Invited by Nicklas Nuland of the Swedish SBTC to do a breed specific talk, I travelled to Gothenburg on Friday 30th September. I arrived at 5.00pm greeted by Nicklas, and taken to my hotel. I had the evening to myself which was great as it gave me a chance to finish off my preparations ...I would like to congratulate the club for hosting a fabulous weekend of shows. Beginning with the I.S.M. - What an achievement to have 12 countries all bringing fabulous teams for your 3 well known judges who I may add did a fantastic job a very difficult task. I would also like to congratulate your...It is absolutely imperative that it be understood that the alignment of the bones from the center of the shoulder blade, when viewed from the front, to the center of the foot must be in one straight line, but it is not a vertical line. The same applies to the hindleg when seen from behind....The breed standard clearly defines ideal size, proportions, and substance which essentially tells us the proper balance between bull and terrier. Make no mistake; there is little room for personal interpretation of those descriptors, “deep,” “broad,” “wide,” “rather far apart.” The parameters of balance are handed to us in objective language, and our personal understanding...that the Bull-type head must of necessity be carried with a Bull-type neck, accompanied by a body built to carry it, and that, in turn, on four well-boned legs. This all goes to make weight, and when our maximum is 38 lbs., we have to be very sparing in size and build to obtain this....Last class was bitches over 2 yrs. Then the total scores were added up, with precision I may add. A very long wait for results to be announced and the awards DRUM ROLL. TEAM U.K. WON AGAIN! Three times team U.K has won the International Match Well done team UK. The Party began. I would...What a wonderful year we had with no less than seven Staffords ending up in the Animal Talk Top 100 Showdogs in South Africa. We as a Stafford community are very proud of the way we supported each other. We rallied for every group and when the Stafford went through to Best in Show we...If you show your dog, or are involved in the world of dog breeding, you will often hear the phrase ‘typey’. You will read critiques telling you that a particular specimen has type in abundance. This topic generates hot debate and has been written about since people began crafting breed standards. I am sure...Stafford of the Year commenced after all judging had been completed the judges were in place and dogs came in three at a time and each of the judges went over each dog. Once all the dogs had been in the ring they all came back in for a final line up and the judges...Black and tan is not actually a colour, it is a pattern. The gene which creates the black and tan coat determines the pattern that the colours take up, not the actual colours themselves. Whatever colour ,or combination of colours, a dog inherits from its parents, it can still have the “black and tan” pattern....Seeing virtue in others is a difficult task because I think we have been programmed to criticize. I am not sure why, maybe it is our own insecurities leaking out. I learned a lesson from a respected Judge and breeder many years ago and it has changed the way I see other dogs and in...It was an honor to be asked to judge both of these assignments, as it has been so many great shows here in the US. There are some differences when you get asked to judge an assignment abroad. You should do your diligence and learn the process that they are used to doing at ...