Cricklade Village Hall, 25th September 2016. Judge: Miss Mike Macbeth (Glahms).
May I begin by thanking the committee of the Southern Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club for the honour of the invitation to judge their Championship show. It fulfilled a long standing ambition as this was the completion of the ‘hat trick’, having judged the Caledonia Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club in Kelso Scotland in 2006 and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club in 2010. I believe I am the only North American, and certainly the only Canadian to have judged all three Dandie clubs’ championship shows.
I am grateful to my excellent and efficient steward, Mr. Bob Blackley who came all the way from Liverpool to guide me through the day, ably assisted by Margaret Russell and Meriel France. I also would like to recognize the enthusiasm of the audience and the exhibitors who make me feel so welcome. The atmosphere all day was one of camaraderie, which is so important when one’s beloved breed is as endangered world-wide as the Dandie Dinmont.
If I may be permitted to make some general observations, the first impression I had is that presentation has improved significantly over the past decade. It is easier to see a pleasing outline on a trimmed dog than on an ungroomed one. Jackets, coat texture and colour were excellent for the most part, and only one dog had incorrect dentition, the majority had the strong muzzle and large canines the breed is known for. Most dogs had a decent sized nose (which although not mentioned in the standard is very important not only for the typical expression but a large open nose, evoking its 17th century hound ancestors, was necessary when this ancient breed hunted badgers and foxes.)
Only a few dogs had that lovely deep stop and large, dark, round, wide apart liquid eyes that give the Dandie its almost human appearance, and those were rewarded. There were a few high set ‘bat’ ears which ruins the expression, and several flat feet. Also there were fewer dogs than I’d like to see that strode out with great propulsion from the hindquarters These were the dogs with a longer stifle and short straight hock.
Of course, this is a breed that difficult to get right, and it is understandable that new judges often find the breed challenging. The beautiful domed head with its soft yet wise expression is covered with a glorious topknot. The topline is so important, yet so elusive, with just enough rise over the loin to create a soft curve, but not too much. The loin is short and the ribbing is long and strong. The legs, sound both in front and rear, are not too long yet not too short to prevent a fluid driving movement. And the tail set is one of the most important features of the topline, as too high set a tail destroys the shape often described as ‘weasley’, but a correctly set scimitar shaped tail is the beautiful completion of the gentle curves of the Dandie’s unique silhouette.
|Dog CC||Kurg’s Hawkesmill Jefferson at Etsill|
|Reserve Dog CC||Buckley’s Dentgate Celebration|
|Bitch CC & BIS||Milton’s Ch. Hawkesmill Jenny for Wilmit|
|Best Puppy||Rolland’s Dandiroyal Sophie|
|Best Veteran||Buckley’s Dentgate Celebration|
|Minor Puppy Dog||1st: Milliner’s Ceilmear Golden Challenger at Millerim|
Well made mustard puppy with elegant neck flowing into a smooth shoulder, good head, very sound and a lovely fluid mover. In his teenage stage so expect his topline to become more shapely as he matures. RBP
|2nd: Milton’s Etsill Blackstar with Wilmit|
Sound pepper puppy with lovely thin ears, a good coat and nice topline. At first quite a reticent mover but as his (possibly novice?) handler became more comfortable, he improved greatly and challenged the winner.
|Puppy Dog||1st: Fear’s Barely Legal Coconut Caramel|
A good head and behind it a correct mustard jacket on a sound body. A little flat in the foot and would like to see a slightly shorter loin.
|Postgraduate Dog||1st: Noble’s Hawkesmill Indiana|
An attractive pepper dog with a good head and excellent topline, a lovely body, beautifully presented. Could move out a little more.
|2nd: Cavanagh’s Cloverwood Blazing Gun|
Sound with an excellent mustard coat. Head was spoiled by high set ears, and light prominent eyes.
|Limit Dog||1st: Kurg’s Hawkesmill Jefferson at Etsill|
A really handsome, masculine pepper dog who owned the ring. Excellent head with correct skull and stop, beautiful length of neck flowing smoothly into the shoulders, a beautiful topline with exceptional ribbing, very sound and trimmed beautifully to enhance his quality. DCC and BOS.
|2nd: Booth’s Borderstone Kingman for Lannia|
Nice pepper dog with an excellent coat. Just didn’t quite have the topline of the winner.
|3rd: Jacka-Slater’s Pennywave Lone Ranger|
|Open Dog||1st: Bell’s Hawkesmill Indigo from Reidswire|
A beautiful moving pepper dog with a good head and a correct body. Needs slightly better presentation to go all the way.
