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Judging Summary for Mrs Jan Meyer

UK Appointments since January 2000

Scottish KC (August) 2019 Date : 24th August 2019
2nd in GroupCh. Tameron Miss Black Opium
Best of BreedCh. Tameron Miss Black Opium
Best of BreedCh. Art Made Gene Kelly (Imp Swe)
Dog CCCh. Art Made Gene Kelly (Imp Swe)
Dog RCCChaela Ralphish
Bitch CCCh. Tameron Miss Black Opium
Bitch RCCCh. Bishbow Summer Breeze
Best PuppyEthelsmead Storm Warning For Bishbow
1st Best VeteranCh. Thaisu She Rocks
My thanks to the officers and committee of the Scottish Kennel Club for their kind invitation to judge Shih Tzus at their championship show and to my steward for her support. As I always say, I believe every dog has its day and, at another show, under a different judge, I have no doubt that the placings may change; consequently, I wish to thank the exhibitors for the sporting way in which they accepted my decisions. It is some years since I last judged our beautiful breed and, since accepting the appointment, much has changed in my own life and that of my family so, it was with some trepidation but overall excitement that, supported by my husband Jonathan we made our way to Edinburgh on the train from London on the August Bank Holiday weekend, coinciding with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! I am aware that, in general, entries are dropping and knew that I would be making the long journey North for an entry that was below the most recent average. Since, if I am to believe the rumours that abound, this was perhaps due to two possible explanations – one, that I ’colour-judge’ and have a preference for Black and White (which is a ridiculous assumption, as I sit here looking at my two very dear remaining Shih Tzus, one black and white and one gold/brindle and white and, as with any judge, I access the dog for its breed qualities on the day and not it’s colour!) and two, and rather disturbingly, that my CC winner ’was a done deal’. Nevertheless, wishing to move on from the above, my overall impression on the day was that the quality was mixed with a variance in breed type and size. There are those that are too tall and too narrow, too close behind and sluggish on the move. Sadly, some lacked rear drive, clear pads and an arrogant, balanced carriage. There is nothing more beautiful than a Shih Tzu in ’full sail’ this vision cannot be achieved with flat tails and I found few with the desired ’tea-pot handle’ Although mostly presentation was excellent, a long abundant coat is not enough. On placing a dog on the table, one’s first impression can so easily change and simply being striking from afar will not win the class. Some felt my judging took longer than necessary, but I found myself searching for what I call the true Shih Tzu expression with beautifully warm large dark round expressive eyes placed well apart. Yes, I found good strong broad heads but many eyes were too small, resulting in the nose (sadly rarely tip-tilted) being the prominent feature and so hardening what should for me be a soft and endearing expression. My main winners on the day were well-balanced impressive Shih Tzus with that extra little something special. I was delighted with my BOB and thrilled to hear that she again went on to Group 2 and less than two months later surpassed this by winning her first Utility Group and, in so doing, promoting our precious breed so positively.
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LKA 2014 Date : 13th December 2014
Best of BreedCh. Matsonic Storm Brewin Over Bishbow (JW)
Dog CCCh. Matsonic Storm Brewin Over Bishbow (JW)
Dog RCCCh. Chanikos Thats The Dream JW
Bitch CCCh. Minfaa Lavolta
Bitch RCCJardhu Aint Miss Bee Havn
Best PuppyCh. Tameron Mr Red Edition JW
1st Best VeteranTameron Mr Givenchy
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Bath 2008 Date : 26th May 2008
Best of BreedCh. Zeeva Zsa Zsa Zoom
Dog CCCh. Morhenjo Smooching Cedarhythe
Dog RCCOnimusha Heaven Knows
Bitch CCCh. Zeeva Zsa Zsa Zoom
Bitch RCCCh. Sonoma Miss Dior at Tameron
Best PuppyCh. Symaraju Little Mz Petite JW
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Richmond 2005 Date : 9th September 2005
Best of BreedCh. Matsuba Scandalizer
Dog CCCedarhythe Licence To Tease at Morhenjo
Dog RCCCh. Hashanah Lock Stock N Barrel
Bitch CCCh. Matsuba Scandalizer
Bitch RCCCh. Kanba Busy Bee at Tameron
Best PuppyCh. Kanba Busy Bee at Tameron
Firstly, I wish to thank the officers & committee of Richmond Championship Dog Show for affording me the opportunity to judge Shih Tzus at their recent show & to thank my competent stewards for their support. Thank you too to the many exhibitors who travelled from far & wide for my opinion & for the sporting way in which they accepted my decisions. I thoroughly enjoyed my day & was happy with my placings, but I believe that every dog has its day & on other occasions I’ ve no doubt that the placings will change! Overall it was my privilege to handle some wonderful exhibits who are a credit to their owners & to the breed lines from which they come. However, over the years, my concerns remain the same. Some of the girls in particular were, in my opinion, just too heavy & the added pounds affected their movement; there were several exhibits who were sluggish on the move & sadly lacked rear drive, clear pads & an arrogant carriage. Once again, from my point of view, there is nothing more beautiful than a Shih Tzu in ‘ full sail’ & my eventual winners, to my delight, truly displayed this – well-balanced impressive Shih Tzus with that little extra something special. Although the presentation, as always, was excellent, I noted a huge increase in v ‘ obvious’ trimming, personally this doesn’ t appeal, some discreet ‘ tidying’ yes, but there were many who appeared to have been ‘ chopped’ ! Mouths had improved greatly, particularly in the younger stock but I was disappointed, on examination, by the white of eye in some exhibits who in all others areas appeared from a distance quite superb. Finally, I did find myself searching for what I call the true Shih Tzu expression, beautifully warm large dark expressive eyes & I hope that in future more attention will be given to this when breeding.
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Manchu Shih Tzu Society 2001 Date : 22nd April 2001
Bitch CCCh. Hashanah Love Unlimited for Zeeva (JW)
Bitch RCCCh. Hashanah One Tuff Cookie at Numoon
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