• Show Date: 10/09/2022
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judged by: Lisa Tyler Jackson Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 28/07/2023

Richmond Dog Show Society

Breed: Basenji

Due to Covid it has been 6 years since I judged my own breed in my own country, so I was thrilled to have a representative entry of my beloved breed. Type and quality are varied but there are quite a few good dogs; the competition in the upper classes was strong. A couple of points to note; the characteristic head and expression are very important to breed type and as a specialist, head properties weighed quite strongly with me on the day, given the issues of long muzzles, lack of stop, and cheekiness that were evident in some dogs and that I have seen too much of recently. There were a few that had more rear angulation than I like. Another less important but rather unsightly issue that is creeping in, is the ‘skirt’ of skin in front of the stifle that spoils the graceful underline and gazelle-like look.

Class 772 VD (2 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: 1592 CLINTON, Miss A Ch Ir Ch Lux Ch Westlawn Diablo ShCM, sturdy 7 y/o tri with textbook conformation and movement to match, absolutely sound all through, short back, well filled front, plenty of drive and extension, really good feet and pasterns, square in outline and with sufficient leg length. Head is masculine and well-proportioned with well-cushioned short muzzle, but lacks a little in wrinkle and chiselling and his eye could be darker. High set, double curled tail and good shelf; RCC.

2nd: 1612 PALUBICKI, Miss Janette Ch Woodella True Song, 8 y/o tri with many good properties, square in outline with short back, moderate angles both ends, long forearm, high set small ears and good wrinkle, though not quite the head shape and balance of 1. Fine coat and skin, deep chest. Lost out on the move here, clean enough but lacked the free stride and drive of 1.

Class 773 MPD (1 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: 1587 CASENTIERI, Mrs DP & Mrs J Alchez Guava Nice Day, red male of 7 months, most appealing outline, well filled front, deep chest, strong rear with plenty of shelf and tightly curled tail, very much a chunky baby as one would hope at this age. It was very difficult to assess movement as he was fighting his lead the whole time, will be interested to see how he comes on when he has settled in his work. BPD.


Class 775 JD (1 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: 1617 PAWELSKI, Mrs DARIA Anna ZVEZDNY ALLIANCE GORGEOUS GOOTY (IMP UKR), brindle with outstanding colour and markings, the best I have seen for a long time; rich dark red background with clear black stripes. He is sturdy and well balanced with very good feet and pasterns, well ribbed up and good topline, clean free mover; head quite strong for a youngster but with nice short muzzle. Slightly off square, would like a touch more leg for his body length.

Class 776 PGD (2 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: 1624 WOOLDRIDGE, Mrs Stacey & WOOLDRIDGE, Mr Derek Aksaifleet Bwana, 2 y/o tri, decent type with a very nice head; short muzzle, very good earset and wrinkle; a clean front with good fill, high set tail and shelf, roaching a bit in topline. He was unhappy on the table and would suggest a time out and some more training to put him on the right path as he is a quality dog.

Class 777 LD (4 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: 1586 CARRINGTON, Mrs Ashley & CARRINGTON, Mr Nicholas Bushwacker Oceans Eleven, tri just out of junior, what a handsome lad. Perfectly balanced conformation, everything flows together harmoniously from his nicely arched neck of good length to his neat low hocks. Excellent front and fill, well ribbed up, high tailset with plenty of reach behind the tail; a perfect combination of substance and elegance. He has a very nice head with plenty of work in it, well set ears used to effect, and his movement was light, free-flowing, with effortless extension in profile and pin sharp all round. Hard to believe he has only been in the show ring for five months. CC, his first, and BOB, pleased to see him shortlisted in the Group.

2nd: 1606 MATTHEWS, Miss Em Flugelberry Free Cuba, 5 y/o mature brindle, well marked on a lighter background, nice head and outlook though would like slightly more underjaw, good rear with broad thighs, double curl set on high, good feet and pasterns. Touch straight in upper arm; clean out and back but not able to match the winner in profile.

3rd: 1623 WOOLDRIDGE, Mrs Stacey & WOOLDRIDGE, Mr Derek Aksaifleet Akini Mkali

Class 778 OD (7 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: 1603 LEGGET, MRS ISOBEL Ch SWANWITE TAKE A CHANCE ON ME, extremely well presented, quite substantial red, long legs, short back, pleasing head with good balance, good depth and fill and he has a very good rear end with plenty of breadth and muscle, perhaps a touch soft in pastern. Quite the showman and makes the best of what he has on the move, plenty of drive and nice swinging stride in profile.

2nd: 1596 HARDY, Mrs D & HALLAM, Mrs P Tokaji Nashville Rebel, elegant red with a well balanced outline, very good front and depth of chest, level topline, well ribbed up, strong well-muscled rear, good drive and flow on the move, covers the ground well. Reasonable head, a touch longer in muzzle than I like but not unpleasing in expression.

3rd: 1594 WILLIAMS, Mr Gareth Jason & WRIGHT, Mr Nicholas Mawali Going Four Gold


Class 780 VB (2 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: 1619 RICHARDSON, Mr Paul & WOOD, Miss Marianne Woodella Purple Haze Over Cooperland ShCM, 7 y/o tri, cracking head, short muzzle, dark almond eye, well set ears which she was willing to use, very good coat and colour, excellent front with good fill and return, graceful underline and held her topline well, very elegant and leggy without any trace of coarseness and she moves accordingly, light free ground covering stride. Her tail was never her fortune and has loosened with the years; in the very tough challenge for BV between two super veterans, this was just outweighed by her more appealing head properties. RCC and BV.

