Sue Seath’s Wirehaired Dachshund Critique from Crufts 2014

CRUFTS 2014 – WIREHAIRED DACHSHUNDS

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As a breed specialist judge it was a dream come true as well as a great honour to be invited to judge at Crufts. I had a lovely entry of quality dogs to assess. There were some hotly contested classes, providing a fascinating mental challenge to sort out, which I relished. The limit and open classes in both sexes were packed with quality and there were some exciting youngsters to judge, so the future is looking bright and I shall be following the careers of these rising stars with great interest.

Since I last judged Wires 5 years ago, there has been a real improvement in the overall level of quality of conformation and movement. Hind movement, in particular, has got significantly better, with more dogs displaying parallel action viewed moving away. More exhibits now meet the requirements in the revised breed standard for a dog with a two to one length to height ratio and good ground clearance. This has had a knock-on effect on movement with more dogs exhibiting freer action in profile. There are still some large ones, but more are now of an acceptable size.

The two features that need work on now are length of upper arm and length of ribbing. I found many dogs with very short upper arms, even on some that had good length shoulder blades that were well laid back. Short ribbing was also to be found in abundance. Although this variety has traditionally been plagued with forward placed shoulder assemblies and a consequent lack of forechest, most here had reasonable forehand construction. I did find a few with shoulder blades right up in their necks and this was reflected in their profile movement, where they displayed a short, choppy stride and failed to cover the ground.

I was looking for elegant, correctly proportioned dogs with good ground clearance and free, active movement and I found this in all my class winners. The good movers really stood out in this lovely large ring, and it was fascinating to observe that as I didn’t ask for the dogs to be stood in numerical order (one of my pet hates as an exhibitor), those showing the good movers tended to position themselves at the front when the classes assembled in the ring.

The other features on my wish list for the perfect exhibit were good coat presentation, perfect body condition and good handling, and this is where my CC and Reserve CC winners scored. Although coat quality on the majority is really good, some exhibitors could make more of their dogs with better tidying of the coats. When it comes to the crunch and one is splitting hairs, presentation, handling and conditioning in terms of body weight and muscling, can tip the balance in your dog’s favour. These factors are easily achievable.

Finally, I was especially gratified and excited to have some super dogs from overseas to judge, and delighted to be able to reward some of them accordingly. In previous years as an exhibitor, I have sat ringside and been dismayed when some lovely exhibits from abroad have gone unplaced. I thoroughly enjoyed my day and thank all the exhibitors for bringing their dogs for me to assess.

Veteran – Dog

Entries: 2 Abs: 0

1st BYSTOCK SKYE WALKER AT MENIGMA (MRS S M PINKERTON)

Dark brindle with super, harsh textured coat and of reasonable size. Attractive head and expression, compact, well-muscled body and correctly placed, well laid shoulders and consequently good forechest. Hindquarters are well angulated in stance, but just straighten slightly in profile action. Moved freely, but inclined to roach his back a little. Well boned throughout.

2nd CISHELVINE SEA SWELL (MRS R M VINE)

Light brindle who was completely out of coat. Longer and lower type. Has a good reach of neck which flows smoothly into his topline. Moderate angulation in fore and hind angulation. Preferred the more compact outline and head and expression of 1st.

Special Puppy – Dog

Entries: 4 Abs: 0

1st STERNCHEN RASTABAN (MRS P F & MR S A RODWELL & WHITE)

Correct size, elegant and well constructed brindle. Coat texture is good, but owner could present it better as he was a little untidy. Loved his head with correctly shaped dark eye and alert, keen expression. Reachy neck flows smoothly into well laid shoulders. Hind angulation is good and he moved freely once settled, and kept his outline in profile the best in this class. Very promising indeed.

2nd LESANDNIC LIL EETEE (MISS L J PATTON)

Perfect length to height ratio, size and ground clearance on this good-coated red. He has a different head type to my winner, but it is just as correct. Good reach of neck and well laid shoulders, however he could have a slightly longer upper arm. Pleasing bend of stifle in stance and good overall body shape for his age. Excels in accurate, parallel up and back action, but just loses his topline a shade in profile on the move.

3rd BAREMBAK ARIZONA (MRS R COBLEY)

Beautifully presented dark brindle with harsh textured coat. Slightly larger than 1st and 2nd, but is compact and well bodied and more forward in development than the winners. Loved his head and and expression in particular. Has reasonable lay of shoulder but needs a longer upper arm. Moves well in front, but toeing in slightly behind and flies his tail at times in profile.

