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Full Critique for STC Spring Open Show 2023

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

Firstly, thank you to the Shih Tzu Club for affording me the pleasure of judging their Spring Open show, but Thank you to all the exhibitors for giving me the honour of assessing their beloved dogs. I hope that you find my critique to be worthy. The show, as “The Shih Tzu Club” show, ran smoothly, with the help of the committee and of course my several stewards! It had great atmosphere, and a fun day was had. The weather stayed dry and what a wind but how nice to see our dogs flowing around the ring with the breeze in their coat.

Minor Puppy Dog
1stMiddletune Blazzin Saddles JW8 month old Black masked, solid gold. Sturdy compact puppy. Broad head, wide, square jaw. Masculine expression for one so young. Dark eye, correct ear placement. Well-proportioned neck going into well laid shoulders. Broad chest, muscled legs with ample bone. Tail carried high over back on move and whist stacked. Correct movement for and back. Pleased to award BPD & RBPIS.
2ndShirkeira Valente8 month old Gold and white. Not as settled as first. Smaller in stature but well proportioned. Correct ear, eye and nose placement. Moved well, should mature nicely.

Puppy Dog
1stMiddletune Blazzin Saddles JW8 month old Black masked, solid gold. Sturdy compact puppy. Broad head, wide, square jaw. Masculine expression for one so young. Dark eye, correct ear placement. Well-proportioned neck going into well laid shoulders. Broad chest, muscled legs with ample bone. Tail carried high over back on move and whist stacked. Correct movement for and back. Pleased to award BPD & RBPIS.
2ndKeola Driving Force JW9.5 month old Brindle and white. Dark round eyes, correct nose and ear placement, correct dentition. Good lay of shoulder, deep broad chest, moved with drive. Coat in good condition.
3rdShirkeira Valente8 month old Gold and white. Not as settled as first. Smaller in stature but well proportioned. Correct ear, eye and nose placement. Moved well, should mature nicely.

Junior Dog
1stRossvale Fantastic Dream At Charonnis JW15 month old Solid gold. Very happy boy on the table, definitely active and alert. Correct dark round eye, head broad and round, correct nose placement, muzzle ample width. Wide jaw. Soft expression. Well coupled, chest deep and overall, a sturdy boy. Moved with drive carrying tail over his level topline. Coat of good condition which the wind showed. Pleased to award several classes.
2ndDaltricia Jack Higgins JW14 month old Gold and White. Unlucky to meet my first. Sturdy boy, masculine head, dark eye, tip tilted nose, correct ear placement, good wide jaw. Nicely arched neck into well laid shoulder. Well-muscled fore and hindquarters, correct tail set, level topline. Moved with drive.
ResEthelsmead True Grit14 month Gold and white. Nice shaped head, wide nostril, dark round eye, correct jaw. Ample bone and muscle. Level topline, with correct tail set. A little moody today probably due to the wind.

Beginners Dog
1stMapimakastar Jason Mio2.5year old Brindle, gold and white. Broad rounded head, short square muzzle, tip tilted nose, open wide nostrils, dark eye and pigmentation, soft masculine expression. Body well coupled, with broad, deep chest. Muscular fore and hind quarters. Moved with reach and drive, correct tail set on level topline.
2ndEthelsmead True Grit14 month Gold and white. Nice shaped head, wide nostril, dark round eye, correct jaw. Ample bone and muscle. Level topline, with correct tail set. A little moody today probably due to the wind.

Novice Dog
1stRossvale Fantastic Dream At Charonnis JW15 month old Solid gold. Very happy boy on the table, definitely active and alert. Correct dark round eye, head broad and round, correct nose placement, muzzle ample width. Wide jaw. Soft expression. Well coupled, chest deep and overall, a sturdy boy. Moved with drive carrying tail over his level topline. Coat of good condition which the wind showed. Pleased to award several classes.
2ndKeola Driving Force JW9.5 month old Brindle and white. Dark round eyes, correct nose and ear placement, correct dentition. Good lay of shoulder, deep broad chest, moved with drive. Coat in good condition.
3rdEthelsmead True Grit14 month Gold and white. Nice shaped head, wide nostril, dark round eye, correct jaw. Ample bone and muscle. Level topline, with correct tail set. A little moody today probably due to the wind.
ResShirkeira Valente8 month old Gold and white. Not as settled as first. Smaller in stature but well proportioned. Correct ear, eye and nose placement. Moved well, should mature nicely.

Yearling Dog
1stDaltricia Jack Higgins JW14 month old Gold and White. Unlucky to meet my first. Sturdy boy, masculine head, dark eye, tip tilted nose, correct ear placement, good wide jaw. Nicely arched neck into well laid shoulder. Well-muscled fore and hindquarters, correct tail set, level topline. Moved with drive.
2ndPeekin Reggie Rebel-TuTu 21 month old Gold and White. Soft expression, dark eye, tip tilted nose, dark pigmentation, muzzle square and short. Nice arched neck, going to good lay of shoulder. Ample bone, deep chest, well coupled with level topline. Tail carried high on the move. Just lacked arrogance of first.

