|GCCF Judge Critique - Val Anderson - Cambria Cat Club Show 2009|
|Written by Tina|
|Thursday, 05 November 2009|
Ub Show Cambria Cat Club 10.10.09 Mrs Val Anderson
Thanks to Elaine, Lisa & John for the invitation to judge at this friendly show. The gift of Welsh cheese was very tasty and much appreciated. I had a lovely day with my steward Heather Roper. Although Heather is new to stewarding she is willing to learn and showed a keen interest in all the different breeds we handled, I look forward to our next engagement together.
OPEN CLASSES ORIGINAL FOREIGN PREMIER MALE
GPC REEVES’S GR PR ANNERA LYNX (23) MN 20.09.06
Usual Abyssinian A big strong boy of 3 years with a lovely gentle nature. Head a broad wedge if a fraction long with a whisker indentation and broad rounded muzzle. Good nose break in profile plus a nose bump. Level bite. Large cupped ears set wide apart. Large pale green eyes of rounded almond shape in an oriental setting. Elegant body of medium build with limbs to balance & oval paws. Long tapering tail with good thickness at the base. Short fine & close-lying coat and despite he was moulting with a lovely glossy sheen. Distinct black ticking on an apricot base. OK facial markings & darker spine line but short black heels & faint inner barring on the front limbs. Shown in lovely condition.
2ND (RGPC WITHHELD) RICE’S PR DIADEM MOODY BLUE (33a 36a) MN 28.03.05
Devon Rex A mature blue smoke boy of 4 years but his coat was not looking at its best. Pixie look to his head, a quite short broad wedge with a quite short nose & quite good stop in profile. Level bite & shallow chin. Large ears set low but they could be wider apart. Expressive eyes set wide apart and on a slight slant. Elegant & muscular body carried high on long legs and long fine tail. Coat on the body thin and of an uneven length, very loosely waved. Denser coat on the limbs & paws and better rexing there. He was a little naughty when handled but not a problem. Reserve withheld because of his coat.
ORIGINAL FOREIGN PREMIER FEMALE
GPC SHAMMAS’S GR CH & PR MIKKAR BLUE CANDYTUFT (23c) FN 30.07.01
Blue Abyssinian Mature girl of 8 years with lovely type. Head a balanced moderate wedge with gently rounded contours & good width between the ears, whisker indentation and rounded muzzle. Good nose break in profile, level bite and good chin. Large well-set ears and expressive eyes. Elegant body of a good weight for her size with elegant limbs and tapering tail. Moulting heavily so her coat was probably not at its best, very dense and hence not as close-lying as could be. Warm overall colour with blue ticking on a pale mushroom base on the body, warmer colour to the underparts. Good facial markings. A wriggly but gentle-natured girl shown in lovely condition.
2ND (RGPC WITHHELD) ARNOLD’S PR PAPAVER PAX (33 31cts) FN 07.09.04
Cornish Rex An elegant lilac silver tabby & white girl with a sweet nature. Head a medium wedge narrowing to a rounded muzzle with an almost straight profile. Level bite & good chin. Quite large ears set rather high, her eyes are a little large and a touch full. Elegant & hard muscular body carried high on elegant limbs, quite long tapering tail. Well-covered with a loosely waved coat that is a little long and unfortunately looks rather untidy. Tail well-covered with wavy fur & long whiskers. Shown in lovely condition & although she had a bit of a grumble it was aimed at her neighbours. Sorry to withhold, I liked her type but she was having a bad hair day!
MAINE COON SILVER TABBY SERIES KITTEN, MALE
1ST & BOB HARDWICK’S RUTTERKIN CHESTERBARSTOW (64 41ds) M 02.05.09
Red Silver Tabby A young boy of 5 months with a broad balanced head & nice expression; a well-grown young man of a lovely weight for his size. Head of medium length & slightly longer than wide with a well placed nasal bridge. Uniform width to the nose & high cheek bones, his cheeks need to fill out. Shallow concave curve to the profile & square muzzle. Level bite & deep but rounded chin. Large tall ears with a broad base tapering to tufted tips and looking pointed, inner feathering. His ears are set high but well apart. Expressive eyes, full and round in a slightly oblique aperture and set. Strong rectangular body with good bone development. Strong limbs & large round feet with tufted toes but his tail could be a little longer for balance and is a little swollen at the tip. Coat developing with a slight ruff & the beginnings of a shirt front, flowing tail and shaggy belly fur. Double coat with classic red tabby markings on a silvery-white agouti base though the hall lighting made it look rather creamy. Barred limbs. Lovely condition and temperament.
