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Full Critique for Joint Shih Tzu Clubs 2017

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

The job is done, and I have as always pleased a few and disappointed others. That is unfortunate part of the game. I had some very good dogs coming under me and in my report, I have tried to explain why I made some of the very difficult choices I was faced with. I thank the Shih Tzu people for the sporty way in which they received my decisions and I wish them good luck at their future shows. Below you will find my report from the Northern Shih Tzu Club’s Championship Show 4/11/17:It is always a great pleasure to get invited to judge a breed show, so I got very excited when I was asked to do the Northern Counties Shih Tzu Club’s Championship show. You never get the same atmosphere and feeling of togetherness at an all-breed show as you do at a popular Breed show. The family feeling at the Northern was pulsate and I thoroughly enjoyed my day with some of the best Shih Tzu enthusiast in the country. The exhibitors had given me a lovely entry and I had some first-class dogs to go over. The standard describes the Shih Tzu as a sturdy, abundantly but not excessively coated dog with distinctly arrogant carriage and a Chrysanthemum like face. This was therefore what I was looking for when I entered the ring at Thorpe Willoughby. In males I found that quite a few heads were too feminine and some muzzles were lacking ample width. I found that body length was a problem because many were too long in loin and a few were big enough. I didn’t find many eyes which was too prominent, but I saw quite a few which was on the small side lacking the desired roundness. One of the main weaknesses in the breed was the tail. To get a true Shih Tzu look we want a high set tail which height is approximately level with that of the skull. The sad news is that many breeders need to improve on their dog’s tail carriage. My late friend Roy Metcalf used to say that the tail on a Shih Tzu should be like the handle on a tea pot. I love this description. I got the feeling that the breed is in very good hands because I was impressed by the quality of the puppies and youngsters which were shown under me. I look forward to seeing how they have developed when I judge your breed again at Bath Championship Show in 2020; assuming I still am fit and upstanding.

Minor Puppy Dog
1stTameron Mr Guilty BlackThis is a very impressive puppy which took the ring by storm. He has attitude, type and a lovely head. He moved and showed like a ready trained champion and I am sure we will hear more from him I the future.
2ndDaltricia Kwakwali JW ShCMA lovely quality dog with excellent temperament. He has a fabulous outline and a good head. He moved very well and pushed for the top spot. I did however, think the winner was better developed for his age.
3rdRossvale Here Comes The Sun over FairmerePromising youngster with a lovely outline. Good head and expression, moves well. His bite mustn’t get more undershot.

Puppy Dog
1stSuzitzu Lord Kalum of BlackgangshiI was impressed by this dog’s presence and beautiful head. He has a nice arched neck and he moves very well, but he is slightly long in loin. An interesting dog for the future when he settles down.
2ndRossvale Here Comes The Sun over FairmerePromising youngster with a lovely outline. Good head and expression, moves well. His bite mustn’t get more undershot.

Junior Dog
1stShalehan Yarik For MifcahThis dog gives a fabulous picture standing with a great outline. He has a good head and lot of presence. Yes, he has his faults, but his virtues compensate for those. He moves well around the ring.
2ndMiddletune Wildest CharmerAnother top-class dog, very similar to the winner in type and quality. He does, however, not have the same arched neck.
3rdShalehan YasheronA dog of great type which I liked a lot. Good outline, moves well.

Beginners Dog
1stShihmali Ace Of HeartsDog of excellent type. He stands and moves well, but I would have like him with a better arched neck

Novice Dog
1stTameron Mr Guilty BlackThis is a very impressive puppy which took the ring by storm. He has attitude, type and a lovely head. He moved and showed like a ready trained champion and I am sure we will hear more from him I the future.
2ndSuzitzu Lord Kalum of BlackgangshiI was impressed by this dog’s presence and beautiful head. He has a nice arched neck and he moves very well, but he is slightly long in loin. An interesting dog for the future when he settles down.
3rdDaltricia Kwakwali JW ShCMA lovely quality dog with excellent temperament. He has a fabulous outline and a good head. He moved very well and pushed for the top spot. I did however, think the winner was better developed for his age.

Yearling Dog
1stShalehan YasheronA dog of great type which I liked a lot. Good outline, moves well.
2ndMinfaa Take Me To the Limit at MiddletuneQuality dog, similar to the winner in quality, but a bit longer in body.

Post Graduate Dog
1stRossvale All About The BoyBeautiful dog with a good head and expression. Lovely outline, stands and moves well.
2ndCarlita Reason To Dream JWAnother quality dog which l liked a lot. It was a very close decision between the two first ones, but in the end I preferred the expression on the winner.

Limit Dog
1stCh. Honeyshuchun God of ThunderWhat can I say except Hurrah! I fell in love with this gentleman which I could have taken home. I loved everything about him and he impressed with a fabulous head and a perfect expression. I know teeth don’t matter that much in a Shih Tzu as long as they don’t show the tongue, but you have to give a few extra points to a boy which has a perfect bite with a straight and wide under jaw. It was a joy to see God of Thunder on the move and I gave him the RCC. Looking into the stars I can’t see that it will take long before he gains his title.
2ndWharfeview Candy ManThis gentleman is of outstanding quality and very similar to the winner in outline, but I preferred the expression on the first one.

