This is a believable Bulldog. What I mean is that the meaty transition is akin the the neck (or lack thereof) of the shape's namesake. The saddle stem is not only more comfortable for holding this briar in the teeth, but also places a greater visual emphasis on the bowl and shank. L'Anatra has managed to take an already masculine shape, and exaggerate certain elements resulting in a ferocious rendition. The warm Ventura finish also happens to highlight some outstanding grain. After little deliberation, I'd rate this Bulldog "Best in Show".
- Shane Ireland