MAINE COON SILVER TABBY SERIES KITTEN, FEMALE
1ST ZECH’S ZECOONA MIZZ DYNAMITE (64 41sw) F 04.05.09
Black Silver Tabby & White A young girl of 5 months and just 2 days younger than the boy. Huge ears making her head look out of proportion at present. Her head is longer than wide and needs to broaden & her nose is a trifle long. High cheek bones, uniform width to the nose & square muzzle that could be a little broader. Just a slight concave curve to the profile, level bite and deep chin that rounds off a little at the tip. Tall tapering ears that are set a little close but limited by the width of her head at present. Large tufts & good inner feathering. Expressive eyes, full & round in a slightly oblique aperture and set. Lovely rectangular body shape though she needs to fill out her frame. Reasonably strong limbs and large feet with tufted toes. Long flowing tail to balance. Silky coat of a shorter length on the body at present but her tail is well-furnished. Obviously a silver with very little tarnishing, just a little on her face. Good classic tabby pattern emphasised by the shorter coat length. Good head markings with a tabby “M” on the forehead. Lovely clear leg markings but her tail is a little solid. White on her feet, chest & tummy. Shown in lovely condition and easy to handle.
USUAL ABYSSINIAN ADULT
BOB SHAMMAS’S GR CH MIKKAR ASHANTI WARRIOR (23) M 31.12.07
A young boy of only 21 months, strong & muscular though he could be a little larger overall. Head a moderate wedge with rounded contours. Good nose break in profile plus a nose bump. Level bite but his chin could be a little deeper. Large cupped ears set wide apart and large expressive eyes of good shape & set. Muscular & elegant body of medium build with elegant legs and a quite long tapering tail with good thickness at the base. Short fine & close-lying coat clearly ticked with black on a rich apricot base & warm overall colour. Darker spine line extending to a black tail tip. Shown in excellent condition. A gentle fellow though preferring to hide under his blanket.
AC SILVER ABYSSINIAN ADULT
1ST CC & BOB BARRETT’S HIGHLIGHT PERSEPHONE (23as) F 14.10.06
Sorrel Silver A mature girl of not quite 3 years. Head a moderate wedge with rounded contours, good width between the ears & whisker indentation but her muzzle is a little fine. Deep nose break in profile and very strong chin, her bite was a little suspect but only 3 incisors remaining so difficult to be sure. Large, reasonably cupped ears set wide apart. Large eyes set well apart & of a good green colour; a little full but not helped by huge pupils. Elegant & muscular body of medium build & size with limbs to balance. Quite long tail & thick at the base. Very dense coat plus she was moulting but it lies close to the body. Obviously a silver and clearly ticked with chocolate, the base coat is a little creamy but not helped by they yellowy hall light. Darker spine line, chocolate tail tip and some colour on the heels. A lively girl with a gentle nature.
BROWN SPOTTED BENGAL ADULT
1ST CC & BOB EYRE-BROOK’S WOTHORPE RUBY TUESDAY (76 30) F 07.01.09
A young girl of only 9 months but well-grown with a strong muscular body. Good head, a broad medium wedge slightly longer than wide with a large nose & broad muzzle but I would prefer a little more curve to the profile. Level bite with lovely teeth. Well-set ears that are not too large. Large eyes of rounded oval shape set on a slight slant and of a good green colour. Long sleek body & muscular limbs. Moderately long tail that tapers a little. Lovely feel to her coat which is soft & dense but is a little long. The overall colour could be richer, warmer colour to the underparts. Clearly spotted with large rosetted spots and lots of gold dusting. Spotted tummy, well-marked limbs and ringed tail with a dark tip. Shown in lovely condition, she didn’t like her neighbours but was fine in her pen.
ABYSSINIAN ASSESSMENT ADULT MERIT TO: BARRETT’S HIGHLIGHT TOBIAS (23g) M 15.08.05
Cream A lively boy with a very affectionate nature. Head a moderate wedge with rounded contours & good width between the ears. Whisker indentation and rounded muzzle, just a slight nose break in profile. Level bite and shallow chin. Well-set, quite large, cupped ears. Expressive large eyes of rounded almond shape in an oriental setting. Elegant & muscular body of medium build with long limbs and oval paws. Long tail, thick at the base & slightly tapering. Dense close-lying coat with a fine texture but a fraction long. Soft warm overall colour though not helped by the hall lighting. Subtle cream ticking on a pale cream base. Free from unwanted barring, subtle head markings and slightly darker spine line. Some acne on his chin but otherwise shown in lovely condition and he has a super temperament. Happy to award the Merit. He has amazing temperament for an entire boy & this was the reason for him winning my Judge’s Choice rosette.
