My Wire Dachshund Critique from S. Counties 2017

 [Above: BOB/BCC and DCC]

Thank you to all the exhibitors for an excellent entry. When judging Wires, you inevitably have to discount the upright shoulders as so few have the required layback. Thankfully, the flat, terrier fronts don’t seem to be in evidence as much as previously and I found plenty with good, not over-prominent, prosternums. Hindquarters were my greatest concern; far too many moved close behind or toeing-in when moving away from me. There seems to be two extremes of hind angulation fault; either too long in the lower thigh, or those that are too straight behind and lack bend of stifle. Temperaments were good. I found a couple with edge-to-edge bites and a few with dirty teeth that showed a lack of care in preparation and presentation. There were some excellent harsh coats but several that were soft and appeared to have been clipped. In general, the dogs were presented in good, muscled condition, but a few could clearly lose some weight and do with more, regular, exercise. It’s over 3 years since I last judged the breed and it is good to see that we have quite a few new (and younger) exhibitors. I hope they are being made to feel welcome and that they feel they can ask our more experienced owners for advice.

Puppy – Dog
Entries: 7 Absentees: 2

1ST SILVAE KINSMAN (MR D C & MRS K D MCCALMONT) 12-month dark brindle boy with an excellent, harsh coat and who is well up to size for his age. Excellent reach of neck and good, prominent forechest. Not overdone in depth of body, so he has good ground clearance. Good length of ribbing. Well-angulated behind. Moved very true going away from me. Held a good topline on the move. Best Puppy.

2ND BRAMALODGE BRAVAC BORIS (MRS J HOWE) 12-month brindle of smaller, more correct size than 1 and good, balanced, proportions. Good amount of ground clearance. Elegant neck and held a firm topline in profile. Not quite the forechest or bone of 1. Would prefer a bit more bend of stifle but he moved well and parallel going away. One to admire on the move, rather than stacked.



Junior – Dog
Entries: 8 Absentees: 2

1ST ALLFREYS HERE’S LOOKIN AT YOU (MISS C P GIBSON) Dark brindle with an excellent coat, just over 12 months. Correct 2:1 proportions. Reachy neck, good front construction with length of upper arm and he moved very true coming towards me. Neat, tidy underline but just losing his topline a little in profile movement. Moved well with front extension and rear drive.

2ND DEROCHAISE VERSACE JW (MRS E & MISS V MAES-JONES & BATES) Handsome dark brindle 17-month boy. A really well-balanced dog with a firm topline which he held at all times. Good, prominent forechest but with slightly more crook in front coming towards me, than 1. Really well-angulated behind, which he used to advantage in profile, on the move. Lovely, underline.



Post Graduate – Dog
Entries: 3 Absentees: 0

1ST MEGLINE ARAMIS (IMP ROM) (MRS & MISS MOORE & DOWNES) Dark brindle boy with great bone and substance. Correct 2:1 proportions. Prominent forechest. Elegant neck running into a good topline which he held on the move. Must have been feeling the heat as he was a bit reluctant to step out today.

2ND HOTOTO’S BARK AT THE MOON (MISS C CHAMBERS) Good sized boy of correct proportions with a lovely, harsh coat. Rather looser in the elbow than 1. Good reach of neck and forechest. Very tidy underline but tended to lose his topline a little in profile on the move.



Limit – Dog
Entries: 6 Absentees: 1

1ST AVENTINE THE KINGS GENERAL (MISS D HINDER) A smart brindle boy of correct proportions and not too big. Good layback of shoulder and tight-fitting elbows. Good length of ribbing. Held his topline on the move and had good, parallel front movement coming towards me. Nothing exaggerated. RCC

2ND DEROCHAISE BLACK TARQUIN (MS E A & H M WHARTON & PUGHE) Another handsome boy, turned out to perfection and who is lovely to watch in profile movement as he holds an excellent topline. Reachy neck and prominent forechest. Not the harsh coat of 1 and moved slightly closer in front coming towards me. Well-angulated behind and moved parallel going away.



Open – Dog
Entries: 3 Absentees: 0

1ST CH FRANSIN BRASILIAN TP PANETTONE (IMP ITA) SHCM (MR S A & MR P C MCPHERSON & PATERSON) This impressive dog seems to get better with age and really commands the ring when you watch him stepping out in profile movement. Good size and proportions. Super front construction with good length of upper arm and he moved so parallel and true coming towards me. A worthy champion, expertly handled and I was pleased to award him the DCC and BOS. Sire of my BCC/BOB.

