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Full Critique for Driffield 2017

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

I should like to thank the Officers and Committee of Driffield Agricultural Society for kindly inviting me to judge. Unfortunately, the weather was not kind to us this year. It took a lot of hard work and dedication from the organisers to allow the show to proceed; so, thank you ever so much.Since I last judged in 2014, I found that rib cages seemed to have improved, last time I found several exhibits with very narrow rib cages. I did however, still find some exhibits that did not have the correct eye shape and/or were too close together giving a snipey appearance. I did find a few exhibits, lacking in rear angulation which affected their movement. However, I was pleased with my winners and thought that my line up illustrated what I was looking for. Thank you to my two stewards for their help in keeping the judging flowing so easily. Thank you to the exhibitors for my lovely entry and their intrepidness in managing the conditions to bring their dogs for me to judge. I felt very honored. When I judge; I am looking for a well-balanced dog, who is longer than tall, well angulated front and rear, with a deep broad rib cage extending well down the body. I look for a large well-shaped skull, with a short muzzle and definite stop. Large, round, dark eyes well-spaced apart. Dentition is important as correct dentition can enhance the expression, conversely incorrect dentition can mar the expression. Having said that; if a dog’s other attributes are desirable, dentition need not be the be all. I like, free movement, extending well in front and driving well from behind. Coat is the icing on the cake, completing the overall picture. With my entry on the day I was very pleased to find what I was looking for in both the dogs and the bitches. I have read in other people’s critiques that they found the bitches to be much stronger than the dogs. I found both sexes to be fairly equal in quality.

Minor Puppy Dog
1stRossvale Fun In The Sun at Kimevan6month, solid gold with a black mask, Lovely size and so well balanced. Excellent head and eye, very good dentition giving him a chin, giving him a great expression. Broad ribcage, level topline, very good tail set. Moved very well with lots of confidence. BPD.
2ndRossvale Here Comes The Sun over FairmereLitter brother to 1. Gold and white, very similar attributes to 1. Slightly taller on leg but still well balanced, pleasing expression. Moved very well.

Puppy Dog
1stRossvale Here Comes The Sun over FairmereLitter brother to 1. Gold and white, very similar attributes to 1. Slightly taller on leg but still well balanced, pleasing expression. Moved very well.
2ndMinfaa Oh Shanandore With SobrietyGold and white, larger type of dog than 1. Pleasing head and expression. Good ribcage, moved okay, preferred the overall package of 1

Junior Dog
1stJacquinta Lets Go Andy JWA gold and white boy, I have admired from the ringside. He did not disappoint; such a beautifully shaped head, large dark eyes, correct dentition with a chin, nose leather level with eye rims, short muzzle and good stop; giving a lovely soft expression. Well arched good reach of neck, tight elbows and well laid shoulders, level topline. Excellent ribcage and very good tail set. Well-muscled, well angulated rear. In fine coat and condition, moved very well with drive and kept his well- balanced shape on the move. His temperament is joyful. I was pleased to award him the RCC; his first, but I am sure not his last. One to watch for the future.
2ndKeytor The Jazz SingerAnother one I have admired from the ringside. Dark gold and white, many of his attributes are similar to 1 but, I preferred the Head piece of my winner. He is also well balanced. He carries himself well and moves well. I am sure these two will change places many times.

Yearling Dog
1stCarlita Reason To Dream JWA very pleasing gold and white boy who is very well balanced and not overdone in any way. Attractive head with dark, well-spaced eyes, soft oriental expression. Good reach of neck, well angulated front and rear, level topline and very good tail set. In beautiful coat and condition, moved very well. Another to watch for the future.
2ndHin Chen’s Askar At Centastage (ImpNor)Black and white of the smaller type, but they do say that good things come in small packages. He is so well balanced with a pleasing head and soft expression, level topline, good tail set. Moved very well, keeping his shape on the move. Pushed 1 hard.

Post Graduate Dog
1stCh. Art Made Gene Kelly (Imp Swe)Only three present in this class, but it was a quality entry with each dog having pleasing breed attributes. A very sound gold and white; who is a nice size, well balanced. I liked his head and expression, his front and rear angulation. In very good coat and condition. Just needs to mature and he will trouble the best.
2ndPaliden Shine Like A StarRich gold and white, very well balanced. Attractive head and expression. Moved well.
3rdShirshaun Tazie ManAnother nice boy who has lots of breed attributes. He moved very well. I would like a little more body to complete the picture

Limit Dog
1stGladmin Transkei Teddy JWCream and white with a black mask. So beautifully balanced. He is a lovely dog to go over, being very sound. Good sized and well-shaped head. Dark, round eyes. I would just prefer a softer expression. He has a level topline very good tail set and carriage. He moves very arrogantly, keeping his shape on the move. He moves very well with drive powered by his well- muscled, well angulated rear end. Another to watch for the future.
2ndBattery Included at MaitreyaAnother quality exhibit who pushed the winner hard. A rich gold and white jacket over a well -balanced frame. Very attractive head and expression, dark eyes. Kept his shape on the move and moved very well.
3rdCh. Honeyshuchun God of ThunderLovely headed gold and white. Not the balance of 1 and 2. Moved okay.

