Alan A Britten
I wish to thank the secretary and her ladies of the
committee for their kind invitation to judge in the
beautiful scenic area of Malvern. The hospitality was
first class, the sunshine a bonus and the cooling breeze
from the hills a blessing. I also must not forget my two
stewards, Mr Peter Baxter and Mr D Caulfield who were
true professionals, keeping me on the right track and
organising my ring to my exact instructions, they could
not be faulted. First the bad news A) Three dogs crossed
canine teeth, hopefully still baby teeth. B) A young dog
had only one descended testicle, may be rectified with
maturity. C) Still a few light eyes in evidence. D) Many
rear feet splayed out and down on the pasterns. E)
Several dew claws required attention. The good news. A)
Most dogs were in good clean, well groomed coats. B) The
breed seems to be holding its own in type and soundness
with some having good balance. C) The well balanced dogs
coped with the rough ground of the ring without
faltering in gait. D) We have some very good potential
sires and dams in the breed which augurs well for the
future of the breed. Thank you to all the exhibitors and
spectators who supported me on the day. I was very sorry
that so many old friends were unable to make it down to
the Three Counties Showground.
MPD. (3). 1. Beverstock’s, Kalkasi Magical
Masquerade. Only 7 months old but his general appearance
and presentation was good. He has breed type with good
black pigmentation and the correct shaped head in
proportion to his body. He was expressing that true
away’ look that only a good head with the correct shaped
dark eyes can do. Level back and moved well over the
uneven ground. 2. Kenyon and Ward’s, Charibere Solar
Spirit at Chezanna. A much larger dog at 9 months. A
beautiful sized head, good black pigmentation, ears just
a little large which didn’t distract from his overall
appearance. This dog has great potential. 3. Kenyon and
Ward’s, Charibere Secret of Ours at Chezanna.
PD. (5). 1. Dowdell’s, Shanlimore Moon River. A
beautiful all white dog standing very proud and a good
specimen of the breed. Excellent pigmentation, strong
true and well boned. On the move his power and strength
coupled with balanced showed that he has muscle
co-ordination. A dog with pleasing overall conformation.
Excellent coat. Good level back. 2. Kenyon and Ward’s,
Charibere Solar Spirit at Chezanna. A repeat from Minor
Puppy. This puppy has such excellent breeding and has it
all; type, soundness, balance on the move. He will be a
force to reckon with in years to come. 3. Millett’s,
Laudley Dandy Suitor.
JD. (2). 1. Dowdell’s, Shanlimore Moon River. 2.
Millett’s, Laudley Dandy Suitor. A good sized dog.
Mainly white with dull, lemon markings on head, body and
rump. Slightly round eyes and loose in the flews.
Pleasant expression. Moved a little off track, but kept
a level back.
PGD. (4). 1. Edwards’, Shanlimore Jesse James JW.
All white dog in beautiful condition. Correct shaped
head, black pigmentation, level mouth with good
dentition. In profile his frame still has some body to
build up yet. In perfect balance with a flowing coat,
well fringed forelegs and rear of thighs. Showed keeness
on movement with tail flagging into the ‘arrondera’.
Very good presentation. This dog will surely follow in
his sire’s footsteps. 2. Tadd’s, Kricarno Kalculation. A
lovely head curving smoothly down to neck. Correct
shaped eyes which are fairly oblique in their placement.
Black pigmentation. Level back sloping in a gentle curve
over the croup and good length of tail. Moved well with
power. 3. Shepherd and Gordon’s, Shanlimore the Outlaw
of Avantgarde. Litter brother to the winner in this
LD. (8). 1. Baverstock’s, Kalakasi Willows
Surprise JW Sh CM. My first with a white coat and
blaireau markings. A good strong boned body. Stood
steady showing his square front and powerful shoulder
set close to the body. A little light in eye, but very
good pigmentation on the nose, mouth and round the eyes.
Good length of body sweeping to a well feathered tail of
the correct length. Moved with a strong push, keeping a
good level back. 2. Duffell and Egleton’s, Ticaduffal
Shooting Star. White dog with correct shaped head and
good black pigmentation. Not quite the solid body of the
winner but good length of back curving over the croup.
Up on his toes, compact and with strong pasterns. I
would say that this dog exercises on hard ground, no
slack muscles on this one. Moved with power. 3. Shaw and
Hewart’s, Zalute Zskazsavanzska avec Sunhaze. With a
name this long there’s no space for a critique!
OD. (6). Only 5 dogs but what quality in the line
up. Everyone deserved a first award which will happen at
another time I’m sure. 1. Bowker and Boyd’s, Ch/Am Ch.
Rivergroves Murphy Goode (Imp). CC and BOB. White dog of
great substance. Not the tallest of dogs but a complete
picture of excellence, true to type. Perfect physical
integration of balance with soundness. It would be a
waste of words to compare this dog to the breed
standard. He has it all down to perfection and in 20
years of judging, I have never seen a Pyrenean Mountain
Dog with such a flowing movement. He glides across the
ring with such a strong drive that he appears to hardly
touch the ground. He reigned over every dog on the day.
