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Full Critique for Shih Tzu Club 2019

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

When I was asked to judge for the main breed club I was naturally very flattered and looked forward to the event with great anticipation. I was not disappointed as there was a lovely entry of dogs the majority of which were beautifully groomed and showed their heads off for me.

Minor Puppy Dog
1stDaltricia Jamie LeeBrimming with confidence this B/W parti was happy to show himself to advantage. Excellent for balance, lovely in head with good mouth, excellent ears and good pigmentation. Good neck, well ribbed back and well set on tail which wagged happily. Good on the move. BPIS
2ndTameron Mr Ralph Lauren At PortiakissGolden parti in super coat. Nice strength of bone, excellent head with good mouth. Like the winner he is only 7 months and his topline just needs to come right. Tailset is fine and he was fairly confident on the move, I am sure he also has a promising future.
VHCJadoremy Red Bounty Sniper For JuhuaJust pipped by his brother in the previous class and of similar quality, good head, lovely mouth, nice topline and well carried tail. Nicely boned and decent on the move.

Puppy Dog
1stDaltricia Nanga ParbatG/W, parti with strong bone and solid body though I would like more length to his ribcage. Pleasing in head with good pigmentation, level topline and well carried tail that did not need any support. Moved really true.
2ndJadoremy Red Bounty ForeverAttractive dark gold with lovely head and expression. Good mouth and correct skull. Nicely ribbed back and well carried tail. Stood four square and was reasonable on the move.
3rdJadoremy Red Bounty Sniper For JuhuaJust pipped by his brother in the previous class and of similar quality, good head, lovely mouth, nice topline and well carried tail. Nicely boned and decent on the move.
VHCElzu Piper ArrowShapely B/W with a good head, darkest of eyes and well set ears. Holds himself nicely with well carried tai

Junior Dog
1stJadoremy Red Bounty Sniper For JuhuaJust pipped by his brother in the previous class and of similar quality, good head, lovely mouth, nice topline and well carried tail. Nicely boned and decent on the move.

Beginners Dog
1stElzu Piper ArrowShapely B/W with a good head, darkest of eyes and well set ears. Holds himself nicely with well carried tai

Maiden Dog
1stDaltricia Jamie LeeBrimming with confidence this B/W parti was happy to show himself to advantage. Excellent for balance, lovely in head with good mouth, excellent ears and good pigmentation. Good neck, well ribbed back and well set on tail which wagged happily. Good on the move. BPIS

Novice Dog
1stDaltricia Nanga ParbatG/W, parti with strong bone and solid body though I would like more length to his ribcage. Pleasing in head with good pigmentation, level topline and well carried tail that did not need any support. Moved really true.
2ndSantosha Dark Spice for NorbooSuper coloured dark gold with pigmentation to match. Strong in skull with neat ears and darkest of eyes. Well ribbed back, decent tail. Not the best of movers.

Graduate Dog
1stChanikos Living The Dream at EthelsmeadSuper outline, well carried masculine head with broad black nose, well shaped muzzle and decent skull. Ears could be lower set. Level topline, tail carried well and he moved nicely.

Post Graduate Dog
1stIsishouse Son And HeirOn the small side but lovely shape with level topline. Lovely mouth, dark eyes and pleasing expression. Short coupled and has a well carried tail. In good coat and moved really well in both directions.
2ndGladmin Soweto Storm JWB/W of larger stature than one. Quite masculine in head and could be just a tad short in muzzle. Carries a huge jacket which is very impressive. Moving better going away than coming to me.

Mid Limit Dog
1stSistasu Silver Top JW ShCMThis gold/white is just so great to go over, very typical in head with a super mouth and good width to skull. Well placed shoulders and nice and tight at the elbows. Balanced well sprung body with short couplings and high set on tail. Well muscled throughout and moved really true in both directions. Beautifully presented and could not be denied the CC & BIS
2ndDaltricia Kwakwali JW ShCMB/W parti with similar quality and pushed the first hard. Just felt the front construction on the winner was better than this boy but a lovely exhibit. Shown and presented beautifully.

Limit Dog
1stShalehan YasheronLovely type with darkest of pigment and good mouth, broad skull and good expression. Correct length of neck and level topline. Nice straight bone and tight at the elbows.
2ndMiddletune Wildest CharmerNot as much neck as the winner which meant he lacked presence. Lovely head and in super coat. Good body and topline with high set on tail. Persisted in standing with his hind feet underneath his body and moved rather choppy at the rear, fine in front.

Open Dog
1stGladmin Transkei Teddy JWThis boy is of lovely type and such a well balanced outline. Lovely head with good muzzle, darkest of eyes and good dentition. Excellent neck, topline and tail with well sprung body and straight boned legs. Super on the move and in lovely well presented coat. He topped a great class but unfortunately he slipped his lead and both he and his handler struggled to regain composure in the challenge and he had to settle for the Res CC.
2ndCarlita Reason To Dream JWAnother gold in a very big coat. Not quite the outlook of the first but so well made all through and a really good mover in both directions. Liked his outline and super tail carriage.

Veteran Dog
1stChellanda Take A Chance On Me ShCMB/W parti-colour with masculine head, nice width of skull, neat ears and good neck leading into level topline. Well carried tail with clear white tip. Nicely boned and true on the move.

