- Show Date: 25/03/2023
- Show Type: Championship Show
- Judged by: Richard Forsythe Contact Judge
- Published Date: 28/07/2023
United Kingdom Toydog Society
United Kingdom Toy Dog Society
25th March 2023
English Toy Terriers
I would like to thank the Society for the invitation to award my first set of CCs at the show that I have exhibited at for the past 9 years. I was most impressed by the society and their hospitality and quick thinking to stop the noisy heater that was above the ring. I would also like to thank my 2 fabulous stewards Lucy and Diane Mottram, who made sure that the ring rang as smooth as possible and to all the exhibitors who entered and accepted their placings in a sportsmanlike way.
I feel that the breed in general is in a good position with evident thumbprints on the majority of exhibits and displaying the breed specific extended trot. However, I was surprised that there quite a few exhibits being out at elbow therefore costing them a place or 2 as well as a gay tail. Exhibitors should pay close attention to the finer details of their dog as I noticed long nails and scurf in the coat.
All winners were represented well in each of the groups with a Special beginner group 2, Puppy Group 4 and Veteran group 4.
Special Beginner (4,1)
1) Mr W and Mrs R Dowson – Lasagesse Go Your Own Way With Binkota. What a way to start the day having this young lady enter the ring. Empathetically handled by her owner. She exudes femininity from the tip of her nose to the tip of her tail. At just 6 months this bitch scores in shape and size. A super wedge shaped headpiece with correctly placed almond eyes. Ears set well and used throughout. Where this girl really scores is her topline and how she holds herself on the stand and on the move. Good tuck up. This girl is still very raw so when her chest drops and she matures I’m sure she wont be eligible for this class for long and I will watch this partnership with great interest. I was pleased to see this partnership go Special Beginner group 2.
2) Mr P and Mrs J Hunter – Waukesha Belle of Joy. 3 year old bitch who was very unfortunate to meet number one today. A clean head with dark, almond eye. Ears are set well however, perhaps due to the noise she didn’t want to use them which upset the finish to the headpiece. A flowing topline which was held on the stand and on the move and finished with a correct tailset. Good length to neck and good tuck up.
Veteran Dog (1,0)
1) Mr R and Mrs L Thorne – Ch Moretonia Chrystal Chip at Winklefred. A 9 year old dog who you can see why he was a champion in his day. A masculine head, dark almond eye which are set well in the head. Starting to show his age as the tan mixes with grey but this does not retract from the masculinity this boy carries. Good length to neck which flows into a lovely topline and finished with a low set tail. Good depth to chest with plenty of heart room. Clean front. For me this boy is carrying more weight than I prefer restricting that desired extension.
Minor Puppy Dog (3,0)
1) Mrs C and Miss R Inch – Edalene Upside Down. When first entering this boy has a look at me attitude. Although an up to height puppy, he has everything in the right place. Clean head with dark almond eyes which had a cheeky expression. Ears were slightly smaller than preferred however were well placed ears which were used well and to his advantage. Flowing topline with a low set tail. Clean front, although I would have liked to see Thumbprints. This boy needs time now to mature and get his legs in the correct place. He demonstrated the low extension which is required, but gets himself in a muddle and can step slightly higher. It was such a pleasure watching the partnership between handler and dog.
2) Mrs P Reeve – Galvizach Royal Emerald. 8 month old dog with a pleasing wedge shaped head. Dark almond eyes. Straight front into neat feet, thumbprints rather blended. Good length to neck topline held on the stand and the move, low set tail. Would like a little more condition on this dog. Moved out ok.