USUAL ABYSSINIAN NEUTER
BOB REEVES’S GR PR ANNERA LYNX (23) MN
BROWN SPOTTED BENGAL NEUTER
1ST PC & BOB FINCH’S ZAWADI FIRECRACKER (76 30) MN 21.11.08
A young boy of 10 months & very well-grown with an elegant & muscular body. Head a medium wedge slightly longer than wide with a large nose, broad muzzle and pronounced whisker pads but his profile is a little straight. Level bite and strong chin. Medium ears, not too tall and set wide apart. Large pale green eyes of oval shape. Long sleek body with muscular limbs of medium length but his tail is a little long and tapering and is a little suspect near the tip. Short dense coat though it could be more luxurious. Distinct spotted pattern with large arrowhead spots but the overall colour could be richer. Clear facial markings, spotted tummy, barred limbs and ringed tail with a dark tip. Shown in lovely condition, he was very affectionate when in his pen.
EGYPTIAN MAU NEUTER,
MALE CONSIDERED FOR BOB:
CROUCH’S PR CWMDARRAN AZRAFF (78 36) MN 29.06.08
Smoke A young lad of 15 months shown in lovely condition. Head a slightly rounded wedge of medium length with a typical worried look. Uniform width to the nose, good profile and chin & level bite. Well-set ears and straight-set eyes of pale green though it was difficult to see the colour in the hall light. Muscular neck and strong muscular body with limbs to balance & tapering tail. Short coat, silky & fine with a pale silver undercoat tipped with black. Spotted pattern but a little solid down his back though the coat was thinner there and probably changing. Barred limbs and several necklaces on his chest. Super temperament though he has a very rough tongue!
EGYPTIAN MAU NEUTER,
FEMALE BOB WILLIAMS’S GR PR SANTILLO JASMIN (78 30s) FN 03.07.07
Silver Spotted A lovely girl of 2 years with a super look. Head of medium wedge with gently rounded contours. Well-set ears of medium size and lovely expressive eyes of rounded almond shape set straight under a level brow. Gooseberry green eye colour. Strong muscular & elegant body with limbs & tail to balance. Close-lying coat of medium length with a resilient texture. Clearly spotted on a silvery-white agouti base. Shown in excellent condition, a very gentle and self-composed lady who is a pleasure to judge.
SNOW MARBLED BENGAL NEUTER
1ST IC & BOB GOODGER’S SOOSTEE WHITE KNIGHT (76b 20) MN 09.11.04
A strong mature blue-eyed boy of not quite 5 years with a super temperament and shown in excellent condition. Head a broad medium wedge slightly longer than wide though I would prefer more strength to his muzzle. Level bite and rounded chin. Wide-set ears of medium size and large blue eyes of oval shape and set on a slight slant. Strong muscular body with limbs to balance and moderately long, slightly tapering tail. Coat soft & dense with a luxurious feel. Asymmetrical marbled pattern of black & brown blotches on an ivory base. Large slightly puffed nose leather of pink with a dark outline. He later became Best Foreign Exhibit, congratulations to his owner/breeder.
AC MAINE COON, NORWEGIAN FOREST OR SIBERIAN NON-BREEDERS ADULT
1ST LORD’S SHEERCLASS PEGGI SOO (64 41w) F
Maine Coon A young brown tabby & white girl of 13 months who had been beautifully prepared. Her head looked a little long and could be broader but exaggerated by the lack of ruff at present. Uniform width to the nose and broad square muzzle. Good concave curve to the profile and level bite with lovely teeth. Deep chin though it could be a fraction stronger. Her ears are set a little close and could be larger and taller; teeny tufts plus inner feathering. Large eyes, full & round in a slightly oblique aperture & set. Lovely rectangular body shape though she needs to muscle up but she is only young so time is on her side. Strong limbs with large feet & tufted toes. Long tail well-furnished with profuse fur but more bushy than flowing. Dense silky coat with a lovely feel to the touch & topcoat developing over a dense undercoat. Good classic tabby pattern with black markings. Rich colour to the base coat on her head & shoulders but cooler elsewhere. Distinct head markings & butterfly & oyster markings on the body, barred limbs and ringed tail. Clean white on her feet, chest & tummy. Lovely condition and temperament.
2ND WHITE’S SHEERCLASS BIGGLES (64 31s) M
Maine Coon A young boy of 17 months, a black smoke & white with a broad masculine head and well-grown body. Head of medium length & slightly longer than wide though his muzzle could be a little fuller and squarer. Uniform width to his nose but his cheek bones could be more developed. Good profile with a shallow concave curve, level bite & broad deep chin but it rounds off very slightly at the tip. Large ears with a broad base but they could be a little taller, set wide apart but a fraction low with tufts & inner feathering. Expressive eyes set wide apart and of good shape and set. Strong rectangular body with powerful limbs and large feet. Lovely long flowing tail with profuse fur. Coat very silky on the body with long guard hairs but little undercoat at present. Black coat free from tabby markings with a silvery-white undercoat. White on the feet, chest and tummy and white inverted “V” on the face. A gentle boy who was nicely presented though he has healed scars on his nose already.
