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Full Critique for STC Summer Open Show 2021

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Judge : Mr Lionel Prouve
This critique reflects the judge's opinion
based on what they saw on the day of the show.

For my second shih Tzu breed club open show, I was delighted with the entry, and I would like to thank all the exhibitors who chose to bring their dogs under me. Many thanks also go to the officers and committee for inviting me and my very efficient steward. I found the entry somewhat challenging with a big variation of shape and size and I really had to think about the key characteristics that define the breed for me. Quite a few exhibits had short ribcages and I do think that shoulders and fronts in general are an area where there could be some improvement. Heads were generally good along with rear angulation and coat presentation. Overall quality throughout the bitch classes was higher than in the males, however the open dog class was very competitive, which did reflect in both BIS & RBIS coming from that class. Both veterans were a credit to the longevity of the breed and the puppies clearly showed promise and I had some very tight decision to make there.

Minor Puppy Dog
1stMarhilway Driving Edge At JacquintaDeep gold & white, an exuberant dog with a lovely temperament, attractive head features, good width to his underjaw, correct broad skull, large round dark eyes, black nose with open nostrils. Correct body length, good tailset & carriage, good rear angulation, already a good depth and width of ribcage for age. Moved well, BPD.

Puppy Dog
1stMifcahs The Young PretenderGold & white of good substance for age, nice head with broad skull, correct eye shape, good square muzzle, large underjaw with good mouth. Level topline, high tailset & good carriage, good rear angulation and front is OK, enough width of chest. He moved well, keeping his shape at all times.
2ndHelios Sweet Addict8m/o very exuberant dog, liked his body shape, correct width & length of ribcage, lovely neckline with head carried proudly balanced by a good tailset & carriage. He has the darkest of eyes, which are of correct shape and size, good pigment and good mouth.

Beginners Dog
1stShenleyvale Orange Juicy For Juhua20m/o Black &white with an attractive head, lovely temperament, good square muzzle, good round eyes. Liked his length of body, level topline & tailset. He has good shoulder placement, although would like a little broader ribcage. Moved well with excellent drive from his well angulated rear.

Novice Dog
1stSantosha Dark Secret With Coursani12m/o black presenting a typical overall shape and balance, broad skull, wide underjaw, correct nose placement and muzzle shape, eye shape could be slightly rounder. Good lay of shoulder & return of upper arm, level topline ending on a good tailset, balanced in movement and in abundant coat. Liked him a lot.
2ndTameron Mr Gold XcessGold & white with what I can only describe as a happy face, good rounded skull, correct width of underjaw, eyes are large and round, although would prefer slightly darker. He has a level topline, good tailset, and although would prefer better lay of shoulder, he drives well from the rear.
3rdShenleyvale Orange Juicy For Juhua20m/o Black &white with an attractive head, lovely temperament, good square muzzle, good round eyes. Liked his length of body, level topline & tailset. He has good shoulder placement, although would like a little broader ribcage. Moved well with excellent drive from his well angulated rear.
ResTsantha A KeepsakeLots to like on this slightly taller boy, good skull, good eye shape & colour, correct mouth, would prefer slightly more open nostrils. Good length of body, correct level topline & high tailset, ribcage extends well back and he is well coupled, moved ok.

Yearling Dog
1stSantosha The Winter Soldier At HoneyshuchunLiked the size of this Gold & white who has an attractive head, wide and short muzzle, black nose, good underjaw, correct ear set, rounded skull. He is balanced throughout, has a good ribcage, tail set on high and good rear angulation allowing him to move with drive. Still very much in puppy coat
2ndTsantha A KeepsakeLots to like on this slightly taller boy, good skull, good eye shape & colour, correct mouth, would prefer slightly more open nostrils. Good length of body, correct level topline & high tailset, ribcage extends well back and he is well coupled, moved ok.

Graduate Dog
1stElzu Piper Arrow3y/o B&W, good head shape. Liked his overall shape with balances head carriage & tail. Also liked his expression with lovely underjaw, large dark eyes, would prefer nostrils to be slightly more open. He has a good spring of ribs & enough depth of chest, forearm could be straighter. Moved well around the ring.

Post Graduate Dog
1stButtons Dream A DreamSolid gold with correct eye shape & size, good short & wide muzzle, good nose placement, wide underjaw, level lips. Would like more width throughout, but he has correct body to height ratio, a level topline, a high set tail that is well carried and his movement is balanced.
2ndStardante Han Sum Model with SimbaloveLiked the size of this 3y/0 Gold & White, broad and rounded skull, short muzzle, eyes shape is good although would prefer darker colour. Would like a better mouth and a better lay of shoulders, good tailset and in good coat condition.

