- Date: 19/08/2017
- Show Type: Open/Limited/Sanction
- Judge: Colin Richardson Contact Judge
- Published Date: 05/11/2018
West Highland White Terrier Club Of Wales
I have always maintained that judging a breed club show, whether open or championship, is a singular honour for the judge elect. My most sincere thanks to the Officers and Committee of the club for inviting me to judge the show, albeit a year early as the 2017 judge elect was unavailable, and the exhibitors for allowing me to judge their dogs. I have had a longstanding interest in the breed since the early 80’s and, it was with great delight to officiate at this lovely show at the WKC. Thank you for your magnificent entry of 36 dogs making an entry of 40.
I congratulate you on your endeavours with temperament there was hardly a cross word. Type is still variable both in coat and outline. Mouths need watching as I had two level bites. There were couple of mouths with teeth that were crowded, this is normally indicative of insufficient width of jaw. Most tailsets were OK, however, please do keep an eye on the tail set. Presentation was mixed. I felt there was more depth of quality in the bitches.
My overall impression was a breed that is in good and caring hands and I commend you all for your efforts. I thought the majority of dogs were well presented, clean and a credit to their owners care and attention.
Best in Show and Best Dog – Hillstead Masquerade at Thozow
Reserve BIS & RBD – Lindenka I’m Dexter
Best Bitch – Thozow Forget Me Not
Best Puppy & Reserve Best Bitch – Hopecharm Bit of Fruitcake
Best Veteran – Lindenka Baxter
Junior Dog (3, 1 abs)
1st Bartley’s Atelib the General 14 month old young man. Head needs more time, however has good potential, correct earset, good bite. Muscular neck flowing into good forehand. Short body with level topline. Muscular hindquarters with good bend of stifle. Moved well
2nd Owens’ Frisbeck Guitarman. Slightly different type than 1s t. Heavier head than winner. Good forehand,and body outline. The handler was inclined to overstretch the dog on the stand with subsequent loss of rear angulation.
Post Graduate Dog. (1, 0 abs)
1st McCloughlin’s Leyhey Local Laddie. 2 year old young man. Pleasing head shape with correct length of muzzle. Good bite and underjaw. Strong neck going into good forehand with lay back of shoulder. Deep chest with correct spring of rib. Moved positively and with purpose.
Limit Dog. (4, 0 abs)
1st & RBIS Purchon’s Lindenka I’m Dexter. 2 1/2 year old dog with head of good proportions. Good eye shape and alert expression. Strong neck going into good forequarters. Good depth of brisket and body outline with correct tail set. Moved well, with good front extension.
2nd Lilley & Milling’s Krisma Line Dancer at Lilmill 4 year old dog with reasonable head shape. Deep chest with correct spring of rib. Nice bend of stifle, longer in back. Did not move as well as 1st.
Open Dog (4, 2abs)
1st, BD and BIS Foster’s Hillsted Masquerade at Thozow. Masculine dog. Head of correct proportion and shape. Correct eye colour and shape which enhanced his expression. Good strength of jaw and correct bite. Clean neck flowing into good forehand. Had depth of chest with plenty of heart room. Correct body shape with good rear angulation and tail set. Moved well. Very well presented
2nd Thomson’s Fernunrise Fairplay to Ashgate. Unfortunate to meet the winner of this class in such sparkling form. Pleasing head and expression. Would prefer better lay of shouders Good body outline and rear angulation.
Veteran (1. 0 abs)
!st Stock’s Lindenka Baxter. 10 year old dog who put on a good display. Loved his day out, belies his age. Head of good proportions. Big teeth although a couple were missing as one can expect in our oldies. Good layback of shoulders and depth of brisket. Short loin and correct rear angulation. Moved well for his age.
Special Beginners D/B (1, 0abs)
1st Owens’ Frisbeck Guitarman. 2nd in Junior Dog
Puppy Bitch (6, 4abs)
!st, BPB, BP and RBB. Fryer’s Hopecharm Bit of a Fruitcake. Head of correct proportions with good earset. Scissor bite with strong underjaw. Correct length of neck, strong and clean. Forequarters well angulated, good depth of chest. Rear angulation good, with low set hocks. Moved well.
2nd Minett’s Duskhunter Diamond Lil. Pleasing puppy who is not quite as mature as the winner. Feminine head without weakness, correct earset, pleasing expression. Good forequarters and length of loin. Rear angulation good, moved well.
Junior Bitch (2, 1abs)
1st Bartley’s Atelib Majestic Moon. 14 month old bitch Pleasing head of correct size and earset. Good forehand and length of loin. Moved OK
Yearling Bitch (3, 2abs)
1st Fosters Thozow Edelweiss.Well proportioned head with correct earset, scissor bite and strong underjaw. Strong neck going into good forehand with lay back of shoulder. Deep chest with correct spring of rib. Nice bend of stifle. Moved well Very well presented
Post Grad Bitch (4, 2abs)1st McCloughlin’s Leyhey Luck Be a Lady Feminine bitch with good head shape and earset. Correct bite and underjaw. Strong neck going into good forehand with lay back of shoulder. Deep chest with correct spring of rib. Moved positively and with purpose once she setttled.
2nd Stock’s Lindenka Vanilla Ice. Pretty bitch who was lacking coat and slightly soft. Good forequarters and rear angulation. Soft topline.
Limit Bitch (4, 2 abs)
1st Purchon’s Lindenka Apple Krumble. Correct head shape and earset, good bite and strong underjaw. Good reach of neck and lay of shoulder. Pleasing body outline, angulation front and rear good, positive drive on the move.
2nd Fryer’s Hopecharm Christmas Rose A very pleasing bitch with feminine head of good proportions. Powerful neck into excellent fore hand. Loin and rear angulation very good. Moved with drive and purpose. Seemed a little distracted.
Open Bitch (2, 1 abs)
1st BB & BOS Foster’s Thozow Forget Me Not. Nice bitch with a feminine head of with correct proportions. Good skull shape and ear set, with alert expression and good eye shape. Clean neck flowing into correctly placed shoulders. Good depth of brisket topline and tailset. Muscular hindquarters with length of second thigh and low set hocks. Covered the ground with effortlessly. Very well presented