N OF ENGLAND PYRENEAN C, 01/04/13

Judge  ELENA VESPA

I was invited to judge the open show held on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the North of England Pyrenean Mountain Dog Club. The Club’s organisation was really impeccable. I had a good impression about the quality of the dogs.

In general, many heads were correct for their structure & their proportions although few dogs had too prominent frontal bones & not so typical heads. I found some very nice expressions, correct bites & well set nice little ears. In few dogs pigmentation was weak.

During my judgements, I appreciated the good character of all the dogs. They were so well handled although for better evaluate the head & the expression, I would prefer not holding the leash in tension. In many specimens I saw nice body’s sound structure with good balance, substance, excellent texture & structure of coat, correct dewclaws & good size. Few overweight dogs & some hocks few marked. I found different short tails, & this doesn’t facilitate to make the wheel, the ‘arroundera’. Some pleasant & fluent gaits & covering ground. My opinion is that the classes of the females exceeded in quality over the classes of the males.

BIS was Ch Gillandant Sugar And Spice; RBIS, Viskaly’s Mona Monark at Calcassa; & BP, Granchester Sparkling Gem.

VD (1) 1 Flounder’s Pyrhaven Tudwick Wogan for Lakamoni, 9 years, strongly built with substance, a bit overweight, strong head. The lateral facial angle needs to be wider, I would prefer smaller eyes. Excellent pigmentation, correct bite, some lips, strong neck, wide chest, loose back, high croup. Metatarsus angle could be more angulated. Correct dewclaws, good length of tail, nice markings & texture of coat, movement with short steps. MPD (4) 1 Giermer & Owen’s Desalazara Funky Feet, a good growth & good size, head still in developing but with correct proportions, nice eyes & expression, good general pigmentation but still to complete in right nostril, scissor bite, nice reach of neck & bone, still narrow in chest, good length of body. A bit weak topline & rear could be better angulated. Correct dewclaws, good length of tail, rolling gait, cross the rear. BPD; 2 Wilcock’s Penellcy Guard Of Honour, of a good development for the young age, correct profile views, good shape of skull but muzzle should be wider, eyes set a bit frontal. Correct bite, nice set of ears, excellent pigmentation, short neck, nice markings, excellent coat, straight back, pleasant drawing of thigh, excellent angulations & dewclaws, correct side movement with rolling body cross the rear; 3 McDowell & Asher’s Granchester Anki Panki. PD (4) 1 D Funky Feet; 2 P Guard Of Honour; 3 G Anki Panki. JD (4) 1 Kenyon & Ward’s Cheribere Simply Special at Chezanna, imposing nice male in superb condition, balanced & strongly built, good height & length in body, well shaped head even if I would prefer a bit smaller head in comparison with the body’s size. Correct profile views & facial cranium angle, wide muzzle, dark eyes with almond shape, typical Pyrenean expression, correct bite, strong pigmentation, well set little ears, some loose lips, nice reach of neck, straight back, nice thigh, correct angulations, excellent dewclaws & coat condition. Correct side