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Border Blackpool 12 Judge's Critique

KC Breed Standard

Blackpool 12 Judge





Border Terriers

Movement was difficult to assess under these circumstances, but most dogs seemed to cope remarkably well despite knee high mud & a water logged ring – living proof of the hardiness of the breed!

Despite the appalling weather I enjoyed my day with the Borders very much & was impressed with the overall quality of the dogs & the keen sportsmanship of the exhibitors.

V (7)

Lovely class of oldies, all coping wonderfully well & showing with enthusiasm.

1 Hardman’s Bonosue Queen Of The Nile, 13 years bitch of lovely type, very feminine otter head, good body which is easily spanned, thick pelt, great legs & feet, good tail, moved well & seemed to enjoy her day greatly;

2 Morton-Shaw’s Ch Fehmarn Magic Lantern, very good ultra masculine dog in great nick, excellent construction throughout with good front & rear, level topline, good coat, tail, pelt & movement, not a small dog & head not so pleasing, showed well & in good order;

3 Prevost & Hopkins’ Argentail Bucks Fizz

MPD (8)

1 Thomas’ Daluce Soldier Of Fortune, quality puppy who caught my eye at once, excellent outline, sound front & rear, very good legs & feet, hard coat in good order, showed well & moved with great gusto, masculine head which, could be better in ears, but I liked him a lot;

2 Broadbent’s Gellisown Flintstone, pleasing puppy of similar type & many of the same remarks apply, but lost out a little on showmanship & I would have liked him more positive behind;

3 Jackson & Dugdale’s Kirkbyvalley Perfect Act.

PD (6)

1 Duxbury’s Keycharm Phantom by Ridgebow, sizeable masculine puppy with very good overall make & shape, excellent body & topline, wonderful pin-wire coat & moved very soundly. Head rather strong & I hope he has stopped growing, but his many good virtues won him this class;

2 Ramus’ Onthill Amaretto, attractive puppy of ideal size for age, sound fore & aft, very good body & movement, excellent coat & pelt for age. Failed in eye & expression & could do with a fraction more bone. Enthusiastic showman;

3 Johnson’s Karison Klaret.

JD (6)

Disappointing class overall.

1 Johnson’s Kosmic Sun over Karison, easy winner here despite being very full in coat, good type & size, excellent body, typical head & expression, straight front but could have done with better layback of shoulder. Moved well;

2 Cracknell’s Chatmoss King Orry at Moddeyaalin, larger & longer than I prefer. Very good head, eyes & ears, excellent front & shoulders, hard coat, moved OK;

3 Wanless’ Houndshope Rest Dodd.

GD (5)

1 Haughton’s Chorbeck Charlie Chaplin, masculine dog in superb coat & hard muscular condition, masculine typical head with pleasing expression, good eyes & ears, excellent spannable spring of rib, good pelt, lovely coat in pristine condition, moves with great freedom. Must not grow any bigger;

2 Dickinson’s Ragatam Newmarket at Badgerholme, appealed a lot with his excellent outline, type & size & in hard muscular condition, in very good coat, very good for size & handles well on the table. Muzzle could have been stronger & I would have preferred him less wide in front. Well presented;

3 Fulker’s Foxpaw Brilliant Disguise.

PGD (8)

Difficult class to judge with considerable variation throughout.

1 Golding’s Beaconpike Red Saturn, very good overall type, excellent otter head with true expression, good body & topline. Would have liked more coat & a stronger rear. Good legs & feet;

2 Ramus’ Onthill Fernando, similar in type to 1 & equally short of coat on the day, but also well made overall & of good type & size, showed well despite the appalling weather conditions. Preferred the head of 1 & this was the deciding factor in this class;

3 Longton’s Royday Bond.

LD (14)

Very good class with much food for thought & a pleasure to judge.

1 Guvercin’s Dandyhow Jumping Jack at Glebeheath, all quality dog who appealed greatly, good size, wonderful outline, soundest of legs & feet, hard coat in immaculate condition, good pelt, strong rear, good tail, masculine head with keen expression, showed well & was in no way deterred by the mud in the ring. A very close decision in the challenge, just thought he moved a little too wide when going away & possibly not the layback of shoulder of the ultimate winner, but a lovely dog who I liked a lot. RCC;

2 Lowry’s Ravenside Workforce, lovely dog who I have done well before, very good head & expression, excellent front & rear, good coat, body & pelt, moved well. A dog who I really like, just did not have the composure & ultimate style & deportment of 1 in this class, but in no way disgraced;

