THE GRIFFON BRUXELLOIS CLUB OF SCOTLAND
CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW CRITIQUE 22 / 10 / 2017

The  Griffon Bruxellois Club of Scotland held a championship show where BIS & BPIS was Donzeata Royal Award; RBIS: CH. Jet’s Dartagnan at Donzeata; BOS: JWW13, EUW14, WW15, Int CH. Harpersband Vanilla Sky; BVIS CH. Roamaycee Double Take.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the club for first voting for me to judge this show a couple years back now and to the offices and committee of the Griffon Bruxellois Club of Scotland for such a lovely day and to the kitchen team who put on a feast with a wide range of choices of delicious food and desserts.

I would also like to thank all the exhibitors for whom some had travelled great distances to show there dogs under me and for such a nice entry and for excepting my decisions with such great sportsmanship, which was very nice to see and made for such a lovely happy and relaxed atmosphere in the venue. My final thanks must go to my ring stewards James Finlay and James Davidson who both kept the running of the ring and exhibitors on order, which helped me do my job easier.

The GBC of Scotland holds some great memories for me being only a very young child when I first attended. I remember sitting in the kitchen area with Margaret Reid, Marjorie Wood and Jean Dorward eating large bowls of home made chicken soup and bread. The club has always had great atmosphere and you are always made to feel very welcome, I was very honoured this year to be the first judge ever to judge the two new classes on offer for the Special Resident In Scotland in memory of the late Marjorie Wood, a lady with many years of breed knowledge and one of the founder members of the GBC of Scotland way back in 1951.

I found the overall quality at the show very mixed since the last time I judged the breed two years ago, but today was a day to weigh things up and in some cases compromise. There where some dogs who lacked the general overall shape of  cobbyness and squareness  what is so important  to the breed, heads where again mixed some being small and narrow lacking width, movement was a bit all over the place either too wide in front or lacking drive from the rear. But there was some great dogs here too who where great ambassadors for the breed with lots to like, I was very pleased with all my main winners as they where all of a type and what the standard asks for and I wish I had two sets of CC’s to award but in the challenge it came down to splitting hair between the dogs I short listed.

The following comments are my opinion in how I feel the breed has changed and sadly not for the better over the past 10 – 12 years or so.

If you take just a few words from the breed standard of the Griffon Bruxellois for instance in general appearance, Square, Cobby, Short Backed, Well Balanced, Level Topline, Heavy For Size, from these words you start to build a picture in your head of what the outline should look like. However bodies in the breed over the last ten years or so as a whole have become too narrow though out giving a more tubular/ flat or slab-sided look due to the lack of “ spring of rib “. 

Heads have become far too small in both size and width and even the essential facial features all being to small such as eyes, nose pad and nostrils size and lack of width in under jaw and narrow in skull and also filling in the cheeks. The head should be large in comparison to the body and chrysanthemum shaped with  rounded skull in no way domed  and moderately wide between the ears with a large black nose pad with wide open nostrils, relatively short with a defined stop needed in order to give the correct monkey like expression with a good turn up and prominent chin. Also wheather it is rough or smooth, a red, black or black and tan, the head should be the same in all departments, a true head should be that. A rough should not and does not have a bigger or better head than a smooth and vice versa, this is an optical illusion due to the furnishing and beads on the roughs, this is why it is so important when both breeding and judging to get your hands on the dogs in order to feel and to have the correct stock in breed type in order for you to make a true decision on the breed to the breed standard for correctness in order for the breed to keep on improving for future generations.

Ears are still very mixed in size and carriage, some are too heavy or large and carried either to low or out to the sides of the head, they should be, high set, semi erect and the smaller the better.

Movement again is a huge problem with either being too wide in front resulting in being out at shoulders and elbows or too narrow lacking width of chest and too shallow in brisket and also down in pasterns. Rear ends are either far too close or wide, some are even straight in stifle and far too over angulated, all resulting in a lack of drive from the rear which the standard so clearly asks for. Hocks which are too high off the ground also give weakness to the rear and as a result giving less drive to the dog on the move, hocks should be low to ground.  Some dogs are still upright in shoulder giving a ultra smart look standing on the table or standing still on the floor but on the move this resulting in a high stepping hackney action which is undesirable for the breed.

