Judge: Mr G Davies
I thank the exhibitors for providing me with an entry of 88 to assess. This is one of my favourite toy breeds & I always derive great pleasure from judging this breed. Like so many other breeds, type & size were mixed, & for as long as I can remember there seems always to have been two distinct types of Japanese Chin.
Having been associated with Toydogs for a period of over 54 years, I vividly remember the type exhibited by Miss Tovey of the Yevot kennel, & the type exhibited by Mrs Craufurd of the Riu Gu kennel. Miss Tovey's preference was always for the smaller, daintier, extremely refined type of Chin, while Mrs Craufurd's preference was for the slightly larger, heavier built dog that was totally & absolutely sound. Both ladies produced outstanding examples of the breed, if they were of a somewhat different type.
Today there were a number of outstanding examples of the breed. However, there were other examples that gave cause for concern in terms of soundness & movement, & while I have an appreciation for the characteristic look of astonishment, I find it somewhat distasteful to see dogs showing far too much white of the eye, giving the appearance that they have just had an electric shock! This is a form of exaggeration that should be discouraged. Please do ensure that you are watchful of guarding against pinched nostrils, of which there were a number of examples. It is the basic right of every dog to be cleanly presented & in good condition, & I am happy to report that the majority of today's entry conformed to this basic requirement. However, there were examples of dogs in such disappointing condition that it gave me cause for concern.
MPD (7) 1 Vincent & Speight’s Bonniroy Yasuke at Yama, so very sound, & moving to absolute perfection. A masculine, correctly shaped headpiece, dark, expressive eyes, excellent body condition & topline. A good, honest puppy that should have an exciting future; 2 McLeod’s Dunline Oh What A Night, perhaps slightly daintier & more compact than the winner, he is of a good type. I just preferred the superb movement of the dog above; 3 Speight’s Bonniroy Yoshimi. PD (9,1a) 1 Pearce & Hann’s Stholmchin Secret Affair with Rakuchin, a composed, dignified showman with a royal bearing. Dainty & refined; 2 Allcock, Lindsay & Pipe’s Sleepyhollow Baroque, a typy b/w, particularly good head properties, slightly bigger & longer than the winner of this class; 3 Rushton’s Jurojin Remember Me.JD (4) 1 Flynn’s Stchoya Kanayo of Linjato, I was most impressed with this quality exhibit. Refined & dainty, & of the most pleasing breed type. A stylish dog of excellent temperament & a composed showman. I see he is a son of my BOB winner & he has many of his father's great qualities; 2 Jolley’s Sharlarna Tailor Made for Dekobras, superbly bodied & of compact stature. Pleasing skull, & generally attractive facial properties. He was somewhat exuberant to say the least; 3 Branch’s Phydeaux Blue Moon. PGD (12,1) 1 Banks’ Stchoya Kiosha, another son of my BOB winner, & an outstanding example of what a Japanese Chin is all about. I confidently expect this dog to attain his title. Superbly presented & conditioned to perfection. An example to us all; 2 Godbehere’s Charnell Kenji at Tillashby, there is so much to like about this exhibit. Such a lovely size & shape. Dainty & refined, a top quality male; 3 Tong’s Dalehouse Elements of Elgar Jakconas. LD (10,3) 1 Russell’s Stsansarc Shiseido of Alnesaire, a dog of the most perfect size, soundly built, he conveys the appearance of elegance & smartness, & possesses an aristocratic presence. Fine & dainty, yet robust & masculine. So compact & well-made. I liked him immensely; 2 Leach’s Queenslake Access Denied, I have a recollection of awarding this dog BP at a championship show I judged a few years ago. Here you have an example of the breed that the more you look into, the more you find to like about him. A good, honest dog; 3 Parry’s Sidlyn Gone With The Wind To Gwynsias. OD (6) 1 Ch Homerbrent Kotaishi of Choya, I have been a constant admirer of this dog from the ringside, & there have been occasions that I have longed for his presence when I have been judging a group, but it was never to be. He is a true aristocrat with a regal bearing & presence. His head & facial properties are a perfect study. His expressive eyes are mesmerising, & his square & compactly built body with wide chest gives him the perfect stature. He is the finished article in every sense of the word, & carries a profuse, long, soft, straight & silky coat. Stylish mover with good reach & elevation when in motion. I had no hesitation in awarding him his 20th CC & BOB, & it is particularly rewarding to see that he is stamping his own exquisite type on his progeny; 2 Bartlett’s Pebblecombe Jinja, this impressive l/w dog has justifiably had the most successful run of achievements, & upon assessment you can readily appreciate the reasons for his great success. Impressive headpiece with superb nose pad with flared, open nostrils. Superb body, topline & movement, carrying the same glamorous coat & furnishings as the winner of this class, & was presented & conditioned in the most credit worthy manner. Another outstanding example of the breed; 3 Davidson’s Ch Hysterical Samurai Sou at Sharlarna.