Res BELLAVIN’S ILLUSTRIOUS (MR J & MRS E J CLARE)

Special Junior – Dog

Entries: 4 Abs: 0

1st AVENTINE JAMAICA INN (MRS L J COVERLEY)

Elegant brindle with well balanced outline and correct ground clearance. Easy to see why he has been so successful as a puppy, although I feel he is going through a bit of a “teenage” phase at the moment, and needs to drop a little in body and fill out overall. Attractive head and expression, good length neck leading to well placed shoulders. Topline is better on the move than stood, where he tends to slope downhill a shade. Covered the ground with ease, and has good true movement up and back.

2nd TENDROW REPLAYS THE RED GUY AT KINDEACE TAF (MR K S & MRS S M PASKINS)

Compact, correctly sized red who was in lovely condition and beautifully presented, albeit a little short of coat on the day. Preferred the head type of 1st, but that aside, he is well constructed with balanced angulation fore and aft and a firm, level topline with good flow of underline to match. Covered the ground well and held his shape in profile.

3rd CISHELVINE RED ADMIRAL (MISS A BAXTER)

Much longer-cast dark red. Too long in body and short in leg to fulfil the requirements of the revised breed standard. Admired his overall elegance, head and expression, neck and shoulder layback. Holds his shape well in profile, but does move wide in front coming towards.

Res AVENTINE THE KING’S GENERAL (MISS D HINDER)

Yearling – Dog

Entries: 3 Abs: 0

1st TECKELGARTH LEAPOFFAITH (MRS H E BUBB)

Smart and compact dark brindle with excellent harsh coat and good bone and substance throughout. Presented a lovely outline stacked, with well proportioned head, good length neck, well laid shoulders and good forechest, firm topline and good flow of underline with pleasing spring of rib and well angulated quarters. Once settled, he moved out freely and held his shape well in profile.

2nd CISHELVINE RED ADMIRAL (MISS A BAXTER)

3rd LEON VAN DE NERENDIJK [ATC AQ01589BEL] (MISS V VERBEEKE CHRISTY)

Smaller sized, compact light brindle of more European type. Slightly different in head type to 1st and 2nd, being a little shorter in muzzle. Although he had a reasonable reach of neck when examined on the table, he tended to lose this on the move and sink into his shoulders. Compact body with lovely firm, level topline. Very well angulated quarters, but a little elbowy coming towards me. Moved out freely and covered the ground well in profile.

Post Graduate – Dog

Entries: 3 Abs: 0

1st METEWAND BOGEN BY THE SEA (MR W I MOORE)

Larger size, beautifully presented dark brindle with harsh coat. Handled to get the very best from him. Longer cast than ideal, but has quality all through. I admired his head and expression, reach of neck and excellent shoulder placement and forechest. Looked a picture stacked, but just rises slightly in topline in profile movement. Moved with parallel action up and back and covered the ground well. A stand out winner in this class.

2nd BARDINGS BENNY THE DIP (MR C & MRS S HASTINGS)

Red of taller, squarer type than 1st. Slightly plainer head type and more moderately angulated, but held his shape well in profile. Shoulders straighter and more forward placed than the winner, and is a little square over the croup.

3rd EYDEHAVN HELMSLEY AT ANDLOUIS (MR & MRS A A DERRY)

Happy-go-lucky dark brindle who proved a real handful for his owner. Loved his attitude, good textured coat and attractive head and expression. Carrying a little too much weight which spoilt his topline on the move where he dipped a shade and ran up behind.

Limit – Dog

Entries: 11 Abs: 2

A hotly contested class with quality right down the line.

1st FRANSIN BRASILIAN TP PANETTONE (IMP ITA) SHCM (MR S A & MR P C MCPHERSON & PATERSON)

Have admired this stunning light brindle from the first occasion I saw him as a very raw puppy. He has certainly more than fulfilled his potential and I was pleased to have the opportunity to judge him. Excels in outline both in stance and on the move. Beautiful head and expression, with correctly shaped dark eye, strong muzzle and jaw and lovely furnishings. Reachy neck flows seamlessly into well placed and laid back shoulders and displays the correct forechest as a result. Firm topline with good flow of underline and spring of rib leading to well angulated quarters. Totally spot on for length to height ratio and ground clearance. His quality of conformation translates into sound, free and ground-covering movement. Beautifully conditioned, presented and handled to advantage. Pleased to award him Reserve C.C.

2nd BOLORIA’S CADBURY’S SURPRISE (MRS J & MISS R ROWE)

Correctly sized, harsh-coated dark chocolate also spot on for length to height ratio and ground clearance. He too, has an attractive head with keen expression and good furnishings. Good reach of neck, body shape and hind angulation. Just slightly less well laid shoulders than 1st and consequently a little less forechest in evidence. Another who moves out freely and covers the ground with ease. Accurate up and back action. Well presented.

