Dachshund (Miniature Wire Haired)

Judge: Mr J Crawford

Dog CC : 1365 Ms K HORSWELL, Mr J & KUBOTA Jap Ch Drakesleat JP Baro Trier (Imp)
Res Dog CC : 1426 Mrs K S WILBERG Kanix Duncan
Bitch CC : 1325 Mrs Y ANGEAR Beckel Bountiful for Ridgegrove
Res Bitch CC : 1332 Mrs E P BLACKBURN Ch Stargang Xquisite
Best Puppy : 1325 Mrs Y ANGEAR Beckel Bountiful for Ridgegrove & BEST PUPPY IN SHOW 3
Best Veteran :
BEST OF BREED : 1365 Ms K HORSWELL, Mr J & KUBOTA Jap Ch Drakesleat JP Baro Trier (Imp)

Class 197 MPD (4 Entries) Abs: 1
1st: 1398 Mrs L RATHBONE Brialind Galahad
2nd: 1392 Mr P J & Mrs N F PRICE Jakanem Razzle Dazzle By Samlane
3rd: 1343 Mrs R J DUNSTALL Foxearth Foto Image

Class 198 PD (7 Entries) Abs: 0
1st: 1397 Mrs M J P PUNTER Welcumen Denzil
2nd: 1413 Mrs Z THORN-ANDREWS Drakesleat Otto Bahn
3rd: 1409 Mrs A SMITH Dunns Pitts Supasmiff
Res: 1344 Mrs R J DUNSTALL Metcroft Dressed to Thrill
VHC: 1429 Mrs B WOMBLE Emem Wind In The Willows

Class 199 JD (7 Entries) Abs: 1
1st: 1426 Mrs K S WILBERG Kanix Duncan
2nd: 1326 Mrs Y A BALDWIN Beckel Blue Print
3rd: 1379 Miss A MORTON Freecloud Kwikly Does it at Cotherstone
Res: 1375 Mrs M MILLER Scotmariner Sea Commodore
VHC: 1351 Mrs E & Miss G FULTON Stargang Crafty Finnish at Bothlyn


Class 201 PGD (1 Entries) Abs: 0
1st: 1342 Mrs A B DUNK Loretto Snuff Box Sh.CM

Class 202 LD (12 Entries) Abs: 2
1st: 1329 Mrs E P BLACKBURN Stargang Mickey Finn
2nd: 1401 Mrs C E RUSSELL Kevocklea Twelfth Knight
3rd: 1348 Mr C A FOX Laicsyde Napoleon Solo
Res: 1355 Mrs H J GORTON BAKER Axters Bindaree Von Kotch
VHC: 1352 Mrs E & Miss G FULTON Jonkaths Time Traveller to Bothlyn

Class 203 OD (3 Entries) Abs: 1
1st: 1365 Ms K HORSWELL, Mr J & KUBOTA Jap Ch Drakesleat JP Baro Trier (Imp)
2nd: 1380 Miss A MORTON Dhuaig Designer Stubble at Cotherstone

Class 204 Sp V D/B NO ENTRIES

Class 205 MPB (10 Entries) Abs: 3
1st: 1347 Mrs L & Miss A FORREST Bute's Naughty Little Sister
2nd: 1389 Mr D & Mrs J PRESNAIL Taree Ermedale
3rd: 1330 Mrs E P BLACKBURN Stargang Fantastique
Res: 1354 Mrs E & Miss G FULTON Bothlyn Singing The Blues
VHC: 1399 Mrs L RATHBONE Brialind Lolita

Class 206 PB (12 Entries) Abs: 1
1st: 1368 Mrs J M KEMP Metcroft Some Like It Hot
2nd: 1414 Mrs Z THORN-ANDREWS Drakesleat Lettuce Owt
3rd: 1333 Mr J & Mrs J BLACKBURN-BENNETT Shybu Zephrin
Res: 1408 Mr T SEXTON, Mrs L & JOHNSTON Foxearth Floozy
VHC: 1353 Mrs E & Miss G FULTON Bothlyn Blue Whisper

