Jaquenetta German Shepherd Dogs



December 2007



01749890612.  jeanhiscox@jaquenetta.com



      Judging appointments are agreed so far in advance that you can forget about them for a while, then something always seems to happen a day or two before to give me cause for consternation, and make me worry that I will not be able to get to the show and will let people down. I expect I am not on my own in this. I judged Plymouth & DCS in February, it snowed hard the day before, but luckily had gone from the area by the morning of the show; I judged South of Scotland in April, a few days before I had toothache and had a wisdom tooth taken out the afternoon before I flew up to Scotland; I judged Reading & DKA last month, a few days before the battery on the van went flat, we managed to replace it the night before the show and even though it was brand new, it still took a while to start the van at 5a.m. as it was the coldest night of the year with temperatures at –6. The GSDs were in an outside ring, so special thanks to those exhibitors who braved the bitterly cold weather to attend. There were 4 classes with an entry of 13 dogs, I wouldn’t say the attendance was poor, but we took more dogs with us in the van than I judged. There were three present in puppy, 1st Lovell’s Conquell Octavia for Liebehnd,(Ch. Lararth Houdini x Conquell Neera). She was 7mths an upper medium size medium strength female of good type displaying very good proportions at this age, at the growing stage of good length of foreleg but lacking substance all through. Upperarm long and could be better angled. Croup slightly short and steep. A little too vocal and she took a while to settle. Good movement. BPIB &BOB. 2nd Haines Christevan Lasko (Mirko v Kassandra x Oliva v Isidora). He was 61/2 mths a large and strong well-pigmented male. At this stage in his development he has good leg length but is somewhat short in body, which throws out his proportions and gives the impression of an almost equal height to length ratio, which should alter with maturity. His chest depth is at the maximum and his head could be stronger. Upper arm short and steep. At the moment he walks on his hocks, and when he extends he has trouble bringing them under control, hopefully this too should alter as he ages. He has a very good croup and good hind angulation. RBOB. 3rd Alford’s Kaernten Fun Fair (Norman Knight x Kaernten Snow White). She was 10mths black and very pale gold lacking pigment. Only just up to size, her head was a shade narrow all through, and lacking stop. She was short in proportions and lacked length of foreleg. Short and steep upperarm and croup. Her hind angulation was spot on, with short strong hocks. She rolled over the back when gaiting due to carrying some excess weight, but the bone structure remained firm. She was also the only exhibit in the next three classes so she was 1st J & 1st PG & 1st O.

      Bridgwater &DCS is sponsored by GSDC of Devon, there were 3 dog and 3 bitch classes held in an outside ring, the judge was Sara Gray. I was stewarding for the SW Hound at the same venue, so Peter stayed with the GSDs to get the results. There was an autojumble and classic car show being held at the same place, so he could stand by the ring to watch the dogs and also see the classic cars that were driving past. 1st PD & BP Adamson, Jackson & Munkley’s Aiko of Peterwell. 2nd PD Minhinett’s Jaxsungate Dugan. 1st GD & BD Cross & Minhinett’s Romainville Charlie. 2nd GD Green & Swift’s Janos Bauernhaus. 3rd GD Roe’s Graybeck Eiko. 1st OD Green & Swift’s Monksley Amilo. 2nd OD Julian & Bowen’s Lararth Sonny. 3rd OD Mead & Morris Gollygobble Godwyn. 1st PB Kessel & Brimacombe Conbhairean Nathalie at Kessenburg. 2nd PB Green & Swift’s Monksley Kat. 3rd PB Wheeler’s Conquell Gera. 1st GB & BB & BOB Hensley’s Fahra v Amulree. 2nd GB Adamson, Jackson & Munkley’s Peterwell Yolande. 3rd GB Minhinett’s Jaxongate Babita. 1st OB Hensley’s Zuberg Lotti.

      Several people have asked me what exams etc. are required to qualify as a Champ. Show judge. The K.C. minimum requirements for a breed specialist are :-

Minimum of  7 years judging experience in the breed.

Have the support of a breed club or council.

To have judged a minimum number of dogs (this is K.C. policy, but the number is optional decided by relevant breed club).

To have bred or owned a minimum of  3 dogs when they obtained first entry into K.C.stud book.

Attended a seminar given by a K.C. Accredited Trainer and passed the relevant examination on K.C. Regulations & Judging Procedures.

Attended a seminar given by a K.C. Accredited Trainer on Conformation & Movement.

Passed the Hands-on Assessment.

Attended at least one breed seminar run in accordance with the K.C. code of Best Practice & passed an examination or assessment where applicable.

Stewarded at 12 shows.

The Breed Council’s requirements are:-

10 years active in the breed.

Passed the Breed Council’s written exam & practical assessment.

To have judged a minimum of 250 dogs of the breed. Some of this number must be from at least 10 shows, which must include a minimum of three Breed Club Open shows.

First show to have been at least seven years earlier.

These are all the current requirements as far as I know, but it would be wise to check with Sheila. I t is also useful to purchase from the K.C. a Judge’s Record Book (Breed) and guide, a Steward’s Record book and guide, and Show Regulations for the current year. The K.C. used to count the number of dogs entered under a judge, now they only count the actual number of dogs exhibited and judged.

      At GSDC of Devon Open Show under judge Sally Gunner, Yates & Roxburgh’s Gollygobble Chamois was 4th GB not 3rd and Romainville Darla was BPIB not Romainville Danny, sorry, I was misinformed.

      We went to the GSDC of Essex Ch. Show, it was a good venue with a pleasant atmosphere pervading. The CC winners, Philipp a d neuen Hauffstrasse and Korzwin Linzi, were well-received by the crowd. Under dog judge Joe White, in MPD Atherton’s Zumander Destry at Bachmeier was placed 3rd in the line up, he lost a few places and ended up a creditable 6th at his first show. 7th MPD Green & Swift’s Monksley Murphy also at his first show. 3rd PD Hiscox & Vessey’s Zumander Bacchus. 3rd JD Apps & Tucker’s Romainville Danny at Jutone. 2nd PGD & RCC Davies & Davies Silverleigh Estor. 3rd OD Vessey & Hiscox’s Qai v Estherlager. 2nd PB Kessel & Brimacombe’s Conbhairean Nathalie at Kessenburg. 1st YB Dodds Ardenburg Allegra. 3rd YB Cooper & Ward’s Usharrgo Malan. 6th PGB Apps Zeline v Luttersbrauch. 7th PGB Phillips & Summers Gwilyms Dallas.

      An interesting snippet from Andrew Brace in Dog World, “Simon Parsons mentioning breeds that ‘shrink’ with maturity made interesting reading, but this is a well known fact. Basically many dogs are lanky and coltish as teenagers, but as they spring in rib and develop bulk and muscletone, the forces of gravity enable such dogs to ‘drop’ into their frames and literally they become less tall at the withers. It is perfectly feasible for a dog to ‘measure out’ when a youngster, and yet fit comfortably under the measure when fully mature. All it requires is age and development, and involves no sharp practice whatsoever.” I tend to agree with this opinion, as when Sparky was 7mths many people said he was going to be way oversize. At his first show at 10mths one woman thought he was in the same class as her dog, Special Yearling. We knew his German bloodlines usually produced leggy puppies that grew tall first and then filled out their frame. When Sparky was breed surveyed Class one by Percy Elliott at 21/2 years, he was measured twice on a hard indoor surface, both times measuring 65cms.

      I wish you all a happy Christmas and a joyful and prosperous New Year, and that includes your owners as well.


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