Birmingham National Critique

Glen of Imaal Terriers-Thank you to the committee for the judging appointment and to the exhibitors for their entries. Although the entry was not large the quality was very good overall, breeders in a numerically small breed are really at a disadvantage when judging, as quite a few exhibits were unable to enter.

Looking at the breed as a whole, numbers of dogs exhibited have decreased dramatically in the last few years and although one does not want the breed to become commercially popular it is not good for the breeds’ continued existence to decline in this way. Whilst touching on exhibitors, I really do think that although we must remember that the breed is of working origin, when we are in the show ring much more importance should be made on presentation.  A judge is there to judge to the standard of the breed in question and it is not much to ask that exhibitors at least make sure that their dogs are at least groomed and bathed to be presented in their best light. Not only did I notice this but other judges have made note of it, all rounders will often not feel able to give a dog top honours as they do not want to send an unkempt looking dog into the ‘big ring’. The other most noticeable thing was that upper arms seem to be getting shorter and attention should be paid in future breedings as it restricts the front movement  and is more tiring for the dog in prolonged movement.

Junior dog 1) Hardys Amhard Freebooter,  14 month male Blue/brindle. Good head and expression with a good mouth, correct ear set. Topline good, good shoulder placement like to see longer upper arm. Hindquarters need more bend of stifle but makes most of what he has. He moves soundly and was in good coat.

Limit Dog 1) Hadleys Donvaleset Rebus, 3 ½ years blue male with good head and expression. He has a strong jaw and good mouth. He was good in both front and rear angles and a well made dog, sound and moved very well. His coat is correct and in good coat.

                              2) Hardys Amhard Dansak, 4 years Blue/brindle male, with good head and expression although his head could be broader, mouth correct. His front angles are good but needs better bend of stifle at the rear which would give more drive. He is sound but did not move as well as 1 and he was not in the best of coat today.

Open Dog  1)Harleys Beatrix Boy with Windarra from Donvaleset 4 years blue male with good head and expression, good neck and shoulders, but upper arm could be longer. Sound and his movement and drive was very good, his coat could be harsher. Was pleased to award him the CC his third I understand.

2) Welchs Ch/Belg Ch Brockland Brayhead Lad 5years blue male with good head and expression, his head is broad and strong. Good angles front and rear, sound and moves well but needs more drive behind. Both these dogs are excellent and on the day the first dog was in better coat and moves slightly better. I am sure they will change places often. Res CC

Post Grad bitch  1) Holmes Grizzlemarsh Cassie 2 ½ years wheaten bitch Good head and expression with broad head and correct ear set. Well built with good angles front and rear, sound moves well with drive, carrying a little too much weight. Res CC          

2)Hardys Amhard Extra Spice 2 ½ years wheaten female finer build than one just like to see a bit more of her, not helped as she was not in coat today. Notwithstanding a well made bitch, would like better angle of front but sound and moved very well with outgoing temperament.

3)Hadleys Donvaleset Domino Blue/brindle 2  ½ years blue/brindle well made with good expression, would like a stronger head. Good angles front and rear carrying too much weight which seemed to affect her movement, as she did not want to move today.

Limit Bitch    1)Harleys Donvaleset Brier 2 ½ years wheaten female with good head and expression, good mouth and correct ear set. Excellent front, with good depth of brisket, good angles behind. In excellent coat and well presented. Sound and moved very well which just tipped the scales in the challenge for BOB, CC winner.

               2) Sealls Brockland Belle Bregorrey 5 years blue/brindle female, smaller type than one and well presented. Good head and expression front angles not as good as 1, moves well, but is close away. She was not carrying such good a coat as the first bitch.

               3) Baldocks Jeonty Maybe Daisee 2 ½ years wheaten female smaller type with good head and expression and correct ear set. In good coat, not as good front angles but rear angles good, moved adequately well. Moves close away sound to.

Kathy George (Romainville)