Bernese News 3rd October 2019

 

 

 

Well, what an extraordinary day Sunday turned out to be following the publication of the sensationalist, ill-informed Sunday Times article entitled "Badly Bred Bernese Mountain Dogs Racked By Joint Pain."

Emotions ran high and opinions continued to be loudly voiced throughout Monday, Tuesday and only began to wane during Wednesday. Anger, confusion, disgust, frustration, outrage, sadness and worry have been shared widely elsewhere.

An appallingly biased piece of writing which in my opinion definitely deserves to be consigned to a chip-wrapping or on the floor of a puppy pen. The puppy farmers, commercial breeders and motley assortment of opportunist exploiters who are plundering our breed must be rubbing their hands together now that they can cite text inferring show dogs as unfit and breeders who endeavour to breed to the Breed Standard as the baddies. Another very, very sad day for our breed.


THE SUNDAY TIMES 29th September 2019

The article originally appeared here;
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/badly-bred-bernese-mountain-dogs-racked-with-joint-pain-hx09v3sgj

BADLY BRED BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOGS RACKED WITH JOINT PAIN
by Shanti Das and Jonathan Leake

"It was bred to roam the Swiss Alps but the Bernese mountain dog has been turned into a breed riddled with painful arthritis because of lax Kennel Club rules, according to a leading vet.

"Bernese dogs were bred to herd cattle, pull carts and retrieve people in search-and-rescue missions but are now popular as pets in Britain thanks to their friendly nature.

"Inbreeding to produce show-winning dogs means many are blighted with conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia, which damage joints and cause arthritis. Even Meadowpark High Class, the dog that won best of breed at Crufts this year, has hip dysplasia, according to test results on the Kennel Club’s website.

"The British Veterinary Association advises against breeding from the worst affected animals, which may suffer extreme pain, in case they pass on the condition to their puppies.

"While Kennel Club rules require approved breeders to screen dogs for such conditions, they do not explicitly ban breeding from them.

"Emma Milne, star of the BBC’s Vets in Practice, said it was “cruel” to breed from dogs with elbow or hip dysplasia. She said: “The Kennel Club puts itself forward as the bastion of canine welfare in the UK and says that if you’re getting a Kennel Club-registered dog, you’re getting the best of the best. It makes a big thing about the fact that you have to do health tests but the breeders can ignore the results if they want to.”

"The RSPCA urged the Kennel Club to “investigate whether any breeders have breached the scheme and take appropriate action”.

"Psychotherapist Annie Wilson, 58, from Devon, paid £1,900 for a Bernese puppy, Button, that suffered “constant pain” due to elbow dysplasia.

" “She didn’t want to walk and she started limping at six months old,” Wilson said. “It was horrendous.”

"She urged the Kennel Club to do more and criticised the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain, which recently voted against excluding dogs with the worst elbow dysplasia scores from being used for breeding.

"The Kennel Club said that “it is still possible for a dog with bad hips to produce a dog with good hips”.

"Bill Lambert, health and welfare manager, said: “Due to this, we don’t impose strict parameters around breeding from dogs with certain hip scores or elbow grades but it is mandatory for assured breeders to make use of relevant health tests.”

"The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain said: “The club has absolutely no enforcement powers to ensure compliance with any of our recommendations so we prioritise our efforts on education of breeders, owners and the public.” "

Other comments in favour of the article appeared online from many who were scathing about those whom they perceived were disregarding health and welfare in their pursuit of breeding "show dogs".

There were also many people wondering why Bernese were the target of the Sunday Times article and others speculated whether the current Amazon TV advertisement featuring a Bernese puppy was the prompt.

In an attempt at clarity for those who are confused by the appearance of the Sunday Times article here are some points of relevance to some of the statements included in that article and some of those named.

ANNIE WILSON. The Sunday Times piece and other articles and comments on the same topic of ED (Elbow Dysplasia) in Bernese have appeared in other publications and online too and appear to stem from an individual Bernese owner, Annie Wilson (quoted in the ST article) who had, I understand, previously owned one Bernese and who subsequently purchased a Bernese bitch puppy, 'Button', who has been reported to have been diagnosed as having, and received surgery for elbow dysplasia (ED). As a consequence that owner embarked upon a campaign to "raise awareness" of ED plus launched a fundraising appeal to finance aspects of the campaign. The fundraising appeal attracted minimal support and subsequently fell far short of the target. I believe that communication between the owner of Button and her breeders has subsequently faltered.
In some previous articles (but not the Sunday Times piece) the campaigner Annie Wilson quotes articles and papers concluding that ED is genetic and divulges that the dam of her bitch has a BVA/KC ED Scheme Grade 3. Subsequently Annie Wilson submitted a proposal to the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain 2019 Annual General Meeting, seconded by Gary Dybdall BVM&S, MRCVS that "it be prohibited for club members to breed from any animal with an ED score of 3".

