This was Gavin Robertson’s first judging assignment to Barbados through an invitation by The Barbados Kennel Club. It was also the first All Breeds Championship Dog Show of the year

The bulk of the dogs were from the Working Group and most of these entries  were Rottweilers.

I think most exhibitors who follow the UK show scene were aware and very impressed that the judge is himself an excellent handler and a very well respected breeder of Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs and also a Best in Show winner at Crufts. He is regarded as a hound specialist and is approved by The Kennel Club to judge the Hound, Utility and Best in Show at Championship level.

This show was sponsored by Roberts Manufacturing Co. Ltd. who have for a very long time supported dog shows and the dog community in Barbados.  They are the manufacturers of  Roberts Chicken and Rice Dog Food, Vitapet Dog Food and Vitapet Puppy Food besides a wide range of animal feeds and cooking products.

Below is his critique of the dogs he judged. All photo credits: Tramaine Worrell.

Best in Show, and Reserve Best in Show, March 2019

Best Puppy in show at BKC;s Championship Dog Show, March, 2019


West Highland White Terrier

Novice Dog

1st (#1) Zonibas Best Boy (Imp) – Mr. A. G. P. & Mrs. A. Evelyn – Young male with dark pigment, rounded skull, neat ears, compact feet. Ideally like a firmer topline, short hocks, high set thick short tail. Places his feet well. Just needs more confidence on the move. RBOB,

Novice Bitch

1st (#2) Sunbeam Diamond Gem (Imp) – Mr. A. G. P. & Mrs. A. Evelyn – Feminine head with kind expression, has good strength of muzzle, arched neck with deep chest, tight feet. Body could be shorter with a firmer topline, thick tail, positive mover, would prefer a harsher coat. BOB, Terrier Grp Winner

Golden Retriever

Open Dog

1st (#3) Thatcher’s Dance With Wolves (Loc)  – Mrs. D. Marshall – Nicely balanced dog, broad skull, neat ears. Almond eye, tight lips, muscular neck with well laid shoulders. Deep chest, ribs extending well back, firm topline, tail carried off the back. Sound mover. Nice type and condition. CC, BOB, BLB Grp

Open Bitch

1st (#4) Isabella Golden Allie (Loc) – Sarah & Sonia Armstrong – Feminine head and expression. Medium size with moderate bone, compact feet, lean neck, ribs of fair length just prefer more spring of rib. Level backline. Outgoing mover, hocks could be stronger and would prefer more width in rear. RBOB

Labrador Retriever

Open Dog

1st (#5) Linthwaite King Arthur Of Theberton (Imp) – Mrs. S. Leacock – Lovely masculine head with broad skull, dark eyes, lovely arched muscular neck, deep chest with ribs well sprung, neat feet. Symmetrical outline, dense coat with thick otter like tail. Nice width in rear quarters, steady mover, nice type. CC, BOB, Gundog Grp Winner

Flat Coated Retriever

Open Dog

1st (#6) Sh. Ch. Blacfriar Monopoly In Paradise (Imp) – Mrs. B. Greenidge – Flat skull of good length, deep well set eye. Neat ears. Clean outline with straight forelegs. Ribs ok, level topline with good strength in rear, strong hocks, drops off in croup a little but where he scores is in his movement with a good side gait. CC, BOB, Reserve Grp

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Open Bitch

1st (#7) Crownridge Bubblicious (A.I.) C.D. (Loc) – Mrs. S. B. Hamilton-Outcalt – Balanced bitch, moderate angles all through, skull of equal length, defined stop, dark eye, high set ears, long muscular neck, very nice front assembly, well sprung ribs, defined ridge, steady rear, lovely profile movement. Good type, not overdone. CC, BOB, Hound Grp Winner, BLB Grp, RBIS, BLBIS

French Bulldog

Open Dog

1st (#9) Ch. Jafrak Nut Brittle (Imp)  – Mrs. S. Jordan – Broad strong skull with lovely dark eyes, open nostrils with slight turn up, defined stop, developed cheeks, moderate wrinkle, ears well placed and slightly rounded at top.   Still needs to develop in chest, arched thick neck, well sprung ribs, gentle topline, very sound mover, could be a fraction shorter in back but lots to like. CC, BOB, Utility Grp Winner

Shiba Inu

Open Dog

1st (#10) Ch. Massima No One Greater (Loc) – Mr. A. Taylor – Wedge shaped skull, shallow furrow, neat triangular ears, well developed cheeks, strong neck, well proportioned body/legs with tucked up belly, super topline,  moderate rear , high set thick tail of good length, harsh coat but a little out of coat, agile positive mover, nice type. CC, BOB, Reserve Grp, BLB Group

