|Driffield 2014 ||Date : 21st September 2014|
||My thanks to the society for my invitation to judge, my lone steward for an efficiently run ring and the exhibitors for their entries. A day of mixed feelings, it is 6 years since i last judged and initially i was very pleased with the quality of the young dogs, not the narrow rib cages and flat tails i was expecting, good i thought the breed is in good hands. But when it came to the young bitches i struggled to find the large eyes that give the true expression also the tip titled nose is lacking in both sexes. There is a difference between a tip titled nose and tight nostrils, i have a young bitch here who has not and will not be bred from because although her nose is not too short she struggles to breath because of tight nostrils and checking her imported sires pedigree i can see where it has come from. I have come home with the impression the Peke Cross, controversially undertaken in the 1950s and which ii have been bought up with has now all but diminished, influenced no doubt by the amount of dogs now being imported whose background we do not know. To illustrate what i mean, i have kept away from the ringside this year because of judging, so consequently there were many dogs and handlers whom i did not know. One of these was the RBCC winner here i found what i was looking for and struggling to find, large head, wide spaced large dark eyes, short legs etc when i returned home i checked her pedigree her grandfather and great grandfather are 2 dogs which are behind all my stock. So it is possible to still breed something which Gay Widdrington and Arnold Leadbitter would recognise. Please dont mate her to an import.