JUNIOR DOG)

Tibetan Terrier at dog show in Barbados

Dr. Jasmine Crump and her Tibetan Terrier

1ST –  Dr. J. Crump’s KYBO CALYPSO KID

(19) Well balanced dog of correct size and nice type. Well balanced head could have a little more stop, nice expression, correct length of neck, a little loose in elbows, correct body proportions with good depth of brisket, good topline and tail carriage, could be better in front movement but goes with great style and nice carriage.CC BOB.

 

WORKING GROUP

A quality Bull Mastiff being stacked for the judge

CLASS 20 – BULLMASTIFF (JUNIOR DOG)

1ST – Mr. B.A. Bascombe’s ARDHUB BLACK’S IN THE NAME TO  NEXGEN

(20) Masculine dog in good condition with good bone and substance. Very nice head with well defined stop, broad well filled muzzle and dark expressive eyes. Good reach of neck, well laid shoulders, well sprung ribs with good depth of brisket, strong bone and God feet, good topline and tailset, strong hindquarters, moves with great drive covering the ground with ease. A very nice dog who will have a great future. CC & BOB

CLASS 22 – BULLMASTIFF (LIMIT  BITCH)

1ST – Mr. B.A. Bascombe’s NEXGEN HOLD THAT TIGER

(22) Well balanced feminine Bitch who could have a more positive temperament. Head needs stronger muzzle with more padding and more defined stop and could have darker eyes. Good neck and shoulder with well sprung ribs and good body proportions, well muscled hindquarters, moves soundly but could be more positive on the move and go with more drive. Res. CC

CLASS 23 – BULLMASTIFF (OPEN BITCH)

1st – Mr. R. Wood’s CH. WOODNEY DIANA WHITE

(23) Feminine Bitch of nice type who scored with her typical head with well defined stop, well padded muzzle and dark expressive eyes. Good reach of neck, well sprung ribs and correct topline, could be stronger in hindquarters and moves a little close behind but has a correct topline and still covers the ground well, could be a little more positive on the move.CC & RBOB

CLASS 24 – DOBERMANN (OPEN BITCH)

1st – Mr. M. Forde’s ARISA  BALTIC  RESIDENCE

(24)  Well balanced Bitch who could be in much better condition both in coat and body weight. Very nice wedge shaped head with well shaped eyes and good mouth. Good reach of neck, a little short in upper arm, good depth of brisket, good topline, could be stronger in hindquarters and tidier in front movement, but keeps a good outline on the move. CC & BOB.

CLASS 25  GIANT SCHNAUZER (JUNIOR DOG)

1ST – Mr. B.A. Bascombe’s BLACK CLIFF ORION AT NEXGEN

(25)  Slightly immature male who could be moving better. Nice clean head with dark eyes, could have better mouth and better coat texture. Good reach of neck a little wide in front, good depth of brisket, and well let down hocks, needs to carry himself better on the move and go with more drive.

CLASS 26 – GREAT DANE (LIMIT BITCH)

1st – Mrs. J. Pinheiro’s DRAGONFLY VENUS DE LA BLEU

(26) Well bodied Bitch with good bone and substance. Very nice cleanhead with nice expression, good reach of neck, well laid shoulders, good feet, good depth of brisket, could have stronger hindquarters, unfortunately  paced all the time on the move and spoilt her chances of higher awards. BOB

CLASS 27 – ROTTWEILER (MINOR PUPPY)

1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK ZIKO

(27) Very promising young male in good coat and condition. Typical head with full dentition, and dark well shaped eyes. Good reach of neck running into well laid shoulders, a little weak in pasterns as to be expected at his age, good body proportions with ribs carried well back, well angulated hindquarters, moves soundly but needs a bit more training to be more positive on the move. Best Puppy

 CLASS 28 – ROTTWEILER (PUPPY DOG)

1st – Mr. S. Howell’s ARKON V HAUS GASKIN

(29) Well bodied masculine dog who scored in front over 2nd. Typical head with moderate stop and dark well shaped eyes. Good reach of neck, well laid shoulders, a little weak in pasterns, good bone and feet.Well sprung ribs carried well back, needs time to strengthen in hindquarters, covers the ground with good reach and drive and good topline.

2nd – Mr. R. Bascombe’s KENT RIDGE SON OF KRYPTONITE

(28) Masculine dog who could have more clearly defined tan markings.  Head needs time to fill out under the eyes. Dark expressive eyes, good reach of neck, would prefer better pasterns and front. Good body and topline, strong hindquarters, loose in front movement, but goes with great drive around the ring with very nice carriage.