Shiba Inu and Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier

Open Dog

1st (#11) Ch. Kybo Calypso Kid (Imp) – Dr. J. Crump – Really nice shape, good legs with square outline, slightly domed skull, moderate stop. Straight forelegs with nice big feet, level topline, high set tail. Short loin, low set hocks. Positive mover, a little out of coat but has a nice type. CC, BOB

Standard Poodle

Open Bitch

1st (#12) Princess Elsa (Loc) – Miss R. D’Andrade – Long lean skull, good chin, ears set level with eye, dark almond shaped eye. Ideally like more body to her. Level topline, neat feet. Moderate rear, high set short tail, steady mover, prefer more leg length and just like more carriage on the move, a little out of coat but what she has a harsh texture. BOB

Bouvier Des Flandres


1st (#13) Calliope Connie (A.I.) (Loc) – Ms. M. Ashby – Broad skull with good depth of muzzle, pronounced stop, high set ears, flat skull. Lovely bone and substance for age, well balanced compact body, slightly higher at the withers, deep chest, short loin, has power on the move with lovely foot placement, coarse dense coat well presented, didn’t start the day with huge confidence but by the end was covering ground with head and tail held high, has lots to like. CC, BOB, BP & BLBP Grp, BPIS, BLBPIS.


Minor Puppy Dog – Absent

Puppy – Dog

1st (#15) Woodney Lakarta White (Loc) – Mr. R. Wood – Upstanding dog with good proportions, pronounced stop, nice width of muzzle, tight lips. Dark eyes. Needs to develop in rib and body, strong compact feet, short dense coat, holds topline well.  Needs time to mature in body,

Junior – Dog

1st (#17) Gran Torino Is Dvariskiu (Imp) – Mr. B. Lowe – Masculine dog with strong bone and substance all through, large square skull, short blunt muzzle, a little thick in cheek. Muscular neck, has a super body to him with a compact loin, well sprung ribs, deep chest, thick short tail. Powerful mover, sound from all angles nice type, eye catching dog with lots to like, CC, BOB, Reserve Grp

Limit – Dog

1st (#18) Ardhub How U’Like Me Now To Nexgen (Imp) – Mr. B. A. Bascombe – Strongly built dog all through, square in outline. Defined stop. Broad skull, deep muzzle with good width, prefer little less wrinkle, deep chest, well sprung ribs. A little heavy for ideal but that said he can cover the ground. RCC, RBOB

Open – Dog

1st (#19) Ch. Ardhub Black’s In The Name To Nexgen (Imp) – Mr. B. A. Bascombe – masculine build, balanced head piece, prefer a darker eye, moderate stop. Good bone, prefer more width in rear, he didn’t really cope well in the heat so was a little sluggish on the move.

Minor Puppy Bitch – Absent

Puppy Bitch – 3 – 1 absent

1st (#22) Castelation Of Milan For Nexgen Monbarallbull (Imp) – Mr. B. A. Bascombe – Well proportioned bitch, good bone and feet. Dark eye, broad skull, deep chest for age. Needs to settle in topline, ribs well extended.

2nd (#23) Woodney Miami White (Loc) – Mr. R. Wood – Very immature and needs to develop all through, she has a feminine head with defined stop, nicely balanced. Ok proportions, needs to strengthen and widen in the rear, lacks power on the move.


Open Bitch

1st (#24) Arisa Baltic Residence (Imp) – Mr. M. Forde – typey bitch, long lean skull, level heads planes with slight stop. Clean cheeks, well proportioned, ribs extending well back. Moderate angles, ideally like more fill in front. Covers the ground well on the move holding topline, high set tail. CC, BOB


Baby Puppy Dog

1st (#25) Elica’s Apollo (Loc) – Mr. T. & Mrs. N. Juman – 4mth old collected puppy, defined stop, broad skull, good bone and substance, coat of dense texture , defined tan markings, well constructed front assembly, needs to develop in front.

Puppy Dog

1st (#29) Elthor Dark Gordon (Loc) – Dr. W. Welch – Masculine dog, powerful with good substance. Clean outline with good proportions, defined stop, muscular neck with deep chest, well sprung ribs, level topline,  strong loin, needs to strengthen in rear.  Good profile movement.

2nd (#30) Elthor Dark Gustav (Loc) – Mr. S. Bryan – Finer boned than winner, developed cheeks, high set ears with flat broad skull. Prominent forechest, a little loose in topline and also needs to strengthen in rear.

