Crufts 2015

Birmingham NEC, 7th March 2015. Judge: Mrs Ann Harpwood MBE.

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To be invited to judge at the world's largest and most prestigious show is an honour indeed and I am most grateful to the Kennel Club for inviting me.
I would like to place on record how wonderfully kind and efficient my stewards were. They had been on duty since the morning and were still cheerful and welcoming. Several Exhibitors took the time to contact me at a later date to express their appreciation. As I had been taken very ill two weeks before the date, there was some doubt that I would be able to keep the appointment but I made it and both stewards did all they could to assist me when I appeared to be flagging. Thank you, both of you.
My thanks also to the exhibitors. Without you, of course there would have been an empty ring. Numerically, the entry was considerably higher than in recent years and I am grateful to you for putting your trust in me in bringing your precious Dandies for me to look at.
I do not intend to make adverse criticisms of any exhibit, hoping that my final placings will accurately reflect my personal views but would like to take this opportunity of giving my overall general opinion of what I found on the day and, hopefully, helping the novices amongst you, get a clearer picture.
Quite a few exhibits had sickle-hocks, ie. a hock that wasn't able to flex as it should. This resulted in a rather choppy and stilted hind-movement. When this is present, then the front assembly of the Dandie is taking quite a punishment because of the lack of flexibility from the rear. The result of this is a heavy and over muscled shoulder - hence the expression overloaded and not clean. An exhibit can cope with this rather better if it has a reasonable length of neck and a well laid shoulder placement.
Back in the seventies, a very clever lady called Rachael Page-Elliott, brought a film to this country called DOG STEPS. I believe that both dog papers have this available if anyone is interested in seeing it. It is a revelation. The copy I saw showed two puppy Dandies-one with sickle hocks and one with the correct hock. She then filmed the same two again when they were over 8 years of age. The one with sickle hocks was moving very badly whilst the other still showed the desired extended and sound movement. On the occasion when I first watched it, some of the late great Ch. Show judges of the day were there. The great Joe Braddon, Bill Siggers etc. I remember hearing Joe say, as we were leaving, that he was going home to shoot his dogs!!
On the last occasions I was around the Dandie ring at a Ch. Show I was amazed to see how many exhibits were being shown in a very close fitting jacket. This made it impossible to see the unique coat feature of the Dandie, ie. a pencilled coat. Happily there were very few exhibits on the day that didn't possess this highly sought feature.
Just one more criticism. I was very disappointed to see several exhibits with very dirty front teeth. Do take time to sort this out if it applies to your Dandie. The front teeth are so easy to keep clean and it does mean that there is less bacteria present.

 

Dog CC & BOB

Reserve Dog CC

Bitch CC

Reserve Bitch CC

Tinsley's German Dandies' Terence Hill at Cloverwood

Deacon's Ch/Am Ch. Pennywise Burning Ambition for Cassencarrie

Deacon's Cassencarrie Red Ribbon

Milton's Hawkesmill Jenny for Wilmit

Winners photo

Veteran Dog 1st: Deacon's Ch/Am Ch. Pennywise Burning Ambition for Cassencarrie
What a stunning and sound moving boy. Giving nothing away in age and moved like a dream. Good reach of neck and topline, with the correct Weasley shape. Today he had to move over in favour of his grandson who was awarded CC and BOB. RDCC.
Pennywise Burning Ambition for Cassencarrie

