National Terrier critique


My thanks to the Committee for their warm welcome and excellent hospitality and to the exhibitors for an excellent entry of 27 dogs. I was very pleased with my main winners and thought the representative in the Group ring gave a very polished performance. However, through the entry I was a bit dismayed to find a Dandie-style head, a Skye-type head and those expressions did not look at me like a Glen and a couple of Cesky Terrier-like trimmed outlines. This is something that breeders and exhibitors need to address – a Glen should have none of these attributes! A Glen should look like a Glen of Imaal, with strength and substance, not like a mix match put down to look like something else for appearance sake. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed judging the breed that is a great favourite of mine.

MPD (1) 1 Hardy’s Amhard Justin Thyme. Just coming up 8 months this wheaten boy has a good body shape and outline. Promising head with good width of skull, good stop and correct shaping to the foreface. Strong front assembly for his age and a good shaped ribcage with a short loin. He has good muscling in his hindquarters and this assists his free-flowing movement. Very steady both coming and going and his overall type and ring presence won him the Best Puppy award over the bitch.

JD (1) 1 Alstead’s Golden Spurs. 16 months blue boy with an attractive bit of brindling through the coat at the moment. A shade square in outline at the moment carrying a very full harsh coat for his age. A well balanced skull and foreface with correct ears and good scissor bite. Good length of rib but just a bit flat at the moment and a good strong loin. Good muscling in the quarters allowing free flowing movement though a shade tight both ends. I will be interested to watch how this young man develops.

PGD (2, 1) 1 Sage’s Romainville Fast N’Furious At Wickholm. Stood alone in this class but stood out in the Dog Challenge for his breed type that is so correct to the standard. A cracking headpiece with powerful foreface and beautiful dentition with a correct scissor bite. Correct rose ears, well set and with that lovely Glen expression. His blue coat has such a good harsh texture and his body proportions are spot on with a great ribcage, strong loin and a correct topline both standing and on the move. He has very well muscled hindquarters and the best tail carriage on the day. He moved with such purpose and drive both coming and going and really covered the ground when viewed in profile. I was please to award this top quality Glen his first CC and BoB and I am sure his crown is not far away.

LD (4) 1 Hardy’s Amhard High Flyer. Two and a half yr old wheaten lad with a very good outline. Well balanced skull with good stop and tapering muzzle and a good scissor bite. He has a strong muscular neck that runs into a well-structured front assembly with good bone and correct feet. A nicely extended ribcage and good loin but unfortunately he had left his jacket at home. However, this is temporary and with a full coat should be able hold his own in any company. Strong quarters with good muscling and a very well set tail. A sound steady mover in profile, though just a shade tight at the back going away. Well put down and handled. 2 Welch’s Romainville Brannigan At Brockland. He too presents a good outline with his strong head, this red/wheaten has a good, harsh quality coat, dark eye and balanced muzzle. He has a good strong neck running into good set of shoulders and front with excellent bone. Just a shade flatter in rib today but has good strong loin. Not as good in turn of stifle as winner but has good muscling in his quarters. He moved steadily in profile though a tad wide in front coming towards me. 3 Withers’ Pajantick Star Trooper.

OD (3) 1 Hadley’s Donvaleset Rebus. Striking blue veteran with a good Glen outline with good harsh coat presented correctly. He has a good strong skull of the correct shape with good strength to the foreface and good dentition for his age. Excellent power in his forequarters with the correct amount of bone with well balanced body with good ribcage and short loin and correct topline especially when on the move which he did with ease and precision. The harsh textured coat covering his body was very well presented. He is well muscled still for his age and this and overall type won him this class and the Reserve CC. 2 George & Sullivan’s Romainville Billy Whizz. Attractive red wheaten just coming up four years with a well balanced skull and good stop but was just a shade short of strength in the muzzle. Good ears and correct dentition heading up a well-laid front assembly with plenty of bone. Good width of chest, well-sprung ribcage and short loin that is covered with a good quality harsh jacket. His quarters are well-muscled and this helps give him the required Glen topline. Moved steadily both coming and going but was just a little too fond of his tail on the move and this spoiled the overall picture. 3 Welch’s Ch & Ir Ch Brockland Brayhead Lad. Must mention this super 11 year old blue, unfortunately had left his coat at home. Lovely breed type and can still cover the ground with relative ease.

