I would like to thank Southern Counties Canine Association for inviting me to judge, thanks also to my two Stewards for keeping my ring running so smoothly and a huge thank you to the exhibitors for such a wonderful entry of 80 dogs and the sporting way in which my decisions were received. It was a lovely day weather wise although it was rather hot as the morning progressed.
My overall impression of the breed since I last judged has positives and negatives, the positives include excellent temperaments and presentation; toplines on the majority were level and most were well bodied. However, construction and movement are still a problem in some, a few had narrow chests and ribcages and tails flat on backs. Another concern is steep shoulders and short upper arms, while muscle tone in a few exhibits left a lot to be desired, this in turn affected movement with a lack of forward reach and limited rear drive which affected the desired showing of the full pad.
Thanks for a lovely entry. Mouths are still something of a problem but not as bad as they have been on previous occasions which was encouraging. I was very pleased with the overall type of the exhibits, however I was amazed at the total lack of muscle quality in far too many of them, which resulted in some very loose movement. I would have been happier with a little less jacket and much firmer muscles.