This is my report that i sent to the Finnish Griffon Club after judging their Open Show.
world we live in ? It’s great that the opportunity to cooperate over the
borders has become easier these days and that more countries are included. I am
sure that breeding is benefitting from this. Most griffons where off course of
Finnish breeding and you’ve done an excellent job. Over all I was very pleased.
I really liked the ones that where placed for best bitch and dog in the three
exhibitor and breeder myself I understand that keeping the dogs in good
condition this time of the year is not easy (nearly impossible). Some of the
griffons I couldn’t put up although I liked them and saw their qualities due to
their condition or coat. There were both fat and skinny ones. Most dogs have to
be well muscled to be in balance and without that movement, neck and back will
be negatively affected as well as the general appearance of the dog. I don’t
blame you for entering these dogs. I would have done the same myself at a club
show and am happy that you did, but I hope you understand why some dogs didn’t
do so well. It is usually the hardest to keep the young ones, old ones and
bitches that recently have whelped in condition.
actually really stunned by some of the young and old ones. All credits to their
owners for keeping them in such good shape.
is a Swedish word that I used quite frequently at the show. An exhibitor asked
me what it meant. It is a word that for me very much represents what I want to
see in the back and neck of a griffon. It means not only a good topline and
reach of neck. With the right muscle and temperament of the dog it will also be
strong, tense and firm. In English one could also say dead level topline which
would explain the tense. I hope you understand. Maybe you have a Finnish word
that is well suited?
points that are very important to me for a good outline are proportions and
tail set. If this is not correct I think it spoils the whole outline.
thrilled to see so many Griffons at the show with lovely heads, expressions and
small ears. Coats were also very good both quality and colour also overall very
good temperaments. These are also very important points in a Griffon. I was
also pleased that most Griffons were of good size. Not many too big ones which
has been quite frequent lately.
with the smooths and had some really beautiful and promising young dogs. I
wouldn’t have thought that the three first dogs in line for best dog would be
from the young dog classes. But they where! Of course I realise that they are
not ready. They had so much quality and where similar in type and size with
very nice heads and expressions. They where all in very good condition and with
enough muscle for age and thus excellent in movement, reach of neck and with
level toplines. It will be very interesting to follow them in the future. The
winner Ikirumban Charmikas excelled with his beautiful head and expression and
he never stopped showing. He also won the special price for best head. Among
the champions I had several very nice dogs of various types with different good
and bad points. The one that presented the best picture and movement for me was
Shanson Iz Mitkov Ekateriny and he ended up as 4:th BD.
smooth bitches there were also several very nice ones, but the one that totally
overwhelmed me was the champion Beauview In The Buff she
. Perfect in most points. I loved her size and proportions, head,
expression, ears and with a dead level topline. Perfect both standing and
moving. No wonder she ended up BIS. There was also a very promising young bitch
Hassunassun Rajaton Rakkus she ended up 3:rd BB.
For BOB I
could really not do anything else than give it to the girl even though I loved
roughs weren’t as many and I believe it’s a world wide trend that unfortunately
they are becoming less popular. I can also understand that maybe some have not
been in coat for the show this time of the year. Nevertheless the ones I had in
both best dog and bitch class were excellent. My dog class winner and BOB was
nearly 8 years old Huvikummun Remarkable Red. He was presented in beautiful
condition, coat and very well trimmed. He too presented a lovely outline and I
would never have guessed his age. Second to him was a very nice and promising
young dog Union Griff Bestseller.
were several rough bitches that weren’t in the best of condition. Although I
could see their qualities. I ended up with three excellent ones for BB class. A
young girl Hassunassun Quuma Mimmi was my choice to win and she had really lots
to like about her. Excellent coat texture and beautiful colour. Very well built
and sound mover. The two girls from champion class were also very nice and it
was not easy to make a decision.
the old boy really showed well and I love the balance of cobby without being
heavy which he presents so I gave it to him. The young girl will probably be
even better with in a year. Then she will be tough to beat.
I didn’t have so many belges to
judge but I liked the winners a lot. BD was Mustan Ruhtinattaren Susieboy also
a very square and cobby boy of good size. Lovely head. Excellent coat and
colour but would have looked even better if he had been more trimmed in front
and topline to get a better finish. The one that really
me was the 11 year old Pacey Mask
Of Zorro. Wow! tremendous condition all over and showed like a clock with
excellent movement. Very good type and well built. He finished up 3:rd in BD
In the bitches it was not
difficult to put up Pacey Piece Of Gold. Nearly 6 years old and in excellent
condition. Very well constructed and sound with a lovely head. She was a bit
short in coat, but rather that than too much. She didn’t have anything to hide.
For BOB I choose the boy. They
had different good and bad points the bitch is sounder in movement but I prefer
the size and cobbyness of the boy.
I had two really promising
puppies the rough dog Goldnugget Easy Rafaello and the smooth bitch Nocciolini
Cannella e Zuucchero. Both had great temperaments and showed very well. Lovely
heads and details. Very good coat and colour on both. The bitch was today
slightly long in back so I let the boy win. Having seen many puppies developing
I know that conformation is something that can change a lot up to 2 years of
age. Many go through ugly periods, so it will be interesting to see these two
in the future. I wish their owners good luck!
I have already mentioned 11 year
old Pacey Mask Of Zorro. He was breathtaking and was BIS veteran, but I also
had a very nice red rough 9 years old dog Bebops’s Easy Living. He also had so
much quality and was in very good shape. He would have looked even better with
less coat in front and a better finish to neck and topline. He had great coat
texture and colour so it should not be hard. He finished up 3:rd in BD class.
I had two top quality breeders
groups one Black rough and one red smooth. Credits to the breeders. The winner
was Pacey’s blacks who had the most even group and runner up was the
When my three Best Of Breeds
entered the ring I was really satisfied. They looked lovely and there was a
atmosphere at ringside. They all showed their very best all
the time. I could still not do much but put the smooth up. She had it all!
We were very lucky to have
aking pictures of every single griffon at the show. Really great!! I have with permission from Tehri put some of them in a photo gallery here bellow.
I had a wonderful day. Lovely dogs and people. Thank You
And keep up
the good work!