Junior Dog 1st: Tinsley's German Dandies' Terence Hill at Cloverwood
What can I say. A most beautiful boy. Strong mustard and presented to perfection. Ultra sound in movement and drove off on the best of hocks. Good Weasley shape with excellent head and neck on the best of shoulders. He just demanded this win. DCC & BOB.
German Dandies' Terence Hill at Cloverwood
2nd: Kurg's Hawkesmill Jefferson at Etsill
Half brother to 1. Pepper youngster and very sound with a good pencilled coat. Good head and moved well. Not quite the strength of 1 at this stage but I am sure this will come.
Hawkesmill Jefferson at Etsill
3rd: Youngs's Inzievar The Goldsmith Inzievar The Goldsmith
Res: Van Betuw's Danchester's Kick In The Butt Danchester's Kick In The Butt
VHC: Eves's German Dandies' Tom Jones of Sylvanken German Dandies' Tom Jones of Sylvanken
Bore's Alltallach Winter Sun Alltallach Winter Sun
Drake & Skitt's Deegandan Reiver to Tollcross Deegandan Reiver to Tollcross
Johnson's Puddockswell My Dear Watson for Incantocani Puddockswell My Dear Watson for Incantocani

Postgraduate Dog 1st: Rolland's Dandiroyal Diggory Delvet
A well presented strong mustard with the required Weasley shape. Excellent head and neck with clean shoulders. Moved like a bomb. Shows great promise.
Dandiroyal Diggory Delvet
2nd: Noble's Hawkesmill Indiana
A good quality pepper boy with a good head and coat. Nice dark eye and moved very well. In a smaller mould than 1.
Hawkesmill Indiana
3rd: Sleight's Bonnybeck Moonlight Bay Bonnybeck Moonlight Bay
Res: Doyle's Dentgate Jackfrost at Ilexquercus Dentgate Jackfrost at Ilexquercus
VHC: Meadows's Florencemoon Meadow Sun Florencemoon Meadow Sun
Buckley's Dentgate Celebration Dentgate Celebration
O`Malley's Waitensee Charlie Farley at Belapapavo Waitensee Charlie Farley at Belapapavo
Parry's Belapapavo Baron Berkeley of Leber Belapapavo Baron Berkeley of Leber

Limit Dog 1st: Edwards's Cloverwood Midnight Blue
Good pencilled coat and well presented. Good head and neck and well let down over the hocks. Moved very well.
Cloverwood Midnight Blue
2nd: Jacka-Slater's Pennywave Lone Ranger
Happy little mustard chap. Well presented and moved well. Yet another exhibit with the correct pencilled coat. Good head and neck with clean shoulders.
Pennywave Lone Ranger
3rd: Bell's Hawkesmill Indigo from Reidswire Hawkesmill Indigo from Reidswire
Res: Henry's Dariant Genri Mi Rey at Trinzy Dariant Genri Mi Rey at Trinzy

Open Dog 1st: Tinsley's Ch. Cloverwood Royal George
A very well known and winning exhibit. Well presented mustard as always, but perhaps not giving his all here today and was rather lacking in coat. To be very critical, I would prefer just a touch more length through the loin.
Cloverwood Royal George
2nd: Deacon & Pearce's Ch. Cassencarrie I Kid You Not
The last time I judged this dog I did award him the CC but felt today that he wasn't presenting himself as he did on the last occasion. He has the perfect Weasley shape and moved soundly and well around the ring. Good head and neck with the best of shoulders.
Cassencarrie I Kid You Not
3rd: Gregg's Ire Ch. Dariant Lui Vencedor De Mi Soul at Bambusa Dariant Lui Vencedor De Mi Soul at Bambusa
Res: Bromley's Mishahda Volcanic Storm Mishahda Volcanic Storm
VHC: Milliner's Ire Ch. Xenon z Roxburku Sun at Millerim Xenon z Roxburku Sun at Millerim
Schuler's Fr/Lux Ch. Famous Gewurztraminer Cernooky Princ Famous Gewurztraminer Cernooky Princ

Good Citizenship Dog 1st: Sleight's Bonnybeck Moonlight Bay
A very smart and well presented mustard boy. Sound and very happy and how wonderful to see a Dandie being shown in this category. Anyone who can get a Dandie to compete in this scheme needs a medal! Once a Dandie makes up its mind that enough is enough you can forget it.
Bonnybeck Moonlight Bay
2nd: Doyle's Dentgate Jackfrost at Ilexquercus
Again, a happy mustard little boy who was quite clearly enjoying his day out. Moved very well.
Dentgate Jackfrost at Ilexquercus