3rd (#31) Elthor Dark Grit (Loc) – Mr. R. T. Alleyne – Pleasing head and expression, needs to body up and mature all through, defined tan markings, ribs need to develop, very immature, not as relaxed on the move as he should be.

Junior Dog

1st (#33) Warlock Grim (Loc) – Mr. Shawn Clarke – Strongly built dog, broad and deep muzzle, defined stop, good fill in front, a little steep in shoulder, ribs extending well back, angular rear, just needs to come up on leg a little. RCC

2nd (#32) Elthor Dark Felix (Loc) – Mr. L. Lavine – Finer built than winner. Pleasing head with a nice expression, dark eyes, needs to develop in rib. Level back, low set hocks, preferred the front on the winner.

Novice Dog

1st (#34) Mister Ripley (Loc) – Mr. A. Greaves – Lovely head and expression, well placed eye, open nostrils, compact in body, good feet. Level topline, not as confident on the move and was feeling the heat a little. Needs to fill out in ribbing.

Limit Dog

1st (#36) Kamaro Vom Zecwald (Imp) – Mr. J. Allsopp – Impressive balanced dog with strength and substance  all through, a little steep in shoulder, deep chest, ribs well sprung extending well back. Low set hocks. Free moving dog from all angles. In firm condition.

2nd (#35) Arkon V Haus Gaskin (Imp) – Mr. S. Howell – Another nicely balanced dog but wasn’t wanting to be handled, lovely head and eye, neat ears, strong bone with tight feet. A little loose in topline.

Open Dog

1st (#38) Balto Von Muntz (Imp) – Dr. W. Welch – Nicely balanced well proportioned dog, of medium build with good bone, broad skull with ears set well apart, expressive dark almond shaped eye, feet a little open, clean outline lovely fill in front with good ribbing, muscled loin, low set hocks, sound mover, nice type. In excellent condition in coat and muscle, happy to award him BOB and BIS. CC, Working Grp Winner

Minor Puppy Bitch

1st (#39) Dark Jazz (Loc) – Mr. K. Greene – Nicely balanced head piece, defined stop, round dark eye, ok neck and shoulders, drops off in the croup a little, steady mover in profile. Just needs to develop in body.

2nd (#40) Richwood Zhara’s Light (Loc) – Mr. R. T. Alleyne – Finer built bitch all through. Head is a little week and narrow, good body shape with a firm topline and ribs extending well back, high set tail a little overcome by it all today.

Puppy Bitch

1st (#41) Elthor Dark Ira (Loc) – Dr. W. Welch – Lovely head and expression, strong but not overdone, lovely rich colouring, good depth of chest  with well developed ribs, front well under body, nice width of rear, drops off a little in croup, powerful sound mover, nice type, threw her chance away in the challenge. Liked her a lot and with better handling she could do very well. RCC

Junior Bitch

1st (#42) Bosvigo Chance (Loc) – Mr. A. Croney – Well proportioned bitch, broad skull with ears set well apart. A little steep in shoulder, needs to fill out in chest and rib, ok feet, rounded croup. Has nice width of second thigh, needs to mature and develop

Novice Bitch

1st (#43) Richwood Diva Dancing (Loc) – Mr. R. T. Alleyne – Feminine bitch, would prefer more body and substance, well placed eye, defined stop. Compact feet, ribs a little short and needs more spring. Low set hocks, not overly happy on the move.

Limit Bitch

1st (#46) Kemorocks Khaleesi Vom Viscardi (Imp) – M. S. Howell – Strongly built bitch, liked her head, ear and eye placement. Well proportioned, deep chest, a little loose in front. Muscled loin, holds topline with a muscular, angular rear.

2nd (#44) Richwood Evelyn (Loc) – Mr. R. T. Alleyne – Finer build than winner. Skull broad and flat. Prefer more full in front. Good proportions, not as fluid on the move as 1

Open Bitch

1st (#47) Elthor Dark Cass (Loc) – Dr. W. Welch – Nicely balanced bitch, liked her head and skull. Neat ears. Muscular neck with shoulders well laid back, feet a little flat. Ribs of good length, level topline with muscled loin. Low set hocks, could have a little more width in thigh. Places front well, prefer more width in rear. CC,RBOB, BLBB