movement, cross slightly the front; 2 D Funky Feet. MD (3) 1 D Funky Feet; 2 P Guard Of Honour; 3 G Anki Panki. ND (4) 1 D Funky Feet; 2 P Guard Of Honour; 3 G Anki Panki. PGD (4) 1 Water’s Sketrick Next Connexion, very pleasant with nice silhouette with elegant appearance, nice head of excellent proportions. Forehead slightly pronounced, muzzle should be wider. Correct & complete dentition, nice eyes, well placed ears, typical Pyrenean expression, excellent pigmentation, proud neck, good chest, topline with slightly slope, correct front & rear angulations, two dewclaws not ossified, good length of tail, correct & joyful gait. RBD; 2 Kenyon & Ward’s Lisjovia See The Stars at Chezanna, good general development with substance, broad skull, correct length of muzzle with frontal groove slightly pronounced, excellent pigmentation, correct teeth, well set ears, nice eyes & expression. Lips could be more tight. Good length of body, high croup. Hock joint could be better angulated, tail a bit short. Excellent dewclaws & coat, moves in vertically, close behind; 3 McDowell & Asher’s Sketrick Nice And Easy at Granchester. LD (6) 1 Savage’s Viskaly’s Harry Honda at Kington, nice silhouette with elegant appearance & a bit rustic in his type with nice arrouyes markings on coat, good height & length in body, well shaped head with correct proportions, excellent eyes for shape & colour, complete & correct bite dentition, excellent pigmentation, correct set of ears, typical Pyrenean expression, nice reach of neck, excellent shoulder, good chest but he should improve the trasversal development in future, straight back, correct rear angulations, excellent dewclaws & length of tail, fluent & far advancing gait. BD; 2 Baverstock’s Echo De Chien A Touch Of Magic at Kalkasi, sound general built, well balanced, good bone. Skull should be wider & the muzzle should be better filled, a bit frontal bones. Nice eyes for shape & colour. Lips need a deeper pigmentation. Correct set of ears, strong neck, withers broad & wide chest, correct topline, sufficient angulations, good length of tail, excellent dewclaws, coat structure & nice colour of the markings, good side movement in action, close a bit in rear; 3 Sang’s Penellcy Shining Knight at Mizeka. OD (7) 1 Traynor’s Ch Viskaly’s Xbalanque Qui-Mu at Calcassa, pleasant general appearance, well proportioned, soundly built, excellent shaped head. The lateral-facial angle should be wider. Excellent eyes for shape & colour, excellent pigmentation, typical Pyrenean expression, correct & complete bite, few lips, correct size & set of ears, strong neck, good chest, correct humerus scapular angle, straight back, nice croup, hock joint well angulated, excellent length of tail, dewclaws & coat, sound moving; 2 Water’s Sketrick Justification, in type, very pleasant, well proportioned. Could support more substance. Excellent shape & proportions of head, muzzle well filled under the eyes, nice set & shape of eyes. Eye colour could be darker. Well set ears, excellent general pigmentation, typical Pyrenean expression, correct bite, excellent reach of neck, good chest, straight back, excellent front & rear angulations, croup & dewclaws, good length of tail, sound moving; 3 Baverstock’s Ch Kalkasi In High Spirits.

