Margaret on September 12th, 2018

Dog Agility in Barbados

 

Most dogs love agility.

Dogs enjoy racing through and over obstacles like the walkway,  A-frame, the seesaw, and the weave poles. Tunnels are usually a favourite.

And also having the fun of doing sequence jumping with their handlers as part of a team.

There are, as yet, no titles to be earned from this sport in Barbados but it is great exercise and fun for the handlers and dogs.

And there is only one location in Barbados with structured agility classes, trained instructors and the range of agility equipment. The place is Waterford with  The Barbados Dog Training Club.

A dog must have obedience training and  be reliable off leash and its owner also be a Barbados Dog Training Club member to enjoy the sport here.

Puppies and very young dogs can be introduced to the dog sport but would be just learning the obstacles and would not be doing any jumping except very low jumps until their growth plates would have closed.

 

 

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First outing outside of her home, and Connie seemed to really enjoy herself.

She did not mind the traffic, and passer byes in vehicles who had children and asked whether the children could get out of the vehicles and pet her as they found her so beautiful.

And then we were approached by the beautiful model below who asked whether she could borrow Connie for her photo shoot.

 

Bouvier Des Flandres puppy Connie

Gorgeous model poses with Bouvier Des Flandres puppy, Connie

Jason Prescod of www.jasonprescodphotography.com kindly sent me the above photo.

The model in the photo with Connie is Tanya Webster.

And Jason said “Thank you so much for letting us use your beautiful puppy!!! It really put a pop to the photo!”

It is a lovely photo, with a gorgeous model and beautiful puppy, taken by an excellent photographer.

 

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Margaret on September 3rd, 2018

We have been away from the training and show grounds since March this year. Puppy Calliope Connie (AI) is now coming out. She is four months old.

It feels great to be returning.  I am one of the ones who stay away from Waterford  if I have puppies as Barbados like other countries,  has parvovirus which can wipe out puppies.  I have never had parvovirus here but I am extra careful with puppies and besides using a lot of bleach everywhere, I do not encourage any visitors when I have puppies, especially those who have dogs and take them to public places where other dogs run.

Connie is like her mother so sat in my suv calmly and looked out of the windows.

She impressed me with how easily she responded to walking on a leash as this was her first occasion.  She knows basic words, such as her name, and commands such as come, sit and down with stays and go. We are currently learning the stay with stand command.

Calliope Connie (AI)) is the progeny of Belgium Ch. Link van het Gieldre Hof and Ch. Chepam Valentina at Calliope C.D.

mother and daughter Bouvier Des Flandres

Bouvier Des Flandres Connie and Isabelle

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Margaret on July 27th, 2018

Lynda Husbands

Lynda Husbands with one of her goldens in the show ring.

A member of the Barbados dog community and in particular, The Barbados Dog Training Club, is gone.

I attended Lynda Husbands’ funeral service this week. She had filled many roles in the Barbados Dog Training Club of which I have been a member for a long time.

Her roles included that of Treasurer, Vice President and President of the club.

She also helped the Club by judging and assisted with some of the training areas, especially the Special Beginners’ classes and puppy socialisation classes.

She loved her Golden Retrievers and she will also be missed from the conformation pedigree dog show scene and the agility ring which she loved.

R.I.P. Lynda Husbands and of course, my condolences to her family and close friends.

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Margaret on June 26th, 2018

Congratulations to Linda Pearson for achieving the third and final leg required for the Utility dog title with her German Shepherd dog Elfi.

Trials for obedience competitions are held by The Barbados Dog Training Club. These titles are approved and recognised by The Barbados Kennel Club. And letters representing the various dog titles may appear after the dog’s name.

For example, the first of the obedience titles is the C.D. which stands for Companion Dog.  Then comes the C.D.X. which stands for Companion Dog Excellent  and then the U.D. which stands for the Utility title.

This is now the third Utility title achieved in Barbados. This time with an approximately 6 year old German Shepherd Dog, Elfi.  Her other dog in the trials, an approximately  2 year old German Shepherd Dog, Thorn, achieved the CD title and will soon be competing for the C.D.X.

 

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

 

Bouvier Des Flandres puppies

4 weeks old Bouvier Des Flandres puppies

Bouvier Des Flandres puppies

Bouvier Des Flandres puppies in Barbados

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are photos are the sire and dam:

Bouvier Des Flandres

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

Bouvier Des Flandres

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.
Below is also a video they took of some of the judging. It is placed by the Utility Group as it shows the 4 breeds lined up for the Utility group judging. It also shows the hound judging (only one breed in the ring) and the Working Group Judging. At this show, there were only 4 breeds competing in the Working Group.
 

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.

 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 judge has been approved by The Kennel Club UK to award Challenge Certificates to a lot of breeds, including the ones at this show such as the Akita, Tibetan Terrier, Rhodesian Ridgeback, German Shepherd Dog, Rottweiler, Bull Mastiff, Boxer, Bouvier Des Flandres. He is also approved to judge Best in Show, The Hound Group, Pastoral Group, the Utility Group, the Terrier Group and the Working Group as those were the groups that this show had.  This show was sponsored by Spartan Animal Kingdom.  I have always found this judge to be very friendly and with a sense of humour. He did meet with exhibitors after the show.

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

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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)
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