• Show Date: 15/09/2023
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judged by: Vivien Phillips Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 23/09/2023

Darlington Dog Show Society Ltd

Breed: Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit)


I last judged the Petits in 2017 at the BGV Club show. At the time, I was quite concerned about the quality of younger exhibits and thereby the future of the breed… Today I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of several younger PBGVs and , in fact my CCs both came from the Junior classes. Coats have improved on the whole. I have always stated when speaking at a seminar or mentoring that the BGV should have “the coat of a goat” and as Griffon means rough or wiry coat this is something I think is essential . A long curly coat on body and legs, may look cute but would be a disadvantage to the hound when hunting in the snow or wet. There are still hounds too long in body, although ribbing in the main was oK. Temperaments on the whole were very good and no bad bites.

Veteran Dog (2 Entries) 1st: Reid’s Ch Vilauddens Magnificent Mile (Imp NLD) I awarded this dog the reserve CC as a youngster. Now 7 years old, he is a good type and size with correct head and dark eyes, well placed leathers.. good front assembly with tight feet. He is a little heavy in front so a tad down on his pasterns but he moves very well in hind movement and in side gait.. Best Veteran. 2nd: Eaton’s Linphil Kili another 7 year old with a good head and eye. Correct leathers. Good front and feet. Longer in body than the winner and ribbing could extend further back.

Puppy Dog (2 Entries) Abs: 0 1st: Bartley’s Erylan Poseidon De La Mer 8 month Nice youngster, dark eye . Correct leathers.. Muzzle just short enough. Shoulders correct and sufficient forechest. Good feet. A longer body than I like but well ribbed and moved OK,using his strong hindquarters well. In good coat. 2nd: Reid’s Maudaxi Fonzie Foxtrot This 11 month youngster did not want to help his handler and was hard to assess on the table. He has a good head if a bit feminine, Dark eye and correct leathers. I found him rather “gangly” and would prefer more substance throughout. That will come hopefully. Moved Ok when he settled with correct tail carriage. A very good coat of excellent “Griffon” texture.

Junior Dog. ( 1 entry) 1st Robertson’s Soletrader Happy as Larry. What a super young dog. 17 months. Lovely for size and type. Good head, eye and leathers. Correct front and tight feet. Well ribbed and in excellent coat. He has correct length of body and topline is good. Strong muscled hindquarters with correct angulation . A nice thick tail carried correctly. Very good on the move. CC and I understand this was his 3rd.

 Post Graduate Dog (1 Entries) Abs: 0 1st Fairhurst’s Valefell Savannah Journey This 21 month old dog is of good height if a little long in body . His head and muzzle are correct . I would prefer a darker eye. Leathers are of correct length. He has strong hindquarters which he used well, but did not retain his topline when stood although ribbing went back sufficiently.. He has a good coat.

Limit Dog. (2 Entries) Abs: 0 1st: Brown’s Erylan Chaud Comme Hades 4 year old.He is up to size with a pleasing head and dark eye . Well placed leathers.. Forechest and front correct . . Tight feet. Good topline and well angled hind quarters. He has a correct coat. Moved well though a bit close behind. . 2nd: Townsend ‘s Afterglow Curtain Call Avec Roxastan 3 year old with a nice head. Could be tighter in elbow. Excellent coat. Correct length of leathers and a good thick tail which is not too long, carried well on the move. Moved round the ring with drive though looser coming towards me.

Open Dog. (6 Entries) Abs: 0 1st: Cadmore , Hayes and Moore;s Ch / Am Ch M and M'S Stellar Mayhem and Madness. This 2 year old male is correct for size and type. Lovely head with a short muzzle, and good leathers. Nice neck and shoulders and sufficient forechest. Good topline and body length. Tight feet. Excellent coat and condition . Strong correctly angulated hindquarters . Moved very well carrying his tail correctly. He is a worthy Champion who had to be happy with the Res. CC today , but close up in the challenge. 2nd: Bartley’s Erylan Zeus Roi Des Dieux ShCEx. Heavier 5 year old male. I liked his head., with a .correct muzzle and length of leathers. In excellent coat. Well ribbed and strong hindquarters..Moved very well. Used his tail well on the move. 3rd: Lewin’s Ch Soletrader Special Effect for Vynesbrook JW

