SOUTH EASTERN PYRENEAN MOUNTAIN DOG CLUB Championship Show 6th April 2014

It was with great pleasure that I accepted the invitation to judge at the 40th Anniversary of the club. The organization, the lunch and the friendly ambience could not be better. The exhibition was held outdoors on a beautiful and functional lawn, which allowed us to observe the movements more accurately than on the traditional carpets of the big events of the world. There are some aspects that I would like to highlight and I will take the liberty of doing so, because I believe that if there is a clear openness to invite some foreign judges I guess the idea must be to have different opinions from those ‘traditionally’ established. There are two points that should be urgently improved. One of them is a functional aspect - the hocks are extremely weak in many dogs that I have seen. It is a morphological (Structural) aspect that can cause harm to the health of the animal and that must urgently get the attention not only of the breeders but also by judges who should seriously penalize all faults that in some way, can damage the health and well-being of the animal, especially at present times when issues such as animal wellness are very up to date. The other point that I consider relevant is the shape of the skulls... the standard is very clear on this point:

Skull: ‘the widest part of the skull is equal to its length. It is slightly rounded due to the sagittal crest being perceptible to the touch. Because the occipital protuberance is apparent, the back of the skull has on ogival (Having the curved, pointed shape of an ogive) shape.’

I observed many dogs that had the skull flat and high at the top, causing the facial cranial axes to look parallel and not divergent at they should, completely changing the typical shape of the Pyrenean Mountain Dog head. The Pyrenean expression is directly dependent not only on the shape of the skull, but also on the insertion and size of the ears and the shape of the eyes. It is very important to note that if there isn’t a well defined expression, we will not be in the presence of a typical specimen of the breed.

Minor Puppy Dog

44 – 1st DESALAZARA MONZA (Rourke/Randall), Excellent type, nice expression, a bit narrow head, a bit heavy ears, nice top line, good front and angulations and movement.

19 – 2nd DESALAZARA JEREZ (Draper), Nice head but a bit heavy, enough good expression, loose lips, correct bite, heavy ears, correct top line, good angulations, good mover for his age.

Puppy Dog

44 – 1st DESALAZARA MONZA

32 – 2nd M’RUDY DU GRAND TENDRE AT GRANCHESTER (IMP. BEL.) (McDowell/Asher), 10 months, correct type, nice expression, narrow head, too strong skull, nice top line, short movement, needs more bone and substance, good angulations, nice coat.

19 – 3rd DESALAZARA JEREZ

Junior Dog

48 – 1st WHITE & BLACK BEARS’ SYMPHONY HARD AS ROCK (Roudot), 12 months, very nice expression, large skull, full muzzle, dark eyes, good pigmentation, medium sized dog, correct top line, needs better tail, good movement.

44 – 2nd DESALAZARA MONZA

42 – 3rd AMANDJENA CONWAY ORLANDO (Murphy), Correct type, very strong skull, enough good expression, nice top line, good coat, could have better angulations, good movement.

36 – VHC AMANDJENA CARSON NEVADA (Meakin), Correct type, too strong head and skull, eyes are round, good pigmentation, nice ears set, good bone and substance, correct coat, needs better angulations, good size and movement.

Maiden Dog

44 – 1st DESALAZARA MONZA

19 – 2nd DESALAZARA JEREZ

37 – 3rd AMANDJENA CLEVELAND OHIO (Meakin), 17 months, the head has a good type, flat skull, eyes are round, loose expression, needs more bone and substance, good angulations, hocks could be stronger, good movement, a bit thin.

Novice Dog

44 – 1st DESALAZARA MONZA

42 – 2nd AMANDJENA CONWAY ORLANDO

32 – 3rd M’RUDY DU GRAND TENDRE AT GRANCHESTER (IMP. BEL.)

19 – Reserve DESALAZARA JEREZ

Undergraduate dog

44 – 1st DESALAZARA MONZA

42 – 2nd AMANDJENA CONWAY ORLANDO

32 – 3rd M’RUDY DU GRAND TENDRE AT GRANCHESTER (IMP. BEL.)

19 – Reserve DESALAZARA JEREZ

Graduate dog

75 – 1st SKETRICK NEXT ADDITION (Waters), Very nice type, correct head and expression, light eyes, nice skull and ears set, good top line, light in bone, good mover.

79 – 2nd PENELLCY GUARD OF HONOUR (Wilcock), Compact dog, large skull, but flat, needs better expression, correct top line, low withers, a bit short upper arm, very nice top line, strong hocks and angulations, good mover.

