Bernese News 22nd June 2016
CENTRAL BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG CLUB OPEN SHOW 22nd May 2016
Thank you to the Central Bernese Mountain Dog Club for inviting me to judge their club show.
The weather was warm but thankfully not too hot for the dogs and a lovely outdoor ring was
provided which allowed the dogs plenty of room to move out. I was happy with my Best Dog
and Best Bitch line ups and had some quality dogs to assess and I thank exhibitors for entering
and in the most part dogs were clean, presented and shown to a high standard.
Thank you to my stewards Karen Bird and Julie Wakeland who kept the ring flowing
Minor Puppy Dog (2 entries, 1 absentee)
1st Wright & Kirk ’s Arvella Mark Of Respect for Roesilbern. 6 month old confident puppy
of good size. Excellent bone, nicely placed shoulders but forechest still to develop. Slightly over
angulated in the rear, excellent tail set. Correct skull for age with dark almond shaped eye and
good stop. Correct bite. Was well presented but unsettled on the move due to a recent injury
and withdrew from Best Puppy. Best Puppy Dog.
Puppy Dog No entries
Junior Dog (4, 3)
1st Barsby & Bonham’s Halesbern Naughty But Nice. Good sized dog of correct 9:10
proportions with good body and depth for age. Although still developing he has a strong,
masculine head with flat skull, slight furrow and defined stop although would prefer the ears to
be slightly higher set. Fantastic topline both stood and on the move and correct tail set. Good
rear angulation which reflects in good drive and extension behind, however I would prefer a
tighter front but today this was outweighed by his overall qualities. Handled well in excellent
coat and condition.
2nd Wakeland’s Shirdees Joe Dimaggio At Bramikdel. A nice young quality male, 16
months old with a lovely confident temperament. Excellent head with classic markings, flat skull,
correct almond shaped eye and dark in colouring with we set ears. Strong. muscular neck
leading to well placed shoulders, good bone, although a little long in body which affected the
overall balance for me, preferring the proportions of 1st. Handled well and very free on the move
covering the ground with ease but a little close behind.
3rd Mead’s Deberni Lucky. Medium sized dog who is still developing and growing into his
frame. Good temperament and a strong masculine head, bite is incorrect but strong neck and
forechest. Good topline both standing and on the move and was at one with his handler today.
Covered the ground well.
Yearling Dog (1)
1st Barsby & Bonham’s Halesbern Naughty But Nice.
Post Graduate Dog (2)
1st Vaychkus & Vaickus' Flintas Kalnu Suo (Imp LT). Maturing 2½ year old, medium sized
male, balanced overall with correct proportions. Moderate angulation in the front and rear and a
strong topline both standing and on the move. Correct bite, good stop, dark almond shaped eye
framed with correct ear set. Good tail set and carriage. Whilst I would prefer a little more
masculine type as the dog in 2nd place, he won this class today with his excellent movement
as he covered the ground with ease with correct movement both coming and going, Nicely
2nd Miles’ Orlando Bloom At Jaybiem JW. Mature male for age with excellent masculine
head and kind expression. When stood in profile he presents a lovely outline with a super topline
which leads into a nicely rounded rump and tail set and good rear angulation. Correct tight feet
and excellent proportions. Sadly he did not follow through on the move today and this cost him
Limit Dog (7, 4)
1st Green’s Alpenspirit Pure Pleasure For Arvella (Imp Ca). Easy winner in this class, 3 year
old male maturing and coming into his own. Good size of correct proportions with deep chest
and good bone for size. Fantastic head with dark eye, slight furrow, correct bite and good depth
to muzzle. Due to excess coat around his neck it visually appeared short and stuffy, but was
actually of a correct medium length once I got my hands on. Excellent shoulders in length and
layback and well developed forechest. Lovely rear angulation with rounded rump and good tail
set. Strong topline and broad back. I personally would prefer a little more enthusiasm and sparkle
on the move but this did not detract from his correctness as he still covered the ground with good,
balanced, easy movement showing good reach in the front and drive from the rear. Pleased to
award him Best Dog, Best in Show.
2nd Wright & Kirk’s Materabern Good Friday. Excellently presented and well handled mature
male who really looked the part, in profile of good proportions. Good sized with masculine head
and correct bite and correct ear set. Good depth of chest but rather narrow meaning he tends to
tuck his elbows under his chest which effects his front movement. However, he has powerful
drive from behind.
3rd Avery’s Lujento Morse. A taller dog than 2nd and not looking his best today but still much
to like and appreciate. Good bone and strong, straight front legs, adequate angulation in the
front and rear. Strong topline and good tail set but would prefer more breadth throughout. On the
move he excelled covering the ground with ease. Would like to see him again in full coat and
condition as he looked immature and rangier when stood next to the others in the class today
and when on form could easily see him changing places.
Open Dog (4, 3)
1st Jefferson’s Meadowpark Boysown. Impressive mature male of 6 years old presented
excellently. Strong, straight front legs and masses of bone for his size and proportions.
Masculine head with kind expression. Well laid shoulders with correct angulation however would
prefer a little more angulation in the rear. Strong back with nicely rounded rump, good spring of
rib and excellent breadth and depth of chest. Good reach and drive on the move although would
benefit from carrying a little less weight. Overall an excellent dog and it is a shame he came up
against the Limit Dog winner who just pipped him to the post today. Reserve Best Dog.
Veteran Dog (2, 1)
1st Miles’ Ch Jaybiem Utwo JW ShCM. Large, solid 8 year old male of super type with great
bone and proportions in full coat. Excellent angles both in the front and rear with well let down
hocks. Strong back and excellent breadth and depth to chest. Seen this dog a lot over the years
and seen him power around the ring but unfortunately today he was struggling on the move.
