30th June 2022
BULLDOG - Judge: Miss Sara Lamont
Best Of Breed & Best Puppy: 1292 Handley's Haddaway Hey Bulldog
Dog CC: 1292 Handley's Haddaway Hey Bulldog
Res Dog CC: 1311 Reynolds D'or Wood San Valero At Gratiabull
Bitch CC: 1281 George's Avaword Dottie
Res Bitch CC: 1325 Vaughan's Ch Odinschild Violet Princess JW SHCM
Best Veteran : 1293 Hanley’s Ch Sgribble Pip As Blenhiemstar
Having not been ringside for three years, it was nice to see the dogs with fresh eyes. Overall the quality was more consistent in the females than in the males, though I was pleased with my final winners. I thoroughly enjoyed the appointment and thank my stewards for ensuring the ring ran smoothly. I don't think I've ever experienced rain before at this venue, but there is always a first. The dogs, particularly the females (and their handlers), coped exceptionally well with the thundery rain.
There's no doubt that the show dogs are the healthiest they have ever been, and breeders should be applauded for such significant developments in the Breed's health. I feel that the Bulldog head, particularly the overall size and correct shape, is being lost, and even more so the grand width of the jaw. There are modern reproduction techniques nowadays, and I encourage more breeders to be freezing semen and use the frozen available to help claw back some of these essential breed assets, where possible.
1st PARKER'S ALBIONPRIDE A KING OF MAGIC JW, Masculine F/W, to who I have previously awarded the RCC. 7 years old, and great to see him age so well. Large, clean head with no excessive wrinkling. Had the widest jaw of the day, a feature we breeders must do more to preserve. Great body condition, well-toned with no apparent skin callus' that normally comes with age. Large framed with good bone and tidy feet given age. Good rear angulation moved soundly with a wide true front. Was unfortunate to come up against 3rd in OB to miss out on BV.
2nd COLLINS & GILLINGWATER LINFORDPRIDE JUNO ECLIPSE SH.CM, 8 years and 10 mth old white bitch. Feminine head that was well pigmented. Coat in good clean condition with a cobby and short body, filled with prominent ribs. Enough bone, moving soundly with width to her front.
3rd COLLINS & GILLINGWATER LINFORDPRIDE MAMA THE HUTT
1st RODGERS BELUSHI ONE IN TEN, Deep red with well-pigmented eyes and muzzle with the correct rose ear. Won the class on length of skull and overall head proportions. Shapely body with wide front, good bone and compact feet. Short coupled with good topline. Moved soundly.
2nd BRAGGER PRIDEOFBULLY MAGIC MIKE, R/W also with great pigmentation. Strong bone, with a wide front giving a pleasing front appearance when stood. Shapely body, well-laid shoulders, good rear angulation and pleasing tail. A little loose in movement, but acceptable given age, moving soundly.
1st HANDLEY HADDAWAY HEY BULLDOG, what a handsome boy who took my eye immediately. 10mth old Br/W whose headpiece is as clean as a whistle. Beautiful head proportions, broad flat skull, correctly set thin rose-shaped ears. Eyes set wide apart that are dark, round and clear. Full nose roll not obstructing his nose or layback over a big, black nose with wide nostrils finished with good width of jaw, well-fitting and nicely covered flews. Correct arch of shoulders, to thick well, boned forelegs, strong pasterns and tight cat feet. Enough rib for maturity, giving the correct pear shape with a suitable rise in topline with a low tail set and sufficient tail. This boy moved with ease, covering the ground well, correctly walking his width. Awarding such big awards to a young dog is always a statement, but this boy is beautiful and seems to have a well-developed but not excessive growth pattern. I think (from my observation) he will mature beautifully, ensuring a big, bright future ahead of him. I was happy to award him the CC, BOB & BP. He wasn't placed in the groups, but watching the footage online, he showed well for such a big demand at such a young age, and I rarely see two brachy breeds shortlisted as this level with the French Bulldog taking G2. I will enjoy seeing how this boy powers through the rest of 2022.
2nd MAY SIR DONALD THE BOLD, 10mth old Short and cobby r/w. Good head qualities, broad skull, correct set of ears and low eye set. Big clear, dark eyes, full nose roll over a big black nose. Enough turn of jaw and width. Strong bone of forelegs with good cover of body condition and coat. Moved soundly.
3rd IRONMONGER MYSTYLE RED ENSIGN TAF
1st GILLETT MIREMAN NANO FOR ONABAZZ, Stood alone but more than deserving of this placement. Br/Pied 16mths. Short bodied with big ribs and correct topline and tuck-up. Strong, thick forelegs to compact feet giving a pleasing front. For me just lacked a little maturity; the foundations are there with a good length of skull, dark pigmented muzzle and correct rose ears. I would also start to tone up his body condition, so he's a little tighter in his coat. He moved well and soundly with good front width and rear movement.
