|GCCF Judge Critique - Shar Crichton - Cambridgeshire Cat Club Show 2010|
|Written by Tina|
|Wednesday, 07 April 2010|
Cambridge Cat club show March 27th 2010 Show Report from Shar Crichton
My thanks to the show managers, Sally and Paul for the invitation and to the club for their hospitality. A very happy atmosphere at the show with lots of lovely cats to admire! The day passed very quickly and was very enjoyable experience. The judging and best in show were finished in record time which gave exhibitors a welcome early finish.
OPEN CLASSES Red Self Adult
1 and BOB Angus’s GR CH ANYSTEN REDHOTCHILIPEPPER
A large boy who was not yet two years old with very heavy physique and who was solid and had a very cobby shape with a broad chest and a very rounded rump. The legs were short and thick and had large rounded paws. Good head type with a very broad top and a smooth rounded forehead. Neat ears, placed far apart with short ear feathers. Nose was broad and short with a deep stop and a fully formed pink nose leather and large open nostrils. Very large eyes which were fully round and had good orange colour which could have been deeper but not helped by the lighting in the hall and maybe look much better in daylight. Cheeks were of good width that were full and chubby and he had a broad muzzle, strong chin and a good scissor bite. The coat was very long and full with a lovely long frill that was soft and had a lovely texture. The trousers were full and fluffy and he had a very short bushy tail. The coat was very sound, clear and of an even shade of orange red, not a rich coppery red, but very free of any tabby markings. An expertly presented boy who had a lovely gentle temperament and a pleasing facial expression.
Brown, Blue, Chocolate or Lilac Tabby kitten
1st Place only. Best of breed withheld. Roger’s TRACYLOOE AMBER- HAZE
A very cobby brown tabby girl, aged eight months old, with a well rounded rump and broad chest set on short thick legs with fat paws that had brown foot pads. Lovely type with sweet facial expression. Broad head width having a very slight head bump. Neat ears with long ear feathers which were spaced far apart. The nose was broad and short with a good nose break and a pink nose leather ,rather than brick red, edged with brown. Round eyes that were large, rimmed with black and had promising muddy eye colour and with a very sweet expression. She had full cheeks and a broad muzzle showing tabby spotting and a strong deep chin with an undershot bite. Tabby markings were black, of classic type and were very clear with a strong ‘M’ on her forehead and faint lines running back from the eyes. She had good pencilling on her cheeks and clear pale spectacles around her eyes. The ears had soft thumb prints and she had strong lines running over the top of head. Her coat was of medium length and was very full and thick which made it hard to distinguish tabby markings on the body but she had a clear butterfly over her shoulders and a hint of a necklace on her frill. The three spine lines down her back were diffuse but visible and the limbs had barring and the tail had clear rings. Oyster markings on her flanks were not visible but she had a hint of tabby spotting on her tummy. Coat colour had a rather muted shade of brown and was not a bright copper brown agouti ground at present. A kitten with a pleasing, gentle, friendly temperament who was well presented.
Seal Point Birman Kitten
1 and BOB Baldwin’s KRAZIKLAUS KASEY KRUMBLE
A seal point birman kitten of five months with very pleasing type and with good physique having a well grown body for her age that was solid, firm and set on strong, well muscled legs. Good head shape that was broad and rounded with well set ears of medium size, sited well apart. Her nose had a slight dip in profile and was of medium length and had a full seal brown nose leather. The cheeks were filling out and need to broaden further and she had a firm chin that was slightly tapering and a perfect level bite. Almost round eyes were bright and had mid blue eye colour that was slightly deeper in the centre and had a very lovely birman expression. Her coat was of medium length and was silky and soft in texture with a ruff not yet developed and was of a pale beige shade which was very faintly shady over her back. The tail was well furnished and of medium length in proportion to the body length. The ears were a good seal brown shade and her mask was still developing and was darker down her nose and matching the ears. The limb points and tail were a little paler and the tail was very slightly brindled at this time. The foot markings were clean and pure white with gloves that were almost level with the left one very slightly higher but otherwise very well matched on both paw surfaces. The socks were matching and symmetrical and the gauntlets were of the same length, being level but the left one was slightly broader and more blunt. A promising kitten with a super sweet nature that did her best to win me over with was no trouble at all!
