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Judging Summary for Miss Dorothy Howland

UK Appointments since January 2000

Border Union 2016 Date : 18th June 2016
Best of BreedCh. Tameron Miss Black Opium
Dog CCCh. Thaisu Public Image
Dog RCCCh. Tameron Mr Red Edition JW
Bitch CCCh. Tameron Miss Black Opium
Bitch RCCPaliden Take That to Ekland
Best PuppyNiallsday For Your Eyes Only at Trottyveck
1st Best VeteranKeytor Quiet Whisper At Shikone
My thanks to the society for this appointment which with advancing years really should be my last I have enjoyed all my appointments and of course will always keep a keen interest in the breed. My thanks to my two stewards who kept a smooth running ring? As with my last appointment at Driffield 2 years ago, I struggled to find what I was looking for in heads with large wide spaced eyes. I have come to the conclusion that these heads being the result of the Peke cross controversially undertaken by Gay Widdrington in the 1930’s have now just about gone and can never be retrieved. When checking the pedigrees of dogs on the database the ones I do find all go back to Lhakang stock. We now have much smaller eyes and in a lot of cases smaller heads. I also found a lot of wide fronts you should be able to get four fingers between the front legs to be correct two fingers too narrow, some would take six fingers. Also too many rising toplines, now these two faults we can do something about. I was pleased to find the majority of puppies with good mouths, movement on the whole was good though assessing it in the dogs was not easy as they were hopping about on the longish grass something the bitches didn’t do can’t think why!!! Presentation was as usual excellent and I was pleased with my winners.
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Driffield 2014 Date : 21st September 2014
Best of BreedCh. Rossvales Next Top Model JW
Dog CCCh. Keytor All That Jazz
Dog RCCSantosha Ladykiller at Honeyshuchon
Bitch CCCh. Rossvales Next Top Model JW
Bitch RCCShihmali Thumberlina Dance
Best PuppyCh. Tameron Mr Red Edition JW
My thanks to the society for my invitation to judge, my lone steward for an efficiently run ring and the exhibitors for their entries. A day of mixed feelings, it is 6 years since i last judged and initially i was very pleased with the quality of the young dogs, not the narrow rib cages and flat tails i was expecting, good i thought the breed is in good hands. But when it came to the young bitches i struggled to find the large eyes that give the true expression also the tip titled nose is lacking in both sexes. There is a difference between a tip titled nose and tight nostrils, i have a young bitch here who has not and will not be bred from because although her nose is not too short she struggles to breath because of tight nostrils and checking her imported sires pedigree i can see where it has come from. I have come home with the impression the Peke Cross, controversially undertaken in the 1950s and which ii have been bought up with has now all but diminished, influenced no doubt by the amount of dogs now being imported whose background we do not know. To illustrate what i mean, i have kept away from the ringside this year because of judging, so consequently there were many dogs and handlers whom i did not know. One of these was the RBCC winner here i found what i was looking for and struggling to find, large head, wide spaced large dark eyes, short legs etc when i returned home i checked her pedigree her grandfather and great grandfather are 2 dogs which are behind all my stock. So it is possible to still breed something which Gay Widdrington and Arnold Leadbitter would recognise. Please dont mate her to an import.
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Windsor 2008 Date : 29th June 2008
Best of BreedCh. Thaisu Amigo
Dog CCCh. Thaisu Amigo
Dog RCCSonoma With Xs
Bitch CCCh. Venustus Jump For Joy
Bitch RCCCh. Rossvale Miss Scarlett
Best PuppyEthelsmead All About Eve
1st Best VeteranChanikos Truly Charming of Kengai ShCM
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Leeds 2006 Date : 22nd July 2006
Best of BreedCh. Kanba Busy Bee at Tameron
Dog CCHarropine Bono of Wiseowls
Dog RCCZuthis Izzy Wizzy
Bitch CCCh. Kanba Busy Bee at Tameron
Bitch RCCCh. Santosha Carte Noir
Best PuppyZuthis Izzy Wizzy
My thanks to the society for inviting me to judge, to the exhibitors for their entries and my 2 stewards for an efficiently run day. But oh dear what is happening to our lovely breed. Where have all the lovely big round dark eyes that fill the face and dare you to ignore them gone? The majority of eyes today are small and do not fill the socket, so instead of the lovely warm soft expression you get one that just stares at you, leaving you cold. To clarify that I do not mean big bulging eyes that are open to injury, but the large round dark brown eye that is so much a feature of this breed. Also sadly lacking is the barrel rib cage and short legs that give the required Ship in full sail movement as the rear legs drive the dog round the ring, showing a full pad. The first 3 bitch classes gave me some hope that all is not lost, yet, but with so few kennels breeding to the correct type for the Standard these special breed qualities are in danger of disappearing and once gone, how do we get them back? Mouths are a mixture, some too undershot and 2 with 4 teeth and 2 gaps, giving the impression that teeth have been lost, but not so as I was told by one owner. I did not in the main penalize for mouths as I felt the eyes and construction to be of more importance.
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Richmond 2003 Date : 7th September 2003
3rd in GroupCh. Tameron Mr XS
Best of BreedCh. Tameron Mr XS
Dog CCCh. Tameron Mr XS
Dog RCCCh. Thaisu Strictly Sinatra
Bitch CCDebeaux Cause I Can
Bitch RCCPaliden Walk That Walk at Keytor
Best PuppyWeatsom Lets Get Serious
I would like to thank the exhibitors for an excellent entry and the society for inviting me. On the plus side temperaments were excellent, tail carriages better than I expected, fronts were on the whole good only a few loose elbows, presentation was excellent. On the down side were eyes, I found quite a lot showing white, a fault we had improved on, that has crept back and almond shaped eyes giving totally the wrong expression for the breed. A level topline is becoming hard to find and mouths seem to have deteriorated with a lot too far undershot and quite a few with jumbled teeth. Some coats appeared dry and lifeless, this could be today s way of feeding (one of my hobby horses) or the result of all the preparations used on them on the day. The Standard says freshly bathed and brushed down to the skin. The DCC winner Ch. Tameron Mr XS is to my mind one of the greats of the breed, shown in excellent coat and hard muscled condition. The BCC Debeaux Cause I Can was the find of the day, she could have been bred and shown by some of the top breeders of the past, so feminine and so Shih Tzu. Her owners are new to the breed and I do hope they study the pedigree and take advice from the breeders of her parents when it comes to mating her.
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