In May we went to the International dog show in Oklahoma City, OK.
The International All Breed Canine Association (IABCA) is a 25 year old organization that is now holding International Dog Shows in more than 50 North American cities, including shows in more than 20 US states in addition to 2 Canadian Provinces. One of the judges in the OKC show this year was an English woman now residing in Canada. She was very helpful. She specifically made a comment to me that she was impressed to see so many well bred English style Goldens. The other judges were AKC judges. They were all very nice and informative.
We were happy to see so many beautiful Golden Retrievers. The White/Cream colored Retrievers can not be shown at AKC shows because of their color. Several breeders have decided to import these beautiful dogs to help broaden the DNA gene pool. Many American style & English style goldens are inbred or haven't been bred for proper temperament and standards.
We met Merlin's Dad's Breeder from Romania, Andreea Cletiu from Clear Passion Kennel. It was a delight to meet her. She has an excellent breeding program producing some of the best dogs. She introduced herself to us and commented on Merlin saying he is a good size and has a good head. Of course, we took him because we know what an exceptional dog he is. We may be a bit prejudice. Merlin won 1 Best of Breed and 2nd place Best of Sporting Group. We are very proud of him.
Judge’s Critique for Merlin
Overall Impression: Happy, agile, balanced, ready & alert, nice example of the breed, handsome sporting dog.
Coat: Good condition and texture, dense, thick, nice color, good water resistant texture.
Head: Pleasing head & expression, bold, correct skull, good muzzle, broad.
Bite/Mouth: Correct scissors, strong.
Eyes: Dark & well pigmented, nice, alert & expressive, well set, nice shape.
Ears: Well set, nice shape.
Chest: Deep, good for age.
Front Quarters: Strong, straight, good bone, good back & shoulders, angled nicely.
Back Quarters: Well angled, good bend of stifle, strong.
Tail: Correct, good carriage, well set.
Topline: Nice, a little long, level, strong.
Movement: Easy, effortless, good reach & drive, slightly loose in front cause of age, covers ground well.
Lilly surprised us! We only took her to give her experience and socialization. She almost walked away with the whole show. Lilly won THREE Best of Breed Puppy, TWO Best of Sporting Group Puppy, and one Best in Show Puppy.
Judge’s Critique for Lilly
Overall Impression: Very nice puppy, very balanced, promising puppy, lots of potential.
Coat: Good condition, nice, good for age.
Head: Feminine, pretty, lovely pigment.
Bite/Mouth: Correct scissors.
Eyes: Dark, Medium/Large, well set, nice shape.
Ears: correct set and shape.
Chest: Well developed for age.
Front Quarters: Good shoulder angle, nice feet, straight legs, good bone.
Back Quarters: well set and solid.
Tail: Correct, good length.
Topline: Very strong, really good for age.
Movement: Free, easy mover, covers ground well.
To God Be ALL the Glory!
"I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth." Psalm 34:1 (KJV)