CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW

SATURDAY 9 MAY 2015

37TH ANNUAL CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW

JUDGE: Mr Laurie Ford (UK)

 Firstly, my sincere thanks to all the exhibitors who allowed me the privilege of judging their dogs. It was indeed a huge honour to be invited to judge at this prestigious show and my thanks to the Officers and Committee for their superb hospitality during my stay in South Africa. Special thanks to Eurika van Heerden for assisting with the necessary paperwork and correspondence and to my ring steward Roy Clark for ensuring proceedings ran smoothly.

It would be amiss of me not to generalize on the quality of the numbers I had to judge on the day and my observations of the breed quality that you have at present in South Africa, which, should not be construed as a negative, but a positive approach to ensuring the quality you have is retained whilst improving on other elements of the breed standard which are lacking.

The easiest target for a weak judge is a faulty mouth. Some judges will dismiss an otherwise sound animal because of faulty dentition whist ignoring the overall virtues. Fortunately there were very few mouth faults in the numbers I had here today and those that did have were penalised to the severity of the fault so I shall not mention bite in any of the following critiques, I don’t condone this fault and as breeders we should all strive to eradicate this as with any other fault from our breeding.

Head shape and properties define this breed and I found some diversity amongst the exhibits here today as I would expect anywhere in the world, however, some well defined heads were spoilt by spongy muzzles and overhanging flews. Eye shape and placement is a major part of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier identity. Round, forward facing eyes are much more desirable than obliquely placed almond shaped eyes which detract from the desired expression of this breed, another aspect which can spoil the overall picture of an otherwise sound animal and is usually found to accompany long forefaces which lack stop. These however were few and far between. Ear shape and placement also enhance the appearance and in general most possessed an acceptable ear carriage.

The neck of the Stafford should be relatively short and strong. I have noticed having judged in many places around the world that some breeders ignore this very important aspect of the breed and are favouring the swan necks of more elegant breeds, this is totally wrong and would inhibit the ability of the functional animal to perform its duties, again I saw little evidence of this amongst the dogs I judged which pleased me no end.

Shoulders and forequarters were generally of good order, however, some over angulated shoulders were noticed which causes incorrect  gait thus leading to weak pasterns , also very difficult to disguise to the experienced eye when the dog is stacked.  

Toplines were acceptable. Correct spring, length and depth of rib was excellent with very few showing signs of being overdone or slab sided, the large majority possessing short strong couplings.

Hindquarters amongst the exhibits here varied from the well constructed and muscular to the under developed weak and straight. Hindquarters play an integral part in this breeds make up and functionality. The ability to drive forwards is of paramount importance, there is nothing more pleasing to the eye than seeing a mature Staffordshire Bull Terrier powering along!

Finally tail set and feet. Unfortunately it is quite noticeable that some here today had horrendously long nails usually accompanied by long hare like toes. Feet are not hard to look after. Regular trimming and filing of nails will in most cases ensure the animal will have tight feet and be able to move without discomfort. I saw today a problem that appears to be creeping into the breed during the past decade at least but which in my opinion has progressed throughout the world, that of gay tails. The tail, although in the grand scheme of things and on a points basis would appear negligible disrupts the overall outline and balance when a dog is on the move. The profile of otherwise nice dogs are spoilt by the broken lines a gay tail creates, so please consider this when breeding in the future.

There. I hope I have been constructive without offending anyone as this is never my intention. All decisions on the day were made without fear or favour and in my opinion the best dogs won. Opinions will vary of course and on another occasion winners may well be losers, such is judging and the exhibiting of dogs!!!!!

RESULTS

 Best in Show STOFANO DOUBLE IMPACT OF ROSSWAR and Reserve Best in Show RUMOX EXCALIBUR OF RONAITH

Best Puppy in Show RUMOX EXCALIBUR OF RONAITH and Reserve Best Puppy in Show ROSSWAR CASSIA OF VALIANTKNIGHT

Best Junior in Show EUKLEIA NONUS BEULAH

Best Veteran in Show CH. SYLON SAPHOOKA BULLET OF SIVHANA

Best SA Bred in Show BEZT BONA-MINA

Best Baby Puppy in Show DELU LADY LUCK

CC Dog STOFANO DOUBLE IMPACT OF ROSSWAR and RCC dog RUMOX EXCALIBUR OF RONAITH

CC Bitch EUKLEIA NONUS BEULAH and RCC Bitch ROSSWAR CASSIA OF VALIANTKNIGHT

 

Dog Critique

 


 Minor Puppy Bitch

1st. Pelser & Preston. MAUPA TESSANNE. This black brindle and white moved really well. Shown in lovely order she has a well defined skull, shapely body and neat whip tail.

