|Scottish KC (August) 2016 ||Date : 28th August|
||I have delayed submitting this critique for a little while as I wanted to give considered thought to how I wanted to say what I found, and what made me so uncomfortable about it. I am afraid there was no easy way of wrapping it up or being subtle about it, so therefore I will speak as I find. I thought the overall quality of the breed, if in anyway the selection presented to me was typical, has gone backwards in depth since I last judged the breed. I remember as a youngster being dragged off by my mother for what I can only describe as an ’audience’ with Mrs Widdrington. Surprisingly, I as a rather bored and disinterested 12 to 13 yr. old must have taken on board her words, because she said much to impress upon us how important to breed type the head shape and size was. It was this issue that concerned me in almost every class today. There were times when I thought to myself if I were to close my eye, would I know if it was a Shih Tzu or Lhasa Apso head I was examining. As I award CCs in both, I found this hugely worrying, especially for up and coming or trainee (for the want of a better word) Judges of the future. Additionally the head shape can seriously affect the ear set and the true Shih Tzu expression I love so much. I will not labour this point further but I think it is something that exhibitors/breeders who are after all the custodians of the breed should give serious thought to. Generally size and toplines were good with the exception of a few, and one other observation is that there were some which were a little narrow across the pelvis, and those that were, invariably rose to the rear giving an untypical bum high slope. Temperament as usual was excellent.