• Show Date: 30/05/2022
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judged by: Jill Cross Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 28/07/2023

Bath Canine Society

Breed: Borzoi

Bath Canine Society

Championship Show – 30th May 2022 


My thanks to Bath Canine Society for their very kind invitation to judge this lovely aristocratic breed, one that I have taken an interest in over several years. The showground was immaculate and the ring we were allocated was large enough for the exhibits to show off their paces well; many thanks to my Steward, Jean, who shivered in the cold wind but kept a good sense of humour throughout. A very mixed entry, teeth and feet were of reasonable concern as were one or two fronts, having said that the main winners were very pleasing, certainly fit for purpose and represented the breed very well, thank you to all exhibitors for taking the trouble to enter and for accepting the placings with such good grace without exception.

Veteran Dog (3 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: KANOO, Ch Nibrass Roger Fitzempress JW white/sable nicely shaped dog of good balance throughout, there is an elegance to his male head, which was held well, good almond eye, balanced angulation to front of strength, pasterns and feet good, elbows tight, lovely depth to body, good in topline & quarters, moved well enough. Presented in good coat and condition. Best Veteran

2nd: RIDGE-REEVES Sukeshi Master Jaba


Puppy Dog (2 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: RACZKA’s Prime Rubin Castor (Imp Hun) heading this class for preferred type, pale red/white with shading on his mask, head of good length & good scissor bite, strength of jaw, oval eye with good expression, small high set ear placement, had a decent lay of shoulder, reasonable return from point of shoulder, bones of equal length, feet firm, well knuckled and well padded, however for me he was either completely over excited or is slightly unbalanced in height to length ratio, he really didn’t settle in well but I do hope this is an age issue. Was well up to size and in good condition, difficult to assess his movement as he was constantly fighting with the lead, definitely powerful, had good depth and nicely angled quarters but needs to learn how to use it all. Best Puppy

2nd: LEE-BROWN’s Giles Majove Bohemia Palamedees NAF grey/white/sable attractive colouring and completely different in type and overall look to 1, and much lighter frame throughout at this stage. Lean head with good eye placement but I would prefer more strength and a tad more fill in below the eye, neat ears, good strength in neck, oval feet well knuckled, not quite the depth of chest of 1 nor substance at this stage, fairly well angled and when stacked does present a reasonable outline, needs to be much more collected on the move but he has loads of time to mature, sympathetically handled just needs a bit of time.

Junior Dog (1 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: JARCZYNSKA Diamond Magnus Borzoj, red/white, lean head with desired roman nose, almond eyes with good pigment, balance of head good, scissor bit and strong jaw, would prefer slightly more layback of shoulder, good return of upper arm, straight front, good feet, reasonable depth of brisket, gentle rise over backline, good croup, reasonable angle to quarters. Tended to flap in front on the move but is of pleasing type and overall look.

Yearling Dog (2 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: BAKER’s NIBRASS GALLIARD AT MISCHRAN bl/white heading this class of two very different types; refined in head but would prefer a stronger underjaw on this lad who was quite well constructed throughout with nicely laid back shoulder, straight front, good depth to his oval ribcage, & reasonably well angled quarters; didn’t do himself any favours on the move and needs to settle into himself.

2nd: LYDEN’s Eirianci Sterling Silver, white/silver with attractive markings, lean in head with good equal length, dark eyes placed well, small ears set high, reasonable length of neck, not the construction of the winner nor the depth, had good furnishings but didn’t quite get it together on the move.

Post Graduate Dog (2 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: RACZKA’s Jamarqui Alchemy Argent white/fawn upstanding male of good size and coat, very male in head with good equal length and a strength of jaw, teeth good, neck of strength to reasonable lay of shoulder, would prefer slightly better return, straight front, feet well padded, tremendous capacity to chest, nice rise over topline to gently sloping croup, overall coat and tail well furnished, still needing to drop into himself.

2nd: RIDGE-REEVES Sukeshi Nureyev promising very attractive and nicely balanced white/sable male, loved his overall look and type, lovely head with most attractive profile & good expression, dark well placed oval eye, small ears well set back along neck, good neck to shoulder placement, sound front from good return, slope to pastern, oval feet well padded, lovely depth of chest, gentle rise to sloping croup, strong hocks low set; he had most things but for some reason didn’t get this together on the move at all which was a pity. Does have promise and these could easily change places on another day.

Limit Dog (3 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: WHITE, Mischran Luther bl/parti lovely head on this boy, has elegance and strength combined without any trace of coarseness, dark almond eye, strong in neck to very well placed front, legs held well under him, slope to pastern, good feet, correct width to front, great body condition and depth to chest, nicely rising over backline to sloping croup, strong quarters well let down, straight strong hocks, moved like a dream eating up the ground, well presented and handled. Res.CC

2nd: PINKERTON & CATTONI-SARMAN, Ryazan Viceroy of Radost at Menigma, very handsome red/white male presented in superb condition, most beautiful head of elegance, desirable prominence of vein, dark eye with great expression, strength all through from front to back, absolutely ate up the ground moving with lovely forward action, two quality dogs, this one was just pipped on the day.

Class Open Dog (3 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: PINKERTON & CATTONI-SARMAN Ch Korsakov Radost Power Of Love Menigma Sh.CM regal, beautiful looking dog, elegant and powerful is a tough combination to achieve but this dog does. Lean head of length and strength, nice veining, darkest of eyes reflecting in the paleness of his abundant silky coat, shoulder well laid back and smooth over the withers, good return, straight front, oval feet, huge depth to ribcage and terrific body condition, well-muscled, gentle rise to topline, strength to loin and falling away gently to angled hindquarters, low set tail held well at all times. Ground covering springy action and strong parallel movement off those hocks, definitely fit for purpose. Immaculately presented, well deserved Dog CC, BOB and Hound Group 3.

