It was my great honour and privilege to judge my specialist Shih-Tzu today. Since my last judging them in the UK in 2013 I am pleased to report that breeders on the whole are getting breed character plus temperament right. I found no evidence of horseshoe jaws or overshot, many pleasing line ups of higher tails along with dogs who are moving correctly with reach and drive. Showmanship and presentation has improved over the years, the dedication and hard work of breeders and exhibitors was apparent to me in many of the dogs today. Thank you to the Three Counties for the invitation and thank you to the exhibitors for your entries.
Since I last judged I note that the younger dogs have improved
dentition especially on lower jaw, colours are deeper and
presentation is becoming more elaborate. There are definately
fewer of the coarser heads and a prettier more elegant look is
emerging. The downside was that there are a few who lack
substance and rib. Pleased to note that on the whole soundness
and movement good within the breed
Just about 2 years since I last judged the breed at this level. Found more variance in head types, some uneven toplines & faulty mouths i.e. narrow jaws & missing teeth. Dismayed to see dogs "strung up" & overdosed with white powder! Overall quality, balance, substance & coat textures improved. Had lots of fun in MPB as virtually every naughty girl wanted to make an exhibition of themselves! Despite humid day most Shih-Tzu (& owners) carried themselves well.
It was a great thrill and honour to be invited to judge Shih-
Tzus for the first time at this level, thank you. My day did
not start well due to heavy traffic and road closures on my
ill chosen route! My apologies for starting a few minutes
late. It was a fascinating experience to have so many of the
breed together and tough at times to send out some quality
exhibits cardless. Critically there were some horseshoe jaws,
untypical fluffy coats, and some dogs lacked substance,
however I was pleased to note the overall standard of exhibit
was high with definite typical expressions and soundness.
Presentation was also of the highest standard with the
majority of you. I was delighted with my winners and doubly so
when the BOB was Utility Group 2 and the BP was Group 4