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Full Critique for Blackpool 2019
Judge : Mrs Jane Paradise
This critique reflects the judge's opinion
based on what they saw on the day of the show.
|It was a very windy day but mainly dry. Always a challenge for exhibitors showing a coated breed in windy conditions but everyone coped well. General observations – size and balance are both quite variable. Mouths are an issue. I am not a mouth fanatic, per se, and I know that some breeders/breed specialists are not overly worried about finding a mouth that fits the standard. Whilst I can be forgiving of some mouth issues, and always take the whole of the dog into consideration, I do feel that if you do not take action soon at improving this aspect then you will lose the Shih Tzu head shape. A mouth of jumbled teeth is not just a mouth of jumbled teeth – the bigger issue is that the teeth are jumbled because the jaw is not wide enough to contain the incisors in as straight a line as possible with a squared jaw. If the mouth is not wide enough then you have a muzzle that is too narrow and loose the shape of the head overall. Toplines were also disappointing with many rising at the rear. Presentation was impeccable, as one comes to expect from this breed.|