In November 2008 I had the pleasure of judging in MOSCOW where the hospitality of our Russian friends was amazing, and the sportsmanlike attitude of the exhibitors was exemplary. I was pleased to see some promising youngsters and some very typical adults. The principal problems, as in most european countiries , involved insufficient length of humerus and tibia, and some insufficiient angulation. Some ribcages were disappointing

My main winners were very pleasing specimens , and there were many other typical substantial animals with something to offer the breed.

After the judging I was delighted to have the opputunity of discussing breed specific problems with the exhibitors and other enthusiasts, with the help of my extremely capable interpreter, herself a judge and breeder of top class dalmatians. This proved to be a stimulating discussion,and I hope to have at least transmitted some of my understanding of correct basset structure to these enthusiastic basset lovers. I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Moscow, and will watch the development of the breed in the Russian Federation with interest.

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