My thanks to Bath for inviting me to judge our breed at this
well-organised show & to exhibitors for an interesting day.
Although I truly loved my top winners, & several of the placings
in some of the classes, I have to admit to having been v
disappointed by the in-depth quality of the Apsos I had before me on
the day. I feel more breeders & exhibitors should look to our
breed standard from time to time, taking particular note of the v
first sentence which says the Lhasa Apso is ‘sturdy’.
Many of the exhibits were too fine in bone, & were lacking
both in substance & muscle. v importantly, several ribcages were
structured such that they had insufficient capacity to provide the
heart & lung space which allows this hardy breed to survive in
its native environment at high altitude. I appreciate that our own
environment is entirely different from that of Tibet, but if we
truly love & respect our breed we should endeavour to maintain
it as a Tibetan one that could survive in its homeland should the
situation arise. If all we want is a breed that has lots of flowing
coat & looks pretty from a distance, that is another matter.
Good coat quality (and I emphasis quality rather than just length)
is of course essential for our breed, but so is the construction of
the animal under that coat. I was also v concerned about mouths.
I came across virtually every possible jaw formation & tooth
alignment, including more than one severely overshot bite, that we
used to call a ‘parrot mouth’. This is the first time I have ever
found these in the ring in this country or abroad, & it was
always my understanding that if produced they were sold into pet
homes, strictly without papers. Some Apsos still have that wonderful
expression that is so characteristic, but regrettably I feel the
number is on the decline. I am sorry to sound perhaps overly harsh,
but I feel that for the benefit of our breed these points must be
brought to people’s attention. Although I did make notes on third
placings, in the main these are fairly brief & I only include
them where relevant.
- Skerratt’s Kenworth I’m Tiger Two (taf) Sound
grey p with characteristic width of jaw. Masculine skull with good
eye. Sound rib & depth of chest. Correct coat texture. Moved
- Surtees’ Showa Bobby Dazzla for Katay. Fairly good skull
shape. Balance is actually good but can look over-angulated when
stacked. Pleasing coat with good, hard top-coat. Hopefully substance
will develop with maturity.
- Church’s Le Choix Catch Me If Ya Can
At Askja (naf) Correct shoulder to upper arm & correct coat
texture. Well presented.
- Baker’s Avonbourne Dead Ringer. Coat currently at
a difficult stage & this little fellow only just managed to get
his tail up sufficiently to allow me to give him the class, but this
improved as the day wore on & I made him BPD. Scored on head
& expression. Good eye of dark colour. Good ribbing, shoulder
& upper arm. Correct topline.
- Richardson’s Bielcee Everlasting
Love with Belazieth. Beautiful mouth in this masculine fellow. Sound
in fore & hind quarters. Well presented.
- Route’s Simuje Lexara
Donarti. Good overall balance & correct coat.
- Waterhouse’s Chtaura Shadow Dancer. Pleasing
balance & overall outline. Sound in fore & hind quarters
with good ribbing. Correct shoulder placement. Moved well &
indeed scored on hind movement. Excellent coat texture.
Aust Ch Amesen Come Fly With Me To Ballito (Imp) (naf). Soundly made
all through but still needs to mature further & to develop
muscle & substance. Beautifully presented.
- Owen’s Riff-Raff
Von Simuje. I would appreciate more substantial bone for a male.
Glad he got his tail up in the end.
- Showa Bobby Dazzla for Katay. 2 Le Choix Catch Me
If Ya Can At Askja. 3 Simuje Lexara Donarti.
- Coope’s Sankofu Inspector Gadget. Grey/wh with
good balance & overall outline. Shoulder placement & upper
arm could have been better. Well set tail. Scored on expression.
- Holman’s Quaymore Mr Bojengles at Kymelsa. The most soundly
constructed Apso in the class, but sadly severely lacking in coat.
Well muscled with correct substance. Good skull shape.
Jamikasoka Skater Boy.
- Holland’s Vaderlands Glory-Alle-Luyah.
Beautifully presented gold, so soundly made all through, with good
masculine skull & excellent bite. Level topline & well-set
tail. No hesitation in awarding him a well deserved DCC.
- Davis’s Marchko San Marquis at Narmoak. Rather lower to the ground than 1
above, & his coat is not yet fully mature. Another d that is
soundly made all through. Good head & expression. Well set tail.
Moved well. RDCC.
- Warner’s Snotalia Chomolungma Boy. A little
heavier in skull, but another soundly made male. Well presented in
good coat. Moved well.
- Dickinson’s Ch Terendak Team Revival JW Well
balanced b/wh, soundly made throughout. v masculine head &
expression. Well made forequarters & correctly placed elbow.
Well set tail.
