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Full Critique for Shih Tzu Club 2018
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.|