Dogs In Review Magazine October 2016 - Page 61

Top: The indoor BIS ring, with judge Bo Bengtson in the center. Above left: Reserve BIS, Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen Frosty Snowman, shown by Gwen Huikeshoven of the “van TumTum’s Vriendjes” kennel in the Netherlands. Above right: Best Puppy in Show was the Irish Wolfhound Miranda della Bassa Pavese, shown by owner and breeder Ludovica Salomon from Italy. 58 The Winners Best in Show judging was indoors, which seemed a pity because the weather was wonderful. I was told, however, that it had started to rain during BIS at every single show for the past five years, and the club had spent a small fortune on indoor carpeting that they were eager to put to use. The first cut of nine included the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, PBGV, both Smooth and Wire Standard Dachshunds, Greyhound, Cirneco dell’Etna, Irish Wolfhound, Ibizan Hound and Whippet. Four of these were selected for a final cut and placed in order, with the Whippet Ch. Nothing Compares To You at Crosscop first. She’s called ‘Hazel’ and is one of Great Britain’s top all-breed winners this year. I had seen her before and liked her, both on the video from Crufts (where she was Reserve BIS) and in the flesh, but she looked even better now and was beautifully handled by her 19-year-old owner. How would she do in the US, I wonder? Of course she ought to be able to win anywhere, but I have my doubts that her rather plain fawn color with only a little white (and no eye makeup!) would appeal sufficiently to AKC all-rounders, in spite of the fact that the standard states all colors and color combinations are equal. Runner-up BIS was a breed we seldom see at AKC shows, and then only (so far) in the Miscellaneous class. The young Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, named simply Frosty Snowman, came from the Netherlands; although not officially bred by “van Tum-Tum’s Vriendjes,” he had, I was assured later, been whelped in this famous kennel from two homebred parents. The handler also told me that this was the dog’s first real show at just over 18 months, which was difficult to guess from the dog’s easygoing, happy temperament. It was good to hear that specialist judge José Homem de Mello from Portugal, whose Basset Hounds are world-famous and who has imported several top dogs from the US, rated Frosty very highly. It will be interesting to follow his future; at his next British championship show soon afterward, he won another BOB and Group 2nd. Third was a lovely Greyhound bitch from Ireland, Irish & Dutch Ch. Isla at Barnesmore Ad Honores, born in Belgium but sired by US export Ch. Windrock Fernando. Fourth was the Wire Dachshund Ch. Silvae Solo, bred in a kennel that was already making up champions in the 1940s. The pedigree includes a lot of Starbarrack blood from the US and Treis Pinheiros from Brazil. I understand that this is the Dachshund that placed second in the Group behind the Whippet at Crufts. Best Puppy in Show was a 10-month-old Irish Wolfhound from Italy, Miranda della Bassa Pavese, who is of part US ancestry through her sire. Second was a stylish dapple Mini Smooth Dachshund from Ireland, Glenariff Next Chapter, a perfect illustration of the KC breed standard’s requirement that a Dachshund should be “intelligent, lively, courageous to the point of rashness.” Third was a Whippet that also came from Italy, Rivarco Jack Daniels, and fourth was the Beagle, Dialynne Peter Piper. Frank Kane judged Best Veteran in Show and found his winner in the PBGV Ch. Cappucino van Tum-Tum’s Vriendjes, from the same Dutch kennel as Reserve BIS and already famous as the sire of the Crufts BIS winner Ch. Soletrader Peek A Boo. DIR