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Full Critique for Manchu Shih Tzu Society 2017

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

My thanks to the Manchu Society for this most enjoyable appointment, to exhibitors who gave me a lovely entry & my stewards who kept everything running smoothly. It did get very warm in the ring for the later bitch classes which affected some which was a shame. Temperaments were superb. I found it difficult to judge to a type as it is so varied within the breed at present. Some I liked in many ways did not move with sufficient reach or drive & I was surprised to find more than a few not showing full pads going away which for me is a must have characteristic of this breed in action. Mouths on the whole were pretty good & there were some really good front assemblies to be found in this entry. My major concern was that toplines (withers to tail) are rising rather steeply on too many exhibits & I suspect this has been overlooked as the fault itself goes a long way into achieving the balance of the higher tail carriage required in outline, while the actual tails themselves are often rather flat.

Minor Puppy Dog
1stJaquinta Lets Go AndyVery promising g/w, good head & expression, with width of jaw & pleasing mouth, decent balance for his age with good spring of rib, layback of shoulder & topline. Well set tail, carried well giving him a good outline stacked & on the move. Sound, confident mover showing good reach, drive & typical carriage
2ndQuingshui Chaotic DreamerNot putting on such a polished performance as 1 but a lot to like, loved his head & preferred him in eye to 1. Good front & well ribbed & has good substance in body & a level topline. Balanced topline achieved by correct carriage of head & tail. Moved well showing full pads behind & nice attitude.

Puppy Dog
1stKeytor The Jazz SingerImpressive r/w, only 9½ months but already showing with attitude, reach & strong drive on the move. Very pleasing on the table, love his head, eye & expression, good mouth, well ribbed with a good front, clean neckline & well laid shoulders. Strong level topline, well made hindquarters & a very good tail with excellent lift all giving him an exemplary outline. Shown in really good muscle & body condition, expect him to have an exciting future. BPD & BP
2ndJaquinta Lets Go AndyVery promising g/w, good head & expression, with width of jaw & pleasing mouth, decent balance for his age with good spring of rib, layback of shoulder & topline. Well set tail, carried well giving him a good outline stacked & on the move. Sound, confident mover showing good reach, drive & typical carriage

Junior Dog
1stZeeva Zhivago JWVery attractive smaller type, appreciated his head properties, correct nose placement & beautiful expression, good mouth & very good front & shoulder balanced with correct hind angulation. Nice level topline, well set tail & moving well up & back, holding his topline. Just needs to develop in rib & fill out in body which I hope will come with maturity
2ndMifcahs Making Mischief, solid gold & certainly thought he would be the winner on first impression. Such an impressive commanding outline & on the table scored with superior substance over 1, due largely to his maturity & heavier build all through. Pleasing in head & in glorious coat & condition, just tending to flagging his tail on the move at times Nonetheless I can appreciate he is of lovely type

Maiden Dog
1stKeytor The Jazz SingerImpressive r/w, only 9½ months but already showing with attitude, reach & strong drive on the move. Very pleasing on the table, love his head, eye & expression, good mouth, well ribbed with a good front, clean neckline & well laid shoulders. Strong level topline, well made hindquarters & a very good tail with excellent lift all giving him an exemplary outline. Shown in really good muscle & body condition, expect him to have an exciting future. BPD & BP
2ndJaquinta Lets Go AndyVery promising g/w, good head & expression, with width of jaw & pleasing mouth, decent balance for his age with good spring of rib, layback of shoulder & topline. Well set tail, carried well giving him a good outline stacked & on the move. Sound, confident mover showing good reach, drive & typical carriage

Yearling Dog
1stCarlita Reason To Dream JW18 months & has quality, I really liked the head, eye & expression on this one, very good mouth, tip tilted nose & excellent open nostrils. Has good substance & everything is in balance, good front & clean flowing neckline, level topline & well set tail. Shown in lovely coat & condition & moved well covering the ground freely with good carriage. Suspect this one will be in contention for CCs later in his career
2ndZeeva Zhivago JWVery attractive smaller type, appreciated his head properties, correct nose placement & beautiful expression, good mouth & very good front & shoulder balanced with correct hind angulation. Nice level topline, well set tail & moving well up & back, holding his topline. Just needs to develop in rib & fill out in body which I hope will come with maturity

Post Graduate Dog
1stGladmin Transkei Teddy JWnice masculine head with good dark eye & good nose placement, decent front, well ribbed up, firm body, holds himself proudly with good attitude & has a solid level topline. Showed good reach & drive on the move.
2ndLaurmerand Ace Of Spades, lovely head & tail carriage on this one & really impressed in profile movement, sturdily built with good ribbing & level topline. Well set tail & moving out well although not able to match 1 in forward reach.