24 club members were present at that meeting and the result of the paper vote was;
9 votes FOR the proposal
13 votes AGAINST the proposal
1 ABSTENTION
1 NO VOTE. Therefore the motion was defeated.

EMMA MILNE. Veterinary Surgeon Emma Milne is quoted in the Sunday Times article and described in that article as " star of the BBC’s Vets in Practice". She is no stranger to criticising some dog breeders for engaging in questionable breeding practices which she believes are linked to the production of unhealthy dogs. A few days before the date of the Bernese Club of Great Britain AGM Emma Milne had shared her opinions about hip dysplasia (HD) and ED on social media and included that she was aware of the proposal that had been submitted to the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Great Britain 2019 AGM and stated "It will be interesting to see what happens on Saturday at the meeting. Let’s hope that common sense and a genuine interest in health and welfare prevail."

BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN.
Following publication of the Sunday Times article a statement was posted on that club's website; http://bernese.co.uk/club-statement-sunday-times-article

BRITISH VETERINARY ASSOCIATION (BVA). The article states that the "British Veterinary Association advises against breeding from the worst affected animals, which may suffer extreme pain, in case they pass on the condition to their puppies." 

See Links to Canine Health Scheme documents below next paragraph.

KENNEL CLUB. The ST article includes; "Bill Lambert, health and welfare manager, said: “Due to this, we don’t impose strict parameters around breeding from dogs with certain hip scores or elbow grades but it is mandatory for assured breeders to make use of relevant health tests.”

That statement warrants clarification that ONLY those who are members of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme are required to make use of the health tests relevant to their specific breeds as the Kennel Club accepts registration for dogs and puppies (bred from sires and dams who are already recorded in their Register) regardless of whether they have undergone health testing or NOT.

The Canine Health Schemes British Veterinary Association / Kennel Club Breed Specific Statistics for Elbow Dysplasia are published in a pdf document and includes the statement; "Elbow grading should be considered along with other criteria as part of a responsible breeding programme. It is strangely recommended that breeders choose breeding stock (both dogs and bitches) from animals with an overall elbow grade of 0. Dogs with elbow grades of 2 or 3 have marked osteoarthritis which is highly likely to be due to elbow dysplasia. Dogs with elbow grades of 1 show mild or early osteoarthritis which is also likely to be due to elbow dysplasia."
https://www.bva.co.uk/uploadedFiles/Content/Canine_Health_Schemes/Elbow_Scheme/Elbow%20breed%20stats%202018%201.pdf

The Canine Health Schemes British Veterinary Association / Kennel Club Breed Specific Statistics 2018 for Hip Dysplasia are published in a pdf document and includes the statement; "Hip scores should be considered along with other criteria as part of responsible breeding programme. It is recommended that breeders choose breeding stock with hips scores around and ideally below the 5 year breed median score."
https://www.bva.co.uk/uploadedFiles/Content/Canine_Health_Schemes/Hip_Scheme/CHS%20Hip%20breed%20stats%202018.pdf

MEADOWPARK HIGH CLASS.
The dog mentioned by the journalists in the Sunday Times article, Meadowpark High Class and his current owner and breeders have NO CONNECTION AT ALL with Annie Wilson's campaign nor any connection with the breeding or forebears of Annie Wilson's Bernese 'Button'. This innocent dog has been named and dragged into this newspaper article merely because the journalist thought it relevant to include him because he is recorded as being the Bernese Mountain Dog Best of Breed winner at Crufts 2019. Champion Meadowpark High Class is a much-loved, healthy, happy, super-sound, free-moving dog. He has a wonderful confident and fun-loving temperament (videos confirming this have been viewed by many) and is the UK Breed Record holder for Bernese Mountain Dogs accumulating 54 Challenge Certificates (CCs), 52 of those CCs accompanied by the Best of Breed award and has achieved multiple All-Breed Championship Show Best in Show and Working Group wins and numerous Working Group placings. No other Bernese in the UK has come anywhere near the numerous awards this outstanding dog has achieved when competing against other breeds - a top class dog in ALL company and has been admired and applauded globally! Milo has ED grade 0, a hip score of 7+4 = 11 (the BVA KC HD Scheme scores range from 0=best to 106=worst) and it is terrible miscarriage of justice that the article states the dog has"hip dysplasia" implying unsoundness.

