Leeds - 29th July 2012



Portuguese Water Dogs

Thank you to all the exhibitors for a lovely entry both numerically and in quality. I was particularly impressed with the depth of quality in the breed today making them such a pleasure to judge. The quality of the puppy classes is a credit to the breeders and shows that the breed is in good hands.  It was also nice to see some of the youngsters I judged before now they are maturing and fulfilling their potential.  My apologies for not staying for the group but we were urgently called away.

Puppy Dog (2,0)





1st- Gibson’s Belleville Noite Preta At Majesixs.  9mth with a nice outline and good size. Correct head proportions. Dark eye and correct bite. Good bone and feet. Well made fore and aft with good turn of stifle. Nice light loose coat. Very steady on the move with good rear drive








2nd- Holness’ Belleville Guarda de Noite at Ricci. Litter brother to 1. Slightly smaller but equally well made. Lighter in eye but better rear end. Was more interested in the smells on the ground and gave his handler a hard time on the move which made his movement difficult to assess.





Post Graduate Dog (5,3)



1st Barton’s Auldhelm Absolutelys. A very nice 2yr young man who is coming on nicely since I last judged him. Super head with good proportions, dark eye and broad nose. Well laid shoulders, well muscled, very nice rear end. Good bone and feet. Correct tail set and carriage. Lovely mover which is what won him the class. Well handled.






2nd- Stevens’ Cartmel's Brando. At 18mths this ‘young pretender’ pushed 1 all the way. Another lovely head with dark eye. Well made with good lay of shoulder. Handler needs to ensure he gets the most out of him on the stand as he tends to straighten his stifle when stacked. Not quite as positive on the move as the winner.





3rd   Spencer’s Islekeepers Summer Knight

Limit Dog (3,1a)




1st Reddin & Bussell’s Rarjo For Your Eyes Only. Another close call with 2 super dogs that again were separated by movement. Judged this boy before in PG. Liked him then, like him now. Lovely outline, correct head with good planes and proportions and dark eye. Well laid shoulders & well muscled throughout. Broad rear. Powerful mover and just a little more ‘fluid’ than 2 which won him the class.






2nd- Sword’s Traclem Kind Of Magic. Another very nice boy. 4yrs with nice head and dark eye.  Good outline, short strong neck, well laid shoulders lovely rear with good tailset. Just not as positive on the move as the winner.





Open Dog




1st Johns & Dearing’s Ch Gemson Orpheus At Proform. Heading up a class of 3 very nice dogs. Super head and skull, nice dark eye, broad nostrils. Short strong neck to well laid shoulders and deep chest. Good bone and feet. Well muscled throughout. Good width over rear. Lovely free powerful mover. In good coat. Judged him before where he didn’t perform in the challenge but today he kept showing and moving to win a thoroughly deserved CC & BOB.





2nd- Reddin, & Bussell’s Ch Rarjo Scouting For Girls.  Another super boy with a lovely broad, well proportioned head with dark eye and wide nose. Well laid shoulders over deep ribs, lovely rear end, well muscled. Another good mover just not as smooth as the winner in the class.  Moved better in the challenge to take the RCC




3rd McGill’s Ch Rarjo Revolution At Winterkloud


Puppy Bitch (5,0a)




1st Creffield’s Melfield Chasing Diamonds.  Heading up a class of 5 very nice girls. Just 6 mths and looking lovely.  Super head with nice eye. Compact and well made body with good lay of shoulder and a lovely rear end with good angles and correct muscle for age. A little naughty on the move but she is still a baby. One to watch. BP








2nd- McGill’s Winterkloud Mad Moments. A different outline from my winner and lots to like. Lovely head and eye. Good shoulders and depth of chest. Nice broad rear end with correct amount of muscle and good turn of stifle. Good mover.





3rd Spencer’s Islekeepers After Dark.


Junior Bitch (1,0a)





1st Morgan’s Belleville Anjo De Noite. 9mth. Pretty young lady. Good foreface and eye but needs more width to skull. Well laid shoulders. Rather narrow all through. Needs to body up and mature. Nice mover.





Post Graduate Bitch (6,3a)



1st McGill’s Digadogs O Cornelia ( Imp). Gave this young lady the RCC before when she was in Junior and she has come on just as I hoped. Now 2˝ yrs, she is maturing nicely. Lovely outline, super head, broad but feminine with correct proportions and good eye colour. Well made with good shoulders and depth of chest. Well muscled rear and a super mover. Positive and powerful in profile, true fore and aft.  Appears very confident and needs firm handling.  CC







2nd- Stevens’ Cartmel's Cute 'N Curly. Another nice girl at 18mth. A little finer than 1 but with a good head. Well laid shoulders and good depth of chest.  Good rear end, well muscled and a good mover. True fore and aft and good in profile






3rd Spencer & Quantrill’s Cartmel's Belmira At Islekeeper


Limit Bitch (3,0a)



1st Gibson’s Rarjo Here She Comes To Majesixs. My, how this young lady has changed.  She didn’t shine for me as a puppy. Now 2yrs old and love her for type and shape. Lovely head with dark eye. Super shoulders and depth of chest. Particularly liked her rear, broad and powerful. Well muscled throughout. Expertly handled as she was not entirely happy today and kept her tail down but showed she can be a stylish powerful mover and her type carried her through the class. The hesitancy cost her the CC today but her other qualities meant I could not deny her the RCC





2nd- McGill’s Bregantia Dont Stop Me Now At Winterkloud.  Another lovely lady with a pleasing outline and a lovely head with dark eye. Well laid shoulders and good rear angles. Good mover, particularly behind and in profile. Not quite as true as 1 in front




3rd Stevens’ Cartmel's Abbadessa


Open Bitch (4,1a)



1st Bongiovanni’s Ch Rarjo It Had To Be You For Ankors. Headed up a class of 4 nice bitches. This 5yr lady has a lovely outline and a super head although her eye could be a little darker. Well laid shoulders and good depth of chest. Good bone and feet. Well muscled, powerful rear. Just pipped the class on her truest front movement.






2nd- Dring & Sword’s Tracklem Talk Of The Town. This 6yr old lady is another good example. Super outline, lovely broad yet feminine head, well laid shoulders, good bone, super rear, well muscled and powerful. Super mover behind and in profile. A tough wide coming back that lost her the class.





3rd Sword’s Traclem Touch Of Class


Judge – Ray McDonald