LKA 2016

Judge  Toni Jackson

Some 18 months since I judged the breed at Crufts and many of my overall comments from then still stand. I found the bitches to have greater depth of quality compared to the dogs and believe that attention must be made to head shape and to size and elegance. Presentation in the principle winners was excellent but in many I found the dogs dirty or badly groomed, it is not sufficient to brush the top coat, one must get through to the under coat and brush in layers to remove the clumping.  Temperaments were good and the breed has improved for overall soundness - but the true type needs to be understood and breeders need to work towards re-establishing the correct type.  Heads should be a wedge shape and the oblique placement of eyes is essential to the correct expression - the breed should not look doleful.  Many had lose flews, which again affects expression and makes the breed dribble!  Interestingly a number of exhibits had kinks in their tails and tail sets were very high - when the breed standards asks for slightly sloping rump continuing into tail.  Generally size is reducing - as is elegance, breeders will need to look to lines with both, or the breed will simply become too heavy and small.
MPD (4)
1 Haslett's Galliagh Vignemale. Heading a promising class, very much a baby puppy, lovely shape and well angulated, strong bone. Well coated for a pup. Very promising head, correct wedge shape and oblique dark almond eye, with ears level to eye to produce the correct expression.  Broad chest. Little happy on the move - but when he did keep four feet on the ground he was sound.  Showed correct wheel of tail on move. 2 Traynor's Rivergroves All The Right Moves I I (Imp). Another baby in excellent coat and beautifully presented.  Attractive head, still to broaden of course to balance length but will break in time. Excellent eye shape and colour, good skull. Body and head balanced - good rump. Not as positive on move as winner, but one to watch. 3 Stratton-Baldwin's Kricarno Kinetic.
PD (5, 1)
1 Kricarno Kinetic. Third in MPD, needs some ring training to get best out of him. Elegant outline and good size. Head is good wedge with slightly rounded skull, prefer more almond eye. Good bone, strong neck and mature body. Little erratic on move but ok, would prefer little more strength behind. 2 Ingham's Dennaje Billy The Kid. Strong made dog mature for age good angles, heavy coat.  Firm back to well set tail, chest to broaden. Strong bone. Head is correct wedge but eyes and flews are rather loose so spoil expression and eye could be darker. Another who was rather erratic on the move. 3 Thorne's Kricarno Konstellation At Pyrajay.
JD (2)
1 Thomas' Shiresoak Snow Patrol. Tall elegant dog, who was well presented. Has sufficient coat but not quite yet in full coat which will no doubt complete the picture. Strong wedge shaped head, expression spoiled slightly by pigment around one eye, good muzzle proportion. Correct eye shape and ears set correctly level to eye.  Front angulation is ok, would prefer little more in hind. Moved soundly and carried tail in wheel. 2 Flounders' Gillandant Spirit Of Xmas At Lakamoni. Well boned and well coated dog who was well presented. Found him rather lacking in neck and straight in angles which affected his movement especially in front. Head is attractive of correct wedge, rounded skull and correct almond eye shape. Needs to broaden in chest.
PGD (7, 1) A difficult class, and I felt the need to withhold the lower placings as the dogs did not merit placing at this level.
1 Maggs' Vi'skaly's In The Fast Lane Of Dewyche. Good size and substance, attractive tan and white. Skull is well developed but muzzle looks a shade long, as still needs to fill under the eye to complete the picture. Good body shape and topline. Well angulated and excellent mover. 2 Duffell's Kalkasi A Star Is Born Of Ricaduffal. Good size male, ok for bone, good chest and topline.  Found his head rather strong, eyes are too round and light on colour which affects expression. Attractive blaireau who is losing coat. Angulation ok and moved soundly. 3 Thomas' Shiresoak Snow Patrol.
LD (10, 3)
1 Burwell's Bursville Summer Knight. I see he is litter mate to the BOB and both sired by an old favourite of mine, just loved the head and expression from correct eyes and pigment with very good wedge shaped head, has the correct tight flews as well. Strong bone and good strong correct double coat. Not the tallest of dogs but is well balanced and has good neck and angulation. Moved soundly though little close coupled, easy winner, RCC. 2 Greenfield's Gillandant Shakeelah. Good size not in full coat attractive wedge shaped head, eyes are correct almond shape though could be more obliquely set. Good width to skull.  Well boned legs to tight feet, would prefer more angulation in front, and moved soundly. 3 Asher & Dowell's Granchester Imoulou.
