Italian Spinone Breed Critique

Italian Spinone

Italian Spinone
Driffield Agricultural Society
Italian Spinone
Congratulations to Driffield on a friendly and well run show. Thank you to the exhibitors for accepting my decisions with good will and with exceptional sportsmanship today. I found few poor mouths, which is a great improvement on my last time judging this ancient and lovely breed. I did observe weak hind action in many, quite often because the choice of speed of movement had been governed by the handler and not the dog. It is natural for a Spinone to develop a powerful front end, pulling the ground towards him but this can come at a price if the hind end is not engaged in exercise. The result is rounded muscle to the forehand and a rather more flat muscle to the hind. As muscles sculpt around the bones this can obscure the picture of what is truly underneath and give not only a false impression on first examination but will affect the footfall and cadence.

V.2(1)1.Wagh DEWDHALA FIGLIO DI UNA PESCA. W/O. Loved this gentleman’s head planes, good to neck leading to well set up front with correct oval bone to forelimbs. Trifle long to loin but offering good angulation to hind, little long to metatarsus giving a wobble on the move but decent forward reach to fore. Skin & Coat Good.
MPD.4(1)1.Spencer GRADVOLE SIGNOR PI.W/O 6 mnths Youngster with everything ahead of him , head developing well for this age, sweetest of expressions with a hint of curiosity. Excellent depth to chest with breastbone evident. Forehand very tidy. Hind yet to settle but again, all looking good for this stage. This is such a slow maturing breed that we have to give quarter to development. Moved straight and true. 2.Bovio INOSTRICANI MASAI AT ILSOLO B/R 7 mnths. Well balanced body on this chap but headpiece still changing and developing. Good extension to forehand from well laid shoulder, topline not correct at this age but he is just a baby! Better muscled to fore giving impression of less strength to hind, at this time long to second thigh. Not quite as positive on the move as 1. 3.Knowles BESSALONE PEAKY BLINDERS
PD.2)0)1.Gill TESTEVERDE ENRICO CARUSO DEL JOCAGIL B/R Really liked this chap, produced in fine fettle. Correct topline, underline yet to fall and level in this 10 month pup. My notes said colour/Wow! For me he has the desirable brown but he is also blessed with a pattern of markings that accentuate his very best features, his eye colour complimenting in hue. Moved well, giving impression of strength and grace, sound as a pound. Coat good, skin will thicken with age. Exceptional drive from well balanced hind quarters. BPD BP. 2.Saynor TESTAVERDE RUGERO RAIMONDI. Not maturing as quickly as his sibling. Lacking to depth of chest, coat quality would benefit from being addressed, little long to loin at this stage. Essentials are all there, only time and patience will bring him forward.
JD.1(0)1.Culling LUCORU HERE COMES SUMMER.B/R Gangly youngster! Raw baby showing too much air underneath him, head still altering but jaw is good. Moved soundly. Give him a year.
YD.1(0)1.Thompson TESTEVERDE BACK FOR GOOD AT PARADECO B/R. Strong steady movement from this solid boy. Eye shape excellent, colouring will deepen. Plenty of heart room and good to both top and under line. Head planes excellent, skull shape good, patient, attractive expression.
PGD.1(0)1.Fordham & Fordham LUCORU CATEQUIL AT CLOUDNINE B/R Pleasing to topline held on the move, underline developed and correct, chest deep enough, neck and throat good and forechest present. Hock to floor good ratio, moving a little fast so inclining to move close behind. Gentle expression with good eye shape/colour.
LD.3(0)1.Partridge PIACENTE ANGELO DI NATALE W/O Excels to head in correct planes and skull shape and ratio, eye and expression pure Spinone! Gentle crest to the well placed neck, well laid back shoulder and overall ratio square and built to endure and move well. Good straight drive from decently angulated hindquarters with good width to thigh. Standing on correctly shaped feet. Skin tough and coat harsh DCC . 2.Glazik ELLISBELL MR SANDMAN. When he entered the ring I thought he was my winner, better underline than 1 and extraordinary reach on the move. Just a little long in loin which detracts from the powerhouse hind end, coat and skin good. I hope his day will come.3.Spencer GRADEVOLE GANDINI.
