I would like to thank the committee for inviting me to judge your 30th Anniversary show, it was a great honour and I thoroughly enjoyed my day.
Thank you to all the exhibitors who travelled far and wide to show your beautiful dogs to me, I really appreciate your entry and your dogs were all presented immaculately. The sportsmanship shown between exhibitors and towards my decisions was also appreciated.
It’s a very hard job to critique dogs without using the same words or commenting on the same things! I don’t like to make negative comments about dogs, we all can have a bad day! SO I try and remain on the positive.
In general I would like to say that your dogs are beautiful, well presented and very well handled. I know COVID has played a huge part in our and our dog’s lives, especially the younger ones, but temperament is an issue and you need to work on that – there is nothing worse than a beautiful dog running around the ring with its tail down.
Your standard is very clear about these important proportions: * The body length slightly exceeds the height at the withers. * The depth of brisket is slightly less than half the height at the withers. * The muzzle is slightly shorter than half the length of the head.
I found a few dogs who were getting a little too long in body and the head proportions were a problem in several dogs, where the muzzle was longer than half the length of the head. Please watch this and try to improve where possible.
The General Appearance in your standard calls for: He is a medium sized, elegant gun dog of noble appearance with a short russet gold coat. His rather light, dry, lean structure embodies the harmony of beauty and strength.
My major winners today all had this appearance and the BIS bitch just oozed type for me.
I hope you take my critiques in the manner they are given.
Thank you again for showing your dogs and a big thank you to the club for a lovely judges gift, it is just beautiful.
Baby Puppy Dog – (1 entry)
1st – Hanafor Donato Talisker (Barnard) Baby Puppy in Show Quite nice shape, good head, correct coat, good colour. Promising puppy. Nice front good bone and maybe would like a bit better hindquarters, maybe as he matures.
Minor Puppy Dog – (1 entry)
1st – Metropolis Visionary Vanguard (AI) (Hanney) Opposite Minor Puppy in Show Nine month old very substantial male. This young dog needs to mature and grow into himself. Topline and tallest are very good and he was balanced in angulation front & rear. Movement was correct. He could have a little more confidence.
Puppy Dog (1 entry)
1st – Elettars The Godfather(Johnson/Winch) Opposite Puppy in Show Seven and a half month old puppy, very good type, good shape and balance. His head was correct length of fore face to skull with a pleasing expression. Topline & tallest excellent and held on the move. He needs to tighten up on the move.
Junior Dog (5 entries, 1 absent)
1st – Graebrook Yippee Ki Yay (AI)(Graebrook Kennels) Junior In Show Eleven month old male, excellent type with a very nice head and noble expression, he has an excellent topline and tallest and excellent shape and balance. However his name says it all – he was all a go and needs to settle on the move!
2nd – Gamecall Lightshow(Hine)
Nine month old male, very nice style and shape, his head was balanced and had a pleasing expression. He carried himself on the move and held his topline and tail. Just needs to mature.
3rd – Elettars Zelig(Johnson/Winch)
Thirteen month old male of very good type. Well balanced young dog with good style about him. Moved well on the day.
Intermediate Dog (2 entries)
1st – Hanafor Secret Agent(Harris) Intermediate In Show Excellent type elegant male, really liked this dog stood up, excellent head with correct noble expression, his topline and tail set are excellent and his balance in body correct. His front & rear angulation is very well balanced. He was just a little unsettled on the move.
2nd – Ch Elettars Little Red Rooster(Johnson/Winch)
Very good type dog, pleasing head and expression, well balanced body proportions. His topline and tail was very good and his coat and colour was very good. He moved well.
Australian Bred Dog (2 entries)
1st – Ch Elettars Rock Your Baby(Johnson/Winch) Challenge Dog / Opposite Australian Bred in Show Excellent type excellent male that showed himself off! Correct balanced head with noble expression. Well balanced front and hind angulation. Strong topline which he held on the move. Correct tail set and carried it well moving. His coat was in excellent condition and was a very good colour. He moved light and with strength.
2nd – Metropolis Quest For Victory (AI) (Hanney)
Substantial male of very good type. Balanced in front and rear angulation. Topline & tallest correct. Moved well.
Open Dog (2 entries)
1st – Sup Ch Elettars Super Trouper(Johnson/Winch) Opposite Open in Show Excellent type, very pleasing head and expression. Topline and tallest correct and carried well on the move. He moved around the ring very well.
2nd – Ch Graebrook Next Gen(Graebrook Kennels)
Very nice male with lots of good qualities, head and expression were excellent and his coat and colour was very good. He held his topline well and moved around the ring with purpose.