OD (3, 1)
1 Savage's Ch & Fr Sw & Int Ch Vi'skaly's Harry Honda At Kington. Tall, tan and white, excellent size and with elegance, good bone to tight cat feet.  Well presented with strong harsh outer coat. Good body condition, broad chest. Attractive wedge head, no stop, eyes well set. Well angulated front and rear and this showed with correct unhurried effortless stride, he covers ground with ease, this is certainly not a racing breed, DCC. 2 Tadd's Jacko Du Haras De Chante Neige Avec Kricarno (Imp). Another good size male, well boned and another with excellent angles so moved very well. Head is rather rounded in skull for me, with less definition under eyes so wedge not as well defined.  Correct almond eye, flews could be tighter.
GCD (1)
1 Gillandant Shakeelah. MPB (6, 2) 1 Salmon's Madeleine Du Pyrdanti. Tall elegant bitch of good size, ok for bone and coat, well presented, attractive head shape promising wedged, obviously still to broaden.  Correct eye and ear.  Good chest, well angulated and covers ground easily and soundly. 2 Furlong & Haslett's Galliagh Valmanya Et Zerious. Baby pup of good bone and balanced outline. Well angulated and moved soundly. Head is promising with very good eye shape and set, excellent pigment, attractive blaireau. 3 Tadd's Kricarno Kornish Kontessa.
PB (7, 2)
1 Pollard's Gillandant Xmas Spice. Mature bitch in excellent coat, super presentation as is the norm from this kennel. Lovely bone, good strength but feminine and elegant. Attractive head, very good wedge, correct length of muzzle and gentle rise from muzzle to skull. Very well balanced in outline, strong neck, excellent angulation, correct easy sound movement, pleasing wheel of tail on move, BP & RCC. 2 Salmon's Madeleine Du Pyrdanti. 3 Kricarno Kornish Kontessa. JB (2) 1 Bayliss' Shiresoak She's The One JW. Top quality bitch who I considered for top honours, mature bitch of excellent bone, to tight feet.  Good coat and presentation. Attractive wedge head, almond eye of dark brown, correct slope transition from muzzle to skull. Strong muzzle. Broad chest, well angulated front and rear, very good mover. 2 Salmon's Madeleine Du Pyrdanti.
PGB (4, 1)
1 Randall's Vi'skaly's Takes You For A Ride (Swed Imp). Elegant 2 year old of good size and body condition, sufficient coat.  Very attractive head lovely eye shape, with eyes set obliquely to give correct expression excellent pigment. Muzzle still to broaden slightly with maturity.  Good ear placement. Well angulated and moved ok in profile but would prefer more positive action from behind. 2 Savage's Vi'skaly's Lilla My At Kington (Imp). Good sized bitch well boned. Mature head but found eye a little loose and ears were set rather high which gave her a startled look. Good neck and angulation, moved very well. 3 Salmon's Je Suis Charlie Du Pyrdanti.
LB (5, 1)
1 Fergus' Daveangel Reddest Ruby, Tall attractive blaireau bitch of strong bone, I liked her profile, very elegant. Head is correct wedge but eye could be more almond and oblique, also would prefer tighter flews. Good chest moved soundly and easily. 2 Edwards' Bursville Summer Fleur Via Shanlimore. Good size and bone, excellent presentation, just carrying little too much weight. Short strong neck and well angulated. Head is a little strong in stop for me, very good eye and excellent pigment. Broad chest, moved soundly. 3 Salmon's Isla Du Pyrdanti.
OB (6, 1)
1 Dunk's Bursville Summer Zizana With Zalute JW. My BP last time I judged and pleased to see she has grown up so well. Blaireau bitch, lovely outline, elegant throughout, very good bone and strong waterproof coat. Very good body condition. Lovely head, correct wedge, no stop, tight flews and lovely almond eye. Well angulated, good neck, easy mover, covering ground with easy stride. Lovely friendly character, BCC which was her third I believe, and BOB, sadly unable to stay for Group due to family commitment. 2 Pollard's Ch Gillandant Ginger Spice. Tall elegant bitch with lovely tan and white markings, excellent pigment.  In good coat and well presented.  Strong but feminine. Good angulation short strong neck, moves well and freely. Attractive head rounded skull good width and short muzzle, would prefer slightly tighter almond eye. 3 Edwards' Ch Gillandant Leyla Via Shanlimore JW ShCM.
VB (1)
1 Duffell's Kalkasi Misty Star Of Ricaduffal. Strong bitch, well coated and good bone, carrying a little too much weight. Head is a shade strong for me, and flattened in sides so doesn't appear as a wedge from above. Eyes dark and rimmed with good pigment. Very sound on move, BV.