There are a few comments which I feel relevant to include here;

• ANY and ALL dogs, specifically Bernese Mountain Dogs who suffer from impaired health AND their owners have the sympathy of all compassionate people.

• There is no direct correlation between an ED Grade or HD Score and the actual, physical degree of soundness of movement or impairment of mobility. The BVA and KC have never attempted to record whether dogs presented for HD or ED scoring had normal or impaired mobility and I consider that to be a major failing in the implementation of those schemes, a serious flaw denying both dog breeders and dog owners of a valuable insight to skeletal development versus canine mobility issues and concerns.

• ED and HD are widely considered to be complex issues indicating that a genetic component in combination with breed size and growth rate, exercise, feeding and general management factors may be influential in the potential avoidance, escalation or minimisation of symptoms of dogs experiencing mobility impairment.

• Breeding 'dogs' is easy - a fertile and sexually compliant male (stud) + a fertile and sexually compliant female (dam) = puppies which dog-lovers will likely find appealing, pay the asking price and so the dog breeding process is repeated.

• Breeding AUTHENTIC PEDIGREE dogs that fulfill, as best as any dog can, all of the essential, desirable, unique and distinctive features as set out in every BREED STANDARD is not easy. Simultaneously trying to retain the virtues and reduce the faults that occur in the bloodlines is an incredibly complex endeavour. Many people have adopted a theory about breeding authentic pedigree dogs despite having little or no insight to the subject but the theory and the actuality are worlds apart.

• No dog breeder HAS to breed from any dog - some make a good job of breeding dogs and some don't. No puppy purchaser HAS to purchase any puppy - and some make a good job of rearing puppies and some don't. Some dog breeders will inevitably be judged on how they deal with or attempt to remedy the inevitable problems that ALL dog breeders will encounter and some puppy buyers may find that some of the rearing practices they have adopted may also come under scrutiny when conflicts arise.  When it comes to dogs - NOTHING is guaranteed.


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I am not embarrassed at all to tell you I cried on Monday night whilst watching BBC Wales Investigates - Inside The UK's Puppy Farm Capital and I urge ALL of you who may have missed it to watch it too by clicking on the Link below which will take you to the relevant place on BBC iPlayer.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000926t/bbc-wales-investigates-inside-the-uks-puppy-farm-capital

It is unacceptable that dogs - ANY dogs - are sentenced to lives of hell as so clearly depicted in the TV programme and yet STILL some of them wagged their tales, bearing no malice to humankind.

The exploiters, the licensing "authorities" who are not doing their job to protect those abused dogs and the vets and welfare groups who condone these businesses AND the Kennel Club who register litters from those places should be ashamed that this is happening in the UK.

 


And yes, amongst the various breeds included in the programme there were Bernese featured who were alleged to have originated from and were also filmed on the premises of Aneiren Francis, (kennel name Pistylluchaf), breeders who have offered Bernese for many years and who advertise Bernese regularly, including a very recent advertisement offering for sale the Bernese puppy in the photograph below.


It's all very well that folk on social media and elsewhere are keen to network and befriend others who have Bernese and of course I am delighted that dogs RESCUED from puppy farms find wonderful loving homes BUT THE BUYERS of puppies from such producers as featured in the BBC Wales TV programme are also responsible for puppy farming CONTINUING and they too should be held accountable for encouraging the trade - if you DON'T BUY from a puppy farm and the exploiters can't make a viable income from their despicable trade they will go out of business!


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The October 2019 edition of the Kennel Club Journal is to hand and includes these items of particular relevance to Bernese folk.

CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW APPOINTMENTS CONFIRMED
2020 Southern Counties -Marion Hodgson
2021 Southern BMD Club - Rodney Oldham
2021 Darlington - Richard Kinsey

PERMISSION TO SHOW
Mrs PL Goodyear
Harvestbank Indian Summer
DOB: 26/04/2017
TPLO surgery in right knee

KENNEL NAME TRANSFERS
SARGBILKO from The Late Mr MJW Sargent & Mrs BE Sargent to Mrs BE Sargent

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Belfast Championship Show offers the only set of annual CCs in Ireland for Bernese and this year the judge was all-rounder Robin Searle who had drawn 27 entries with 4 absentees across the 10 classes represented as 9 males (4 from mainland UK) and 10 bitches (5 from mainland UK) competing.

For comparison at Belfast 2018 there were 31 entries with 10 absentees judged by breed specialist June Miles (Jaybiem).

