I would like to thank the committee for the invitation to judge their Championship show, my hard-working steward and the exhibitors for their entries.
I did find a number of scrambled mouths also white of eye seems to be on the increase neither of these should be encouraged, it is lovely to have a high tail but you also need a level topline. I found my dogs more of a type, the bitches were more of an any variety. Having said all that, I was delighted in my winners.
It was a great honour to judge the breed and I wish to thank the Crufts Committee for the opportunity, the exhibitors who gave me such an outstanding entry 211, also my stewards for their hard work. I found more quality in the bitches than dogs. Where are the lovely broad heads. Narrow jaws, eye white and rising toplines are on the increase also poor muscle tone making for poor movement although maybe this is down to the time of year. It was lovely to see so many veterans in the ring as they are usually retired and have their coats cut off.
I regret to say that some aspects of the breed I found worrying, i.e. are we seeing the last of the typical broad head & type expression, also level toplines, broad deep chests. On the plus side dentition is improving, also not so many exhibits show white of eye since the last time I judged.