OD.7(0) Well populated class of some very handsome dogs, what a delight! 1.Challands Sh Ch MISTYAYRE GIGOLO FOR ANNILANN Sh.CM W/O Superb expression on this gentleman’s face, you should look into a Spinoni eye and fall in love as he reads your soul. Correct head planes , not overdone in skull, balanced fore and aft, moved with drive and cadence. Produced in great condition RDCC 2.Knowles & Glen Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch AFTERGLOW HASHTAG SCANDAL AT BESSALONE .Masculine fella, broader in skull than 1 , have seen this dog fitter and more supple ,over reaching on the move although sound, good balance and ratio of height to length. 3.Ch Teazledown Moonwalker at Jocagil JW Sh.CM.
VB.3(0)1. Fleming.Sh Ch,NU Ch, DK Ch,Int Ch.REDRUE CHERRIECOLA TO CHANDHALLY.W/O Classic headed lass, offering sweet & patient expression. Height/length Ratio spot on, to be picky, a trifle steep in croup but overall a pleasing picture of rustic energy, sound and true on the move. RBCC 2. Sh Ch HASTABBI PRETTY IN PINK. Worthy Sh.Ch with good balance, the finest of feet and excellent to skin and coat. Not quite the cadence of 1 on the move today.3.Coldwell LUCORO ITALAIN JASMINE
MPB.3(0)1.Whitlow GRADEVOLE SIGNORINA BIANCO.W/O Raw baby but such character in her expression and overall balance good at this stage. Did all that was asked of her with good grace and moved well, underline will come with time. Head developing and yet to finalise of course but good to jaw and skull. Interested to see her in a year or two.2. Hurrion, Holder & Mortland TYARK DOLCE CANNELLA. Underline and top line good but doesn’t yet have the muscle to carry bodyweight well on the move, this will come and then her movement can achieve better rhythm to advantage. Skin and coat excellent.3.Lea PICCOLONOCE VANILLA CRUNCH
PB.1(0)1. Bennett TESTEVERDE IRMA CAPECE DEL HOCHOPEPA .B/R Cheeky girl! Moved well fore and aft, decent oval bone and good to forechest. Coat a little soft at the moment but good to skin. Well laid shoulder giving positive extension on the move. It’s still all change at this age but very promising.
JB.3(0)1.Kelly LAJATICO AIDA.B/R Good height /length ratio, excels to forechest and steady ground covering movement. Skull shape good, eye colour complimenting her excellent coat. Good to top and underline held well on the move. Liked her overall presence.2.Woodward CONNOMAR SARA PELLEGRINI. Again good height/length ratio, correct head planes and skull formation. Topline good, lack of muscle to hold well on the move, this will improve I’m sure. Excels in type.3.Berry AFFILATO LOVE ME TENDER.
PGB.5(1)1.Woodward CONNOMAR ZAMBANA .W/O. The eye is the window to the soul and this lass has beautiful headshape framing super eye and correct headplanes. Decent forechest and spring of rib coupled with un-exaggerated angulation fore and hind. Moved sound and true.2.Abbishaw HASTABBI PINK EXPLOSION Good type to head, little less positive on the move than 1.but held good topline to advantage.3.Bullivant PAYGUNS WILLOW MOON.
LB.6(0)1.Bruce TEAZLEDOWN APHRODRITE W/O My goodness what a lovely lass. Everything about her is un-exaggerated and in proportion, not flashy but so classy. Tick list of balance, robustly engineered, soulful expression and a pleasure to watch move, fulfilled. Standing on excellent feet, good flow from elegantly crested neck through to topline with break at the correct point, well coupled and finished with good tailset. Enough spring of rib and depth to chest. Thrilled to hear this was her third and crowning CC. BCC BOB. 2.Wagh PROTTINO DEL VERA BY DEWDHALA. Very appealing b. well presented. Body and head proportions good including big squashy nose with open nostrils. Well laid shoulder , sufficient angulation behind. Sound and true on the move. 3.Kelly FRANCA FEROLA AT LAJATICO.
OB.7(2)1.Khenkina SKERLI ANGELICA ARCHANGELICA B/R Loved this girl’s forward going movement , could imagine her negotiating a ploughed field with ease. Excels in shoulder placement, good to forechest, super tough skin and good width of second thigh. For me, she would do well to drop a few pounds to advantage as in stance she looks a little heavy but proportionately she is spot on (Glasshouses, stones and all that!)2. Fleming CHANDHALLY LIMON CINO. Loved her eye, expression, head properties and offered a balanced outline although I felt a little long in loin. Short Metatarsus giving enough drive, good to forechest, moved true with sufficient drive. 3.Littlemore AURELIA THE EXPLORER OF KRISMOOR JW.
SBB. 0

