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The Neapolitan Mastiff Club 13th Breed Open Show Saturday, 10th APRIL 2016
Judge’s Report – Julia Manfredi


It was a great privilege to be invited to judge at the Neapolitan Mastiff Club’s annual open show. I enjoyed it very much! As many of you are probably aware Neapolitan Mastiffs are very close to my heart and are superseded only by the Mastiff. My sincere thanks to my two efficient stewards, Hilary Cooke and Angela Dodd. To you, the exhibitors thank you for supporting me and accepting my decisions in such a sporting manner.

I was taught to judge positively, not negatively and I think that generally the breed is in a “good place” at the moment and that the majority of exhibits displayed the breed traits that differentiate the Neapolitan. Movement was excellent. Yes, there was some haw, however, eyes were all clean, no discharge, no running or discomfort apparent. Bites were on the whole excellent. Nice large noses with well open nostrils were very much apparent as was the inverted “v” and thick fleshy lips. Another thing in abundance was the correct top line and undercarriage, something that I personally love to see, correct tail set and carriage.

Just a couple of things to watch, not enough filling under the eye sockets resulting in the fore face falling away and not enough width across the muzzle.

“NOT FOR COMPETITION PARADE” 6: Some very strongly built promising babies. Lovely!

SPECIAL VETERAN DOG OR BITCH 1(abs1)

PUPPY DOG 4

1 Drake’s Rayvonley Nero: Very well grown youngster, nearly twelve months old, excellent bone, good length of body. He has a promising head of the correct proportions with enough wrinkle, a flat wide skull, good ear set and typical expression. However, at the moment he is down on his pasterns and very flat footed, hopefully with the correct husbandry this can be rectified. R.B.P.I.S.

2 Slater & Mafi’s Forget me not Oliff: Ten months old, nicely put together, lovely bone, strong neck, correct length of body. Flat skull, correctly set ears, moved well. Preferred the head and expression of 1.

3 Attewell’s Neafox Domenico: Seven months old, well put together, rather plain at the moment.

4 Pervenis’ Yehuda A Castore Et Polluce Del Mastini.

JUNIOR DOG 3 (1abs)

1 Bailey’s Nero Du Curcuit at Dalnarck: 16 months, very nicely put together, muscular, strongly built, strong neck, correct height to length ratio, long, well let down and well sprung ribs, lovely bone, well muscled chest, straight front, elbows not too close, long, broad thighs, moderate angulation and tight feet, correctly placed and carried tail. Correctly proportioned head, well defined stop, flat skull running parallel to topline of the deep, square muzzle, correctly sized and placed ears, wide cheeks, clean eyes of correct make and shape, very nice typical expression with enough wrinkle but not overdone at all. Moved freely covering the ground well. B.D. B.O.S.

2 Attewell’s Neafox Domenico

POST GRADUATE DOG 5( abs 2)

1 Cox’s Rayvonley Amadeo: Mature male, strong, muscular, correct height to length ratio, excellent bone, deep, well sprung ribs, straight front, elbows not too close, long, wide thighs, good angulation and tight feet. Head correctly proportioned, flat skull running parallel with the topline of the broad, deep muzzle, correctly set ears, wide cheeks, clean eyes and enough wrinkle giving a nice typical expression. Moved out freely and soundly.

2 Evans’ Makaevo Hercules: Just out of junior, very typical, very nice, correct height to length ratio, deep, well sprung rib cage, moderate angulation, tight feet, properly set and carried tail. Head proportions correct, nice expression. Moved freely and well.

3 Bradley’s Harvey: Litter brother to 2. Nicely put together, good bone, nice straight front, good feet. Has the makings of a good head. Moved well.

OPEN DOG 6 (4 abs)

1 Evans’ Vittorino Della Paura at Makaevo: Substantial, strong, well muscled, good bone, wide deep chest, straight front, good feet. Correct length to height ratio, long, deep, well sprung ribs, long, wide thighs, moderate angulation. Correctly proportioned head, flat skull, parallel to top of deep square muzzle, ear size good but could perhaps be set a little further forward, nice eye, broad cheeks, moderate wrinkling, nice expression. Moved well. R.B.D.

2 Freddo Dei Mastini Della Rupe: Another very nice male, well muscled, strongly built, well off for bone, correct body proportions, very nice front, wide, deep chest, long, well sprung ribs, wide, long thighs, moderate angulation, tight feet. Head proportions correct, correctly set ears, wide flat skull, parallel to the topline of the deep square muzzle, broad cheeks, nicely wrinkled. Preferred the eye and expression of 1. Moved well. PUPPY BITCH

3 (1 abs) 1 Spilsbury, Slater & Mafi’s Regina Maestra Opeli: 9 months old and what a promising puppy. Strongly built, lovely bone, correct height to length, nice straight front, deep chest, long, deep, well sprung ribs, long, wide thighs, moderate angulation, tight feet. Correctly proportioned, strong but feminine head, well defined stop, flat skull running parallel to topline of deep, square muzzle, nice eye and expression, moderate wrinkling. Moved out freely and well. B.P.I.S. 2 Slater & Mafi’s Hot Right Now Ora; Litter sister to 1 and sharing many of the same attributes. Correct height to length , good bone, straight front, deep chest, long, deep, well sprung ribs, wide, long thighs, moderate angulation. Correct head proportions, flat skull, running parallel to the topline of the muzzle, moderate wrinkling. I preferred the width of muzzle, stop, eye and expression of 1, never the less a very nice puppy. Moved well. JUNIOR BITCH 3 (1 abs) 1 Harrison’s Rayvonley Henrietta: Just out of puppy and very immature. Needs to grow on. Moved out at a cracking pace but rather proud of her tail. 2 Marsh’s Rayvonley Harriot: Litter sister to 1 and the same remarks apply OPEN BITCH 7 (3 abs) 1 Platt’s Vallino: Too Hot to Handle: A lovely bitch of the correct make and shape, very good bone, excellent feet, very muscular neck, correct length of body, broad, well muscled chest, straight front, elbows not too close to the body, broad, deep, long, well sprung ribs, correct topline and undercarriage, broad, muscular croup, long, broad thighs with moderate angulation and powerful hocks used to good effect when moving. Strong, feminine head correctly proportioned with nice wrinkling and an aloof, typical expression, well defined stop, flat skull, running parallel with the top of the deep, square muzzle, correctly set ears, breadth across the cheeks, correctly shaped and positioned eyes. Moved freely and powerfully. Lovely! B.B. B.I.S. 2 Cox’s Rayvonley Felisa: Another nice one. Plenty of size and substance, correct height to length ratio, good topline and undercarriage, wide, straight front, with correctly placed elbows, long, deep, well sprung ribs, long, wide thighs, good angulation, strong hocks, tight feet. Muscular, strong neck, correctly proportioned head, well set ears, flat skull, parallel to the top of the deep, square muzzle, broad cheeks, clean eye. Moved freely and well. R.B.B. R.B.I.S. 3 Evans’ Makaevo Donata: Nice bitch. Not the size or substance of the first two. Good length of body, decent bone. Nice head, flat skull

4 Evans’ Makaevo Eliza. BRACE 3 1 Cox’s Rayvonley Amadeo/Rayvonley Felisa, a dog and a bitch, well matched pair. Moved beautifully and in unison for their very brave handler! 2 Evans’ 3 Evans’