• Show Date: 11/03/2023
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judged by: Michael Caple Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 28/07/2023


Breed: Hound Group



It gave me immense pleasure to judge The Hound Group at CRUFTS 2023

Thank you so much to the Crufts Show Committee for this very special invitation.

I feel very honoured & privileged to be given this assignment.

Having started by judging a Breed Club Match for Beagles in 1977, little did I think that I would, 46 yrs later, be judging the Hound Group @ Crufts, a dream come true.

Thank you to the judges for sending through excellent examples of the respective breeds.

The Hound Group consisted of 34 breeds, & timings for TV coverage meant that judging had to be speedier than normally undertaken.

It is a cliche but I was certainly “spoilt for choice” 

I shortlisted 8 , 

Afghan, excellent in outline & carriage: Std Wire Haired Dachshund, balanced outline, sound construction & excellent coat: Saluki, balanced outline & light effortless movement: Whippet, smooth flowing outline, sound in construction & movement.

Group1 Sade Paris Irish Wolfhound 

 Such an impressive 5yr male of excellent stature & athletic build, has the size & substance required, of excellent breed type with smooth flowing lines. 

Magnificent headpiece carried proudly on lengthy,strong neck, super forehand construction with great depth & smooth underline, good width through powerful well angulated hindquarters, sound in movement with a free striding gait. Harsh coat.

Group 2 Ch Forget-Me-Not V Tum-Tum’s Vriendjes. Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand)

Another impressive 5yr male , appeals for size, breed type, soundness & presentation. Excellence carriage & deportment, super head/leathers, holds a wonderful well balanced outline, soundly constructed , excellent harsh coat, 

Group 3 Multi Ch Vaskurs Moni Maker Qiwidotter Pharaoh Hound

Beautiful 5 yr bitch whom I had the pleasure of judging @ Crufts 2022, where I awarded her CC & BOB, she impresses in outline of superb balance & proportions, is so well constructed, of athletic build & excellent breed type. Lovely blunt, wedged shaped head, expressive eyes, super well used ears, she carries herself so well with easy, sound, free striding movement. In superb condition.

Group 4 Ch Annavah Princess Tiana. Beagle

Another Beautiful bitch of 23 mths, to whom I awarded CC & BOB @ a club show 2022, Super quality, most lovely feminine head/expression, holds a well balanced outline of ideal proportions, excellent construction, excels in her forehand, round bone, neat feet, level topline, short loin, well muscled hindquarters, good tail set & all contribute to sound movement with effortless profile gait.

Mike Caple (Judge)