Thank you to South Wales for the invitation to judge, the exhibitors for their entry and my excellent stewards on the day. After 30+ years owning Schipperkes this may be my last time awarding CC’s and I would like to make one or two general comments about the breed as I see it. The Schipperke is a natural, honest little dog, generally not flashy or exaggerated in any way. I like to see their personality coming through and prefer them a little ‘over the top’ to standing looking flat. To me one of the defining features from the standard which shouldn’t change with interpretation is the coat pattern and quality. The different layers should be well defined and the coat should be dense, abundant – not long – and harsh. It has been disappointing in recent years to see dogs awarded top honours who have soft silky coats and those with no definition in pattern and, in at least one instance, the coat pattern being obviously trimmed in. If judges continue to reward this instead of penalizing it is only a matter of time until we will lose the correct pattern and quality altogether. Although today’s entry wasn’t the biggest I was absolutely delighted with the quality of all the dogs exhibited, I must have banged on about type so much exhibitors knew who to bring under me!! Without exception they were good quality examples, lovely heads and expressions and good balance and outlines, and all of my placings and awards could have changed so easily. I found myself smiling at the personalities as the dogs gave their handlers a hard time but that is part of what the breed should be – intensely lively and alert.
Minor Puppy Dog 1(0)
- Reed-Peck’s BYQUY TAYLOR – 7 ½ months cream. Good size and substance with a nice body shape. Lovely head, eye and expression. Coat pattern defined and coat harsh. Movement wasn’t easy to assess as he was having a good time but what I saw was OK.
Puppy Dog 0
Junior Dog 2 (0)
2 very promising youngsters.
- Wilson’s CHADBOWER NEVAN HENKI MIT CLYNALWIN Bel JCH, Ir JCH, CJW ’18, CW’18. – 17 months old black. Excellent shape and size with a harsh coat. Good head and eye shape. Tail set on well and good bone ratio. Moved out well and never stopped showing. Strongly considered him for the top awards but in an excellent line up the 2 winners just had the edge on maturity.
- Thorne’s SCHIPDALE REBUS – Another very nice youngster who made life difficult for his handler today and didn’t really want to cooperate. Beautiful head and expression and good harsh coat. His tail was slightly lower set than 1 and by dropping it he spoiled the outline a little.
Post Graduate Dog 0
Limit Dog 2 (0)
Another lovely class.
- Whales ARADET BALLROOM DANCER AT ROSHAANA JW – Larger built male and I certainly wouldn’t want any more of him but he is a quality animal. Well balanced with a super outline when standing. Good head and expression and a lovely eye shape. Good tail carriage and moved out soundly and positively. Excellent harsh coat with the desired pattern. Had that Schipperke twinkle in his eye and was on his toes looking for mischief all the time. His quality and personality couldn’t be ignored. DCC and BOB.
- Collier’s STONEYBURN BANNA – This is a dog I have admired from ringside but today was just a little off the boil. He is a lovely shape and size, smaller all through then 1. He has the harshest of coats and the correct coat pattern. He kept over stretching when standing which spoiled his outline at times. He has a lovely head and expression and is a sound mover.
Open Dog 2 (0)
- Moore and Nock’s CH. CHADBOWER FINLAY FOR BLITZSTAN – A smart cream, bobtail boy. He has a lovely body shape and outline and is a good size. Very nice head and expression with good eye shape. Harsh coat. Moved out well. RDCC
- Rollinson’s FIN/IR CH FANDAL’S UN AMOR FOR CHADBOWER (IMP. FIN) – Black male slightly longer cast than 1. I felt his bone was a little out of proportion to the rest of him. Another with a good head and expression. Not quite as positive on the move as 1.
Veteran Dog 2 (0)
- Philpott’s CH. ARADET EXPERT TIMING AW(B) – 7 year old black who was another excellent mover. Good size with good head and expression.
- Fludder’s CH. ARADET XTRA ADDITION – Litter brother to 1 but smaller build all through. Another with a lovely head and expression. He moved slightly closer behind than 1 today.
Good Citizen Dog 1 (0)
- Philpott’s CH. ARADET EXPERT TIMING AW(B) – as above.
Minor Puppy Bitch 0
Puppy Bitch 2 (0)
Litter sisters and very similar in type.
- Fellow’s BLACKSHUCK SCARLET O’HARA – 7 ½ months black girl. When she stood correctly showed a lovely outline and balance. Lovely head and expression. Good tail set and moved out well. Correct texture coat with good demarcation. Best Puppy.
- Forknall’s BLACKSHUCK PURPLE AUDACE AT AVIDORE – another black who had left her coat at home today. Same comments apply as to her sister but she was very naughty today and refused to co operate with her handler.
Junior Bitch 1 (0)
- Manner’s CHADBOWER NEVAEH LAHETTI – 16 months black who was in excellent coat and condition. Her body shape and outline was excellent and she had a good head and expression. She moved out well and positively.
Post Graduate Bitch 0
Limit Bitch 2 (0)
- Reed’s STONEYBURN ARBEIA – Black bitch who was a steady mover. Short backed and presented a good outline and balance. The harshest of coats with the correct pattern. Another with a good head and expression. Another contender for top awards but would just have liked that little more sparkle in the final line up.
- Whales’ RISTINE DUCHESS AT ROSHAANA – Slightly smaller bitch who was finer all through. She had left her coat at home but what she had was harsh. A little erratic when moving.
Open Bitch 5 (2)
- Donaldson’s ZORBALOO CONCRETE BLONDE – Cream bitch I have liked since seeing her as a puppy but she has not always done herself any favours in the showring. Today she was on top form and didn’t let her handler down. Excellent shape and balance with a lovely outline. Her head and expression are very feminine and she has a lovely eye. She moved positively and never stopped showing. From a quality line up she stood out for me and I was delighted to award her her 3rd
- Donaldson’s CH. ZORBALOO THE BLACK ICE – Black litter sister to 1. A little out of coat today and not presenting such a balanced outline, appearing a little longer cast. Her head did not appeal quite as much as her litter sister and she was not as positive on the moment.
- Rollinson & Scales CHADBOWER ISLAY SKYE – Black bobtail bitch. Another with a good shape and balance and her head and expression appealed. She was very alert but tending to move wide at the front.
Veteran Bitch 1 (0)
- Fludder’s CH/AM.CH EBONORTH NEVER ON A SUNDAY – 7 year old black, docked bitch. Another with a lovely shape and outline and well balanced. Lovely head and expression. Coat could be a little harsher. Moved out well and very alert and lively. Another I did consider for the top award. If there had been a best veteran today she would have been my choice.
Citizen Bitch 1(0)
- Reed’s STONEYBURN MAIA – This is nice honest bitch with no flash or exaggeration. She was out of coat today so there was nothing to hide. As with the others from this litter the harshest of coats. Loved her head and expression. She moved out steadily and with purpose.
Judge : Janet Holland