2. Bowker and Gibson’s, Febus Ramoun. RCC. Sired by an
old friend of mine. Ch/Ir Ch. Milenjohy Appo Royale.
Which was my BOB at Leeds in 1998. His father would have
been proud of him on the day. Ramon stood there a
picture of power. Solid and firm as a rock. Wolf grey on
the ears. Excellent back pigment but his dentition could
have been whiter. Moved with power, keeping a steady
line and a level back. Good angulation and in full coat
with plenty of feathering. 3. Maggs’, Ch. Zalute
Zerendipitee of Dewyche JW Sh CM. Winner of AV Pastoral
and Utility Champion Stakes. Another favourite of mine
bred by Mary Dunk and sired by top dog Shanlimore
Midnight Cowboy. The winner of the AV Pastoral and
Utility Veteran Stakes at the show. Well done!
MPB. (4). 1. Ford’s, Kalkasi Magical Beauty. BP.
A true baby but with a good body. Nice head shape, level
mouth, black pigmentation and well set eyes. Lacking a
little of her white coat, but that will grow. Slightly
apprehensive of everything around her, but to be
expected from a youngster. Once she learns what is
expected of her in the show ring, I think she could
become a multiple winner. 2. Marston’s, Charibere
Savanah. What a lovely picture, white bitch. Fine clean
coat. Stood square at the front. Has a good head with
sweeping curves down the neck and over to the croup.
Good pigment and level mouth. Good length of tail and
plenty of feathering. Nicely fringed. Kept a level back
on the move. This is another bitch to watch in the
future. There is class and top breeding in her pedigree.
3. Wilcock’s, Lakasi Magical Flare.
PB. (3). 1. Marston’s, Charibere Savanah. 2.
Wilcock’s, Kalkasi Magical Flare. A bitch with black
lemon mask. In good coat. Strong head and neck. Level
back and moved well. 3. Weir’s, Darmaror Posh Bear at
JB. (2). 1. Lord’s, Laudley After Dark. Heavily
coloured head, ears, mask and neck. Plenty of substance,
strong bone and well muscled. Good coat and nice
feathering. Movement a little off line but kept straight
back and pushed hard. 2. Terry’s, Zalute Ztatusqowout
Onanim. White bitch with touch of wolf grey on head and
ears. Level mouth, good clean dentition. Perfect
pigmentation and excellent eyes. Lacking a little
substance. Moved well.
PGB. (8). 1. Smith’s, Briannor Atomickitten. White
dog with a touch of colour on the ears and in good coat.
Strong front, good head, level mouth. Well turned out
and presented. 2. Shaw’s, Shanlimore Carnalian. All
white bitch full of substance and in very good coat.
Good pigmentation. Nice dark eyes and level mouth. The
exhibitor brought out the best in this bitch which moved
with balance and presented well. 3. Duffell’s,
Ricaduffell Evening Star.
LB. (8). 1. Baverstock’s, Kalkasi Misty Willow
JW. Litter sister to Limit Dog winner. Stood well. Head
carriage perfect revealing a profile of the gentle
curves from muzzle to stop, over skull, to muscular neck
and the broad body right through to the rump and correct
tailset. In good coat white with touch of blaireau on
ears, mouth and black pigmentation. One of the few dogs
‘up on her toes’ on the day. No weakness in her
pasterns. Good angulation, moved with purpose and drive.
2. Bayliss’s, Shiresoak Zabine JW. White bitch taller
than winner. Good square front with correct curves from
muzzle to neck. Very strong with good angulation. Plenty
of muscle and broad in the back. Pushed winner hard but
her slightly loose flews influenced my decision on her
placing. 3. Holmes’s, Shiresoak. Amaibagagatelle at
OB. (4). Normally the strongest class of
Pyreneans and my favourite. Only 2 present on the day
but what we lacked in numbers was made up for by class
and style. 1. Srodzinski’s, Darimba Sariba Silk Satin.
BB CC. A very good sized bitch who stood with that
certain ‘air of grandeur’. At 6 nearly years of age she
knew what was expected of her. A good square front and
head carried high in a muscular neck with gentle curves
from the muzzle. She was in good coat and her body was
broad through to the croup and tail. Up on her toes with
no slackness in the pasterns or hocks. Feet short and
compact. Very well presented. 2. Bayliss’s, Shiresoak
Zabianne JW. RCC. Some would say ‘age before beauty’.
This bitch stood equally proud, presenting a lovely
profile. She was in good coat and feathering, having a
nice front and shape od head. Her face below the eyes
was well filled and she had a close fitting mouth and
black pigmentation. Not so broad in the body as winner
but has a good curve of rib with plenty of room for
heart and lungs. Moved well and pushed hard for that CC.