The main difference to me from 28 years ago when I first started showing the breed is the colour of the dogs in the ring today, the standard under UK KC rules as for Blacks, Black & Tans asks for without white markings and  “Clear Red with even colour from root to tip” sadly in the ring today there are far too many dogs now in Blacks and Black & Tans which have white hairs in them and a lot more of the Reds are no longer Clear they are of a red mix with black overlay and some even boarding on Belge. I believe this is a result in to much mixing of colours in a short space of time and new exhibitors not being guided or advised properly on how the colour genetics work, it is now very hard to find an all Red pedigree so many now have Blacks and Black & Tans in the first three generations making it hard when you put a dog and bitch together with a similar coloured pedigree carrying the same genetic make up to try and produce a Clear Red.

However all the above comments are just my opinions and some people will agree or disagree with them but if things are not improved in time I do worry as to the future of the breed.

VD ( 3, 1 )

1. Pott’s  Samaranda Sorcerer to Adreem - SH CM  7 year old B / R who I last judged 2 years ago and on that day gave him the CC, BIS and gained his title on the day. I can not believe he is now in veteran, where does the time go.  He is of lovely type and quality, he has a really beautiful head with large dark rounded eyes with black rimms, good black nose pad with tilt back to skull with definite stop, excellent turn up and prominent chin giving a true money like alert expression, very good mouth with wide jaw, small neat high set well used ears, straight front, nice arched neck into well laidback shoulders and great reach in front, well sprung ribs, short backed, square and well bodied with an excellent level topline and tail set carried high over his back, low hocks with well bent stifles, well muscled hindquarters and tiny thick round cat like feet, very well presented coat of excellent clear colour and crisp texture, moved soundly in front with drive from the rear, shortlist in the challenge but did not seem his usually bubbly self, but never the less he is of great quality and type and can still give most a run for there money when on top form.

2. Prout & Smith’s  Gilderoak By Royal Command at Grajenco  7 year old R/ S who has a good head with well placed nose pad and dark sparkling eyes, nice mouth, good turn up, level topline, nice front and bone well bodied, good feet, tight jacket in super condition, moved very well both coming and going and showed with a real attitude about him, would prefer a clear colour coat 


SPEICIAL VINTAGE DOG ( 2 )

1. Cook’s & Laidlaw’s CH. Roamaycee Double Take 10 ½ year old R/ S who just gets better with age like a fine wine, he has such a typical head, large round dark eyes in proportion to skull, good nose pad with tilt to skull, Good turn up and expression, ear size ok but would like them higher set, nice mouth and under jaw, good shoulders, straight front, good bone, well developed chest with deep brisket, square in outline with a level topline and good tail set, well muscled hindquarters and hocks low to ground, Tight jacket of good  clear colour, moved with strong drive from the rear and was short listed in the challenge, this is the best I have seen him show for a few years as he was on his toes at all times, a true Griffon with full of breed type and characteristics and a credit to his owner.

2. Duncan’s Rhodon Sunny Jim 11 year old R / S who is another old favourite of mine. Large sized head with large round dark eyes, cheeky monkey expression, large nose pad, nice mouth, good shoulders, square outline, cobby and short with good sprung rib, deep brisket, short backed, with age has lost his topline and  tail set a little, good hindquarters, tight feet, a little wide in front coming, lovely tight coat in excellent condition, a happy wee lad as his owner might say, enjoyed his day out and was lovely to see him again.




MPD ( 3, 1 )

1. Baranova’s Harpersband Family Based Shevilan  R/S baby of 9 mths of age, still learning the ropes and needs more time and more shows under his belt to gain more confidents, but he had travelled along way from Russia so maybe he was a little tired too. Still needs lots of time to develop in head fully which he’ll do with maturity given time, good turn up, dark eyes and pigment, well used ears, good length of neck, alert expression, made a nice picture in outline profile whilst on the move, he was  sound moving both ends, tight short coat of excellent colour and condition. I was pleased to see he is the son of my BCC winner and wish him well for the future.


