Critiques for Dachshunds, Labrador Retrievers, Deerhounds, Wolfhounds

 Eastbourne & DCS Premier Open Show 26th June 2022 


Thank you to the committee for the invitation and congratulations on a well run show. It was a shame that this Premier show clashed not only with Blackpool but also with the Southern Dachshund Assoc Open Breed Show which undoubtedly affected the entry today. My thanks to those that entered and although it was a small entry all the dogs were well presented and a joy to go over. 

Judge: Amanda Orchard (Manatek) 

Dachshund (Long-haired) 

Post Grad 1 (0) 

1st Clarkes Tekalhaus the Excelsior, Red male 2yrs old, pleasing head properties and correct dentition. Good reach of neck set into well laid shoulders, correct depth of keel giving adequate ground clearance. Body was well ribbed with a short strong loin. Strong hindquarters which he used well on the move, held his topline at all times. BOB 

Dachshund (Min Long-haired) 

Junior 1 (0) 

1st Crows Drymoor Firars Luxury Among Martinks, Black & Tan male 14mths, Up to size and a tad strong in head. Good length of neck into a pleasing front assembly. Adequate length of rib and short loin. Whilst he moved straight fore and aft he lacked drive. Kept his topline at all times BOB 

Dachshund (Min Smooth-haired) 

Junior 1 (1) 

Post Grad 2 (1) 

1st Fenerus Sonorra Ginger Cake, Red bitch 21mths, lovely head and expression, correct dentition, elegant neck into a pleasing front assembly. Good length of rib and short loin. Well angulated hindquarters and moved well fore and aft. BOB 

Open 1 (1) 

Dachshund (Wire-haired) 

Post Grad 1 (0) 

1st Foglias Kentixen Abies Grandis, Brindle male 6yrs old, A heavily built lad with a masculine head, correct denition. An adequate reach of neck, good fore chest, well ribbed and short strong loin. Whilst he moved soundly he lacked animation. A super harsh jacket throughout. BOB 

Open 1 (0) 

1st Foglia’s Kentixen Abies Grandis 

Dachshund (Min Wire-haired) 

Junior 1 (0) 

1st Stewarts Martinks Once Bitten, Brindle male 16 mths. Pleasing head and expression, correct dentition. Good length of neck, into pleasing front assembly. Adequate length of rib, short loin. Well angulated fore and aft. Super harsh jacket. Moved well, a cheeky chap. BOB Eastbourne & DCS Premier Open Show 26th June 2022 

Post Grad 2 (0) 

1st Pipers Macushia Michael Mosley at Avvoltoio, Brindle male 5 yrs. Pleasing head properties and expression. A tad short in upper arm but with an adequate depth of chest and good length of rib. Whilst he was well angulated behind, he was rather loose in hind movement. Another with a good harsh jacket. RBOB 

1st Altendorfs Westwill Figaro, Brindle bitch 2 yrs. What a charming mini wire with a sweet head and expression. Would prefer a harsher jacket. A different outline to 1 and of a stockier build. Moved ok. 

Open 1 (0) 

1st Pipers Macushia Michael Mosley at Avvoltoio 

Judge: Amanda Orchard (Manatek) 

Critiques for Labrador Retrievers at

Eastbourne & District Canine Society Premier Open Show – Sunday 26th June 2022

I would like to thank the officers and committee of Eastbourne & District Canine Society for inviting me to judge at their Premier Open Show.  My thanks to the exhibitors for their quality entry and the polite manner in which they accepted my placings, thank you to Mrs & Mrs Godden for providing the lovely rosettes and to Kent, Surrey and Sussex Labrador Retriever Club  for providing prize money for BOB, RBOB and BP, last but not least to Hils and Sam, my efficient ring stewards who managed the smooth running of my ring, whilst keeping me on the straight and narrow.

P (5 1) 1. Miss C Boulden’s Rumhill Firecracker.  9 month old chocolate dog, although stood alone well deserving of his placing. A broad head, correct scissor bite, good stop and eyes of correct colour, level across his back, short coupled, correct coat of even colour and good condition, with well wrapped tail, good bone, good leg length and nice tight feet.  BP

J (1)  1. Mrs J.D Elliott’s Cremino Country Trader at Lyndham.  Just turned 1yr of age, a pale yellow dog who was full of life.  A lovely broad head, correct scissor bite, kind expression and lovely pigmentation both around eye rims and nose, good angles both fore and aft, short coupled, coat in good condition, good leg length and, tail straight off back, an eager young dog who moved well.

PG (2)  1. Miss C Boulden’s Rumhill Emerald Star.  21 month old chocolate bitch in good condition with even colour to coat, nicely shaped feminine head with correct scissor bite, slightly lighter eye colouring, good rear angles with well wrapped tail and good tight feet; a demonstrably good natured Labrador, a close contender for best of breed.  RBOB

  1. Mrs E.J. Beecham’s Baileydale Rondo. 3 year old pale very active yellow bitch in very good condition and coat, a feminine head with good pigmentation around eyes, but could do with darker pigmentation on nose.  Correct scissor bite, good stop, difficult to accurately assess movement as she had her own ideas on how to move around the ring and stand.