Photos courtesy of Julie Ann Wright - many thanks Julie!


Photo above - The Dog CC , his second plus Best of Breed was awarded to June Miles' & Sofia Ishaque's Jaybiem Stan Innovation JW who is a 3 year old bred by June and sired by Ch Meadowpark Vertigo JW x Save Dallas Kiss For Jaybiem,


Photo above - The Reserve CC went to Eamonn and Winnie Giffney's Australian import Sennen Cruise Control CJW 18 Jun Ch who was bred by David and Gail May and R Jackson, he is a 2 1/2 year old son of Sennen Undercover Hugo Boss x Luvaberne Xenas Fergi.


Photo above - The Bitch CC, her first was won by Valerie Hughes' homebred Carraigbern Lovely Lady who is rising 2 years old and sired by Ch Meadowpark High Class x Ir Ch Werlwinds Celtic Dream For Carraigbern (Imp USA).


Photo above - Chris and Colleen Jeffries homebred Esslinbern Binda Hip Hop collected the Reserve Bitch CC. 5 years old she is sired by the Swedish import Ch Tjofselinas Z Diamuz At Fortonpark x Windlenell Quita At At Esslinbern.

CLASS RESULTS

Puppy Dog No entries

Junior Dog No entries

Post Graduate Dog (4 entries, 1 absentee)
1st Shields Byrne's Ausiere Everybody's Talking
2nd Roberts & Seaman's Esslinbern Saruman
3rd Garland-Thompson's Waldershelf Remylebeau

Limit Dog (2)
1st Miles & Ishaque's Jaybiem Stan Innovation JW
2nd Roberts & Seaman's Esslinbern Saruman

Open Dog (7, 2)
1st Giffney's Sennen Cruise Control (Imp Aust) CJW 18, Jun Ch
2nd Scott's Welshbern One Vision At Scobern ShCM
3rd Benson's Ir Ch Mapleridge The Dark Knight At Bernervalley
Res Benson's Ir Ch Bernervalley Yogie Bear
VHC Murphy's Maroussia Wish You Were Here At Kinelarty

Puppy Bitch No entries

Junior Bitch (3)

1st Wright & Kirk's Objet D Art Du Hameau De Baika Avec Roesilbern JW (Imp Fra)
2nd Jeffries' Esslinbern Gadaboot Grace

Post Graduate Bitch (2)
1st Jeffries' Esslinbern Eternal Joy
2nd Tomkins' Kinelarty Free As A Bird For Bernershaw

Limit Bitch (4)

1st Hughes' Carraigbern Lovely Lady
2nd Shields Byrne's Auseire Who's That Girl
3rd Tomkins' Kinelarty Ellen Ray Of Light For Bernershaw
Res Jeffries' Esslinbern Eternal Joy

Open Bitch (5, 1)
1st Jeffries' Esslinbern Binda Hip Hop
2nd Butler's Ir Ch, Int Ch Siansela Louisa's Alpine Sky Jun Ch, An Ch 16
3rd Benson's Ir Ch Bernervalley Summer Dream
Res Murphy's Finglebern Etude Erin Isle


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BMD CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW 21st September 2019


DOG CLASSES - Judge Mark Wakeland (Bramikdel)

It was a privilege and an honour to be invited to judge the BMDC of GB Championship Show and I would like to express my gratitude to the committee and the exhibitors for their support. We were blessed with fine weather and as ever, the organisation and planning were top-notch. Thanks also to my stewards on the day who did a sterling job.

As ever, some exhibits were of a higher quality than others but the good news is that the absentee rate was very low, all the exhibits were presented in good condition, clean and tidy and all temperaments were sound. There was not one shy or nervous dog all day. The handling in general was also very good with only the odd hiccup with either an over-exuberant dog or inexperienced handler but nothing that prevented me from fully assessing the dog both by hands-on and observing movement.

Minor Puppy Dog No entries

Puppy Dog (3 entries)

1st, Best Puppy Dog and Best Puppy in Show Bridges’ Kernow Easy Rider. 11 month old dog, well built with good substance. Good head for age but yet to develop fully. Excellent conformation with good depth of chest, level topline and nicely rounded croup and correct tail carriage. Moved well with a surprisingly light and even gait given his size and age which is much to his credit. Pleased to award Best Dog Puppy and also see him awarded Best Puppy in Show.
2nd Wilson’s Blumental Cadfael. Of lighter build than 1st (they are similar age) but nevertheless sufficient bone and substance for age. Pleasing head with good tight, dark eye. Can sometimes lose his topline a little when stood but otherwise makes for a good outline. Moved well with a strong reach and energy although at the moment a little wide in front.
3rd King, Green & Dedman’s Parwizz vom Durrbachler Wald at Arvella (Imp Nld). Another 11month old dog. Good size and shape if a little rump high at the moment – not untypical for his age. Good head and expression and well built. Moved a little erratically which detracted only slightly from an otherwise positive impression and he’s clearly very proud of his tail which he likes to fly a tad too high!