1st WARE DISCOBULLS RENEGADE MASTER, 16mth R/W and what a powerhouse. This boy is all male and some. Masses of bone, a solid frame with well-laid shoulders, straight bone to strong pasterns and tight feet. Quality traditional headpiece with good length of skull, width throughout the skull and width of jaw. He would be a little more balanced if he was more filled behind the shoulders and a tad shorter in body, but he has the rise of topline and low set tail of good length, which was free moving. No doubt this is a quality boy carrying essential stud assets.
2nd BRIDDON MIRISTAR ROCYN REBEL, 16mth plainer headed than 1 but an appealing, clean upstanding male. Flat classic skull, no excessive wrinkling in the head, well-rounded cheeks with good width throughout the skull. Well-boned front, good neck length into well-laid shoulders and big ribs. Short in back with the correct topline and good rear angulation.
3rd FOWLER KADREYA GALANTIS
PGD (4,0) A challenging class to judge that varied in size and type.
1st GOODWIN BRITISHPRIDE ROCK AND ROLL, R/W won the class on overall balance and proportions. Had enough of everything to provide a pleasing outline and the best breed type in the class. Clear, dark eye, well-pigmented muzzle, good-sized nose with good fit and turn of jaw. Enough rib gives a pear-shaped body, with the rise of topline and good tail. Moved soundly.
2nd BROOKS MIGHTY KING ARTHUR, a large solid white. A tad too big and heavy for me, with excess skin. Strong bone filling his fame, he moved well for this size. Large head size, eye set well part and low what were dark and clear. Well padded muzzle with a true jaw that fitted well. For me, he needs to lose a few lbs and tone up in body condition.
3rd SMITH LADYMERE KINGSTON
1st REYNOLDS D'OR WOOD SAN VALERO AT GRATIABULL is a slightly understated dog at first glance, but the more you look, the more you like. A clean r/w masculine boy with suitable work in his head. Broad skull, neat rose ears, well-pigmented eyes and muzzle with well-filled cheeks. Big nose with a full nose rope, not impeding layback. Enough width of jaw with good fit and turn. Strong bone to strong pasterns and neat compact feet. Excellent overall proportions, with a wide front, good ribs and a narrow waist giving the correct pear-shaped body with the correct topline and sufficient tail. He was the best mover in the class and cruised to the RDCC in the challenge.
2nd CUNNINGHAM SAFFIENNA GYPSY KING, a similar type to 1, R/W with a classic clean head. Great length of skull and square throughout. Well-boned straight front, shapely body that could carry a little more weight to balance him out. Lost out to 1 on feet but moved ok.
3rd EVISON ANDLARE SCOOTER AT KIKUCHI JW
1st BRAGGER PRIDEOFBULLY NIGHT FURY, R/w Pied. Clean and honest boy. Well-boned, strong pasterns and compact feet with depth of brisket providing a pleasing front. Amazing pigment with dark wide-set eyes, enough work in the skull with neat rose ears. Shapely body, correct rise of topline finished with a good tail. One of the few to have the correct Bulldog roll whilst moving and won the class on movement. Considered for the RCC.
2nd GEORGE AVAWORD KING GEORGE, R/W with strong bone and neat feet and I believe litter mate to the BCC and carrying very similar properties. Compact size and short coupled with big ribs and short back. Ok tail. Good bone with sufficient front feet. Head a little heavy, but good width and turn of jaw.
3rd MARTIN CALIBRA PEPSI MAX
GCD/B NO ENTRIES
1st CUNNINGHAM ANZABULLS ULTRA VIOLET NAF TAF, 8mth ticked white thick girl. Deep chested with excellent depth of brisket. Well-boned with compact feet. Flat, broad skull, good ear set and rosed ears. Nice dark pigment with a clear eye and big nose, creating the correct layback. Moved very well for age, a very plump girl with beefy thighs, but even for a puppy, she carried too much weight. A few lbs off will help her overall leg length/body proportions.
2nd RODGERS BELUSHI MOONLIGHT LOVER, Deep R/Br and white with a totally different frame to 1. This girl is yet to blossom and mature, but for MPB, rightly so. Clean skull with good length and nice fit and turn of jaw. Good width of chest with straight bone. She was short-bodied with rounded rib, good rear angulation, and moved well once she settled with her gait.
3rd GOODWIN BRITISHPRIDE AVEDA NAF
1st ALLEN HADDAWAY DIZZY MISS LIZZY AT RATTRAY, stood alone but would stand out in a class. An elegant and tidy 10mth Fawn Br/W bitch. Feminine head with no excessive wrinkling, classic skull with pleasing eye set and shape. Neat rosed ears, well-rounded cheeks with good fit and turn of jaw. Broad chested with enough brisket for age and enough bone for sex. Well-rounded ribs leading to a short and shapely body. BPB, I later found out she was litter mate to the DCC, and the consistent type was evident.
