National Terrier Championship Show
Judge Dawn Inett (Carradine)
DCC; Middlehurst’s Ch Zalazar Unzipped! At Starveren (Dnk imp)
RDCC; Pollock’s Ch Larchlea Licence To Thrill At Stanedykes
BCC & BOB; Wren’s Larchlea Spirit In The Sky G4
RBCC; Templeton’s Larchlea Can’t Remember
BP; Harding’s Cannwood Remember Holly
Mary Middlehurst, DCC Ch Zalazar Unzipped! At Starveren, Judge Dawn Inett, Grace Wren & BCC & BOB Larchlea Spirit In The sky
BPD Landbuck Tillisch, BPB & BPIB Cannwood Remember Holly
BPD, DCC & RDCC
BCC & RBCC
Minor Puppy Dog - 3,0
Puppy Dog - 5,0
Res Cadagio No Doubt About it
Yearling Dog - 4, 0
Novice Dog 0
Graduate Dog – 2, 0
Post Graduate Dog – 4,1a
Limit Dog -2,0
Open Dog – 7,1a
Minor Puppy Bitch – 3,0
Puppy Bitch – 7,3a
Junior Bitch – 6,0
Yearling Bitch – 5,1a
Novice Bitch – 2,1a
Graduate Bitch – 5,0
Post Graduate Bitch – 7,0
Limit Bitch – 6,1a
Open Bitch 9,1a
1st Robinson’s Cruzo Bannock Belle
2nd Short’s Glenchess Cut The Mustard
3rd Hogarty’s Ir Ch Cadagio Make It Happen
Res Firth’s Cairngold Candlelight
Vhc Wren’s Larchlea Light my Fire
Head study by G Peers
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALAN FIRTH AIDED BY MICK BURGIN & BRENDA SHANNON
Aussie faces at the ringside
More Aussie faces at the ringside
Still More Aussie faces at the ringside
See that pidgeon!
Ugh! Talks of birds not dogs!
Has Toto found Dorothy!
A smile to Louise’s face
It’swritten in the book - today’s the day!
That really is a proper,proper whisper!
Enough left for each to have a bite!
Elaine’s spotted the camera!
But do I take the high or the low road to Scotland
That’s really shocked me!
Three heads are better than one!
Sue stands out in the crowd
They’ll be the best fish & chips
It’s not for me to say but…
Enough left to nag Stuart
I would like to thank National Terrier for their hospitality and for inviting me to judge this extremely well organised show.
Overall, I was pleased with the exhibits entered. The bitches had much more depth of quality than the dogs. I have written in critiques before (LKA 2007) about poor front construction so will not repeat myself here, suffice to say that it has improved a little, but still needs working on and improving into the future. Heads are of great concern. Ears; some were large and completely stripped of hair. Ears should be small and whilst not too heavily coated they should have some hair on and blend into the head furnishing. Eyes; I was most disappointed to see that some were not dark hazel others were far too close together, exaggerated by being heavily stripped out between the eyes and showing just how close they really were. Eye shape. We are starting to loose the correct eye shape and need to work really hard to eliminate round and bulging eyes from our Cairns, it is just not correct. The eye should be almond in shape and dark hazel in colour. When you look into a Cairns eye you should not be able to see rings of copper or orange. Teeth. There were quite a number of mouth faults. It was a pleasure, not the norm, to see 6 teeth top and bottom, setsquare to the jaw and a correct scissor bite made from good-sized teeth. The teeth should be strong and the bite act like a pair of scissors. I saw level bites, wry mouths, twisted, missing and even buck teeth!
Narrow muzzles and weak under jaws also need watching, as the Cairn should have a strong jaw and powerful muzzle. Toplines and ribs were mostly good as were tailsets. Several were too long in the loin. Cairns should be medium throughout and this is what gives them correct balance, medium length of rib combined with medium loin results in a balanced animal.
Some exhibits were dirty and smelly. This really is not necessary. Cairns can be bathed or even just wiped down with a damp cloth and dried with a towel. There were exhibits with sleep in the corners of their eyes, dirty bottoms and even a muddy belly.
The way the dogs were handled by some exhibitors did absolutely nothing to promote their dog at all. When asked to move, they would wonder round the ring as if in the park or stride off strangulating the dog, some having absolutely no comprehension of a triangle resulting in me, the judge, not being able to assess movement properly. Good handling can only boost your dogs chances of winning so consider where the judge is and how best to show you’re dog off to its advantage. This said, I thoroughly enjoyed my day and thank the exhibitors for bringing their dogs for me to assess.
3 young promising pups
1st: : CONFUE'S ANJOFRA IM NOT GOING
A smart youngster just 6 mths old. Correct outline, good
mouth and head, lovely eye. Balanced
throughout, correct coat and in good condition. Proving a handful today at his first show.