Junior Dog (9)
1st Hartley-Mair’s Meadowpark Talk About Class.
17 month old dog who made a strong showing today in a big class with depth of quality. He fits the shape of the Bernese template very well with a strong head, good shoulders and depth of chest, straight back and well-rounded croup. Plenty of bone and substance and an overall impression of solidity and the ability to do the job he was bred for. Moved out with good drive and animation. Well-schooled and in tune with his handler.
2nd Miles’ Jaybiem Modus Operandi. Another 17 month old and another quality exhibit in a close and tightly contested class. Good head and expression, excellent front, strong topline and good, well angulated hindquarters. Showed and handled well and moved out with aplomb.
3rd Watkins' Monalou Paul Hollywood. 14 months old and of slightly lighter frame. Nevertheless, made a good showing with good conformation and a steady and purposeful gait.
Res Fairclough’s Monalou Galloping Gourmet
VHC Round’s Collansues Wildest Dreams

Yearling Dog (5)
1st Hartley-Mair’s Carraigbern Lasting Impression For Meadowpark.
21 month old dog who looked good and showed well. Substantial and well-proportioned male with a good head, dark aye, correct stop and ear placement. Well defined front, level topline and strong, well angulated rear. Good movement which actually improved as the class progressed, I thought he looked a little ponderous at first but once into his stride he has a rhythmical, driving stride which is deceptively efficient. Well-presented and in good condition.
2nd Bridges’ Kernow Troublue. (critique not provided by judge)
3rd Flanagan’s Collansues Magical Spell. Well bodied and developing well although his head shape has yet to fully develop. He has a good profile, well angulated and moved well.
Res Round’s Collansues Wildest Dreams
VHC Butcher’s Athersbern Passchendaele At Jenzobern

Novice Dog (3 entries, 1 absentee)
1st Evans’ Harvestbank I’m A Believer.
Pleasing head with a good stop and dark eye, perhaps a tad loose in flews. Of generally sound conformation but lacking a little angulation at the rear. Moved out well with a purposeful stride which won him the class.

2nd Whyte’s Kernow Loving Life. A young dog (also showed in Junior class) who is quite exuberant – a bit of a handful for his handler at the moment but he went better in this class than the previous one. Still looks immature but a good head and reach of neck, good forequarters but when moving runs a little too close at the back.

Graduate Dog (2)
1st Otero Rodriguez & Otero Scutt’s Homer De Llobu Astur (Imp Esp).
Looked good in profile with a well proportioned outline. Good broad head and kindly expression. Well boned with a strong forequarter and level topline, well angulated hindquarters. Moved reasonably well but perhaps a little unwieldly and would like to see more drive.
2nd Evans’ Harvestbank I’m A Believer

Post Graduate Dog (3)
1st Galen-Bisping’s Kernow Something Buzzy At Celticberrns.
Compact but well built dog. Good head and expression and his slightly asymmetric facial markings do not detract from an otherwise pleasing head. Seemed to want to sit down whenever the judge approached (perhaps he has a little bit of Bernese mischievousness!) but I can forgive him that as he is generally well built with a good musculature which inevitably leads to a sound and strong movement.
2nd Butcher’s Arvella Mr Penny Pincher At Jenzobern.  There’s a lot to like here – he has a good strong head, a level topline and standing presents a solid picture – although he tail is a fraction short. His movement let him down today, tendency to run wide in front and close at rear.
3rd Otero Rodriguez & Otero Scutt’s Homer De Llobu Astur (Imp Esp)

Mid-Limit Dog (6, 2)
1st King & Green’s Joseph vom Durrbachler Wald At Arvella.
Pleasing shape and sufficient substance but not heavily boned, he nevertheless has a good head and expression. Well defined front and a level topline lead to a nicely constructed rear quarter. Moved out well with good extension and a strong gait. Well handled.
2nd Bridges’ Deerpark Traveling Man v Kernow (Imp USA). Substantial male with well defined front, strong shoulders and good depth of chest. Topline not quite as strong as 1st but has powerful hindquarters with sufficient angulation. Moved soundly but would like to see a little more animation and drive.
3rd Miles’ Jaybiem Stan Innovation JW. Good sized male of correct angles and proportions. Good head and expression, good reach of neck, strong topline and well angulated. Moved strongly but has an unusually low tail carriage which detracted from an otherwise positive picture.
Res Akehurst’s Jesterbrook Alpine Storm.