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stIsishouse Miss MoneypennyVery attractive g/w with sweet head with good expression and nice dentition. Lovely legs and feet and excellent ribbing with elbows tight in. Carried her tail nicely and moved true in both directions with some degree of confidence.
2ndCharonnis Vegas ShowgirlAnother g/w which is nice for type. Dark pigmentation and pleasing bite. Well ribbed and very stylish on the move.

Puppy Bitch
1stCarlita Dedicate to BelieveI felt this dark gold had great style. Lovely head properties with a good bite and super pigmentation. Strong straight bone in front with close fitting elbows. Excellent topline, well sprung ribbing and correctly carried tail. Lovely mover.
2ndCorrlough Ice MaidenClose up to winner with pleasing head, neck and topline. Tail carriage not quite as good and just a tad less positive in front. Good overall balance.

Junior Bitch
1stMiddletune Flame Of GoldMiddletune Flame Of Gold. Correct for shape with tail balancing nicely with head, good level topline in between. Best of mouths, lustrous eyes and neat well set on ears. Moved really well and in lovely coat.
2ndLyndatzu Que Sah Rah JWLovely cream with well balanced outline with enough length. Pleasing neck and topline. Good strength of bone in front but would prefer it straighter. Nice on the move
ResMiddletune Eternal Flame At ShirkeiraNice for style and a pleasing head with nice set on of ears. Good topline and decent ribbing. Moved nicely in front but found her over active in hock to be typical.

Beginners Bitch
1stTameron Miss Daisy Blush at PortiakissPale coloured with a lovely quality coat, nice to go over with good head, nice bone, well sprung ribbing and super topline. Nicely carried tail and moved out really well though a bit enthusiastically in front.
2ndLyndatzu Petit FleurAlmost entirely black with super coat condition. Sweet head and expression and moved quite well. I would prefer her topline to be more level.

Maiden Bitch
1stCremefern Dancing On A DreamJust 8 months and sister to 3rd in PB B/W of nice size, pleasing head, good bone, strength at the rear and pleasing tail set. Just needs topline to sort itself and she will trouble the best. Just a bit erratic on the move and her very pale coat on her hocks seemed to mask what her feet were doing.

Novice Bitch
1stPaliden Inca Gold for AnbareesWell shaped gold when she chose to stand still. Nice topline and tail. Pleasing in head with good mouth and dark eyes. Nice on the move and carrying a lovely coat.
2ndMiddletune Eternal Flame At ShirkeiraNice for style and a pleasing head with nice set on of ears. Good topline and decent ribbing. Moved nicely in front but found her over active in hock to be typical.
ResCremefern Dancing On A DreamJust 8 months and sister to 3rd in PB B/W of nice size, pleasing head, good bone, strength at the rear and pleasing tail set. Just needs topline to sort itself and she will trouble the best. Just a bit erratic on the move and her very pale coat on her hocks seemed to mask what her feet were doing.
VHCLyndatzu Petit FleurAlmost entirely black with super coat condition. Sweet head and expression and moved quite well. I would prefer her topline to be more level.

Graduate Bitch
1stPeekin Miss Jive-Bunny-TuG/W with lovely head and neat ears. Well made in front, good ribbing and strength of rear. Can move out level but not standing quite as well.
2ndPaliden Inca Gold for AnbareesWell shaped gold when she chose to stand still. Nice topline and tail. Pleasing in head with good mouth and dark eyes. Nice on the move and carrying a lovely coat.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stPeekin Miss Jazz Ming-TuHard decisions here as so little separating these. G/W with lovely head and expression, good muzzle without being too heavy. Well arched neck, nicely ribbed and correctly carried tail. In lovely well presented coat. Better moving away than coming.
2ndCarlita Time to Samba JWG/W which is very similar to one but a tad stronger in muzzle. Good for balance and well sprung but more length of rib would benefit. Moved out with great confidence.

Minor Limit Bitch
1stLyndatzu CharismaVery striking gold & white in lovely coat and all in super balance with correct tail to balance with head. Darkest of eyes and good pigmentation. Nice for neck and topline and very solid in body. Firm and positive on the move.
2ndPeekin Miss Souza-TuVery similar to winner but not quite the neck nor as firm in front. Topline, tail and quarters are all good and she was very nice on the move.

Limit Bitch
1stDolha’s Step Out in StyleWell coated and very typical in head with the darkest of pigment, a black nose and perfect mouth. Well boned and ribbing of great length and a super well plumed high tail. Moved really well in both directions and pushed hard in the final challenge, just a tad strong in muzzle for me.
2ndCh. Paliden Star DelightVery similar but a shade smaller and more petite. Lovely head and pigment, super topline and tail. Moved really well and beautifully presented.
VHCTameron Miss Daisy Blush at PortiakissPale coloured with a lovely quality coat, nice to go over with good head, nice bone, well sprung ribbing and super topline. Nicely carried tail and moved out really well though a bit enthusiastically in front.

Open Bitch
1stCh. Tameron Miss Black OpiumB/W in fantastic quality coat which did not detract when she moved. Balanced all round with super front and good headpiece with the best of mouths and nice set on of ears. Super neck, topline and tail. So good to go over all through and moved out so well in both directions with the confidence of a winner. I could not resist her charms BCC & Res BIS
2ndTameron Miss ParisWhen I pulled this one out I had no idea she came from the same ownership as the winner. I noted similar in shape and style – well no wonder. She is also beautifully made and has a great expression helped by the white in the right places. Moved true in both directions so I was happy to award her the Res CC.