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Full Critique for East of England 2017

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Judges : Mr Tim Ball and
This critique reflects the judge's opinion
based on what they saw on the day of the show.

Puppy Dog
1stShalehan YasheronA nice class to start the day with what turned out to be two 11 mth old gold/white littermates. The winner I thought was so good for overall type and balance and with nice bone throughout. Delightful head and expression with good breadth to skull and muzzle, dark round eyes set well apart, good width of underjaw and the best of mouths. Nicely arched neck of correct length, well ribbed back, good depth of brisket and tail set on high and of excellent carriage. Soundly made both front and rear, moving freely with excellent self carriage and showing full pad. Best Puppy Dog.
2ndShalehan Yarik For MifcahAnother very nice puppy and many of the same comments apply. Sturdy and well balanced with neck of correct length, good width of chest, pleasing rib and good tail for both set and carriage. Quality headpiece with rounded skull, good width of muzzle, dark eyes of correct shape and set and excellent dentition. He is also well made all through and moves true when viewed from any angle with arrogant, self carriage. Good coat and presentation. Excellent temperament.

Junior Dog
1stKeytor The Jazz Singer12 mth gold/white carrying excellent bone and substance. I thought him so well balanced with the best of necks, good depth to brisket, nice spring of rib, muscular loin and tail set on high which he carries correctly. Attractive head with good breadth to his round skull, excellent eye for shape, set and colour, good width to muzzle, wide open nostrils and good dentition. Well laid shoulders with good width of chest and strong, muscular hindquarters. Moving freely with good drive from the rear, showing full pad. Super temperament.
2ndZeeva Zhivago JW15 mth gold/white of completely different type and outline to the winner and needing more time. He is slighter all round and a tad shorter in back. Neck of sufficient length, level topline, well ribbed back and tail set on high and carried well. Pleasing head and expression with rounded skull of good breadth, excellent eye, square muzzle and correct dentition. Soundly constructed both ends, moving freely with arrogance and showing full pad. Good quality coat and well presented.

Yearling Dog
1stDaltricia Mondego JW ShCMTwo very nice dogs here but of completely different types. The winner was this 21 mth old black. A born showman he just stands there and commands attention, presenting a beautifully balanced outline with excellent neck, topline and tail for both set and carriage. Broad, rounded skull, eyes of correct set but could be a fraction larger, square muzzle of good breadth, correct dentition and nice wide open nostrils. He is so good to go over with correct angulation both front and rear, excellent rib and well muscled all through. Moving out so well in profile, using himself at all times and true on the down and back.
2ndMiracey All You Need Is Love For Tilbe JW ShCM21 mth gold/white who was unlucky to come up against the winner today. He presents a good outline but different to that of the winner, being slightly longer and his topline gives a little. He has a beautiful head and expression, being broader in skull than the winner and with a better eye, correct length of muzzle, wide open nostrils and good width to underjaw. Nicely arched neck of good length, well ribbed back, muscular loin and excellent tail for set and carriage. Not quite the front movement of the winner but he is most impressive in profile action and shows full pad going away. Very well presented.

Post Graduate Dog
1stLaurmerand Ace Of Spades2 yr old black who I thought was outstanding for type. He is solid all through and so good to go over, carrying super bone and substance. A fraction longer in back, but this really did not detract for me given his abundance of virtues. Nicely arched neck of good length, firm topline, excellent ribbing, muscular loin and tail set on high which is carried correctly. Glorious head and expression with good breadth to his round skull, dark round eyes set well apart, square muzzle of good width and correct dentition. Soundly made all through and moving out so well, using himself at all times and showing full pad. Quality coat and presentation.
2ndShanjora’s Calisto Boy JW2 yr old gold and another good one. He presented a nicely balanced outline with correct length of neck, ribcage extends well back, muscular loin and high set tail which is carried correctly. He is narrower in chest than the winner and not quite as good coming towards but he moves out well in profile with good self carriage and shows full pad when going away. Quality head and expression with good breadth to skull, muzzle of correct length, super dark round eyes which are set well apart and good dentition. Presented in first class order and handled to advantage.

Limit Dog
1stPekoe One Direction JW2 yr gold/white who presented a nicely balanced outline with neck of correct length, level topline, ribs extending well back and nicely sprung, firm loin and tail set on high which he carries well over his back. Pleasing head and expression with excellent eyes for shape, colour and set, good breadth to muzzle and correct dentition. Moving out well when viewed in profile with good self carriage, he gives a little away when coming towards but has nice firm rear action and shows full pad.
2ndShorestar Moulin Rouge of Polmac4 yr old solid gold. He is heavier all through than the winner and carrying very good bone. A little longer cast although not unbalanced with nicely arched neck of sufficient length, firm level topline, ribs extending well back and high set tail which he carries correctly. Good breadth to his rounded skull, dark round expressive eyes, good length of muzzle and correct dentition. Soundly made and moving well all through. Excellent coat and presentation.

