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Full Critique for Crufts 2018

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Judge : Mr Nigel Stevens
This critique reflects the judge's opinion
based on what they saw on the day of the show.

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.

Minor Puppy Dog
1stChaela Heartbeat9 months GoldWhite. With good size head, large dark eyes. Wide in jaw, deep chest leading to a good spring of rib, moved soundly round the ring with good balance & drive.
2ndSantosha DaybreakGoldWhite 8 Months With Large Head Dark round eyes, wide jaw with good dentition sound front, short coupled, with level topline typical size & quality from this kennel but a bit overawed with the noise & experience of the big ring today.

Puppy Dog
1stTameron Mr Guilty BlackBlackWhite 10 Months a large head with the darkest of eyes good nose placement giving a pleasing expression, wide fronted with a deep chest, good lay back of shoulder with correct angulation leading to a good spring of rib, level topline with good tailset a well muscled stifle giving good reach & drive showing full pads moved to perfection. Was pleased to award Best Puppy in Breed.
2ndGladmin Soweto Storm JWBlackWhite 10 months another promising puppy, nice size head large dark eyes, wide jaw, good nose placement giving a lovely expression. Deep chest, short coupled level topline, well-muscled stifle moved and showed well.

Junior Dog
1stSistasu Silver Top ShCMGold/White with large head with dark eyes, wide muzzle, good stop giving a pleasing expression, deep broad chest nice spring of rib, level topline, good tailset moved with reach and drive showing full pad.
2ndAshmakin Bodacious Smooth for JaxTzu (IKC) JW ShCMSolid Gold with Black Mask large head, dark eyes, wide jaw, correct stop, deep broad chest, level topline correct tail placement, moved with drive.

Yearling Dog
1stKeytor The Jazz SingerDeep Gold/White with a large domed head, wide dark eyes, correct nose placement, a wide jaw with good dentition, giving a very pleasing expression. Correct lay back of shoulder giving good angulation, deep chest with a level topline, teapot handle tail, correct stifle with plenty of muscle. Moved out round the ring with plenty of drive showing full pad. This dog is one of a few with the correct size and height pushed hard for the CC was pleased to award the RCC.
2ndMiddletune Wildest CharmerGold/White another lovely type with large head, dark eye, wide jaw, deep wide chest with correct angulation, a good spring of rib, good tailset in good coat moved with drive showing full pad.
ResSistasu Silver Top ShCMGold/White with large head with dark eyes, wide muzzle, good stop giving a pleasing expression, deep broad chest nice spring of rib, level topline, good tailset moved with reach and drive showing full pad.
VHCAshmakin Bodacious Smooth for JaxTzu (IKC) JW ShCMSolid Gold with Black Mask large head, dark eyes, wide jaw, correct stop, deep broad chest, level topline correct tail placement, moved with drive.

Post Graduate Dog
1stYung Lo’s Who Needs A DressGold/White Large broad head with good nose placement large dark eyes, wide jaw giving a pleasing expression, good wide front, correct shoulder placement good spring of rib, level topline, high tailset giving good balance on the move.
2ndMiracey Son of A Preacher Man for MatshaSilver Grey/White slightly smaller than 1st with broad head, dark eyes, correct nose placement, wide jaw giving a pleasing expression, good width of chest and lay back of shoulder, good spring of rib, short coupled, level topline, moved round the ring showing full pad with drive.

Limit Dog
1stCh. Art Made Gene Kelly (Imp Swe)Gold/White of nice proportions, large head, dark eyes, correct nose placement, wide jaw with good dentition, broad chest correct angulation, good reach of neck, level topline, short coupled, high tailset giving good overall balance, moved with reach and drive showing full pads.
2ndQanukakira Whizz Bang Pop with DebeauxSlightly larger than 1st with a large broad head, pleasing expression with dark eyes and wide jaw, deep chest, good spring of rib, level topline giving a good balancing tailset, well muscled stifle, in good coat moved round the right with arrogance showing full pads.

Open Dog
1stCh. Weatsom Margarets Legacy for Quingshui JW ShCMGold/White one of those dogs that caught my eye when it walked into the ring. Seen this dog from the ringside at previous shows and wanted to see for myself his qualities and I was not disappointed. A large domed masculine head with large well placed eyes, correct stop, good dentition in a wide jaw. Good reach of neck, deep wide chest, heavy boned, correct spring of rib, level topline with a teapot handle tail, giving the correct balance on the move. With a wonderful length and quality of coat texture all of this stacked up on four well muscled legs, and he covered the ring with ease showing full pads. Was pleased to award him DCC and BOB
2ndCh. Keytor All That JazzGold/White this is another quality dog from this kennel which I have liked before. Large broad head well placed dark eyes, correct nose placement, ample width of jaw giving a pleasing masculine expression. Correct deep wide front, heavily boned, good reach of neck, good spring of rib, level topline tail set on high giving a good overall balance. Well muscled stifle giving excellent drive showing full pads.

Veteran Dog
1stCh. Middletune Wildest Dream JW ShCM9 ½ years solid gold with a large head a good width between the eyes & muzzle ,sound construction giving great reach & drive, a high tail giving good balance on the move a credit to its owner.
2ndTzusweet Super Sleuth7yrs 5mths Solid gold with dark muzzle a very pleasing expression, large head, wide front leading to a good spring of rib, level topline giving good balance on the move .

