My thanks to the Manchu Society for this most enjoyable appointment, to exhibitors who gave me a lovely entry & my stewards who kept everything running smoothly. It did get very warm in the ring for the later bitch classes which affected some which was a shame. Temperaments were superb. I found it difficult to judge to a type as it is so varied within the breed at present. Some I liked in many ways did not move with sufficient reach or drive & I was surprised to find more than a few not showing full pads going away which for me is a must have characteristic of this breed in action. Mouths on the whole were pretty good & there were some really good front assemblies to be found in this entry. My major concern was that toplines (withers to tail) are rising rather steeply on too many exhibits & I suspect this has been overlooked as the fault itself goes a long way into achieving the balance of the higher tail carriage required in outline, while the actual tails themselves are often rather flat.