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Full Critique for Windsor 2017

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Judge : Mrs Jenny Clifford
This critique reflects the judge's opinion
based on what they saw on the day of the show.

I would like to thank Windsor Canine Society for inviting me to judge our lovely breed for the second time. A huge thank you to my two stewards for keeping my ring running so smoothly. It was a lovely day weather wise and atmosphere wise.Both my challenge line ups would do ANY championship proud. My impression of the breed has positives and negatives, on the positive side temperaments were excellent, top class presentation throughout. Pleased to say no white of eye evident but did find some small eyes creeping in, this does not give the true Shih Tzu expression. Top lines were on the whole level. Both these points have improved greatly since my last judging appointment. On the negative side, construction and movement are still problematic. I found narrow chests, slab sides, lack of body and muscle tone in quite a few exhibits. Lack of forward reach and pitter patter back action instead of the desired kick back and show of full pad. Sadly such a desire for profuse coats is taking preference over construction and movement. I found a great variation in size in todays exhibits.

Minor Puppy Dog
1stMinfaa Oh Shanandore With Sobriety8 months gold/white. Really nice type, lovely size for age. Excellent expression, with lovely eyes and correct nose placement. Well constructed throughout. Covered ground well, just needs to tighten a bit in front, but only a baby. Shown in good coat of correct texture, well presented.
2ndSeven and half months gold /brin/white. Profuse coated boy of larger type. Nice well placed dark eyes, very good mouth. Excellent bone. Once tail carriage settles, it will give superb balance. Very sound once settled. Well presented and compassionately handled..

Puppy Dog
1stMinfaa Boy George10 mths gold/white. Super young man. Stunning head piece, lovely large dark eyes, tip tilted nose giving a true Shih Tzu expression. Correct size for age, extremely well constructed which shows in his true movement. Good neck, excellent bone, good spring of rib and level topline. So well balanced, best of tails. Immaculate presentation as always from this kennel. TOP DRAWER BABY.Best Dog Puppy.
2ndShalehan Yasheron10 months gold/brin/white. Another lovely baby. Understand he has not been with his present owner for very long. Once they gel, they could worry the best. Lovely head and expression, good large dark eyes. Best of mouths and excellent pigment. Nice arched neck, level topline and good strong bone. When he settled really covered the ground. Coming in to good coat, well presented and handled.
3rdJacquinta Lets Go Andy JWAlmost 11 months pale gold/white. Exhibit of larger type. Heavy bone and good ribcage. Well set tail giving good balance. Profuse coat. Prefered winners action.

Junior Dog
1stMatsonic Super Icon for Bishbow14 months gold/white. Extremely typey young male. Pleasing head and foreface, good dark pigment and correct nose placement. Correct size, very well,balanced. Best of tail set and carriage, good bone, spring of rib and level top line. Shown in excellent coat of correct texture. Well presented and handled.
2ndChanikos Orange Dream of Shenleyvale13 months gold/brin/white. Bigger type, extremely sound young man, pleasing head, dark eye. Another with good neck, rib and bone. Level top line, correct tail set and carriage. Very well constructed which shows in his sound movement. Good presentation. Very well handled.

Novice Dog
1stSenobles Happy14 mths gold/white. Nice young male of smaller type. Beautiful expression, lovely dark well spaced eyes. Good pigmnet, bone and ribcage. Coat coming in nicely. Personally would prefer a slightly higher tail carriage to complete the picture.
2ndJacquinta Lets Go Andy JWAlmost 11 months pale gold/white. Exhibit of larger type. Heavy bone and good ribcage. Well set tail giving good balance. Profuse coat. Prefered winners action.

Yearling Dog
1stMinfaa Take Me To the Limit at Middletune18 mths gold/white. He demands attention, extremely well constructed throughout. Lovely head, dark pigment, good mouth. Excellent shape with best of tails which he holds well on the move. Good bone, rib and level topline. Shown in amazing coat. An overall very nice exhibit.
2ndKimevan Cast A Spell18 mths solid gold. Exhibit of smaller type. Beautiful head piece and expression, melting large well set eyes and good pigment. Good bone and ribcage. Shown in good coat of correct texture, was outmoved by winner.