2. Conway’s  Stormjac Nic Nac  B/R baby of just 6 mths attending his first show, he still has a lot of maturing to do but is nice for his age, he has a good head with well placed nose and dark sparking eyes, nice mouth, Good turn up of chin giving a true expression, nice body shape, level topline and well used tail, nice front & good rear action, jet black coat of a harsh texture, moved well, will watch his development with interest.



PD ( 3 )

1. Guy’s Donzeata Royal Award 10 mths old R/R of outstanding breed type and quality, I was totally blown away by him as soon as he entered the ring and was even more so impressed with him on the table, he has a glorious head for his age which is still to finish and come to it best but for me is there now and can only get better, but he is also still so well balanced, being large and  rounded with large dark round alert eyes with a  melting expression, big nose pad with open nostrils and  excellent tilt to skull, darkest of pigmentation, excellent mouth with wide under jaw and prominent chin giving that true monkey like expression, neat well used ears, straight front, good width of chest with deep brisket, great bone and small tight round feet, great length of neck flowing in to well laid back shoulders, well sprung ribs for his age, short backed with a strong short thick loin, amazing outline and body shape which he held both on the move and standing with an excellent level topline, well muscled hindquarters with well bent stifles showing excellent rear angulation, rich clear red coat of harsh texture which was immaculately presented as one would expect from this well known kennel, he truly is one of the best Griffons I have seen in the breed for an awfully long time and I’m positive he will gain his title very quickly, for me he is not just a great dog for within the breed but also for the breed in general at general championships shows as I feel he is of such outstanding quality not only for group wins but also BIS wins in my opinion, and I’m looking forward to watching his show career with great interest. I felt extremely honoured to learn after judging that this was his first ever show and I was the first judge to ever touch him and give my opinion of him and as you can probably guess I absolutely loved him, thank you for bring him it was a pleasure to award him his first CC of many I’m sure, along with BIS & BPIS.

2. Suggitt’s Aptrick Time For Elevenses  9 mth old R/ R nice headed dog with dark eyes, small ears, well placed nose pad , excellent turn up, good mouth, straight front, good bone, well bodied for age, moved ok, coat of good texture & well presented, a very happy youngster who never stopped showing, he was unlucky to meet one on the day.

3. Finlay’s & Kirkwood’s Rhodon Sunday Best at Marisk


JD ( 1 )

1. Conway’s Stormjac Spocktacular Nite  13 mth old B/ R, another very nice young boy with lots to like, pretty head with large dark eyes, good nose pad with tilt to skull, nice turn up with prominent chin, nice under jaw and alert expression, Still needs time to fill out in ribs which I’m sure he will do with maturity, good front and shoulders, nice outline, level topline and well carried tail, good quarters, nice harsh coat of a good clear colour, Moved Well.



PGD ( 4, 1 )

1. Conway’s Parys Reinkarnacja Poland at Stormjac 2 year old  B&T with a lovely large expressive head, good wide under jaw and mouth, well used ears, well placed nose pad, nice dark eyes and good turn-up, straight mouth, nice shoulders, good topline, nice bone, excellent tight coat with rich tan markings, good front, moved well. 

2. Pott’s Adreem The Magician  B/R of almost 2 years, with still some maturing to do, good head with well placed nose and dark sparking eyes, nice mouth, well covered body but still needs to fill in his ribs, level topline and well used tail, straight front & nice rear action, jet black coat of a harsh texture, moved well


3. Bennett – Harrington’s Beauborne Crusader

LD ( 4 )
1. Oliver – Barratt   Risethor Laidback Jack  R/S of almost 3 years, I have admired him from the ring side and was not disappointed when I got my hands on him. He has a nice large head with round eyes and lovely kind expression, neat ears and straight mouth, prominent chin with good turn up, nice neck, excellent square body and sprung ribs, good bone for size, tight feet, short in loin and well set tail, he moved so sound and true both coming and going from his well muscled hindquarters and well bent stifles, I short listed him in the challenge as he deserved to be and pushed hard for the RCC, but I would prefer a clear coloured red coat but his coat was in gleaming condition and is of a nice tight texture, I can clearly see why he has done so well in the ring and I’m sure will continue to do so.

