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Full Critique for Manchester 2023

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Judge : Ms Gillian Marley
This critique reflects the judge's opinion
based on what they saw on the day of the show.

Many thanks to the Secretary, Officers and Committee for giving me the opportunity to judge Shih Tzu at their 2023 Championship Show for the first time. I had a very enjoyable day and a great entry; I judged some lovely specimens of the breed. Thanks to all Exhibitors who entered.

Minor Puppy Dog
1stLyndatzu Love Bug7 mth old gold and white took my eye as he entered the ring for his correct shape and size. He had the correct head shape, large dark eyes, good nose placement. Just the right amount of neck to balance with his tail. On the move he held his topline, His coat is just right for age and was well presented. He moved well both ways.
2ndLyndatzu Love StoryThis 7 mth old boy is litter brother to the class winner. Much of the same comments apply I just felt he was slightly larger and preferred the balance of my class winner. Two very typical puppies.

Puppy Dog
1stRossvale Wildest Dream JW10 mth old pale gold boy. He has classic head qualities, the darkest of well placed round eyes, good pigmentation. He has the correct nose placement with good open nostrils, correct mouth. He has a nicely arched neck, flowing into good shoulder placement, deep chest, correct topline and high tailset which gave him a balanced outline. He has the correct amount of bone and body substance. He moved out well both ways keeping his shape at all times, good front reach driving rear movement showing his pads. He has an abundance of coat which was well presented. He should have a very bright future. BPD and PBIB.
2ndRossvale Fantastic Dream At Charonnis JWOn checking my catalogue I see again that the first two in this class are litter brothers. This exhibit is another quality youngster. Again, much of the same comments apply for this boy, he is another outgoing puppy and moved well, I just preferred the head and expression of my class winner.
ResJadoremy Secret Agent Red6 month old boy, won the class on his positive true movement. Abundance of gold and white coat which is coming along nicely. Good temperament, hope he comes on well.

Junior Dog
1stThaisu’s Blinding Light17 month dark gold boy who was a little larger that I was looking for today, but was a balanced exhibit with plenty of bone and substance. He has pleasing head qualities, broad skull, dark round eyes, correct stop. He has a deep chest and good ribbing, tight elbows, correct topline and tailset. Well muscled rear, abundance of coat, moved the best in the class.
2ndMifcah’s By Royal Command To Javerda17 month gold and white, this boy was a well balanced exhibit, ok head qualities, enough neck, level topline, high well plumbed tail well muscled for age, coat ok, not the positive rear movement of my class winner.

Beginners Dog
1stJadoremy Secret Agent Red6 month old boy, won the class on his positive true movement. Abundance of gold and white coat which is coming along nicely. Good temperament, hope he comes on well.
2ndIsishouse Son And Heir6 year old gold and white boy just out shone by the puppy in both attitude and movement.

Post Graduate Dog
1stPeekin Jazz-A-Matazz-TuThis was a very mixed class and this exhibit was an easy winner here today. He is the correct size with pleasing head qualities, large round eyes placed well, good nostrils, coat of excellent quality and well presented, moved well, today for higher honours just need more body weight.
2ndTsantha A KeepsakeA gold and white larger made boy who was well constructed with the correct bone and substance, good deep chest, correct ribbing, good well-muscled rear. He has pleasing head qualities, dark pigmentation. He has a huge coat which just needs controlling. He moved well both ways.

Limit Dog
1stCh. Santosha Memory of Love19 month solid gold won this quality class on his positive movement, good front reach and driving rear action showing his full pads. He is the correct size and shape, correct head and warm expression, broad skull, darkest of well placed eyes set wide apart, wide muzzle, well placed nose with open nostrils. He has a deep chest, good bone, well arched neck, pleasing shoulder placement, correct topline and high tailset. Just the right amount of body weight, correct tailset. His rear was well rounded and had good muscle tone. Coat well presented – RCC.
2ndCh. Paliden Simply A Star With Wharfeview3 year old gold, another pleasing exhibit that was correct for size and shape. A mature exhibit who has a typical head of correct proportions, correct eye placement, large heavily coated ears, good neck, firm shoulders, enough body weight, well placed heavily plumed tail, just out moved today by the class winner.

Open Dog
1stCh. Chanikos Living The Dream At Ethelsmead5 year old fully mature gold and white boy who is a quality exhibit in all departments. Classic head and warm expression. He has a broad skull, well placed large dark round eyes, correct nose placement with wide nostrils, tight lips, large ears heavily furnished. Correct neck nicely arched, firm shoulders, good bone, deep chest, level back. Correct tailset which was heavily plumed. Well rounded rear with straight bone. In good muscular condition and moved with good reach and drive showing his full pads. Well deserved CC.
2ndCh. Senousi Dressed For It By FairmereThis 4 year old gold and white boy is another quality exhibit and is a typical specimen of the breed. He has classic head proportions, large dark eyes, good wide muzzle, correct nose placement and good stop. He has just the right amount of neck, good body shape and has enough bone and substance. He is well muscled with the right amount of coat which was excellently presented. His movement is true both ways but today just need that extra ‘umph’ for higher honours.