Post Graduate Dog

75 – 1st SKETRICK NEXT ADDITION

79 – 2nd PENELLCY GUARD OF HONOUR

40 – 3rd PYRBERN BLOND LYNX (Munson), Correct type, a bit shy, nice head, correct skull, nice top line, needs better angulations, good bone and movement, needs better tail.

55 – Reserve GILLANDANT THE ILLUSIONIST AT AVANTGARDE (Shepherd), correct type, very nice head, full muzzle, correct skull, light eyes, soft top line, low withers and a bit short upper arm, good movement.

28 – VHC KRICARNO KARRIZZMATICK (Janes), Correct type, very nice head, too narrow and flat skull, correct ears set, good front angulations and movement.

Limit Dog

71 – 1st CC, SKETRICK NEXT CONNEXION (Waters), Correct type, very nice head and true Pyrenean expression, a bit light eyes, good ears, a bit narrow on the front, nice top line and angulations, good movement.

26 – 2nd DESALAZARA FERNANDO JW (Ford), Correct type, large and smooth skull, nice front and bone, low withers, excellent angulations, good hocks, good mover.

1 – 3rd FONTENAY NEWTON WONDER (Absolom), Tall dog, narrow over all, skull is a bit narrow and flat, needs better expression, good bone, soft top line, strong hocks and angulations, good mover.

Open Dog

65 – 1st RCC, VI’SKALY’S XBLANQUE QUI-MU AT CALSASSA (Traynor), Correct type, beautiful head and expression, full one and substance, very nice angulations, good mover.

54 – 2nd VI’SKALY’S HARRY HONDA AT KINGTON (SWE. IMP.) (Savage), Correct type, very nice head, typical breed expression, nice top line and angulations, needs better movement, down tail set.

30 – 3rd CHARIBERE SIMPLY SPECIAL AT CHEZANNA (Kenyon/Ward), Excellent type, a bit narrow head, full of bone and substance, soft top line, good movement.

7 – Reserve CH. KALKASI IN HIGH SPIRITS JW SHCM (Baverstock), Correct type, very nice head, flat skull and large, good bone, nice front, correct coat, nice tail, needs better hocks, good movement.

45 – VHC CH. GILLANDANT ROCKFELLA JW (Pollard), Good type, head and enough good expression, nice ears set but too heavy, nice skull, a bit low withers, good bone and substance, soft top line, needs stronger hocks, enough good movement.

Veteran Dog

78 – 1st SKETRICK ILLUSTRIOUS (Wells), Very nice head, strong skull, very typical expression, nice top line, good front, correct angulations, and good movement.

20  2nd RICADUFFAL SHOOTING STAR (Duffell/Dellow), A bit overdone in type, correct eyes and skull, correct head, good bone and substance, soft top line, good movement.

63 – 3rd ALCHAZANDIS RUPERT BEAR AT PYRAJAX (Thorne), Not enough good in type, narrow head, deep stop, good eyes shape, long ears, nice top line, could have better hocks, moves well for his age, neutered.

Veteran bitch

73 – 1st CC, BIS & BV, SKETRICK GENEVIEVE (Waters), This bitch broke my heart, with 10 years old, excellent type, outstanding head and really true Pyrenean expression, perfect skull, nice top line, high withers, good front and angulations, very good movement – absolutely champion type, she is definitely one of the top bitches in Europe that could easily achieve the native country (French) champion title. I had no doubt to put her Best in Show at this age; this also means our breed is very healthy! I was never expecting to find outside France such quality bitch… I must say “wow”!

57 – 2nd KRICARNO KYANITE KAOUS (Stratton-Baldwin), Correct type, very strong bitch, nice head, needs better expression, round eyes, good top line, a bit soft in pasterns, moves slowly, in good shape.

Minor Puppy Bitch

43 – 1st DESALAZARA VALENCIA (Murphy), 6 months, correct type, very nice head, skull is a bit flat, nice top line, good front and angulations, good mover.

10 – 2nd KALKASI MAGIC TOUCH (Baverstock), 6 months, needs better expression, round eyes, narrow skull, good bone and substance, good angulations, moves well, needs ring training.

Puppy bitch

51 – 1st BP, MIZEKA A HINT OF GOLD JW (Sang), Very strong, nice head and expression is enough good, nice top line, full bone an substance, correct top line, nice movement, correct tail carriage.

8 – 2nd MIZEKA A TOUCH OF CLASS WITH KALKASI (Baverstock), Medium sized bitch, nice head and type, flat skull, nice bone and substance, a bit loose in elbows, good top line, good movement.