Post Graduate Dog
1stLaurmerand Ace Of Spades2 years solid black. I have admired this young man from the ringside and on having the opportunity to assess him was certainly not disappointed. Really lovely exhibit shown in top class condition. He has a superb head, gorgeous large kind eyes, correct nose placement giving a lovely expression. Graet neck, lay back of shoulders, level top line and good bone. With his correct tail set he maintains his balance standing and on the move. Covered the ground with desired strong back action. Well presented. My pleasure to award him the RCC.
2ndShanjora’s Calisto Boy JW2 and half years solid gold. Another lovely young male, very close up to first. Excellent size and construction. Gorgeous fore face, beautiful full dark eyes and correct nose placement. Lots of the winners comments also apply to this young man. Very well presented. Moved very well with lots of rear drive. Well handled.

Limit Dog
1stCh. Sistasu Silver Lining JW ShCM2 years dark grey/white. Sturdy eyecatching young man. Broad skull, good neck and shoulders, excellent bone and level topline. Constructed well throughout. Correct tail set and carriage. Excellent balance. Covers the ground with such a positive attitude, demands attention. Very sound fore and aft. Shown in grand coat of a correct texture. .Expertly handles and extremely well presented. Pushed hard for RCC
2ndBattery Included at Maitreya3 and half years red gold/white. This young man pushed winner very hard. Another boy who has caught my eye for a while. He has a lovely expression, nice size eye and excellent pigment. He is well constructed throughout. Good bone, rib and top line. High set tail and carriage giving a very well balanced picture. Covered the ground positively. Well handled.

Open Dog
1stCh. Weatsom Margarets Legacy for Quingshui JW ShCM4 years gold/white. This uoung man screams out for attention. Top class from all angles. Perfect size, so well balanced. Lovely kind expression with large full dark eyes. Excellent nose placement and dark pigment. One that really comes into his own on the move. He definitely knows how to use his muscular back end and shows a really full pad, so rare these days. Shown in full coat of desired texture. Excellent presentation. Extremely well handled. I was delighted to give him his 2nd CC and BOB, surely his crowning CC will not be long coming GOOD LUCK.
2ndCh. Cremefern Sweet Talkin Guy JW ShCM5 years dark gold/white. Another lovely boy, very worthy champion of smaller type. Fabulous head and expression. Good bone, rib and level top line. Shown in the best of condition. Coat of correct texture. Covered the ground really well. Expertly handled and presented.

Veteran Dog
1stJimsamroblee Mr MusclesWell constructed boy, excellent coat of correct texture. Pleasing head and foreface, good bone, level topline kept on the move. On the move when he didnt play his owner up he went well with good kick back.

Good Citizen Scheme Dogs
1stJimsamroblee Mr MusclesWell constructed boy, excellent coat of correct texture. Pleasing head and foreface, good bone, level topline kept on the move. On the move when he didnt play his owner up he went well with good kick back.

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stShirkeira Olivia At Middletunejust 6 mnths old gold/white. I wrote down wow for this baby. Her sound powerful movement sums up the word really well. First show, What a debut. Wonderful back action showing FULL PAD. So so feminine throughout. Truly gorgeous expression. full dark eyes and desired nose placement. Correct amount of bone and good spring of rib. Excellent mouth. Shown in good coat for her tender age. Will follow her career with great interest.

Puppy Bitch
1stCh. Shalehan Yarina For Mifcah JW ShCM10 mths gold brindle/white. Another young lady who definitely has the wow factor. So many excellent comments have already been said about this lovely young lady. On judging her, she lived up to everything I had read and more. She certainly demands attention, she cannot be ignored from any angle. Fabulous head piece, desired nose placement, giving a really snooty expression. Large well spaced eyes, excellent dentition. Best of neck and shoulders. Good spring of rib and level topline. Powers around the ring, sound fore and aft. Amazing v oat for age of an excellent tyexture. Top drawer presentation and expertly handled. Must have a very exciting show career ahead of her which I will watch with great interest. BEST PUPPY. Thrilled to see her win UTILITY PUPPY GROUP.
2ndChotahkees Dark Angel at Rossvale10 mths black/white. Another young lady who shows great promise. Unfortunate to meet winner in such top form. Another ultra feminine exhibit. Excellent head, dark eye, uptilted nose and dark pigment. Good ribcage, level top line and correct amount of bone. Shown in excellent coat of correct texture. Another exhibit that is very sound fore and aft. Graet presentation.

Junior Bitch
1stQanukakira Oopzadayzy15 mths solid gold. Such a show girl, enjoys every moment with that look at me attitude. Another feminine young lady. Beautiful Expression, lovely dark well spaced eyes. Good dark pigment. Very ghood tail set and carriage, keeps her balance on the move. Really covers the ground, excellent both fore and aft. Shown in best of jackets of a correct texture, first class presentation and very well handled. Pushed extremely hard for RCC A top drawer young lady..
2ndTameron Miss Daisy Blush at Portiakiss15 mths pale solid gold.Another classy young lady, feminine in every respect. Gorgeous expression, lovely dark eyes and correct nose placement. Good tail set and carriage, like the winner, really shows her socks off. In very good coat, well presented. Pushed winner very hard. Another promising young lady.