Still cannot deny him his super qualities but in the Best Veteran Challenge the female was more
alert and felt today she really looked the part. Best Veteran Dog.
Minor Puppy Bitch (2, 2)
Puppy Bitch (2)
1st Vaychkus & Vaickus' Blue Aira Bernenskie Ranczo (Imp PL). An attractive young female
at 11 months old with a lot to like. Gorgeous head and expression with good stop, dark eye
although slightly round. Extremely feminine both in head and body but still strong. Excellent
temperament. Super proportions and correct front angulation with strong, straight legs and bone
proportionate to size. Good topline and depth of chest and moderate rear angulation with a
lovely rounded rump and tail set and carriage. Excellent correct movement with good reach and
drive. Beautifully presented. For her age she is developing nicely and just lost out to the Open
Bitch in the challenge due to maturity but will be one to watch in the future. Best Puppy Bitch,
Reserve Best Bitch, Best Puppy in Show.
2nd Watson’s Staubach Quiana At Stepdasher. Happy, confident puppy with a lot of
maturing still to do and definitely at a growing stage at the moment. Nice overall proportions,
good shoulders, a little bum high at the moment which isn't helping rear angulation. Excellent
tail set and on the move carried correctly. Nice tight feet. Pretty feminine markings on the face
but eyes a little loose which should tighten as head develops, correct bite. Good forechest and
good depth of chest for age. This young girl needs some time to mature.
Junior Bitch (3, 2)
1st Granger’s Shirdees Harlow Jean Of Shadybower. Lovely quality bitch of good size and
correct proportions. Good head, correct bite and excellent eye shape and colour. Standing a
little straight in shoulder but has correct angulation in the rear with well let down hocks. Has a
super topline which she holds on the move and a lovely rounded rump with correct tail set and
carriage. Moved well although would prefer a little more extension in the front.
Yearling Bitch (7, 4)
1st Granger’s Shirdees Harlow Jean Of Shadybower
2nd King’s Ecalpharas Moonshine Over Leapingwell. Smaller female than 1st but a pretty,
feminine girl of shapely proportions. Strong but feminine head, a little round in eye but this does
not detract from the overall expression. Flat skull, correct bite. Moved out confidently and
covered the ground freely. Lovely bitch and look forward to seeing her mature.
3rd Jeffries’ Esslinbern Binda Hip Hop. 17 month old with an excellent, confident temperament
really engaged with her handler. Medium sized female with sufficient bone for size. Although nice
9:10 proportions would prefer more depth of chest. Nice rear angulation and well rounded rump
but unsettled on the move especially at the front
Post Graduate Bitch (3, 1)
1st Granger’s Shirdees Harlow Jean Of Shadybower
2nd Hundley’s Bernfawr Imagination At Calizley. Small, confident bitch of nice proportions
for size, lovely angulation in the front and rear and very shapely and attractive. Appealing head
and expression. Good forechest and excellent topline. She was completely out of coat today and
wasn’t hiding anything. Sadly paced a lot on the move making it difficult to assess her. Look
forward to seeing her again in full condition.
Limit Bitch (9, 7)
1st Vaychkus & Vaickus' Blue Aira Bernenskie Ranczo (Imp PL)
2nd Jeffries Esslinbern Fenix Fire Lily. I particularly noticed all the dogs from this kennel had
great muscle and were all in excellent physical condition and this bitch was no exception. Whilst
she has a good dark eye and flat skull head she would benefit from shorter muzzle. Nice depth
to chest and good spring of rib but standing a little bum high affecting topline. Covered the
ground easily and was really engaged with her handler.
Open Bitch (5, 2)
1st Atherton’s Ch Athersbern Peronelle Blush. Lovely quality bitch of super proportions and
angulation both front and rear. Her attitude in the ring is super and her tail never stopped
wagging. Enough bone for size and good topline. Good shoulders and excellent developed
forechest, she has good breadth and depth to chest. Strong, straight legs from the front although
to be critical would prefer slightly stronger pasterns. Attractive feminine head and pretty markings
and correct ear set. On the move she covers the ground well, just lost out to Best in Show as I
I preferred the overall movement of the male. Overall a quality female and worthy Champion.
Best Bitch, Reserve Best in Show.
2nd Griffiths, Orme, Slade & Miles' Jaybiem Voo Doo At Potterspride JW. Heavier, more
compact female than 1st but still a lot to like and so engaged with her handler. Excellent bone and
strong, straight legs from all angles with nice tight feet. Super strong topline and text book tail set
and carriage. When standing today she seemed to be tucking herself up and her handler should
watch this in future. On the move she excels, covering the ground with ease driving from the rear
and extending in the front.
3rd Watson’s Stepdasher Sommer Girl. A real shame this female came up against the other
two quality bitches today. Another strong female with excellent bone. Strong head and correct bite,
would prefer ears to be slightly higher set. Lovely front angulation leading into strong straight legs
and tight feet but does tend to toe in at the front when moving. Excellent angulation in the rear and
when moving really drives and covers the ground well. Lovely rounded rump and tail set and
Veteran Bitch (6, 5)
1st Radburn's Elnside Little Dreams. 8½ year old feminine female of lovely shape and size. For
her age she had a great topline and profile. She moved steadily and did throw her right front foot
but for her age covered the ground reasonably well. Feminine head and kind expression with
correct bite. In the challenge she just presented a more finished package especially for her age
against the other veteran who was struggling a little on the day. Best Veteran Bitch, Best
Veteran in Show.
Judge - Emily Green (Waldershelf)