Puppy Dog (2,0)
1) Mrs Wendy Imrie – Amalric Paco Robanne. 11 month old scoring in shape and size. A pleasing head with correct proportions. Good wedge shape to head, ears set well on the head and used well throughout. Straight front, would have preferred more definition in thumbprints. A solid topline but unfortunately the tail set was rather high upsetting the overall picture. I asked the handler to drop the tension on the lead and once this happened this dog settled and then displayed a lovely low extension with plenty of rear drive to allow him to move around the ring. BPD
2) Mrs C Partington-Palmer and Miss C Davies – Witchstone Somethin Brewin. 11 month old dog. I wouldn’t want this dog to be any bigger. That said he is balanced. Very strong, masculine head with super ear placement. Wicked, dark almond eye. Would have preferred a stronger mouth. Good length to neck into a strong topline. Depth of chest is enough for age with plenty of heart room. Moved well with low extension and plenty of drive behind. Shown in super condition and handled in a way that gets the best out of the dog.
Junior Dog (1,0)
1) Mrs C Snell – Moretonia Royal Navy. 15 month old dog. Good in shape and size. Lovely wedge shaped head with a wicked almond eye. Good ear placement and flat in skull between. A clean, straight front. Would have preferred to see more definition in thumbprints. Good length in neck and on the stand the topline is flowing and has a nice curve which is finished by a low set tail. On the move the topline flattens slightly which is unfortunate. Moves with a low extension and good rear movement.
Post Graduate (No entries)
Limit Dog (7,0)
1) Mr Kirk Dennison – Ettology Bounteous Barney JW. 19 month old dog who headed a big Limit class. Masculine head with a lovely wedge shape. Dark, almond shape to eyes set well in head with enough underfill. Super ear placement which this boy used at all times to enhance the overall picture of his head. Good length to neck which flows nicely into a topline which curves and drops off at a low set tail. Clean straight front with evident thumbprints. Good spring of ribs and elbows tight to the deep chest. Would have preferred a little more forechest. Lovely low extension followed up by a well angulated rear and plenty of drive. Was pleased to award him the RCC and I’m sure he will gain his crowing CC.
2) Mr P and Mrs J Hunter – 3 year old dog who could switch places with 1 on another day. But today had to settle for 2nd. Bigger in stature than 1 but that doesn’t deter from the overall balance. Masculine throughout without being overdone. Lovely headpiece with almond eyes placed well. Candle flame ears set and used well. Good length to neck flowing into a curvy topline finished with a low set tail. Good depth to chest with elbows tight. Good tuck up. Good angulations behind. Would like to see a pace that is consistent so this boy can display the desired low extension.
Open Dog (4,0)
A lovely class of males.
1) Mr T and Mrs J Harman – Witchstone Crazy Horse at Boimans. I have judged this boy as a youngster and boy was I shocked when he entered the ring. I didn’t think it was the same dog. At 4 years old this dog has really developed and matured. He entered the ring with purpose and immediately caught my eye. This dog has super clean lines on the stand and on the move. Once on the table I was not disappointed. A fabulous head with dark, almond shaped eyes which give a cheeky wicked expression. Enough underfill under the eye. Great ear placement with a flat skull. A lovely arched neck which flowed into a curvy topline and finished with a low set tail. Deep chest with plenty of heart room. A Clean straight front with Elbows close to chest. Super Muscle throughout and a hard black jacket. Where this boy really excelled was on the move. He was super balanced and displayed a lovely low extension and backed it up with a great rear drive. I had no hesitation in awarding him the DCC and eventually BOB which I was shocked when the owners said it was his first. In the challenge the Bitch really pushed for BOB but this boy held it together and he also looked fantastic in the group. I’m really hoping this boy gains his title as he deserves it.
2) Mr G and Mrs L Dixon – Ch Witchstone Mine’s a Double at Lasagesse. A dog that I have judged previously. Unfortunately, today he wasn’t as settled as I have seen. When judging this class it was very noisy and the door was open which left a chilly breeze so perhaps he was feeling both of these things which was a shame. That said he has a lot to offer. Great wedge shape to head. Ears were placed well but was not using them to his full advantage. Good eye placement although rounder than I would have preferred. Lovely neck and a super curvy topline and finished with a low set tail. Clean straight front with elbows tight to chest. On the move this boy displays a lovely low extension and powers around the ring. Such a shame he was having an off day.