66 – 3rd STRONDAFJORDEN’S FLIPPIN HECK AMARA AT CALSASSA (IMP. NOR.) (Traynor), Correct type, nice head, good expression, eyes shape are good enough, flat skull, stop is too deep, correct top line, bone and angulations, good movement.

59 – Reserve KRICARNO KRYSTAL KONCHITA (Tadd), Correct type, nice head, enough good expression, correct eyes shape, too flat skull, deep stop, good bone, needs more angulations and stronger hocks, good movement and tail.

Junior Bitch

51 – 1st MIZEKA A HINT OF GOLD JW

76 – 2nd CAPYRMOUNT MISSISSIPPI (Weir), Correct type, very nice head, good expression, a bit soft top line, good bone and angulations, good movement.

49 – 3rd WHITE & BLACK BEARS’ SYMPHONY HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE (Roudot), Correct type, very nice head, good enough expression, correct bone and expression, good mover, needs better chest, correct top line and angulations.

Maiden bitch

43 - 1st DESALAZARA VALENCIA

10 – 2nd KALKASI MAGIC TOUCH

33 – 3rd MIRA-BELLE DU GRAND TENDRE AT GRANCHESTER (IMP. BEL.)

52 – Reserve MIZEKA SHEER ELEGANCE

Novice bitch

8 – 1st MIZEKA A TOUCH OF CLASS WITH KALKASI

43 – 2nd DESALAZARA VALENCIA

10 – 3rd KALKASI MAGIC TOUCH

33 – Reserve MIRA-BELLE DU GRAND TENDRE AT GRANCHESTER (IMP. BEL.)

52 – VHC MIZEKA SHEER ELEGANCE

Undergraduate bitch

8 – 1st MIZEKA A TOUCH OF CLASS WITH KALKASI

43 – 2nd DESALAZARA VALENCIA

76 – 3rd CAPYRMOUNT MISSISSIPPI

Graduate bitch

51 – 1st MIZEKA A HINT OF GOLD JW

76 – 2nd CAPYRMOUNT MISSISSIPPI

Post graduate bitch

4 – 1st RCC, HIGGY DU VAL DE PYRENE (Andree), Correct type, very typical breed expression, full of bone and substance, strong top line, nice angulations, and movement.

35 – 2nd GRANCHESTER SPARKLING GEM (McDowell/Asher), Excellent type, very nice head, light eyes, very nice top line, correct bone, nice tail carriage, good mover.

12 – 3rd VI’SKALY’S BERRY BERRY XTROADINARY (IMP.) (Bowker/Gibson), Correct type, nice head, a bit loose under the eyes, flat skull, stop is too deep, nice construction, top line and angulations, good movement.

17 – Reserve ORDESSA MOONLIT SILVER STAR (Dowdell), Good enough type, nice head but a bit too heavy, needs more elegance, strong bone, substance, good top line, not enough powerful on the move.

Limit bitch

35 – 1st GRANCHESTER SPARKLING GEM

68 – 2nd PYRDANTI SOLITAIRE OF MERZURLASKA (Vogler), Correct type, very nice skull, eyes are big but still a nice expression, heavy ears, correct bone and substance, good mover.

60 – 3rd KRICARNO KORNISH KRYSTAL (Tadd), Correct type, tall bitch, still very immature, needs better fore chest, correct top line, angulations, good movement.

46 – Reserve GILLANDANT SIZZLING SPICE JW (Pollard), Correct type, good head, eyes are too close but with nice almond shape, correct set ears, correct top line, front, angulations, moves well.

Open bitch

47 – 1st CH. GILLANDANT SUGAR AND SPICE JW (Pollard), Correct type, very impressive head, nice expression, correct top line, angulations, moves nice.

18 –  2nd ORDESSA SILVER LACE MOON (Dowdell), Correct type, nice head and expression, deep stop, flat skull, correct top line, typical coat, good angulations and good mover.

16 – 3rd ROSEMERE XANTHIA (Carlin), Correct type, very nice head, enough good expression, flat skull, soft top line, good angulations, good movement.

9 – Reserve KALKASI HIGH EXPECTATIONS JW (Baverstock), Correct type, still immature, narrow head, correct eyes, good ears, good top line, needs better hocks, straight rear angulations, enough powerful on moving.

23 – VHC CH. GILLANDANT LEYLA VIA SHANLIMORE JW (Edwards), Correct type, needs better expression, flat skull, nice ears, deep stop, correct top line, needs better hocks and angulations, good movement.

            Joao Vasco Pocas