Limit Dog (7)
1st Gurney’s Monalou Just Call Me Oleg.
Good sized male with good bone and substance, strong head with well defined stop and good width. Nice tight, almond eye and good ear set. Well angulated front and rear and in good condition with strong well defined musculature. Moved steadily with a strong even gait.
2nd Fairclough’s Monalou Spirit Of Discovery ShCM. Slightly less substance than 1st but nevertheless quite sufficient. He is well shaped with a good head and makes for a pleasing silhouette with good neck, well defined front, good topline and well shaped rear. He moved well enough but would prefer a little more drive and animation – or put more simply, a bit of oomph!
3rd Cooke & Stevens’ Tickbern Vagabond. Smaller dog overall but good things do sometimes come in small packages. He is within standard and has a good shape and conformation. His forte is his movement which has a free flowing, even cadence.
Res Wort’s Bernfawr In Demand At Glorybern,
VHC Watson’s Jesterbrook Alpine Glory At Stepdashar
HC Butcher’s Arvella Mr Penny Pincher At Jenzobern

Open Dog (9, 2)
1st Bridges’ Kernow Troubadour
. Substantial mature male who made a strong showing today. Good head with well-shaped muzzle, good dark almond eye. Reach of neck into strong level topline, well angled and well-constructed rear quarters. He looks – and feels (he is well muscled) – utterly capable of doing the job he was bred for. He moved well with a steady but positive drive. Delighted to award Best Dog and Best In Show.
2nd Gurney’s Monalou Russian Ambassador. Substantial male who presented very well. Good square front with excellent substance, strong shoulders and well angulated front and rear. Moved strongly but not quite with the same panache as the winner.
3rd Baldwin’s Ch Tjofselinas Z Daimuz At Fortonpark (Imp Swe). Another quality exhibit in a strong class. Good head, well angled forequarters, good depth of chest, level topline and well angulated hindquarters. Just lost out on movement today as he looked a fraction wide in front.
Res Benson’s Ir Ch Bernervaley Yogie Bear
VHC Scott’s Welshbern One Vision At Schobern ShCM
HC Vaychkus & Vaickus’ Flintas Kalnu Suo At Bernaroso ShCM (Imp Lt)

Champion Dog (3, 1)
1st Baldwin’s Ch Meadowpark First Class For Fortonpark. 
it’s (almost) a given that there will be quality exhibits in a champions class and this male is clearly worthy of his title. Well made with a textbook profile. Well proportioned head, good reach of neck into level topline. Strong fore-chest, spring of rib and loin. Well made rear quarters. Moved with assurance – an easy flowing gait giving the impression he could move like that all day. Delighted to see him awarded Reserve CC and Reserve Best Dog.
2nd Green’s Ch Alpenspirit Pure Pleasure For Arvella (Imp Can). Unsurprisingly another quality dog deserving of his tile. Substantial and well muscled, he presents an excellent picture. His movement today was not his strongest attribute and against the winner he appeared a little cumbersome and laboured.

Veteran Dog (2, 1)
It is always a particular pleasure to judge the veterans in our breed and this class was no exception. Two dogs, both in good condition and belying their advancing years. It was a shame I didn’t have two 1st place red rosettes but the reality is someone had to come second, albeit by the very slimmest of margins. I do believe that the veterans in our breed are to be celebrated, particularly when still in such fine condition as these two.
1st Cooke & Stevens’ Tickbern Ridin’ High. shown in good condition and looking in fine fettle. He is clearly fit and healthy and belies his advancing years. Good head with good dentition, level top-line, well angled front and rear, good musculature and moved with a strong even gait.
2nd Rounds' Ch Collansues Black Magic. Substantial, well built male of size and substance. Lost out only on the tightest of margins as his movement – although still very good – was perhaps not quite as good as winner but I really was splitting hairs.
Judge - Mark Wakeland (Bramikdel)

BITCH CLASSES - Judge Trish Barr

My thanks to Committee for the kind invitation and it was a privilege to judge their Championship show this year. The hardworking committee ran an excellent show, even the weather cooperated with lovely sunshine and my efficient stewards Sam Avery and Joe Smith kept the ring running smoothly all day. The majority of dogs were beautifully presented, clean and well groomed, a credit to their owners. The standard calls for a ratio of 9:10, slightly longer than square but I found many bitches proportions too long.