Russian Black Terrier


1st (#49) Kalaslane Addicted To You (Imp) – Ms. A. Bynoe – Strong masculine powerful dog, agile  and robust, flat broad skull, triangular ear, slight stop, slightly shorter in muzzle, thick neck, level topline, deep chest but needs to fill out and develop, compact feet, correct double coat, well presented all through, strong rear, lovely profile movement.  Impressive dog who pushed hard for top honours and with a little more maturity will do well in the future I’m sure. CC, BOB

Russian Black Terrier and Boxer

German Shepherd Dog

Baby Puppy Bitch

1st (#50) Beauchamp Mia Belladonna (Loc) – Mrs. B. Kaufman – Good length of head, places feet well. Has good proportions, front well under her frame. Moderate topline with a strong rear. Still immature but very collected. Best Baby Puppy In Show


Open Dog

1st (#52) Sundial’s Thunder Bolt At Kaibo CD (Loc) – Miss J. Wilson – Squarely built dog with good length of leg, defined stop, not overdone in lip. Muscular neck, deep chest. With developed ribs with slight tuck up, moderate rear, holds topline well on the move, drops off in croup slightly. Nice type, covers the ground with nobility and power. CC, BOB, BLB Grp

Open Bitch

1st (#53) Ch. Sundial’s Aurora Sunrise At Worthington (Loc) – Another nicely proportioned medium sized bitch, deep muzzle with good width and quality of lip. Broad skull with ears set high and well apart, nice expression, elegant neck, deep chest, carrying a little too much weight. Steady mover. CC, RBOB


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All Breeds Championship Dog Show in Barbados, November 018

Working group winners November 2018



dogs winning groups in show ring in Barbados

Group winners lined up in dog show

This was the final Barbados Kennel Club’s All Breeds Championship Dog Show for 2018.

A first time visit for the judge, Ben Reynolds-Frost who seemed to enjoy himself and said he would love to visit again for another judging assignment.

In the UK, Ben Reynolds-Frost is approved to award Challenge Certificates to the Rottweiler, Bullmastiff and Boxer  and the Rhodesian Ridgeback which are in our show ring.  He is regarded as a Hound specialist and has been approved by The Kennel Club, UK, to judge Best in Show, Hound Group, Pastoral Group, and the Working Group.

More dogs and more breeds were at this show than the 2018 October show and a Terrier breed, The West Highland White Terrier was introduced to the show ring in Barbados. I believe this is the first time we would have seen this breed in the show ring.

This show was sponsored by Spartan Animal Kingdom. Spartan Animal Kingdom are agents and distributors for a wide range of pet products:  Top dog food brands such as Victor Super Premium Pet Food, Acana Dog and Cat Foods, and Orijen Dog and Cat Treats. Supplements such as Breeders’ Edge product range, Toys and Chews, Apparel, Wormers, Grooming and Training Aid products. They are located at Salters, St. George and can be reached at   243-7323. They also do deliveries.

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Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show winners at October show in Barbados

Liz Dunhill judging Dogs in Barbados, October, 2018

This show was sponsored by the agents for Purina Dog Chow, Massy Distribution (B’dos.) Ltd.

The original scheduled judge for the show, Dr. Ron James, cancelled the appointment and he was replaced by Liz Dunhill.

I was looking forward to showing under Dr. Ron James again but did enjoy meeting and showing under Liz Dunhill.

Liz Dunhill is regarded as a specialist judge for Rottweilers, Shiba Inus and Japanese Akitas.

The highest number of entries in our shows are Rottweilers so I think this was a very good choice of a judge.

Of our breeds shown she is approved by The Kennel Club UK to award Challenge Certificates to the Akita, Shiba Inu, Bull Mastiff and Rottweiller and to judge the Utility Group at Championship level.

I think all of the exhibitors I talked with agreed that she is the friendliest judge we have seen here for a long time.  She was pleasant, polite and helpful to exhibitors.  She remained on the island for a while afterwards and quite a few exhibitors were happy to take her to various parts of the island.  She also met with exhibitors one evening after the show and answered any questions they had.

There were not a large number of entries at this show and as usual, most of the entries came from the Working Group and in particular, the Rottweillers. 33 dogs including the veteran class entered the show ring, of which 9 were Rottweillers.  I think at the time of the show, several exhibitors also had young puppy litters and so did not participate in the show.