Geraldine Cove-Print

Firstly I would like to thank Wath,West
Melton & District for inviting me to judge, I thoroughly
enjoyed my date. Also, to the exhibitors for entering and
allowing me to go over their dogs.
Junior (4/3) TREPUR
alone this 14 month old young lady was a pleasure to go
over. Lovely lean roof like head of correct proportions and
the most melting expression. Good fore chest and correct
angulation front and rear. Moved freely retaining her top
line.She certainly was enjoying her day out.
Post Graduate (2/0)
A feminine and promising young lady who although
is 23 months old was worthy of the Best of Breed title
today. She appealed to me for size, lovely square outline
with good conformation throughout. Head nicely balanced
through muzzle and skull and kind eye. Good forechest,
strong neck, with well laid back shoulders. Correct
top line when stood and maintained on the
move. For me she "oozes" Spinoni
and will be one to watch.
Another feminine bitch.Pleasing head with with a
lovely expression. She has matured since the last time I saw
her and has good depth of chest and ribs well sprung.
Correct shade of brown and good thick skin. Moved ok but
sadly carrying too much weight.
Open (4/1)
A true veteran at 9 and 3/4 years old and still
enjoying his showing. Square in outline and nice size.
Lovely balanced head with pronounced occiput and correct
divergent head planes. Good short strong neck with well laid
back shoulders. Good forechest and nicely balanced overall.
Nice thick skin and excellent coat. Moved well in the class
but his erratic movement lost him the challenge so he had to
settle for Reserve Best of Breed.
A striking gentleman and beautifully presented. A
lovely lean, roof like skull with pronounced occiput and
such a kind eye. Strong shoulders and well angulated.Longer
cast and taller than my winner but has good overall balance.
Moved out freely at a steady trot and was the best mover in
the class.

Shropshire Gundog Society 27/05/18
Judge Leanne Challands (Annilann)

Thank you to the committee for inviting me to judge, I was well looked after and had a lovely day. Thank you to my steward for keeping the ring in order

Italian Spinone
Puppy (2,1)
1st Pugh’s Sunsanna All That Jazz at Gellini. Nice head with sweet expression & correct divergent planes, strong, well muscled neck going into well laid back shoulders, deep chest, straight front quarters with strong oval bone, topline falling and rising gently into a well muscled loin, croup has a gentle slope with correct tail set, good bend of stifle with well let down hocks, coat nice and coarse covering thick skin, moved well. BP

Junior (1,0)
1st Fleming’s Chandhally Cockney Rebel. Nice square set bitch, lovely head with correct divergent planes and such a sweet feminine expression, well pronounced occiput & defined median furrow, straight front forequarters with good oval bone, ribs carried well back with minimal tuck up & a strong well muscled loin. Good bend to stifle with hocks well let down and strong rear pasterns, lovely large rounded feet with well arched toes, movement free and with ease. RBOB.

Post graduate (3,1)
1st Shawcross & Parton’s Afterglow Immaculate for Marabell. Strongly built square set bitch with oval bone and well muscled throughout, nice rise and fall in topline with a strong muscled loin, deep chest, well sprung well laid back ribs and minimal tuck up, straight front and rear, coat of correct coarseness, moved well.

Open (3,0)
1st Shawcross & Parton’s Afterglow Jibber Jabber at Marabell. What a power house of a dog. Top of the height standard but built on balanced lines, handsome head with correct divergent planes, skull gently sloping & rooflike, muzzle of good depth, strong well muscled neck into well laid back shoulders, prominent chest bone with a deep chest and sprung ribs that reach well back, topline falling and rising, croup sloping, loin strong and well muscled, minimum tuck up, straight front forequarters with oval bone, well angulated rear with hocks well let down, pasterns strong, Moved well. BOB (shortlisted to last 8 for BIS)
2nd Fleming’s Chandhally Limon Cino. Beautiful head with a very sweet expression & correct divergent head planes, straight, oval boned front, prominent chest bone with good depth of chest with well back ribs, well angulated on rear, good slope to croup with correct tail set, moved free.
3rd Shawcross & Parton’s Afterglow Shooting Star over Marabell.