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2nd. Pringle & Steyne. KAVUKI BLACK BETTY is of similar make and shape to winner of this class, just preferring the topline of 1st. Closely run contest.

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3rd. Muller. BOEHRINGERS ANDREA AMY. Quality fawn and white from this famous kennel. Full of youthful beans this girl has bags of potential.

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4th. Love. ROSSWAR O SO SASSY built on fine lines this brindle girl has many admirable qualities.

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Puppy Bitch

1st. Labuschagne. ROSSWAR CASSIA OF VALIANTKNIGHT oozing with quality this black brindle fills the eye from every angle. Extremely well balanced at this stage of her development she can in my opinion go on to much higher honours as she develops. Fantastic expression set off by neat well placed ears, forward looking dark round eyes, short foreface and blunt muzzle. Her large nostrils and tight lips finished a really attractive head. Gun barrel front from a short neck, perfectly ribbed and topline spot on. She moved as a Stafford should keeping her pump handle tail in the correct position. Shown and handled to near perfection I was delighted and proud to award her the RCC.

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2nd. Matthys. CRAVONMARK ELLA-MAE OF MONETROUGE is a slightly stronger built girl sporting a glossy black brindle and white coat. Her head is strong as is her shapely body. Excellent topline to strong angulated hind quarters. Moved with ease.

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3rd. Knoetzen. ROSSWAR WORTH THE WAIT is a quality black brindle who possesses much virtue. Very similar comments as 2nd placed apply to this girl with nit picking separating the two.

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4th. Austen. SHARRAZAR SEEK N DESTROY is a well made black brindle of good proportions. She will always be there or there abouts at any show under any judge. A good quality honest girl.

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Junior Bitch

1st. Van Heerden. EUKLEIA NONUS BEULAH. This quality fawn and white took my eye from the moment she entered the ring and I felt myself drawn to her throughout judging this class. Absolute quality from the tip of her nose to the end of her pump handle tail. From the front she epitomises the latent strength that I would expect from a bitch of this breed and in profile she doesn’t disappoint either. Wonderfully sculptured clean and strong headpiece with width and depth throughout to a short powerful neck. Excellent lay of shoulder and bone density, her feet are not her fortune and require some attention. Athletic looking short muscular body and large powerful hams which provided her with ample drive coupled with her perfect conditioning beckoned me to award her the CC which I did with no hesitation. Wish I could have packed her in my suitcase and bought her back to the UK. Well done and I’m sure she will have her title in no time at all.

 

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2nd. Vermeulen. BOLDWIN SNOWHITE is another quality girl standing in a gleaming black brindle jacket. Lovely head of correct proportions and furnishings. Short strong body to powerfully well made hindquarters. Presented and handled to perfection. Unlucky to meet 1st placed on top of her game today.

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3rd. Louw. RAMINARTUS GUZEN KONA is a fawn of nice overall make and shape. Strong neat head carried on a well made body. In perfect condition she presented a truly wonderful picture of athleticism and strength. Handled well.

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4th. Van Heerden. EUKLEIA NONUS BIANCA deserved her fourth placing on overall virtue. Her head is broad and deep with correct eye and ear placement creating a desirable expression, perfect front, level topline and correct hind angulation moved her with drive. Shown in perfect condition.

 

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Graduate Bitch

1st. Coetsee. LARUMO ICE QUEEN is a lovely black brindle who glows with vitality. Standing proud she has a strong chiselled head, muscular body with tight fitting jacket and powerful hind quarters. Moved easily with drive and minimal effort. Won this class with a bit to spare.

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2nd. Pelser & Preston. TUTAM SWEET VIVIAN OF MAUPA is a deep rich fawn of quality. Her head is strong and defined without coarseness, strong body with good topline to angulated hindquarters. Showing too much undercarriage here today for my liking, had she have shown more tuck could have nicked the class!

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3rd. Delport. RINGMASTER IMELDAS IMAGE OF AMDEL is a typy brindle of much virtue. Good head and expression, true front and rear quarters although dipping at withers. Moved and handled well.

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4th. Grek. KELEV FAYS FOLLY leaning more towards the terrier this black brindle and white has a good front, body and hindquarters. Just not enough of her for me.