Below is her critique:

Golden Retriever – Bitches

Limit – 1st (1) Isabella Golden Allie (Loc) – 2 yr old Bitch.  Athletic in type, Pleasing head, fitting body type which was a little narrow all through, correct bite, well placed ears, almond eye giving soft expression. Would like her a little stronger through skull and fore face.  Forward placed in shoulder, and a little east west in front. Good topline and well carried tail, moderate rear but high on hock, moved a little loose in front and rear, would like more reach in profile, in good coat and condition. BOB

Labrador Retriever – Dogs

Junior – 1st (2A) Linwaithe King Arthur Of Theberton (Imp) – Fabulous 17 month old yellow male, of excellent balance and type.  Masculine head, clean skull well placed ears, dark almond eye, good depth to muzzle, correct bite, good pigmentation.  Strong neck leading into well laid shoulder, good return of upper arm, straight well boned front, good depth of brisket , tight feet . Well sprung ribs and short in loin, good croup and set on of tail, well angulated quarters, short hocks, well bodied and muscled . Good footfall with ex reach and drive in profile, holding topline and well carried tail CC, BOB, Gundog Grp Winner.  He would have been my BIS 3. Well handled.

Open – 1st (2) Sh. Ch. Zinzara Midnight Magic CD (Loc) – Black male of ex type, pleasing head, well placed ears, dark almond eye, correct bite  would like more foreface.  Body a little narrow all through , little forward placed in shoulder and east west in front, good top line , tailset a little high on the move, moderate hindquarters, moved.  A little close in the rear, good moderate strides in profile, in good coat and condition. RCC

Labrador Retriever – Bitches

Open – 1st (3) Sh. Ch. Zinzara Darcy’s Delight CD (A.I.) (Loc) – Yellow female of ex type and balance.

Super feminine head, well placed ears, correct head proportions, dark almond eye , good bite  and pigment . Good neck, well laid shoulder.  Good front and tight feet, good depth to body.  Well ribbed back and short in loin. Good topline and tail set, moderate hindquarters, would like a little more angle for perfection and a little less weight, moved soundly with moderate strides. CC, RBOB, Reserve In Gundog Group, Best Locally Bred Group

Rhodesian Ridgeback – Bitches

Open – 1st (4) Crownridge Bubblicious (A.I.) CD (Loc) – 2 two-year-old bitch of good balance and outline pleasing head if a little narrow all through well-placed ears when she uses them, correct dentition, Almond eye, good neck leading into well laid shoulder, good depth to body excellent top line and well carried tail, moved on good legs and feet, excellent balanced profile action, good depth to body, excellent topline and well carried tail. CC. BOB, Hound Grp Winner, Best Locally Bred Grp

Akita – Dogs

Limit – 1st (5) Ch. Donkemre Thor (Loc) – Five-year-old male of good type and balance. Strong head is a little blocky. Well placed ears, good dark almond eye. Level bite. Good neck and shoulder good  top line, low tail set and moderate rear. Strong all male body with good depth to chest. In half a coat but of good texture. Condition could be better.  Good profile action but very loose in front and rear movement. BOB.

French Bulldog – Dogs

Novice – 1st (7) Nican Miracles Do Happen (Loc) – Super compact brindle male of ex type.  Super head, well placed ears, muzzle well set back, good nostrils and good formation to underjaw.  Good eye and pigment.  Good shoulders and front, good topline and moderate rear, moved soundly down and back, moved ex in profile action holding good shape and ex condition. RCC, BLB & BLB Group.

Limit – 1st (8) Mokaodc Zapegato for Nexgen N’ Strongwil (Imp)  – 17 month brindle male of ex type.  Beautiful head, with good open nostrils, well placed ears.  Good eye and muzzle well set back, good chin, and lip line. Strong shoulders and ultra-short body, broad front, good bone and condition, deep, good back line, moderate rear, moved soundly, feeling the heat.

Open – 1st (9) Jafrak Nut Brittle (Imp) – 23 month old fawn male of ex proportions and balance, with so much more to come.  Super head, well placed ears good stop, muzzle well set back, good well formed under jaw, black mask, good eye and pigmentation.  Ex shoulder, slight rise to topline, good front, ex hindquarters with good definition of hock, ex static balance, had no trouble breathing in the heat, moved soundly with style and super profile action.  Put in command performance to take CC, BOB, Utility Grp Winner and RBIS.  A true showman beautifully presented and handled.

