AGS Virtual Show 2016

Results - CLASS Unstandardized: Patched

Judges: KJ Johnson & Libby Hanna, Massachusetts, USA

Entries: 139 153 165 194 195

About This Class: We want to start off by saying that we are very excited to see so many patched gerbils entered into the virtual show. Patched is an interesting effect that occurs on certain marked gerbils. The goal of making a patched standard is to encourage breeders to work towards improving the patched standard. The vision for a patched gerbil is to be a mono-tone tri-color. In order to focus on the emerging pattern standard, we have placed somewhat more emphasis on that than on traditional conformation issues, although those are still important. As a standard moves from Provisional to Final, one would expect to begin seeing animals with dramatic patching become more common, at which point conformation begins to recover its typical weighting during the judging.

First Place

Adrien

Owner: Sina Bergmann, Vierhöfen, Germany
#194

Lt. DEH Patched Male

 

Judges Comments:

I’m not sure if this gerbil is white belly or self based, but the coat has the general effect of a Honey Cream. It is very common for Honey Creams to have an uneven coat, sometimes Honey Creams with higher contrast between the cream and white are mistaken as patched gerbils. This gerbil is clearly a patched gerbil. The patch is large and obvious; the border of the patch seems to pop off the coat. This gerbil is also a little pudgy and soft looking. The gerbil looks very compact.


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Second Place

Tabakki von den Sporch-Rennern

Owner: Annika Dietz, Cadolzburg, Germany
#153

Black Patched Male

 

Judges Comments:

This gerbil has a very striking dark patch. The white portions of his coat, especially the bridge of his nose is very well defined, there are very few black and white hairs intermingled. His patch is not overly large, but it is obvious. I would love to be able to hold this gerbil in hand, as his patch may actually be larger than I can see in the pictures. The contrast of white and black is beautiful. Black is a very difficult color to see a patch on especially in a gerbil with low amounts of variegation. He does not have the size or conformation of a typical show male. He has a slightly feminine build that he may or may not grow out of. His fur is also not very dense, and I can see his skin.


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Third Place

Colourful Furry Gerbils' Spike

Owner: Julia Zahn, Wuppertal, Germany
#139

Black Patched Male

Judges Comments:

This gerbil has very dark patch on his side but because his coat is in general quite dark, it is somewhat less “eye-popping” than the top two finishers. Of these three finishers, though, he has the strongest overall conformation, with good male bulk and a nice, thick tail and respectable tuft. Beautifully photographed, a gorgeous animal.


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Honorable Mention

Chalypso

Owner: Christin Ickler, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
#165

Black Patched Female

Judges Comments:

This is a gerbil that I expect would show much better in person, because her side and top views look like you are viewing different animals. From the side, you can see two large dark patches and good contrast against a lighter black flecked with white, giving her the desired three-tone color. However from the top, she seems jet black. She has a large neck spot that is not really a full pied collar; the standard may need to speak specifically to the importance of this feature. Her eye is a bit round and tail seems a bit thin and tapered in some views, but she has nice female body type.


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Golden Dream of Happy Runners

Owner: Sina Bergmann, Vierhöfen, Germany
#195

Argente Patched Male

Judges Comments:

This cute little fellow just missed the pup class. His coat is lighter which provides nice contrast to his one small dark spot. He has a lovely tail and a nicely shaped head.


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