• Date: 03/11/2018
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judge: Derfel Owen Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 01/12/2018

English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan) Club

Breed: English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)

English Toy Terrier (B&T) Club Championship Show – November 2018

My thanks to the committee for inviting me to judge the Club’s 80th anniversary show; it was an honour and a pleasure for me and I’m grateful to the exhibitors for giving me such a bumper entry and for accepting my judging with sportsmanship on the day.

Health and construction are the most important concerns when breeding and judging and I feel breeders can be very satisfied with the progress they are making. Overall, I felt that the breed was in good form; heads have improved significantly over the past few years, strong jaws, wedge shaped heads and flat skulls are near universal, especially in the males. Soundness has improved, good construction meaning that most of the exhibits moved well and a good number displaying the ideal extended trot in front. Bitches are still stronger overall than males but the gap has closed and I was pleased to see so many masculine dogs in the ring, I expect that 5 or 6 of the puppy/junior bitches here will be vying for CCs next year. All exhibits had good, dense and glossy coats which was good and another point of progress. 

A couple of points to watch out for, while tail-set was ok on most exhibits, far too many are displaying gay tails, this is very unattractive and ruins the classic outline of an ETT; and quite a number of exhibits had very light eyes, please be careful with this as it will be very difficult to breed out if it gets into bloodlines.

MPD 1 Seaton’s Witchstone Vanguard. Confident, sound and well handled. Correct for size, and shape, with slight arch over back, good depth of chest, straight front and well angulated hindquarters. His head needs time to develop but he has dark eyes and well set and carried ears. Needs to settle on the move, but this is acceptable in a young puppy. Will go far. 2 Cross’ Pedara the World is Mine, well marked with good rich tan. Well angulated with long neck flowing into well laid shoulders. Moved well. 3 Howard’s Lasagesse Supersonic.

PD 1 Gourley and Leonard’s Witchstone Odds on Favourite. Smart and elegant and more developed than his litter brother. In excellent condition with gleaming coat. Good rich tan with clear markings; dark, obliquely set eyes; high set, candle flame ears and excellent wedge shaped head. He is shapely with correct arch over the back and well angulated, but he needs to strengthen a little in hindquarters to be in the top drawer.

JD 1 Williams’ Royomas Walking in Memphis with Sharex. Sound and masculine, but I hope he has stopped growing now. Wedge shaped head with strong jaw and high set ears that he carries well. Straight front, slight arch over the back and well angulated hindquarters. He moved well, but I think he’d benefit from a bigger ring to show off in style.

ND 1 Cross’ Pedara the World is Mine. 2 Howard’s Lasagesse Starman. Liked his tan and markings. Wedge shaped head with well set and carried ears.

GD 1 Howard’s Lasagesse Starman.

PGD 1 Wood’s Moretonia Easter Parade. Shapely, with good angulation and slight arch over back. Wedge shaped head with flat skull and strong jaw. Well set and carried tail. 2 Perry’s Neerodan Top Notch, preferred the head of the winner. He has well set and carried, candleflame ears. Good rich tan and well marked.

LD 1 Nowell and Crossling’s Lasagesse Major Tom. Loved his head; wedge shaped, flat skull and strong jaw. Well set and carried ears, dark and obliquely set eyes. Long graceful neck leading to well laid shoulders and slight arch over the back. He is super sound on the move, reasonable extension in front, flowing with good drive from hindquarters. Has an excellent rapport with his handler who gets the very best out of him. RCC. 2 Perry’s Neerodan Just the Ticket. Good for size, moved well with reasonable drive from well angulated hindquarters. Well set and carried tail. 3 Kagzi’s Witchstone Pray You Catch Me.

OD This was a very pleasing class, although a variety of types, all were worthy examples for the Open class and were masculine. 1 Inch’s Edalene Grace and Danger. A super dog, classing English Toy Terrier outline, oozing quality and breed type. He has excellent rich tan and clear marking, well set and carried ears. Long, graceful, slightly arched neck leads to well placed shoulder and slightly arched topline that he carried on the move. His front extension was ideal with good drive from behind. He has classic ETT head, wedge shaped, clean lines and a string jaw, fit for purpose. Well set and carried tail. Very pleased to award him the CC. 2 Snell’s Ch Moretonia Kindle Fire. He is a favourite of mine, as I find his movement is super, a wonderful extended trot with strong drive from behind, flowing naturally with his tail carried perfectly. On balance I preferred the head and markings of the winner but he is a worthy champion. 3 Allsop’s Pelugias All Fired Up.

SBD 1 Seaton’s Witchstone Vanguard. 2 Howard’s Lasagesse Starman.

