Thank you everyone for your entries, especially those who travelled long distances. I am pleased to say that I found some very nice dogs, who I’d have been happy to take home. Originally it was the beautiful expressions of the Lhakang Kennel that drew me into the breed. Expression is the cherry on the top of the cake. The cake, being the soundness and fitness for purpose (construction and movement). Expressions have varied over the last twenty years, but a broad skull, large dark round eye, slightly tilted, one inch nose and a prominent lower lip, remind me of an oriental child’s face, and that softens my heart. I was happy to see a good proportion of exhibits showed these characteristic. I also thought that breadth of lower jaws and dentition had improved, and also good to see plenty of driving rear action.
I would like to thank everyone who travelled for this show, your entries were much appreciated. I must also apologise for the time constraints put upon us, by the late start. Some excellent dogs, mouths were very mixed, some excellent, some jumbled and a few narrow. Some exhibitors need to pay more attention to top knots. This can make or break an expression. Placement of shoulders always has an enormous effect on front movement, well laid back shoulders gives a reach at the front, this was lacking in some exhibits.
I would like to thank all the exhibitors. I considered it a privilege to go over your dogs. I was very
happy with my line ups, and delighted with my CC and Res CC winners. Careful consideration leads
me to ask Shih Tzu enthusiasts to consider, that we should always be aiming for a dog that is not too
tall on leg. It is the short leg, slightly longer back, correct head and tail carriage than gives the correct
portions and balance of the Shih Tzu. To welcome the short leg, laid back shoulders and rear
angulation are essential, thus allowing extension to front movement and propulsion from the
rear, giving us a galleon in full sail. A description of correct movement, from the past.