- Quelch’s Cossy’s Captain Chaos at Ardquin. Another
v soundly made d with masculine head. Well-laid shoulder & good
rib v. loin proportions. Moved well & with every confidence.
- Fahey/Shire’s Ir/Fin Ch Trinoran Manhatten Dream at Bentsarna.
Typical forehand & good level topline. Lots to like about him.
Good coat texture & well set tail.
- Gamblin’s Emlin Vairoo Chana-Tu. Soundly made 11
year old b/wh holding up well for his age & still with plenty of
coat. Good eye & skull shape. Level topline on which he scored.
Capable of moving well.
- Allen’s Daraghghs Mr Dream Maker. 8 yo
with lovely coat texture & sound quarters.
- Rout’s Simuje Lexara Amelia. Although I would
not like any more substance in this gold sable 8 mth p, she is so v
sound all through. Good head & expression with evenly placed
teeth. Excellent coat texture. Moved well. BPIB.
- Pegler’s Shardlow
Rose Petals Fall Over Cedarpoint. Another v soundly made b. Great
femininity. Sound fore & after with good topline. Bite just
alright, so I hope it stays that way. Correct tail & well
- Savolainen’s Lechoix Head Over Heels. Lovely head,
expression & eye. Such a baby & topline still needs to even
out, but shall be interested to see this one when fully mature.
- Simuje Lexara Amelia.
- Lock’s Deelayne Lap
Dancer Among Littondale, v feminine gold b, more finely made than 1
above but sound throughout. v mature for her age, with pleasing
skull & eye.
- Vale/Hardman’s Jayridge Isa Distraction. Another
nicely presented, feminine young lady. Good coat texture. Moved
- Torrance’s Sinyul Can’t Buy Me Love. Grey/wh b,
soundly made in every way with good head, expression & eye,
although lacking head furnishings at present. I shall be interested
to follow her progress when in full coat.
- Chamberlain’s Avonbourne
Touch & Tell at Chobrang. Another ultra sound b, well
constructed fore & aft. Good tail set. Moved so soundly &
- Plumstead’s Simark Lucy Locket of Showa. Nicely
balanced with lovely eye & skull. Would appreciate a little more
ribbing but this may develop further with maturity.
- Simuje Lexara Amelia.
- Sinyul Can’t Buy Me Love.
- Simark Lucy Locket of Showa.
- Ellis’s Nadlik An-Paris. Soundly made b/wh with
just the right amount of substance for a b. Good balance &
correctly constructed all through, with well laid shoulder. Good
head, eye, expression & mouth. Excellent coat texture.
- Dewar-Thorlby’s Aarhus The Achiever. Heavier b but bodily v sound,
although I preferred the forehand of one above. In lovely coat.
Scored on topline & eye shape.
- Watson’s Cheolview I’m Special
For Lynruce. Beautifully presented b/wh, soundly made fore &
- Bushell’s Chtaura Prima Donna for Jamkasoka.
Lovely head & expression on this grey b who is soundly made all
through. Good ribbing & correct shoulder placement, which showed
in her movement. Pleasing balance. A good honest Apso, v
representative of the breed.
- Paradise’s Shardlow Party Popper JW A
little longer cast than one above but a b with some super qualities,
including her excellent coat texture. Soundly constructed fore &
aft & moved v well. Lovely tail set.
- Church’s Askja Worse Than Wiked JW Pleasing outline on this well presented b that moved with
OB (9) A class full of quality all the way through.
- Lewis’s Deelayne Indulgence. What a treasure of a lady! Black in
super coat & in tip-top condition throughout. I liked her
expression & she has the correct amount of substance for a b.
Correct shoulder placement which showed in her movement - & she
moved so well. Super tail set & carriage. BCC & BOB (This
was her first CC but as I write this I am delighted to know that she
has gained her title in three straight Championship shows.)
Brides Veil Over Forochel (taf) B/wh. Another extremely sound b,
with excellent coat. Well made all through with good shoulder &
sound quarters. Just carrying a touch too much weight on the day, so
she did not move quite as well as I am sure she is able. Res BCC.
- Torrance’s Sinyul Brief Encounter. Another v sound b. Everything to
like about her, including the typical texture of her grey coat. I
just felt she, too, could have given a little more of herself on the
VB (3) All three are a credit to their owners.
Ardquin Anastasia with Quaymore. Her coat & presentation put her
to the top of this class, but sound in so many ways. Moved with
- Gamblin’s Emlin Wannabe-A-Star. This 10 year old has
the sweetest head & expression. Needs a little more coat to give
her that final touch, but such a typical lady who is approaching her
dotage with every grace.
- Langford’s Britroy’s Caught In A Shower
at Quaytown. Sound in body & moved reasonably well. Beautifully
presented with lots of good coat.