Judging Summary for Ms Kirsty Tod
UK Appointments since January 2000
|Driffield 2023 ||Date : 25th August 2023|
||Thanks so much to the Society for the invitation to judge this wonderful breed. Big thanks also to my stewards who ran the ring efficiently, and of course those who entered under me, and appreciated my placings with good grace.
I had some lovely dogs to go over: all exhibits had great temperaments, were well presented and some could have swopped places on another day. There are some great puppies coming through which hopefully will stand the breed in good stead. I found there were a few exhibits out at the elbow which does have an impact on front movement. I was glad to see many dogs with the correct head to tail balance, something which for me is just as important as movement, and sets our breed apart from other Tibetan examples. Please never let us lose this breed-specific point!
|Bournemouth 2017 ||Date : 14th August 2017|
||Thank you to all exhibitors for your entry on my first CC appointment and your sporting acceptance of my decisions. My stewards were great in keeping everything running smoothly. I found the bitches stronger than the dogs, however all were very well presented and handled sympathetically â€“ no tight leads or lifting by the tail or lead (all bug bears of mine!). All of my top winners were great examples of our breed and I would urge anyone to ask their owners to look at these dogs close up to appreciate the true qualities of our breed and what weâ€™re sadly losing â€“ low to the ground, slightly longer than tall, well tucked in elbows, round ribcage, high set tails, and full pads. For me, the Shih Tzu should have an arrogant expression too, and all of my winners had the strong underjaw to support a tip-tilted nose which produces that wonderful â€œlook at meâ€?? attitude.