East of England Agricultural Society

East of England Showground, 9th July 2022. Judge: Mrs Barbara Kurg.

 

Thank you to the Committee for appointing me to judge Dandie Dinmont Terriers at their 2022 Championship Show.

I was looking for a sound, free-moving dog with good reach and drive that shouted at me the first lines of the Breed Standard - viz “Distinctive head with beautiful silky covering, with large, wise intelligent eyes offsetting long, low weaselly body. Short strong legs; weatherproof coat. Game, workmanlike terrier.”

For me, the Dandie head needs to conform to the above with the liquid eye that seems to look into your soul giving a melting expression. In order to be weatherproof the Dandie coat must be double - viz “A very important feature of the breed. Hair should be about 5cms (2ins) long, double coat with soft linty coat underneath and a harder topcoat, not wiry but giving a crisp feel to the hand. The coat should not 'shed' down the back, but should lie in pencils caused by the harder hair coming through the softer undercoat.”

There were only a few double coats today which is a shame. Presentation was good but sometimes a bit of blending would achieve a more natural flow between jacket and furnishings.

 

Finally, add a dash of character and a happy disposition for good measure - my main winners displayed these traits. All Dandies are capable of stealing their owners’ hearts and I am certain today’s dogs were no exception. Thank you to all the exhibitors for bringing their dogs and making my day very special.

 

 

Best Dog & BOB Butcher's Mishahda Mischief Managed
Reserve Best Dog Poole's Hawkesmill Merlon
Best Bitch Buckley's Jollygaze Quizzical for Lovelettie
Reserve Best Bitch Moult's Hawkesmill Meg for Zamdilsa

Junior Dog 1st: Butcher's Mishahda Mischief Managed
Elegant 18m/o mustard dog with very smart correct outline. Very good head with correct proportions and expression, and a lovely neck leading into well-laid shoulders and correct front angulation. Chest well let down for age. Rear angulation correct, in balance with front and correct tailset and carriage. Single jacket of decent length and ample furnishings. Excellent reach and drive on the move, holding his topline all the way which gave him BD and BOB.

Limit Dog 1st: Poole's Hawkesmill Merlon
Very different to JD - solid, all male 3y/o mustard boy with a super, strong masculine head of correct proportions and lovely dark, liquid eye giving that lovely melting expression. Balanced and decent angulation. Beautiful double pencilled jacket. Topline fairly flat when on the move and rather close behind and a bit wide in front which is why he lost out to JD. RBD.

Junior Bitch 1st: Buckley's Jollygaze Quizzical for Lovelettie
What a lovely feminine16m/o pepper girl with a super head in all respects finished with a dark liquid eye and a charming melting expression. Good balanced angulation and a correct topline. Nicely pencilled double jacket. Happy mover with very good reach and drive when settled. Altogether these attributes led to her being BB. Lost out to JD whose movement was that bit steadier for BOB.

Postgraduate Bitch 1st: Cundall's Diddimont Bella Trix of Bleaklee
Extremely pretty 20m/o mustard bitch with a first class head, eye and expression. Balanced adequate angulation and a clean front. Decent topline. Pleased to see her new jacket coming through the correct amount of soft linty undercoat. Hind movement was erratic.

Limit Bitch 1st: Moult's Hawkesmill Meg for Zamdilsa
Mature 3y/o pepper bitch with first class head of correct proportions and dark eye giving that lovely melting expression. Good length of jacket with undercoat present. Very good topline held on the move. Balanced decent angulation and very good profile movement. Close behind when moving away which pegged her into RBB.
2nd: Stanley's Sokrovische Gardariki Astory at Waffelin
Very nice outline on this 4y/o mature pepper bitch. Lovely correct jacket and she moved well both ways. Balanced angulation. Head in correct proportions but smaller than ideal.

Open Bitch 1st: Allenby's Ch. Diddimont Luna Wuffgood
Well-presented 20m/o mustard girl and a well-deserved Ch who didn’t appear on best form today. Lovely head and eye and very good balanced angulation. Correct topline. Sporting a short single jacket at the moment. She lacked animation on the move today which meant she lost out in the challenge.
2nd: Allenby's Wilmit Mildred Potter for Diddimont
Mustard 4y/o who is similar in many ways to her daughter who beat her in this class today on movement. Lovely head and eye in correct proportions. Sporting a longer single jacket. Decent angulation.