Open Dog
1stCh. Zamadar Majic Potion for CedarhytheWow, what an outstanding class this was. All eight dogs are a credit to the breed and their owners and such a shame that some had to go home cardless, but that is the nature of the game. 6 yr black/white who is right out of the top drawer. I thought him something very special and it gave me great pleasure to go over him, given his exceptional construction. He is all male, solid throughout and carrying excellent bone. Balanced in outline with nicely arched neck of good length, firm level topline, ribcage extends well back, firm muscular loin and high set tail which he carries correctly over his back. Most attractive headpiece with good breadth to his round skull, dark expressive eyes of good size and correct set, broad muzzle, wide open nostrils and correct dentition. Well laid shoulders with good breadth to chest and strong, muscular hindquarters with correct angulation. On the move, he really is a sight to behold, moving true on the down and back, showing full pad, and in profile driving well from the rear with arrogant self carriage. Quality coat and shown in first class order. A more than worthy CC winner here today and just pipped at the post for BOB by the equally outstanding Bitch CC winner.
2ndCh. Tameron Mr Red Edition JWAnother of the highest quality and it really was a difficult task separating the first two here. This 3 yr old gold/white boy is beautifully balanced, of superior type and so well made throughout. Nicely arched neck of good length, firm level topline, well ribbed back, good depth of brisket, excellent spring of rib, strong muscular loin and good tail for both set and carriage. Masculine head with good breadth to his round skull, the very best of eyes, correct length and breadth to muzzle, wide open nostrils and correct dentition with good width of underjaw. Good layback of shoulder, chest well let down and of good width and strong, muscular hindquarters with correct angulation. Faultless movement and carriage, covering the ground with good drive from the rear, showing full pad, and with an air of self importance. Excellent coat and presentation. RCC.

Veteran Dog
1stCh. Shanitaus Mane Attraction JW7 yr old gold/white. Standing alone here but certainly not unworthy in any way. He presents a nicely balanced outline with sufficient length of neck, firm level topline, ribs extending well back, muscular loin and tail good for both set and carriage. Attractive head and expression with round skull of good breadth, dark round eyes of good size and set well apart, nice width to muzzle and correct dentition. Moving with excellent self carriage and true on the down and back. Good quality coat and well presented. Handled to advantage to take Best Veteran in Breed and thrilled to see him end the day by topping the Veteran Group!

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stGladmin Lesotho PromiseInquisitive 8 mth gold/white of excellent type and balance. She is good for size, has ample bone and nice substance. Moderate length of neck which is nicely arched, firm topline, ribbed well back and tail set on high and carried over the back. Attractive head and expression with good breadth to skull, excellent eye for size, colour and set and nice width of underjaw. Soundly made both front and rear, moving cleanly and with purpose. Excellent coat and presentation.
2ndShorestar Hocus Pocus JW8 mth black of different type to the winner but was a very close decision between the two. She presented a nicely balanced outline with sufficient length of neck, level topline, rib developing well for age, muscular loin and good tail for both set and carriage. Feminine headpiece with good breadth to her round skull, dark eyes of correct shape and set, slightly uptilted nose and strong undershot jaw. Another who is well constructed and with first class action. Good quality coat and presentation.

Puppy Bitch
1stCh. Shalehan Yarina For Mifcah JW ShCM3 nice puppies here, although quite different in type. 11 mth gold/white who is quite the show girl and certainly has the arrogance called for in the breed standard. Feminine throughout with the most appealing head and expression; broad, round skull with good width between her dark, round eyes, good breadth to muzzle and excellent dentition. Nicely balanced with correct length of neck, good length to ribcage, muscular loin and tail set on high and of excellent carriage. Well laid shoulder with pleasing width of chest and well muscled hindquarters with correct angulation. Sound, free purposeful action, showing full pad. Quality coat and presentation. Best Puppy and later shortlisted in the Puppy Group.
2ndSantosha Hot Lips at Malzuski10 mth gold/white and another who has so much to like. She pleased for outline with nicely arched neck, firm topline, rib developing well for age, muscular loin and tail set on nice and high which she carries well over her back. Front could not match that of winner either standing or on the move but she moves out well in profile with arrogant carriage and has nice firm rear action and shows full pad as desired. Delightful head and expression with excellent eye for shape, colour and set, broad muzzle and correct mouth. Good coat.

Junior Bitch
1stZeeva Zafirah15 mth gold/white. Quality girl with attractive head and expression; good breadth to her round skull, the best of eyes, wide open nostrils, correct length to her square muzzle and nice width to underjaw with good dentition. Nicely arched neck of sufficient length, firm level topline, ribbed well back and muscular loin. Tail set on well but carried a little flatter than I prefer. She was good to go over and has good angles both front and rear. Moving soundly with drive from the rear, showing full pad, and with confident carriage.
2ndShorestar Tango Fire13 mth black/white. Another nice youngster who was good to go over and close up to the winner here. She presented a nicely balanced outline with excellent neck, level topline, rib developing well and extending well back, strong loin and good tail for both set and carriage. Attractive headpiece with good breadth to skull, slightly uptilted nose, dark expressive eyes set well apart and wide open nostrils. Pleasing construction throughout and moving so well in profile with arrogant carriage. Just a fraction closer going away but showing full pad. Good coat and presentation.