2. Prout & Smith’s Goldene Horde Tossy Guy at Tantori  3 year old R/R who I last judged 2 years ago and in that time he has really come on, he has a fabulous head with all the correct essential features I look for with large dark eyes with black rims, good nose pad with tilt back to skull with definite stop, good mouth with wide jaw, would like his ears higher set and slightly smaller, he has a straight front, good layback of shoulder, well sprung ribs, short backed, square and well bodied with good spring of rib giving a good outline profile, good topline and good tail set, muscled hindquarters, low hocks, could do with a touch more turn of stifle, moved on a loose lead but was not himself today as he was having an off day which was very disappointing as he is a nice lad, I hope he is soon back on top form and wish him well in the future.

3. Mackay’s Feigusch Call Me Nicolaus at Osthaen ( Imp Ita )


OD ( 4 )

1. Guy’s  CH. Jet’s Dartagnan at Donzeata 2 ½ year old R/R who is the sire to my DCC & BIS winner, I have always admired this boy since he came into the country for his breed type, quality and personality. He has a super head, large dark clear alert eyes, small ears, large nose pad with excellent tilt to skull, true monkey like expression, straight mouth with even teeth and wide strong under jaw, excellent front, good bone and small round feet, good depth of chest with deep brisket, nice neck flowing in to well laid shoulders, well sprung ribs, square outline, ultra short backed giving a cobby profile outline, level topline and tail set, well muscled hindquarters, low hocks, excellent rear action with drive, moved out well both coming and going covering the ground with ease, excellent clear red coloured harsh textured coat that was immaculately presented. It was extremely difficult for me to separate him and his son and at times it was splitting hairs as it is rare this days to get two males of such outstanding breed type and quality so similar, but I just preferred the extra length of neck and upper arm of the CC winner, but he like his son is truly a fabulous dog and a fantastic reprehensive for the breed. I was pleased to award him the RCC, RBIS.

2. Pott’s Adreem Black Magic – SHCM 4 year old B/R who I last judged two years ago and who has matured nicely, he has a lovely head that is round, expressive dark round clear eyes and alert expression, good nose pad with open nostrils tiling back to skull and good stop, nice mouth and turn up, square and short backed giving a balanced look with nicely sprung ribs, good shoulders and straight front with small tight feet, well muscled hindquarters, jet black coat of the harsh texture that was well presented, a settled and sound mover and never stopped showing, he was unlucky to meet 1 in such good form today, but I have no doubt his day will come.


3. Chapman’s & Price’s  Marquant Media Storm





SPECIAL OPEN RED SMOOTH DOG ( 3, 1 )

1. Murray’s Grajenco Royal Male With Murroch 6 year old R/S, typical head with large eyes, good nose pad, nice mouth, straight front, good bone, well sprung ribs, good brisket and depth of chest, cobby in body, square outline, nice topline and tail set, well muscled with low hocks, tight jacket of good colour and well conditioned,  sound enough on the move both ends, tight jacket of good colour.


2. Prout & Smith’s  Gilderoak By Royal Command at Grajenco


SPECIAL OPEN RED ROUGH DOG ( 2, 1 )

1. Mackenzie’s & Cowie’s  Grajenco Oliver 2 year old R/R, super large round old fashioned head with beautiful large dark round eyes which where the best of the day being true to the breed standard, nice well used ears, good mouth and width of jaw, well developed chest and brisket, cobby with nice ribs giving a good shape in outline, nice front, good topline and quarters, presented in a nice new coat of  good texture but would have liked a deeper red colour, moved well and was enjoying his day.