Class 207 JB (13 Entries) Abs: 3
1st: 1325 Mrs Y ANGEAR Beckel Bountiful for Ridgegrove
2nd: 1402 Mrs C E RUSSELL Stargang Crafty Music for Russteck
3rd: 1378 Mrs W P MINSHULL Bryntonian Catrin
Res: 1390 Mr D & Mrs J PRESNAIL Taree Campbell's Creek
VHC: 1360 Mr T & Mrs B HAYWARD Foxearth Fine Blend

Class 208 SBB (4 Entries) Abs: 2
1st: 1371 Ms K MACDONOUGH Beckel Flutterby Bothlyn
2nd: 1420 Mrs J E & Mr I J WALKER Kapodach Lovit to Bitz at Roselle

Class 209 PGB (10 Entries) Abs: 5
1st: 1385 Mrs B J McLEOD, Mrs J & FORMSTONE Veni Vidi Vici Janjac
2nd: 1345 Mrs R J DUNSTALL Metcroft Haley Berry
3rd: 1367 Mrs F HUTCHINGS Molloney Viv Ayeshuss NAF TAF
Res: 1420 Mrs J E & Mr I J WALKER Kapodach Lovit to Bitz at Roselle
VHC: 1388 Mrs K POXON Kapodach Molly Coddle

Class 210 LB (13 Entries) Abs: 4
1st: 1336 Mrs W COLES Taree Yvette At Weststonelee
2nd: 1415 Mrs Z THORN-ANDREWS Dunnspitts Kwite Kute Drakesleat
3rd: 1338 Mr T CROSSMAN Janter Jentillmans Relish
Res: 1427 Mrs K S WILBERG Stargang Picket Line at Kanix
VHC: 1349 Mrs M C FREER, Mr P O & RODGERS Loretto Finnishing Touch To Montravia

Class 211 OB (9 Entries) Abs: 1
1st: 1332 Mrs E P BLACKBURN Ch Stargang Xquisite
2nd: 1407 Mr & Mrs SEXTON, Mrs L & HAYWARD Foxearth Fixed Asset
3rd: 1374 Mrs S F MARSTON-TEAL Lordscairnie Love Anew
Res: 1418 Mrs J MUELLER Drakesleat I Rest My Case Rabymere
VHC: 1391 Mr D & Mrs J PRESNAIL Taree Xanthippe



The last time I judged this variety was at Paignton two years ago – an entry half this size, but with nowhere near as many nasty surprises. I remarked then that dentition problems had got much better but, boy, was I proved wrong on that one! I’m sorry to say that those lower canines that foul the upper jaw when closed are now back with a vengeance if this entry is anything to go by. I’ve never been a mouth fanatic or tooth counter and this variety has a long history of misplaced (and missing!) incisors, but I really thought that the problems with the canines had largely gone away. I hope nobody minded so much movement on such a hot day but the other problem that gave me a lot of food for thought was dogs with one outline standing and a totally different one on the move. It is as though the shoulder girdle slides forward, the forechest disappears, the top and underlines go into big dipper mode and the hindquarters straighten with a sort of pendulum swing from the hip and no flexing of the stifle or hock.

That other problem I noticed at Paignton of very shallow back ribs was again in evidence, often with those underlines you could drive a bus under. That plus short ribbing and a lot of oddly-ending keels didn’t make the job any easier. In spite of all the above, I still had to place animals with these problems – some highly – to try to reward the Dachshund virtues in a variety where it would be so easy to totally fault-judge at the moment. However, it’s not all doom and gloom and I found enough proper little hounds for the main awards – Dachshund-shaped dogs of a blend of hound and terrier as opposed to those that look more like a blend of terrier and toy. Also there is now very little sign of that ugly pet-fido Jack Russell hop that used to be endemic in the variety.

Presentation varied as much as usual, ranging from immaculate to one that appeared to have been blasted with a power drier the night before! I found several with really cracking hard coats, several with super mouths of big, strong, correctly-set teeth, several with strong ground-covering movement and several with that traditional gassy little Min. Wire temperament; the hard part was trying to find all or most of those attributes in the one dog! But isn’t that the challenge to be accepted in both breeding and judging this variety?