Graduate Dog
1stRossvale Fantastic Dream At Charonnis JW15 month old Solid gold. Very happy boy on the table, definitely active and alert. Correct dark round eye, head broad and round, correct nose placement, muzzle ample width. Wide jaw. Soft expression. Well coupled, chest deep and overall, a sturdy boy. Moved with drive carrying tail over his level topline. Coat of good condition which the wind showed. Pleased to award several classes.
2ndDaltricia Jack Higgins JW14 month old Gold and White. Unlucky to meet my first. Sturdy boy, masculine head, dark eye, tip tilted nose, correct ear placement, good wide jaw. Nicely arched neck into well laid shoulder. Well-muscled fore and hindquarters, correct tail set, level topline. Moved with drive.
ResShirkeira Valente8 month old Gold and white. Not as settled as first. Smaller in stature but well proportioned. Correct ear, eye and nose placement. Moved well, should mature nicely.

Post Graduate Dog
1stMapimakastar Jason Mio2.5year old Brindle, gold and white. Broad rounded head, short square muzzle, tip tilted nose, open wide nostrils, dark eye and pigmentation, soft masculine expression. Body well coupled, with broad, deep chest. Muscular fore and hind quarters. Moved with reach and drive, correct tail set on level topline.

Limit Dog
1stCh. Cremefern Trigger A Storm At Symaraju JW2.6 year old Gold and White. Head broad and round with a masculine but soft warm expression, tip tilted nose, dark round eye placed well apart. Well arched neck into well laid shoulders, ample bone and muscle throughout. Level topline stacked and on the move. Moved well with drive. High tail set carried over his back. The wind was his friend and showed his stunning head when on the move.
2ndMarhilway Driving Edge At Jacquinta JW2.3 years old Gold and White. Broad head, wide between the large dark eyes, wide nostril, correct jaw and dentition. Arched neck into well laid shoulders. Nice broad well let down chest, fore and hindquarters muscular. Coat in good condition, nice high tail carriage on move just pipped at the post by the first.

Open Dog
1stCh. Jacquinta Lets Go Andy JW6.75 years old Gold and White. Very masculine man. Good broad rounded head, with large dark eyes placed well apart, nice wide open nostril with muzzle width, square and dark pigmentation. Good width of jaw with good dentition and enough chin to give arrogant yet warm expression. Arched neck into well laid shoulders carrying his head high. Strong muscled fore and hind quarters. Level topline with tea pot tail set on high. Moved with drive and force even in the wind, with coat flowing magnificently. Proud to give Best dog and Best opposite sex.
2ndCh. Daltricia Jamie Lee JW ShCEx OSW4.6 years old Black and white. Again, a very masculine dog. Hard to choose between the 1st and this one. He has all the attributes of the first, moved magnificently around the ring with coat in superb condition flowing and tail carried high over his back. A very worthy champion.

Veteran Dog
1stCh. Artelino Moomins Adventure8 year old Gold and white. Dark eyes, tip tilted nose, good jaw, soft expression yet very arrogant. Well arched neck into nice lay of shoulder, deep let down rib, well coupled, muscular short fore and aft quarters. High tail carriage. Coat in lovely condition. Moved well but didn’t like the wind. Best veteran in show.

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stMiddletune Modesty Blaise JW8 month old Gold and white. Sturdy compact puppy. Broad round head, wide, square jaw. Very feminine soft expression. Dark eye, correct ear placement. Tip tilted nose. Well-proportioned neck going into well laid shoulders. Broad chest, muscular with ample bone. Tail carried high over back on move and whilst stacked. Moved with purpose, kicking out showing full pad, around the ring showing herself to her full potential. One to watch. Awarded BPB and also BPIS.
2ndCrimsonleash Ruby Star7 month old Black and white. Correct head, dark eye, nose and ear placement Overall body correct with good tail carriage. Moved well, enjoying it as a young puppy should.

Puppy Bitch
1stDensown Moana10 month old Brindle and white. Exudes femininity. Pretty face, correct dark eye, tip tilted nose, correct jaw with good dentition. Arched neck into shoulder. Short leg, muscular with sufficient bone throughout. Showed full pad, carried tail high, another happy girl in the ring.
2ndCrimsonleash Ruby Star7 month old Black and white. Correct head, dark eye, nose and ear placement Overall body correct with good tail carriage. Moved well, enjoying it as a young puppy should.

