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Full Critique for Shih Tzu Club 2018

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

My thanks to the officers and committee of the Shih Tzu Club for inviting me to judge their October Championship Show, and for their hospitality and help of the appointed steward. Many thanks to those who entered and not only entered but travelled through storm Callum. You are all intrepid and your dedication to showing your dogs is to be admired. Because I would rather look at Breed positives, I have to say I found reflections of good dogs of the past in several exhibits. Every breed inevitably evolves through the generations either by assistance or by nature, but importantly as a breed evolves the attributes that make it what it is must be kept intact and recognizable, so that if a dog from the past entered the ring it would not look out of place. Grooming is only the finishing touch, not the dog. Points to carefully consider – do watch your dogs moving both ways, look for the characteristic ’full-pad-showing kick’, close movement or a shuffling gait spoils many an otherwise good exhibit. Nostrils should be open with nose of good proportion to the dog, not overly short. Eyes: Oval or almond shape are incorrect. Width and depth of rib in some exhibits were a little lacking. But I was delighted with my line-ups and winners.

Minor Puppy Dog
1stTameron Mr Classic Black8 month Black & White puppy. A well put together showy pup full of personality and future promise. Lovely outline. Good dark pigment, width of jaw, nose placement, depth and hind quarters. Couldn’t deny him Best Puppy in Show.
2ndRossvale Dressed For Success9 months gold/white. A promising puppy with excellent bone and good breed attributes, sturdy boy with good coat. Just preferred the movement of 1st. Plenty of time ahead to mature and prove himself.

Junior Dog
1stGladmin Soweto Storm JWBlack/White boy of lovely classic type. Good head size, nose, dentition and dark full eye, giving lovely overall expression. Deep bodied with good spring of rib. Strong hindquarters. Lovely balance and tail-which he carried as he moved. One for the future and will follow his show career with interest.
2ndWarathwaite King Int North De JardhuGold/White another of excellent balance. Dark eye and pigment. A little less mature than the first but time is on his side. Moved and showed well.

Beginners Dog
1stJadoremy Thunder Bolt Zuse Sh CMGold/White boy, good dentition and overall expression. Nicely balanced and with good coat, moved ok.
2ndKezang Golden IdolNicely balanced, lovely expression, good coat.

Maiden Dog
1stTameron Mr Aramis at PortiakissGold/White boy with good Shih Tzu expression. Nicely coated with good overall balance. Moved well, just a little more confidence needed.

Graduate Dog
1stPaliden RockstarG/W dog with good dentition and usual breed components. Smaller dog than some but complete.
2ndSantosha Dark Spice for NorbooDeep Red/Gold dog with good balance. Coat of good texture. Preferred movement of 1st.

Post Graduate Dog
1stMiddletune Wildest CharmerStood alone but a worthy winner. Gold/White with excellent overall balance. Good head size and shape, dark eye, good dentition, good chin, giving an overall masculine but not coarse appearance, well bodied with strong quarters. Well coated an overall nice dog.

Minor Limit Dog
1stJacquinta Lets Go Andy JWAn impressive Gold and White dog with good strong movement. Good head shape and size, not overdone, good dentition, nostrils and dark eye. Strong quarters and good ribcage. Nice temperament and moved out with positive drive. Showed himself well at all times.
3rdKezang Golden IdolNicely balanced, lovely expression, good coat.

Limit Dog
1stSantosha Cool Hand LukePale gold and white dog, lovely representative of the breed. Excellent head size and shape with all the correct components of a good masculine Shih Tzu expression without coarseness. Good depth and spring of rib, strong through the quarters with level top-line. A dog that moves out well with true hind movement showing full pad and flick up. Reminiscent of many good dogs of the past. Was pleased to award him DCC and BIS surely a Champion in the making.
2ndRossvale All About The BoyDark Gold/White boy with good width of skull, good size nose and placement, good dentition and bite, dark eye. Not quite the distinctive hind movement of 1st but nonetheless moved with Shih Tzu drive, style and arrogance.

Open Dog
1stCh. Cremefern Sweet Talkin Guy JW ShCMLovely Gold and White Champion boy with all the essentials of a lovely expression. Nicely bodied, good front, with good overall balance and showed well at all times.
2ndCh. Miracey All Guns BlazinWorthy and impressive Champion with overall excellent tail height to head height balance, something the breed must not lose. Moved well holding a level topline.

Veteran Dog
1stCh. Tansingh Double Jepardy (UK, Swe)10 year old gold and white boy with wonderful bone. Dark full eye with lovely balance. Sound and moved well a worthy champion of the breed.
2ndCh. Middletune Wildest Dream JW ShCMlovely dog of 10 years solid gold with profuse coat, nicely balance with good tailset held on the move. Another worthy champion.
3rdCh. Bellwaycharm Time Zone for Tilbe JW ShCM– Three lovely Champions!

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stTameron Miss Killer QueenShe certainly slayed her class. 8 month G/W girl with a lovely open expression. Good size and shape head, dentition, chin, nose size and placement. Good depth of body and strong quarters. Lovely overall balance. Moved well both ways and showed with enthusiasm. Star in the making.
2ndTansingh Chasing Angels6 month dark Gold and White girl. So full of fun and loving her day out. Good head and expression, well bodied with good front. Moved out in style. Will be interesting to see her progression.
3rdMiddletune Hearts Aflame– interesting coat colour, showed well.