Minor Puppy Bitch (4)
1st Cooke & Stevens' Penelope Du Roi Des Lacs (Imp Fra).
Gorgeous 7 month old attending her first show. Lovely head, dark eye, very pretty, good length of neck and a well proportioned body. Movement was very sound and steady with a lovely wagging tail. A very promising puppy. Best Puppy Bitch and Reserve Best Puppy in Show.
2nd Rossall's Stormberne Classical Storm. 7 months old, different type of head to 1st, slightly longer in the muzzle, dark eyes, good length of neck. More mature than 1st, well bodied with good bone. Strong positive movement and a happy temperament. Another promising puppy.
3rd Morgan's Judabern Lucky Lou. 8 months old, pretty feminine head, well set ears, dark eyes. Well bodied, with good bone. Not the angulation of 1st and 2nd and her movement was somewhat erratic.

Puppy Bitch (4)
1st Rossall's Stormberne Classical Storm.
2nd Riseborough's Malindibeach Serenade At Moonbach.
10 months old, feminine head, dark eyes and sweet expression. Narrow throughout at the moment and uncoordinated on the move but plenty of time to come together. Shown in good condition.
3rd Small's Malindibeach Boodles Of Fun. Litter sister to 2nd and very similar. Plainer in the head, very slim and fit, in hard condition. Moved well, good temperament.

Junior Bitch (12, 4)
1st Flanagan's Collansues Lexi’s Pot Of Gold.
17 months old, medium sized, substantial bitch. Typical head and expression with well set ears, moderate length of neck. Well angulated front and rear, rounded rump, ample bone and neat cat feet. Movement was sound and positive.
2nd King & Green's Olivia Vom Durrbachler Wald At Arvella (Imp Nld). 15 months old, very typical head with dark eyes giving a soft expression. Well sprung ribs, level topline, good bone and neat feet. Good angulation front and rear producing strong steady movement.
3rd Brown's Collansues Lexi’s High Flyer Of Delphinia. Litter sister to 1st, feminine head with dark expressive eyes. Well bodied with ample bone, shown in hard condition. Very sound movement, happy girl with a wagging tail.

Yearling Bitch (6, 2)
1st Baldwin's Fortonpark Classic Design.
2 year old medium sized, pretty bitch. Good head with dark eyes, moderate length of neck into a well angulated front. Shapely and well proportioned, ample bone and neat feet. Excellent hind angles and she moved very soundly keeping her topline. Shown in excellent coat and condition. A lovely young bitch - very promising.
2nd Bridges' Kernow Rock Legacy. Lovely type, strong but feminine, gorgeous melting expression, well set ears. Slightly stuffy in the neck which spoiled her outline. Good spring of rib, well boned. Moved freely and soundly with a firm topline.
3rd Flaxman's Nelstephbern Madamoiselle. 21 months old, above medium sized. Out of coat today, plainer in the head with broad white markings. Good basic construction, well angulated front and rear. Movement was erratic but sound, she needs time to settle and fill her frame and come together with her handler.

Novice Bitch (4, 1)
1st Brown Collansues Lexi’s High Flyer of Delphinia.
2nd Flanagan's Collansues Something Rosie.
3 year old medium sized bitch, pretty head, moderate length of neck. Strong bone, a longer caste bitch, she was losing her topline and flying her tail on the move which spoiled her outline. Good coat and condition.
3rd Riseborough Malindibeach Serenade At Moonbach.

Post Graduate Bitch (5, 2)
1st Flanagan's Collansues Precious Rock.
3 years old, medium sized, an attractive bitch with kind expressive dark eyes. Well proportioned, correct angulation front and rear which showed in her free, easy movement. A lovely type, happy girl with a wagging tail.
2nd Small's Malindibeach Faberge Fancy. 4 years old, smaller, more slightly built bitch than 1st. Heavier in the muzzle, dark eyes, moderate length of neck. Neat and compact body with enough bone for her size. Good angulation front and rear, a sound tidy mover, shown in hard, fit condition.
3rd Harris' Meadowpark Dancing On My Own. Medium sized, pretty, feminine girl, slightly round eyes, thin white blaze. Moderate bone and substance, long caste. Not so strong and positive in her hind movement. Shown in good condition with a gleaming black coat.

