I had a lovely day judging so many super dogs sadly not everyone gets a prize on the day. I found some strong classes and many superb dogs went cardless on the day. On the whole I found some lovely specimens so there is hopefully a bright future for our breed.
Please watch when you are breeding, I found mouths much the same, but also some very short ribcages giving a pipe shaped affect to the body and not the deep barrel rib cage that is a Shih Tzu feature but instead more narrow and tube like bodies which is incorrect. Some exhibits looked beautiful when stacked but on the move the true shape was seen to be longer than required. Also watch fronts and elbows and narrow back ends.
Firstly, I have to thank everyone for the super entry for the show.
I found presentation greatly improved however we must be careful not to overlook breed type for a flashy animal. I have often said I would love to see all the dogs dripping wet!
Since I last judged in the UK. Solids are more prevalent especially the blacks which have long been overlooked in my opinion.
I did find some exhibits over long which spoils the balance (this was at one time a common fault with solids) heads need to be watched as the Shih Tzu is renowned to have a good strong head with round dark eyes (some tend to have opal eyes (Lhasa like) which spoils the expression.
Mouths have improved greatly but should not be the be all and end as when judging the whole picture has to be assessed. Quite a few flat & curly tails seem to be creeping in do watch
this as it spoils the overall balance when stacked and outline on the move.