I was impressed last time with the first generation using the Finnish outcrosses and it was interesting to find that I had rewarded several of the next generation down the line this time. My ultimate winning dog and bitch made a very satisfying pair with which to end-up; the type I’ve always preferred and hopefully rewarded whenever possible. Good.

MPD (4) 1. Rathbone’s Brialand Galahad. 8 months neat-sized compact little brindle with a very good coat. Rather proud of his tail on the move at this stage but it can be forgiven in a baby. Won on his sounder front. 2. Price’ Jakanem Razzle Dazzle by Samlane. A rangier, lengthier B/T of just six months with a more typey head, fair coat, not as firm in front and moved more erratically as did the third. 3. Dunstall’s Foxearth Foto Image.

PD (7) A tough battle for the red card here. 1. Punter’s Welcumen Denzil. 11 months brindle with a lovely coat. Very sound, firmer in front on the table and nice and oval through the front with a decent shoulder and upper arm, so I was surprised that his front movement was slightly overcrooked, but he was very true and strong going away. 2. Thorn-Andrews’ Drakesleat Otto Bahn. Brindle a month younger and very typey with a handsome head. Good shoulder and hind angulation standing, good underline and moved freely, but lost his front a bit which altered his outline on the move. Two very nice lads. 3. Smith’s Dunns Pitts Supasmiff.

JD (7) As in the last class, the first two stood away. 1. Wilberg’s Kanix Duncan. 12 months and a very compact, well-made little man with a good coat. Nice for type, head, neck, topline and shoulder. Moved very well both ways but can get carried away and get his tail up going around which tends to shorter the picture on the move at times. Overall a very pleasing little chap. RCC. 2. Baldwin’s Beckel Blue Print. 11 months and of super type. Again good shoulder, top and underlines. Both were good for coats and mouths and this was a very close decision that really came down to performance on the day, as he was not as relaxed about it all as the winner. A lovely prospect for the future and litter brother to the BCC winner. 3. Morton’s Freecloud Kwikly Does It at Cotherstone.

PGD (1) 1. Dunk’s Loretto Snuff Box Sh Cm. 2 year old dog with a fair coat, but more cut-up than I prefer. His shoulder was firmly set when handled, but rather forward-placed which was emphasised on the move. Shame he had no competition, but was worthy of his card.

LD (12) I found a lot of weak rears on the move in this class. 1. Blackburn’s Stargang Mickey Finn. Handsome little lad just out of Junior with good head, neck, topline, coat and a well let-down rear. Not quite as good a picture presented on the move, but proving to be the best all-round package put him ahead of the competition here. 2. Russell’s Kevocklea Twelfth Knight. Very handsome and typey 3 year old with better width through the front on the move but not as strong behind. Good for coat, length and type. 3. Fox’s Laicsyde Napoleon Solo.

OD (3) 1. Horswell & Kubota’s Jap Ch Drakesleat JP Baro Trier (IMP). Obviously I had heard about him (good and bad reports – mainly good) but had never seen him before and I was most impressed with what I saw. 2 year old brindle of super type and more what I associate with Drakesleat type (getting back to basics?) Lovely length and outline which he retained on the move, nice flow down his neck into his shoulder which is firmly placed and gives him a good front. Hard topline, good underline, well angulated with quarters that can extend well and covered with a good coat. The really impressive part was his very free and easy movement and he just sailed right through to the CC. and BOB. 2. Morton’s Dhuaig Designer Stubble at Cotherstone. Lengthy chap rising five and a nice dog, but not the shoulder placement which showed on the move and rather out-gunned by the winner.

MPB (10) 1. Forrests’ Bute’s Naughty Little Sister. Lovely little girl of 8 months and I guess there’s a story behind the name! Scores in length and type and a well-made little body covered with a good coat. Moved and showed very well and I hope she goes on the way she has started. 2. Presnails’ Taree Ermedale. Darker brindle a week older and another of very nice type who kept her outline quite well on the move apart from sometimes appearing a bit low in front. When she learns to carry herself a little more proudly will look even better and was otherwise close-up to the winner. 3. Blackburn’s Stargang Fantastique.