VB (3) 1 Pollard’s Ch Gillandant Annie Oakley, lovely female in excellent condition for age, imposing & strongly built, good lines of head with correct proportions, muzzle well filled under the eyes, nice eyes for shape & dark colour, lovely expression, excellent pigmentation, correct bite, good set of ears, strong neck, upright shoulder, withers broad, straight back, wide chest, well muscled thigh, correct rear angulations, excellent dewclaws, good length of tail, nice coat with badger markings, moves well. BV; 2 Dunk’s Ch Zalute Zuperzofistication, pretty female still in excellent condition for age, feminine & strong, excellent head for shape & proportions, muzzle well filled under the eyes, nice shape & colour of eyes, correct set of ears. Nose pigmentation should be stronger. Correct & complete dentition, beautiful dreaming expression, nice reach of neck, excellent topline, well opened chest. A bit short in legs. Correct front & rear angulations, excellent dewclaws, correct movement. MPB (5) 1 Martin’s Granchester Sapphire, of good size but still immature, a bit overweight. Very pretty shape of head with correct proportions, nice eyes for shape & colour, nice expression, correct bite, excellent pigmentation, well placed little ears, nice reach of neck, correct front angulations, good chest & good length of body, high croup, the hock could be more angulated. Hindquarters a bit turning out. Excellent dewclaws, & length of tail, enough good side movement. Need of some more training & better handling; 2 McDowell & Asher’s Granchester Sparkling Gem, nice female still in developing with a good upstanding, head still in evolution but with correct proportions, nice dark eyes, lovely expression, correct bite, excellent pigmentation, good set of ears, proud neck, good chest for age, upright shoulder, forequarters should be higher in proportion to the body, straight back, correct croup, sufficient rear angulations & dewclaws, enough power in action but body rolls too much & tail is too much curled up on the back. BP; 3 Baverstock’s Kalkasi Cool Running. PB (4) 1 G Sapphire; 2 G Sparkling Gem; 3 K Cool Running. JB (3) 1 Edward’s Gillandant Leyla Via Shanlimore, very nice female in excellent condition with sound structure, proportions & substance, good lines of head, correct facial-cranium & the lateral-facial angles, lovely eyes for shape & colour, lovely expression, well pigmented, correct & complete bite, correct set of ears, strong neck, chest well developed, good height & length in body, excellent humeral-scapular angle, good topline. Slightly high croup, thigh should have a better roundish shape & hock joint could be a bit more angulated. Excellent dewclaws & length of tail, vigorous gait, with enough balance in action. MB (4) 1 G Sapphire; 2 G Sparkling Gem; 3 K Cool Running. NB (4) 1 Robinson’s Alchazandis Captivation, good development, good length in body but short in legs, excellent head for shape & proportions. Frontal groove should be slighter. Nice eyes, excellent pigmentation, correct & complete dentition, well placed ears, good neck, open brisket, good development of chest, upright shoulder, soft topline. A bit high croup, I would prefer a better roundish shape of the thigh & more angulation of the hock. Excellent length of tail & dewclaws, moves enough well; 2 G Sapphire; 3 G Sparkling Gem. PGB (8) 1 Carlin’s Rosemere Xanthhia, attractive female, good general appearance, excellent bones, trasversal & longitudinal development, head with correct profile views, shape & proportions, correct the lateral-facial angle with excellent "v” shape, lovely dark eyes, typical Pyrenean expression, excellent pigmentation, correct & complete bite dentition, tight lips, well set ears, excellent reach of neck, upright shoulder. Bit soft topline, metatarsus-shinbone angle should be more angulated. Excellent dewclaws & length of tail, good condition of coat with nice markings, moves well; 2 Water’s Sketrick Non De Plume, very pleasant, feminine & in type with a nice silhouette, head of good shape & proportions, correct profile views & the facial-cranium angle. I would prefer the muzzle more filled. Eyes almond shaped. Iridis should be darker. Excellent pigmentation, tight lips, correct & complete bite, well placed ears, lovely expression, proud position of neck with mane, upright shoulder, chest well developed, good length of body, straight back, nice croup, correct angulation of hock, excellent dewclaws & length of tail, easy sound mover; 3 Bryan’s Rosemere Xana. LB (6) 1 Traynor’s Viskaly’s Mona Monark at Calcassa, very pretty bitch, feminine & in type, very soundly built, well balanced with exc. profile standing, finely chiselled head with excellent proportions, profile views & head angles, excellent eyes for shape & colour, typical Pyrenean expression, excellent pigmentation, tight lips, correct complete dentition, good set ears, excellent reach of neck, upright shoulder, open in chest, straight back, nice croup, nice rear angulations, excellent  dewclaws & length of tail, far advancing gait, free, springy & rhythmic. RBIS; 2 R Xanthia; 3 Baverstock’s Kalkasi High Expectations. OB (5) 1 Pollard’s Ch Gillandant Sugar And Spice, attractive imposing female, nice silhouette with excellent structure & substance, well shaped head, muzzle well filled but a bit long. Lovely eyes for shape & colour, nice expression, well set little ears, excellent pigmentation, correct & complete dentition, good neck, correct humeral-scapular angle, open chest, straight back, good loin & croup, sufficient angulation in hock, excellent dewclaws, good length of tail, regular & parallel in front & rear, correct elegant side movement. BIS; 2 Flounder’s Sketrick Izzianette at Lakamoni, very pleasant & typical with excellent general development, excellent head for shape & proportions, correct lateral facial angle, nice dark eyes, tight lips, typical Pyrenean expression, correct bite, excellent pigmentation, nice reach of neck, well open chest. Little soft in topline. Correct rear angulation, excellent dewclaws & length of tail, regular side movement but moving too wide in front; 3 Edwards’ Ch Zalute Zeona via Shanlimore,