glorious day, a beautiful venue and a wonderful entry:
an irresistible mix to those of us who are so deeply
interested in this wonderful breed, the Dalmatian.
Your warm welcome and the kind way in which you received
my decisions made this an occasion I am never going
to forget, and I am forever indebted to your Committee
for their invitation to judge your Championship Show.
I should also like to send my warmest thanks to the
Ring Steward, Mr Les Corby, whose help and support
many others I must say a special thank you to Eileen
O'Donnell and Mary and Reg Young, who made me so welcome
in their lovely homes; to Sandra Francis who went
well above the call of duty and escorted me over the
top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and last but not
least Marilyn Miller, who not only made all the arrangements
but came out to the Airport at an unearthly hour in
the morning to meet me.
have written out the comments which I dictated at
the time of the Show, but I should also like to add
a few points which may help to explain my reasoning.
Firstly, you may be interested in a paragraph taken
from the report I sent to 'Dog World' in England.
critique is on tape and not yet typed but overall
I would say the breed here is in good heart, though
they have much the same problems in trying to find
'the right dog' when it comes to breeding. I found
tight cat feet and tidy nails without exception. A
little more bone and depth of substance would be an
advantage in many cases and in trying to keep to the
Standard regarding size, they must not go too small
and jeopardise reach of neck and the elegance which
is so all-important. A problem their breeders may
wish to address is poor pigmentation, manifesting
itself, to a certain extent, in coats, but even more
so in eye colour."
with the American influence so strongly in evidence
here in Australia, many of you prefer to 'stack' your
dogs. What is of paramount importance is that you
should stack them so that they stand correctly according
to the Standard. For instance, the Dalmatian is required
to have a completely level topline, a good bend of
stifle and be totally well balanced. If the back legs
are taken back in the exaggerated form asked of some
breeds, the Dalmatian topline dips at once, the bend
of stifle is eliminated and all sense of balance has
gone. When I asked some exhibitors to stand their
dogs freely, I was trying to establish whether or
not their dog dogs were correctly constructed."
I would refer you above all else to the Standard.
We all, owners, exhibitors, breeders and judges alike,
do ourselves and the breed a great disservice if we
move the goal posts to accommodate a fault or even
a new fashion. You will find that the Dalmatian which
makes you catch your breath, it is so beautiful, will
always be one that is as near as exactly to the Standard.
Sadly, the perfect one has yet to be born!"
Veteran Dog (2)
Hughes' Ch Rushto Bee Jay - Black spotted dog,
just coming up to 11 years. Coat a little ticky but
in good order. A kind face with a good dark eye. Held
his topline and moved well on good tight feet.
Aston-Meehan & Lucas's Ch Dalriant The Powershaper
- 11 ½years old, liver spotted coat not at its
best. Moved with purpose but did not hold his topline
quite so well as (1).
Veteran Bitch (4)
Atkinson & Byres' Ch Dazal Dairy Supreme
- 11 ½ years old. Excellent liver spotted coat,
very clear for her age. Good make and shape and lovely
eye colour - a real sweet sherry. Moved very well,
holding her topline. Best Special Veteran,
won on coat condition.
Starkey's Ch Sutania Southern Belle CDX - black
spotted, sparse spotting with some tick marks. Moved
with drive. Rather a plain white face but such a sweet
Loffman's Sankamap Waraka Flo Jo - liver spotted,
less clear in coat, but moved well. Nice make and
shape and particularly good bend of stifle.
Hingston's Ch Malworth Red Flare - Coat in
excellent condition. Nice reach of neck, well made
short coupled dog with a well laid shoulder. Dark
eye, well shaped head with well defined stop. Moved
with less drive than I would have expected.
Bullard's Ch Dumbledeer Kapitan ET - Free moving
black spotted dog. Coat in less good condition, showing
signs of bad skin trouble. Very nice head.
Allen's Ch Sutania Nerissa - Stood alone but
won a well deserved 1st. Carrying a little
too much weight on the shoulder but this did not prevent
her from striding out, really taking the ground. A
very nice bitch. Best Veteran
Puppy Dog (3)
Payne & Newitt's Pokadot Power N Pizazz
- Well shaped puppy. Good bone, well defined head,
nice length of neck, plenty of forechest. Fine bend
of stifle and well set tail. Shows real promise. Best
Payne & Newitt's Pokadot Power N Pride
- Very similar style of puppy to (1). Good spotting,
really dark eye, excellent topline and tail set. Less
positive in movement on the day, but another promising
Spence's Dalmeadow Procul Harum - A lightly spotted
black. Nice puppy but as yet has not developed the
hind quarters of the first two.
Puppy Dog (5)
Richards' Spotacus Starmaker - Exceptionally
good movement, particularly in front, for one of his
age. Good spotting and pigmentation. Good bone, beautiful
bend of stifle, well set tail and tight cat feet.
