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Full Critique for Northern Counties Shih Tzu Club 2023

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Judge : Miss Emma Gibbons
This critique reflects the judge's opinion
based on what they saw on the day of the show.

I would like to thank the Committee of the Northern Counties Shih Tzu club for inviting me to judge for them and for the kind hospitality of those present throughout the day. Thank you to all of the exhibitors for allowing me the honour of judging their dogs and for their appreciation of my placings. There was a lovely friendly atmosphere. Thank you to my fabulous stewards for keeping things running smoothly. As always, I was looking for a dog who was not only sound but true to the breed standard, free from exaggeration, with plenty of breed type and character. I certainly found this in my main winners. Now for the hard part. Whilst I don’t wish to be negative, many of my concerns from previous appointments are still valid. Upright shoulders, giving uncharacteristic, high stepping and often stilted front action and poor deportment, short ribcages, shallow chests and Apso like bodies are all in evidence. I was saddened to find some narrow jaws, all of which followed through with narrow bodies and shocked to find a few jaws that were wry! This must not be encouraged as, in severe cases, it can be detrimental to the dog’s health and wellbeing. As always, presentation was, on the most part, very good, but underneath the coats I was shocked to find some lacking in body and muscle tone. Temperaments, on the whole, were excellent!

Minor Puppy Dog
1stThaisu Morningstar Avec KimevanVery promising 6 month old. Solid gold. Lovely head and expression. Broad jaw. Dark eyes and pigment. Very shapely. Correctly laid shoulders Well sprung rib of correct length. Moving with drive and enthusiasm. Shown in lovely puppy bloom. BPD & BPIS. I look forward to watching his progress.
2ndCarlita’s Star Of Dreams8 month old, dark gold and white. Sweet head and expression. Nicely balanced. Lovely temperament. Moving with enthusiasm. Beautifully handled.

Puppy Dog
1stLyndatzu Love Bug9 month old, gold and white male. Lovely head and pleasing expression. Dark, well spaced eyes. Good mouth. Ideal size. Shown in lovely coat. Moving well.
2ndSenousi Dressed Like Him11 month old, gold and white. Lovely temperament.

Junior Dog
1stRossvale Wildest Dream JW13 month old, solid gold with black mask. Lovely head and soft expression. Dark eyes and pigment. Broad jaw. Well laid shoulders. Deep chest and well sprung rib. Moving well. Lovely type.
2ndRossvale Fantastic Dream At Charonnis JW13 month old, solid gold. Litter brother to 1. Many of the same attributes as his brother, but preferred the slightly more masculine head and expression of 1.

Novice Dog
1stPeekin Reggie Rebel-TuGold and white male of 18 months. Unfortunate to meet 1 today. Very much like his breeding. Soft expression, dark eyes and pigment. Good mouth. Steady mover.
2ndRossvale Fantastic Dream At Charonnis JW13 month old, solid gold. Litter brother to 1. Many of the same attributes as his brother, but preferred the slightly more masculine head and expression of 1.
3rdSenousi Dressed Like Him11 month old, gold and white. Lovely temperament.

Yearling Dog
1stCh. Zeeva Cool Dude14 month old, dark gold and white. Beautifully presented. Pleasing head and soft expression. Large, dark, well spaced eyes, broad jaw. Correct nose placement. Nicely arched neck, into well laid shoulders, Level topline. Moving with enthusiasm. Must have a bright future.
2ndPeekin Reggie Rebel-TuGold and white male of 18 months. Unfortunate to meet 1 today. Very much like his breeding. Soft expression, dark eyes and pigment. Good mouth. Steady mover.

Graduate Dog
1stThaisu’s Blinding Light19 month old solid gold male. Beautiful head and expression. Dark eyes and pigment. Broad, well cushioned muzzle. Nicely arched neck, into well laid shoulders. Level topline. Ample bone and substance. Moving with drive. Considered for the RCC, but could not deny the limit dog, who I notice has the same father.
2ndRossvale Fantastic Dream At Charonnis JW13 month old, solid gold. Litter brother to 1. Many of the same attributes as his brother, but preferred the slightly more masculine head and expression of 1.

