CRUFTS CRITIQUE

It was such an honour for me, to have the opportunity to judge Tibetan Mastiff at Crufts. I thank the Crufts committee for this appointment and a special thanks to the exhibitors who travelled from near and afar making a fantastic entry, I hope you all had an enjoyable day as I did.

Veteran Dog ( 1 entry )

1st, Hughes – Darchen Jampo at Jamalaca, 11 years young, I first judged this boy along long time ago, good to see him again, aging gracefully, masculine head with marked stop and medium sized dark eyes, teeth worn to nothing, strong neck into well covered body, tail set on high, ribs well sprung, front legs viewed straight with strong bone, muscular rear quarters, steady mover well shown. Best Veteran Dog.

Puppy Dog ( 1 entry ) 1 ABSENT

Junior Dog ( 13 entries ) 4 absent

1st, Naylor’s, Callowdale Dick Dastardly from Skaijak, 14 months old golden, nice body shape in profile, developing head with dark brown medium size eye, scissor bite, slightly arched neck into a nice straight back, tail well feathered and set high, front legs viewed straight with good feet, balanced rear quarters with low set hocks, steady on the move.

2nd, Davies, Heronsview Onyx Night Bear, 14 months old black and light tan, nice type balanced with substance, head masculine broad with dignified look, medium size pendant ears, dark brown medium sized eye, scissor bite with dark mouth pigment, neck slightly arched, body well covered, strong and straight back, ribs well sprung and deep, front legs straight viewed stood, with slightly sloping pasterns and compact feet, moved powerful and free with drive,

3rd, McElvaney, Chenpokhyi Zebedee the Only, 13 months old black and tan, I liked this boy just so naughty today and behaved like a puppy, big boy well grown, stick at it, as I am sure he will do well for you in the future. Everything is looking positive, well shown

Post Graduate Dog ( 7 entries ) 0 absent

1st, Eden’s, Showbull Big Daddy Kane, 2 year old, black and tan, another that has good breed type, expressive head with marked stop, scissor bite, dark eyes of medium size, ears well carried, neck slightly arched, body makes a nice silhouette in profile with tail set on high, front legs viewed straight with compact feet, moved steady and even with good clean hocks provided power, well shown.

2nd, Baranowska’s, Adonis Jangedogs ( ATC AV01811POL ) 2 year old grey and tan, masculine head with marked stop, scissor bite, light eyes to match coat colour of medium size, ears well carried, neck well muscled and slightly arched, body makes a nice shape in profile with tail set on high, front legs viewed straight with compact feet, moved far to slow which cost him. Told he was tired, you should have travelled a few days earlier to rest him.

3rd, Porteus’s, Seii Taishougun Baldan at Shellonbear (IMP RUS) 14 months old, black and tan boy, a big boy at this stage with more to come, strong head, brown medium sized oval eyes, level bite, pendent ears, strong neck, broad back with ribs well sprung and deep to elbows, front legs viewed nearly straight with strong bone and compact feet, big full coat, steady mover.

Limit Dog, ( 6 entries ) 0 absent

1st, Gardiner’s, Seli Taishougun Bodzing at Heronsview (IMP RUS) NAF TAF, 14 months old black and tan, head masculine broad and strong with dignified look, medium size ears, dark brown medium sized eye, scissor bite, neck slightly arched, body well covered with quality top coat, absence of undercoat made it bounce on the move, strong and straight back, ribs well sprung and deep, front legs straight viewed stood with compact feet, moved powerful and free with drive,

2nd, Shevchuk’s, Via Ricci Duncan ( ATC AV02579RUS ) 2 year old golden, masculine head with marked stop and medium sized oval eyes, scissor bite, strong neck into heavy front assembly not helped by big coat, tail set high, ribs well sprung, front legs viewed straight with strong bone, muscular rear quarters, steady mover well shown

3rd, Eden’s, Woollinoze Chewbacca, 4 year old black with light tan markings, that came with a big coat today that totally unbalanced him, scissor bite, front legs viewed straight with only medium bone, but on the move he pins in coming towards me.