Chocolate or Lilac Point Birman Kitten
1 and BOB Mott’s JANDOUGLEN KELSEY
A lilac girl of seven months of age who was well grown with correct body physique and weight for her age and pleasing birman type. Good width of skull that was well rounded with medium size ears that were set far apart but just sitting a little proud and a little open at the base at present. Nose of medium length had a correct profile with a slight dip, a full lilac nose leather and a very slight nose bump. Cheeks of good width for a kitten and she had a firm nicely tapering chin and a good level bite. Large eyes that were almost round in shape had mid blue eye colour. Body was firm and solid with strong legs of medium height. The tail was well furnished and was in proportion to the body length while her coat was soft with a silky texture and was of medium length and with the ruff starting to develop. It was a lovely off white magnolia shade and was very clear and free of shadiness. The points were a pretty pinkish grey lilac shade and were very well matched on all the body points. The gloves were almost level with the left one slightly lower and having a slight dip on the edge of the upper surface and was slightly scalloped while the right glove was very level across the paw. Both socks were not matching and were of uneven lengths with the right one shorter and more tapered while the left one was longer but the gauntlets were fairly well matching and symmetrical. A sweet playful kitten with a lovely nature who was very well presented.
Silver Tabby Series Maine Coon Kitten Male
1 and BOB Gillas’s TANZACOON BOBBY WHITE SOX
A four month old Red classic silver tabby and white boy who was entered in my judge’s book as a blue silver tabby and white (64 41 asw) which on examination and on contacting the show manager was found to be an error. A well grown kitten who was long and lean, well muscled with a very rectangular body shape and a square shaped rump. Medium length head of correct proportions with a good square muzzle and a firm chin, in line with the upper lip and nose leather. The nose had the correct shallow curve at the nasal bridge and was of uniform width with a deep pink nose leather. The cheeks were filling out well with high cheek bones and the bite was perfectly level. He had large fully round eyes that had yellowish gold eye colour and were spaced well apart with a slightly oblique setting in the face and a pleasing alert expression. The eyes had pink eye rims and were well spectacled. Tall ears graced his head, well pointed with short red ear tufts and were well furnished with paler ear feathers covering the wide open ear base. The body felt solid and muscular with a fairly long neck and supported on strong legs with large rounded paws that were tufted and which indicate that he might be a big boy later. The tail had good length and reached to the shoulders with a wide base and tapered gently towards the tip. The coat was short over his head and neck and was longer over the back, flanks and breeches. The bib and underside of the body were clean silvery white and he had four white feet. The classic tabby markings were a rich shade of red over a silver agouti ground and were very sharp over the head and body. There was a clear ‘M’ on his forehead, good pencilling and head and eye lines. A strong butterfly covered his shoulders and the barring on his limbs was very distinct. Three strong spine lines ran down his back and he had a well ringed tail of good length that was well furnished and flowing. A promising kitten with a lovely gentle nature.
Silver tabby Series Maine Coon Kitten Female
1st Gillas’s TANZACOON CHICARGO
Litter sister to the best of breed winner, this classic tortie silver tabby girl was well grown and had a long rectangular body with a square shaped rump and a fairly long neck. The body was set on strong legs with well rounded paws which had short tufts. Medium length head had a uniform width nose that had the nasal bridge half way between the ear line and the nose tip having a shallow concave curve and a fully pink nose leather. Her white muzzle had plenty of width and could have been fullker and more square for perfection. She had nearly full cheeks with good cheek width and a level bite. Fairly tall ears were well placed on the head and were open at the base and well furnished with pale ear feathers and short ear tufts. The eyes were full and round and had a slightly oblique setting with yellow green colour and were circled by pale tabby spectacles. The tail was very long, well furnished and flowing with a wide base and tapered towards the tip which was totally black. The body had a glossy topcoat and was shorter on the head and neck although a ruff was starting to develop. The fur was longer on the trunk and breeches and shaggy on her underside. The tabby markings were black over a silvery undercoat overlaid with tortie colours that was visible on body, face and all four legs. The tabby markings were generally good on the head but less easy to distinguish on the body. There were clear head lines and pencilling on the cheeks and she had a hint of a butterfly over her shoulders. Spine lines were missing from her back and her bib was a silvery white with a silver white stripe running down her underside to between her hind legs. Well presented girl with good show manners.