2nd: : WARD'S VANAJAM JIVE TALKING
This young pup won over 3rd place because of his smarter outline. Narrow throughout but has age on his side to broaden off. Steady mover in good coat and condition.
3rd: : THOMPSON'S CASTLELINE BANG ON TIME
Splitting the first two in this class was a difficult
decision as they are both lovely pups.
1st: : FELTERS & RUMENS' LANDBUCK TILLISCH
Another smart puppy with a rather large jacket, good head with correct eye. A young pup with excellent movement
2nd: : BUCHAN'S AUCHINKYLE SUPER STAN
Presents a lovely outline.
You need to get your hands on this male to appreciate his excellent
confirmation, just lost out on 1st as he has no jacket! Moved
steadily but in need of a new coat.
3rd: : PERCY'S WINETTA SIR PERCY
Junior Dog Entry 8 Abs 2
1st: : BRENNAN'S MILINDACK WHAT NEWS WATSON
Lovely head and eye, correctly balanced, showed himself off
to win this class over two other good dogs, correct textured coat but better
presentation would show off his virtues.
A good prospect for the future.
2nd: : SAICH'S LINDCOLY MAN HE`S TROUBLE
Under all his coat this chap is a decent Cairn. His head could be improved with a slightly
shorter muzzle, good large teeth, showed well and moved satisfactorily once he
3rd: : BUCHAN'S AUCHINKYLE SUPER STAN
Very little separated these first two males. They are
virtually identical to go over and it was all down to the last move across the
ring, the first placed dog moved more positively than 2nd. Both had good heads, correct large teeth,
held their toplines on the move and strode out correctly behind. Both were shown in good coat and
condition. It is a cliché but they
could swap places another day.
1st: : SHANNON & STORR'S BRENNDARCY TROUBLE AT MILL
2nd: : WARNE'S SPIREBROOKE DAWN RAIDER
3rd: : LAMB & SALTMARSH'S BIRSELAW FABLE
Novice Dog Entry 0 Abs 0
Graduate Dog Entry 2 Abs 0
1st: : MEARS' GLENMEAR MARAUDER
A smart male with a lovely outline, moved out well just
needs to tighten throughout. Shows very
well. Excellent head and lovely large
teeth, stands four square and has presence
2nd: : DAVIES' TWEEDISLE STARGAZER
Wheaten, not appearing to enjoy his day out but handled to bring out the best of him, a good coat just coming through.
Post Graduate Dog Entry 4 Abs 1
The first two in this class couldn’t have been more different. They are both very good dogs but the 1st, for me is a little too long for his length of leg and the 2nd a little too short for his length of leg. Both are very showy males with good heads and they moved out well.
1st: : FIRTH & FIRTH'S CAIRNGOLD SPIN OF THE WHEEL
2nd: : WEINBERGER'S LARCHLEA COME FLY WITH ME TO CORRENIE
3rd: : PEERS' TWEEDISLE KRAZY KOOT
Again two very different males.
1st: : SHORT'S GLENCHESS ALL IN THE STARS
This dog just commanded attention as he marched round the ring his excellent confirmation enabling free flowing movement, handled to show off his virtues and you just had to watch him move. Very showy, good head and eye.
2nd: : MARSHALL'S STRATHGARTON CRACKERJACK
Presents a very smart outline and is very showy. Not moving out with as much drive as 1st. Would prefer a more almond eye to complete the picture. Unlucky to meet 1 who was in such fine form. Shown in good coat and condition.
An excellent class.
A really hard decision between the first 2, they are both outstanding
examples of our breed.
1st: : MIDDLEHURST'S ZALAZAR UN ZIPPED AT STARVEREN imp
I wrote in my notes “superb” and I think that just about
sums him up. Yes, he needs to be a
little longer in the loin for perfection but other than this you are presented
with the breed standard. He has a
wonderful head with correct ears and eye, lovely teeth and strong jaw, correct
length of neck flowing into well placed shoulders, level topline which he holds
on the move, correct rear movement with just enough drive. Lovely tail, set on
correctly. A pleasure to award him the CC.
2nd: : POLLOCK'S CH LARCHLEA LICENCE TO THRILL AT STANEDYKES
Excellent head, correct reach of neck and shoulder
placement, correct depth of rib and length of loin with strong hindquarters
producing correct movement. He could
not match the showmanship and presentation of 1 who really was in top form today
and therefore had to settle for the RCC!
3rd: : SMITH'S ROCASOVALE RAZZLE DAZZLE
Minor Puppy Bitch Entry 3 Abs 0
1st: : DOLAN'S GLENROOD MASQERADE
A very feminine puppy, longer in the back than 2nd
and 3rd but just having more maturity, sound throughout.