O (2)   1.  Mrs E.J. Beecham’s Princess Leia at Baileydale (IMP ITA).  A pale yellow bitch of  approx. 4 ½ years with contrasting darker yellow ears, nice mature feminine head with well-defined stop, correct scissor bite and good pigmentation. Coat in good condition, well-shaped barrel ribs, good bone, well clothed tail, moved freely. BOB

  1. Miss C Boulden’s Rumhill Starry Night.  A quality black bitch of 4 years ,feminine head with good expression and correct scissor bite, not in her best coat today, but her other qualities compensated for this with good angles fore and aft, good bone, short coupling, correct tail set, defined barrel ribs, good movement and a very pleasing disposition, a nice bitch.

Mrs A. Felton-Page

Many thanks to the committee for inviting me to judge at this wonderful, well run, friendly show. Thank you to my most efficient steward, Justine who kept the ring ticking over and to the exhibitors who gave me the opportunity to judge their wonderful hounds.


Junior 1

1st Finnet & Heathcote, Miss S L & Dr N S A Hyndsight Talk on the street.

18-month-old boy. Attractive eye-catching youngster. Masculine head, dark eye and the desired aquiline nose. Muscular neck that flows into the correct lay of shoulders, straight long forelegs with broad flat bone. Deep chest with nice length of ribbing and strong well arched loin. Balanced, muscular rear quarters with great length from hip to hock. Shown in super coat. Lovely profile movement, holding his top line on the move.

Post Graduate 3

1st Lucas & Dargonne, Miss R V & Mr C J Packway Ecotrailer

20-month-old bitch. She presented a super curvy outline on the stack. Lovely feminine head with a soft keen expression. Long head with flat skull, powerful jaws and correct dentition. Strong neck that fits smoothly into well-laid shoulders. Good spring of rib and depth of brisket. Well-made rear with super width to second thigh. Strong, low hocks which she used well on the move.

2nd Everard, Mrs C M & Mr L J Packway Herons Ghyll

3-year-old male with pleasing proportions and outline. Lovely head, with expressive dark eyes, has a good moustache and beard. Shown in excellent coat. Balanced fore and aft, with good depth of chest and decent infill. Muscular loin with hips set wide apart. Moved with a long effortless stride.


Open 3 (1)

1st Heathcote, Dr N S A Hindsight Neaghley

20-month-old bitch. Presented a super outline. A quality youngster, no doubt that she is built for speed and endurance. Pretty head with a dark eye and that far away expression. Muscular neck flowing into super shoulders, good broad forearms and elbows set well under. Capacious chest, well ribbed back and strong muscular loin complimented with a sweeping underline. A powerfully made rear and a good bend of stifle enabled her to flow around the ring with easy and active movement. BOB  & HG3.

2nd Lucas & Dargonne, Miss R V & Mr C J Packway Smackfarthing

3-year-old elegant bitch shown in hard condition. The kindest of expressions with lovely, small well held ears, aquiline nose, correct dentition and strength to jaw. Strong neck, correct shoulder placement and good depth of chest. Excellent bone with compact well-knuckled feet and strong nails. Broad, powerful, muscular rear with well-developed 2nd thighs. Lovely harsh coat. Her curvy, shapely underline and top line completed the picture. Covered plenty of ground on the move with a lovely long stride. In tune with her handler, a good team. RBOB


Junior 2 (1)

1st Wilkinson, Mrs S Rainster Eliex among Hunacres NAF

7-month-old wheaten brindle bitch. Pretty, feminine head with lovely furnishings. Good length to muzzle with correct dentition, large ears but well held. Lovely arched neck flows into fair shoulders, although a little short in upper arm. Strong, straight bone and round, well-padded feet. Good depth to chest and infill for her age, back well ribbed and strength to loin. Balanced rear angulation, good bend of stifle with hocks well let down.  Moved well in profile although tad close in rear at present. A promising puppy. RBOB, BP & PG3

Post Graduate 1

1st Campbell-Woodford, Mr K & Mrs A E Whiteorchard Adhara at Kilmacduagh

20-month-old wheaten bitch. Feminine head with super furnishings, though would prefer darker pigmentation around the eyes. Lovely rosed ears carried well. Strong muscular neck into reasonable shoulders, good depth of chest. Back well-ribbed but a tad long in the loin. Well angulated rear with width to second thigh and strong low hocks.  Moved well in profile although slightly wide in front. A little soft in condition.

Open  5 (1)

1st Holder & Howe Mrs M A & Mr D B Sade Araya Mascotts JW

4-year-old dark brindle bitch that caught my eye when she entered the ring. A beautiful houndy outline, with curves from nose to tail. Elegant, strong arched neck that flows into well-laid shoulders and correct return of upper arm. Deep chest, lovely spring of rib and strong muscular loin, sweeping underline and gracefully arched topline. She has strong rear quarters, with broad thighs and good bend of stifle. Lovely harsh coat. Shown in super weight and condition. Moved around the ring with an easy and active stride. BOB

2nd Taylor & Lynch, Mr J  & Mrs J Gaeltarra Eireann Watson (Imp Nld)

4-year-old powerful male. Well balanced fore and aft. Attractive masculine head with plenty of furnishings although a wee bit wide in skull. Strong, muscular neck flows into well laid shoulders, deep chest with plenty of in fill. Elbows set well under. Good width to thighs and low strong hocks. He moved steadily around the ring, though he would benefit from carrying a little less weight.