French Bulldog – Bitches

Limit – 1st (10) Nican Happy Dragon Fly (Loc) – Fawn bitch of ex type.  Feminine head, well shaped bat ears, good skull, muzzle good with strong underjaw, strong open nostrils, well shaped eye, good pigment. Shoulder ok, straight front, ultra compact body, marked roach, would like more rear angulation . Moved soundly.  RCC, BL bred Bitch

Open – 1st (11) Ch. Jafrak Wowing The Crowds (Imp) – 3 year old bitch of great type and balance. Strong but feminine head, well placed ears, dark eye, moderate wrinkle to set back muzzle, wide open nostrils, strong upturned jaw, good lip line.  Ex shoulders and front, good length to leg, deep chest, good topline and croup well developed rear, moved soundly CC, RBOB, Res Utility Grp

Tibetan Terrier – Bitches

Open – 1st (13) Calliope Sea Breezes Lover (Loc) – 2 year old bitch of good proportions, very pretty head, good skull and ear set, dark almond eye, well filled foreface and correct bite. Somewhat upright in shoulder and wide in front, good topline, moderate rear, low tail set. Black and white coat, but sadly lost the length and condition. Moved ok.  Would benefit from training and coat recovery.   BOB

Bouvier Des Flandres – Bitches

Baby puppy – 1st (14) Calliope Connie (Loc) – 5 months compact baby with super happy disposition.  Super head, dark eye, small well set ears, good depth to muzzle, correct bite, short compact body, good legs and feet, super coat developing, moved well with well set on tail.

Open 1st – (15) Ch. Chepham Valentina At Calliope CD (Imp) – Good sized female, with super head and eye, well placed ears, correct bite, good front, would like her shorter coupled, good rear balancing the forehand, coat a little open and going through a coat change.  Level topline, tail carried well on the move, super sound free flowing action.  CC, BOB

Bullmastiff – Dogs

Limit – 1st (16) Ardhub How U’Like Me Now (Imp) – Rising 2 year old  substantial male of excellent balance and type and bone, masculine head, good clean top skull and pronounced stop, well placed ears, medium eye, strong foreface, a tad long through the muzzle, good bite, and tight flews, ex pigment.  Well laid shoulder and  return of upper arm, a little loose in pastern, ex topline when he pulls a shape, well ribbed back and short in loin, deep brisket, powerful muscled quarters, he’s a very square dog and was feeling the heat, but on the move wow, perfect foot fall. Strong powerful thrust from firm hocks, good action in front, in profile ate up the ground with harmonious reach and drive, he’s still maturing in good body and condition, and has much more to come in maturity and development, another year under his belt he will certainly look the part, he greatly impressed me to take working group (Grp 6) and BIS, where the handler got the best out of him.  CC, BOB, Working Group Winner, BIS

Open – 1st (18) Ch. Ardhub Black’s In The Name To Nexgen (Imp) – Square brindle male of ex type .

Super head, clean top skull. Good ears when he uses them, good dark eyes, good proportioned muzzle and large open nostrils, correct strong under jaw, good flews. High withers. Strong neck, straight front, compact body with well sprung ribs and short loin, would like more angulation to hindquarters, as he’s rather straight in rear. Lacked enthusiasm on the move due to heat. I really liked his type, see he is from the same stable as the winner . Moved soundly.  RCC

Open – 2nd (17) Samhaven Kaluca White In Woodney (Imp) – 2 yr old male rather long cast and soft in topline.  I found this male rather houndy in head,  and very wet  and wrinkled, narrow skull with not enough space between the high set ears, muzzle long and has a wry mouth.  Upright shoulder, long  in Loin.  Topline needs to firm and rear is cow hocked. He is narrow all through and needs lots of work and development. He needs bulk and work and  is poor in muscle.  Has a long stride in profile, but this dog really needs some work and time to mature.

Bullmastiff – Bitches

Baby puppy – (19) Castelation Of Milan For Nexgen Monbarallbull (Imp) – 5 month old delightful baby, well reared and super bone and body.  Pleasing head, correct mouth, well placed ears, muzzle good for age, super neck and good shoulder, good back line and good angulation for and aft.  Moved well for a baby with ex side gait and correct tail carriage.  Best Baby Puppy

Open – 1st (20) Nexgen Hold That Tiger (Loc) – Super square brindle female, beautiful head, clean skull, well set ears when she uses them. Good set on of muzzle, big nostrils, good mouth and under jaw. Strong neck, good front and shoulder, good depth of body bit a tad overweight and off at croup. Well carried tail, moved soundly, just looking quite matronly, needs to lose some weight, however, ex breed type.  CC, BLB, RBOB

Rottweiler – Dogs

Minor puppy – 1st (22) Elthor Dark Felix (Loc) – 8 month very promising puppy.  Excellent head correct for age, clean dry skull, good stop and well carried ears. Good muzzle ratio, well filled fore face for age, good under jaw, correct dentition, good pigment, dark almond eye, good shoulder with fore chest developing, good bone,  juvenile front, clean over the withers, ex topline well carried tail,  a little long in loin, well angulated quarters,  he’s very much a baby with super character, he has ex profile action once settled. Needs to tighten in front, super parallel action from well muscled hind quarters, in super condition, with rich tan markings.  RCC, Best locally bred Working Group, Best Puppy & Best Locally Bred Puppy in Working Group, Best Puppy In Show, Best Locally Bred In Show.