The Birmingham & District Gundog & Terrier Club. Open Show Sunday 21nd April 2018.
I would like to thank the committee for the invitation to judge and the hospitality on the day. Shame it was the same day as an English Setter Championship show only a few miles away. I would like to thank the Italian Spinone exhibitors for their entry today it made my day enjoyable.
English Setter
Puppy. No Entry
Junior. No Entry
Post Graduate. No Entry
Open. No Entry

Italian Spinone
Puppy. 3. 1 abst
1st Dewar Miss S, Macarica Harry’s Rock. Lovely 8 month old O/W Dog. Good outline, correct head planes, Dark eye. Correct ear set. Well developed with nice oval bone, good forechest, deep ribcage, correct topline and tailset. A happy puppy on the move. BP
2nd Hope Mrs J, Testaverde Magic Moments 7 month O/r Dog quite the raw puppy nice head with good planes correct front angulation good bone and coat for age, moved well
Junior. 2. . 1 abst
1st Fleming Mrs N, Chandhally Copckney Rebel O/W bitch lovely head with pleasing expression & good overall shape. Dark eye colour, correct large nose good scissor bite. Nice oval bone. Correct topline move with drive.
Post Graduate.3. . 1 abst
1st Blythe Mrs R, Larlila Morello. B/r Dog. Presented in excellent condition Good square balanced outline, correct head planes, kind eye with the pleasing expressions. Correct ear set. Nice strong neck into nicely laid shoulders Nicely developed, good forechest and deep ribcage, correct topline and tailset. Straight well boned front with perfect tight well arched feet. Correct angulations front and rear with good muscle tone. Moved well. Look forward to see him in the future BOB
2nd Hope Mrs J, Testaverde Muck N’ Magic O/W Dog Mischievous expression dark eyes. Good head, with nice planes, flows easily through a strong neck to a well made front. Tidy at elbow. Good skin with a tight fitting jacket. Well muscled which gives a good driving movement
Open 4 . 0 abst
1st Blythe Mrs R, Talpalupo Ettore. R/r Dog Very well structured with well proportioned head and soft expression, short strong neck square outline with correct topline. Good bone, deep, well sprung rib, well muscled throughout with good angulations front and rear. Balanced with a good stride, sound & positive movement/
2nd James Mrs K A, Sh Ch Inostricani Fiorella (JW ShCM) W/O bitch. Feminine head, dark eye with the kind, gentle expression, good ear set, strong neck leading nicely into shoulders, good forechest, with well sprung ribsgiving lovely outline,. Well angulated at front with nice straight front leading to good tight feet. Correct topline. Good hocks, moved with grace with good front reach and drive off rear
3rd Hope Mrs J Testaverde, The Wizard and I
4th Fleming Mrs N, Chandhally Limon Cino

Phil Lawton

Waverley Gundog Association
Sunday 18th February 2018
Judge Leanne Challands (Annilann)

Thank you to the committee for inviting me to judge and Thank you to those that entered, I had a wonderful day. I was well looked after by the committee and by my steward MD.

PG (2,1)
1st. Sutherland’s Javal Tanqueray Bloomsbury. Feminine o/w bitch, kind sweet expression, divergent head planes, strong in bone throughout, deep chest, straight forequarters, nice oval feet, coat of correct texture, moved well with drive. Giving handler a hard time.
Open (2,1)
1st, Sutherland’s Javal…. Handsome b/r balanced dog of good size, good divergent head planes, nice kind expression, gentle sloping stop with good median furrow, strong muscular neck going into well laid back shoulders, correct gently sloping topline rising to a well muscled loin, coat of correct texture, giving his all on the move. BOB.

Junior (1,0)
McCafferty’s Richtig Raoghnailt. Sweet bitch, good straight topline when settled, moved well, good bone throughout, sweet head, tight eye with intelligent expression, deep chest, straight forefront, tight feet, ribs reaching down to well tucked up loin. Moved well.
PG (2,0)
1st Gibbon’s, Kavacanne Cheeky Vimto at Faubourg. Ticked bitch with feminine head, correct ear set and length, well muscled throughout, coat of correct coarseness, strong hindquarters, well arched tight feet.
2nd Jackman’s Katelands Cosmic Affair via Navigareamor. Another well muscled bitch with good bone and sweet head and eye, little longer in loin that 1.
Open (3,1)
1st Jackman’s, Navigareamor Hardtoport. Strong, well muscled handsome dog with tight eye and intelligent expression, ears set correct, strong neck into well set shoulders, deep chest with well sprung ribs, straight boned forequarters, tight arched feet, ribs going back into tucked up loin, stifles well bent with straight set hocks, good drive on movement, keeping that straight topline. BOB.
2nd Gibbon’s, Kavacanne Cheeky Vimto at Faubourg. See previous.

Cocker spaniel Dogs
Puppy (2,0)
1st Smith’s, Pearkim Pokemon at Luanshya. Hard class, both lovely dogs. O/R, coat of good condition and well presented, nice tight eye with well chiseled head, good spring to rib for age with short loin, correct topline keeping it on the move, moved well.
2nd Hynd’s, Ryallcourt Tan About Town at Scomar. Many of the same attributes of 1, well presented, good spring to rib, good topline, moved well, just preferred the shorter loin in 1.