MPB (1) 1 O’Brien & James’ Amhard Jessie Jay. Attractive wheaten puppy with a good outline if just a little square looking at the moment. She has a well balanced skull and foreface for her age with nice dark well set eyes and a lovely expression. Good neck and front assembly with good bone for her years. Good shape of rib and neat loin with a nicely muscled set of quarters. Just a baby with a lot of potential and at only 8 months she moved and showed very well.

PB (2) 1 George & Sullivan‘s Romainville Anna Belle. 11month wheaten with a well balanced skull and foreface with good scissor bite. Neat ears and well set eyes, strong neck for her age and plenty of bone in a well laid front assembly. Nicely proportioned rib to loin balance with good angulation and muscling in a very nice set of quarters. Moved steadily in profile and was well put down with a good harsh coat for her age and was well handled. 2 Hardy & Tune’s Amhard Jeez Louise. Litter sister to the winner of Minor Puppy and many of the same attributes apply. A good quality coat covered a slightly flatter in rib than the winner but she had an equally well-proportioned balanced outline. Good muscletone in a very nice set of well angulated quarters. Moved a bit erratically at times but could be sound and steady when she put her mind to it.

JB (1) 1 Studd’s Wickholm Gone In Sixty Secs. Just a month out of puppy this young wheaten lady was another who had left her coat at home. Balanced skull and foreface with a good scissor bite, though with a slightly larger, lower set ear carriage. Good neckline with a well boned set of legs below, running into a nicely sprung ribcage and a well muscled quarters for her age. Turned in a shade coming towards but moved soundly in profile and was sympathetically handled.

PGB (1) 1 George & Sullivan’s Romainville Fade To Grey. Two yr old blue with a nicely balanced outline covered with an attractive, if softer textured overcoat. Good head proportions with nice toning eye and neat ears and scissor bite. Strong neck and sound forequarters with good bone and correct feet. Shade flatter in rib but with good strength through the loin. Moving soundly enough in profile but was a shade tight both coming and going. Well put down and handled.

LB (5) 1 Baldock’s Ellerton Dusky Beauty. This blue bitch who is just coming up 3 years has a very typical Glen outline with that constant reminder of the characteristics of the breed. Very good skull and foreface proportions with neat set ears and correct scissor bite. Lovely muscular neck  running into a very good lay of shoulder and excellent bone and feet. She has a nice deep well sprung ribcage and a good strong loin ensuring the topline is maintained throughout. Really covered the ground in profile and was very positive both ends coming and going. In the bitch challenge I felt that she was, on the day, just a shade better in forward reach and drive than second in Open and was delighted to award her the Reserve Bitch CC. 2 Hadley’s Donvaleset Domino. Full sister to my CC winner, this 7 year old wheaten has a very good quality coat and typical outline. A very well balanced skull and foreface with neat ears, just a shade lower set, and a lovely expression. Strong neck flows into a well-laid shoulder with good bone and neat feet. She has a good well sprung ribcage with a strong, short loin behind and well set tail. Well muscled quarters that assists that free easy movement in profile though was incline to be a shade tight going away. 3 Rogers’ Jeonty Meme Fern.

OB (6) 1 Harley’s Ch Donvaleset Brier. This attractive wheaten bitch really belies her 8 years as she commands attention and has great ring presence. Her body shape has the classical Glen outline and that look of sturdiness and substance. She has a lovely balanced skull and foreface with neat ears and a dark eye. A good set of teeth with the correct scissor bite. Her muscular neck runs into a very well-laid front assembly with excellent bone and correct feet. A beautiful ribcage with good depth and length and with her neat short loin her topline remained constant throughout. Such a sound steady mover, she covered the ground so easily in profile, one of the deciding factors in this class and was very true both coming and going. Very well handled and could not be denied the Bitch CC. 2 Baldock’s Ch Jeonty Maybee Daysee. Another wheaten lady who belies her years, one would never suspect she was only a year younger than winner. Another classy Glen outline with the look of substance without coarseness. Another beautifully balanced skull and foreface with that endearing Glen expression coming from those dark eyes. She has the best of fronts with excellent bone and correct feet setting up the well formed, correct ribcage required by the standard. A strong loin and well muscled quarters led to sound steady movement in profile but felt she did not have as much reach and drive as winner. A very nice bitch to go over and was very well handled. 3 Sage’s Jeonty Lola May At Wickholm.

Bob Cross (Judge)