MPB 1 Gourley & Leonard’s Witchstone Fancy a Flutter. Loved this bitch. She has a nicely shaped head with a bit more room to develop, well set and carried ears, dark eyes, rich tan and correct markings. Her front extension is perfect, she flows around the ring effortlessly, maintaining her slightly arched topline and carrying her tail well. I think there’s something special here, with a bit more time to mature and develop, she will be storming the ring. RCC, RBIS & BPIS. 2 Love’s Lasagesse Morning Glory. Very much still a puppy with time for her head and body to grow and develop. She has good tan and markings, is well angulated and moved well. Candle-shaped ears, high set and carried well. 3 Cross’ Pedara Shine a Light.

PB A good quality class which bodes well for the future. 1 Dicker’s Neerodan Made It Make It. A sound and confident mover which gave her this class. Good rich tan with clear markings. Shapely bitch, straight front, well laid shoulder, deep chest, slightly arched back, well angulated hindquarters which give her drive on the move. I expect she’ll make it to the top in due course. 2 Cox’ Pelugias Light Up My Life at Petitpaws. A bit larger but a quality bitch who moved well with good extension and drive from her hindquarters. Nice rich tan and clear markings. 3 Dixon’s Lasagesse Definitely Maybe.

JB 1 Wines’ Etruria Out of Words. An elegant and stylish bitch, handled to get the best out of her. Correct for size, feminine and shapely, with a long, slightly arched neck, deep chest, well sprung ribs, slightly curved back. Has a good extension in front but would benefit from a bit more drive from behind to give her a true flowing action. Well set and carried tail. 2 Crawley’s Royomas Tennesse Waltz to Adargwn. I preferred her head, but she was not moving as well as 1, she needs to settle a bit as she matures. Feminine outline, wedge shaped head with flat skull and well set ears. Good tailset. 3 Cox’ Pelugias the Secret’s Out at Petitpaws.

NB 1 Leslie’s Moretonia Easter Chick. This bitch was in excellent condition, her coat dense and gleaming and with good muscle tone. Nicely wedge shaped head, with well placed ears, long, graceful neck. 2 Reeve’s Indizak Anne Bronte. Compact, good for size. Good tan and markings, well set tail.

GB 1 Crawley’s Royomas Tennesse Waltz to Adargwn. 2 Leslie’s Moretonia Whisper in Oz. Quality and well constructed but, but I felt she lacked fluidity in movement. Wedge shaped head, flat skull; dark, almond shaped eyes and well set and carried ears.

PGB 1 Allsop’s Pelugias Naughty but Nice. A very classic bitch with typical headpiece, wedge shaped, strong jaw, flat skull; well set and carried ears. Graceful neck flowing into well set shoulders, slightly arched back, well set and carried tail. Moved well with good drive. 2 Reeve’s Indizak Anne Bronte. 3 Owens’ Indizac Charlotte Bronte at Russiatree.

LB The most difficult class of the day to judge with some good quality bitches but a huge variety of types to differentiate between 1 Allsop’s Pelugias Eternal Flame, overall I felt she had the most classic ETT outline, and I liked her typical head with good wedge shape, flat skull, dark and almond shaped eyes, well set ears. She moved well, with good extension and drive from well angulated hindquarters. 2 Fiers’ Thalcyon Springtime Star, a feminine bitch with much to like. Correct outline, with straight front, well laid shoulders, slight curve to her back, well set and carried tail. 3 Inch’s Edalene Never Let Me Go. 

OB 1 Leonard’s Ch Witchstone Minnehaha, a very eyecatching bitch, she is very well constructed and sound, and has excellent profile movement, a true extended trot in front with good drive from well angulated hindquarters and moves with flowing effortlessness. Her headpiece is good; wedge shaped with strong jaw and well placed, candle flame ears, and small, dark sparkling eyes. Rich tan with good markings. Carries her low set tail perfectly. BCC & BIS. 2 Kagzi & Ramsden’s Ch Witchstone Siouxsie Sioux, another quality, stylish and sound bitch with lovely flowing movement and good angulation. Good rich tan with correct markings. Well laid shoulders, slight curve over her back, well set tail. 3 Dicker’s Ch Neerodan Naughty Nancy.

VB 1 Allsop’s Ch Dumyat Belladonna. Despite her age, her qualities are still clear to see. In very good condition with thick, glossy coat. Her tan is still rich and her markings are clear. Well angulated, moved well with good extension and drive, maintaining her topline throughout. Low set tail that she carried correctly. 2 English & Mason’s Ch Witchstone Thid Tyme Lucky at Honeywand ShCM. A very sound bitch with excellent parallel movement coming and going, although lacking in extension. Well set and carried ears, dark eye. Straight front, slight curve over back that she maintained on the move, well set and carried tail. 3 Inch’s Ariane Oh What A Night at Edalene.

SBB 1 Fiers’ Thalcyon Springtime Star. 2 Love’s Lasagesse Morning Glory. 3 Reeve’s Indizak Anne Bronte.

Derfel Owen