Thank you to the committee for my first CC appointment. A huge thanks to my two stewards who kept the ring flowing & finally to the exhibitors who entered. I thoroughly enjoyed my appointment.

All exhibits were clean, had correct dentition, although a few could have done with a clean & the required dewclaws.

It’s been five years since I last judged. The breed has altered but movement remains an issue & there were a number of weak hocks.

The way you handle your dog can make or break its placing & the numbers of exhibitors & dogs that failed to run in a straight line towards me, made assessing front movement quite difficult at times. Temperaments on the whole were excellent with a few exceptions.

MPD (3) 1 Keary’s Belshanmish Brown Sugar, just 6 months, steady puppy, best mover in this class & I understand it was his owner’s first ever show, well done. Masculine head, developing well, eye could be tighter but his head will change & that can improve. Correct bone & angulation; 2 Burwell’s Bursville Summer Knight, another just 6 months, similar size to 1, better eye shape, front was very loose & with time should improve, looser lips than 1 & wasn’t as confident but again his 1st show & I allowed for this. Good body & bone; 3 Thorne’s Belshanmish Blue Savanah at Pyrajay. PD (3) 1 Holmes’ Lisjovia Slick As A Whistle, 11 months, good size all masculine looking male, imposing. Won this class with ease. Like his outline, dark pigment, good eye shape & colour on a good head. Correct angulation & bone, level topline held on the move & used his tail well. Covered the ground easily, just needs to tighten in rear movement to complete; 2 Downes’ Belshanmish Orange Crush, litter brother to the MPD winner, well developed in body, narrow in chest & rearend high. Movement needs to tighten & head is raw at present. Lovely eye & expression; 3 Stace’s Belshanmish Evergreen. JD (3) 1 L Slick As A Whistle; 2 Cole’s Gillandant Polar Express, a very nice dog throughout but gave two handlers a very hard time. Lovely head, beautiful pigment with the desired expression. Excellent body shape & level topline, good legs, rear feet could be neater & he is borderline with his weight. When he moved & didn’t bounce, he showed how well made he is; 3 Asher & McDowell’s Granchester Imoulou. PGD (8) 1 Salter’s Kricarno Kookie, broader type masculine head with no coarseness, excellent pigment, tighter lips would complete his head, correct size & proportions, good topline & lovely free movement when his handler let him go & he didn’t pace. Very good side gait & I seriously considered him for the RCC; 2 G Polar Express; 3 Thompson’s Aurealis Okenite. LD (5) 1 Downes’ Pyrpessures’s My American Dream at Belshanmish, at nearly 3 years he still has his best to come. Well made one piece head with correct eye shape & expression, strong neck flows into a body that is still developing, good bone, correct angulation, neat feet, level topline which he holds on the move, excellent presentation, moves very well but slow him down & he moves even better, one to watch pleased to award him RCC. His day will come soon; 2 Wilcock’s Penellcy Guard Of Honour, different type to 1 completely but still so much to like, well presented & handled & unlucky to meet 1 in such good form today. More compact in body, very good head, tight lips with excellent pigment, very good eye & expression. Deep body with level topline to sloping rump, good legs & correct angulation, moves well & steady; 3 Meakin’s Jazanah Josephinite. OD (7,2) 1 CC & BOB, Bowker & Gibson’s Ch Febus Mauvezin, excellent sized male with a lovely outline, was well up on his toes today & didn’t stop showing, smooth flowing lines from his head to his tail, calm expression, excellent pigment throughout, tight lips. His body still has room to mature, level topline & best mover in this strong class, pleased to hear he was shortlisted in the group, he pipped the BCC in the challenge as he didn’t stop showing; 2 Kenyon & Ward’s Ch Charibere Simply Special at Chezanna, impressive male standing, lost out to 1 on front movement. Heavier in body than 1, has an attractive head, would like better fill under his eyes & tighter lips, correct pigment, eye shape, colour & expression, very neat feet & excellent presentation; 3 Traynor’s Ch Vi’skaly’s Xbalanque Qui-Mu at Calsassa. VD (1) 1 Thorne’s Alchazandis Rupert Bear at Pyrajay, at 8 years old he is a credit to his owner, showing his age in his facial features, he has excellent dentition, reasonable head & good body & can still move well. BV. GCD (2) 1 J Josephinite, solid built male, correct size & shape & totally in proportion, shorter coat type than most here today, well made with an excellent head, no coarseness, tight lips, excellent pigment & calm expression, deep body, good legs with neat feet, holds his topline & moves well; 2 Munson’s Pyrbern Blond Lynx, unplaced in PGD as he wasn’t at all settled in his surroundings, better in this class, heavier in head type than 1, looser lips, nice body & shape & when settled moved well.