2nd: 1605 MATTHEWS, Miss Em Gooses Glint Of Gold At Flugelberry, 11 y/o red in great shape for her age, square, compact, firm topline, strong rear and good depth, moves nicely if not with the sidegait of 1. Just a touch straight in upper arm.

Class 781 MPB (2 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: 1591 CASENTIERI, Ms CJ & Mr T F Alchez Koko Kola, delightful, petite b/w with a really super head; short muzzle, dark eye, well-set ears and visible wrinkle. Excellent forehand, well ribbed up, strong well angled rear, hocks well let down. Could just come up on the leg a touch, but plenty of time for this. Still a bit unsettled on the move but did enough to show that she is sound and clean. BP.

Class 782 PB (1 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: 1602 LEACH, Mr Philip Warren AKSAIFLEET CHAMCHELA, tri with plenty of leg, quite a nice head and expression, high set tail, with good curl, good feet and pasterns. Needs to body up and mature; difficult to assess her movement so some ring training is in order.

Class 783 JB (1 Entries) Abs: 1

Class 784 PGB (6 Entries) Abs: 2

This was a frustrating class, four bitches who were determined to do their own thing.

1st: 1615 PAWELSKI, Mr Andrzej Luna z Gremlinkowa (IMP. POL) the most co-operative today though still room for improvement. A very elegant b/w, fine boned and leggy, pleasing head, good length of neck, correct tail and shelf, well balanced angulation, moved pretty well when she felt like it. A little bit soft in pastern and could carry a little more condition.

2nd: 1610 OORLOFF, Mr Rohan Conrad SHYLLAR RAPT IN GOLD, I liked this quality red with a very pleasing head, good wrinkle, short muzzle and high set ears, correct front with good depth and fill, nice underline. I’d like a bit more reach of buttock and she was pulling and fighting her handler, spoiling her movement.

3rd: 1611 PALUBICKI, Miss Janette Jessella Lady Margot

Class 785 LB (5 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: 1601 KNOWLES, MRS S M Bushwacker Dragon Tattoo at Sarawana JW; I know that purists don’t care for the expression ‘oozing type’ but this red bitch does just that. Best head of the day with her hooded small ears, cushioned short muzzle, dark almond eye, and good chiselling and wrinkle, that head is carried proudly on a good length of neck into well laid shoulder, square in outline with just the right amount of bone, balanced moderate angles with good fill, deep ribbing carried well back, double curl with good shelf, never stopped showing off her superb profile movement for a second. In the challenge I just preferred her brother’s cleaner front action. Pleased to award her third CC and richly deserved title.

2nd: 1589 CASENTIERI, Ms CJ & Mr T F Alchez Kivu, petite black with short back, good layback and return, ample fill, strong well-muscled rear and good breadth of thigh, high set tail and good feet. Not quite the head of her young full-sister, ears on the big side but she moved very well all round, nice type.

3rd: 1598 HARDY, Mrs D & HALLAM, Mrs P Tokaji Kiss Me Kate

Class 786 OB (6 Entries) Abs: 0

Best class of the day, some very good bitches in here.

1st: 1595 DUNSDON, Mrs Sarah Ch Mawali Four Get Me Not, very good overall balance on this high quality red girl, correct height/length proportions, well laid shoulder and matching upper arm, nice fill in front, good strong rear, square in outline and she has a pretty good head with appealing expression. She does not look an easy one to handle, always wanting to go a stride faster, and feel her movement, although good by any standard, would be improved if she relaxed in her work a little more.

2nd: 1620 RICHARDSON, Mr Paul & WOOD, Miss Marianne Mombatongaempress Eugenie Of Cooperland (Imp) It JW, this elegant, scopy tri won her place here on her movement; she has excellent balanced conformation but does not always make the best of herself stacked, with a tendency to lean on her front, and her head, though acceptable, isn’t really to my taste, with a rather narrow muzzle though of correct length. But she has filled out and strengthened since I last judged her and really comes alive on the move with powerful drive from behind and long ground covering strides.

3rd: 1599 KNIGHTS, Mr D & STOKES, Mr J Tokaji Candy Apple Red at Lelaps

Class 787 SBB (4 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: 1622 STRATTON, Mrs J W Aheme Cinnamon Swirl for Justartee, elegant, fine boned red with a pleasing backskull and ears, bit long in muzzle. Just starting to fill and mature now, good muscle behind and high set tail though could lie closer to her back, moved quite well. Not the easiest to handle but her owner has worked tremendously hard with her and they are making excellent progress. BSpB.

2nd: 1618 RABACIENE, Mrs Renata Saliuto Delta River (Imp) It, this attractive petite red went much better for her owner than she had with a handler in the PG class where her movement was impossible to assess. Still a little unruly but easier to see that she has the capability to move cleanly and well, as her good conformation suggests she should. She has a quite lovely fine coat and rich red jacket but rather light in eye.

3rd: 1602 LEACH, Mr Philip Warren AKSAIFLEET CHAMCHELA

Lisa Tyler-Jackson