I do like Shih Tzu but they certainly present a judge with more than a few challenges, not least because of the variations in type and size. I was generally pleased with the overall quality of the entry and delighted that I found so many good mouths with six teeth in a straight line on the bottom jaw. In the main, the fundamental construction of the exhibits was pretty good although there were a few instances of swinging fronts and close hind action. Presentation was of a high standard throughout and most exhibits showed well, even the “lockdown puppies”. Virtually no narrow nostrils.
Thank you for a good Friday entry of 67 dogs. I would not want to comment on the breed as a whole based on this entry, but I was gratified to find that it contained greater uniformity in type and size than on the last occasion I judged the breed. I was particularly pleased to find that my bitch line-up was, at least in my opinion, very even in size and type. I found no major failings, although mouths remain a challenge, and all the exhibits were presented in good coat and condition. I did not encounter any small or pinched nostrils. Several dogs did not appreciate the thick, damp grass in the outside ring.