Open Dog
1stCh. Thaisu Zero To Hero at MiraceySolid gold, large dog, but so well balanced and the most enchanting head and expression. Everything in proportion. Well laid shoulders, Broad and deep ribcage, level topline, lovely tail set and carriage. Shown in beautiful coat and condition, moves with so much energy and enthusiasm, keeps his shape on the move and carries himself well. I was really pleased to award him the CC his 2nd. I also awarded him BOB and was very pleased to hear that he was shortlisted in a very strong Utility Group.
2ndCarlita Surrender To DreamWell balanced black and white, lovely head and expression, very sound dog, well angulated front and rear, moved very well keeping his shape on the move.

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stRossvale Only In Dreams JWSolid gold, litter sister to my minor puppy dog winner. Fabulous puppy, nice size and shape beautiful head with dark expressive eyes, level topline and very good tail set and carriage. She moves out with great confidence and style. She has a real star appeal. I was very pleased to award her BPB and BPIB. I am sure that she will go far, she has the conformation and the show girl attitude.
2ndArtelino The North Remembers (imp)This little gold and white girl has a lot to offer. She is very well balanced, with an outstanding head, level topline. She moved well and allowed her personality to shine. With more confidence she will go far.
3rdKatonier Ride Like The WindVery pretty headed gold and white, level topline, good tail set. A little unsure of her surroundings, when she settled a little she moved out with style.

Puppy Bitch
1stKatonier Secrets And DreamsStylish black and white, ideal size, shape and balance. Really liked her head and dark eyes. Moved really well.
2ndCarlita Time to Samba JWAnother pretty little gold and white bitch, well balanced and good shape. Moved well. I just preferred the head of 1
3rdGladmin Lesotho PromiseVery pretty well made dark gold and white. Lovely balance. Gave her handler some problems on the move today.

Junior Bitch
1stChotahkees Dark Angel at RossvaleBlack and white little girl of ideal size, shape and balance. Enchanting head and expression so reminiscent of some of the Shirwen breeding of a time ago. Coming on in coat and maturity. Moved very well fore and aft with style.
2ndTa Maria AmethystGold and white, similar in size and shape to the winner, moved well. I think as she gains in confidence her movement will more fluent allowing, her style to shine.
3rdZeeva ZafirahPleasing gold and white, taller on leg than 1 and 2. Attractive head and sound mover.

Yearling Bitch
1stPaliden Star DelightVery attractive solid gold, she is really good to go over and very sound. Ideal ribcage, level topline and desirable tail set and carriage. Altogether these breed attributes create a beautiful balanced Shih Tzu. Moved very well, with style and character. Considered for the RCC.
2ndCremefern Lily The PinkPale gold and white. Similar in many ways to 1. Well balanced and moved well. I preferred the width of the head of my winner.
3rdPaliden Golden Future at MayofoxSolid gold girl, slightly larger frame than 1 and 2. However, still pleasing shape and balanced. Moved well.
ResZeeva ZafirahPleasing gold and white, taller on leg than 1 and 2. Attractive head and sound mover.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stRossvale Xquisite Model at SannivekEye-catching gold and white girl. I liked her balance, size and overall shape. Her head is most pleasing with dark eyes and a soft expression. In good coat and condition. Moved very well.
2ndShihmali Mum’s The WordGold and white, of similar shape and balance to 1. Pleasing head and expression, level topline, good tail set moved well. Just preferred the overall balance of 1
3rdPaliden Take That to EklandAttractive dark gold and white, lots to like about her. Moved well.

Limit Bitch
1stGladmin InalaI have admired this pale gold and white girl from the ring side for quite a while. She excels in breed type and balance. She is fabulous to go over, so sound and correct. Her front assembly allows her to extend her legs well and her rear angulation and muscle tone provides the driving force. It is an absolute pleasure to watch her on the move, she keeps her shape and moves with purpose. She carries herself with élan. I had no hesitation in awarding her the CC her first and I am sure that the others will not be far away. She has been knocking on the door all year and well deserved her success.
2ndThaisu Desperate Housewife for KimevanGold and white, very well balanced, level topline and very good tail set. Pretty head and expression. Moved well but my winner had more oomph. Two very nice bitches.
3rdPekoe Surprise Surprise JWPale gold and white, another lovely bitch, similar balance to 1 and 2, moved well.

Open Bitch
1stCh. Tameron Miss Black OpiumQuality black and white most deserving of her title and the large number of CCs that she has won. Fabulous headpiece with dark eyes and a melting expression. In lovely coat and condition. Moved well. I was pleased to award her the RCC,
2ndCh. Rossvale Secret ObsessionDeep gold and white, another lovely bitch so well deserving of her title, very attractive head and expression, moved very well.
3rdPopeye’s Creme De La Creme (JW) (Imp Swe)Attractive solid black who has lots to like about her. Shown in lovely coat and condition. Moved well.