Crufts Sunday 8th March 2015.
I was pleased with a good entry of quality dogs however this meant that some had to go without a place. At times I was splitting hairs and a lack of concentration in dog or handler can sometimes make a difference between win or lose in a large class.
Weak rear movement has been a problem in this breed for many years, now I am seeing small heads, pinched expressions and lack of strong underjaw all of which had to be penalised in degree to their good qualities. Some dogs lacked muscle tone in rear or did not have good angulation, which affected movement. Most eyes had the correct amount of white showing, only a few had exaggerated large eyes. All exhibits had the required feathered hare feet.
I was looking for dogs with good construction, free movement and as many of the necessary breed requirements as possible, which I found in my winners but no dog is perfect.
1. Bailey’s Pochinka Edward Bear At Aldoricka. 7yrs. In good condition for age, nice outline, broad head, strong body, showed and moved well.
2. McFarlane’s Sleepyhollow All That Jazz At Glendyke. Almost 10yrs. In good coat, correct, expressive eyes, fine bone, movement not as positive as one.
3. Burden’s Sheonagh Airgid Storm. 7yrs. Larger type with heavier bone but movement was good, well balanced throughout.
1. McDonald’s Clandonald Shintaro. Larger than I would like for age but well coated with long fringed ears, movement a little erratic.
1 Thomas’ Delis Sakura Balkan Susumi At Javalcy (Imp Bul). Another I would like a little smaller, large broad head with correct eye and expression, a bit unsettled and didn’t carry his tail well. Moved ok at times.
1. Pearce & Hann’s Holmchin Secret Affair With Rakuchin. Stylish free mover, which put him in front of this large good class. Lovely head, well cushioned muzzle and correct eye. Good length of neck into a level topline. In good coat.
2. Jolley’s Sharlarna Tailor Made For Dekobras JW. Really pleasing broad head, good eye and expression, moved well with straight correct front action. Good temperament.
3. Allcock’s Sleepyhollow Le Figaro. Shorter in back, straighter in shoulder than winners but nevertheless moved well. Good head qualities secured his place.
1. Farmer’s Sangria Back To The Future. An easy winner in this class, showy, small compact dog in good coat with good width in head and muzzle, correct eye, moved freely keeping a level topline at all times, would like more length in leg but has yet to mature.
2. Thomas’ Javalcy Nik Nak Paddywack. Similar in size to winner with a nice head, moved well but drops tail at times, which spoils his outline, would prefer more body weight. Moved well when required.
3. Flynn’s Choya Kanayo Of Linjato. Larger than winners, good broad head, nice correct eye and steady movement.
1. Williamson’s Rakuchin By Design For Kalamata. In very good coat, square, cobby with good deep rib, Nice broad head, well cushioned muzzle and good underjaw. Enough length of neck, good front and rear movement.
2. Godbehere’s Charnell Kenji At Tillashby. Well balanced dog, dainty, keeping level topline on the move. Attractive head and large dark eye.
3. Matches’ Godheim Imperial Wizard At Fochai. Heavier in bone and larger type than winners but well-constructed with the correct head qualities and in good condition and coat.
1. Banks’ Choya Kiosha JW. This dog didn’t put a foot wrong, steady mover, lovely head with open face, correct eye, large black nose, level back well set on tail, would prefer a little more length in neck for perfection.
2. Ratter’s Shantallah Haruto At Seafar. Similar in type to winner, good overall balance,with nice head and eye, very good coat, moved well.
3. Quinn Dekobras Bring Me Sunshine ShCM. A little heavier in bone but square, cobby and well-muscled, which showed in his good movement and overall outline.
1. Allcock’s Ch Sleepyhollow Raphael JW ShCM. Well known dog heading a very good class, shown in good condition and good coat, correct width in head, nice shaped dark eye, good outline on the move and standing with correct length of neck, layback of shoulder and level topline with well carried tail. Moved very well, carrying head elegantly and with good front and rear action. Could not overlook him. CC & BOB.
2. Bartlett’s Ch Pebblecombe Jinja. R/W, another in good condition and very well coated, good deep rib, square in outline, lovely broad head, dark eye and self-coloured nose, broad muzzle with good underjaw, straight front and rear movement showing no weakness. Pleased to award RCC.
3. Davidson’s Ch Hysterical Samurai Sou At Sharlarna. Another well-deserved Champion, moved briskly around the ring, pleasing head qualities and good ear fringing, in good coat.