Post Graduate Dog
1stMarhilway Driving Edge At Jacquinta JW2 year old, dark gold and white. Masculine head and expression. Dark eyes and pigment. Broad jaw. Firm body. Level topline and well set tail. Quite the character, needs to settle in front, but perhaps a little overexuberant, which didn’t help. Character!
2ndMapimakastar Jason Mio2 year old brindle and white. Masculine head and expression. Firm body and well muscled. Moved with enthusiasm. Lovely temperament.

Limit Dog
1stCh. Cremefern Trigger A Storm At Symaraju JWLoved this 2 year old, gold and white male. Beautiful head and soft, yet masculine expression. Large, dark, well spaced eyes, lovely nose placement. Broad, well cushioned muzzle and correct dentition. Deep chest, well sprung ribcage and ample bone. Well angulated hindquarters, which he used well on the move. Tail is correctly set. Liked his size. Coat maturing nicely. He has a wonderful outlook on life. Unfortunate to meet my beautiful CC winner today, who had the edge on maturity. I hope he continues to realise his potential, which I feel he deserves. Will watch with interest. RCC.
2ndMarbo Whatever You Want3 year old, deep gold and white. Very glamourous boy, beautifully presented. Lovely head and expression, broad jaw. Shown in lovely, firm condition. Moved well.

Open Dog
1stCh. Senousi Dressed For It By FairmereBeautiful 3 year old gold and white. His head and expression are just lovely. Large, dark, well spaced eyes, perfect nose placement, broad, well cushioned muzzle. Strong, well arched neck, correctly laid shoulders, well sprung rib, of correct length. Chest well let down. Well angulated hind quarters. Beautiful balance. Shown in lovely coat and condition. Moving with drive and ease. A lovely, sound, unexaggerated, example of the breed. Delighted to award him the CC. And thrilled to hear that this gives him his title. So well deserved. BOS.
2ndCh. Jacquinta Lets Go Andy JW6 year old gold and white male. All male, broad skull, masculine expression. Dark eyes and pigment. Broad, well cushioned muzzle. Deep chest, well sprung rib, correctly laid shoulders and level topline. Shown in good, hard condition. Another worthy champion.

Veteran Dog
1stCh. Artelino Moomins Adventure7 Year old gold and white. Not hard to see why this young man has his title. Stunning head and expression, dark eyes and pigment. Deep chest and well sprung rib. Shown in lovely coat and condition. Moving with ease.
2ndIsishouse Lord Grantham JW9 year old, gold and white. What a special little man. Beautiful head and expression and the most wonderful character. Thoroughly enjoyed his day. Shown in lovely condition.

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stThaisu Fallen Angel Among Kimevan6 month old, gold and white, litter sister to my best puppy winner. Very much a baby, but full of promise. Pretty head, dark eye and pigment. Broad, well cushioned muzzle. Nicely balanced, Shown in full puppy bloom. Moving with enthusiasm.
2ndCarlita’s Star of Love8 months old, dark gold and white. Another with a lot of potential. Very pretty head and expression. Dark eye and pigment. Also beautifully balanced. Well handled, just unfortunate to meet one in such full bloom.

Puppy Bitch
1stPaliden Starlight Kisses11 month old solid gold. Nice size and type. Very pretty head and expression. Lovely dark, well spaced eyes and dark pigment. Tip tilted nose. Broad muzzle. Lovely arched neck, into correct shoulders. Well sprung rib and level topline. Beautiful balance. Well angulated hind quarters. Moving very well. Another with a promising future, I think. BPB.
2ndSenousi Royal Regalia Of Matsuba11 month old gold and white. Pretty head and expression. Dark eyes and pigment. Broad jaw. Correct shoulders. Nice high tail set. Moving with enthusiasm. Unfortunate to meet one today.

Junior Bitch
1stRossvale Dreaming AgainSolid gold litter sister to my JD winner and with many of the same attributes. Feminine head and expression. Beautiful, dark, well spaced eyes. Tip tilted nose. Well cushioned muzzle. Well laid shoulders. Moving well. Nice size and type.