3rd ALLFREYS ROCK OF GIBRALTER (MISS CP GIBSON)

Another quality dog of correct size and proportions and is the sire of 1st in puppy dog and 2nd puppy bitch, so is transmitting his quality to his offspring. A more workmanlike, less glamorous type but with everything to like in terms of angulation and overall balance. Lovely harsh coat. Moved freely in profile and true up and back. Could perhaps have slightly more reach of neck in comparison to 1st and 2nd.

Res LESANDNIC SUBLIMITY SHCM (MR C & MRS S HASTINGS)

VHC ROMANCHI ALKANSEA (MRS K & MISSES L & J CARTER)

Open – Dog

Entries: 7 Abs: 2

Another class of excellent quality dogs.

1st DK CH(S)/SECH(S)/NO/NOR/SI/CIB CIE TREIS PINHEIROS MATISSE SW [ATC AL00799BRA] (MRS C HUBBE)

Absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to judge this outstanding dog I have admired from the ringside at previous Crufts, where I feel he has been somewhat hard done by. He is quality all through, and handled and presented to perfection. Totally correct for size, length of body, angulation and ground clearance all topped off with a crisp, wonderfully presented coat. Correctly proportioned head with keen, alert expression. Lengthy neck flows into excellent shoulder placement and firm, level topline. Correct forechest and good sweep of underline. Beautifully angulated hindquarters complete the picture. His outline in stance is just stunning, and he comes alive on the move where he just powers round the ring with effortless ground-covering action and out-moved everything else to take CC and well deserved BOB. Easy to see why he has a string of titles in front of his name.

2nd CH SILVAE ZEALOT (MR D C & MRS K D MCCALMONT)

Another dog I have admired since I saw him as a puppy at his first show. Beautifully presented, larger sized brindle of excellent quality. Lovely head and expression with keen expression, correctly shaped eye and strong, powerful jaw with correct length muzzle. Neck flows smoothly into excellent shoulders with correct length of upper arm to balance and therefore has the desired forechest. All the dogs exhibited from this kennel today had textbook forequarter conformation. Holds a firm, level topline both in stance and on the move and well angulated quarters. Another powerful, fluid mover, with good length of stride in profile. Sire of the Bitch CC winner. Just preferred the size and slightly more compact outline of the 1st.

3rd FRANSIN TRE PINHEIRO CIOCCOLATO [ATC AQ02079ITA] ( MISS F CASSIN)

More correctly sized, harsh-coated brindle presented, conditioned and shown to perfection. On the initial circuit of the ring, thought he would stand 2nd in the class, but sadly he stepped on a drain cover under the carpet that clanked and then spooked him. Such a shame. Really admired his stunning head and expression, reach of neck, well laid shoulders, body shape and hind angulation. Compact body with correct length to height balance and good ground clearance. So elegant and another that powered round the ring with ease. Brother to both the Reserve CC winners. Was obviously a fabulous litter. Lucky breeder!

Res CH/IR CH LESANDNIC SEA THE STARS (MISS L J PATTON)

VHC INT CH TILKEN FILOU [ATC AQ02172FIN] (T SYCHEVA)

Good Citizen Dog Scheme – Dog

Entries: 2 Abs: 0

1st INT/IR CH LESANDNIC LARSSON (MISS L J PATTON)

Correctly sized dog with many qualities to admire, not least of which is his fabulous, harsh pinwire coat. Spot on for balance and ground clearance and presents a lovely elegant outline in stance. Just loses his topline in profile movement, sadly, but admired his action up and back.

2nd SALIXIAN ECLAT (MRS F E & MR I S SMITH)

Compact, harsh-coated brindle of the correct size. Lower stationed than 1st. Looks better stacked than on the move where he also loses his topline and straightens his hind angulation and flies his tail.

Veteran – Bitch

Entries: 3 Abs: 0

1st CH NOSINLLOR JOAN OF ARC (MR P M & MRS S W ROLLINSON)

Pinwire dark brindle of longer, lower type, but her quality is evident and not surprised to see she is a Champion. Good head, neck, shoulder and topline with lovely flow of underline to complement. Well angulated hindquarters enable her to stride out freely. In lovely condition, although I would like to see her carry just a shade less weight.

2nd IR CH LESANDNIC SOLERINA (MISS L J PATTON)

Preferred the overall balance and ground clearance of this light brindle, but sadly her coat quality couldn’t match that of 1st, and she is slightly less well angulated behind with longer rear pasterns. Admired her lovely feminine head, eye and overall expression and her sound, free movement.

