I would like to say a much appreciated thank you to the Kennel Club for the opportunity to judge Shih Tzu’s at Crufts 2018, and to the exhibitors for their entries (totalling 179). Also a big thank you to my two experienced stewards Mr G & Mrs S Rose for making the day run smoothly.
I think too much emphasis is now being put on glamour and coat rather than on soundness and solid construction .I found some exhibits had a complete lack of muscle. Flat tails have crept in giving the wrong outline without the balance desired in this breed. Overall the quality was very good and due to the large class sizes some very good exhibits went cardless. On a good note it is nice to see some very promising youngsters coming along.