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Veteran Bitch

1st. Vermeulen. CH. FRELONIUS FIRE QUEEN is a gorgeous 7 plus years girl carrying a bit of deserved weight. Of excellent breed type she has a lovely head, perfect topline to well angulated and muscular hindquarters. Moved in perfect harmony with her handler. Although standing alone she thoroughly deserved her first place.

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SA Bred Bitch

1st. Bezuidenhout. BEZT BONA’MINA .This hyper active black brindle could have taken much higher honours today had she not have been so hot and bothered. Absolutely cracking bitch that reminded me so much of a girl I once owned. Powerful headpiece, broad and with depth, short foreface, deep stop, blunt muzzle wicked expression! Strong short neck into wide straight front, nice spring of rib to short couplings, hindquarters to die for. Couldn’t assess her movement properly as she was all over the place which was a great shame as I liked her a lot. In spanking condition she is a lovely girl.

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2nd. Coetsee. LARUMO IRON ANGEL is a dark brindle bitch that excels in body. Her head although clean lacks the essential width and strength that I look for in a Stafford. She has perfectly formed front and rear assembly’s and moves with a grace and power akin to her build. Handled and presented expertly.

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3rd. Pretorius. BRONXTON NILDA is a nice upstanding quality fawn bitch whose head is of correct proportion. Lacking slightly in front, she has an excellent topline which she held on the move whilst powered by nicely formed rear quarters. In good shape she pushed 2nd to the wire.

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4th. Vermeulen. BOLDWIN ARABELLE is at the lower end of the standard. Her head is tidy with nice furnishings, short strong neck into a tight front lacking width. Good overall body properties finished with correct tail carriage. In good order.

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Open Bitch

1st. Love. CH.ROSSWAR SHILOH is an attractive brindle from this consistent Kennel. Another shown at the top of her game, she has a powerful deep thru skull with keen expression. Her muscular body is driven by well put together fore and aft quarters. Absolutely gleamed in the sunshine she is a very nice bitch and all credit to her owners who keep her in peak condition.

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2nd. Preston. MAUPA FIRE N ICE this nicely marked fawn and white has a beautiful expression created by correct eye and ear shape and placement a deep stop and blunt muzzle. She is well ribbed with good topline and strong rear end. Moved really well.

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3rd. Lurie. DELU COOL KID CASEY is a black brindle with a strong defined head. Her front assembly could be better which reflects in her untidy feet. Roadwork here is the key for improvement. Her body is strong as is her hindquarters.

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4th. Richards. RICHMAX MOLLY ROSE. This black brindle has a nice head spoilt by a rather light eye. Her overall make and shape is pleasing although slightly pigeon toed she appeared to move OK.

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Champion Bitch

A class of lovely bitches all worthy of the title Champion! As with my Ch. Dog critiques I will only be reiterating what has been said deservedly many times before.

1st. Austen. CH.STAFFGOLD LUNA SELENE OF SHARRAZAR is a super headed black brindle that screams out for attention. Her qualities are there in abundance and today she had to be in top form, which she was.

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2nd. Love. CH. ROSSWAR GISHA GIRL Lovely shapely, strong headed girl whose demeanour is all about “I’m a Stafford”. Full of ring presence she will always be in contention with her competitors.

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3rd. Jackson & Ousman. CH.STAPPHIRE RED OSTARA. This deep fawn has a truly lovely expression and another with quality to waste. She pushed all the way and was unlucky to have met two bitches in peak form today.

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4th. Coetsee. CH.VOMHAUSHARROCK FAERY QUEEN OF LARUMO is a dark brindle bitch of great make and shape shown in sparkling condition.

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Baby Puppy

1ST. Lurie. DELU LADY LUCK. Nicely made black brindle whose progress I shall keep an eye on. Everything in the right place to suggest a promising future.

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OUR OBJECTIVES

  1. To promote, encourage, foster and advance the breeding, well-being of and interest in the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed of dogs; 
  2. To maintain observance of and adherence to the Breed Standards of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed of dogs as adopted from time to time by the Kennel Union of Southern Africa;  
  3. To organize and hold shows, match meetings, competitions in breed and other dog activities, including training for such activities recognized by the Kennel Union of Southern Africa;  
  4. To promote goodwill among all people interested in pure bred pedigree dogs as well as towards pure bred pedigree dogs and people interested in them.