SDDTC Championship Show 2016

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.

Mike Macbeth

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

Brace 1st: Fry’s

2nd: Jacka-Slater’s

3rd: Buckley’s