Veteran Bitch (3,0)
What a way to start off the bitch classes.
1) Mr A Leonard and Mr N Gourley. When the owner walked in, I couldn’t believe that this bitch is a veteran now. I judged this bitch about 5 years ago and thought she was in her prime then. Well, I am in awe of the breeders/owners of how they have kept this bitch in such super condition. What do I say about this bitch that hasn’t already been said before. Ultra feminine throughout and scores in shape and size. A beautiful wedge shape head with everything in the correct place. Super ear placement which she uses to full advantage. Super neck which leads into one of the best toplines of the day and finished with a low set tail. Great depth to chest and elbows tight to chest. Clean front limbs with good bone. Thumbprints evident. Where this girl really excels is the perfect footfall, a low extension with a super rear. One of my favourite ETTs in breed history and I’m sure she will continue to show like a proper champion as she ages as there is no slowing this bitch down. In my mind as I was judging the rest of the classes this girl set the standard to beat for the CC, some pushed hard but I was pleased to award her the BCC in strong company. Lost out on BOB to the dog who had not put a foot wrong throughout the day.
2) Mrs D Dicker – Ch Neerodan Naughty Nancy. 11 year old bitch who in her day was clearly a worthy champion. Although showing her age with greying in the face she still is a quality bitch and kudos to owner for keeping this bitch in top condition. A lovely wedge shaped head with dark almond eyes placed well in the hear. Super ear placement which were used to advantage. Clean, straight front with elbows close to chest. Curvy topline which is held on the move and the stand. Lovely low extension but just not the drive in the rear as 1.
Minor Puppy Bitch (4,1)
A battle of the litter sisters in this class and could easily change on another day. 2 super promising puppies.
1) Mr G and Mrs L Dixon – Lasagesse Black Magic Woman. At just 6 months I found this girl to be appealing from the tip of her nose end of her tail. Super shape and size with everything in the correct balance. Although young, there is so much to like in the bitch. Super head with wedge shape. Dark eyes with such a cheeky expression. Candle flame ears which she used at all times. A lovely arched neck which flowed into a super topline and finished with a low set tail. Thumbprints evident. Clean straight front and elbows tight to chest. On the move this girl has a super low extension and id followed by a great angulated rear which produces drive and covered the ground. This girls is very promising. I shortlisted 3 for my BCC and this girl was heavily considered, but unfortunately she was super excited and wanted to catch up to the open bitch winner who was indeed her Dam. BPIB and Pleased to see her put in a strong performance in the puppy group to achieve Puppy group 4. I will watch this girl and her litter sister with interest.
2) Mr W and Mrs R Dowson – Lasagesse Go Your Own Way With Binkota. See Special Beginners critique.
Puppy Bitch (3,0)
1) Mrs H Haffenden and Mr J Wood – Nasabe Play the Game. Another lovely puppy who I imagine will do well in the show ring. Feminine throughout. Head is wedge shaped with a great ear placement. Eyes are dark, almond shaped with enough underfill. Neck is slightly arched and flows into a super topline finished with a low set tail. Clean straight front would have liked to see some more definition in thumbprints. This girl has everything in the correct place and time will help as she matures. Demonstrated a lovely low extension with a good drive behind. Empathetically handled. Another puppy ill be interested in following their career.
2) Mr S and Mrs N Whitehouse – Amalric Coco Chanel with Dalmonde. 11 month old with an ultra feminine head with all the correct proportions. Dark almond eye giving her a wicked expression. Good length to neck which flowed nicely into a curvy topline. Clean straight front, markings are heavier than I would prefer on the front legs. Good tuck up with a well constructed rear. A lovely low extension is seen and just needs to develop a little more muscle behind to get the drive to cover the ground.
