Markings and Showing

With the discussion in the Breeding Plans turning towards markings and the show ring, I thought I would start this thread to talk about markings and what difference it makes if any in the show ring.

My boy Nicky has some unique markings. I don't feel that either of them have ever effected his placement in the show ring. His biggest roadblock to getting his championship was me.

As I stated before, he has a patch of color in his collar.

No one has ever commented negatively on this marking and many think it is cute. It is his "Georgia Peach" since he is from Georgia.

His other unique marking is an island of red in rear white sock.

Only one person, a breeder, has ever made a truly negative comment to me about it and she didn't even notice it for 18 months. Many people never really notice it. Pat who handled Nicky to his majors says it makes her think his foot is dirty and then she remembers that it is just his marking.
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I should probably post a stacked pic of Nicky. Here is this past October with Pat.

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Maggii had 1/2 white collar on the off show side, it never made a difference in the show ring and it was a bit of an optical illusion to see the white on the chest and then the beginning of the white on the collar….. as does Tiba (Fatia's daughter) and Fatia has a red spot in the middle of her white collar
also....
This is a picture of Tiba at 6 months
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I haven't had much trouble with markings either. Querk has a REALLY short white foot on his front right. A few people commented on it, but it didn't seem to hurt him. The one exception is Luna's marking on her show side front makes her look REALLY straight in front (she is somewhat straight, but it makes it look worse). I think that may be hurting her in the ring.

In fact, my dog with the most perfect markings (Ivy) had a terrible time in the ring…I don't think she ever won a point...and she is a nice bitch....and she was shown quite a bit...at least until she tried to bite a judge :x

I know this is dog talk - but "nice bitch"? - isn't that an oxymoron? 😃 😃

Haa haa! 'Nice Bitch', is there one??

Anyway. Damisi had a little bit of a hard time in Canada. For one, she was an idiot in the ring. Very headstrong. Couldn't touch her feet, wanted to do what she wanted to do, etc. She just wasn't mature enough. She also has a long sock. I like it and wish the other side was the same. But, it does give an illusion when she moves. Let me see if I can find a pic of her. But also, I know one judge actually has discussed the spot on the back thing and believes, in her opinion, it is a mismark and refuses to judge the dog. She also refuses to judge a trindle. She will allow the dogs in the ring, but puts them at the back of the bus. The dog with the spot has many champion titles.

If a judge is known to not place a dog for a perfectly acceptable marking then the best thing to do is not enter under them. If a judge can't draw a reasonable entry then clubs are less likely to hire them.

Judges like that are not the norm and I definitely wouldn't allow that to dictate what I kept or didn't keep. One of the breeders who came over to evaluate TC's litter made the comment that she would keep Dean as the "show dog" and Bella as the "breeding dog" since she was so plainly marked she probably won't do well in the show ring. Both myself and the other breeder there doing the evaluation strongly disagreed, Bella is well put together though she has no collar or blaze abut definitely knows she should be the center of attention.

I do think that more than just what is in the standard gets judged but I think it is much more often attitude and behavior of the dog than markings.

Here are Cole's 8 week puppy pictures.

You can see there is a big difference in the width of his collar on each side and there have been judges that want to see him on both sides trying to figure out exactly how long his neck is. Here he is an adult, I only have show side photos though.

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I had a bitch thumper that was very evenly marked in the front - right and left side and leges - but actually the white sort of slid over an inch which made her front look off coming at you. When she was a baby I actually drew down her more white in front leg with a sharpie so I could see what it really did.

I'm not bothered by markings - I hope I know enough about the breed to not let the color fool me - I'm really not bothered by coat texture - I am however bothered by narrow catherdral fronts and dogs that pitty pat around the ring. (so now you all know)

I know what you mean Diana, we are losing fronts faster than we can get better ones. Damisi has a great front and rear and she's a beautiful mover. She happens also to be a little small. But the sock does give an illusion. It takes a good, bold judge to be able to separate a lot of things. She is out of Ubora Wili, related to Jacque (did I spell it right?). I'm hoping to breed her to Scott's Wily next year to keep the line and front. As to what we look at and what the judge sees, we may know what to look for, but I still think a lot of judges are playing a game. It is getting better, but they still seem to look at faces rather than the dog.

If you look at my website I have a number with a "footy" sock and a full on the other front legs…. honestly, showing it was never a problem.... Sure there are a couple of judges that might have not been able to judge past it, but on the whole? I think that the judging community is much better then is being presented here by some.... I totally agree with Diana about fronts... and even worst then that are people that have a Basenji with a catherdral tell people it is the "correct" front...

Can you describe a cathedral front? I don't really know what that means.
Is it lacking forechest? I realize these things are hard to put into words…

I don't have any pictures to show but here is my best try at a description. When you look at a dog with a cathedral front, the collar bone and front legs form an arch, like in a cathedral, that is clearly seen because the dog lacks forechest.

I was just looking at a website for a basenji breeder here in southeast GA (out of curiosity only!!) and they advertised 2 of their available puppies as red and white and one as "sable and white". There was a lot of black on the puppy but not tri. (It did still look very young in the photo). They advertise the pups as AKC but "sable" isn't acceptable is it?

Pat

While the Duara kennel does have one of my bitches - I don't think that Ubora Wili is from that line - I think she only breed Kiri once - unless as a 7 year old he falls off the back of the pedigree. : 0

@BasenjiDiva:

I was just looking at a website for a basenji breeder here in southeast GA (out of curiosity only!!) and they advertised 2 of their available puppies as red and white and one as "sable and white". There was a lot of black on the puppy but not tri. (It did still look very young in the photo). They advertise the pups as AKC but "sable" isn't acceptable is it?

Pat

All colors are acceptable, but maybe not desired by all. The Basenji standard has no DQ's for color.

We have 4 colors which are considered standard by AKC and currently also have 5 Alternative colors listed as well as 3 Alternative markings.

Colors:

Black & White S
Black Tan & White S
Brindle & White S
Red & White S
Black Brindle & White A
Blue Cream & White A
Cream & White A
Mahogany Tan & White A
Sable & White A

Markings:

Black Mask A
Black Saddle A
With Cap A

@tanza:

If you look at my website I have a number with a "footy" sock and a full on the other front legs…. honestly, showing it was never a problem.... Sure there are a couple of judges that might have not been able to judge past it, but on the whole? I think that the judging community is much better then is being presented here by some.... I totally agree with Diana about fronts... and even worst then that are people that have a Basenji with a catherdral tell people it is the "correct" front...

I agree, I think it is difficult in some areas of the country to find a good front. That front assembely being too far foward seems to be the most common fault in Basenji fronts…would you agree?

@lvoss:

I don't have any pictures to show but here is my best try at a description. When you look at a dog with a cathedral front, the collar bone and front legs form an arch, like in a cathedral, that is clearly seen because the dog lacks forechest.

And often from the side, it looks great because there is a nice forepoint at the chest…but from the front you can really see that it looks sort of 'hollow'.

That being said, often puppies will look more hollow in the chest, and once their musculature fills in they no longer have that look...so IMO you can really only for sure say a dog has a cathedral front once they are mature.

I see with some judges on Dutch shows, they sometimes had issues with a dog for his markings, his foot has so very little white, and make him not pretty.

But our chafuko has also a half collar, and the judges never bothered by it, it doesn't bother me when I look at your pics, I think it makes him cute.. 😃
His body and all parts look very good B-like, so thats the important thing also for judges

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