|Kerry Blue||Kerry Blue Terrier Club Of England CH Show 15 Judge's Critique|
THE KERRY BLUE TERRIER CLUB OF ENGLAND
Judge: Mr. Pat O’Regan (Brykar)
BOB: Ramsay Mr R Ch Saredon Rainbow Warrior
I judge Kerries to the Standard without fear or favour & give an honest opinion to exhibitors, which they deserve. A few breeders have created a fashion of tight curly coats, which is the complete opposite to the Standard.
It is our duty as Kerry Blue breeders & judges to see that this type of coat is not placed in any class entered, this type of coat is criminal to the Kerry Blue Terrier, & is being pushed by a few breeders to fit. These distortions & dictates are of their own making, but this fashion is not the Standard.
Size is another problem, I came across on the day. There was some exhibits at least 22 ins at the withers dogs & bitches. The finer points of the breed don’t seem to matter anymore:
Kerries with bad pigmentation or none at all, gums & roof of mouth should be dark, a breed characteristic.
Kerries with mottled gums, i.e. dark plus a lot of white. Also light eyes, black coats, years ago Kerries with black coats after 18 months would be retired for a couple of months to let their coat change, but now they are winning BOB & BIS – totally wrong – it’s a joke!
It is time for judges to judge to the Standard & give the Kerry Blue Terrier the recognition it deserves. Gutless judging benefits only the breeders & exhibitors who don’t comply to the Standard which is the foundation stock of the future you are judging.
BIS was Ch Saredon Rainbow Warrior; RBIS, Kubulak Miss Sixty; & BP, Lemracdream Raphael.
VD & MPD (0).
1 Lemracdream Raphael, very nice pup, good head, good mouth & eyes, good coat. Well balanced. RCC & BP;
2 Arkama Gun Ho, nice pup, good in all departments, coat good, well balanced; 3 Kebulak Adonis.
JD (1) A.
MD & ND (0).
PGD (1) Witheld.
1 Miculadh Edge Of Glory at Dollard, nice dog, good head, dark eyes, good mouth, good tailset.
1 Ch Saredon Rainbow Warrior, nice dog, correct coat & colour, nice head, good tailset, good pigmentation, good mover, reach for the ground. CC & BIS;
2 Ch Lemracdream The Navigator, nice dog, good in all aspects of the breed;
VB (1) A.
1 Arkama Guilty Pleasure, nice bitch, good coat, dark eyes, good tailset, good pigmentation.
1 Kebulak Queen Of Hearts, bitch with good coat, dark eye & good tailset, nice size. RCC;
2 Ballybaloe Mary Poppins, good coat, nice dark eyes, good tailset, a little long in back, when she matures might pull in a bit;
3 Dogazzas Silver Bullet.
NB (1) A.
1 Kebulak Miss Sixty, as big as I would like to see her, lovely head, good dark eye, pigmentation good, tailset good. Would like to see coat a little longer & it should loosen out into a wave, it would make a big difference, a lot going for her. CC;
2 Arkama Harmony Miss Darcy, nice bitch, good head & dark eyes, nice tailset, up to size. Coat could be better, altogether happy enough;
1, 2 & 3 withheld.