Veteran Bitch. (1 Entries) Abs: 0 McEwan’si Ch & Ir Ch Maudaxi Coco Chewnel from Marunnel Ir J This sweet lady is nearly 11 years old and a credit to her owner. Nice type with a lovely head. Teeth and nails needed a little attention but she is a super example of a veteran . She is a good size with correct shoulders and feet. Sufficient brisket and good topline. Moved extremely well, especially for her age. Carried her tail correctly

Puppy Bitch. (5 Entries) Abs: 0 1st: Blance’s Soletrader Tina Turner. What a total sweetheart.. just 6 months. Super type with a lovely head, dark eye and correct length of leathers. Good shoulders and sufficiently strong in forechest for her age. Well ribbed and strong in topline. Correct hind angulation . Lovely thick tail of correct length.. Excellent coat. Moved well, a little loose still behind but she is a real baby. Must have a bright future… Best Puppy and delighted to see her shortlisted in the puppy group later. 2nd: Taylor’s Erylan Pois de Sentier for Nottorg. This bitch is bigger but she is already 9 months old. Good head and eye and correct leathers. Well ribbed with a steady topline. Well angulated in hindquarters… Moved well.. Good coat.3rd: Reid’s Maudaxi Joanie Loves Chacha

Junior Bitch (1 Entries) Abs: 0 1st: Cooper & Cadmore’s Soletrader Missy Elliott. 17 months old. A lovely type bitch,of correct size . She has a super head and eye.. Well turned leathers of correct length. Good neck and tight feet. Shoulders and forechest excellent. Ribbing goes well back . Well set on thick tail of correct length.. Super coat. Moved extremely well, as she should as she is so well made.. CC and BOB. She shares the same stud as my Dog CC and their mothers are sisters.

 Post Graduate Bitch (2 Entries) Abs: 0 1st: 2421 Moulding’s Nykarth Touch of Class. when this bitch finally decided to move she was hoovering the ground a bit. She is a nice type with a sweet head and correct length to ears. Her shoulders are OK with tight feet.. Well ribbed and she has a good length of body and her coat is of correct texture.. When she moved without sitting down she was quite sound. 2nd: Fairhurst’s Valefell Moonlight Tides . This bitch could have a darker eye and better pigment. She has correct foreface and leathers.. Longer caste than the winner. She is well ribbed with a good topline and hindquarters are correctly angulated.. Moved very well.

Limit Bitch. (3 Entries) Abs: 0 1st Reids Fox’s's Nightmare Lara Fabian at Maudaxi(Imp Rus) Lovely type bitch with one of the best “Griffon” coats of the day. Sweet head and lovely dark eye.. Well placed leathers. Good neck shoulders and feet. Her ribbing could go a tad further back but she has a good body length and shape and strong hindquarters used well on the move. Correct tail length and carriage. Challenged hard for the Reserve CC, 2nd: Moulding’s Nykarth Perfect Moment 5 year old bitch. I would prefer more length of leg to balance her longish body.. Sweet head and nice dark eye.Good leathers and coat of good texture… Ribs go well back and she moved well. 3rd: Reid’s Maudaxi Pina Colada Parfait

Open Bitch (6 Entries) Abs: 2 1st: Robertson & Cadmore’s Ch Soletrader Cotton Candy . 3 year old of lovely type and size.. Super head and eye. Correct leathers. Good shoulders, forechest and ribbing goes well back to strong correctly angulated hindquarters . Good thick tail carried well. Best mover in this class. Reserve CC 2nd: Foote & Mcaulay’s Ir Ch Ch Erylan Hera La Reine ShCEx This 3 year old bitch is very well presented with a lovely head and correct length of leathers. She is well made throughout..Her body is of good length and hindquarters have correct angulation. Good thick tail which she carries well on the move. She moved very well and has a good coat.3rd: Ch Soletrader Fun Times for Rangali JW