I would like to thank the Paignton committee for the invitation to judge and my very able stewards, who made my judging go so smoothly. Also thanks to the exhibitors, many of whom travelled a long distance for my opinion.
I was very unhappy with the poor mouths coming into the breed, I found narrow jaws, muddled teeth and smaller narrower skulls creeping into the breed since I last judged. Toplines were generally much improved as was movement, I found some really lovely exhibits and was pleased with my class winners and placings.
My thanks to the exhibitors for a such a good entry . I would also like to thank my stewards, Mr and Mrs Green, for their efficient running my ring. Generally i felt that size was not as varied as last time i judged. However, i was disappointed with the movement of some exhibits. True Shih Tzu movement with balance and style is disappearing fast. Hind drive requiring a strong hindquarters is so special in our breed.
I would like to thank the exhibitors for the large quality entry which on a Friday in July was very pleasing. In general I found the quality of the entry good but the breed has many different types at present which made judging at times difficult. The dogs I found to be overall of a higher quality than the bitches which is the first time I have noticed this since I began giving tickets in the breed. Many exhibitors will know that I give high priority to movement as I believe a well constructed dog moves with balance and freedom.