AOC Maine Coon Kitten Male
1st Butler’s COONFLAKES SHEREKHAN
A seven month old red classic tabby and white kitten with excellent physique who was well grown, solid and with good body length that was very rectangular and had a long neck, good chest width and a square shaped rump. The legs were well muscled and strong and had large round paws with very short white tufts. Medium length head with very tall well placed ears sitting upright and pointed, open at the base with long ear tufts and well furnished with pale ear feathers covering the ear openings. Uniform width of nose with a shallow curve at the nasal bridge and a full pink nose leather. The muzzle was white and was very square and muscular with long white whiskers. He had a firm red chin and a level bite. Cheeks were fairly full and had good cheek width. The eyes were full and round with yellowish colour, spaced wide apart and set slightly oblique and surrounded by clear pale spectacles. The coat was a bright apricot shade of red overlaid with rich red tabby markings. The ruff was starting to develop and the fur was shorter over the head and neck but longer down his trunk region and was shaggy and with a glossy topcoat. Tabby lines were clearly classic with broad stripes down his sides and oysters on his flanks. A well formed butterfly lay over his shoulders and there were three distinct stripes of red running down the lower back region but was more diffuse over the upper part of the body. The bib and chest regions were white while the abdomen was red and all four feet had white socks. Tabby markings on the head were clear with an ‘M’on his forehead, good head and eye lines and pencilling on the cheeks. A promising boy that I have judged and admired before.
AOC Maine Coon Kitten Female
1st and BOB Skinner’s TANZACOON BOBBYS GIRL
A classic tortie tabby and white girl of four months of age who was well grown and had a solid well muscled body of good length for a youngster with a fairly long neck and a square shaped rump supported on strong legs that had rounded paws with short tufts. Head was of medium length and had well placed ears that were tall, totally black and fairly pointed with good tufts and clear thumb prints. The ears were open at the base and had full pale ear feathering covering the ear openings. The nose had uniform width with a shallow concave dip at the nasal bridge and a pink nose leather. Full round eyes were a muddy greenish brown shade and were set slightly oblique and encircled by pale tabby spectacles. She had a good square muzzle with well defined tabby spotting and the cheeks were fairly full, with plenty of width and her bite was level. The tail had flowing fur, almost reaching the shoulders and could have been a touch longer for perfection but was showing clear tabby rings in black and tortie colours and tapered slightly towards the tip. The coat was fairly full and shaggy over the trunk regions and just shorter over the head and neck with a glossy topcoat. Tabby markings were very distinct over the head and body and were black markings over a warm copper agouti ground over laid with tortie shades of bright red. The head had a strong ‘M’ on the forehead, pencilling on the cheeks and good eye and head lines. A rich coloured butterfly covered the shoulders and she had three very distinct stripes down her back, broken by shades of red. There were oysters on her flanks, necklaces and barring on the legs. She had four white feet and a white underside. A girl with a sweet gentle nature who was beautifully marked in tortie colours and tabby pattern.
Miscellaneous Classes AC Non Self Non-Breeders Adult Female
1 Peed’s LINNEL MISS INDULGENCE
A delightful red spotted tabby exotic girl who was very cobby in shape and had a solid and firm body supported on short legs with fat rounded paws. Chunky solid head shape that was broad and had very tiny ears that were set well and far apart on the skull. Sweet snub nose that had a good nose break and was very short with a bright pink nose leather. Huge round eyes had fabulous deep copper colour that does not come much deeper. The cheeks were full and chubby and she had a broad muzzle and a strong chin with a scissor bite. The coat was very dense and plush and stood out well from the body. Her tail was short and very thick with excellent tabby rings. Coat markings were a distinct deep red in all areas over a rich apricot ground colour and were clear spots over her back and sides. There was a distinct ‘M’ on her forehead, good head and eye lines and pale spectacles around her eyes. The muzzle had tabby spots and she had a spotted tummy as well. She had necklaces and there was barring on the legs. I later noted that this girl was over a year old but who I realized was somewhat small for an adult even though she may not be fully grown but she was otherwise of a good weight and had the correct cobby body shape. A good natured exhibit when handled.