SPECIAL OPEN BLACK DOG ( 2 )

1. Conway’s Curly In Black 4 ½ year old B/R, who has a very nice head, good turn up, dark eyes, well used small ears, nice straight front with small round feet, good bone, nice length of neck, alert expression, nice ribs and brisket, square in outline, jet black coat of harsh texture and well presented, moved and showed well.

2. Suggitt’s Aptrick Alexander 20mth old B/R very nice head, good turn up, dark eyes and eye rims, well used small neat ears, nice front, good bone for size, nice  neck and decent shoulders, alert expression, nice outline, coat of good colour and texture, moved well and never stopped showing for his handler, I just felt on the day he gave a lot away in maturity to the winner and I think in a year or so when he is more mature he will do very well in the show ring, but still is a very nice youngest.


SPECIAL OPEN BLACK AND TAN DOG ( 2 )

1. Murray’s Beauview Special Delivery 3 year old B&T/ S,  an eye catching lad with a outgoing personality, he has a very nice broad head and round skull, dark eyes giving pleasing expression, well carried ears, good bone, nice in topline tail set, good outline, well sprung ribs, straight front and good feet, well turned stifles with excellent hindquarters, moved well, short tight coat with good tan markings in shining condition.

2. Ballard’s Kiss For Bajalon Corsairey Casch ( Imp Cze ) 4 ½ year old B&T/S, he has a lovely large round head and skull, dark eyes, nice nose pad that was well placed, good turn up with nice mouth under jaw, good bone and feet, well covered body and spring of rib, moved ok, but at times lost his topline which spoilt his outline, excellent tight coat with rich tan markings.


SPECIAL RESIDENT IN SCOTLAND DOG ( 5, 2 )

1. Mackenzie’s & Cowie’s  Grajenco Oliver

2. Murray’s Beauview Special Delivery

3. Cameron’s Samaranda Guardsman



VB ( 3 )
1. Scott’s Samaranda Merry Mayhem 7 year old B/R, she has a very nice head, good turn up, dark eyes, well used small ears, good length of neck, nice expression, small and cobby body, square outline, good front and rear, small cat like feet, black harsh textured coat that was excellent condition, moved and showed well.

2. Kirkwood’s Gilderoak For Your Eyes Only 7 year old R/R, excellent headed bitch with lovely features, dark round eyes, good nose pad with open nostrils, good mouth and nice under jaw, well used ears with nice width of skull between them,  good shoulders, straight front and good feet, nice hindquarters,  good tail set and topline, moved well, coat in good condition but would have preferred a deep red colour.

3. Pott’s Ciceley Conferderate


SPECIAL VINTAGE BITCH ( 4, 3 )

1. Cook’s & Laidlaw’s Roamaycee Bookies Runner 12 year old R/S, who still has all her teeth, but she has the sweetest nature and takes every think in her stride, she has such a typical large old fashioned head which is  balanced with the body with large round eyes, cheeky monkey like expression, well developed cheeks, good nose pad tilting back to skull, nice mouth, good pigmentation, medium length of neck flowing in to well laid shoulders,  well muscled hindquarters with well bent stifles showing very good rear angulation, nice ribs and short loin, very nice outline with a level topline and tail set, well boned and tight cat like feet, even though she moves slower these days day she is still sound and enjoyed her day out.

MPB ( 1 )

1. Makinson’s  Harpersband Just Adorable R/S of just 6 mths, still a very raw baby, who needs to body up and fill out which will come with maturity, she has a pretty head, nice dark eyes, good nose pad, nice mouth, straight front and good shoulders, needs to develop in chest, level topline and well carried tail, tight jacket of good colour in nice condition, enjoyed her day out.


PB ( 2 )
1. Mercer’s  Emjaycee Country Blossom at Fennymore  9 ½ mth old R/S, who has a stunning head for her age as a smooth which is very rare to see these days as she has such well developed cheeks and strong under jaw to give the correct rounded shape for the head to which the breed standard asks for, she has lovely dark eyes and large nose pad, small well used ears, nice strong neck and well laid back shoulders, sound straight front, cobby body with good ribs for her age, square in outline, well muscled hindquarters and small tight feet with hocks low to ground which she used to drive herself around the ring, she was very sound on the move coming and going and in profile, showing reach in front and drive from the rear, excellent tight  jacket of a rich clear colour. One that I feel should easily make the upper house, I was pleased to award her the RCC.