Novice Bitch
1stPaliden Starlight Kisses11 month old solid gold. Nice size and type. Very pretty head and expression. Lovely dark, well spaced eyes and dark pigment. Tip tilted nose. Broad muzzle. Lovely arched neck, into correct shoulders. Well sprung rib and level topline. Beautiful balance. Well angulated hind quarters. Moving very well. Another with a promising future, I think. BPB.
2ndThaisu The Crafty19 month old, dark gold and white. Pretty head and expression. Dark eyes, broad jaw. Shown in nicely textured coat. Moving well.

Yearling Bitch
1stThaisu The Crafty19 month old, dark gold and white. Pretty head and expression. Dark eyes, broad jaw. Shown in nicely textured coat. Moving well.
2ndQuingshui Aurora One Moment with Matsha14 month old grey and white. Very showy little girl, in super coat. Didn’t put a foot wrong, but preferred the body of 1.

Graduate Bitch
1stRossvale Beautiful Dreamer At CarlitaAnother from the same litter as my two junior winners. A promising litter, to be proud of. Shown in lovely coat and condition. Feminine head and expression. Very nice neckline and deportment. Moving well.
2ndMapimakastar Delilah Hugo2 year old. Gold and white. Pretty head and expression. Moving with enthusiasm. Correctly set tail. Lovely temperament.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stThaisu Every Witch Way to MarboBeautifully presented gold and white of 2 years. Feminine head and expression. Broad jaw. Nicely arched neck into correct shoulders. Shown in lovely coat and condition. Moving well, with balanced outline.
2ndCremefern Pretty Gorgeous2 year old black and white. Pretty head and expression. Broad jaw. Moving with enthusiasm, Balanced outline.

Limit Bitch
1stThaisu Gothic WitchReally liked this 3 year old, gold and white. Beautiful head and expression. Dark eyes and pigment. Broad, well cushioned muzzle. Nicely arched neck into clean shoulders. Good depth of chest and well sprung rib. Shown in good coat and condition. Moving well. Snooty demeanour. Must have a bright future.
2ndSenousi Love The DressPretty gold and white 3 year old. Very feminine head and expression. Dark eyes and pigment. Broad jaw. Shown in lovely condition. Moving well.

Open Bitch
1stCh. Warathwaite Royal DivaI just loved this beautiful 3 year old, gold and white girl. Stunning head and feminine expression. Dark eyes and pigment. Perfect nose placement. Broad, well cushioned muzzle. Nicely arched neck, into correctly laid shoulders. Deep chest, well sprung rib of correct length and lovely level topline. Correct tail set and carriage, giving a balanced outline. Well angulated hindquarters, which she used to move with drive around the ring. Shown in tip top condition. She never took her eyes off me and had the most wonderful temperament. Delighted to award her the CC and BIS.
2ndSenousi Caress In A DressAnother really lovely little Girl. 3 Years old, gold and white. Not at all surprised to see that she is the litter sister to my dog cc winner, as they share so many similarities. Beautiful head and expression. Dark eyes and pigment. Lovely shoulders and neckline. Deep chest and well sprung rib. Shown in lovely condition. Moving with style and ease. Was considered for the res CC, but fell for the charm and deportment of the Veteran today. All three of this litter have lovely temperaments, another litter to be proud of.

Veteran Bitch
1stThaisu Desperate Housewife for KimevanYou would never guess that this beautiful gold and white was 8 years old. Testament to the staying power of our lovely breed. Very feminine throughout, with lovely dark eyes and pigment. Broad jaw, tip tilted nose. Nicely arched neck, adequate chest and well sprung rub. Nicely angulated hind quarters and correctly set tail. Shown in lovely coat and condition. Moving with ease and obviously very happy in the ring. Very unfortunate to meet my lovely ticket winner today, but delighted to award her the Res CC, RBIS and BVIS.
2ndCharmant Charlotte Enigmatyczny Zakatek (IMP POL)7 year old grey and white lady, who wanted desperately to get into the ring! Super temperament and really enjoying her day.