Needs time to mature. Best Minor Puppy
Richards' Spotacus Special Effects - A fine
upstanding puppy, not quite so well spotted as (1)
and less positive in his front movement. A very nice
Nielsen's Dumbledeer Just Thewon - Lightly spotted
black, less mature and feeling the heat. Good shape,
nice bend of stifle, and when he settled moved positively.
Barnett's Bemara Urban Cowboy - Reasonably
well spotted black, good dark eye, well dropped brisket,
level topline. Stands slightly straight in stifle.
Won the class on movement.
Bullard's Dalpaloosa Admiral - Very similar
style of puppy to (1) with good black spotting on
a really white basecoat. Less well developed chest
at this stage and less positive in his front movement.
Allen & Starkey's Sutania Satchmo - Well spotted
liver on good colour basecoat. Nice dark eye but unsteady
in his movement at this stage.
Davies & Wright's Starswept Mocha Motion
- Rather messy liver spotting. Nice head, well defined
stop, nice reach of neck flowing down into well laid
shoulder. Well dropped brisket, with good strong bone
going right down into his tight cat feet. Excellent
movement both in front and behind.
Helland's Gentry Shadows of a Dream - Black
spotted on good white base coat. Less well for bone
than (1) and was inclined to stand straight in stifle.
Won his place on his good movement.
Treen's Ruyton Zodiac Zone - Black spots on a
good white base coat. Excellent bone, positive movement,
but inclined to fly his ears.
Parsons' Ch Retma Dark of the Sun - Black spotted
not in best condition, but he too moved with drive
Blyton's Ch Trailblazer Dancemaster - Good
black spotting on a pure white coat. Excellent make
and shape, nice head and reachy neck, well laid shoulder
and correctly set tail. Steady driving action.
Young's Dumbledeer Flip Me Over - Very well
spotted with a lovely quality coat. A rather plain
face, well laid shoulder, with good movement but not
as positive as (1).
Blair & Chadwick's Blairwick Sudden Impact
- Reasonably good black spotting, good make and shape
with a nice bend of stifle. Rather a lot of sores
on his tail and legs.
Lee & Wells' Bemara Wagon Master - Black spotted
dog, well laid shoulder but stands a little straight
in stifle. Moved with drive.
Starkey's Sutania Ruskaya - Lightly spotted black
with rather a lot of tick marks, but won his place
Bred Dog (8)
Allen's Ch Gumillaroi Moonstruck ET - Evenly
spotted black, with small spots. So well put together
with nice reach of neck, well laid shoulder, good
bend of stifle, well let down brisket and tight cat
feet. Drove well off his hocks, holding a lovely topline,
the outline completed with a well set tail. Reserve
Treen's Ch Kirindal Kristmas Gift - Quality
liver spotted dog of correct colour, with a few tick
marks. Carrying a little too much weight today, moving
well behind but tending to go wide in front.
Johnson's Ottatella Felix Aylmer - Good black
spotting on a really white base coat, but pretty head
spoilt by a light eye. Rather a short tail, but moved
with great drive.
Harbin's Ch Krystaway Braveheart - Reasonable
spotting,. with a nice bend of stifle, but a little
bit light in bone.
Young's Ch Dumbledeer Youngs Rajah (AI) - Nothing
exaggerated, nothing overdone. A beautifully balanced
dog, so well put together, with good black spotting
on a tight white coat. A lovely kind and typical head
framed with well broken, correctly held ears and graced
with a good dark eye. His movement both behind and
in front was sheer delight, really covering the ground.
It was my pleasure to award him Best Open Dog,
the Dog Challenge and Best In Show.
Urie's Dumbledeer Tzar - A spectacular young
dog, who I thought could be my winner when he first
came into the ring. Excellent bone, lovely make and
shape, but standing a little straight in stifle and
slightly lighter in the eye than I would wish. Today
he was not moving as well as I am certain he can,
choosing either to plait in front or go close behind
despite being given several chances.
Treen's Gr Ch Kirindal Magical Gift - Not in the
best of coat and some nasty sores on his legs, but
9 years old or not, today he showed the whole breed
how to move..
Francis's Kronborg Hanky Bannister - Black spotted,
well put together, a nice honest Dalmatian, moving
with precision and purpose.
Blair & Chadwick's Ch Blairwick LordoftheRings
CD - Well spotted black but a little light in
eye. Good positive action.
Puppy Bitch (7)
Young's Dumbledeer Knight Star - Very promising
puppy, with lovely bone, well bent stifle and nice
cat feet. Excellent pigmentation with a good dark
eye. Very well laid shoulder. Her head will need to
Johnson's Ottatella Edith - Another lovely
baby. Good bend of stifle, good bone, well set tail,
reasonably good black spotting, nice reach of neck.
Lovely dark eye.
Hingston's Dalvas Solar Eclipse - At the leggy
stage. Black spotted, lighter in bone but moved freely.