Junior (2,0)
1st Smith’s, Pearkim Pokemon at Luanshya. (See 1st puppy dog)
2nd Flowers’s Totenkopf Dutch Spirit Maker. Gold dog, presented well, strong bone in forequarters, nice tight feet, deep chest well sprung rib.

Graduate (7,2)
1st Adams’s, Whinburn Night Owl JW ShCM. Black dog, stood square, well chiselled head with tight eye and square muzzle, well developed chest, strong bone throughout, ribs well sprung, short loin. Rounded stifle, muscular hindquarters, correct topline, keeping it on the move, moved merry and with drive. BD and BOB with agreement from co judge.
2nd MacLean & Scotland’s, Chataway Ronaldo. Handsome head with gentle expression, nice tight eye, square in muzzle, clean throat, strong neck into well laid shoulder, stood square with correct topline, moved well.
3rd Bodzak’s, Briconess Solar Flare.

Limit (3,0)
1st Garrett’s, Creelshaugh Kaos. Stood square with correct topline, handsome head, ribs well sprung, short in loin, good bone throughout, well developed chest with straight forequarters, moved well.
2nd Flowers’s, Totenkopf Magic Touch JW. Well muscled handsome dog, well developed chest, good spring to rib, moved well, good coat, well presented, little longer in loin than 1.
3rd Hynd’s, Scomar Magic Flute.

Open (4,1)
1st Smith’s, Craigdean Callimakokr at Luanshya. Handsome dog with a well chiselled head, square muzzle and tight eye with gentle expression. Well developed chest with deep brisket, straight bone through forequarters, good bend to stifle, moved well keeping correct topline.
2nd Rodger’s, Pembrokgate Dandy Lad. Handsome dog, stood square, good coat in great condition, well presented, moved with drive.
3rd Fairbairn and Madigan & Nuttall’s, Chativore Stargazer.

Best Bitch Nuttall’s, Carmelfair Calabrianna. Feminine headed bitch with sweet expression and tight eye, good straight boned forequarters. Well sprung ribs, nice short loin, good bend to stifle, moved well.

Weimaraner Bitches
Graduate (2,0)
1st MacLaine & Dickson’s, Greyspirit Hope So. Sweet head, eyes of good disposition and kind in expression, good rib to loin ratio, level strong topline with good slope to croup, moved well.
2nd MacLaine & Dickson’s, Greyspirit Hopes N’ Dreams. Forequarters straight and strong, good bend to stifle with well let down hocks, compact well arched feet, moved well, preferred head and texture of coat on 1.

1st MacLaine & Dickson’s, Greyspirit Purdue JW CJW. Point of shoulder to point of buttock in correct proportion, good silver coloured coat of smooth. Sleek texture, moderate bend to stifle, well muscled thigh and well let down hocks, good strong level topline keeping it on the move.
2nd White & Scougall’s, Silverkelvin Cassieopia. Correct colour and texture to coat, would prefer more length to rib, deep chest, straight forequarters, well tucked up flank.

1st MacLaine & Dickson’s, Sh Ch Greyspirit Missy Sippy JW ShCM. Effortless movement, good coat colour and texture, nice feminine aristocratic head of good proportions, well set eye with kind expression, deep chest, well sprung ribs that reach well back, strong straight topline with good slope to croup, straight boned front and well muscled throughout. BB.
2nd White & Scougall’s, Silverkelvin Rising Star. Deep chest with well sprung ribs, strong straight forequarters, moderate tuck up to strong flank, well angulated stifle, well muscled with strong well let down hocks.

BD MacLaine & Dickson’s, Sh Ch Ir Sh Ch Greyspirit Royal Scot at Trilite ShCM, Covered the ground effortlessly with a top line that’s strong and level. handsome dog with well portioned head and intelligent expression, chest deep, ribs well sprung and set well back, forelegs straight and strong, well arched, coat of brilliant texture and colour for age. BD and BOB with agreement from co judge.

6-11 Y/O
1st Lois McCloud.
2nd Adam Davidson.
Both had a good relationship with their dog, both could do with brushing up on basic junior handling rules. 1st was just more attentive to her dog and to what I was asking of her.

12-16 Y/O
1st Eve Sutherland.
2nd Jodie Scotland.
Both showed promse, both very attentive to their dog and to what I was asking of them, both smartly dressed, 1st took her place and best over all handler as she knew more about the anatomy of the dog.

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