3RD BRIGHT’S SUERAGDANDY TIGERS EYE (64 20) M
AC ABYSSINIAN BREEDERS ADULT
1ST SHAMMAS’S GR CH MIKKAR ASHANTI WARRIOR
2ND BARRETT’S HIGHLIGHT TOBIAS
3RD BARRETT’S HIGHLIGHT PERSEPHONE
AV BRITISH, FOREIGN & BURMESE MAIDEN ADULT
1ST CASE’S STARRSAILOR MAUMELOUSMISTY (78 30s) F
Egyptian Mau A young girl of only 9 months and still very kitten-like. Typical Mau look with a worried expression. Head of medium length with well set ears and gooseberry green eyes set straight under a level brow. Her body needs to mature but she has a lovely dense coat and distinct spotted pattern on a clear silvery-white agouti base. Easy to handle and shown in lovely condition.
AV FOREIGN KITTEN 14 WEEKS – 6 MONTHS
1ST DAVIES’S CELEXA DRESSED IN BLACK (33 15) M
Cornish Rex A super little baby boy of only 3 months with a lovely coat. Head a medium wedge with an almost straight profile. Large ears set rather high but his eyes are a fraction small and could be more oval in shape. Elegant body carried high on slender limbs with oval feet, long fine tail. Well-covered with a dense silken coat with the rexing developing nicely. Long whiskers. A very confident boy, especially as it was his first show, with a super purry temperament.
2ND SEDGWICK’S CATWO HUGO BOSS (16a 15) M
Russian Black A strong well-grown boy of 5 months with a super temperament and shown in lovely condition. Good Russian look with large upright ears & prominent whisker pads though his eyes could be a little larger. Long muscular & elegant body with long limbs & tail to balance. Dense coat with a fine texture though it could be plushier and more away from the body. Glossy black with a lovely sheen & just paling a little at the roots. A very purry boy who was easy to handle.
3RD BROOKS’S JANAMEL SEJENSIS (77) F
AC OCICAT, BENGAL OR SNOWSHOE BREEDERS KITTEN
1ST JARVIS’S GRACEPLACE SEA BREZZE (76b 20) F
Snow Marbled Bengal A well-grown blue-eyed girl of not quite 5 months with a lovely marbled pattern. Head a medium wedge slightly longer than wide with a broad muzzle. Well-set ears of medium size and pale blue eyes. Muscular body with limbs to balance & medium length tail of good even thickness. Very dense, soft coat with a distinct marbled pattern. Barred limbs and ringed tail with a dark tip. Easy to handle and shown in lovely condition.
2ND JARVIS’S GRACEPLACE CANDY FLOSS (76b 30) F
Snow Spotted Bengal A pretty blue-eyed girl of only 3 months with a sweet nature and shown in lovely condition. Head a medium wedge with wide-set ears and large blue eyes. Long body with muscular limbs and medium length tail of even thickness. Soft coat, well-spotted for her age, a few tummy spots and ringed tail.
3RD EYRE-BROOK’S WOTHORPE BLACK VELVET (76 30) F
Brown Spotted Bengal A rather vocal girl of 5 months who was not keen on other cats. Head slightly longer than wide with a large nose & broad muzzle but shallow chin. Medium ears set wide apart but held a little upright. Oval eyes set on a slight slant. Long body but with a rather long & tapering tail. Soft coat with a lot of spots giving a “busy” look at this stage of her development.
AC OCICAT, BENGAL OR SNOWSHOE NON-BREEDERS KITTEN
1ST BAILEY’S COLDENUFFORSNOW ZAFIRAH (83w) M
Snowshoe A well-grown seal boy of 5 months. Good head shape, a broad wedge with slightly rounded contours. Well-set medium large ears but his eyes are a little small and could be more expressive though with good depth to the blue colour. Muscular body with limbs to balance & slightly tapering tail. His coat is a little dense but lies close to the body. Well-defined & well-matched seal brown points, shady coat on the body but clearly pointed. White on the face but more an inverted “W” rather than a “V”. White mittens on the front feet and high white on the back legs. AV FOREIGN NEUTER
1ST WILLIAMS’S GR PR SANTILLO JASMIN
2ND REEVES’S GR PR ANNERA LYNX
3RD SHAMMAS’S GR CH & PR MIKKAR BLUE CANDYTUFT
AC ABYSSINIAN BREEDERS NEUTER
1ST SHAMMAS’S GR CH & PR MIKKAR BLUE CANDYTUFT
AC ABYSSINIAN NON-BREEDERS NEUTER
1ST REEVES’S GR PR ANNERA LYNX
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