Spanish Water Dog Breed Critique

Spanish Water Dog

Spanish Water Dog
THE WELSH KENNEL CLUB SHOW
SPANISH WATER DOGS
20th August 2017
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the WKC Committee for their kind hospitality and for inviting me to award their first set of Spanish Water Dog CCs. I would also like to thank my two very efficient stewards who kept the ring running very smoothly and the exhibitors for the honours of judging their well-presented dogs. Not a large entry which is quite sad for the breed but certainly had plenty of quality. All exhibits showed plenty of ground cover on the move but there were some differences when viewing front & rear action. I didn’t find any bad mouths but several with a level bites. Which could cause problems in the future?
VETERAN DOG (0)
PUPPY DOG (2,0)
1st & BP FREDRIKSON’S ZORRAZO GONE WILD, 10 month boy full of breed type developing well, to the smaller end of the scale. Masculine head, dark eyes, strong neck & excellent overall belance; deep chest, well angulated fore & aft; moved true,covering ground with a positive driving action; quality coat developing well; his maturity over the female gave him the BP: 2nd DONALDSON ‘S PRIZELANDS ARTIC AURORA, 6 month old baby, well balanced head, good black pigment & eye colour; correct neck onto correct front couplings in balance to his rear, good depth of chest & overall balanced; move true covering ground; still very immature but well up to size; the picture finished off with a thick puppy coat.
JUNIOR DOG (1,0)
1st GILROY’S PABIAGA’S EASY FEELING, just 12 months old recently clipped, a little reserved today but with a keen interest of his surroundings; balanced head with good black eyes & pigment, correct neck, front & rear couplings in balance which were shown well on the stand; moved steadily covering ground.
POST GRADUATE DOG (2,1)
1st DONALDSON & PALUMBO‘S PRIZELANDS YOU’RE THE ONE FOR RAINETHYME, black boy, balances head with very dark eye colour; muscular neck, good depth & length of chest; balanced fore & aft couplings, moved steadily covering ground with a positive driving action, finished off with a shorter thick curled coat.
LIMIT DOG (4,0)
1st & RCC WISEMAN’S VALENTISIMO'S OLLI DANTE, I judged this young man as a Junior and the promise he showed winning his class had been completely realised. Balanced head with medium length muscled neck set onto a good front assembly; correct length of back to height ratio, with a good depth of chest; well-muscled rear which produced powerful rear action; move true fore & aft, covering plenty of ground, all finished off with a full length coat.
2nd EGGINTON’S QUIJOTE DE LAS BRISAS DEL MAR DEL VALENTISIMO (Imp), different in type to the first, more compact & slightly longer in back; well balanced maculine head, musclar neck onto correctly angled forequarters, good depth of chest, well muscles rear; excellent quality & quantity coat; moved with drive covering plent of ground. 3rd GLAYSHER & DONALDSON ‘S PRIZELANDS ADORMIDERA JACSEN SOLO.
OPEN DOG (1,0)
1st, CC & BOB EGGINTON’S VALENTISIMO'S TUVIDA, I judged this gentleman several times, the first time as a puppy and then just seemed to have continually improve especially on the move. Strong, elegant head of correct proportions, dark eyes & pigment, medium length muscled neck set onto a an excellent front assembly; correct length of back to height ratio, with a good depth of chest with well sprung ribs; well-muscled rear which produced powerful rear action; move true fore & aft, effortless covering ground, all finished off with a full length tightly curled coat. Although he stood alone in this class there was no hesitation in awarding him the CC in the challenge. He was pushed hard by the Bitch for BOB but just pipped her with his side gate.
VETERAN BITCH (0)
PUPPY BITCH (2,0)
Two baby girls with a number of similar qualities. 1st EGGINTON’S ZERRAZO IN A NUTSHELL WITH VALENTISIMO, a brown young lady exhibiting excellent breed type, good balance feminine head with good eye colour, correct neck, front & rear couplings, height to length ratio finished off with a good puppy coat. Move true for & aft covering plenty of ground. Pushed very hard for best puppy but lacked his maturity at just 7 months, should have a super future ahead. 2nd DONALDSON ‘S PRIZELANDS SWEET DREAMS, Slightly bigger black girl of different type but similar qualities, I split them on their front couplings; lovely feminine head with dark eyes, correct neck, good depth of chest & overall balance; moved true steadily covering ground, I am sure she has a super future.
JUNIOR BITCH (1,0)
1st EGGINTON’S VALENTISIMO'S ADELLA, have shown in the ring with this young lady several time & swapping places. Black girl, super feminine expression from those very dark eyes, head not total finished; correct length of neck onto good fore quarters with matching rear couplings; good depth of chest & length of loin; short coat of excellent texture; moved true for & aft covering ground.
POST GRADUATE BITCH (3,0)
The first two young ladies were very similar in many ways exhibiting many of the same qualities & I am sure they will change places time & time again. 1st GLAYSHER & DONALDSON ‘S PRIZELANDS SWEET TRUFFLE, good overal proportions but carrying a little more weight; femine balanced head with eyes toning to coat; muscular neck; good depth of chest & overall balance; good medium curly coat; moved well covering plenty of ground. 2nd GILROY’S CLAYCHALK ALFONSA, feminine expression with eyes toning to coat, well-muscled neck, front & rear couplings in harmony, correct overall balance of height to length, good tail set & carriage; moved steadily covering ground; 3rd BOOTH’S MARAVILLA NINO DE LA SELVA
LIMIT BITCH (2,0)
1st & CC WALKER’S VALENTISIMO'S TIZI, I have judged this young lady before & how she has matured; feminine head, good neck onto well balanced front, with rear couplings in harmony, good depth of chest & spring of rib, with correct length to height ratio. Moved true front & rear covering ground with a purposeful driving action, all finished of with a full coat. In the challenge it was very very close with the Open winner, who has been a favourite of mine but on the day I just preferred her front action on the move: 2nd BOOTH’S MARAVILLA NINO DE LA SELVA, another well balanced femine head, with lovely dark eyes; muscled neck onto correct front couplings; good depth of chest & overall balance; well muscled rear quarters; cover ground with drive.
OPEN BITCH (1)
1st & RCC EGGINTON’S VALENTISIMO'S PACOPILIK, this lady has stolen my heart on many occasions with her typical breed type; feminine head with lovely dark eyes, good neck onto well balanced front, good depth of chest & spring of rib to provide lung room for all the energy she looked ready to expel. Good quality of coat, moved true front & rear covering ground with a purposeful driving action; she pushed very hard for the CC.
Sue Nicholls-Ward (Bumbleridge)

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