2nd: : SMITH'S ANJOFRA PLUM TART AT ROCASOVALE
A real sweety at her first show proving a handful for her
handler. A very good prospect for the
future and I will watch her development with interest.
3rd: : SAICH'S LINDCOLY FOREVER DANCING
Puppy Bitch Entry 7 Abs 3
1st: : HARDING'S CANNWOOD REMEMBER HOLLY
Oh what a smasher.
In my notes I wrote “outstanding”, what more can I say?
2nd: : WREN'S LARCHLEA COULD IT BE MAGIC
Another very good puppy just not able to match 1st
for head properties.
3rd: : KEEVES' SEVEEK APRILS NEW DREAM
The 1st and 2nd in this class are two
1st: : OSBORN'S TWESLAM MAID BY MAGIC
A very showy ultra feminine b. Excellent throughout and of a
good size. Kept her in the final line
up for CC but just not matching the CC or RCC for final finish, which can only
come with age
2nd: : PETTS' DOONRAE JOIE DE VIVRE
Another real quality bitch but just could not match 1st
for head properties. I really liked
both 1st and 2nd and splitting them was hard and came
down to minute details.
3rd Percy's Winetta My Kind Of Girl
1st and 2nd are two very good bitches
1st: : BRAYBROOK'S CLOVERBROOK HERE I COME
A quality bitch, ultra feminine, excellent throughout and of correct size. Just needs time to mature to complete the picture.
2nd: : WAITES' SVENDALENS CRAZY DIAMOND
Another very good b.
Unlucky to meet 1st
today, in fact this bitch was my class winner until I judged 1st! This b could not match 1st for
femininity but nevertheless is quality throughout
3rd Day's Trekhilli Piccallilli Jw
Novice Bitch Entry 2 Abs 1
1st: : OSBORN'S TWESLAM WINTER MAGIC
A quality b who just needs to drive more behind. Good head, correct bone and excellent
Graduate Bitch Entry 5 Abs 0
1st: : SHEARSMITH'S CLOVERBROOK CREAM O'THE CROP AT EBORVALE
A lovely b with a great outline and such presence, showed
all out, of correct size and construction, just needs more coat to complete the
2nd: : SMEE'S HIGH CLASS BABY AT MALMAY
Another good quality b and sound throughout but just
couldn’t match the head properties of 1.
3rd: : CLARKE'S LENTRICA WHO'S THE DADDY
A lovely class, headed by two real quality bitches with
little but coat to separate them
1st: : OSBORN'S TWESLAM SERENDIPITY
This b is spot on for size and has everything just where you
want it whilst she pushed hard for top honours I would have preferred a better
2nd: : BRAYBROOK'S CLOVERBROOK XTRA FACTOR
This is a real quality bitch who has to be gone over to be appreciated. I really liked her head and confirmation and she too showed all the time. I would like her to have a harsher jacket to take top honours, if her owner can sort that then I am sure she will be up there with the best of them.
3rd: : SHANNON & STORR'S BRENNDARCY BUTTON IT JW
Another lovely class
The 1st and 2nd placed bitches in this
class caught my eye as they moved round the ring, they were in top form and had
little to separate them
1st: : WREN'S LARCHLEA SPIRIT IN THE SKY
This superb b was certainly asking for the CC today, she
didn’t stop showing and her handler did everything to show off her many
virtues. She has a super feminine head
with eyes, ears and teeth all correct and where they should be. A lovely neck with correct shoulders,
producing correct front action. Good
depth of rib and correct medium length of loin with strong rear quarters, one
of the few with a defined second thigh.
A really lovely b and such a pleasure to award her the CC and BOB. I was delighted the following morning to
discover she had also gone G4.
2nd: : TEMPLETON'S LARCHLEA CAN`T REMEMBER
Another one out of the top drawer. Very pleasing b in good coat and condition, just couldn’t match
the femine head properties of 1 today
3rd: : CLARKE'S CONUNDRUM SWEETER FOR ME FOR LENTRICA JW ShCM
I was very pleased with this class, but the different types made for some tough decisions.
1st Robinson’s Cruzo Bannock Belle
I awarded this lovely b the RCC last time I judged. She is a soundly made Cairn with lots to like. She has an excellent head with good stop and correct confirmation. She did enough to win this class but tired quickly in the challenge and just couldn’t match the verve of the young bitches on show today
2nd Short’s Ch Glenchess Cut The Mustard
A quality b moving really well today. Not as feminine as 1st but nonetheless a very good bitch shown in correct coat and condition
3rd Hogarty’s Ir Ch Cadagio Make It Happen