Dachshund (Miniature Long Haired)
Judge: Mrs J
DACHSHUND - MINIATURE LONG HAIRED
I thoroughly enjoyed my
judging which was able to be held outside with just one shower at the end of
the bitch classes. Thank you for the good entry with very few absentees but I
believe most people try to attend this enjoyable show if they can. I think
breeders deserve a pat on the back, as after all the years of dealing with PRA
restricting their breeding programmes, I can now see a greater depth of overall
quality amongst both dogs and bitches. Well done. As in some of the other
varieties, a few were short in neck, lacked length of ribbing and didn't have
the required lay back of shoulders, but short upper arms were fewer. It would
also be good to see more of the correct bunched feet as some good dogs let
themselves down with splayed feet and weak pasterns. Temperaments were sound
with only one who was slightly uncertain and also the weights were pleasing
with just one dog very heavy but he was well covered. No thin animals and no
thin overweight exhibits. In fact there were many well boned and well covered
10 lb dogs and bitches. It was very rewarding to see. A few dogs would have
benefitted from a little more work on presentation but I came away with very
clean hands. There were some good dogs (young and old) that I placed on the day
that I feel have a lot to offer the breed and will probably never be used at
stud. Do consider them to broaden your individual gene pool. Don't be afraid of
using them, even if they are not a Champion, as long as they complement your
bitch and have had the relevant health tests. I hope you take these thoughts
as constructive criticism as I want the best for your miniature longs as much
as you do and will try to help you to preserve and better your variety as much
as I am able to do. I was very pleased with my line-ups and overall winners and
in some classes where the quality was high some good dogs had to go cardless.
Movement was the deciding factor in my placings and although the grass was
short the ground was very uneven and some coped better than others on the day.
MPD (4) All raw youngsters. 1. Oxley's Dinkidax Good Soul, 7 month red with pleasing head, adequate front, good shoulders and all over body proportions lots to like about him. He moved out freely keeping a good topline. Best mover of the class. 2. McCarthyNagshall Walking in the Sun, 9 month lighter red boy with a good head, neck and topline. Longer cast than the winner, a little narrow in front and not such a good shoulder placement as 1 but also moved out well for a young dog. Placed him over 3. Cooper's Jumanda's Rafferty who didn't like the ground and didn't move as well.
PD (5) All different types but will look forward to see how they develop. 1. Hayward-Barnsdale's Chriskim's Dreamcaster Best Puppy. Very promising 10 month bl/cr puppy with pleasing masculine head and eye and front, well boned body of correct proportions, good turn of stifle and tight feet. Moved out well keeping his topline. 2. Lockett-Walters and Walters Ralines Just Ozzie another promising 10 month old puppy with good head, dark eyes and well balanced body just a little narrower and not so well developed as the winner. Good topline and moved soundly. 3. Roper's Idirsholas Jazz's Gift.
JD (7) A close decision between the first three. 1 King's Doujac Rufus By Kingsdax, well balanced red dog who was all of a piece. Correct height to length ratio. Good head and eye, reach of neck, front assembly and topline which he held on the move. Well bodied and angulated fore and aft and moved out soundly. 2. Norton's Halunke Special Edition an elegant b/t of substance who I liked a lot but wouldn't show off is attributes until I saw him walking out of the ring. Lovely to go over with everything in the right place and well off for bone and presented in gleaming condition. Good masculine head and eye and reach of neck which he insisted on tucking into his shoulders like a naughty child both on the table and on the move so he had to pay the penalty. Isure he will get over it in time. Good length and depth of ribbing, front and rear angulation and lovely rounded hindquarters. 3. Graham's Jadag Heir Apparent.
PGD (7) 1. Holden's Sengepabu Ares, well boned and bodied with pleasing masculine head, good forechest, shoulders and turn of stifle. Good overall body. Moved out well maintaining his topline. 2. Cawley and King's Summerview Make Way for Roo a smaller lighter red boy with a lot to offer. Similar remarks apply as to my winner but preferred the front assembly of Ares. Also moved well. I placed him over 3. Broad's Neertanuf Sea Magic as I preferred the feet and front movement of Roo.
LD (12) 1 Holmes' Tammera Touch of Class, a quality well named elegant red dog with a lot to offer shown in gleaming condition and sympathetically handled to get the very best from him. Masculine head and eye, good forechest and reach of neck going into correct shoulder placement and a firm topline standing and on the move. Well balanced body, tight elbows and good bend of stifle. Kept his good outline on the move as he drove round the ring. DCC. Had to give way to the bitch for BOB as she was coping better with the cooler rainy weather in the challenge. He preferred the sun on his back to strut his stuff. 2. Palin's Sanmik Tuvalk, smaller, well constructed exhibit with appealing head, good forechest and overall body shape and proportions. Correctly angulated in front and behind and moved out steadily keeping his topline. Just preferred the shoulders and overall elegance of Touch of Class and placed him over 3. Robert's Denver Darling Jackpot as I preferred Tuvalk's front assembly and feet.
OD (9) 1. Brooks Lyndarlea Raferty, Quality shaded cream with handsome head, good reach of neck and adequate forechest. Well constructed all through with correct angles fore and aft and shown in a hard and well muscled condition. Confident mover and covered the ground effortlessly keeping a firm topline. Pressed hard in the Challenge but just preferred the overall masculine elegance of Touch of Class but I'm sure they will often change places depending on other judges preferences. RCC. 2. Palin's Clary Concerto to Sanmik, another very pleasing bl/cr quality exhibit with sound overall construction. Well boned and moved out with confidence keeping a good outline and topline. 3. Robert's Ravenways Tornero at Dandydayo.