2 Wall’s CH SHEERBLISS ARABELLA
A very attractive tortie and white exotic girl with a lovely facial expression and who has excellent type. Wonderful broad top of head with small ears that had rounded tips, spaced far apart and set well on the head. Huge round eyes with lovely bold expression with muddy eye colour that was still not yet fixed as she is still a young female barely a year old. Short nose had a strong stop and a pink nose leather. The chin was firm and was split being half black and half pale red. The cheeks were full and she had a scissor bite. The face was well marked with bright tortie colours of dense black and rich red seen in distinct patches on her forehead. Her cheeks were full and black and there was an inverted white ‘V’ on the muzzle and with a little red moustache. The ears were dense black with a red edging to the one on the left hand side and her bib and underside were pure white. The body was very cobby with short dumpy legs and were sparkling white with bright coloured patches of red and black but showing some distinct red tabby stripes on her flanks. The tail was short and thick, showing all tortie colours present and she had a fairly dense coat that was thick, plush and which stood out well from the body. A girl with a very sweet temperament who was very relaxed and a delight to handle.
3 Cohen Randall’s VILLIERS ORANGE BLOSSOM
An attractive golden girl of eleven months old but who had bad show manners and was not willing to be handled at all which was such a shame as she had pleasing features but so was left unhandled. She had a very broad top of head with medium ears that were well placed. Huge round eyes with good blue green colour. Medium nose had a shallow nose break and a pink nose leather edged with brown. The muzzle was broad and paler in colour and she had good cheek width and a firm chin. The bite was not seen as she meant business! The coat was very full and long with light black tipping over her back that was denser over the tail which was short and full. Hopefully she will get used to being handled at the shows in future as she looks as though she might be a promising girl.
AC Debutante Adult
1 Taylor’s CONFETICAT JELLY BEAN
A blue cream colourpoint girl who also could not be handled and who was not in a good mood due to the amount of friction with her neighbour. A very cobby girl with a lovely very long full coat that was a pleasing creamy white shade with a fabulous long frill and fluffy trousers. She had a very broad top of head with neat ears that were well placed on the skull. The eyes were fairly large and round with acceptable blue colour, the nose was broad and very short with a strong nose break and a full blue nose leather with good size nasal openings. The chin was strong and deep and she had fat cheeks ad a broad muzzle but the bite was not seen on account of her bad mood. The points were well matching and the mask was full showing both blue and cream while her ears were more blue in shade. The tail was short and bushy showing both cream and blue visible along its length.
AC Non Self Breeders Kitten
1 Wilkinson’s DANMOSO WINNERTAKESITALL
A red smoke boy of seven months of age who was well grown with good type having a firm cobby body with good width of chest and a broad rounded rump. Short thick set legs supported his frame and he had fat rounded paws. Broad head shape with well placed ears of small size that had long ash white ear feathers. Expressive round eyes of large size and with muddy eye colour that was promising and should be very good later. The nose was very short and had a strong nose break and a small square shaped pinkish nose leather with small nostrils. Good cheek width with a broad muzzle. The chin was deep and balanced and he had a not perfectly level bite. The coat was lovely and full, very long and soft with a full frill and fluffy flanks that were ash white and contrasted well with the main body colour which was a medium shade of red at present which may deepen as he matures. The topcoat was overlying and contrasting with a paler undercoat and he had a red mask already well formed. The coat was sound and the tail was short and very fluffy. A gentle kitten with good show manners and very pleasing expression.
