The Papillon (Butterfly Dog) Club
show June 10th 2006
judged by Vesa Toivanen,
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.
It was a warm and sunny day
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
but in specialties they do have special, Phalène classes, at special
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
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.
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
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