2nd: DAWSON & DAWSON’s Stubbylee The Sax Man, quality white/brindle male displaying a lovely outline, presented in rock hard condition, of slightly more masculine appearance through his head, small ears nicely placed, strong in neck, strong straight front, slightly more upright in pastern than 1, great depth and strength to his body, angled quarters, low hocks of strength which was evident on the move. Beautifully presented and handled.

Special Beginners D/B (3 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: GIBLETT Mischran Cherokee headed this difficult class mainly because of her lovely head and expression, lean and feminine it was nicely balanced with good ear placement, dark almond eyes, good jawline, would have preferred more angle to the return of upper arm, feet were well knuckled and oval, body was of reasonable depth, quarters could be better angled as she falls away slightly steeply off her croup. Her handler did her best to move her around the ring and from a profile view she did cover some ground, well done.

2nd: PARSONS Jamarqui Alchemy Annie JW on entering the ring possibly would be my winner, pretty and attractive girl very much at an in between stage, has a lean feminine head but preference would be for a stronger jaw, good length to her body but this lacked condition and strength and at 4 years old would expect this to be in place by now. Movement was adequate but without any positivity or any power and in this you have to be fair to everyone.

3rd: COLLINS, COLLINS, Cwmcoed Polka

Veteran Bitch NO ENTRIES

Minor Puppy Bitch NO ENTRIES

Puppy Bitch (1 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: DEAN SOKOL KALVADOS FIVA (IMP RUS) (AZ1) attractive white/silver grey baby with lots of time on her side, feminine in head with dark eye, neck of good length, reasonable shoulder placement, good bone, feet good, depth of brisket good, reasonable rise over topline to gentle slope to quarters, just needs time and experience, this was her first show and both still need to learn the ropes but well done and wish you well.

Junior Bitch (1 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: DEAN, SOKOL KALVADOS FIVA (IMP RUS) (AZ1) – critique as puppy class

Yearling Bitch (3 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: KANOO’s Nibrass Queen Ethelflaeda JW white/bl, very feminine and attractive bitch with nice overall outline, lean head of good balance, dark eye, correct scissor bite, strong neck of good length, has strength to her front & rear, good well-padded feet, nice depth to ribcage and good firm body, like her topline and gentle slope to rear, moved well enough and was nicely presented.

2nd: TRINICK, Brimpool Stiorra, white/pale fawn, she had an attractive femininity, a dark eye and well placed ears, but lacked the shoulder placement and firm front of 1, had rather too much rise to topline spoiling the outline, had reasonable depth to chest, quarters lacked strength and this showed up when she moved, nicely handled.

Post Graduate Bitch (4 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: LEE-BROWN’s Danae Majove Bohemia Palamedees (Cze Imp), black lightly framed bitch headed this difficult class and although her foreface and overall head didn’t quite hold the balance for my eye, she was surprisingly solid to the touch and had very reasonable depth to brisket and good oval ribcage, front & rear could have been more co-ordinated on the move and she was moving too fast, and obviously still needs to settle into herself and strengthen rear second thighs, her handler did well to keep up with her.

2nd: FRICKER’s Ryazan Vanessa For Borzdac an attractive white/red that has good appeal, however her neck placement or shoulder placement for me wasn’t quite right which spoilt her outline completely, fine bladed bone viewed from the front but she could do with much more fill-in, very well presented coat and texture, moving around with her handler she just needs a bit more time to develop what she has. Of very nice type and could still have her day with a bit more development.

3rd: Jamarqui Alchemy Annie JW

Limit Bitch (3 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: FRICKER Mischran Iroquois for Borzdac elegant red/white with lovely balanced outline, lean head, good fill in and detail, good neck to well-placed shoulder, nice return of upper arm, strength to her bone, oval feet, good depth and lovely topline just rising nicely without exaggeration, sound mover covering the ground easily, lovely coat and condition. Res. Bitch CC.

2nd: LYDEN Donskoi Talsiya for Eirianci white with pale fawn markings to head of elegance, nicely placed small ears, good eye shape and colour, preferred stronger jaw of 1, has a nicely placed shoulder with return, moved okay but lacked the purpose of the winner on this occasion.

Open Bitch (4 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: CODLING & JONES Jansams Killer Queen stunning white/pale fawn full of quality and displaying a very balanced outline, lean feminine and gorgeous detailed head, neck and shoulder placement good, nicely returned, lovely sound front, good feet, lovely strength and depth to body, good in topline and sound quarters nicely angled, coat gleaming and shown in muscular condition, moving around the ring well, pleased to award her the Bitch CC which I later understood to be her second.

2nd: DAWSON’s, Ch Metel Avgusta Ala Azul At Stubbylee (Imp Rus) black/tan/white of different type nevertheless shown in immaculate condition and displayed quality, has dropped a bit of coat however she is feminine with lean head of good shape & strength, dark eye, elbows held well, strong in front, good depth and nice rise over topline with no exaggerations, gentle slope to croup, tail held well, well angled quarters, good second thigh and muscle tone, low hocks of definite strength which shows when she powers off, moving very well here with sound parallel action and expert handling, just missed out on gaining a higher award today.

3rd: BAKER’s Mischran Maleficent

Jill Cross