MPB (5) 1 Banks’ Linjato Khaleesa of Choya, this outstanding puppy made the most incredible impact upon first sight, & when I had finished assessing her I was convinced that we had something extra special. My brief notes read as follows: "An outstanding proposition for the future. She is simply stunning. Must surely go all the way. One of the finest I have ever judged”. In a judging career that spans 45 years, specialising within the toy group, there have only been 4 occasions I have given CCs to puppies, each of which went on to secure great futures in their breeds. I have every confidence that this bitch will attain similar success. I would dearly love to own her. I had no hesitation whatsoever in awarding her the CC & BP; 2 McLeod’s Dunline One Fine Day, dainty, feminine & refined, she also shows great promise; 3 Flynn’s Linjato Koemi. PB (6) 1 Wallhead’s Sleepyhollow Tikle My Fancy at Merida, I judged her a few weeks ago in a stakes class where she made a favourable impression. Vey typical, extremely feminine & refined, she is a complete extrovert that loves the ring. She will meet with much success; 2 Bartlett’s Pebblecombe Omisoka, an extremely happy, outgoing puppy of good type, excellent topline, & very useful to have around any kennel; 3 Davidson’s Choya Kikuka at Sharlarna. JB (5,1) Two very good bitches were first & second in this class. 1 Mason’s Sangria Showbiz, very much to admire here. Exquisite head with excellent facial properties. Superb body & topline, & excellent mover. A first class bitch; 2 Wallhead’s Choya Kinuko at Merida, loved this bitch's headpiece, & in addition to her many virtues she is the most attentive showgirl. Excellent nostrils, excellent body, a most lovey example of the breed; 3 Swanston’s Sangria Showtime of Pamojill. PGB (9,3) 1 Crane’s Sidlyn Wind Of Change with Cranvarl, a bitch of excellent type. A particularly pleasing head with a correctly shaped skull. Superb body & topline, excellent nostrils, a top class bitch; 2 Oatridge’s Dalehouse Crystal Jade, yet another exceptionally pleasing bitch. Feminine & pretty, an excellent showgirl, the most lovely type throughout; 3 Bartlett’s Simsalachin Piccola Bella Luna Pebblecombe. LB (5) 1 Jolley’s Sharlarna's Dancing Queen at Dekobras, exceptionally well finished, & carrying the most extravagant fringes. Excellent head properties with particularly pleasing nostrils. Dainty, fine & feminine; 2 Willis’ Jonsville Oriana Dainichi, another that held enormous appeal for me & ran the winner very close; 3 Flynn’s Linjato Amaya. OB(8) 1 Grogan’s Ir Ch Axelwood Karmin, the ultimate showgirl, such presence, style & aura. She immediately commands attention by her sheer arrogance. She is very ‘Yevot’ in type, build & refinement, & she is so very soundly made for such a small & dainty bitch. She is the essence of femininity. You cannot deny this bitch's royal presence, & she insists upon your attention at all times. Taking her as a complete whole, I liked her sufficiently to give her 1st in a strong open class & award her the RCC, confident in the fact that she possesses the necessary attributes to become an English champion; 2 Oatridge’s Dalehouse Crystal Tips, very similar in size & shape, exquisite type, not just the perfect finish as the winner; 3 Bailey’s Asmena Tinkerbell at Aldoricka.
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