2ND CH WIRETAP HERE I AM (IMP CAN) (MRS V PHILLIPS) Red boy of good size and proportions who has a reachy neck and good amount of forechest. Not the front construction of 1, so he doesn’t have the same reach and extension in front movement. Good amount of ground clearance, ribbing goes well back and a tidy underline. Well angulated behind and he moved parallel going away.



Veteran – Dog Or Bitch
Entries: 1 Absentees: 0

1ST LESANDNIC SUBLIMITY SHCM (MR C & MRS S HASTINGS) Hard to believe this red boy is now a veteran as I awarded him a RCC in 2013. He has excellent front construction with a well laid-back shoulder and good length of upper arm.  Good reach of neck. True, parallel movement both coming and going.


Puppy – Bitch
Entries: 10 Absentees: 1

1ST PENDYFFREN MISS DOLCE BY ATAHIRA (MRS C DAVIES) Attractive red bitch of just 10 months. Correct size. Excellent coat. Excels in front construction; elegant neck, prominent forechest but not over-done. Good ground clearance. Neat, flowing underline and held a good topline in profile movement. No doubt she will tighten-up her hind movement as she matures.

2ND WAGSFORD HESTER (MRS A S WARREN) Slightly more compact type than 1 and not the front construction, being a bit loose in elbow. Correct size. Good length of ribbing and tidy, flowing underline. Super hind movement; very true going away.



Junior – Bitch
Entries: 7 Absentees: 3

1ST DEROCHAISE ELUSIA (MRS E & MISS V MAES-JONES & BATES) This was my find of the day. Stunning 17-month dark brindle girl who is a lovely, correct, size and so beautifully proportioned. Super topline and neat, flowing underline. Great front construction with elegant neck and tight-fitting elbows. Turned out to perfection and a dream to watch in profile movement; good reach in front and drive behind. CC & BOB.

2ND BYSTOCK PANNACOTTA (MS H M & MS C PUGHE & FRASER) Another lovely girl who is a bit more compact than 1. Good reach of neck and held a firm topline. Good ground clearance. Well-constructed and good movement in front but I would prefer a bit more bend of stifle.



Post Graduate – Bitch
Entries: 6 Absentees: 1

1ST GREYHAYNE BLACK VELVET (MS L WHARTON) This girl is one to watch on the move as she does show herself to good advantage and there is nothing exaggerated. Good coat. Correct size and proportions with good ground clearance and a neat underline. Moved true going away from me.

2ND LESANDNIC SLEEPYTIME SHCM (MR C & MRS S HASTINGS) Super, harsh coat on this good-sized girl. Good layback of shoulder and length of upper arm so she moved really true when coming towards me. Needs more bend of stifle but, despite this, moved parallel when moving away.



Limit – Bitch
Entries: 9 Absentees: 1

1ST BRONTILLOW GRACE DARLING (MRS J N DEAN) This bitch has the correct, 2:1 proportions and good, overall balance. Looks a real picture when stacked. Elegant, reachy neck. Not overdone in forechest. Tidy underline and good length of ribbing. Good bend of stifle and she has true, parallel movement coming and going away.

2ND GRAVETYE KISS ME KATE CISHELVINE (MRS R M VINE) Red bitch of correct size, lovely type with good ground clearance and not over-long in body. Good amount of forechest but not quite the front construction of 1, being slightly loose in the elbow. Well-angulated behind and moved absolutely parallel going away from me.



Open – Bitch Entries: 5 Absentees: 2

1ST CH TENDROW A PAGE IN TIME (MRS V PHILLIPS) Absolutely classic, typey, red bitch with correct proportions who looks so balanced when standing. Very well constructed both in front and rear. Good length of ribbing. A joy to watch in profile movement, with extension in front and drive from behind. RCC.

2ND CH BOLORIA’S NAUGHT BUT NICE SHCM (MRS J & MISS R ROWE) Very attractive Chocolate and Tan who is slightly more compact than 1 and not quite the ground clearance. Lovely front construction; elegant reach of neck flowing into a good topline, held on the move. Neat, flowing underline. This girl is handled so well and really looks super in profile when she drives round the ring.



Judge: Ian J Seath













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