Junior Bitch
1stValkiria Sweet Addict For Maili (Imp Pol) JW15 month old Black and white. Arrogant, yet feminine. Correct head, lovely dark round eyes, correct nose and ear placement. Correct Jaw and dentition with a lovely chin. Well arched neck going into good lay of shoulder. Deep, well let down chest. Forequarters well-muscled, hind quarters muscular with well-rounded thighs. Rounded firm feet, correct tail carriage. She obviously loves her owner and showed herself such on the move. Moving with reach and drive, a lovely picture in the wind. Awarded RBIS.
2ndMiddletune Clementine JW12 month old Gold and white. Another lovely bitch from this kennel. Correct head, ear, eye and nose placement. Ample bone throughout and well-muscled. Beautiful tail carriage in the wind also showing her well-kept coat. Showed full pad and moved with drive.
3rdDaltricia Jane Austen JW13 month old Gold and white. Sturdy, robust but is still feminine. Broad round head, large dark eyes place well apart, level nose, wide open nostrils, good pigmentation. Ample bone and muscle throughout, correct tail set. Didn’t like the wind today but moved well showing full pad.
VHCMiddletune Chantilly Lace12 Month old Gold and white. Litter sister to the first. in this class. Correctly constructed as one would expect from this kennel just not the finesse of first.

Beginners Bitch
1stMapimakastar Suzie Hugo2.6 year old Gold and white. What an arrogant expression. So haughty yet so soft and feminine. Her head is her crowning glory, correct tip tilted nose, dark round eyes, wide jaw with such a chin, giving that typical shih tzu look. Good neck going into good lay of shoulder, ample bone throughout, well-muscled hindquarters giving her the drive on the move. Correct tail set, beautiful overall outline stacked and on the move. She challenged my RBIS, but her time will come.

Novice Bitch
1stMiddletune Clementine JW12 month old Gold and white. Another lovely bitch from this kennel. Correct head, ear, eye and nose placement. Ample bone throughout and well-muscled. Beautiful tail carriage in the wind also showing her well-kept coat. Showed full pad and moved with drive.
2ndMiddletune Chantilly Lace12 Month old Gold and white. Litter sister to the first. in this class. Correctly constructed as one would expect from this kennel just not the finesse of first.

Yearling Bitch
1stDaltricia Jane Austen JW13 month old Gold and white. Sturdy, robust but is still feminine. Broad round head, large dark eyes place well apart, level nose, wide open nostrils, good pigmentation. Ample bone and muscle throughout, correct tail set. Didn’t like the wind today but moved well showing full pad.

Graduate Bitch
1stMapimakastar Delilah Hugo2.6 years old Gold and white. Litter sister to the 1st in special beginners. Another well-constructed head, so typical of the breed standard. Sufficient neck going into shoulder, ample bone throughout. Correct tail set and carriage, kept her level topline on the move, showed full pad.
2ndMiddletune Clementine JW12 month old Gold and white. Another lovely bitch from this kennel. Correct head, ear, eye and nose placement. Ample bone throughout and well-muscled. Beautiful tail carriage in the wind also showing her well-kept coat. Showed full pad and moved with drive.
3rdDaltricia Jane Austen JW13 month old Gold and white. Sturdy, robust but is still feminine. Broad round head, large dark eyes place well apart, level nose, wide open nostrils, good pigmentation. Ample bone and muscle throughout, correct tail set. Didn’t like the wind today but moved well showing full pad.
ResMiddletune Chantilly Lace12 Month old Gold and white. Litter sister to the first. in this class. Correctly constructed as one would expect from this kennel just not the finesse of first.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stMapimakastar Suzie Hugo2.6 year old Gold and white. What an arrogant expression. So haughty yet so soft and feminine. Her head is her crowning glory, correct tip tilted nose, dark round eyes, wide jaw with such a chin, giving that typical shih tzu look. Good neck going into good lay of shoulder, ample bone throughout, well-muscled hindquarters giving her the drive on the move. Correct tail set, beautiful overall outline stacked and on the move. She challenged my RBIS, but her time will come.
2ndDaltricia Jane Austen JW13 month old Gold and white. Sturdy, robust but is still feminine. Broad round head, large dark eyes place well apart, level nose, wide open nostrils, good pigmentation. Ample bone and muscle throughout, correct tail set. Didn’t like the wind today but moved well showing full pad.

Limit Bitch
1stCh. Peekin Hoi-Tee-Toi-Tee-Tu3 year old Gold and white. Pretty feminine bitch, soft gentle expression. Round dark eyes set well apart, with tip tilted nose, wide jaw, correct ear placement all on a lovely broad round head. Good arch of neck going to well laid shoulders, short straight front quarters with nice tight elbow to broad well let down chest, well coupled, hindquarters well-muscled with rounded thigh, firm rounded. feet. Good dark pigmentation throughout. Tail carriage correct teapot on move. Showed full reach and drive showing full pad at rear. Her well-groomed coat flowed beautifully in the wind. Pleased to award BIS.
2ndCh. Marhilway Explorer The Edge2.3 year old Gold and white. Another pretty feminine bitch. Very similar to my first. Good head, dark eye, good tip tilt nose and soft expression. Ample bone and muscle throughout. Moved with drive and purpose, tail carried well and coat flowing. Could change places with first another day.

Open Bitch
1stKeola Tailor MaideFour year old Black and white. Sturdy, yet feminine bitch, correct broad round head, good dark round eye, level nose with wide jaw and good dentition, good length neck into well laid shoulder. Well-muscled and ample bone throughout. Nice tail set, coat in fabulous condition. Moved well.