Open Dog, 6 entries ( 1 absent )

1st, Lowes, CH Legenda Tibeta Tsehovik (IMP RUS) 4 year old black with light tan markings, judged him previously and gave him top honours then, now fully mature and masculine through-out, head broad and strong also carried with nobility, dark eyes and scissor bite, well muscled slightly arched neck into straight back, tail well carried and set high, chest deep to brisket, front legs viewed straight with compact feet, good coat with mane and tail set on high that makes a nice shape in profile, moved free and steady with drive, the best dog in this country by far, well presented. Dog CC

2nd, Galos’s, HCH/CRO/SKCH Huangshan Bisurman ( ATC AT02845POL ) 3 1/2 year old black and tan, big imposing boy masculine through-out, head broad and strong, scissor bite, well muscled slightly arched neck into straight back, tail well carried and set high, chest deep to brisket, front legs viewed straight with strong bone and good feet, big coat with mane and tail well feathered, shown to advantage, moved free and steady at front but his rear is cow hocked which cost him the top spot for me. Reserve CC

3rd, Dowey’s, IR CH Drakyi Emperor Nero of Tamdrin, 3 year old black and tan, good size and masculine through-out, head broad and strong, carried with nobility, scissor bite, well muscled slightly arched neck into straight back, tail well carried and set high, chest deep to elbows, front legs viewed straight with compact feet, good coat that makes a nice shape in profile, shown well but moved with extended forward reach and high kicking from the rear most unusual. Try him a lower speed moving.

Good Citizen Dog, 3 entries ( 0 absent )

1st, Hughes’s, Carramia Black Bugsby at Jamalaca, 5 year old rich black, strong head, brown medium sized oval eyes, scissor bite, pendent ears, strong neck, broad back, ribs well sprung and deep to elbows, front legs viewed nearly straight with strong bone and compact feet, big full coat, cow hocked and stabs out on his front, both dog and handler moved to slow.
2nd, Love’s, Showbull Country Bumkin, 13 months old black and tan of medium size with nice body shape and just enough coat today, masculine head with dark eyes and level bite, front legs viewed straight with medium bone and compact feet, moderately angulated stifle, free even mover.

3rd, Sampson’s, Dokhyi Tibet Gyalpo Chi An, 2 1/2 year old golden that came without any coat today that consequently totally unbalanced him, brown eyes to match his coat colour, scissor bite, front legs viewed straight with medium bone, straight back and loin, put in a good performance stood and on the move.

Veteran Bitch, 2 entries ( 0 absent )

1st, Lowes, CH Baheera Maha-Ratha (IMP POL) 7 years young black and tan, top quality and still retains her soundness. The first time I had my hands on her was my club open show in 2013 were by, I awarded her Best in Show, next when the Breed gained CC status in 2015, she came again and was awarded the CC and BOB, she is stunning so no further critique is necessary. Best Veteran Bitch, Best Veteran

2nd, Cawthorne’s, Montasamara Mtsho at Bheara, 8 years young, black and light tan, small throughout but of nice type, very feminine and compact, I would prefer more of her, head of medium length with noble expression, dark brown eyes set well apart, scissor bite, medium size triangular ears, slightly arched neck, straight back, tail set high, clean and brisk mover that wanted to out move the handler.

Puppy Bitch, 3 entries ( 0 absent )

1st, Scott’s, Wangdak Caihong, 7 months old, small black and tan, feminine developing head with dark brown medium size eye, scissor bite, slightly arched neck into a nice straight back, tail well feathered and set high, front legs viewed straight with medium bone, balanced rear quarters with low set hocks, steady on the move. Best Puppy
2nd, Perkins, Callowdale Hermione, 7 months old, black with white chest star, big and well up to size, nice developing head, brown medium sized oval eyes, scissor bite, pendent ears, strong neck, broad back that rises over her loin, ribs well sprung and deep, front legs viewed nearly straight with strong bone and compact feet, big black coat, well shown.

3rd, Pavlova, Lovely from Bordo Ganlu ( ATC AV03428RUS ). 10 months old, rich golden that had travelled from abroad, the hole experience was too much for her to cope so she was reluctant to be touched. Stood she had a lot of head and mane furnishing, weak right front pastern, had she been happy and more confident she would have been placed much higher.

