• Show Date: 13/09/2019
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judged by: graham hill Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 02/11/2020

Darlington Dog Show Society Ltd

Breed: working group

Darlington Dog Show Society 2019

Working Group


Judging for Best in Working Group

Judge: Mr G Hill

I was honoured to be invited to judge my first Working Group, at Darlington Championship Show which has become one of the most prestigious of Championship Shows here in the UK and I thank the Officers and Committee for their very welcome invitation.

The Darlington Working Group was a strong Group and I thank all the Working Breed judges for sending forward top examples of the individual breeds

After going over all the breeds I short-listed the Alaskan Malamute, Bouvier Des Flandres, Boxer, Bullmastiff, Dobermann, Portuguese Water Dog, Rottweiler, Russian Black Terrier and the St Bernard. Each of the short-listed breeds can feel very satisfied that they were the top selections of this strong Group. Having moved each again I had no hesitation in choosing my winners.

Best in the Working Group was ELLIS’ Ch Chayo Cause Celebre a well made, strong and powerful looking all male Alaskan Malamute who did not put a foot wrong. He is well boned and has stature in body and commands the ring. Super head and expression, strong in neck, well boned and firm in body. He has notable sound construction all-through and is impressive both standing and moving with a steady, precise gait which edged him to the top spot.

Reserve in the Working Group was GRIFFITH’S Ch Lanfrese Argento a very imposing Boxer who has an athletic, ‘fit’ appearance. He has a dignified look and is of pleasing correct proportions providing a balanced overall square profile. Super head both in shape and expression complementing his overall body shape and size. He moved in impressive style with a powerful driving action.

3rd in the Working Group was MYERS’ Ch Optimus Daffyd JW a striking Bullmastiff male who is in firm body condition and is powerful in appearance. He is balanced with correct body proportions. Ideal and breed typical in head and having a confident, superior expression. Strong in neck and muscular in forequarters with a strong, powerful body. Moved soundly with a purposeful and powerful action.

4th in the Working Group was GRAINGER & NAGRECHA’S  Chandlimore Fire A Gun an upstanding St Bernard male who presents a striking appearance. He is of noteworthy size and substance being of pleasing proportions. Large well shaped, breed typical head with a soft, assured expression. He is well-built in bone and body, all in proportion and is firm and broad in back. Standing he looks to be well made and moves with a smooth, easy action.