I would like to thank all the exhibitors for braving the strong winds to get here. The entry was very mixed in quality with fronts still being a major issue. I also found far too many lacking muscle and/or carrying too much weight. This did affect placings in some cases. I know it is winter, but apart from the fact they still need exercise, the standard also requires "short, muscular legs". However, I was very happy with my line-ups and delighted to watch my BOB achieve third in the Group and my BP win the Puppy Group. Congratulations.
It is nearly three years since I last judged Shih Tzus and I was surprised to find that the comments I wrote then match my general observations this time. While head and mouths are good, this appears to be at the expense of basic sound conformation. The standard calls for shoulders to be 'well laid back' and for the chest to be deep and broad this was sadly lacking in many exhibits. Thighs should be well rounded and muscular. Please do not sacrifice muscle for the sake of coat. Having said this there were many beautiful typical Shih Tzus here.
My first appointment awarding CCs. Unfortunately, the strong wind caused the tent to flap which unsettled some exhibits & therefore affected placings.
I was very happy with my winners, however, overall I found there was not the depth of quality I had expected. A well laid shoulder was hard to find, as was a deep broad chest. Many exhibits were so narrow they stood with their front legs together. Well rounded thighs & good muscle were also absent. On a cosmetic note, as this is a beauty show, please spend some time cleaning teeth.