Westminster French Bulldog Breed Results

I have a longer post coming about Westminster, and about the stunning pre Westminster Specialty at the Waldorf Astoria, but for now, here are today’s breed results.

A HUGE congratulations to all of the winners!

Judge: Mr. Dennis McCoy
Day: February 14, 2011
Time: 8:00
Ring: 1

Best of Breed

GCH Lebull's New Hope Wooly Bully Breed: French Bulldog

GCH Lebull's New Hope Wooly Bully

35     GCH Lebull’s New Hope Wooly Bully
Breed: French Bulldog
Sex: Dog
AKC: NP 17730902
Date of Birth: August 06, 2007
Breeder: Sylvia Campbell
Sire: Ch LeBull’s Fargo
Dam: Ch Arista Coco Chanel BT
Owner: Alexandra Geremia & Arlie A Alford
Photos: Breed judging

Best of Opposite Sex

GCH Pudgybull Bonbon Bouffant Of Hollywood Breed: French Bulldog

GCH Pudgybull Bonbon Bouffant Of Hollywood

22     GCH Pudgybull Bonbon Bouffant Of Hollywood
Breed: French Bulldog
Sex: Bitch
AKC: NP 23325401
Date of Birth: February 27, 2009
Breeder: T & C Bjork & M Burdick & D Kowata & A Weinberg
Sire: Ch Shann’s Goodtime In Hollywood
Dam: Ch Pudgybull’s Hopalong Cassie
Owner: T & C Bjork & M Burdick & D Kowata & A Weinberg
Photos: Breed judging

Awards of Merit

48 GCH Bandog Bayou’s The Warrior
Breed: French Bulldog
Sex: Dog
AKC: NP 20476101
Date of Birth: March 24, 2008
Breeder: Vickie Lang & Patricia Sosa & Luis Sosa
Sire: Bandog’s Feel The Magic
Dam: Ch Bandog Bayou’s Creme Brulee
Owner: Nancy J Shaw

49 Ch Evergreen’s Cause For Applause
Breed: French Bulldog
Sex: Bitch
AKC: NP 21612001
Date of Birth: October 20, 2008
Breeder: Jane & Stanley Flowers
Sire: Ch Evergreen’s Just Jack LeFox
Dam: Katandy’s Harmony Evergreen
Owner: Cheryl Lent & Jane Flowers & Sherry Magera

27 GCH Justus I’m Your Man
Breed: French Bulldog
Sex: Dog
AKC: NP 18404502
Date of Birth: September 20, 2007
Breeder: Suzanne Orban Stagle & Ronald Readmond
Sire: Ch Shady Harbor’s Capo Dei Capi
Dam: Ch Justjackpot Margaux Of Lejardin
Owner: Justus Kennels

40 Ch Japaca’s Tom Foolery
Breed: French Bulldog
Sex: Dog
AKC: NP 23852302
Date of Birth: July 17, 2009
Breeder: Linda Wells & Jacqueline Griffin
Sire: Ch Fancibul’s Matching Excellence
Dam: Japaca’s BCuz Life Takes Visa
Owner: Jacqueline Griffin & Pamela Andrews

19 GCH Messiah’s Robobull Cnd Hot Butta Rum
Breed: French Bulldog
Sex: Dog
AKC: NP 25436601
Date of Birth: October 10, 2009
Breeder: Karin Stephens & James Daulton
Sire: Fabelhaft Robobull Rum Ball
Dam: Messiah’s Fabelhaft Disco Inferno
Owner: Terri Marks DVM

Judging Videos, Purina National Dog Show 2010


As promised, here are the judging videos from the 2010 Purina National Dog Show, in Toronto, Ontario. This is the Saturday, March 13th judging.

Just as a reminder, the results on Saturday were:

Saturday French Bulldog Judging Results, Judge Joe Walton

BOB/BP – Ch Petite Cherie Savoir Faire At Foxmoor
WD, BOW – Bullmarket Absolut Darkly Dexter
RWD – Shore Lookin Good
WB – Shore This Is It
RWB – Bullmarket Absolut Padme

Group – Ch Petite Cherie Savoir Faire At Foxmoor, Group 4, BPIG

The rest of the results are here, and the videos are after the cut. They are split into three videos – bitches, dogs and best of breed.

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Judging at Westminster – Stocky Bodied White Women in Suits

Hey, it’s really the handlers being judged most of the time, so why not just announce* it that way?

* on that note, what the hell was up with the actual announcing this year? Is turning your mike off between comments really that difficult to figure out? I loved the part where, during best in show judging, he kept muttering that he “couldn’t see” (I assume because they turn the lights way down for it). I kept thinking “someone needs to get him one of those portable wallet lights“. It was like listening to your grandpa trying to give a speech.

French Bulldog Takes Group First at Westminster

Robobull Fabelhaft Im On Fire

Robobull Fabelhaft Im On Fire wins Group First

Congratulations to Bru – aka American/Canadian Champion Robobull Fabelhaft Im On Fire – for his incredible wins at the Gardens yesterday.