|2nd: Bromley’s Ch. Mishahda Volcanic Storm|
One of the disappointments of the day, a beautiful Dandie that made a great first impression standing still, beautifully presented, who was reluctant to move as the class entered the ring and moved more uncomfortably as the class continued. I suspect he just wasn’t himself on this particular day.
|3rd: Milliner’s Ire Ch. Xenon z Roxburku Sun at Millerim|
|Res: Edwards’s Cloverwood Midnight Blue|
|VHC: Gregg’s Ire Ch. Dariant Lui Vencedor De Mi Soul at Bambusa|
|Veteran Dog||1st: Buckley’s Dentgate Celebration|
One of the best moving dogs of the day. This 8 year old charming pepper has outstanding, fluid, flowing movement. A good head, on a lovely body. Although his coat was very short, the texture was correctly there. A wonderful personality whose tail never stopped wagging. RCC and BV.
|Minor Puppy Bitch||1st: Rolland’s Dandiroyal Sophie|
A very pretty 7 month old pepper with all one wants in a youngster. Lovely head and topline on a long and shapely sound body with a beautiful coat. Mature for her age she showed ring experience beyond her years. BP.
|2nd: McGuinness’s Siwop Secret Wish|
Hesitant at first, this young mustard became more animated as she became more confident. Lovely neck and shoulders and excellent movement. With a little more experience she will definitely be a winner.
|Junior Bitch||1st: Milton’s Puddockswell Hot Lips Houlihan at Wilmit|
A pretty mustard with a lovely balanced head, good dome, correct eye placement. Although lacking in coat the texture was there. Not as pleasing a topline as some of the other exhibits.
|Graduate Bitch||1st: Powis & Wallen’s Venord Windchant|
A difficult class to judge as a decision had to be made whether to reward a good head or a good body. This mustard could use more stop and lower set eyes, but she is very sound with a fabulous coat and a wonderful showy personality.
|2nd: Buckley’s Florencemoon Meadow Rose|
This pretty pepper has a lovely head, but had almost no coat. Her charming young handler did a wonderful job keeping her happy and animated.
|3rd: Bird’s Birbrinda Filligree|
|Postgraduate Bitch||1st: Throup’s Cassencarrie Cleo Rose|
This mustard bitch also had a lovely head, good coat, very sound and demonstrated a happy personality. Just not as much length as # 1. [#1 was later disqualified]
|2nd: Fry’s Ludlay Bride Of Lammermoor|
|3rd: Buckley’s Florencemoon Meadow Rose|
|Limit Bitch||1st: Shore’s Mishahda Golden Chestnut at Swanwillow|
This mustard had the most outstanding coat and colour of all the exhibits. Her fluid movement was due to the fact that everything was correct, a good topline on four great legs. Somewhat more moderate in head than some of the winners, but still excellent. A little bigger in size gave a sense of authority.
|2nd: Jacka-Slater’s Cloverwood Duchess May|
A showy mustard with a wonderful head, great skull, eyes and muzzle, a great coat and colour and beautifully presented. Not quite the rear movement viewed from the side as # 1.
|3rd: Bell’s Dandiroyal Rita Skeeter|
|Res: Bromley’s Mishahda Vibrant Amber|
|VHC: Bird’s Birbrinda Fantastique|
|Open Bitch||1st: Milton’s Ch. Hawkesmill Jenny for Wilmit|
The best class of the day, any of these beautiful bitches entered in this class could win anywhere. But the moment she entered the ring I knew this pepper bitch was the one. She has everything. An outstanding head, beautiful neck and shoulders, graceful flowing topline and tail set, perfect ribbing, absolutely sound with wonderful fluid movement, excellent coat and unmatched presentation. An honour to award her CC and BOB.
|2nd: Rolland’s Dandiroyal Puddleglum|
Another outstanding pepper, similar in type to # 1, with lovely head, topline and sound movement. Could have used a little more length of coat.
|3rd: Buckley’s German Dandies’ Violetta|
|Res: Gregg’s Ellabeth Amabilisdandie at Bambusa|
|VHC: Milliner’s Dandiroyal Ferrywiggle at Millerim|
|Veteran Bitch||1st: Bird’s Etsill Shapinsay Sound with Birbrinda|
A lovely feminine 7 1⁄2 year old with a pretty head, good coat and very sound.
|2nd: Powis & Wallen’s Venord Windchant|
First in my Graduate class, and also 7 1⁄2 years of age, she did not quite have the headpiece of the winner.
|3rd: Kurg’s Puddockswell Hootin Annie at Etsill|
|Res: Fry’s Ludlay Bride Of Lammermoor|
|VHC: Fry’s Dentgate Confetti|