2 Roger’s PICKWICK CHANTILLY LACE
A very lovely blue cream silver tabby girl of six months of age. Very cobby body shape which was solid with a broad chest and well rounded rump set on short thick legs. Lovely head type with good width between the ears which were small and sited far apart on the skull and which were well feathered. Beautiful large round eyes with muddy eye colour that was still developing and with sweet expression, encircled by pale tabby spectacles. Short wee nose with a very small pink nose leather and a strong stop. Full cheeks with a strong balanced chin and a scissor bite. She had a well spotted muzzle and very good tabby markings on her face and head. Her face was a silvery blue overlaid with small cream patches and tabby markings showed a definite ‘M’ on her forehead and clear pencilling on her cheeks. The coat was long and very full with a lovely soft texture, fluffy trousers and a frill showing faint necklaces. She had a silvery blue undercoat overlaid with blue tabby markings and with head and body showing cream throughout the fur. A short bushy tail with a hint of tabby rings balanced the lower part of the body. All four paws had both blue and cream visible while the right hand front paw was almost fully cream. The tabby markings were very diffuse over the body due to the length and fullness of coat but three spine lines were just visible on stroking the fur and she had evidence of barring on her legs. A delightful temperament made this kitten a real poppet to be handled.
3 Walker’s MOONWALKERS NICK THE SILVER
A very friendly six month old black silver tabby and white kitten with excellent tabby markings who was unlucky on the day to meet such good competitors in this class. He is going through an adolescent stage at present and was not in good coat at this time of year but he has plenty going for him and will no doubt look much better in a few months time. Strong shaped skull with good width and with well placed ears that were sitting a little proud at present. Very expressive round eyes with bold expression and muddy eye colour that should be very good later. Short nose with a definite nose break and fully formed nose leather which was pink and which had a sweet black spot and full nasal openings. The muzzle was filling out and he had a level bite and a chin that could have been stronger. He excelled in tabby markings as they were all present and were very strong with clear cut edges. The face had pencilling on the cheeks, perfect eye and head lines, with an inverted white ‘V’ over the lower facial region. The bib and underside were a pristine white and he had four clean white feet. The body tabby markings were excellent, with very strong spine lines down his back, the central one being thinner in diameter. There was a strong butterfly over the shoulders , very distinct oysters on his flanks and wide classic stripes down his sides. The limbs had strong barring and he had a thick tail with very clear tabby rings on its underside but was a solid black on the upper surface. The coat was lacking in density and not plush at present as he was shedding his kitten coat but which has time to develop. A sweet natured boy with plenty of personality who handled well.
AC Non Self Non-Breeders Kitten
1 McEntee’s ZENDIQUE VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
A mackerel brown tabby and white exotic girl of eight months with a heavy boned and solid body on thick strong low set legs. Super balanced type head which had great width and well set ears of small size. Smooth rounded forehead with very fat cheeks and a broad muzzle which had an inverted white ‘V’ over the lower face. Short snub nose with a very small nose leather that was both pink and black. The chin was deep and was tabby and she had a scissor bite. Bold eyes of large size that were fully round and had muddy eye colour which will be very rich copper later. Tabby markings on the face and head were very clear showing distinct eye and head lines. A thick neck had an incomplete white collar and she had a white bib and underside. The body had good tabby pattern of black over a rich sable agouti ground and was particularly clear between the mackerel stripes down her sides and a white patch was sited on her lower left flank. The coat was very thick, dense and very plush and she had a short thick and well ringed tail. An impressive girl with a very placid nature.
2 McEwen’s HADFIELDS HEADS UP
Another super eight month old brown tabby exotic kitten with lovely type and excellent physique. He was a very solid, big, heavy boy with a cobby shape, broad chest set on short thick legs. Fabulous head type which was broad, well balanced and which had small ears placed far apart and set low. Short nose showing a good nose break with a well formed nose leather. Well developed muzzle with full cheeks, a strong balanced chin and a level bite. Large round eyes with lovely bold expression had very muddy eye colour that was very promising. The tabby markings on the head were all present, ‘M’, eye lines, pencilling on the cheeks and head lines and he had clear pale spectacles around the eyes and spotting on his muzzle. The coat was a rich copper brown and was overlaid with dense black lines which contrasted well with the ground colour. Very clear mackeral stripes ran down his body sides from a single spine line running down his back. The tail was ringed and had a black line running down the top surface of the tail which was short and thick. Coat texture was perfect, being dense, very thick and very plush. A boy with a wonderful temperament when handled.