Bru, who was bred in Canada by Shelley St. John, took Best of Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show yesterday, and then went on take a stunning First Place win in the Non Sporting Group. This is the first time in my memory that a French Bulldog has taken a Group First at Westminster, although I can’t confirm that for sure just yet.

Frenchies were out in full force at the Gardens, with a total breed entry of 36 making them one of the best represented breeds at the show.

French Bulldogs were also one of Westminster’s most popular breeds – as group was taking place, announcer Michael J. LaFave mentioned that the French Bulldog breed judging video was the most watched video on the Westminster Kennel Club website.

Tonight, the final groups are judged, followed by Best in Show. Seeing a French Bulldog in the ‘big ring’ is a thrill – and even more so, a Canadian bred French Bulldog. I’m not even going to discuss the mixed feeling about possible surges in popularity that this might bring – for now, let’s just enjoy the show, and root for Bru.

Go team Canada!

Here’s the breed judging video from Westminster – take a look, and make your own choice for best of breed in the comments.

Evolution of the French Bulldog Breed Standard – Part 2

Today, two versions of the AKC French Bulldog standard are available – the standard written version, which is reproduced below, or the ‘illustrated’ version distributed by the French Bull Dog Club of America. You can download a copy of the illustrated standard here.

The French Bulldog Breed standard, 2005

Classification: Non Sporting Group – Group Six

General Appearance
The French Bulldog has the appearance of an active, intelligent, muscular dog of heavy bone, smooth coat, compactly built, and of medium or small structure. Expression alert, curious, and interested. Any alteration other than removal of dewclaws is considered mutilation and is a disqualification.

Proportion and Symmetry–All points are well distributed and bear good relation one to the other; no feature being in such prominence from either excess or lack of quality that the animal appears poorly proportioned.

Influence of Sex–In comparing specimens of different sex, due allowance is to be made in favor of bitches, which do not bear the characteristics of the breed to the same marked degree as do the dogs.

Size, Proportion, Substance
Weight not to exceed 28 pounds; over 28 pounds is a disqualification. Proportion–Distance from withers to ground in good relation to distance from withers to onset of tail, so that animal appears compact, well balanced and in good proportion. Substance–Muscular, heavy bone.

Head large and square. Eyes dark in color, wide apart, set low down in the skull, as far from the ears as possible, round in form, of moderate size, neither sunken nor bulging. In lighter colored dogs, lighter colored eyes are acceptable. No haw and no white of the eye showing when looking forward. Ears Known as the bat ear, broad at the base, elongated, with round top, set high on the head but not too close together, and carried erect with the orifice to the front. The leather of the ear fine and soft. Other than bat ears is a disqualification.

The top of the skull flat between the ears; the forehead is not flat but slightly rounded. The muzzle broad, deep and well laid back; the muscles of the cheeks well developed. The stop well defined, causing a hollow groove between the eyes with heavy wrinkles forming a soft roll over the extremely short nose; nostrils broad with a well defined line between them. Nose black. Nose other than black is a disqualification, except in the case of the lighter colored dogs, where a lighter colored nose is acceptable but not desirable. Flews black, thick and broad, hanging over the lower jaw at the sides, meeting the underlip in front and covering the teeth, which are not seen when the mouth is closed. The underjaw is deep, square, broad, undershot and well turned up.

Neck, Topline, Body
The neck is thick and well arched with loose skin at the throat. The back is a roach back with a slight fall close behind the shoulders; strong and short, broad at the shoulders and narrowing at the loins. The body is short and well rounded. The chest is broad, deep, and full; well ribbed with the belly tucked up. The tail is either straight or screwed (but not curly), short, hung low, thick root and fine tip; carried low in repose.

Forelegs are short, stout, straight, muscular and set wide apart. Dewclaws may be removed. Feet are moderate in size, compact and firmly set. Toes compact, well split up, with high knuckles and short stubby nails.

Hind legs are strong and muscular, longer than the forelegs, so as to elevate the loins above the shoulders. Hocks well let down. Feet are moderate in size, compact and firmly set. Toes compact, well split up, with high knuckles and short stubby nails; hind feet slightly longer than forefeet.

Coat is moderately fine, brilliant, short and smooth. Skin is soft and loose, especially at the head and shoulders, forming wrinkles.

Acceptable colors – All brindle, fawn, white, brindle and white, and any color except those which constitute disqualification. All colors are acceptable with the exception of solid black, mouse, liver, black and tan, black and white, and white with black, which are disqualifications. Black means black without a trace of brindle.

Correct gait is double tracking with reach and drive; the action is unrestrained, free and vigorous.

Well behaved, adaptable, and comfortable companions with an affectionate nature and even disposition; generally active, alert, and playful, but not unduly boisterous.

Any alteration other than removal of dewclaws.
Over 28 pounds in weight.
Other than bat ears.
Nose other than black, except in the case of lighter colored dogs, where a lighter colored nose is acceptable.
Solid black, mouse, liver, black and tan, black and white, and white with black. Black means black without a trace of brindle.