2. Suggitt’s Liquorice Toffee  10 ½ mths old very mature B/S, pretty head, nice dark Eye good nose Pad with open nostrils, very good turn up with prominent chin with nice under jaw, kind expression, good front and shoulders, square outline, good topline and well carried tail, good quarters, tight jacket of excellent colour, moved and showed well, but preferred the rear movement of 1 on the day.


NB ( 1)
1. Mackay’s Daisy Delightful Diva at Osthaen   B&T/S of 19mths, made in a larger mould and could be shorter in the back to give a more squarer look, she has a nice head with dark eyes and alert expression, nice mouth and decent jaw, needs to fill in body which will come with maturity, good bone and nice front, moved well and never stopped showing, excellent tight jacket of good colour, enjoyed her day out.


PGB ( 1 )

1. Prout’s & Smith’s  Tantori Tutti Frutti  2 year old R/R of the smaller type but still correct within the breed standard, she has beautiful head which is old fashioned in breed type, nice dark round clear eyes, excellent nose pad with open nostrils and excellent pigment, very good turn up with prominent chin giving a true monkey like expression, small high set ears which where well used, good chest and  straight front and good shoulders, short backed, square in outline, level topline and well carried tailset, good hindquarters, presented in a good harsh textured coat of a good colour, short listed in the challenge and strongly considered for the CC, but I just felt that given a little more time to finish off maturing in her body would complete the picture, all this said she is a very nice bitch indeed and one to watch for the future.



LB ( 3, 2 )
1. Davidson’s Tantori Tickled Pink 2 year old R/S, very pretty headed bitch with dark eyes, nice mouth and well placed nose pad, straight front and good round feet, good bone for size, nice shoulders, square in outline good rear action, tight jacket of excellent colour, moved and showed well and expertly handled by her young handler both on the floor and table.


OB ( 2 )
1. Baranova’s  JWW13, EU14, WW15, Int CH. Harpersband Vanilla Sky  5 ½ year old R/R, who I have admired from a puppy when I first seen her at Crufts 5 years ago winning BP, she has now fully matured and now looks the best I have ever seen her. She has a super large round head and wide skull which is very well balanced, excellent large round dark eyes which where the best of the day, melting expression, big nose pad with open nostrils and good tilt to skull giving a defined stop, darkest of pigmentation, excellent mouth with super under jaw and prominent chin giving a true expression, ears ok but could be smaller and high set, straight front, excellent width of  chest  with deep brisket, great bone, tight small rounded feet, good length of neck flowing in to excellent well laid shoulders, well sprung ribs, strong loin, excellent outline and body shape, level topline which she held on the move and standing but can give the appearance of sloping off a little if she is too over stretched, well muscled hindquarters with well bent stifles showing excellent rear angulation, excellent red coat of harsh texture which was immaculately presented as where all of this exhibitors dogs to her credit which was amazing considering the long journey they had from Russia, a sound and true mover which was a joy too see in both her class and the challenge, I was pleased to award her the CC and BOS and later heard that it was her 3rd and crowning CC, many congratulations.

2. Scott’s Samaranda Merry Dance B/R of almost 3 year old and one I have judged before as a very young puppy, she is a very nice bitch with lots to like, pretty head with large dark eyes, good nose pad with tilt to skull, nice turn up with prominent chin, nice under jaw and alert expression, good front and shoulders, square outline, level topline and well carried tail, good quarters, nice harsh coat of a good clear colour, moved and showed well.


SPECIAL OPEN RED SMOOTH BITCH ( 3 )
1. Cook’s Emjaycee Country Playmate  2 year old R/S, an old  fashioned typed bitch with a  large round head with all the correct essential features, dark clear round eyes, big well placed nose pad, good mouth with wide jaw and muzzle, well constructed, excellent turn up of chin, straight front with small round tight feet and excellent bone for size, good neck and shoulders,  excellent topline and tailset, well developed quarters, tight jacket of a super clear red colour, short listed in the challenge but thrown it away as when she moved right she is so sound and true on the move, but in the challenge decided to play up and spoilt her chances, hopefully once she is settled should do very well in the future.