Minor Puppy – 2nd (23) Monifa Black Panther At Massima (Loc) – 8 month docked male of good type.  Strong masculine head, well set ears, deep stop, moderate wrinkle upon expression, good depth of muzzle, correct dentition, good pigment,  shoulder forward placed resulting in short neck, and steep through upper arm, inhibiting reach in front.  Long in coupling and loin, well angulated quarters. Good depth to body, on the move soft in topline and moves with moderate strides and close in rear. Good temperament with correct rich tan markings.

Puppy – 1st (26) Warlock Grimi (Loc) – 8 months, alert, upstanding large male of good head type.

Masculine strong with well set ears, clean skull deep stop eyes somewhat round, good proportioned muzzle correct dentition. Shoulders a little forward placed, juvenile front, he is quite a long dog  that needs to firm in back line.  Long in loin, good depth to chest for age, angulated quarters.  Would like more width to stifle, well carried tail, but ring to tip. He is loose in front.   Ex drive from hindquarters, he is young and needs to firm and tighten all through, good profile action. He’s a big dog and needs time to fill the frame.

Limit – 1st (28) Kamaro Vom Zecwald (Imp) – Large upstanding male of Eastern European type , imposing character  all male .  Strong head for his age, clean skull deep stop, needs to fill in foreface, complete dentition, tight bite, good pigment, round eyes.  Forward placed shoulder.  Medium pro sternum development, he is quite long through the back and loin, well angulated hindquarters, he needs to tighten in back line as is quite soft on the move.  Has long strides and lots of energy, not quite the type I was looking for but won the cc on the day.  His first show I’m told, so owner has lots of work to do, he’s work in progress. CC

Open – 1st (31) Elthor Dark Ace (Loc) – 5 year old small male, for me just a little too feminine, and quite skittish and unsettled with his handler. Pleasing head, dark almond eye, correct flat skull, moderate stop, decent muzzle to balance, tight lip line, correct dentition,  when I eventually saw it, forward placed shoulder, topline level, angulated. Quarters, well carried tail, tends to drop on the forehand and kick up high in the rear, giving an uneconomical gait, he wasn’t performing the best.

Rottweiler – Bitches

Novice – 1st (33) Richwood Evelyn (Loc) – 19 month old female, racy in type.  Light med bone .

Feminine head, a little long in muzzle, good clean skull well placed ears, dark eye, needs to fill in foreface. Forward placed in shoulder, good length to upper arm, juvenile front level topline, long in body and loin.   Well angulated quarters, well carried tail moved with good parallel action in rear, moved ok in profile but needs more reach in front. Good tan markings.

Limit – 1st (35) Kemorocks Khaleesi Vom Viscardi (Imp) – Ultra typey female, med sized with good balance and type, beautiful strong but feminine head, clean and dry, well placed ears, dark almond eye, well filled foreface, good depth to muzzle , strong under jaw and correct dentition.

Good shoulder decent upper arm, needing to fill more in front, compact body, ex topline and underline, well muscled quarters, a strong short hocks, good coat and condition, ex markings .

Moved steadily, a little close in rear, accurate in front. Gave good balanced action in profile, upped her game in BOB challenge and went up a gear. CC, BOB, Reserve in Working Group.

Open – 1st (38) Ch. Monifa Shades Of Pink (Loc) – Smaller framed docked female, feminine head, dark eye, bald eye rim, well placed ears, good bite.  Good shoulder and topline, found upper arm short, rear movement erratic.

Open – 2nd (37) Richwood Bea’s A Burning (Loc) – 5 years female of good type, incomplete dentition.  Good head with dark eye, needs more foreface, high set ears, good bite.  Shoulder somewhat forward placed, topline good and well set on tail.  Moved soundly.