Limit Dog
1stShalehan YasheronGold & white of good substance, good head with a correct breadth of skull, good large round eye, black nose, good underjaw. He has enough lay of shoulders, a level topline, ribcage is wide, deep and extends well back, correct tailset, in good coat and he moves with drive.
2ndSantosha Polar StarB&W whose overall shape & size I liked, balanced head & tail carriage giving that typical shape. Broad skull, good eye shape, wide & short muzzle, would like tighter lips. Drives well from the rear but could do with slightly more laid shoulders at the front.

Open Dog
1stChanikos Living The Dream at EthelsmeadProbably the most difficult class of the day, where the quality was high and all 5 would be worthy winners, but I also had to really decide what was more important.Gold with white blazing on head and tail, would not want him any taller, but so well proportioned, fabulous tailset and carriage, level topline, ribcage is wide and extends well back, good loin that continues on with the width of the ribcage, enough neck to proudly carry the head and enough lay of shoulder to match the rear angulation, making his movement very balanced and very typical. He has a lovely head with a typical oriental expression, good square muzzle, correct large eyes of good dark colour and was presented in good coat. BD & BIS
2ndAshmakin Bodacious Smooth for JaxTzu JW ShCM ShCEX- Gold & sable who has a lovely overall body shape, dark eye, correct depth of chin, good nose placement. Good front & rear angulation, ribcage extends well back, level topline, tail is set on high and well carried. He moves well with plenty of drive and shows his rear pads fully. Pipped to the post by 1 whose width of ribcage I just preferred. RBD & RBIS.

Veteran Dog
1stCh. Cremefern Sweet Talkin Guy JW ShCMGold & white parti, what an active little man! Lovely head & expression, good broad and rounded skull, good dark pigment, good eye shape. I liked his size, he had a good tailset & carriage, the front is ok, balancing a good rear angulation which he uses to advantage by really driving on the move. Good spring or ribs and they extend well back. In lovely coat. BVIS

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stQuingshui Easter SurpriseGold & White parti with a lovely overall shape & balance, correct lay of shoulders, ribcage extends well back, level topline finishing on a high set tail. Good skull, round dark eyes, good square muzzle, open nostrils and a correct wide underjaw giving the desired expression. She moved well with drive in rear and showing full pads.
2ndTzusweet Black PearlLovely expression on this black who has a broad skull, good eye shape, correct wide underjaw with chin, good open nostrils and a well-positioned nose. Level topline, well coupled with no narrowing at the waist, good tail set and carriage. The undercoat is a little fluffy at the moment, but that should settle with age. Moved steadily.

Puppy Bitch
1stCremefern Pretty Gorgeous At ElzuLiked the overall balance on this 11m B&W. Attractive head, good length of muzzle, correct rounded skull shape, good ear set, wide underjaw and good bite and dentition. Neck carries the head proudly and flows into well laid shoulders, level topline, ribcage is well sprung and has depth, tail is set on high. Moved with drive. BPB & BPIS.
2ndSantosha SilhouetteGold & white who has a good head, lovely dark eye, good skull shape, lovely mouth, good muzzle with open nostrils and definite stop, attractive white blaze on forehead. Would like a little more width and depth of ribcage and chest. Moved well from the side with good drive.

Junior Bitch
1stCavateena Situla Scarlet for LavrilGold & white parti, good head with dark pigment, lovely oriental expression, she has a wide underjaw with chin, square & short muzzle, correct rounded skull, large round dark eyes. Chest is wide enough, good lay of shoulders, could do with slightly more spring of ribs but ribcage extends well back. Keeps a lovely shape on the move with good head carriage balanced with the high tail set and carriage and her level topline.
2ndMatsuba Crowning GloryA gold & white that went better as she began to warm up during the class. Good rounded skull, although would prefer it to be a little broader, eyes are of correct round shape. The front assembly is good with straight forearm and feet pointing forward. Tail is set on high, and she started to carry it as she settled, especially in the novice class.