Puppy Bitch
1stShirkeira Quartz At Middletune11 months Gold/White bitch with pretty coat pattern. Sweet head with feminine expression, good pigment, nose placement, dentition. Good depth of body, high tail-set moved with drive.
2ndThaisu Jenny Wren10 month G/W. Good head proportions and sweet expression, good balance, nicely presented, preferred the movement of 1st.

Junior Bitch
1stPeekin Miss Jive-Bunny-TuLovely Gold & White, excellent balance which this kennel has maintained over the years. Good head with sweet, true feminine expression. Nicely bodied and moved out well and with confidence. Happy girl. Pleasing to see her show so well, her future looks promising.
2ndChanikos Born To DreamBlack and White girl of lovely breed type. Unlucky to meet 1 today as little to choose between them. Lovely head with bright expressive eye. Nicely balanced and moved out well. Another I have high hopes for.

Beginners Bitch
1stTameron Miss Daisy Blush at PortiakissAttractively coloured pale solid gold girl with dark mask. Pretty head and expression, good nose placement and tip, dentition, pigment and head proportions. Nice neckline, balance and good body, moved well. Could go far.
2ndRossvale Secret Affair is Yunqishing JWGold and White with beautiful head, lovely expression. All in proportion and moved steadily. Two lovely bitches, just preferred the showing zest of 1st in the class.

Maiden Bitch
1stPeekin Miss Jazz Ming-TuLovely Gold and White who looked lovely standing and on the move. Sweet head and expression of good proportions. Good dentition with lovely dark, well shaped eye. Good balance an overall nice bitch with typical breed components. Another promising youngster.
2ndThaisu Jenny Wren10 month G/W. Good head proportions and sweet expression, good balance, nicely presented, preferred the movement of 1st.

Novice Bitch
1stChanikos Blissfull DreamsGold/White pretty bitch who moved and showed well. Good head size and shape, open nostrils, tip tilted nose and dark pigmentation. Good eye and dentition. Nicely coated. Good depth of body. Maturity will develop her qualities.
2ndPeekin Miss Jive-Bunny-TuLovely Gold & White, excellent balance which this kennel has maintained over the years. Good head with sweet, true feminine expression. Nicely bodied and moved out well and with confidence. Happy girl. Pleasing to see her show so well, her future looks promising.
3rdThaisu Jenny Wren10 month G/W. Good head proportions and sweet expression, good balance, nicely presented, preferred the movement of 1st.

Graduate Bitch
1stPeekin Miss Jazz Ming-TuLovely Gold and White who looked lovely standing and on the move. Sweet head and expression of good proportions. Good dentition with lovely dark, well shaped eye. Good balance an overall nice bitch with typical breed components. Another promising youngster.
2ndChanikos Blissfull DreamsGold/White pretty bitch who moved and showed well. Good head size and shape, open nostrils, tip tilted nose and dark pigmentation. Good eye and dentition. Nicely coated. Good depth of body. Maturity will develop her qualities.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stSantosha Mona Lisa at DolhaGold and White girl with terrific personality. Moved well when she settled. Good head with open expression, nose placement, dark eye, dentition. Nicely bodied with good rear end.
2ndRossvale Xclusive Model at YunquishingGold and white bitch that has matured nicely. Sweet head attributes, good depth and spring of rib. Level topline. Moved well.

Minor Limit Bitch
1stTameron Miss Daisy Blush at PortiakissAttractively coloured pale solid gold girl with dark mask. Pretty head and expression, good nose placement and tip, dentition, pigment and head proportions. Nice neckline, balance and good body, moved well. Could go far.
2ndCremefern Lily The PinkGold and White very similar to, and shared same attributes as 1st. Good head and expression. Good depth, length of rib and well balanced. Moved well.

Limit Bitch
1stTameron Miss ParisLovely Gold and White bitch. Head of good size and shape, beautiful classic expression with large dark eye, good nose placement and correct tip, good dentition and dark pigmentation. Moved with good forward reach and drive from the rear, showing full pad. Showed non-stop. Destined to go far.
2ndRossvale Be DeliciousGold and White and true to her name with the most delicious soft, warm, feminine expression. Full dark eye, correct tip to nose leather and good breadth of skull. Deep bodied with strong rear. Close up to 1st. lovely girl.

Open Bitch
1stCh. Rossvale Secret ObsessionNo wonder she is a Champion. Lovely Oriental Expression which is hard to pin-point and even harder to find. Good dentition, pigmentation, eye, nose breadth of skull, nice neckline flowing into shoulders. Lovely depth of body, balance and level top-line which she held on the move and Oh can she move!! Good forward reach and strong hind action. Wonderful to have had the opportunity to judge such a girl and add to her illustrious show career. Well deserving of her awards.
2ndRossvale Secret Affair is Yunqishing JWGold and White with beautiful head, lovely expression. All in proportion and moved steadily. Two lovely bitches, just preferred the showing zest of 1st in the class.
3rdAnyang Whispering Breeze– A strong class of lovely bitches.

Veteran Bitch
1stCh. Miracey Fruity KissesBeautifully presented 7 year old bitch. Unsurprisingly a Champion. Clearly defined neckline flowing into shoulders. Moved well showing off her lovely balance. Groomed to perfection as usual for this kennel.
2ndTansingh Angel and DemonGold/White with lovely expression. Nicely balanced and moved well.
3rdJimsamroblee Miss HonaluluNice to see these veteran girls still enjoying a show-day.