Yearling Bitch
1stShanjora’s Golden Sunset2 yr solid gold. Quality girl who greatly appealed. I thought her so well balanced and such a good type. Nicely arched neck of sufficient length, level topline and good length of back, excellent ribbing, muscular loin and tail set on nice and high which she carries so well. Feminine head and expression with large, round eyes of good colour and set, good breadth of muzzle and wide open nostrils. Well made all through with good layback of shoulder, broad chest which is well let down and muscular hindquarters with correct angulation. Eye catching, free action with good self carriage and showing full pad when going away. Quality coat and presented in first class order.
2ndZeeva Zafirah15 mth gold/white. Quality girl with attractive head and expression; good breadth to her round skull, the best of eyes, wide open nostrils, correct length to her square muzzle and nice width to underjaw with good dentition. Nicely arched neck of sufficient length, firm level topline, ribbed well back and muscular loin. Tail set on well but carried a little flatter than I prefer. She was good to go over and has good angles both front and rear. Moving soundly with drive from the rear, showing full pad, and with confident carriage.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stGladmin Inala2 yr old gold/white who was a standout in this class for me. I thought she was the best for size, balance and overall type. Quality head with good breadth to her round skull, dark expressive eyes, wide open nostrils, square muzzle of correct length and good dentition. Nicely arched neck of sufficient length, firm level topline, excellent ribbing, muscular loin and tail set on high which she carries correctly. Soundly made all through and moving true but she could be a tad more animated to her advantage. Excellent coat.
2ndKengai Kismet2 yr old gold/white. Nicely balanced girl with good bone and substance but I wouldn’t want her any bigger. She scored in outline with good length of neck, level topline, ribs extending well back and nicely sprung, muscular loin and good tail for both set and carriage. Attractive head with round skull of good breadth, excellent eye for shape, set and colour and broad, skull muzzle. She is another who is soundly constructed and moves out with arrogant carriage, covering the ground with drive from the rear.

Limit Bitch
1stPekoe Surprise Surprise JWRather mixed class,2 yr old pale gold/white who won here on outline and overall balance. Feminine throughout with just enough bone and substance. Neck of good length which is nicely arched, firm level topline, ribcage extending well back, short loin and tail set on high and of correct carriage. Attractive head with nice eye, round skull and correct length of muzzle. She moves so well in profile with desired arrogant carriage of the breed and shows full pad when going away. Good coat and presentation.
2ndMatsonic Gotta Have Faith at Ethelsmead2 yr old dark gold/white. This girl scored for type and carries nice bone and substance. She presented a well balanced outline with nicely arched neck of correct length, pretty good topline, excellent rib, muscular loin and tail set on high and carried over the back. Broad, round skull with nice width between her dark expressive eyes, a shade longer in muzzle but of good width and pleasing underjaw. Nicely constructed both front and rear, moving true and with excellent self carriage, showing full pad as desired. Excellent coat.

Open Bitch
1stCh. Tameron Miss Black Opium2 yr old black/white who I thought simply breathtaking and she ticked all the boxes for me. She is the most exquisite type, feminine throughout, presents a perfectly balanced outline and has the arrogant carriage both standing and on the move which is so very important in the Shih Tzu. Beautiful head and expression, feminine with round skull of nice breadth, dark round eyes of good size and set well apart, good width of muzzle, wide open nostrils, excellent underjaw and correct dentition. She was a delight to go over with nicely arched neck of good length, firm level topline with excellent ribbing, short muscular loin and good tail for both set and carriage. Faultless construction with good layback of shoulder, well let down chest of good breadth and muscular hindquarters with correct angulation. Moving soundly all through, using herself fully with excellent drive from the rear and showing full pad. Presented in first class order and shown to advantage. A thoroughly well deserved CC & BOB here today from a quality entry.
2ndCh. Jia Lidzhuan for Shenedene JW (Imp Israel)Gold/white approaching 4 yrs. A different type to the winner but nonetheless another quality exhibit who was also a pleasure to go over given her correct construction. She scored for size, carries nice bone and is so well balanced with neck of correct length, level topline, excellent rib, muscular loin and tail set on high which she carries like the desired teapot handle. Quality head with feminine yet arrogant expression; round skull of good breadth, the best of eyes, square muzzle of correct length, wide open nostrils, good underjaw and correct dentition. Sound, free mover, driving well from the rear and showing full pad, using herself fully at all times. Quality coat and presentation and another handled so well. RCC.

Veteran Bitch
1stSuperlion Jezabel At MarbruxFeminine 9 yr old gold/white who presented a beautifully balanced outline with nicely arched neck of sufficient length, well ribbed back with nice level topline, firm loin and high set tail which she carries correctly. Pleasing head with broad, round skull and nice width between her dark, expressive eyes. Wide open nostrils, good width to underjaw and correct dentition. She is soundly built both ends and moves true with good self carriage and shows full pad.Would just like a little more of her all through. Handled to advantage.