CRUFTS BULL TERRIERS CRITIQUE 2008
It is always an honour to be asked to judge, but of course judging Crufts is perhaps the highest honour of all. I thank the selection committee for their confidence & also the exhibitors for entering their dogs & for taking my decisions with good grace.
I found it a difficult appointment, not as one might imagine because of the nature of the occasion; that merely forced me to concentrate particularly hard, but rather because some decisions were very close & it is unfortunate for those exhibitors who found themselves in a class where the quality was so high, many worthy of the title of champion had to go unplaced.
A benefit of Crufts is the size of the green carpeted rings where every dog gets an opportunity to stride out. Clearly many found some smells difficult to resist & kept their noses pressed to the floor which I guess is a consequence of being on the fourth day. However I think it is fair to say that movement in Bull Terriers is probably the area where the breed has improved most in the past few years.
Twenty nine years ago I exhibited at Crufts with a red dog at a time when quality dogs of that colour seemed to be a rarity. Is was therefore interesting to me that there are currently many red dogs in the ring of the highest order & I feel that this was reflected in some of the placings.
What a pleasure to see no dogs plastered in chalk or any other noxious substance. It just goes to show that it is possible to present dogs for the showring sensibly, & without the need to cover everything in a cloud of white. Let’s hope that this is a trend that continues.
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VB (3,1) 1 Foster’s Ch Heavenly Body from Bilboen, very well made red bitch. Well shaped head & bodylines. Lovely long neck & plenty of type. Has lost her underline but it would be wrong to penalise a brood bitch for this. Very good quarters, moved & showed exceptionally well; 2 Jefferies’ Bulbrum Porcelain Queen, very well made elegant white bitch with a very good head & expression. Excellent bodylines Good front with good tight feet. Shade light in bone. If she had shown like she did today when she was younger she could well have won her crown. PB (4) 1 Sewards’ Padhen Precious Pearl, r/w bitch, very nicely made with shapely bodylines. Good head with a perfect mouth. Very good quarters, with good bend of stifle, & well let down hocks. Excellent confirmation. Moved & showed well. Just needs to mature throughout. BP; 2 Wright’s Rightstuff Time, white bitch with an outstanding head & expression. Correct mouth. Nice round bone. Very feminine & teeming with quality & with a Beautiful snow white coat. Rather upright in shoulder & lost her topline on the move; 3rd Edwards’ Bullimage Kizzee, well marked heavyweight b/br bitch. Very good head & tight front. Excellent make & shape. Plenty of substance, with good bone. Excellent spring of rib. Moved reasonably well. JB (5) 1 Roberts’ Teirwgwyn Treacle Tart, typy tri. Stunning head, completely filled up & turned right over. Undershot. Powerfully built throughout with a short stocky body. Muscular & wide hindquarters Moved well both coming & going; 2 Roderick’s Warnerdales Looney Toon, shapley white bitch. Feminine & elegant throughout, with plenty of quality. Well shaped head & good eye. Ear placement could be better. Nice sweeping bodylines, & good spring of rib. Moved fairly well; 3 Lambert’s Ebullient Nevaeh Angel, very good head. Elegant shapely bodylines, but failed a little in topline. Good length of neck, & shapely hindquarters with well bent stifles giving her the correct angulation. PGB (8,3) 1 Ley’s Fortifer Freyr Fenrir, very elegant & shapely r/w bitch Beautiful sweeping head profile. Slight mouth fault. Lovely long neck & well laid shoulder. Very good straight front with nice tight feet. Shade light in bone. Lovely long neck with good shoulder placement. Strong topline. A beautiful elegant bitch with very pleasing bodylines. Just needs to mature; 2 Lever & Grieves’ Borsalino Pearly Queen at Meilow, typy square bitch, with a very good head. Solidly built throughout. Shapely body, nice round bone with tight cat feet. Short coupled. Moved reasonably well going away but pinned in slightly when coming; 3 Hollindrake’s Bilboen Naughty But Nice at Bulian, square & compact typy white. Well shaped head with well placed ears. Slightly round eye. Good front & good bodylines with good tuck-up. Moved with drive & well in front but a touch close behind. LB (13,4) Best class in bitches with very little separating the first three. 1 Toner’s Lamellar Magic Millie,the surprise of the day. One who I admired as a puppy but who has suddenly matured in to a first class quality bitch, with bags of substance. Excellent well shaped head with both fill up & turn. Correct mouth. Extremely typy, she has lovely bodylines with a beautiful long neck, excellent layback of shoulder & short substantial body. Lovely round bone. Her ears are not best placed & the fact that they are colored rather draws attention to them, she also has a tendency to turn her feet out slightly. In profile however she is stunning with everything in the right place & all in one piece. To cap it all she shows like a bomb & demands attention. A beautiful bitch who fully deserves to wear her crown. RCC; 2 Newberry & Gates’ Ukusa Cosmopolitan, very similar to the winner, she has similar faults & virtues, but is somewhat less mature & built on rather lighter lines. Lots of quality, excellent head shape & good flowing bodylines. Well made & with plenty of quality she moved fairly well too. I don’t think that we have yet seen the best of this bitch, she is not yet the finished article & if she showed a little more verve in the ring I feel she could really sparkle; 3 Paterson’s Topfuel Miss Fire at Golitha,another typy square bitch with a really short back. Powerful head with plenty of fill, deep brisket & lovely round ribcage. Slight mouth fault. Good round bone. Short stocky body & well put together. Moved OK & showed & handled exceptionally well. Perhaps not the overall quality of the bitches above her, but an excellent bitch who I suspect may prove her true value in the whelping box.