German Shepherd Dogs – Bitches

Minor Puppy – 1st (39) Shireoaks Asia (Loc) – 7 months baby, small med bone.  Pleasing head, well carried ears, dark eye, correct dentition, needs to develop in head, forward placed shoulder, short in upperarm. Over line somewhat level, flat croup, well angulated quarters , quite untidy in movement , needs time to develop.  Best Puppy & BLB Puppy

Open – 1st (40) Skye Bella (Loc) – Substantial female of good type and balance.  Strong feminine head, ears ok when uses them, good skull to muzzle ratio. Complete dentition. Good shoulder and prosternum development . Good over line and croup, straight front good bone, ex hindquarters, moved well with strong hocks, ex profile action. CC, BOB & BLB .

Boxer – Dogs

Open – 1st (41) Sundial’s Thunder Bolt At Kaibo (Loc) – Red/white medium sized male of good type.  Decent head, gives good expression when his ears are used. Med eyes, clean skull, good bite would like more strength to under jaw. Decent shoulder.  Moderate prosternum development. Med boned straight front.  Good topline well sprung rib, good underline, well angulated quarters, moved with true balanced action, in good coat and condition. CC.

Boxer – Bitches

Open – 1st (42) Sundial’s Aurora Sunrise At Worthington (Loc) – 2 year old red female of good type. Feminine head well placed ears, super dark eye. Would like more power to muzzle and chin, correct bite, she is moderately angulated fore and aft.  Moved well holding level topline, giving good drive from strong hocks, gave great balanced action in profile to take CC, BOB & BLB


1st (43) Ch. Worthington’s Pretty N Peach (Loc) –

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It has been a long wait for the BH scorebooks.

Here it is: Working Trial Scorebook – Barbados Working Dogs Association (BWDA)

BH trials scorebook


Six persons, on December 6, 2015, passed official BH trials  under the trial judge Jim Crisp of Canada and organised by The Barbados Working Dogs Association. These were the first ever official BH trials in Barbados.

We only received the scorebooks in August this year, signed by the trials judge,  Canadian Jim Crisp and handed out by the Treasurer, Andre Brathwaite and President, Adrian Ward, of The Barbados Working Dogs Association. (BWDA)

The six who passed are Adrian Ward, with a Malinois “Hydro”, Trevor O’Neale with a German Shepherd dog “Teddy” and Shawn Fields with a Rottweiller “Klaus”, Linda Pearson with a German Shepherd Dog “Elfie”, Sarah Hamilton with a Rhodesian Ridgeback dog “Mac” and I with a Bouvier Des Flandres “Isabella”.

The first three names were members of The Barbados Working Dogs Association, a club which describes itself as a Schutzhund/IPO club. The other three successful  participants were members of The Barbados Dog Training Club and our dogs had already achieved  obedience titles.

Since the 2015 December trials I am not aware of any further official trials organised by The Barbados Working Dogs Association with overseas trial judges

It seems as if the neighbouring island, Trinidad, has an active IPO Club so maybe persons and Barbados Working Dog Association members  interested in competing in IPO trials can travel there with their dogs if Barbados is not yet ready for further trials.

The BH is the prerequisite for IPO and the BH  is basically an obedience pattern, followed by dog temperament testing.

Doing the BH trials was a good, fun experience for me and Isabelle.

This is the only club in Barbados that I am aware of  that is interested in promoting Schutzhund/IPO and maybe even if they are not ready yet to hold further BH trials and advance to formal IPO trials, the important thing would be that its members are enjoying themselves and having fun with their dogs.

The BH we achieved with The Barbados Working Dogs Association and the FCI approved judge is not recognised by The Barbados Kennel Club as a title/award with letters we can use with a dog’s name such as obedience titles like CD, CDX behind the dog’s name and the Ch. for Champion in front of the dog’s name.

Jim Crisp judging BH dog trials in Barbados

B’dos. Working Dogs’ Association hosts BH trials


First BH test in Barbados

Successful participants in BH trials after completing the Traffic Test






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Best Wishes for Xmas Season and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2019


Relaxing on the steps to my front doors on Xmas Eve are: bottom step, Calliope Connie AI, top step Calliope Rennee AI and Ch. Chepam Valentina at Calliope C.D.

Connie and Rennee are now 8 months old and are the progeny of Belgium Bouvier,  Ch. Link Van het Gieldre Hof  and my UK import, Ch. Chepam Valentina at Calliope C.D.

We are looking forward to a fun year, 2019, competing in obedience trials and learning more about the utility title we would like to eventually achieve,  having fun introducing one puppy to agility with only low jumps and obstacle recognition and of course enjoying the conformation show ring and starting formal obedience training with the other puppy.

Connie has already entered the conformation show ring as a baby puppy and also as a minor puppy and has received very good critiques from the judges in both of the shows.


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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 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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