I would like to thank Windsor Canine Society for inviting me to judge our lovely breed for the second time. A huge thank you to my two stewards for keeping my ring running so smoothly. It was a lovely day weather wise and atmosphere wise.Both my challenge line ups would do ANY championship proud.
My impression of the breed has positives and negatives, on the positive side temperaments were excellent, top class presentation throughout. Pleased to say no white of eye evident but did find some small eyes creeping in, this does not give the true Shih Tzu expression. Top lines were on the whole level. Both these points have improved greatly since my last judging appointment. On the negative side, construction and movement are still problematic. I found narrow chests, slab sides, lack of body and muscle tone in quite a few exhibits. Lack of forward reach and pitter patter back action instead of the desired kick back and show of full pad. Sadly such a desire for profuse coats is taking preference over construction and movement. I found a great variation in size in todays exhibits.
A good venue, a lovely summers day, a high good quality entry
and extremely sporting exhibitors. What more could one ask
for? I was very fortunate I got the whole package. Plus points
in our breed at the present time are top lines are much
leveller than the first time I judged. Dentition is taking a
real turn for the better, many exhibits with excellent mouths.
Presentation is excellent, really first class. Minus points
are tails, we seem to have gone a stage further than
undesirable flat tails, We now have quite a few young exhibits
with tails that look excellent standing but once on the move
they seem to flag off the side of the dog in a really loose
manner, this really spoils the overall look of the exhibit.
Many otherwise very nice exhibits lost top honours due to this
fault. Still a lot of muscle tone. This was very obvious in a
great deal of rear action. I must say I was delighted with
both Challenge Certificate line ups