Open Dog
1stCh. Zamadar Majic Potion for CedarhytheHere he was, the king of the day. He entered the ring as a colonel in command of his tropes and he never put a foot wrong. This dog is shouting Shih Tzu; his Head and tails fit the picture and he motor around the circuit like Lewis Hamilton on the F1 track. Having said that he was followed to the finishing line by God of Thunder, which was showing a slight weakness in his topline in the final race, so Majic Potion won the golden trophy. CC & RBIS.
2ndCh. Miracey All Guns BlazinAnother top-quality show dog of high class. He is more of an American type and slightly more polished than the once I gave the top awards to, but I don’t want to take anything away from this beautifully headed and extremely well-presented dog. He did, however, have a problem with his tongue which he showed me more times than I wold have liked.

Veteran Dog
1stCh. Tansingh Double Jepardy (UK, Swe)A gentleman in excellent form for age. He stands and moves very well. He is one to be proud of. I wish him all the best in the years to come.
2ndCh. Middletune Wildest Dream JW ShCMAnother excellent veteran in great form, but he has lost some of the drive in his movements. Having said that he is still a lovely dog.

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stRossvale Only In Dreams JWThis little doll isn’t named very well because she will for sure make her marks in the real world, not only “IN Dreams”. I can see her bringing a lot of success to the Rossvale kennel. I thought she was divine. She had a beautiful head and a correct tail. She was well constructed with a magnificent temperament. What more do you want in 7 months old puppy. All I can do is to wish this future star all the best on the journey to the top. BP
2ndMinfaa Godidog Calendar GirlHere we go again, another heartbreaker which stole my heart. This puppy has got it all, but she wants more training. Having said that she moved perfectly well when she decided to do so. If this baby develops the right way she will give the owner a lot of pleasure.
VHCChanikos Galaxy of Dreams at LaurmerandNice bitch of good type. Moves well around, but need to strengthen up behind.

Puppy Bitch
1stShirkeira Olivia At MiddletuneBeautiful bitch of excellent type. Good head and neck. Well developed for age and moves well.
2ndKatonier Secrets And DreamsVery close to the winner in quality and type, but preferred the arched neck on the winner. Moved very well.
ResLyndatzu Enchantment at TzusweetNice bitch of very good type. Moves well, but could have had a bit more presence.

Junior Bitch
1stWarathwaite Pure As SnowI did say in my preamble that it was a lot of nice youngsters entered under me and here is another one. She is of excellent type with a beautiful head and she stands and moves very well
2ndChotahkees Dark Angel at RossvaleA bitch of quality all through, but I preferred the front of the winner.

Beginners Bitch
1stShihmali Mum’s The WordLovely bitch of good type, moves and stands well
2ndZeeva ZafirahAnother quality bitch of excellent type, but I preferred the neck and the presence of the winner.

Novice Bitch
1stLyndatzu Enchantment at TzusweetNice bitch of very good type. Moves well, but could have had a bit more presence.
2ndChanikos Galaxy of Dreams at LaurmerandNice bitch of good type. Moves well around, but need to strengthen up behind.
3rdZeeva ZafirahAnother quality bitch of excellent type, but I preferred the neck and the presence of the winner.

Special Yearling Bitch
1stCh. Shalehan Yarina For Mifcah JW ShCMThis bitch is dynamite, and she made a big impression on me. She has a beautiful head and expression and the truth is I could hardly get my eyes off her. She is very well constructed, and her movements were arrogant and smooth flowing. She is only 15 months and I do think that she will look even better when she loses some of her coat. I did match her up against Ch Rossvale Secret Obsession for the reserve CC and in doing so I thought she lost some of her outline because of the excessive coat.
2ndZeeva ZafirahAnother quality bitch of excellent type, but I preferred the neck and the presence of the winner.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stRossvales Latest ModelI had problems assessing this bitch. At first, I was taken by her type, beautiful head and arched neck, but suddenly her tail carriage went wrong. She didn’t drop it, but she should have kept it tighter over her back. Being in doubt I decided to give her one more chance; can you believe it, when I asked the class to move again Latest Model’s tail carriage was perfect, so I gave her the class.
2ndPaliden Star DelightAnother bitch of very good type, She is well constructed, but I preferred the neck of the winner.

Limit Bitch
1stMinfaa Dancin Cheek To Cheek at MiddletuneHigh class bitch of excellent type. She has a beautiful head and a very attractive outline. She moves very well and is a great representative for the breed.
2ndLyndatzu Jai MaliBeautiful bitch of excellent type. Well-constructed, but she hasn’t quite got the presence of the winner.
3rdShihmali Mum’s The WordLovely bitch of good type, moves and stands well

Open Bitch
1stCh. Tameron Miss Black OpiumHere she was the well-dressed queen spreading joy and excitement among her friends. This is an outstanding Shih Tzu which is ticking all boxes as far as breed type is concerned. She moves arrogantly with the front legs reaching well forward and with strong rear action showing full pads. Her head is superb with an arrogant carriage and she gives a picture of complete balance and harmony. She is expertly presented and handled to perfection. It was a hard job for Miss Black to come up against Majic Potion in the greatest of form. Both these dogs move to perfection, but in the end, I thought Miss Black carried herself best and her presentation made a difference. BIS
2ndCh. Rossvale Secret ObsessionHere is another fabulous bitch which is ticking all the right boxes. I loved everything about this outstand lady. She pushed Miss Black all the way, but in the end I preferred the expression on the winner so Secret Obsession got the RCC.

Veteran Bitch
1stPaliden Good As GoldNice quality bitch of excellent type. She was in great form, gave a great picture standing and moved very well, she was all for me. BVET
2ndCh. Marbrux Kellis High JW13 year old grandmother in good form even if age is slowing her down a bit. I wish her a few more and happy years.