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Judging Summary for Miss Emma Gibbons

UK Appointments since January 2000

Northern Counties Shih Tzu Club 2023 Date : 1st April 2023
Best of BreedCh. Warathwaite Royal Diva
Best of BreedThaisu Desperate Housewife for Kimevan
Best of BreedCh. Senousi Dressed For It By Fairmere
Dog CCCh. Senousi Dressed For It By Fairmere
Dog RCCCh. Cremefern Trigger A Storm At Symaraju JW
Bitch CCCh. Warathwaite Royal Diva
Bitch RCCThaisu Desperate Housewife for Kimevan
Best PuppyThaisu Morningstar Avec Kimevan
1st Best VeteranThaisu Desperate Housewife for Kimevan
I would like to thank the Committee of the Northern Counties Shih Tzu club for inviting me to judge for them and for the kind hospitality of those present throughout the day. Thank you to all of the exhibitors for allowing me the honour of judging their dogs and for their appreciation of my placings. There was a lovely friendly atmosphere. Thank you to my fabulous stewards for keeping things running smoothly. As always, I was looking for a dog who was not only sound but true to the breed standard, free from exaggeration, with plenty of breed type and character. I certainly found this in my main winners. Now for the hard part. Whilst I don’t wish to be negative, many of my concerns from previous appointments are still valid. Upright shoulders, giving uncharacteristic, high stepping and often stilted front action and poor deportment, short ribcages, shallow chests and Apso like bodies are all in evidence. I was saddened to find some narrow jaws, all of which followed through with narrow bodies and shocked to find a few jaws that were wry! This must not be encouraged as, in severe cases, it can be detrimental to the dog’s health and wellbeing. As always, presentation was, on the most part, very good, but underneath the coats I was shocked to find some lacking in body and muscle tone. Temperaments, on the whole, were excellent!
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Shih Tzu Club of Scotland 2012 Date : 6th May 2012
Best of BreedCh. Thaisu She Rocks
Dog CCCh. Rossvale Red Xcess
Dog RCCCh. Symaraju Kicking Up A Storm JW
Bitch CCCh. Thaisu She Rocks
Bitch RCCThaisu Pussycat Doll at Marbo
Best PuppyThaisu Whats New Pussycat at Marbo
1st Best VeteranCh. Rossvale Shes Bewitching
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LKA 2008 Date : 13th December 2008
2nd in GroupCh. Pekoe Fatal Attraction JW
Best of BreedCh. Pekoe Fatal Attraction JW
Dog CCCh. Popeye’s Quick On The Trigger at Huxlor
Dog RCCCh. Thaisu Amigo
Bitch CCCh. Pekoe Fatal Attraction JW
Bitch RCCCh. Venustus Jump For Joy
Best PuppyMatsonic Diamond In The Dark at Bellwaycharm
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Shih Tzu Club 2006 Date : 1st October 2006
Best of BreedCh. Tameron Mr XS
Best of BreedCh. Ashwenel Likely Story
Dog CCCh. Tameron Mr XS
Dog RCCCh. Ashwenel Likely Story
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Shih Tzu Club of Wales & West 2005 Date : 20th March 2005
Bitch CCCh. Chanikos Justa Dream (JW)
Bitch RCCCh. Hashanah Love Unlimited for Zeeva (JW)
Emma Gibbons (Bitches) I would like to thank the Committee for inviting me to judge and also for their kind hospitality throughout the day. Thank you to all the Exhibitors for allowing me the honour of judging their bitches in such lovely condition and above all for making my first Championship show appointment so enjoyable with their obvious appreciation of my winners.. this contributed to the lovely friendly atmosphere of the show. I was looking for a bitch which not only met the standard but was both sound and honest with no exaggeration and plenty of "breed type". I was lucky to find this in most of my class winners... sadly on a more crtical note. I was not surprised to feel too many with upright shoulders... the standard calls for the shoulders to be "Well laid back", this allowing the front legs to reach forward on the move. Unfortunately what we are actually seeing in some exhibits is a high-stepping and often stilted action... this may be considered "Smart" by some but is most definitely not the true Shih Tzu action! Also, an upright shoulder means that the deportment of the dog will be incorrect and the overall shape is affected. Naturally as a result of such shoulder placement I found uncharacteristic necklines with some exhibits unable to carry their heads proudly as the standard calls for. Whilst I found many with broad jaws and correct bites I was saddened to find some, not only with very narrow jaws but also a few with wry jaws! This must not be encouraged as in severe cases it would be to the detriment of the dog's health and well-being. Unfortunately I found some very short ribcages and some with more Apso-like bodies. Whilst presentation on the most part was very good with most shown in lovely coat I was saddened to see that some lacked muscle-tone and firm bodies, it is possible to have both, if your bitches are fit and well muscled not only wil their health benefit but they will have a more positive action and show more stamina. I'm sorry to be critical but the future of this lovely breed is entrusted to us and it is important that we do not lose what many talented breeders before us have strive to achieve. I must say thank you for some lovely comments by exhibitors following the judging... For me, judging must not be personal, it is the dogs that are being judged! Indeed,in some classes some lovely bitches had to go cardless.
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