Junior Bitch, 4 entries ( 0 absent )

1st, Kashin’s, Petro-Prestige Dzhiya ( ATC AV02617RUS ). 13 months old black and tan that is stunning and impressed me alot, lovely type and size, feminine head of good length with marked stop and a touch overdone on head furnishing, scissor bite and with nice dark brown oval eyes, strong neck into firm well shaped body, tail set high and well feathered, well boned with front legs straight and stands on compact feet, good coat, her front pinned in slightly, forgiven, nice steady and free mover. Reserve CC

2nd, Lowes, Callowdale Easy Street, 14 months old black and tan, unlucky to meet winner, lovely type and just on size, feminine head of good length with marked stop, scissor bite and with nice dark brown oval eyes, strong neck into firm well shaped body, coat close fitting, tail set high and well feathered, well boned with front legs straight but I prefer stronger pasterns, lots of energy on the move, well presented

Post Graduate Bitch, 6 entries ( 0 absent )

1st, Charwin & Deary’s, Showbull Queen Latifah, 2 year old black and light tan, good size of nice overall type, very feminine head of medium length with look and expression of nobility, dark brown eyes set well apart, scissor bite, medium size triangular ears, slightly arched neck, straight back, tail set high, forgave her pinning in to win the class, but in the challenge her hocks also let her down, you will have to work on her movement as I think it is lazyness.

2nd, Galos’s, Dzhozias Chandra ( ATC AV02989RUS ). 2 year old black with lovely rich tan markings, feminine head of good length with broad muzzle, skull absent of head furnishing so looked like a bad hair day, nice dark brown oval eyes, scissor bite, strong neck into firm well shaped body, firm back with tail set high and well feathered, well boned and front legs viewed straight with strong pasterns, nice rear quarters, positive mover.

3rd, Steele’s, Big Namtso, 2 year old, black and tan, small throughout but of nice type, very feminine and compact, I would prefer more of her, head of medium length with nice expression, dark brown eyes set well apart, scissor bite, medium size triangular ears, slightly arched neck, straight back, tail set high, straight in rear angulation, brisk mover well shown.

Limit Bitch, 5 entries ( 0 absent

1st, Naylor’s, Seii Taishougun Brilliance Star from Skaijak (IMP RUS). 14 months old, lovely type, size and substance, feminine head of good length with marked stop, scissor bite and nice dark brown eyes although hair sparse around the eyes, strong neck into firm well shaped body, tail set high and well feathered, ample boned with front legs straight but I prefer stronger pasterns as she pins in on the move, good coat, well presented.

2nd, Conway’s, Thamche Zhi Nya, 2 years old black and tan, smaller though-out than winner, feminine head of medium length, dark brown eyes set well apart, scissor bite, ears of medium size, body shape rising to croup stood and on the move, front legs straight with medium bone and compact feet, good tail and coat texture, moved free and even.

3rd, Scott’s, Wangdak Caihong. REPEAT PUPPY.

Open Bitch, 10 entries ( 0 absent )

1st, Galos H/SK/HR/RO/SRB/MD CH Medegma Altanseseg ( ATC AT02857RUS ). My find of the day, quite literary, she was hiding behind others on first look along the line. 4 year black with tan, lovely type with nice body shape in profile stood, balanced feminine head of good length and strength, dark brown oval eyes, scissor bite, medium size ears, neck well muscled and slightly arched, back straight and firm, tail well feathered and set high, good coat, front legs viewed straight with strong bone and compact feet, muscular rear quarters with moderate angulation and strong low hocks, powerful and free mover, well presented. My pleasure to award her the Bitch CC and Best of Breed.

2nd, Varpula, CH Drakyi Khulan ( ATC AS01752USA ). 4 year old golden, a substantial bitch and possibly a touch overdone but then she is a mastiff, strong head, brown medium sized eyes that gave a sad expression, scissor bite, pendent ears, strong neck, broad back and muscular loin, ribs well sprung and deep to elbows, front legs viewed straight with strong bone and compact feet, big full coat with mane like a male that concerned me, moved freely with purpose.

3rd, Lowes, Callowdale Maysee Grae, 14 months old grey and tan, for her age she is well up to size already, I had her shortlisted in a group in January, I do like her, today she had to give way set against her breed, one to watch for in the future ! , strong yet feminine head of good length with marked stop, scissor bite and with nice oval eyes that matched coat colour, strong neck into firm well shaped body, tail set high and well feathered, well boned with front legs viewed straight, strong rear quarter providing power.

Good Citizen Bitch, 0 entries ( absent 0 )

Judge : Keith Baldwin

Categories: Crufts, Judges Critiques
By Alan Walker
March 28, 2019
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