Veteran Dog (1 entry)
1st – Sup Ch Hanafor Magdari Denzel(Harris) Reserve Challenge Dog / Veteran in Show Excellent Male! This dog had the head qualities I was looking for, very well balanced with slight groove and slight dome, he has superciliary ridges all together giving that very noble expression. Stood up his shape is excellent with very well balanced front and rear angulation. Topline remained strong on the move and he moved around the ring with purpose. He is in great condition for a nearly 10 year old dog!
Baby Puppy Bitch (4 entries, 2 absent)
Litter sisters and a hard decision between 1 & 2.
1st – Hanafor Donato Lagavulin(Harris) Opposite Baby Puppy in Show Lovely baby puppy – excellent type promising puppy. Very nice head and expression, good shape when she stood still! But she did move well. She has a great temperament and took everything in her stride.
2nd – Hanafor Donato Balvenie(Robinson)
Lovely baby puppy – excellent type promising puppy. Very nice head and expression, good shape and well boned. This one stood well but was a little more unsettled on the move. She has a great temperament and took everything in her stride.
Minor Puppy Bitch (2 entries)
1st – Metropolis Valeur Volenti (AI)(Hanney) Minor Puppy in Show Substantial young bitch correct shape and balanced. Head and expression was pleasing, eye shape and colour was correct. Correct front with straight legs good bone. Topline is firm and tallest correct. Moved well, lacked a bit of confidence.
2nd – Elettars Vesper Lynd(Johnson/Winch)
Slightly smaller bitch, very nice type and balanced all over. Topline was strong and tallest correct. She has very good bone, she moved well, but lacked confidence on the move.
Puppy Bitch (2 entries, 1 absent)
1st – Graebrook Sins Of A Rogue (AI)(Graebrook Kennels) Challenge Bitch / Puppy in Show BEST EXHIBIT IN SHOW WOW! This bitch took my eye the moment she came into the ring. Excellent type elegant noble young bitch with correct shape and style. She is well balanced, her head is correct with all the qualities I was looking for. She moved around the ring like she owned it. I think this bitch has a very big future.
Junior Bitch (0 entries)
Intermediate Bitch (4 entries)
1st – Metropolis Noel Noel (AI)(Hanney/Coventry) Opposite Intermediate in Show She’s a good size feminine bitch, good proportions. Her head is balanced with correct proportions. Well placed front legs with good neck into shoulder, her topline and tallest are correct. She’s well bodied with very good bone. Moved very well. Looked the package on the move.
2nd – Graebrook Electric Mayhem(Graebrook Kennels)
A more upstanding bitch, she has a pleasing head and expression. Well boned with good substance to her body firm topline. She moved very well.
3rd – Ch Gamecall Autumn Colour Cascade(Hine)
Very nice type bitch well proportioned. Lots of good qualities, correct head and noble expression, firm topline and strong hindquarters. Today she let herself down on the move.
Australian Bred Bitch (3 entries)
1st – Ch Hanafor Drama Queen (AI)(Harris) Reserve Challenge Bitch / Australian Bred in Show RUNNER-UP BEST EXHIBIT IN SHOW Beautiful example of the breed. Noble & elegant, has a feminine well balanced head and soft pleasing expression. Balanced all over, strong topline, well set tail. Excellent front and rear angulation with strong bone and good feet. She moved very well and is a very nice bitch.
2nd – Ch Elettars Lay Lady Lay (Johnson/Winch)
Very nice style bitch, with good head and pleasing expression. Correct eye shape and colour. She has well balanced front and rear angulation and moved very well.
3rd – Ch Elettars Champagne Supernova (Johnson/Winch)
A lovely type bitch. Correct balanced head with a nice expression. Well placed neck into shoulder and a good front. Her topline was solid and she moved well. She lacked in temperament, which affected her placing.
Open Bitch (4 entries)
1st – Ch Graebrook All About Soul(Graebrook Kennels) Open in Show Excellent quality bitch, strong bitch of excellent type. Lovely expression, good neck into shoulders. Firm topline with well set tail. Balanced front and rear angulation. Strong bone, correct feet, straight legs. Moved very well.
2nd – Ch Shaunuff Whole Lotta Love(Johnson/Winch)
A lovely shaped bitch, she has a good head and expression. Well balanced front and rear angulation with good bone, firm topline and well set tail. She moved well.
3rd – Ch Metropolis Carte Blanche (AI)(Hanney/Coventry)
Another strong bitch of very good type. She has a balanced head and soft expression. Firm topline which she held on the move, good bone and feet and her tallest was correct. She moved well.