Novice Bitch
1stCremefern Lily The Pink17 mnths pale gold/whiteAnother feminine young lady from the tip of her nose to the tip of her tail. Beautiful head piece, lovely expression, well spaced dark eyes, correct nose placement and lovely mouth. Good neck, shoulders and level top line. Really good tail set and carriage, kept her shape on the move. Great presentation and very well handled. Another young lady who should have a promising future.
2ndTameron Miss Daisy Blush at Portiakiss15 mths pale solid gold.Another classy young lady, feminine in every respect. Gorgeous expression, lovely dark eyes and correct nose placement. Good tail set and carriage, like the winner, really shows her socks off. In very good coat, well presented. Pushed winner very hard. Another promising young lady.

Yearling Bitch
1stEthelsmead Looking for Lowri17 mths black/white. A lovely young lady who won my heart. Shown in fabulous coat of great texture and condition. Ultra feminine. Best of mouths, large dark round eyes, tip tilted nose, giving a look at me expression that cannot be denied. Best of necks good lay back of shoulder, level top line. Exceptional tail carriage which she kept on the mive. She really motored around the ring showing excellent kick back and full pad. Beautifully presented and very well handled. Another from the top drawer RCC
2ndShanjora’s Golden SunsetAnother little girl who has previously caught my eye. She can be a tinker, playing her owner up, but when she settles, my word she really motors with style. Lovely head and forface, beautiful eyes. Good neck, rib and bone. Shown in great coat of a good condition.I am sure these two lovely ladies will change places many times.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stAnyang Whispering Breeze2 years gold/white. Excellent type and size. Best of heads and expression. Very good mouth. Good neck and shoulders, well sprung ribs, level top line. Well set and carried tail. In first class coat of good condition. Moved out well with sound and positive attitude. Extremely well presented and handled.
2ndMinfaa Dancin Cheek To Cheek at Middletune2 years gold/white. A lot of my above critique also applies to this young lady. Lovely head and expression. Shows herself off to full advantage. In excellent coat of correct texture. Moved out really positively. Well handled and presented.

Limit Bitch
1stCh. Rossvale Secret ObsessionTwo lovely bitches of a different type. 4 years gold/white. A lovely bitch that one has to judge to fully appreciate. Nothing over flashy or over the top about her bute tonnes of quality. Gorgeous head piece, best of expressions, vey kind eyes, lovely type and size. Good neck, shoulders, good spring of rib and level top line. Extremely well balanced. Covers the ground in such a positive stylish manner. Shown in full coat of correct texture. Well handled and presented.
2ndCh. Ziams Mary-Lou JW (imp)2 years brindle/white. Only a young lady, seems to be going through a coat change at the moment. Saying that, structually well put together. Good neck, shoulders, level top line, good bone. Motored around the ring with great attitude. Pusshed winnr hard, would just have preferred more body to complete the picture. Extremely well presented and handled.

Open Bitch
1stCh. Tameron Miss Black Opium2 and half years black/white.This young lady is such a worthy champion. O 2 and half years black/white. This young lady is such a worthy champion. Oozes quality from every angle. Carries an excellent head piece. Best of mouths, dark well spaced eyes and correct nose placement, giving a really snooty expression. Good dark pigment. She has a lovely swan neck, good lay of shoulder, well sprung ribs and a spirit level top line. She is extremely well balanced, teapot tai which she holds on the move. Covered the ground with attitude. Presentation and handling first class. Pleased to award her BCCl ozes quality from every angle. Carries an excellent head piece. Best of mouths, dark well spaced eyes and correct nose placement, giving a really snooty expression. Good dark pigment. She has a lovely swan neck, good lay back of shoulder, well sprung ribs and a spirit level top line. She is extremely well balanced, teapot tail which she holds on the move. Covered the ground with attitude. Presentation and handling first class. Pleased to award her BCC.
2ndChanikos Dreams A Brewin2 and half years gold/white. Nice size young lady. very well balanced. Pleasing head and expression. Good bone, well sprung ribs and level top line. Tail set on and carried well, helping her maintain her shape standing and on the move. Moves soundly fore and aft. Very well presented and handled.