MPB (4) This was the most exciting class of the day, these four puppies will all changes places & I would happily have given any one of them 1st place. 1 Dunk’s Bursville Summer Zizanna with Zalute, stole my heart, love her, confident happy showgirl made me smile watching her move, lots to like, jet black pigment, tight lips, beautiful smooth feminine head, excellent body for her age, good legs & feet, moved extremely well for one so young; 2 Edwards’ Bursville Summer Fleurvia Shanlimore, litter sister to 1 & most of the same comments apply, nothing really between them, lighter in colour, same beautiful smooth head, slightly heavier but excellent mover & these two will change places & both have a bright future; 3 Meakin’s Belshanmish Lady In Red. PB (3) 1 B Summer Zizanna with Z; 2 Ford’s Lisjovia Whistling Dixie for Montimur, substantial bitch, well made which showed in her movement, pretty colouring, feminine, good pigment, eye & expression, tight lips, deep body & solid legs, well muscled, very mature for her age; 3 Downes’ Lisjovia Spirit Of The Wind at Belshanmish. JB (2) 1 B Summer Zizanna with Z; 2 Salmon’s Isla Du Pyrdanti, flighty unsettled bitch, couldn’t assess her movement as she went in a completely different way to her handler. Has a feminine head, good pigment & nice eye. PGB (5) Disappointing class for movement & temperament. 1 Holmes’ Lisjovia Kiyonari, awarded this class on her shape standing, solid pretty bitch, very different to 2, nice shaped head but her movement needs to be better; 2 Tadd’s Kricarno Krystal Konchita, taller finer type than 1, reasonable head but needs more fill under her eye, pigment & dentition good, correct angulation, good body & front, movement OK but rear movement needs to strengthen; 3 Shepherd’s Amandjena Crystal Sapphire. LB (5,1) 1 Burwell’s Shanlimore Phoebe at Bursville, won this strong class on her good type & movement, owner needs to stand her to her best advantage, very pretty one piece head, no coarseness, tight mouth with good pigment, liked her eye shape & expression, deep body, good legs with neat feet, correct angulation. Wouldn’t want her any heavier; 2 Downes’ Shanlimore Delta Lady at Belshanmish, smaller & lighter in frame than 1, needs more stifle, feminine head with excellent pigment, soft in topline & reluctant to move; 3 Veale’s Shanlimore Pandora at Jojims. OB (4,1) 1 CC, Pollard’s Ch Gillandant Sizzling Spice; 2 RCC, Edwards’ Ch Gillandant Leyla via Shanlimore, litter sisters 3 years old on the day, little to separate, 1 is finer built, pretty feminine head, gd eye and pigment, nice body but would like to have seen a better topline, moves with drive, lost out to the male for BOB as she lost interest in the challenge, 2 is heavier throughout but not incorrect, broader in head & body, still feminine, strong neck, better topline than 1, moved well but preferred her sister’s driving movement; 3 Mattinsson’s Vi’skaly’s Mama Quilla Qui-Mu. GCB (1) 1 S Pandora at J, lots to like, pretty coloured female in good condition, lovely head & expression, well bodied, found her slightly short in upper arm which showed on her front movement & reason for her 3rd place in limit.