Crufts Terrier Group 2019
After having judged the Toy Group at Crufts in 2014, my top judging appointment ever, I thought and was sure nothing could top it. Well, now I have also judged the Terrier Group at Crufts! Before I get too overwhelmed with the great honour of it all I will let you know the fabulous finalists.
But first a word of appreciation to fellow Terrier judges on the day. -Sincere thanks for sending in such a great number of top quality terriers. I thoroughly enjoyed going over your choices for BOB, it took serious concentration but this is when judging is at its best!
It is many years since Crufts was a closed shop for overseas exhibitors because of quarantine regulation. Nowadays it’s a fact that the International show scene are competing at Crufts, and doing very well.
The shortlisted were, apart from the four placed; the Miniature Bullterrier female, CH Oki Doki De Lcossta from Spain. This five year old female has the classic head profile, and strong body; the very charming, young Dandie Dinmont, Glahms Col Brandon of Barton was bred in Cananda; the Irish came from Peterborough, CH Lead the Way to Montelle, of classic type with excellent proportions and super harsh coat; last years top terrier, the Kerry Blue CH Balboa Nembo Kid is bred in Italy with fabulous colour and coat, lovely side movement and style. They were hot competition to my final four.
G1 the Scottie female Multi CH Filisite Brash Beauty Never Lies WW/17,EW/17 JWW/16 JEW/16, from Russia. She shows the perfect combination of a long, strong but elegant head, nice reach of strong neck, short back and deep body, something very difficult to get in one dog together with sound, brisk movement, perfect ear & tail set and carriage. Well she had it all! And a Scottie female that also has the temperament to happily and effortlessly show all her assets during a long day, well that is a joy to see.
G2 the young Jack Russell female came all the way from California, AM CH D B F Santa Barbara Surfer Girl WW18, so pretty, so absolutely perfect in proportions and type. The breed is fairly new in this shape and has struggled with getting the proportions right. To my mind this girl shows exactly what is required by the standard. She has excellent eyes and strong muzzle of correct length, very good bone for her size, moved really well and was presented in perfect coat condition. Lovely picture!
G3 The WHW, Mechta Nataly Egoist was also from Russia it turned out. This two-year-old boy had the most beautiful head with jet-black pigmentation, strong body and bone, he was a joy to go over with his solid body in really hard muscle tone and very hard jacket.
G4 the Bedlington, CH/IT/RUS/LAT/CZ CH L’end Show Metti Surprise at Glare WW/15 WW/16 WW/17 WW/18 EUW/15 again from Russia. This five year old dog has proved his quality on many occasions. A first for me, and I can only join in with all the other judges –this dog has a beautiful outline, super head, excellent movement and correct coat texture in perfect clip.
A quartet of sound moving, happy outgoing purebred terriers that I am truly honoured and thankful to have had the opportunity to have judged today, giving me a joyful, long life memory.