Junior Bitch (4,0)
1) Mrs H Haffenden and Mr J Wood – Witchstone Storm a Brewing at Nasabe. 10 month old with a lot to like. Feminine head with wedge shape. Dark almond eyes placed well. Super ear placement with candle flames and a flat skull between. Good length to neck and flowing nicely into a strong topline finished with a low set tail. Straight, clean front with elbows tight to a deep chest. On the move this girls moves very well with a low extension and a well constructed rear with plenty of drive and able to cover the ground. Be careful that you don’t run her too quickly as she flattens in topline.
2) Ms H Johnson – Moretonia Royal Wren. 14 month old. Very different in type to 1, that said still lots to like. Clean head with good proportions. Super eye placement being dark and almond shaped. Candle flame ears set well on the flat skull and used at all times giving a great expression. Topline held well on the move and the stand. Low set tail. Well constructed and muscled rear. Produces a good low extension however can get a little close in rear at times.
Post Graduate Bitch (4,0)
1) Mrs D Dicker – Neerodan Thyme Bomb. A bitch on first inspection could be easily overlooked. However she is very appealing for shape and size. Rising 2 she has a feminine head with a good shape. Dark, almond shape eyes set well in head. Correctly placed ears used well throughout. Clean neck flowing into curvy topline and finished with a low set tail. Good angles throughout and moves out with a low extension and good drive from behind covering the ground well.
2) Mr S and Mrs N Whitehouse. See 2nd in Puppy Critique
Limit Bitch (5,1)
1) Mrs C and Miss R Inch – 22 month old bitch who put in a great performance today to top this class. Feminine throughout with a lovely head. Dark eyes which are well placed. Would have like to see a richer tan. Correct ear placement and flat between. Good length of neck flowing into a strong topline. Tail set is low. Clean straight front with elbows close to chest. Good spring of ribs and depth to chest with plenty of heart room. Clean rear with good muscle. Demonstrated a low extension and good drive.
2) Mr A Oakden and Mr P Conway – Neerodan Thyme to Shine. Unfortunately this bitch was rather unsettled today, whether that was the noise or the cold from the wide open door which unsettled her. That said this bitch could easily top classes as she is a feminine bitch who scores in shape and size. Clean head with correct wedge. Good eye placement with enough underfill. Ear placement is good but unfortunately she didn’t want to use them. Good length to neck and flows nicely into a curvy topline and finished with a low set tail. Super rear. Demonstrated enough low extension for me to assess her movement.
Open Bitch (8,2)
I was splitting hairs in this class and could have easily moved places around.
1) Mr G and Mrs L Dixon – Ch Witchstone Unexpected Gift. A small, compact, feminine bitch, whose polished performance just had the edge in this class today. A lovely example of the breed who scores in her femininity and the overall presentation. Extremely clean head with eyes dark, almond and set correctly. Ears are placed well and used to full potential. A super neck leading into a curvy topline finished by a low set tail. Clean straight front with elbows close to a deep chest. Where this girl excels is the movement. She has a beautiful low extension which is clean and free then followed up by a well-constructed and muscled rear, giving plenty of drive to cover the ground. This girl pushed the veteran hard but had to settle for the RCC today. But absolutely champion quality and the quality has passed down onto her offspring.
2) Ms B Wiles and Mr I Argint – Ch Witchstone Share the Dream with Vidra. I have judged this girl as a baby and she has matured into a beautiful young lady. Slightly bigger in frame than one but balance and elegant throughout. Beautiful head which is wedge shaped with correct proportions. Super eye and ear placement which gives a great expression. Good length to neck which flows into a lovely curvy topline and finished by a lovely low set tail. Great depth to chest and has elbows close. Clean straight front. Good tuck up. A lovely constructed rear and in great condition. Where this girl lost out to 1 was the slight inconsistency in pace. There is a lovely low extension evident however was not always consistent.
Judge Richard Forsythe (Richpin)