1st BRIDDON MIRISTAR ROCES ROCKABYE, stood alone but another that would stand out in a class. A very pretty, feminine 14mth bitch. Clean skull with length and width, well-filled cheeks, solid nose roll with correct layback. Well-boned forelegs leading to strong pasterns and neat feet. Good neck into well-laid shoulder, big ribs and deep brisket. Short bodied, correct topline finished with appropriate tail, muscular thighs without being beefy and low hocks. Overall a very sturdy and naturally curvey girl that was well put together.
1st BANNISTER ANDLARE IF'S AND BUT'S, I've admired this girl from a distance and didn't disappoint on closer examination. Quality white 14mth old in excellent condition. Beautiful front, due to correct lay of shoulder, well-boned forelegs, strong pasterns and neat feet. Good length of head, dark pigment, well-set eyes with good width to muzzle and good fit and turn of jaw. Well-balanced body with nice deep brisket, a rise of topline and low tail set with well-developed thighs. She moved soundly and pushed for higher awards, but she just needs to 'pop' with maturity. The best of this girl is yet to come.
2nd HANDLEY HADDAWAY HOLLY BERRY, another pretty fawn Br/W with a well-developed broad flat skull. Well-filled head, neat nose roll and filled cheek with the correct layback. Lovely intense pigment, with a big black nose and width to muzzle. Strong bone to neat feet. Walked her width and soundly. Short bodied with big rib and enough tail. Lost out to 1 on the topline.
3rd PARKER ANDLARE MISS FIRE AT ALBIONPRIDE
1st POULTON AVAWORD TEMPTRESS AT BALLESMAR, 15mth old R/W compact female with super pigment. Cobby and curvy due to big ribs, correct pear-shaped body due to a narrow waist. Well-worked broad skull with wide-set eyes and well-filled muzzle. Correct layback due to turn of jaw pushed backed nose and length of forehead. Strong bone with ok feet, moved well. She was considered for the RCC, and I later found out she is a littermate to the BCC.
2nd PLANSON WINTER WILLOW AT BRITISHSTYLE, Clean and classic R/W with big ribs. Her markings accentuate her broad flat skull and small neat rosed ears. Wide, low set eyes, good width of muzzle well padded with filled cheeks. Strong, straight bone to slightly flat feet. Good overall body shape and outline.
3rd STEELE CHAYO CARVALHO AT CHELSEAPRIDE
1st STUTTER LYNMANS PARTY LIKE PATSY AT LINMIST, Large framed R/W Pied. Thick bone with strong pasterns and compact feet. Skull with length throughout with the correct layback. Dark eye and good neck with a shapely body due to big ribs and narrow waist. Moved incredibly well, holding her topline with a well-muscled rear. Just a shade too big all over for my preference.
2nd BANNISTER ANDLARE SKALLY WAGG, 14mth old dark red Br/W. Feminine expression due to clean head with correct rose ear, dark well-set eyes and big well placed nose with enough jaw. Enough bone to tidy feet. Rounded rib and short in the back. Moved well and sound.
3rd ROSE ROSEBULL I AM DELORES
1st GEORGE AMANDA AVAWORD DOTTIE, Strong compact R/W that sits on the right side of balancing strength, sourness and feminity. Well worked skull, with a complete nose rope, big nose and correct layback. Wide skull with width throughout with a wide fit and turn of jaw. Enough neck to strong, well-laid shoulders with forelegs of plenty of bone and strong pasterns and neat feet. Big, well-rounded ribs and a narrow rear gives the correct pear-shaped body. Good topline, well-muscled and angulated rear with low hocks. Walked her width with ease and covered the ground well. She's easy on the eye from all angles and provided a pleasing outline. I was happy to award her the BCC, her 2nd.
2nd VAUGHAN CH ODINSCHILD VIOLET PRINCESS JW SH.CM, nearly 5yr r/w whose drier in type to 1. Classic skull with great length, clean with no excess skin or wrinkles giving a feminine expression. Clear dark, round eye, set well between a big, dark nose. Natural width of muzzle due to good width and turn of jaw. Well boned to neat feet, well-filled forechest and depth of brisket. Good neck in well-laid shoulders and the correct topline. Moved soundly and was pleased to award her the RBCC in good company.
3rd HANLEY CH SGRIBBLE PIP AS BLENHIEMSTAR
All blogs are are written by Sara with copious amounts of show wins, ideas, thoughts and feelings generated by all the LaRoyal Clan!
In summary ...
We have lived with the breed for nearly 30 years, during this time we were introduced to the 'show scene' and have never looked back! We have been fortunate to win over 25 CC's to date and have been awarded the highest of accolades with home-bred dogs including Best of Breed at Crufts 2013.