PB (12) 1. Kemp’s Metcroft Some Like It Hot. Lovely little bitch of 9 months. Rather unusual colour being red with greyish shadings – more like a long-haired coat pattern, but nothing wrong with it! Lengthy and well-angulated both ends with good top and underlines and better length of ribbing than most. I was very taken with her and she scored with her freedom of movement and kept her outline better than the opposition. 2. Thorn-Andrews’ Drakesleat Lettuce Owt. Litter sister to the nice dog puppy from this kennel. Nearly 10 months with an attractive head, good neck and coat. Has a sound, firm front on the table and is very sound and true coming and going but her outline just tends to shorten and alter on the move. 3. Blackburn-Bennett’s Shybu Zephrin.

JB (13) 1. Angear’s Beckel Bountiful for Ridgegrove. What a little cracker! 11 months and just my cup of tea for type and now owned bya kennel that has always maintained a consistent quality of type. Her breeder had shown her mother under me last time and I remember liking her very much too. But what a stubborn little madam who can put the brakes on moving when she wants to be bloody-minded. Lovely body. front, length, angulation both ends, an outline that never alters and a good head carried on a lengthy neck. A good little mover when she can be bothered to relax and co-operate and the more I saw of her, the more I liked her. CC and BP and later third in the Puppy Group. 2. Russell’s Stargang Crafty Finnish for Russteck. Smart little 15 months bitch from an exhibitor who showed a nice type of Min. Wire. Very satisfying to go over, particularly scoring with her super body and substance. Unlucky to come up against the sheer style of the winner, but a more than useful little bitch. 3. Minshull’s Bryntonian Catrin.

SpBB (4) 1. Macdonough’s Beckel Flutterby Bothlyn. Isn’t it odd that the smaller classes can sometimes be the most difficult to sort out? This is a nearly 2 year old silver brindle whose body coat is a better texture than it appears, although her leg hair is soft. Kept her outline very well going around and is a very free mover which ultimately gave her the class. 2. Walker’s Kapodach Lovit to Bitz at Roselle. A month younger and better in head and coat, but not the hind angulation of the winner whose movement she just couldn’t match. Two total opposites that could be placed either way around depending on the judge’s priorities on the day.

PGB (10) I found this rather a worrying class for dentition. 1. Mcleod & Formstone’s Veni Vidi Vici Janjac. B/T brindle of nearly two who is a super free, sound mover with length everywhere you need it. Good width front and rear, well made and proportioned body, a nice head and came out a very comfortable winner. 2. Dunstall’s Metcroft Haley Berry. Nearly 20 months and another free mover. Lengthy, well balanced both ends, but just tends to lose her outline a little on the move. 3. Hutchings’ Molloney Viv Ayeshuss NAF TAF.

LB (13) 1. Coles’ Taree Yvette at Weststonelee. Now nearly 3 and my Minor Puppy winner from Paignton. Lovely for type, coat and length and I still like her very much even if she doesn’t have quite the freedom or consistency of movement that impressed me as a baby. 2. Thorn-Andrews’ Dunnspitts Kwite Kute Drakesleat. I found this 2 year old a real enigma! Lovely standing and very satisfying to go over on the table and has a better head than the winner. The angulation is there standing, but is not as apparent on the move with the hind leg swinging from the hip and so altering her outline. 3. Crossman Janter Jentillmans Relish.

OB (9) A real mixed bunch again here and they took some sorting out. 1. Blackburn’s Ch Stargang Xquisite. My Junior winner from last time and I still like her very much- even if someone couldn’t quite decide whether to take her coat out or leave it in! Super front, not too low, well angulated and a lot of substance in a neat little package. Put in a great challenge but had to settle for the Res. C.C. and I was delighted when her handler told me that it was her litter brother who sired the winning bitch and Reserve dog. 2. Sexton & Hayward’s Foxearth Fixed Asset. Another neat little brindle with everything in the right place in a compact body covered with a good coat. Lovely for type and moved very eagerly and well in spite of the oppressive heat. Very close-up to the winner. 3. Marston-Teal’s Lordscairnie Love Anew.

Jeff Crawford