3 Bate’s Sweeping Foxtrot for Kgills.

OD (12)

1 Eriksson’s Ch Toftahill Game On, this is in fact the first time I have had the pleasure of going over this dog despite the fact that he comes from my own home country & his owner even shares my family name! This would of course not have mattered if I had not liked him, which I really do – beautiful type & size, just the right amount of bone, very typical body with adequate depth, racy hindquarters, perfect topline, harsh coat albeit a little short on the day, pleasing head, very true mover & never gave up trying, fits the Standard very well & ultimately landed the CC, BOB & G3, performing like a true Border Terrier completely unfazed by storm & wind, a great pleasure to judge;

2 Stockley’s Foxfactor Pied Piper, top class dog, very masculine & in great coat & condition, very good outline, front & rear, moved well. A little more sprung in rib than I prefer & not the head of 1, but overall a very good dog who handled well & was expertly handled;

3 Irving’s Dandyhow Dr Walter.

MPB (17)

Lovely class of hopefuls coping remarkably well in what had now become a very muddy ring!

1 McPherson’s Brumberhill Bejewelled, outstanding puppy with all the requirements of a future star, very feminine with lovely Border head & expression, perfect front & shoulders, good legs with correct bone, very sound behind, good body & a wonderful coat, perfect tail so rarely seen, very easy fluid mover. BP;

2 Irving’s Dandyhow Sonata, lovely puppy & just unlucky to meet 1, handles very well & in lovely coat & condition, pleasing head & eye, good front, legs & feet, excellent body & overall proportions, good mover despite mud & water everywhere, delightful temperament;

3 Girling’s Benattivo Double Flame.

PB (9)

1 B Bejewelled;

2 North’s Chorbeck Miss Money Penny by Northborders, attractive puppy with good head, front, body & coat, very good tail which could be set better. Good mover showing well;

3 Haughton’s Chorbeck Little Miss Pickle.

JB (9)

1 Stockley’s Foxfactor Cue The Music, beautiful young bitch & very hard to fault on the table, lovely head & expression, good front, excellent body & typical overall proportions, very good tail & rear, perfect coat & condition, good pelt for age, moved well. Surely one destined for the upper-house with more maturity. Good mover;

2 Phillips’ Nantcoch Ffion, feminine bitch of quality, outstanding head & expression, very good front, body, legs & feet, excellent size, sound mover, coat of excellent texture, pressed 1 hard. Liked her a lot;

3 Gilpin’s Otterbobs Umber.

GB (13)

1 Girling’s Benattivo Faberge, very impressive correct bitch & a pleasure to judge, pleasing overall proportions with adequate length of body, good front & rear, thick pelt, hard coat in pristine condition, well shaped head but rather heavy in ears. Sound accurate mover, pressed hard in the challenge;

2 F Cue The Music;

3 Sansom’s Tufterslodge Tiz Only Me.

PGB (14)

1 Lorraine’s Seymours Bubble And Squeak for Raleniro, typical bitch with good body & very good coat, OK in head & eye, sound mover, good legs & feet, comfortable winner in this class;

2 Golding’s Beaconpike In A Storm, feminine of good size, excellent body & rear, good topline, head & eye. Very short of coat & had to pay the penalty;

3 Hall & Ellis’ Beaconpike Nightsky at Brackenfell.

LB (17)

Good class of lovely bitches.

1 Scale’s Doramil Camorra, beautifully constructed with perfect front & clean lines throughout, sound rear, good body & typical ribcage, thick double coat & good pelt, OK in head & expression, in no way coarse & cloddy & despite inclement weather conditions a free easy mover who put on a good performance & won the CC, handled by an expert to show off her many qualities;

2 Southam’s Southash Hollywood Girl, very feminine & a little smaller than 1, good head, body & coat, stands well on sound legs. Movement not her fortune or perhaps she did not like the mud & who can blame her;

3 Robbins’ Kyscafter Kestrel.

OB (12)

1 McPherson’s Brumberhill Blue Sky, blue bitch & quality throughout, very soundly made with good front, perfect body & rear, good coat & best of tails, feminine head with good eye. Ears detract a little from expression & in the challenge refused to show them to advantage & who could blame her as she was standing knee-high in mud! Won the RCC after much deliberation;

2 Fray’s Grindelvald Miss Teak at Eltonfurze, also liked this bitch a lot, appealed greatly for overall balance, length & body proportions, good hard coat, OK in head & eye, not the strength of rear of 1 & decided that movement in a sea of mud was not for her;

3 Clark’s Ch Southash Blue Betty Boo Gameway.


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