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Full Critique for Shih Tzu Club of Wales & West 2021
Judge : Mrs Vanessa Williams-Wegmann
This critique reflects the judge's opinion
based on what they saw on the day of the show.
|Thank you to the Officers and Committee of The Shih Tzu Club of South Wales & Western Counties for giving me the honour to be invited to judge at our Club Championship Show today. Especially to the Secretary Mrs Tracey Hitt, Show Manager Mr Michael Hitt and to my Steward Mr Shaun Matthews who both worked tirelessly throughout the show. I found that eyes and noses on the whole were improved with adherence to the breed standard, lovely to see many slightly undershot jaws which give that breedy Shih Tzu foreface, so many well placed ears and level toplines. Not much variance in size either, the majority of exhibits and all of my 1st placings were of the correct size for their age. There were a few flattish tails but on the whole more were high set t/pot style. None of my 1st placed dogs were over weight but there were a few dogs carrying more width of girth than necessary. Presentation of coats has stepped up a lot. Note to handlers of heavily coated dogs please be aware that heavy coats impede movement and impede the judges vision, I want to see rear pads clearly. Sensible trimming to keep dogs free flowing is advised. The vast majority of dogs were immaculate, clean and knot free. No sign of ulcers or slipping patella in any dog today. Pleased to report all exhibits in good health and more importantly much loved by their handlers.|