1. Quinn’s Dekobras Bring Me Sunshine ShCM previously placed in Limit, easy winner in this class.
2. McFarlane’s Amantra Jojo. Small dog with pleasing head and eye, moved well. Not so well coated or as well-built in body as winner.
3. McFarlane’s Sleepyhollow All That Jazz At Glendyke.
1. Dopson’s Fralee Miss Daisy Of Jalindri. A good entry for veteran bitch, this 7yr old was neat and of a good size, not showing her age, pretty head, well ribbed and square in outline, moved very well.
2. Curwood’s Yama Tiara At Maxgold. 8 yrs. Similar in size and shape, level back with well set on tail, good head and eye.
3. Burden’s Sangria Shakira Of Sheonagh. 7 yrs Larger type, square and well built in body, in very good coat. Broad head.
1. Constable’s Arranbrook Meant To Be At Mitapip. Small, well-constructed and balanced, correct tail set, level topline and in good coat, very pleasing head and moved with confidence. BP
2. Kilcoyne’s Granasil Love Story. Similar in size and moved well when she wanted, not so confident, needs more body but has time to mature.
3. Pearce & Hann’s Rakuchin Kawsin Kayos. Another of similar type and also needs more body, not so level in topline as winners but still only a baby.
1. Allcock’s Sleepyhollow Cosi Fan Tutte. Small attractive bitch, in good coat and well presented, good correct eye and pleasing expression, stylish mover.
2. Mcleod’s Dunline One Fine Day. Pretty little bitch with a good length of neck and deep rib, good dark eye with correct amount of white. Nice outline on the move and with good drive.
3. Davidson’s Sharlarna Koyuki. Another attractive young bitch in good coat, preferred the overall balance of winners today.
1. Allcock’s Sleepyhollow Miss Bussell JW. Has good broad head and correct eye, cobby and square, good width in front quarters and moved with confidence, she is maturing well and I am sure will get her title in the future, considered her for top honours.
2. Mowatt’s Asmena Hatsu. Good width in head, broad correct muzzle and correct dark eye. Moved well just needs more coat to finish.
3.Wallhead’s Choya Kinuko At Merida. Fine boned and slightly built, nice eye and expression another that was lacking coat on the day.
1. Bartlett’s Simsalachin Piccola Bella Luna Pebblecombe. Moved true, good front and rear action, correct width and depth of muzzle and underjaw, nice eye, in reasonable coat with good ear fringing, lovely outline on the move.
2. Banks’ Choya Katsumi. Nice dainty bitch, pleasing head, square and cobby body, moved steadily but preferred the overall outline of winner.
3. Allcock’s Kochou's Rita-Haywooth Sleepyhollow (Imp USA). Glamourous R/W in lovely coat and very well presented, outline not so balanced on the move and would prefer a larger eye.
1. Paradise’s Shardlow Knickerboka Glory. Lovely, happy temperament, real show girl. In very good coat, well carried head and well cushioned muzzle, correct eye and of a nice size and shape. She moved elegantly.
2. Rowley & Wallhead’s Fralee Elsie At Merida. Unfortunately she was lacking in coat but lots to like with a pretty face, correct eye and good outline, moved well.
3. Linjato Amaya. Another lacking the coat of the winner but good broad head, large correct eye, good width in front and rear quarters, moved steadily with well carried tail.
1. Allcock’s Ch Yama Josie Sleepyhollow JW. Small neat and well-constructed bitch, in flowing coat and with a good head, open face and large dark eye and good black nose. Moved very well and free with drive. Good outline on the move and standing. Worthy winner of such a good class, pleased to award her another CC.
2. Jolley’s Sharlarna's Dancing Queen At Dekobras. This bitch scores in head quality, nothing overdone, good width of skull and well-spaced large correct eyes and nose, not in such good coat as winner but has long ear fringing and tail feathering. Good front movement with nice lift, keeping a well carried head and level topline. RCC
3. Ivannikova’s Int Ch Omikudzi Matilda Domino [Atc Ar02398rus] Good square outline, well balanced throughout, correct length of neck and level topline at all times. Pleasing large head and eye. Showed well and moved briskly with correct front and rear action and well carried tail.
1. McFarlane’s Lanceian Pleasant Chika. Shown in veteran bitch class, almost 9 yrs old, has nice head and eye, moved well.
Ellen Willis (Judge)