VD (1) Breese's Silkdown on Parade, stood alone but well deserved his placing. Red 9 years old who still moved out well keeping his topline. Pleasing to go over, with good length of ribbing and was well balanced all through.
MPB (3) Both very promising immature puppies of different type enjoying their first experience of being in the ring. 1. Angear's Ridgegrove Constance, a 7 month compact shaded red all there in a small package. Good front assembly and sound hindquarters. Not so keen on the ground but when she got going moved soundly. 2. Brooks Lyndarlea Thumbalina, 6 month b/tan also with a lot of maturing to do. Higher on the leg than Constance but also one to watch for the future. Two quality puppies who were both well handled. Just preferred the compactness and underline of Constance.
PB (5) 1. Young's Willowheath Lulu. Promising 9 month bl/t youngster who was well balanced all through and won this class on her more positive movement. Pleasing head, well covered body and good turn of stifle and low hocks. 2. Poole's Findowries Facination, 11 month old puppy who came into her own when on the move. Attractive feminine head, would prefer slightly longer neck. Similar remarks apply as to my winner except Facination was a smaller package and was placed over 3. McCarthy's Nagshall The Power of Love because of her more positive movement.
JB (17) Good class. 1. Angear's Ridgegrove Jasmine, quality well bodied b/t with all the essentials. Considered her in the challenge. I'm sure her time will come. Attractive correct head, good shoulders and forechest and ribbing. Well angulated front and rear. Moved out well forward and back and in profile retaining her good topline at all times. Well handled. 2. Worswick's Dolyharp Marcellina another quality sh/c exhibit of sound construction but who couldn't quite come up to Jasmine's front construction. Similar remarks apply. Again one to be proud of and a lovely temperament. Really splitting hairs between these three lovely juniors which augers well for the future. 3. Cawley and King's Little Miss Honeybun for Summerview.
SBB (3)1. Gonszor's Abydachs Aruffle at Variare, pleasing b/t with a good forechest and overall body proportions. Slightly higher on the leg than I prefer but covered the ground well retaining her outline. 2. Duke's Chriskims Truly Yours, unplaced red from an earlier class who wasn't so positive on the move as Variare. Pleasing head and general outline but was a little narrow in body. 3. Drady's Jumanda's Silver Sparkle at Indiko
PGB (17) Good class. Splitting hairs between the first five. 1 &RCC. Bell's Tolberg Holly's New Edition, quality, elegant b/t who I closely considered in the challenge. Her time will come. Attractive head and eye, good length of neck flowing into good shoulders. Good front construction and length and spring of rib. Well angulated fore and aft which enabled her to move stylishly and well. Firm topline and lovely outline moving and standing. 2. Holmes Tammera Just Elegant, classy well made red bitch, litter sister to my DCC winner sired by Ch. Halunke Just Jervis. Another well balanced exhibit from this kennel. Feminine head and correct shaped dark eye, good front construction, angulation, ribbing and feet. Moved out well keeping her good outline and topline. Just preferred her more positive movement over 3. Walters and Lockett-Walters Miriadachs Maggie Mae, also a promising red bitch. LB (15) Strong class. I would have liked more cards. Movement over the rough ground finally decided the first five leaving some good bitches to go cardless. 1.Bell's Tolberg Holly's Little Tilly, another lovely b/c bitch sired by Just Jervis with attractive head, elegant neck and good shoulder placement. Well balanced and muscled all through with good front and rear angulation and moved out well with good front extension and rear drive. Another who I considered closely in the challenge. 2. Geeson's Abydachs Apparition, choc/t well boned lady with so much to like. Good construction all through and moved out confidently and well just like the winner. Similar comments about conformation given for the winner apply to her. Well handled. Just preferred the head of Little Tilly. 3. Norton's Halunke Sheer Magic.
OB (13) Good class of different types. We had the start of light rain during this class which some dogs handled better than others. 1. Brown's Ch. Garbosa Chocolate Vogue, a quality choc. bitch of sound construction and movement and correct height to length ratio. A dachshund in miniature who also scored in good, positive movement with plenty of drive behind. She was a very good representative of the variety in the Best in Show ring. Feminine head, good reach of neck, well placed shoulders and good forechest and length of ribbing. Well angulated fore and aft with strong hindquarters and she simply moved round the ring correctly and smoothly keeping her good outline, firm topline and proud head carriage at all times, even in the rain. Still in very good condition and bloom for a 6 year old. I had no idea that she was that age when judging. A credit to her owner. Well handled. CC &BOB. 2.Wood's Wildstar Wreflection, smaller cast b/t bitch with a lot to like and so well presented and handled as they all are from this kennel. Feminine head and eye, good shoulders, ribbing and keel, low hocks and well balanced and angulated front and back. Lots to like about her. When stacked she has a lovely outline but although her movement was true she enjoys herself so much she flies her tail and loses her outline on the move. 3. Blackshaw and Mitchell's Ravenways Essence of Peach.
SVB (2) Both a credit to their owners 1. Sainsbury's Boscolla The Lady Isabella, an 11 year year old cream with lovely head and eye and a full mouth of sparkling clean teeth, better than some of the younger exhibits. A quality well muscled exhibit with all the essentials in super coat and condition. Moved out well with a spring in her step. She looked good in the challenge certainly not showing her years. 2. Cooper's Jumanda's Lily a 9 year old red also in good condition and with really clean teeth. Good head and eye and well balanced body. She also moved out smoothly. Just preferred Isabella's general outline.