Beginners Bitch
1stElzu Ebony And Ivory3y/0 Black & white, correct overall shape, good neck and shoulder placement, broad and rounded head, good eye shape & colour, would prefer full dentition and slightly shorter muzzle. Plenty of width of ribcage, good size, good tailset & carriage, correct rear construction. Abundantly coated.
2ndSampa Keke Tisha DickyGold & white with an attractive head, good square and short muzzle, open nostrils, eye are of good shape, although would prefer slightly darker. Shoulders are sufficiently laid and she has a correct return of upper-arm, topline could be better, good high tailset.

Novice Bitch
1stMatsuba Crowning GloryA gold & white that went better as she began to warm up during the class. Good rounded skull, although would prefer it to be a little broader, eyes are of correct round shape. The front assembly is good with straight forearm and feet pointing forward. Tail is set on high, and she started to carry it as she settled, especially in the novice class.
2ndSampa Keke Tisha DickyGold & white with an attractive head, good square and short muzzle, open nostrils, eye are of good shape, although would prefer slightly darker. Shoulders are sufficiently laid and she has a correct return of upper-arm, topline could be better, good high tailset.

Yearling Bitch
1stPeekin Hoi-Tee-Toi-Tee-TuGold & white with a good head, square muzzle, nose well placed, attractive round eyes, black pigment. Good arch to the neck with sufficient lay back of shoulders, good return of upper-arm, level topline. Ribcage extends well back but would prefer a little more width, good tailset and carriage
2ndMiracey Disco FeverGold & white with a good skull shape, good square muzzle, good stop, correct width of underjaw and bite. Would prefer more lay of shoulders and neck to match her well angulated rear, which she used to drive in back, level topline. Was a little unsettled today.

Graduate Bitch
1stPeekin Hoi-Tee-Toi-Tee-TuGold & white with a good head, square muzzle, nose well placed, attractive round eyes, black pigment. Good arch to the neck with sufficient lay back of shoulders, good return of upper-arm, level topline. Ribcage extends well back but would prefer a little more width, good tailset and carriage
2ndSampa Keke Tisha DickyGold & white with an attractive head, good square and short muzzle, open nostrils, eye are of good shape, although would prefer slightly darker. Shoulders are sufficiently laid and she has a correct return of upper-arm, topline could be better, good high tailset.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stChanikos My Wildest Dream13m/o with good width everywhere for age, correct length of body to height, level topline, could have a slightly better lay of shoulders to be picky. Correct head with large dark eyes, good width of underjaw, lips are level and full dentition, good open nostrils on a short wide muzzle. She moved well showing off her high tailset. RBB.
2ndElzu Ebony And Ivory3y/0 Black & white, correct overall shape, good neck and shoulder placement, broad and rounded head, good eye shape & colour, would prefer full dentition and slightly shorter muzzle. Plenty of width of ribcage, good size, good tailset & carriage, correct rear construction. Abundantly coated.
ResSampa Keke Tisha DickyGold & white with an attractive head, good square and short muzzle, open nostrils, eye are of good shape, although would prefer slightly darker. Shoulders are sufficiently laid and she has a correct return of upper-arm, topline could be better, good high tailset.

Limit Bitch
1stGladmin Durbans Diva For MailiGold sable who has a lovely overall shape, well balanced with a level topline, good lay of shoulders and return of upper-arm, correct width throughout, well sprung ribcage, although would prefer it to extend a little more back for perfection. She has a typical head and expression with wide underjaw, correct bite, muzzle is short, wide and square, the eye is well rounded. She’s in lovely coat and muscle condition and moved well keeping her shape throughout with a high set and well carried tail balancing the head carriage. BB & BOS.
2ndLyndatzu Que Sah Rah JW3y/o Gold & white with an attractive head, round dark eye, good square muzzle, nose well placed and good pigment, good width of underjaw, good rounded and broad skull. Sturdy, level topline, tail is set on high and well carried, could have better lay of shoulders which would enhance the overall balance and complete the picture.

Open Bitch
1stPeekin Miss Jazz Ming-TuLiked the broad head of this gold & white, who has a black nose, correct length & width of muzzle, good ear set. Would prefer a better lay of shoulders and slightly more width of chest to match its depth. Level topline, tail is set on high and well carried. Was a little unsettled on the move today.

Veteran Bitch
1stCh. Miracey Fruity Kisses10y/o Gold & white with a good broad skull, lovely dark well spaced apart round eyes, good square muzzle with dark nose, open nostrils. Correct width of underjaw & correct bite. She has good width of ribcage, lovely tailset with perfect carriage. Would prefer slightly better front assembly. In lovely coat condition for age and liked her arrogant expression and attitude.