Crufts 2014

Birmingham NEC, 7th March 2014. Judge: Mrs Frances Chapman-King (Inzievar)

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"It was an honour and a privilege to judge my favourite breed at Crufts. The exhibitors were sporting and my stewards helpful and competent.

"I was looking for the Dandie essentials; the distinctive head, offsetting a long weasely shaped body, and covered with a crisp pencilled coat to combine ideal breed type with a low, sound driving gait, and Dandie temperament, is of course not easy.

"Not a great time of year for coats, and consequently perhaps, I found few exhibits with a full 2 inch pencilled coat, with the combination of three textures and olour called for in topknot, body coat and tail. This is an important breed point that impacts on both type and function.

"I was pleased with my principal CC winners, both displaying correct make and shape, and most typical in outlook. Overall bitches were stronger than the dogs, giving some close decisions here.

"My DCC winner came from the VD Class, Denham’s Ch Scottsbairn Duke Of Ross and he chased the younger bitch CC & BOB winner, Marshall’s Ch Dun Eideann First Edition all the way. A close call."

Dog CC

Reserve Dog CC

Bitch CC & BOB

Reserve Bitch CC

Best Puppy

Denham's Ch. Scottsbairn Duke Of Ross

Kurg's Ch. Etsill Scapa Flow

Marshall's Ch. Dun Eideann First Edition

Weatherstone & Heywood's Ch. Cloverwood Day By Day at Schalluleke

Russell's Hawkesmill Ishbelle

winners

Veteran Dog

1st: Denham's Ch. Scottsbairn Duke Of Ross

Typical masculine pepper with distinctive head quality. Excellent strong skull and well domed forehead, deep muzzle, large teeth with perfect scissor, large nose and profuse clear top knot, all combining to give a quality masculine head. Good neck and layback, excellent deep ribbing and shapely topline, excellent body properties and proportion, good bone and well padded feet. Strong well muscled quarters which he used to good effect on the move, being sound all ways, and moving with purpose and style. Assertive in tail carriage, correct in set on. Shown in rather short coat which cost him in the final analysis, although texture is correct. Well deserved CC.

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Special Junior Dog

1st: Doyle's Dentgate Jackfrost at Ilexquercus

Medium size mustard with very good head properties, typical liquid eye and correct big teeth and bite. OK in forehand and long enough in body, lacks body shape which spoils his outline. Moved better coming than going. Correct texture coat and of good length.

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Postgraduate Dog

1st: Buckley's Dentgate Celebration

Promising pepper with a most pleasing head and outlook. Strong skull, correct stop and balance, good eye and strength of muzzle, correct bite. Pleasing length body and correct topline, well ribbed, good bone, strong well made quarters. Could be better in front, and moved better going than coming. Well handled and presented.

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2nd: Meadows's Florencemoon Meadow Sun

Mustard with a very good head, excellent expression and big nose. OK forehand, good topline and in good coat. Trimming makes him look a touch level, and could have more depth in rib to balance him. Moved out well on go around, could be more positive coming too.

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3rd: Hayes & Harrod's Etsill Rognvald DSC_7669

Limit Dog

1st: Edwards's Cloverwood Midnight Blue

Small but quality masculine pepper with a lovely head and expression. OK in forehand, correct body length and hape, OK in quarters. Shown in good coat and order. Moved the best in this class, and showed well.

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2nd: Johnson's Avonview Beinn Heasgarnich

Larger pepper of pleasing overall make and shape. Very good muzzle, bite and nose, could perhaps have a touch more dome to forehead to balance. Excellent expression, enough layback, well ribbed, of good length and shapely body. OK in quarters. Super temperament and shown in a well presented crisp coat. Could move more soundly coming too.

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3rd: Gregg's Dariant Lui Vencedor Di Mi Soul at Bambusa

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Res: Miasek's Wictor Canis Terra DSC_7781
VHC: Jacka-Slater's Pennywave Lone Ranger DSC_7744

Open Dog

1st: Kurg's Ch. Etsill Scapa Flow

Medium sized, typical pepper with a masculine head and dark expressive eyes. OK in shoulder and quarters angulation – balanced and of pleasing length of body. Ribbed up and good topline, well off for bone and shown in good order. Moved out well on go around, could be more positive coming too. Showed well. RCC.