3rd PETAL REBECCA VON TAGUNDNACHT (MRS A B PERRY)

Longer-cast light brindle. Couldn’t match the quality of 1st and 2nd. Runs up behind in stance and on the move.

Special Puppy – Bitch

Entries: 6 Abs: 0

A class full of quality youngsters. Will watch how they develop with interest.

1st SILVAE SOLO (MR D C & MRS K D MCCALMONT)

This beautifully presented, elegant light brindle completely captivated me as soon as she entered the ring. Outstanding conformation and outline. One of the best to come from this kennel I feel, and a bright future is assured. Stunning head and expression with strong jaw and correct length muzzle, yet retains her femininity. Reachy neck flows into correctly laid shoulders with good length of upper arm and lovely forechest. Firm, level topline is maintained both when stacked and on the move and has well angulated hindquarters. Still learning how to show herself off reliably, but once she settled, she just powered round the ring, with fluidity and style. The more she moved the better she went. CC against very stiff competition and also Best Puppy In Breed.

2nd ALLFREYS STERNCHEN ALRISHA (MISS CP GIBSON)

Another exciting prospect. Although of different type, being smaller and more compact, this brindle is of great merit too. So feminine all through and another with spot on forequarter conformation. Lovely to go over on the table, where everything just flowed under my hands. Elegant outline with good body shape and sweep of underline and well angulated quarters. Not quite as forward in development as yet in comparison to 1st, and that old cliche “unlucky to meet the winner” most definitely applies here. Also has the potential for a bright future I am sure.

3rd BELLAVIN ALFREDA (MR W M & MISS J C EDWARDS & LAVIN)

Attractive, feminine and elegant brindle. Slightly more moderate angulation fore and aft than 1st and 2nd, but held her outline well in profile on the move. Still quite immature as yet, but that is no fault.

Res SOMNIFERUM FLYIN HIGH (MR H T LITTLEWORTH)

VHC LINLEAJO CHERRY BLOSSOM (MRS M A & MR C J DAVIS)

Special Junior – Bitch

Entries: 6 Abs: 0

1st AMBIESQUE AGNA (MESSRS P & B PATERSON)

Elegant and feminine light brindle who I see shares the same sire as my two Reserve CC winners and I gave her dam a CC the last time I judged the breed, so am not surprised she caught my eye in this class. Beautiful presentation and conditioning as always from this exhibitor and also handled to advantage. Loved her head and expression, reach of neck, shoulder placement and body shape, top and underline. Flowed round the ring, keeping her lovely shape at all times.

2nd AVENTINE REBECCA ( MISS C A PIPER)

Correctly sized, light brindle, who is badly in need of some attention to her coat. She has lovely conformation underneath all that hair and presents a compact outline. Well angulated fore and aft and kept her shape well in profile covering the ground well. Loved her wagging tail. Another who was a bit of a handful to show.

3rd CISHELVINE SEA SPRAY TAF (MR R W STILES)

Elegant red, whose coat was at the other extreme – not enough of it sadly. Reasonable head and reach of neck but a bit short in upper arm and could have better hind angulation. Held her shape well in profile on the move.

Res SOMNIFERUM FLYIN HIGH (MR H T LITTLEWORTH)

VHC TENDROW ROUGE ET NOIRE AT SALIXIAN (MRS F E & MR I S SMITH)

Yearling – Bitch

Entries: 3 Abs: 0

Difficult class.

1st CISHELVINE ENIGMA OF THE SEA (MRS R M VINE)

Elegant brindle who was rather too long and low for my taste, but had the best head, neck and topline in this class. Held her shape the best in profile on the move, but flies her tail which does detract from her overall outline.

2nd BOLORIA’S AFTER EIGHT AT GARJAY (MR G & MRS J BELLAMY)

More compact, correct size chocolate with a super harsh coat. Her head is not her fortune however, and she has a tendency to sink into her forequarters when stood. Although I preferred her shorter body, she didn’t hold her topline as well as 1st on the move. Better tail set than 1st, however. Handler needs to relax, as her nerves are making this bitch difficult to handle.

3rd DANCINDAC CHERRY BLOSSOM (MRS C K BLISS)

This bitch is far too long and heavy in body with insufficient ground clearance. However, that said, I did admire her head and expression and forechest.

Post Graduate – Bitch

Entries: 10 Abs: 2

Great diversity of type in this class made it challenging to judge and it was impossible to achieve a consistent line up.

