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Full Critique for Darlington 2021

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

I thoroughly enjoyed judging your lovely breed again. I thought there were some high quality dogs and bitches present. Without exception, presentation was of a high standard and temperaments were delightful. Thanks to my two excellent stewards.

Minor Puppy Dog
1stTameron Mr Black Is BackWhat a lovely character. Ultra smart. Well-placed, good sized eye, Good nose pad and some breadth of underjaw. Decent breadth and depth of chest for age. Good bone. High set, well carried tail. Moved out well showing rear pads.

Puppy Dog
1stCremefern Trigger A Storm At SymarajuBest Puppy. Particularly attractive head and expression. Good sized, dark eye. Large nose pad with open nostrils and good mouth. Sturdy body, well let down, with good bone. Well-carried tail. Shown in good coat and his movement was exemplary.
2ndDebeaux Matteo LorenzoVery eye-catching with his black jacket! Broad skull, good sized eyes and well placed nose. Nicely arched neck, good topline and tailset. A good moving youngster.

Junior Dog
1stCarlita Remember To DreamWell balanced and very typical all through. Grand head an expression; dark, fairly large eyes, well placed open nostrils and good underjaw. Ample bone with good forehand. Has some breadth and depth of chest. Sound and typical on the move. Shown in very good coat.
2ndWarathwaite The KingslayerHe too has an appealing head and expression. Not quite the forehand of the winner. Good body with high set tail. Pleasing coat. Excellent temperament and he made the most of himself.

Post Graduate Dog
1stShanitaus ObsessionSatisfying to handle as he is well made under his very good coat. Chest broad and deep and well let down. Good body with high set, well-carried tail. Good sized skull, lovely eyes. Proud carriage. A very good moving dog.
2ndPaliden Simply A Star With WharfeviewHas some quality. Good skull, large open nostrils and good eyed. Excellent dentition. Ample bone and good, sturdy body. Moved out well showing rear pads.

Limit Dog
1stIsishouse Lord Grantham JWPretty yet masculine head, good breadth of skull, dark expressive eyes, very good mouth with some breadth of underjaw. Excellent forehand with good bone and breadth of chest. Moves out with an easy action showing rear pads.
2ndShalehan YasheronNot quite the breadth of skull of the winner but absolutely typical and he too has a lovely expression. Large, open nostrils. Excellent dentition. Low slung with good ribbing and a high set tail. Moved soundly with some style.

Open Dog
1stCh. Miracey Zero HourCC & BOB. Attractive head, large, dark eyes and good nose placement with large, open nostrils. Broad underjaw. Excellent forehand with low slung body, ample bone and good ribbing. High set, well carried tail. Absolutely sound with very good carriage on the move.
2ndDaltricia Jamie Lee JWReserve CC. Close up and he too excels in body, forehand and deportment. Good sized skull with dark eyes and well placed nose. Nicely arched neck. Good hindquarters with decent muscle tone. Shown in good coat and lovely condition.

Veteran Dog
1stDaltricia Wilbur Smith JW ShCMGood sized skull, with well placed, large expressive eyes and this gave him the edge here. Has a real air of arrogance about him. Good bone and forehand. Sturdy, well ribbed body. Moved well in typical fashion.
2ndWharfeview Candy ManA free moving, handsome dog with a good skull; well placed open nostrils with good pigmentation. Good breadth of underjaw. Decent forehand with pleasing bone. Shows to good advantage.

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stTameron Miss Black OrchidLike her litter brother she is personality plus! Attractive head and expression, good forehand with decent breadth of chest which is well slung. High set, well carried tail. Moved out well with some style.
2ndDebeaux Say What You CeeVery pretty, feminine head with some breadth of underjaw and attractive eyes. Good body proportions, high set tail. Very smart and typical on the move. Good coat.

Puppy Bitch
1stChaela Soda PopPretty, lovely eyes, well placed open nostrils, good mouth. Good sturdy body, well ribbed with high set tail and good deportment. Shown in good coat for age and she moved well with some confidence and arrogance.
2ndNorboo Esmeralda By ShihzarbrunoNot quite as finished as the winner as yet. Very pretty head and expression, uses her neck well. Pleasing to handle as she is soundly made and moved accordingly.

Junior Bitch
1stZeeva Mirror ImageDespite her youth, I thought she was the complete package. Some breadth of skull; large expressive eyes, good nose pad and broad muzzle. Well boned with low slung body, good tail set and carriage. Arrogant and stylish on the move.
2ndPeekin Hoi-Tee-Toi-Tee-TuVery pretty head and expression with large, dark eyes and nicely finished muzzle. Good forehand, has some breadth and depth of chest. Moved well with a typical action. Shown in good coat.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stRossvale’s Finnish ModelCC. This lovely bitch stood at the head of a very good class of high quality Shih Tzus. I really admired her head and expression with big dark eye, large nostrils and broad underjaw. Solid and sturdy and completely unexaggerated with good bone and a pleasing forehand. In first class condition and her movement was very smooth with some extension in the front and drive from the rear. My eye was drawn back to her time and time again. I learned afterwards that she has been knocking on the door for top honours. I was delighted to start her off.
2ndMiracey Disco FeverAnother I would have happily signed a CC for. Absolutely typical and she too has a very pretty head with lovely eyes. Fairly low slung with good breadth and depth of chest and ample bone. Moved out very well.

Limit Bitch
1stPaliden Bucks Fizz to Ekland JWA real eye-catcher in her solid gold jacket! Pretty and feminine, has breadth of skull, well placed, large open nostrils, good eyes and excellent dentition. First class body with high set, well carried tail. Her proud head carriage gave her an air of arrogance on the move where she is both sound and typical. Definitely CC quality.
2ndLyndatzu Que Sah Rah JW. A really good moving bitch. Not quite the finish of muzzle of the winner but she too is pretty and feminine. Very good forehand with good bone and decent breadth and depth of chest. Excellent topline. Good quality coat.

Open Bitch
1stCorrlough Ice MaidenFeminine and typical in all respects with good breadth of skull, large dark eyes, well placed nose and good muzzle. Very good forehand with decent bone. Low slung body with high set tail.
2ndCh. Shorestar Hocus Pocus JWShapely and eye catching with a very pretty head and expression. Large, expressive eyes. Good finish to muzzle and good dentition. Nicely arched neck with well laid shoulders. Good topline and tailset. Excellent coat and condition.

Veteran Bitch
1stShihmali Mum’s The Word VWA lovely bitch with a delightful temperament. Pretty feminine head and expression. Well pigmented and good dentition. Decent forehand with low slung body. Moved out well.