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2nd: Bromley's Mishahda Volcanic Storm

Attractive masculine pepper with a strong head, pleasing eye and expression. Correct deep ribbing, shapely body, well off for bone, good feet. Quality well presented coat. Front movement let him down here. Up to size.

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3rd: Marshall's Ch. Deegandan Dughall DSC_7897
Res: Milliner's Ch. Xenon z Roxburku Sun at Millerim DSC_7871

Good Citizen Dog 1st: Doyle's Dentgate Jackfrost at Ilexquercus DSC_7650

Veteran Bitch

1st: Denham's Dentgate Serendipity

Typical and quality workmanlike pepper of correct make and shape. Excellent layback, ribbing and body properties. Such balance, and sound all ways, with strong quarters giving a low driving gait. Could have a stronger skull, pleasing expression. Made her presence felt in the challenge.

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2nd: Bromley's Finloren Fantasia at Mishahda

Mustard, slightly larger type. Correct strong head and pleasing expression. Ribbed up, good in body, shapely and in super order for her age.

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3rd: Milliner's Dengold Gypsy Moth at Millerim DSC_7947

Special Puppy Bitch

1st: Russell's Hawkesmill Ishbelle

Pepper with excellent head properties. Good in body and overall make and shape. Showed well.

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2nd: Kurg's Etsill Caol Ila

Not quite the head properties of 1. Excellent body shape and low to ground. Well handled.

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Special Junior Bitch

1st: Nice's Cassencarrie Cleo Rose

Mustard with a pleasing head and eye. Good forehand, topline and ribbing. In good coat. Moved and showed well. Up to size.

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2nd: Allan's Dalmuster Serene Princess

Mustard with a good head and eye. Not quite the polish of 1 yet, and a touch overawed here. Good in body and low to ground.

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Postgraduate Bitch

1st: Denham's Dentgate Royal Jubilee

Beautiful pepper with an excellent head and eye. Typical, and of pleasing overall make and shape. Excellent layback and clean outline, long and weasely. Showed well. Out of coat.

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2nd: Kurg's Etsill Skara Brae

Smaller pepper, very feminine with a lovely head and eye. Pleasing forehand, good ribbing. Moved very well. Out of coat.

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3rd: Drake's Deegandan Bessie Surtees to Tollcross DSC_8101
Res: Miller's Puddockswell Truly Scrumptious at Dryfevalley DSC_8113
VHC: Buckley's Puddockswell Sweet Phoebe DSC_8065

Limit Bitch

1st: Denham's Dentgate Hollyberries

What a promising and typical young pepper with outstanding head properties. Feminine yet strong in bone and of good substance. Ribbed up, and pleasing topline and body. In pencilled coat of correct texture, colour and length. Super showgirl and sound all ways. Very close up in the challenge. One to watch.

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2nd: Skitt & Marshall's Duneideann Limited Edition

Mustard in quality jacket and another with outstanding head properties. Typical overall, and pleasing topline. Not quite the angulation of 1 and unlucky to meet 1 in such good order.

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3rd: Miller's Puddockswell Moon Whisper at Dryfevalley DSC_8187
Res: Miasek's Walentine Canis Terra DSC_8153
VHC: Fear's Wivels Mulberry Wine DSC_8160

Open Bitch

1st: Marshall's Ch. Dun Eideann First Edition

Typical, quality feminine pepper with excellent head properties, and dark expressive eyes. Good layback, well off for bone, padded feet, good deep ribbing, shapely body and topline. Not quite in full coat, but enough and of pleasing texture. Low to ground. Moved out well on go around. Could be a touch more positive behind. Showed and handled well. Mature and finished picture. CC & BOB.

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2nd: Weatherstone & Heywood's Ch. Cloverwood Day By Day at Schalluleke

Typical feminine pepper I have awarded top honours to before. Pleasing head and excellent expression, excellent layback and quarters angulation, flowing topline, ribbed up. Low to ground. Full coat of correct texture, rather solid in body colour. However no sparkle today and reluctant on the move, although accurate in footfall, not using her tail. When she returned to the ring for RCC challenge, upped her performance and moved out soundly with some animation to win RCC.

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