Critiques for the BCGB Open Show held on 26 Sep 2021 at Yelvertoft Village Hall..
Mrs A Howes (Medogold) – Main Classes
Mrs L Stevens (Sanbosier) – Special Classes
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Brittany Club of Great Britain – 26/09/21 – Special Classes
I would like to thank the club for their invitation to Judge the Special Classes at the BCGB Open Show 2021 and thank the exhibitors who entered under me.
I was thrilled to have some fabulous exhibits to go over, most appearing square and cobby with good heads, however, movement was quite an issue on the day, appearing good in profile but when moving away and coming toward, it was very erratic and difficult to assess positively. This unfortunately did cost several quality exhibits a place.
Astra Special Yearling Dog or Bitch
1st Frost, Mrs J P – Rhapsodie de la Riviere at Patouche.
A lovely young tricolour bitch of 10 months old. Neat ears set high on a feminine head of the correct 3:2 skull/muzzle ratio. Stop moderate and skin was tight on head and lips. Dentition correct. Her neck was of a good length and set well into muscular shoulders. Square body with excellent front and rear angulation. Topline showed a very gentle slope which she held on the move. Still needs to develop in the chest, but she is young and has plenty of time on her side. Movement was by far the best in the class demonstrating the correct clipped movement without overextending at the rear.
2nd Yarrow, Mr P A & Mrs J A – Pesh Di Val Grossa of Bonapartist (Imp IT)
This 18-month-old black and white bitch was very square and cobby with excellent bone. Her ears were set high and she had the correct 3:2 skull/muzzle ratio. Stop moderate and skin was tight on head, dentition correct. Her head was a little bit on the masculine side but was within standard. Neck was of medium length and set very well into her shoulders but due to carrying a little extra weight did appear quite thick. Deep chest with Brisket reaching to elbows. Topline strong and slightly sloping. Very well handled and moved briskly in profile but tended to move quite close behind when viewed from the front or rear.
Sandy Massie Memorial Special Open BCGB TAN Dog or Bitch
1st Hayes & Wilson, Mr N D & Mr A – Tillybirloch Otto
This 3-year-old orange and white dog just screamed Brittany at me. I did prefer the head of my 2nd place but everything else about this boy was just spot on and his movement was the best and most typical of all the dogs I saw today. His head was of the correct 3:2 skull/muzzle ratio, zygomatic arches a little too prominent. Neat, high set ears and a wonderful quizzical expression. Stop slightly steeper than I would like. Eyes oval and of good colour, skin tight over head and lips with correct dentition. Neck strong and set into muscular shoulders, deep chest with brisket reaching to elbow. Angulation good front and rear. Body perfectly square and cobby with slightly sloping topline which he carried well on the move. A lovely coat, although a little unkempt, goaty in texture along the spine. Movement was outstanding both in profile and when viewed from front and rear. Brisk, clipped with little rear extension.
2nd Southern, Mrs K – Rochus Nelke
An almost 4-year-old Tricolour bitch with the most beautiful head. High set ears, oval eyes in harmony with her coat colour, and a typical Brittany expression. Skin tight over head and lips, stop moderate, dentition correct. She had a lovely muzzle, very slightly tapered giving her a refined look without looking snipy. Well-muscled all around with good angulations front and rear. Good strong topline, gently sloping towards croup. Deep, well-rounded chest. Possibly a little long in loin if I’m being picky. Movement was very good, and she was unlucky to come up against the winner of this class as she is a very nice example of the breed.
Peter Green Memorial Special Open Dog or Bitch
This was an incredibly strong class and there were some excellent dogs. Movement in this class played a big part in placings.
1st Southern, Mrs K – Sh Ch Rochus Juliet
A really typical Brittany who has always caught my eye and I was pleased to finally get my hands on her and she didn’t disappoint. This 7-year-old has a wonderful head, neat ears set high on a well made head. 3:2 Skull/muzzle on parallel planes with tight skin over head and lips. Correct scissor bite. Neck clean and of medium length leading to muscular shoulders. Nicely spaced shoulder blades, good angulation front and rear. Deep chest and good length of leg. Short in back with topline gently sloping and strong which she held well on the move. Movement clipped and she moved briskly and balanced when viewed from all angles. Coat was trimmed a little short which slightly spoilt the all-round picture.
2nd Cutler, Mrs M J – Tarward Precious Pearl with Jayricnbrits
This 2-year-old orange and white bitch is still not fully developed but she had so much quality, she thoroughly deserved her placing. A strong yet refined head of the correct proportions. Skin tight over head and lips. Neat high set ears which she used to her advantage. Eyes oval, would prefer them slightly darker however, they are in harmony with her coat colour. Stop moderate and dentition correct. Neck of a good length set into moderately sloping shoulders. Despite being so young her chest was deep with brisket reaching elbows. When standing she presented a square, cobby outline, good angulations with excellent bone and good length of leg. She was handled and moved very well displaying the required brisk and clipped gait. I think there could be a very bright future for both dog and handler in store.
Lindsey Stevens (Judge)