3 Weatherley’s PICWICKSILVER TRINKET
A black silver tabby and white bicolour girl with lovely type and excellent cobby shaped body that was of a good size and weight. Broad chest with a massive rounded rump and short sturdy legs with large rounded paws. Good spacing between the ears which were tiny and well feathered, set far apart on a broad well rounded skull. Smooth forehead showing a clear tabby ‘M’ and lovely large round eyes with pale spectacles and very muddy eye colour that was still not fixed but which look very promising and having a bright alert expression. The cheeks were full and she had a broad white muzzle which was spotted on the right side of the face but pure white on the left. The cheeks were full and she had good lines running over the top of head. A tiny nose with a strong stop had a small deep pink nose leather with good size nasal openings. The chin was well formed and deep and she had a good scissor bite. Her bib and underside were white as well as all four feet . The underside of the paws were solid colour and the paw pads were black. The coat was very long and full with a lovely frill and fluffy trousers. The body spine lines were very diffuse on account of the length of coat and her tail was short and beautifully furnished. The tabby regions had black lines overlying a silvery agouti undercoat and had some tarnishing over the head, body and tail which detracted a little from her appearance and which hopefully will disappear in time. A very delightful promising girl with a charming nature whose progress I shall follow with interest.
4 Peed’s HADFIELDS COOL DUDE
AC Novice Kitten
1 Weatherley’s PICWICK PURRSONALITY
An eight month old black silver tabby boy with lovely head type and excelling in body shape and build. Very cobby frame with a broad chest, solid firm body and a well rounded rump, supported on short thick well muscled legs that had fat rounded paws with excellent feathering. Head shape was broad and smooth with neat well set ears showing clear thumb prints. Soulful round eyes of large size with bold expression and with muddy eye colour that was not yet fixed, surrounded by pale spectacles. A short snub nose had a very good nose break and a tiny pink nose leather faintly edged with black and with somewhat small nostrils that I would have liked to be larger. Cheeks were fat and chubby and the muzzle was broad and was showing tabby spotting. A very strong chin balanced the upper part of the face and he had a good scissor bite. The coat was very glamorous being long and full, with a lovely full frill, fluffy trousers and a very short bushy tail with a solid black tip and showing tabby rings. The tabby markings were black over a silver agouti ground. Coat fullness and length made it hard to discern any tabby pattern on the body but it was faintly present on his back and sides while the head was more clearly marked with an ‘M’ , pencilling, eye and head lines. The face was showing a little faint tarnishing at present possibly remaining from a mother cat licking her kitten but which was not too obvious. The legs had faint barring and the underside had faint tummy spots. A very well behaved kitten with a soft, gentle nature who was well presented.
2 Peed’s HADFIELDS COOL DUDE
AV Maiden Kitten
1 Scott’s GLEDEKATT GANDALF
A brown silver tabby and white Norwegian forest boy with very good type. Aged five months he had a well grown body with solid bone structure that was well muscled and supported on legs that had back limbs longer than the front . The head was triangular in shape and had a correct straight profile with a slightly rounded forehead. Tall ears were open at the base and had short ear tufts and set high in line with the lines of the head. Large eyes, of oval shape, had greenish eye colour and were set slightly oblique in the face. The bite was perfectly level and he had a balanced chin. The bib was white and he had a clear ruff present around a fairly long elegant neck while the coat was semi long and had a woolly undercoat and was longer on the knickerbockers. The coat had good tabby patterning over a silver agouti ground and all four paws were white and were well tufted. The tail was well furnished and long, reaching easily to the shoulders. A good natured kitten who handled with ease.
2 Baldwin’s KRAZIKLAUS KRUMBLE
3 Hamilton’s PHATPAWS MOVEOVER DARLING
A vey pretty blue colourpointed ragdoll of eight months of age. Broad head with a fairly flat plane which had good width between the ears which were of medium size. The cheeks were full and she had a well formed muzzle with a level bite and a firm balanced chin. The nose was of medium length and had a good retrousee tip with a full blue nose leather. The eyes were large, well opened and set slightly oblique and far apart in the face with mid blue eye colour that I would have liked to be deeper. The mask was well formed covering the face and was a sound blue shade matching the other points very well. The body was of good length with a short thick neck and a broad chest. The legs were of medium height and had large rounded paws. The coat was clear bluish white, of medium length and was soft in texture and the tail was long and bushy with a slightly tapered tip. A gentle, friendly cat when handled.
4 Gillas’s TANZACOON CHICARGO
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