2. Guy’s Emjaycee Royal Donzeata 2 year old R/S, litter sister to one with many of the same attributes but made in the next mould size up, again she has a super large round head with dark round eyes and larger nose pad but preferred her sisters lay back, small ears, excellent mouth and width of jaw, straight front and good bone who stood on small rounded tight feet, good neck and shoulders, good topline and tailset, well muscled quarters, tight jacket of excellent clear colour that was in gleaming conduction, when she first started moving she moved well but then got spooked as the classes when on by something which then spoilt her chances, but I’m sure she will soon be back on top form and back to her winning ways, as we can all have an off day. 
3. Prout’s & Smith’s Grajenco Dot Com at Tantori


SPECIAL OPEN RED ROUGH BITCH ( 1 )
1. Baranova’s Shevilan Fire And Ice  2 year old R/R,  She is what I would describe as an old fashioned bitch which is a good thing meaning she oozes breed type and quality, she has a beautiful round head with all the correct facial features, large dark round clear eyes, large nose pad with open nostril and tilt to skull with definite stop, strong neck and good shoulders with a level topline and bang on tailset which she carried well stand and on the move at all times, true front and good bone, square and cobby in outline, good ribs and strong loin, well muscled quarters and small tight round feet, a true and sound mover both coming and going, coat of good colour and texture which was immaculately presented, short listed in the challenge and strongly considered for the CC but due to a change of handler as her owner had two bitches in the challenge lost her composure and shape as one would expect, spoiling her chances. However I feel given another 6 months to fully mature she can trouble the best both in the uk and overseas.


SPECIAL OPEN BLACK BITCH ( 3, 2 )
1. Conway’s CH. Flirt Alert Unlimited at Stormjac ( Imp Nor )  B/R of almost 3 years old, a bitch I have always admired from the ringside, she is a top class bitch who has all the attributes I look for in the true Griffon, she has a really lovely feminine head with a true and melting expression, large dark eyes, small well used and carried ears, good large nose pad with correct tilt to skull with defined stop, good pigmentation, nice neck and good shoulders, good spring of rib giving a cobby appearance, short backed, well carried tail but would prefer a better tailset, nice front and bone with small round feet, very nice quarters and stifles, excellent harsh textured coat and good colour which was well presented, moved well, short listed in the challenge, a worthy champion.


SPECIAL OPEN BLACK AND TAN ( 2 )
1. Mackenzie’s Beauview Rumour Has It   B&T/R 5 ½ year old, she has a delightful head and expression, neat ears and straight mouth, prominent chin with good turn up, nice neck, good square body and sprung ribs, good bone for size, tight feet, short in loin and well set tail, lovely harsh textured coat that was well presented with nice tan markings, moved and showed well in her class.
2. Mackay’s Beauview Thunder Thighs 3 year old B&T/S, prettiest of heads, giving a lovely facial expression, good shoulders, small ears, dark sparking eyes, good outline, good level topline, straight front and good bone for size, nice tailset which she carried well at all times, tight jacket with rich tan markings in shining condition, but could do with loosing a few lbs as she was a little over weight for me, never the less a very nice bitch.


SPECIAL RESIDENT IN SCOTLAND BITCH ( 4, 1 )
1. Kirkwood’s Grajenco Miss Saigon JW 2 year old R/R, she has a really lovely head and feminine expression, large nose pad and excellent turn up of chin, good mouth and  jaw, good chest and ribs, nice straight front and small feet, good bone for size, I would prefer a stronger topline, well presented coat, moved and showed very well, I was pleased to award her Best Scottish Exhibit.
2. Mackenzie’s Beauview Rumour Has It
3. Mackay’s Daisy Delightful Diva at Osthaen

                                            
JUDGE: STEVEN HARRISON