Veteran Dog
1stCh. Artelino Moomins Adventure7 year old gold boy who is correct for size and shape. He has a masculine head of good proportions with the darkest of eyes, correct nose placement and tight lips, warm expression. He has a strong neck flowing into good shoulder placement, correct topline and heavily plumed tail which was well set. He has an abundance of coat, well presented. In good overall condition, positive easy movement – BVIB.
2ndCh. Carlita Reason To Dream JW ShCMAnother 7 year old boy and a worthy champion. He was smaller overall than my class winner but still a quality exhibit. He has a typical head and expression, has good body proportions, a good quality coat with excellent presentation, moved true both ways just preferred the rear movement of my class winner.

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stDebeaux Only in My DreamsVery feminine 7 month girl, gold and white, for being just a youngster held herself together well in the showring. She is the correct shape, balanced, has the correct head proportions, just the right amount of neck, good front, level topline, correct angled rear, coat well presented. Won the class on her positive rear movement.
2ndLyndatzu Truly ScrumptiousAnother 7 month old gold and white girl, much of the above comments apply to another lovely puppy, the class winner just out moved her today.
ResJadoremy Miss Red’N LegalA cute 6 month old gold and white enjoying her day out. Moved at one with handler, should mature nicely.

Puppy Bitch
1stValkiria Sweet Addict For Maili (Imp Pol) JWThis 11 month old caught your eye as soon as she entered the ring with her correct shape, positive movement and excellent quality of coat. Head proportions developing, dark eyes, pleasing mouth, correct ear placement. She has a good chest and tight elbows. Just the right amount of ribbing and body weight, good driving rear on the move. Immaculately presented.
2ndMinfaa Shes Quick On The DrawA very wilful 10 month gold and white girl who gave her handler a hard time. Another quality youngster, balanced outline. Typical head proportions, good pigmentation. Moved well both ways when she decided to get a full stride in. Both of these youngsters had quality coat and were well presented.

Junior Bitch
1stValkiria Sweet Addict For Maili (Imp Pol) JWThis 11 month old caught your eye as soon as she entered the ring with her correct shape, positive movement and excellent quality of coat. Head proportions developing, dark eyes, pleasing mouth, correct ear placement. She has a good chest and tight elbows. Just the right amount of ribbing and body weight, good driving rear on the move. Immaculately presented.
2ndMykabel Mistletoe And Wine13 month pale gold, another youngster who is the correct shape and size – feminine, everything in proportion, pleasing head, good dark eyes, correct ear set, just the right amount of bone, another with good quality coat, well presented, moved well.

Beginners Bitch
1stMapimakastar Suzie HugoVery sweet 2 year old cream and gold, won this class on her positive movement. Correct dark eyes and good pigmentation. Coat a bit wispy but will come with age.
2ndJadoremy Miss Red’N LegalA cute 6 month old gold and white enjoying her day out. Moved at one with handler, should mature nicely.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stCh. Santosha Silhouette2 year old dark gold girl who I felt was in the in between stage with her body development. She has a pleasing head, correct round eyes, good nose placement, good front assembly, correct tailset, good front reach and driving rear.
2ndMapimakastar Bunny Hop Tizbuntzu4 year old gold and white, won her place in this class on her movement. Not as balanced in outline as my class winner, would prefer a higher tailset.

Limit Bitch
1stSantosha Ice Queen of Coursani3 year old dark gold and white took my eye as soon as I looked at the class. She is correct for size and shape, she is balanced. She has a classic head with excellent proportions, large round dark eyes set well apart, correct nose placement, good width to muzzle, correct stop, well arched neck, straight front, deep chest, correct body weight, level back, high well plumed tail. Straight hindquarters, well muscled. Good front reach, excellent driving rear action showing full pads. Excellent presentation. Star of the day CC and BOB.
2ndTejayse Beautiful Trauma4 year old gold and white, a bitch of pleasing shape and size. Balanced head, dark pigmentation, good stop. Would prefer just a little more neck to give her a better outline. Correct bone, moved ok, coat well presented.

Open Bitch
1stSenousi Caress In A Dress3 year old gold, fully mature girl, a quality exhibit. Classic head and expression, good forechest, well laid shoulders, plenty of ribbing, strong topline, in good muscular condition, had a quality well presented coat. Out moved everyone else I this class. Very pleased to award her RBCC.
2ndCh. Rossvale’s Finnish ModelThis 3 year old has a classic outline standing. Correct in all departments, typical head and expression, correctly arched neck, good front assembly, well muscled rear, coat of excellent quality and presentation. On the final run-off for this class just flew her tail – disappointing.

Veteran Bitch
1stCh. Tameron Miss Black Opium9 year old black and white with quality coat and excellent presentation. In good overall condition, strong in breed type, moved steadily.
2ndThaisu Desperate Housewife for Kimevan8 year old gold and white, balanced in outline standing. Typical head qualities, correct body proportions, moved ok.