1st AVENTINE DAWN PATROL (MRS L J COVERLEY)

Another admirable exhibit from this up and coming kennel. Compact light brindle who is spot on for length to height ratio and ground clearance together with fabulous level topline, so I overlooked her slightly profuse and softer coat to reward her good points. Lovely feminine head and expression, adequate neck, reasonable shoulders and forechest. Firm topline held at all times both stood and on the move. Well angulated quarters. Moved with accuracy up and back and held her outline in profile movement where she covered the ground with ease. Just slightly edgy in temperament, however.

2nd WAGSFORD MOLLY MAY (MRS J E MAY)

More correctly sized darker brindle with harsher coat which has been recently stripped out. Not quite the firmness of topline of 1st and needs more hind angulation. However, she moved out reasonably freely and held her outline.

3rd DEROCHAISE ZIGANA (MS L WHARTON)

Thought initially that this larger size light brindle might stand 2nd in this class, but she didn’t have the scope on the move of 1st and 2nd and this became more evident as the class progressed. Lovely breed type and I preferred her head and expression to 2nd. Moderate angulation fore and aft. Good overall body shape. Slightly too soft in coat.

Res NOVEMBER STORM FOR ABLEBODY (MR J & MRS E BROWN)

VHC WIRELINC COOKS COMPANION (MS L STOCKDALE)

Limit – Bitch

Entries: 6 Abs: 2

Although this was a small class numerically, the level of quality was high.

1st BOLORIA NAUGHTY BUT NICE (MRS J & MISS R ROWE)

Beautifully proportioned, feminine light chocolate. Compact, well bodied and spot on for correct length of body and ground clearance as well as topline, hind angulation and size. Attractive, feminine head with good furnishings which has immediate appeal. Neck flows smoothly into firm, level topline held at all times both stood and moving. Really comes into her own on the move where she powers round the ring with lovely length of stride and ease of action. Sound up and back movement. Would just like to see her carry slightly less weight as this pegged her back in the challenge.

2nd WAGSFORD WINONA OF ROCINDA (MS J E MORRIS)

Quality brindle with lovely coat and also has a well balanced outline and attractive head and expression. Slightly longer neck than 1st, but a little steeper in underline which put her into 2nd place. Well laid shoulders, good topline and hind angulation is in balance with her forequarters. Elegant outline which she maintained on the move.

3rd WAGSFORD FLORANCE (MRS A S WARREN)

Litter sister to 2nd. Also has elegance of outline and a pleasing head and expression. Coat is slightly softer than her sister and she is a little slack in topline both in stance and on the move in comparison to 1st and 2nd. Moderate, but balanced angulation fore and aft. A bit longer cast than the winners and with less ground clearance.

Res DEROCHAISE ELEGANCIA JW (MISS V & MRS E BATES & MAES-JONES)

Open – Bitch

Entries: 10 Abs: 2

Fabulous class with quality in abundance. Really spoilt for choice.

1st FRANSIN STRACCIATELLA TREIS PINHEIRO [ATC AQ02068ITA] ( MISS F CASSIN)

Correctly sized, beautifully presented, harsh-coated brindle. Spot on for length to height ratio and ground clearance. Stunning outline with immediate appeal and she keeps her shape at all times when stood and moving. Feminine head set on reachy neck which flows into well laid shoulders. Lovely body shape and topline and well angulated quarters. Moves completely parallel up and back and just powers round the ring with effortless action in profile. Reserve CC – litter sister to dog Reserve CC winner.

2nd CH BYSTOCK PUSSY GALORE (H M & C PUGHE & FRASER)

More workmanlike type brindle, also of correct proportions and size. Another I have admired from the ringside and was pleased to have the chance to judge. I preferred the head type of my principal winners, but that said, this bitch is all quality. Well laid shoulders, good body shape, top and underline and well angulated quarters, all topped off with a good quality, harsh coat. Handled to advantage, and another with powerful, ground-covering action.

3rd CH SILVAE QUINTET (MR D C & MRS K D MCCALMONT)

Larger size light brindle who is also quality through and through. Particularly admired her lovely head and expression and textbook forequarter conformation. Longer cast than 1st and 2nd and together with her size that was why I placed her 3rd. Another who held her shape at all times and moved out freely, with style.

Res CH DEROCHAISE BLACK ORCHID (MISS V & MRS E BATES & MAES-JONES)

VHC CH CLOUDSIDE ISODORA AT AMBIESQUE (MESSRS P & B PATERSON)

Good Citizen Dog Scheme – Bitch

Entries: 3 Abs: 1

1st DEROCHAISE ZIGANA (MS L WHARTON)

2nd PETAL REBECCA VON TAGUNDNACHT (MRS A B PERRY)

SUE SEATH (Judge)

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