Friday Specialty Critique and Results

Western Washington Whippet Association - 22nd Specialty, July 31, 2009

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Complete 2009 specialty results are available from the BaRay website. Official win photos are available from Ann Lynn Photography. Ringside candids of many of the entries are available from Beth Levine and Kirsten Hopperstad.

Judge - Espen Engh, Jet's Greyhounds (Norway)

I was delighted to be invited to judge the Western Washington Whippet Association's Specialty. I have had the pleasure of judging four previous whippet specialties in the US. All have been very enjoyable experiences, and my 5th US whippet specialty was certainly no exception.  Some of my most memorable judging appointments have been those whippet specialties, and walking down memory lane, my SBIS-winners from those previous four occasions were brought to mind. I count all of them among the greats of our breed; Ch.Bohem Delacreme Demoiselle, Ch. Chelsea Drakkar of Oxford, Ch.Red Cloud Quintessence and Ch.Brushwood Moxi of Endevour.

Being asked to write this critique quite a long time after the fact and having not made any notes at site, my comments will be mainly general.

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I was very pleased with overall type; most dogs combined substance with elegance to a good degree, there were a number of well proportioned whippets and I had no problems finding winner with the all-important whippety body shape. Side movement was also generally pleasing, if rarely great. Movement coming and especially going away left something to be desired in many.

Quality – as in the difference between a Ferrari and a Volkswagen or between travelling business class or coach – was impressive.  A whippet is only beautiful when they have that pure-bred, stallion like quality, the look of not having happened by coincidence, but being the result of a breeders careful plan.

I was worried about some traits; more than a few of the heads I found bordering on untypical; overly refined with not enough width of skull and with the eyes placed far too narrow, creating an impression of a one-eyed dog. This frequently went with overly long and refined muzzles as well. As a European I am not as hung up on heads as most Americans, so it is rather odd for me to focus on this to the degree I had to on the day. But when the heads are as way off as was the case with some whippets on the day, I found them unacceptable, untypical and unplaceable.

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Another worry was front construction. A significant proportion of the dogs were way too straight in shoulders, upper arms and/or pasterns, and more often than not the same dog failed in all these aspects of the front as well as in lack of front fill. This is not only unsightly in a whippet, but very unfunctional for a galloping dog. Not a new problem in American whippets or whippets anywhere for that matter, but still one that breeders will still need to focus and improve on.

BOB Ch.Starline’s Chanel is a superbly feminine white and brindle bitch of a type that would be admired by whippet fanciers worldwide, and she is certainly not too big either. Her combination of substance with elegance is close to ideal, she is very well constructed and she has exactly the right curves in the right places and moved with great suppleness and coordination.

BOS Ch.Whimsy’s New Way To Fly is a classical quality white and fawn dog, very whippety and with a beautiful, deep and curvy body, another whippet who could win worldwide. He may not be the most enthusiastic showman, but dog shows are to me much more about the intrinsic quality of the dog, the cake is much more important than the icing.

WB and BOW Chelsea Chamisal is a stunning white and brindle bitch who pressed BOB all the way. She has ideal proportions and curves and a deep brisket, she is perfectly angulated both ends, moves like a dream, but lost out for BOB on two minor details.

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WD Lost Creek Vendange is an elegant, very handsome white and red dog who came into his own on the move, very true and very precise. He is smooth and curvy, has a beautiful head and expression, a long and crested neck, but did not always want to stack to perfection.

Two Awards of Merit went to the beautiful veteran dog, Ch. Strebor Life of the Party and to Ch. Tivio’s Falling Into Place.

The friendliness and hospitality was outstanding, all in all a show I will remember for time to come. Thank you!

Yours Espen Engh

From the catalog...

Best of Breed:  CH STARLINE'S CHANEL. HP28854802. 12/13/07. Brdr: Lori Lawrence, Carey Lawrence,Dianne Bowen, CH Sumbeam Rembrandt of Endeavor - CH Starline's Dream Date. Owners: Lori Lawrence ,Carey LawrenceAgent: Lori Wilson (Bitch)

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Best Opposite Sex: CH WHIMSY'S NEW WAY TO FLY. HP08745401. 1/29/04. Brdr: Chris Downing,Mary Downing,Christine Hopperstad, DC CHELSEA GOLD RUSH OF KEYNOTE - CH WHIMSY'S CHAMONIX. Owners: Christine Downing ,Christopher Downing (Dog)

Award of Merit: CH TIVIO'S FALLING INTO PLACE. HP21128703. 5/30/06. Brdr: Mary Jean Odron, Tracy P Hite, Ed Odron, CH TIVIO N WINDGO IN LIKE FLYNN - CH TIVIO'S FALLING WATER. Owners: Karren Pynsia,Tracy Hite,John Hite,Ed Odron (Bitch)

Award of Merit: CH STREBOR'S LIFE OF THE PARTY. HN00361601. 7/25/02. Brdr: Charles R Roberts,Jeanette Dorsey, CH MORLAIS IMAGINE AT WHIMSY - CH STREBOR'S ENGAGE. Owners: Charles R Roberts (Dog)

Winners Dog: LOST CREEK VENDANGE. HP28635701. 9/5/07. Brdr: Helen Brettell, CH LOST CREEK BZANTIUM GALEWIND - CH CASTLECREST'S FIRESTORM. Owners: Helen Brettell ,Chris Downing

Reserve Winners Dog: ALCYON THAT'S THE TICKET. HP31740408. 8/18/08. Brdr: Christine A. Hopperstad, CH MORLAIS IMAGINE AT WHIMSY - ALCYON TYKHI FORTUNA. Owners: Christine Hopperstad

Winners Bitch, Best of Winners: CHELSEA CHAMISAL. HP28111801. 10/18/07. Brdr: Deann Christianson,Joetta Melton, CH CHELSEA CHALCEDONY - CH CHELSEA HOT SMOKE AND SASSAFRAS. Owners: Deann Christianson, Joetta Melton

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Reserve Winners Bitch: LOST CREEK A TASTE OF RED. HP28635710. 9/5/07. Brdr: Helen Brettell, CAN. CH LOST CREEK BZANTIUM GALEWIND - AM. CAN. CH CASTLECREST FIRE STORM. Owners: Mary Downing,Helen Brettell

Sweepstakes (Judge: Lyndell Ackerman)

Best in Sweeps: AMMARDAN JOMYR GEMSTONE. HP30082502. 3/17/08. Brdr: Mary Ann Nash and Dr. Todd Miller, TATTERSHALL SUNDANCE - CH MOONGAZE JOMYR HYPNOTIC MUSIC. Owners: Susan Vernon,Dr. Todd Miller

Best Opposite in Sweeps: ALCYON TINKER TAILOR. HP31740401. 8/18/08. Brdr: Christine Hopperstad, CH MORLAIS IMAGINE AT WHIMSY - ALCYON TYKHI FORTUNA. Owners: Anne Jacobs

Best in Veteran Sweeps: CH STREBOR'S LIFE OF THE PARTY. HN00361601. 7/25/02. Brdr: Charles R Roberts,Jeanette Dorsey, CH MORLAIS IMAGINE AT WHIMSY - CH STREBOR'S ENGAGE. Owners: Charles R Roberts

Best Opposite in Veteran Sweeps: CH TIVIO'S SOIREE. HM80091901. 11/29/98. Brdr: John & Tracy Hite, D. Hoxsey, CH REDGLEN SHARP DRESSED MAN - CH TIVIO'S ALLURE. Owners: John Hite,Tracy Hite,D. Hoxsey

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