The Papillon (Butterfly Dog) Club
Open show June 10th 2006
judged by Vesa Toivanen, Finland



Judges report

It was a warm and sunny day
June 10, 2006, when I judged The Papillon (Butterfly dog) Club Open show in Coventry, near Birmingham, England. The British papillon club has always put on extremely well organized shows and their hospitality is just great. As a foreign judge, I really felt I was warmly welcomed and very well taken care of.  My deepest thank you goes to Carolyne Allaward –Chebsey, the honorary secretary of the Papillon Club.

I had entry of 152 dogs, which is an entry that made me as a judge very happy. As a frequent visitor to the UK, I found it very interesting to see the dogs from the “other side of the table”.

Papillons and Phalènes are normally judged together in UK but in specialties they do have special, Phalène classes, at special shows.

My BOB/BISS winner was a smashing B/W Ch male, CH Gleniren Premier League Sunshoo (Ch Kingshaven Principal Boy at Gleniren – Sunshoo Imatouch Of Class) bred by Mrs and Mr Robb and owned by the breeder and co-owners, Mr and Mr Roe. This very sound, classic and well built male charmed me in a minute as he walked into the ring. Beautiful head with large well set ears, good firm body, well angulated both front and rear and really moved with style. He also has a beautiful high set tail, giving wonderful Papillon silhouette.
I would have loved to take him home with me.

I gave Best of Opposite Sex to an 11 months old super feminine red-sable bitch, Feorlig Picture Perfect at Ringlands (Kingshaven Part Goer at Feorlig – Ringlands Almandira Halloween) bred by Mrs Miller and owned by Pat Munn. This young bitch had the true butterfly attitude that I love. She had a gorgeous head with beautiful well set ears and nicely put together overall with rich silky coat.  A little playful with the movement but at the end of the day she settled down. She also was BEST PUPPY IN SHOW and another dog I would love to take home.

My best Phalène was a wonderful 6 months old bitch puppy, Serenglade Sequin (Serenglade Scarlet Pimpernel- Serenglade Saltarella) bred by Mrs Greenslade and owned by Mrs Morrel. Her breed type, correct head, with large well dropped ears, well balanced body and super movement were the qualities as she went on to win Best Phalane. I am sure this puppy will charm many judges in the future.

England has always had wonderful Papillons. The UK breeders have always respected the size of this breed, which, in my opinion, is a problem in Scandinavia. Over all, I saw very nice heads with sweet expressions. There has been a lot of talk that English Papillons don’t have ear fringes, but this is not really true. I saw many wonderful ears with longs fringes.  I would like to point out that in Nordic countries and the Continental Europe, breeders do worry all too much about the fringes and forget about the size of the ears. The day I judged I met several dogs with wonderful large and round ear leathers. Unfortunately, proper ear size and shape is something that is disappearing in this breed around the world.

Vesa Toivanen, Finland