Good Citizen Scheme Dogs
1stEthelsmead That’ll Be The DayGold/White of good size with a large broad head, good stop, wide jaw, dark eyes giving a pleasing expression, good width of chest, well bodied, level topline, good turn of stifle, high tailset & moved with confidence.
2ndCh. Sistasu Silver Lining JW ShCMBlack/White With a large domed head, dark eyes wide muzzle, a good wide front with ample bone, good spring of rib, level topline, good tailset, well muscled moved with drive.

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stMifcahs The IllusionistGold/White a superb little puppy with a good sized head sweet expression dark eyes, good wide jaw, good front well bodied, level topline full of exuberance, showing good reach/drive & balance on the move, pleased to award her Best Puppy Bitch.
2ndWharfeview Kissy SusukiSolid Gold with black mask, a large head with wide dark eyes, good stop, wide muzzle, good front and spring of rib, short coupled moved out well round the ring.

Puppy Bitch
1stTameron Miss ParisGold/White. With a very pleasing expression, large domed head with wide dark eyes, correct stop, good deep chest well boned, good spring of rib, level topline, a good tailset, well muscled stifle, giving good reach & drive on the move showing full pad.
2ndBishbow Summer BreezeBlack/White of good substance and pleasing expression, wide eyes, good stop, wide jaw, deep chest, wide front, level topline, good stifle moved out well showing full pads.

Junior Bitch
1stMinfaa PocahontasGold/White Feminine bitch with a good size head. wide eyes & jaw, correct width of front, good lay back of shoulder, nice reach of neck, good spring of rib, short coupled, teapot handle tail moved & showed well.
2ndShorestar Hocus Pocus JWWhat a pretty solid black with a white blaze down her front, correct size of head with dark eyes, good stop, correct width of jaw, good front, well rounded ribcage, short coupled moved & showed well.

Yearling Bitch
1stWarathwaite Pure As Snowdeep gold/white with lovely feminine expression, dark wide eyes good stop, wide jaw, deep chest with correct angulation, nice reach of neck, good spring of rib, level topline and correct tailset. Went round the ring with plenty of reach & drive showing full pads. A quality bitch was pleased to award her the RCC. Her crowning glory should not be long coming.
2ndShirkeira Leather N’LacePale gold/white with a nice size head, wide eyes & nostrils with good width of jaw, good front, spring of rib, level topline, short coupled moved & showed well.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stQanukakira OopzadayzySolid Gold of good substance with a very pleasing expression large dark wide eyes well spaced apart, good stop, wide jaw, excellent front angulation, good reach of neck, short coupled, well sprung ribs, tea pot handle tail, moved with reach & drive, came close for the RCC.
2ndShihmali Mum’s The WordGold/White a pretty bitch with wide eyes, correct nose placement, wide jaw, good angulation, level topline, short coupled moved & showed well.

Limit Bitch
1stPaliden Star DelightSolid Gold with the sweetest expression, correct size of head with a good dome, large dark eyes & wide jaw, deep broad chest, good spring of rib, short coupled with a high tail giving good balance, moved & showed with drive.
2ndMagracara Miss Dynamite at PennyparadesGold/White, with expressive wide eyes, correct stop, deep chest, good reach of neck, short coupled with good stifle, high tail moved out with drive.

Open Bitch
1stCh. Rossvale Secret ObsessionThis is another dog I have admired for a while, it was a pleasure to assess for myself her qualities. Gold/white with beautiful expressive wide eyes, inch perfect stop, wide jaw with good dentition, a deep wide front with good angulation, excellent reach of neck, well sprung ribcage, level topline, short coupled, good stifle, well muscled, heavy boned construction giving excellent reach & drive, I was pleased to award her the bitch CC.& Res BOB.
2ndCh. Hin Chen’s Aertan’s Princess (No,Se, Fin)Another quality bitch Gold/white with a large domed head, large dark expressive eyes, good stop, wide jaw, deep chest, level topline, good spring of rib moved & showed well showing full pads.

Veteran Bitch
1stCh. Thaisu She Rocks10 Years Gold/White .This bitch is an excellent example for her age, still shows like a youngster. With a large head, wide dark appealing eyes, good stop, wide jaw giving an overall feminine expression, a deep chest well boned, good spring of rib, level topline, teapot handle tail moved with drive showing full pad a credit to her owner. Pleased to award her Best Veteran.
2ndPaliden Good As Gold7½years Solid Gold with black mask, large head with dark eyes, correct nose placement, wide jaw, giving a pleasing expression, good front with ample bone, good spring of rib, short coupled, with good tailset, nice turn of stifle, moved with drive.
ResJimsamroblee Miss HonaluluSolid gold with black mask, good size head with expressive eyes, good stop, wide jaw, good front, level topline, good tailset, moved & showed well.

Good Citizen Scheme Bitches
1stJimsamroblee Miss HonaluluSolid gold with black mask, good size head with expressive eyes, good stop, wide jaw, good front, level topline, good tailset, moved & showed well.
2ndRossvale Xclusive Model at YunquishingGold/White with a good head, dark eyes, wide front, good reach of neck, level topline moved out well round the ring.