Puppy Bitch (2)
Doong's Hillofsilver Hissy - Excellent black
spotting on a pure white coat. Beautiful movement
for one so young.
Harbin's Krystaway Riverdancer - Beautifully
marked liver - hope eye will darken with time. Particularly
good feet and will move well once she settles. Nicely
Lee & Wells' Bemara Wheels on Fire - Liver
spotted with heavily marked ears. Good eye colour
and a pretty face. Well laid shoulder, nicely dropped
brisket for her age, good bend of stifle and well
set on tail. Very well proportioned and nicely balanced.
Walsh's Retma Brazen Beauty - Good liver spotting
on a pure white coat. Well let down brisket, hindquarters
need to develop but lovely floating movement. Two
puppies to watch in the future.
Doong's Hillofsilver Hedi - Nicely spotted black.
Good make and shape with excellent cat feet.
Johnson's Ottatella Redmill - More heavily built,
pleasant liver spotting of the correct colour. Moved
Treen's Daltreen Casablanca - Beautifully proportioned
liver bitch, slightly ticky spotting, lovely reach
of neck and very pretty face with well broken ears.
Well let down hocks and good feet. Moved with drive,
with strong rhythmic action. Best Junior
Davies & Wright's Starswept Hearts Afire
- Very pretty black spotted bitch, lovely dark eye,
rather heavily marked ears. Well laid shoulder and
deep brisket. Moved well but slightly erratically,
which cost her a possible 1st.
Blair & Chadwick's Retma Lady Hawk - More
lightly spotted black with a really dark eye. Well
laid shoulder and moved with drive.
Blyton's Gentry Ruby Tuesday - Somewhat heavy
black spotting with a lovely dark eye. Moved well
Allen's Ch Gumillaroi Lallah Rook - Excellent
spotting but rather a light eye. Beautifully balanced
with lovely angulation. Firm positive movement won
her Best Intermediate.
Stubbins' Kronborg Whistling Dixie - A different
style of bitch, rather more masculine, with a beautiful
tuck up and brisket, level topline and excellent bend
of stifle. Very positive driving action, but her feet
could do with a bit of attention.
Helland's Questionable Lady - Another well marked
black but I should have liked a darker eye. Well let
down hocks, with slightly lighter bone than the two
above her, but beautiful precise movement.
Spruce's Trinonia Eloquence - Good black spotting,
heavily marked ears but a really dark eye. A well
laid shoulder but tended to stand a little straight
Orr's Jaybior Iris - Extremely prettily marked
liver with well set ears. Movement affected by a somewhat
Young's Dumbledeer Youngs Belle (AI) - Though
heavily spotted this bitch had particularly good colour
pigmentation. Her conformation was outstanding as
was her overall balance, and being made right her
movement was a joy to watch. Beautifully presented
and in total accord with her handler. Best Australian
Byrnes-Suchy's Ch Karridgeway Wild Peach - Recovering
from a false pregnancy, but nice liver spotting on
a good white basecoat. Lovely sherry coloured eye,
good overall make and shape with well let down hocks
and nicely set on tail. In better condition might
have gone higher.
Richards' Ch Spotacus Starbright - Black spotted,
very pretty face and sweet expression. Very attentive
to her owner. Moved particularly well.
Young's Ch Dumbledeer Xtrme Dlite - Prettily marked
bitch, smaller and more lightly boned, with particularly
nice bend of stifle and well let down hock. Excellent
feet and moved with drive and purpose.
Blair & Chadwick's Retma Diamond Hunter -
Smaller, more lightly boned bitch, nice black spotting,
well distributed. Moved happily and freely.
Young's Dumbledeer Tivoli Tess - Despite some
trouble with a grass seed in her windpipe at a vital
moment, this could not disguise a beautiful shoulder,
lovely hindquarters, immaculate topline and tail set,
with good round bone going right down into her tight
cat feet. Add to this a classic head, pretty well
set ears and sweet expression and you have a balanced,
beautiful, typical Dalmatian bitch, to whom I was
so pleased to award the Bitch Challenge. In
the final analysis she could not quite beat the Dog
CC winner, so had to settle for a well desrved Runner
Up to Best in Show and Best Opposite Sex.
Davies & Wright's Ch Dumbledeer Youngs Hope (AI)
ET - Ran the winner close with her lovely reach
of neck, very pretty face and excellent black spotting.
A lovely pair of bitches, but I considered the winner
had slightly the better shoulder and hind quarters.
Helland's Ch Gentry Jewel of the Nile ET - Good
black spotting, but her coat not at its best today
with some skin trouble apparent. A particularly sweet
face, excellent make and shape, well let down hocks,
but with a slightly short tail. Moved very well.
Aston-Meehan's Harmonyhill Dragonsong - Very pretty
bitch with good black spotting. Particularly good
hind quarters but her feet need attention. Nevertheless,