ALTHOUGH I was at this show to judge Clumbers and all breed puppies, as it was the first European Show since Crufts, and the first since the inaugural meeting, headed by Andrew Brace, after the controversial veterinary inspections at Crufts, I took the opportunity to speek to some exhibitors of “high profile” breeds.
From Bulldogs, I spoke to Nikola Milatic from Croatia. He has been showing the breed (which is fairly popular in Croatia), but has not yet bred under his new affix - “Happy & Glorious” - a great affix for jubilee year! The general opinion was - “how can judges test eyes in the same way as vets,” and “eyes are always checked”. On a personal note, I did see some very nice, very healthy looking Bulldog puppies in the young puppy class.
The Pekingese lady to whom I spoke was the well known lady from Slovenia, Victoria Kloufutar (Sikiang). She spoke very highly, as do British people, of Bert Easdon. She has at the moment two World Champions. She could not believe that anyone could say the legs were too short when the standard states: “should be close to the ground”. They should walk smoothly. Unfortunately, her beautiful puppy decided to sit down when I judged it - perhaps it was my hat! The dogs she had with her at this show all looked well and happy and she seemed to me to be very passionate and knowledgeable about the breed and was outraged about the happenings at Crufts.
A very clear message from Igor Dokoza (his affix is Admirable Bully) French Bulldogs, that judges should judge, not vets, who do not seem to know the standard. He had 22 BOBs in 2011, but because of the “stupid” new rules in the UK, would see no point in entering the breed if it could be excluded from the Group.
There were a few Chinese Crested Dogs being exhibited, including a number of Powder Puffs. Susan Mihegic, from Croatia (afix Coppa Florio) told me that these were occasionally shaved as the FCI had no regulations preventing this, and it definitely does not affect the health of the dog, so should be of no concern to vets. Also Teuta Klinzic (affix Gremlinto) has found no health problems - in fact one of his breeding is a champion at only 20 months. He did, however, mention that those with a fair skin do (like people) need sunblock.
Of course my main interest is Clumbers and I have written a report for OUR DOGS as I would for a UK show, but was pleased my BOB, which actually was BOB under Michelle Meredith at Crufts 2011, won Group 8 (I think she has improved with maturity Michelle!). Group 8 judge was Carlos Saevich.
The other judges I spoke to at this show were unable to understand the stance taken by our KC and most will consider carefully showing or judging in the UK in future. The KC has done a great job internationally by making us a country to be avoided. Lana Leval did well at the CSCA Show and at this show and will very likely be seeking legal advice.
In Clumber Spaniels there were some lovely dogs from Croatia and from the Czech Republic. Results were as follows:
JUNIOR: Levai’s Big Boom’s Banditos Dex. Good looking 10 month old boy, straight front, good bendd of stifle, good length, in super coat, nicely presented.
OPEN DOG: Sladka’s Badyan Medvedi Smecka. Beautiful 5 year old dog, very masculine, hard, muscular condition, excellent movement. I liked him a lot.
VETERAN: Vojtech’s Chervood’s Snowbear. What a fit, healthy 9 year old, good muscles, excellent movement, would have preferred a less wavy coat, nice to see him. Third Best Veteran in Show.
OPEN B: Levai’s Chervood’s Snow Bibi Of Kola. Lovely girl, moved with great panache, beautifully presented, good bend of stifle, straight front. BOB and then winner of Group 8, well done!
CHAMPION B: Levai’s Chervood’s Snowsun. Lovely girl, beautifully presented, very happy but not quite as outgoing as the BOB winner, nice coat, straight front, good bend of stifle, good length, worthy champion.
Marjorie Charlesworth Ironside (Judge)