Veteran Bitch 1st: Deacon's Cassencarrie Red Ribbon
What a gorgeous mustard girl. Wonderful Weasley body and excellent pencilled coat. Lovely head neck and clean shoulders. She took off around the ring like a 2-year old and I was so pleased to learn later in the day that this award made her into a champion. Congratulations. BCC.
Cassencarrie Red Ribbon
2nd: Milliner's Dengold Gypsy Moth at Millerim
Very pretty pepper bitch with good head and neck. Moved reasonably well but was showing her age today.
Dengold Gypsy Moth at Millerim
3rd: Weatherstone's Schalulleke Blueprint for Borderstone Schalulleke Blueprint for Borderstone

Junior Bitch 1st: Milton's Hawkesmill Jenny for Wilmit
Beautiful pepper bitch and, guess what, half sister to CC and BOB winner. Lovely front with excellent head, neck and shoulders. Correct topline and lovely hindquarters. Good coat and moved very well. She should have a bright future and I shall watch for her progress. RBCC.
Hawkesmill Jenny for Wilmit
2nd: Miller's Dryfevalley Minnie The Minx
A pretty little mustard bitch carrying a good coat and moved well. Not quite the length of neck as 1.
Dryfevalley Minnie The Minx
3rd: Booth's Lannia Jacasta Lannia Jacasta

Postgraduate Bitch 1st: Nice's Cassencarrie Cleo Rose
Very nice quality mustard and carrying the correct coat. Good front and topline and moved well.
Cassencarrie Cleo Rose
2nd: Denham's Dentgate Fire Opal
Another very promising little girl with good front and moved well but would benefit from better presentation.
Dentgate Fire Opal
3rd: King's Bonnybeck Delilah Creek Bonnybeck Delilah Creek
Res: Youngs's Dentgate Opal Dentgate Opal
VHC: Drake's Deegandan Bessie Surtees to Tollcross Deegandan Bessie Surtees to Tollcross
Eves's Sylvanken Silver Dawn Sylvanken Silver Dawn
Milliner's Dandiroyal Ferrywiggle at Millerim Dandiroyal Ferrywiggle at Millerim
O`Malley's Belapapavo Aleka Allamanda Belapapavo Aleka Allamanda

Limit Bitch 1st: Tinsley's Cloverwood Totally Devoted
Beautifully presented with lovely head and expressed. A good quality bitch who moved very well. Correct Weasley shape and good coat.
Cloverwood Totally Devoted
2nd: Rolland's Dandiroyal Puddleglum
Cast in a slightly larger mould than 1 and still needs to develop in head. She moved and showed well.
Dandiroyal Puddleglum
3rd: Denham's Dentgate Hollyberries Dentgate Hollyberries
Res: Russell's Hawkesmill Ishbelle Hawkesmill Ishbelle

Open Bitch 1st: Deacon's Ch. Cassencarrie Miss Grace at Pennywave
Lovely pepper in beautiful Condition. Correct coat and moved soundly and well. She is just approaching 6 years in age and is a credit to her owner.
Cassencarrie Miss Grace at Pennywave
2nd: Henry's Bel Ch. Dariant Grace Mi Solar at Trinzy
A pretty little mustard bitch well presented with good head and reach of neck. Clean shoulders and moved well.
Dariant Grace Mi Solar at Trinzy
3rd: Tinsley's Cloverwood Drama Queen Cloverwood Drama Queen
Res: Rolland's Ire Ch. Clossongrey Marshwiggle Dandiroyal Clossongrey Marshwiggle Dandiroyal
VHC: Weatherstone's Ch. Cloverwood Day By Day at Schalulleke Cloverwood Day By Day at Schalulleke

Good Citizenship Bitch 1st: King's Bonnybeck Delilah Creek
Another well behaved little mustard girl handled by the GCD winner. A pretty head and moved very well. This handler certainly knows how to get the best out of a Dandie!
Bonnybeck Delilah Creek