Mid Limit Bitch (7, 4)
1st Baldwin's Fortonpark Designer Record.
4 years old, medium size, feminine head with correct length of neck into well laid shoulder. Deep brisket and well sprung ribs. Rounded rump, correct tail carriage. Side movement good but a bit wide coming towards.
2nd Miles' Save Dallas Kiss For Jaybiem. Another sound and balanced bitch, feminine head with a soft expression. Well bodied, good bone into neat feet, well carried tail and she moved sound and true. Not the overall condition of 1st.
3rd Flaxman's Glanzberg See The Sun. Medium sized, she was completely out of coat today. Correct head, dark eyes. Slightly longer caste, moderate bone and substance. Happy temperament and she moved well.

Limit Bitch (12, 5)
1st King & Bramble's Shirdees Miss Congeniality JW.
Very impressive looking girl, top sized, strong but feminine, typical head, dark eyes. Good length of neck, good spring of rib but slightly longer caste. Well boned straight front into neat feet, correct hind angulation. Shown in excellent condition with a gleaming black coat. Well handled, and she moved effortlessly around the ring.
2nd Hartley-Mair's Meadowpark Special Blend. A smaller sized, neat looking bitch. Strong head and heavier in the muzzle than 1st. Correct proportions giving a balanced silhouette. Shown in excellent coat and condition, moved soundly with purpose but a tad wide coming towards.
3rd Weston's Bernfawr Jonquill. Medium sized strong, purposeful bitch, still maintaining her femininity. Dark almond shape eyes, well set ears, medium length of neck. Slightly longer proportions causing her to dip slightly behind the withers and lose her topline on the move. A sound and steady mover, a good honest type of bitch.

Open Bitch (11, 2)
A really strong class of excellent bitches. The first three would all be worthy champions.
1st Bridges' Kernow All My Loving. This bitch really caught my eye, she just oozes breed type. Beautiful head with dark almond shape eyes and melting expression. She is strong but utterly feminine, excellent bone into tight feet, well sprung ribs, correct angulation front and rear. She moves very positively with good reach and drive and correct tail carriage. Shown in lovely coat and condition. Bitch CC and Reserve Best in show in agreement with my co-judge. Delighted she gained her title today, congratulations.
2nd Marsden & Robertson's Trudaleaze Majik Potion. Another lovely mature bitch, plainer, and not as striking as 1st in head, dark almond shape eyes, moderate length of neck. She is well proportioned and balanced giving an excellent outline when standing and on the move. A very happy, honest type of bitch with clean effortless movement.
3rd Morgan's Welshbern Sweet Lady At Judabern. Very aptly named. Medium sized, typical bitch with nothing overdone, pretty feminine head, dark eyes, well set ears, soft expression. A shapely girl with correct proportions giving a balanced outline both standing and on the move. Free easy mover, shown in lovely coat and condition and well handled.

Champion Bitch (2)
1st Baldwin's Ch Fortonpark Sez I’m Classy.
Another living up to her name. Just 2 years old, medium size, beautifully proportioned with nothing overdone, excellent shape and outline. Feminine head, classic markings, dark eyes giving that lovely soft expression. Correct angulation front and rear, strong straight bone into neat feet. Movement was free and easy maintaining a level topline with correct tail carriage. Shown in immaculate coat and condition. Reserve CC.
2nd Miles' Ch Jaybiem My My MY JW. 3 years old, larger more substantial girl than 1st. Excellent headpiece, dark almond eyes giving a typical expression. Standing she appears slightly stuffy in the neck. Well boned, and good spring of rib, rounded rump, correct tail carriage. Slightly down on her pasterns. Moved steady and soundly. A very honest type of bitch.

Veteran Bitch (4)
1st Richards' Ch Tickbern Naughty But Nice Von Richenbern.
At 9 1/2 years old she really belies her age. A very pretty, alert, feminine bitch and she still has a fabulous figure. Correct proportions that give her a lovely balanced outline both standing and on the move. She was shown in excellent condition, her coat was black and silky. Very clean and precise movement, she just flew around the ring. An absolute credit to her owners. Pleased my co-judge agreed with me to award her Best Veteran in Show.
2nd Gurney's Ch Monalou Fanny Craddock JW. 8 years old, another gorgeous girl, excellent breed type. Beautiful head, pretty with a soft melting expression. More substantial than 1st, strong bone, well bodied, rounded rump and a good tail set. Standing she looks a picture but unfortunately she was reluctant to co-operate with her handler on the move.
3rd Flanagan's Collansues Rosebud. 8 year old medium sized bitch. Lovely feminine head, still looking alert. Moderate length of neck, well angulated front, excellent hind angulation. Carrying a few extra pounds now which spoilt her over all shape and outline. Moved out soundly and freely.
Judge - Trish Barr

 

 

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