 CLASS 29 – ROTTWEILER (JUNIOR DOG)

1st – Mr. J. Edghill’s MONIFA BLACK MAXIMUS

(31) Impressive male with correct size and substance. Lovely head with correct stop and muzzle, dark expressive eyes , good reach of neck, a little weak in pasterns, good bone and feet, well sprung ribs carried well back, strong hindquarters, very positive on the move with great drive and lovely carriage. A really nice dog. CC and BOB and later I was pleased to give him Best In Show

CLASS 30 – ROTTWEILER (LIMIT DOG)

1st – Dr. W.L. Welch’s ELTHOR DARK MATCHO

(32) Well balanced dog of correct size. Typical head with nice expression and full dentition. Good reach of neck, a little loose in shoulders, good depth of brisket, a little long in loin and slightly over angulated in hindquarters, good topline on the move, good coat and condition

 CLASS 31 –  ROTTWEILER (OPEN DOG)

1st – Mr. N. McClean’s KENT RIDGE SUZUKI’S DRIVER (34) Impressive masculine dog of good size with good bone and substance. Typical head with nice expression and good mouth. Good reach of neck, a little short in upper arm and could have better pasterns Well sprung ribs carried well back, strong hindquarters which he uses well on the move keeping his nice outline. Very close decision between him and the CC winner. Res. CC and Res. BOB.

2nd – Mr. K. Green’s MEDIC SHAMUS

(35) Well built masculine dog who could have more height of foreleg and better front and pasterns. Typical head with dark well shaped eyes, good mouth, good reach of neck, well sprung ribs , topline falls off a little over his croup and he could be better in front movement but he goes with great drive keeping a nice carriage.

 CLASS 32 –  ROTTWEILER (MINOR PUPPY BITCH)

1ST –  Mr. R. Bascombe’s KENT RIDGE TOO SEXY FOR JAPAN

(37) Well balanced feminine Bitch just right for her age. Typical head with full dentition, could have darker eyes. Good reach of neck running into well laid shoulders, a little weak in pasterns, good ribcage and correct body proportions, covers the ground really well with a nice easy stride and good outline.

  CLASS 33 – ROTTWEILER (JUNIOR BITCH)

1st – Mr. O. Holder’s MONIFA BLACK SORIE

(38)  Very feminine well balanced Bitch in great coat and condition. Well balanced head with dark well shaped eyes and full dentition. Good reach of neck, could have better feet and patterns, well sprung ribs, could be a little shorter in loin, moves soundly but could be a little more positive on the move. Res. CC

CLASS 34 – ROTTWEILER (MAIDEN  BITCH)

1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD CENDY’S HEAT

(40) Feminine well balanced Bitch, typical head with nice expression, could have a better mouth. Good reach of neck, a little weak in patterns, well sprung ribs, a little long in loin and could have stronger hindquarters. Moved steadily with a good outline.

  CLASS 35 – ROTTWEILER (NOVICE BITCH)

1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD CIMBA’S HEAT

(41) Feminine Bitch in good coat and condition. Head could be a little stronger in muzzle, dark well shaped eyes. Good reach of neck could have more layback of shoulder, well sprung ribs, could have better topline on the move but uses her hindquarters well.

 CLASS 36 – ROTTWEILER (LIMIT BITCH)

1st – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD CIA’S HEAT

(42) Feminine well balanced Bitch with typical head but would prefer better shaped eyes and better hair cover around her eyelids. Good reach of neck , well laid shoulders and well sprung ribs, good body proportions, could have more muscle on her hindquarters. Topline falls off a little over her croup. Very positive on the move with nice free easy movement.

 CLASS 37 – ROTTWEILER (OPEN BITCH)

1st – Mr. O Holder’s MONIFA SHADES OF PINK

(43) Very feminine Bitch in good coat and condition. Head could have stronger muzzle, nice expression. Could have better feet and patterns. Good neck and shoulder, well sprung ribs carried well back, scored in topline and hindquarters over 2nd. CC

2nd – Mr. R.T. Alleyne’s RICHWOOD BEA’S A BURNING

(44) Well balanced Bitch with good bone. Typical head with nice expression, good reach of neck running into well laid shoulders, a little wide in front, well sprung ribs, could have stronger hindquarters and falls off a little over her croup. Very positive on the move covering plenty of ground.

 

CLASS 39 – GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG (NOVICE DOG)

1st  Dr. N. Barker’s KURAN V. TIEKERHOOK

(46) Slightly feminine male in good condition. Nice head and expression with well set ears, good reach of neck, a little short in upper arm and could have better pasterns and better ribcage, good topline and tailset could have stronger hindquarters, moved with very nice attitude and carriage.

CLASS 40 – GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG (JUNIOR BITCH)

1st – Mr. F. Blackman’s ECHO EL DORADO

(47) Feminine Bitch in good coat and condition. Well balanced head with dark expressive eyes and well placed ears. Good reach of neck, a little short in upper arm and could have a little more height of foreleg. Good depth of brisket, nice body proportions, crosses a little in hind movement but covers the ground well keeping her nice outline. Res. CC and Res. BOB

CLASS 41 – GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG (NOVICE BITCH)

1st – Mr. P. Blunte’s CHOMAHAUS VON MISER

(48) Feminine Bitch in good coat and condition who just needs to make a bit more of herself on the move. Typical well balanced head, well shaped eyes, good reach of neck running into well laid shoulders, turns her feet out a little and could have stronger pasterns . Good ribcage, and well angulated hindquarters, could be better in front movement and keep a better outline on the move .

CLASS 42 – GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG (OPEN BITCH)

1st – Mrs. B. Kaufman’s THORSSON HAUS AVA

(49) Well presented Bitch who really made the most of herself. Very nice head with well set ears, could have slightly darker eyes. Good reach of neck and depth of brisket, a little long in loin, well angulated hindquarters, a little wide in front movement but carries herself well keeping a good outline going around the ring.BOB

CLASS 43 – BOXER ( PUPPY DOG)

1st – Miss J. Wilson’s SUNDIAL’S THUNDER BOLT AT KAIBO

(50) Well balanced male in good coat and condition just right for his age. Well balanced head just needs to break a little more to fill out his muzzle, correct chin , good mouth and dark expressive eyes. Good reach of neck and good front with nice round bone and tight cat feet. Good depth of brisket, short back, well muscled hindquarters, just needs to improve in topline over his croup but moves soundly with good drive and forward extension. Res. CC

 CLASS 44 – BOXER (OPEN DOG)

1st  – Miss J. Wilson’s CH. SUNDIAL’S SUN GOD APOLLO AT KAIBO C.D.

(51) Well balanced masculine dog who made the most of himself with his lovely carriage on the move. Typical  head with correct stop, clean skull and wide underjaw. Dark expressive eyes, good reach of neck well laid shoulders, tight cat feet, short back, good topline and hindquarters, moved really well with plenty of drive and lovely outline, a really nice dog. CC and BOB and finally Reserve Best In Show.

CLASS 45 – BOXER ( PUPPY BITCH)

1st – Miss G. Leach’s SUNDIAL’S AURORA SUNRISE AT WORTHINGTON

(52) Well balanced feminine Bitch in great condition. Head needs time to break and develop more padding in the muzzle, good lip placement and dark expressive eyes. Good reach of neck, short back, good front , good depth of brisket, strong well muscled hindquarters, scored with her good sound movement and lovely outline. Best Puppy and Best Puppy In Show.

CLASS 46 – BOXER (NOVICE BITCH)

1ST – Mr. M. & Mrs. L. King’s TABOR RIDGE PRINCESS JOSIE

(53) A really honest Bitch with no exaggeration, scored with her very nice head with correct lip placement , well padded muzzle and dark well shaped eyes. Good reach of neck running into well laid shoulders, could have better feet and patterns, well sprung ribs, short back good topline and strong hindquarters, moved very soundly with a nice outline.

2nd – Mrs. J. Pinheiro’s COBBLERS ROCK CHINA BELL

(54) Feminine Bitch in good coat and condition not doing much to help her handler today. Typical head could have more filling under the eyes and more upturn to her nose. Dark expressive eyes, well laid shoulders, good rib cage and well muscled hindquarters, just could make a bit more of herself and carry herself better on the move.

CLASS 47 – BOXER ( LIMIT BITCH)

1st – Mrs. S. Foster’s SUNDIAL’S SUN GODDESS ARINNA

(55) Feminine Bitch in good condition who scored in body and front. Well balanced head could have better mouth and more turn up to her nose. Dark expressive eyes,  good depth of brisket, strong hindquarters, lovely free movement going around the ring. CC

2nd – Mrs. L. Carillo’s SUNDIAL’S PACHA MAMA

(56) Feminine Bitch of nice type, well balanced head could have a little more chin. Dark expressive eyes, good reach of neck well laid shoulders, could have a little more bone and better feet. Short back, good topline and strong hindquarters, carries herself very well on the move. Res. CC

  CLASS 48 – BOXER (OPEN BITCH)

1ST – Miss G. Leach’s CH. WORTHINGTON’S PRETTY N PEACH

(57) Well made Bitch in good coat and condition maybe a touch heavy for a female. Head has well padded muzzle but could have a little more chin and more upturn of her nose. Dark expressive eyes, good reach of neck, good forechest and well laid shoulders, short back, strong well angulated hindquarters, covers the ground with ease on the move, keeping her very nice outline.

CLASS 49 – VETERAN.

Mr. & Mrs. A. Moore’s SH.CH. FEARNLEY FIRE STORM OF MOORLANDS  C.D.

(58) Impressive Irish Red Setter with very nice outline.  Excellent   head with correct stop and nice kind expression. Good reach of neck , could have a little more layback of shoulder, good depth of brisket , good topline and tailset, moved well keeping his nice outline, just showing his age a little in rear movement.

 

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