Mid Limit Dog
1stCremefern Double TriggerCremefern Double Trigger, very masculine in outlook & well within size parameters, he has good balance & I particularly admired his wonderful level topline. Pleasing in head with good broad jaw & correct bite. Very sturdy in body & clean neckline & has a well set tail which he carries well. Free mover with good extension fore & aft
2ndCh. Honeyshuchun God of Thunderquality dog, pleasing in head properties with good eye, mouth & nose placement. Decent front assembly, clean neckline, firm topline & well muscled hindquarters. Carries himself with great attitude & pride. A close decision.

Limit Dog
1stCarlita Surrender To Dreammy first comment on this b/w is Such an honest dog. Fits the Standard closely, has great balance & substance all through & looks at you as only a Shih Tzu male can from really dark eyes & with a superior but soft expression. Good mouth, front & well sprung ribcage carried well back, well laid shoulder, nice arch to his neck & strong level topline. Well set tail which he carries with pride & good hind angulation. Comes alive on the move with good reach, drive & enthusiasm for the job. CC quality I would say.
2ndPekoe One Direction JWg/w, attractive & a smaller package altogether, nice in head with good well shaped dark eye. Carrying too much coat for me which spoilt his balance & I would like just a shade more neck to enhance the outline. Sound typical mover.

Open Dog
1stCh. Tameron Mr Red Edition JWA lovely quality class which on another day in different conditions may well have come out differently. Splitting hairs between the first two & some high quality dogs left the ring cardless which never gives me pleasure. Ch Tameron Mr Red Edition, not the most glamorous on first impression, but the more I looked at him the more I appreciated the depth of his quality. Glorious masculine head, with lovely dark eyes & melting expression, really good mouth & bite, excellent front & clean well arched neck into well laid shoulders, deep well sprung ribcage & firm level topline. Could not get away from his superior expression on the stack, but then impressed hugely on the move, displaying excellent forward reach, strong drive showing full pads behind & good carriage plus an outgoing happy personality in free stand. CC & BIS
2ndCh. Zamadar Majic Potion for CedarhytheA lovely quality class which on another day in different conditions may well have come out differently. Splitting hairs between the first two & some high quality dogs left the ring cardless which never gives me pleasure. Ch Zamadar Majic Potion for Cedarhythe, one I have done well before in group competition, he is teeming with quality & in essence so many of the remarks on 1 equally apply, he is so beautifully balanced, a wonderful mover & a true showman. His b/w markings really enhance his shape in both head & outline & he has attitude to burn in action. Two outstanding examples of the breed & for me they could not be topped by any of the ladies here today. RCC & RBIS

Veteran Dog
1stTameron Mr GivenchyAt 10 years old this gentleman still has a lovely balanced outline, firm body & decent front, he carries himself which great dignity & attitude & such a happy chap, clearly enjoying his day in the ring as much as any puppy. Very nice in head & expression with excellent dark pigment & gorgeous dark eyes, high set tail which he carries well & in excellent coat & body condition. Credit to his owner & breeder
2ndJimsamroblee Mr Muscles8 year old, nicely made with good substance, well ribbed with decent front assembly & exemplary firm level topline. Pleasing in head, skull with dark eye & nice expression. Moved out well.

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stCh. Shalehan Yarina For Mifcah JW ShCMShalehan Yarina to Mifcah, eye-catching outline with good tail & head carriage, lovely in head, eye & expression, good mouth & very good front. Well sprung ribcage, flowing neckline & well laid shoulder, level topline & excellent teapot tail. Well angulated fore & aft & knows how to pile on the style on the move. Shows good forward reach & full pads behind, not only does she have quality in spades she is beautifully marked & in lovely coat. BPB
2ndIsishouse Princess TiaaNot as forward in coat as 1 but has lots of quality all through. Really lovely head, dark round eye & melting expression, good front & shoulder, level topline & high set tail which she carries well. Excellent mover up & back & has great carriage & charisma

Puppy Bitch
1stTsantha AdornmentVery pleasing on the table with such a pretty head, lovely dark expressive eye & good mouth. Has substance in body, is well ribbed & a very good front, neckline & shoulder. Level in topline & has a good teapot tail which gives her a typical outline. Carries her head & tail with such elegance in profile & shows good reach & drive up & back. Sadly seemed to lose interest in the BPB challenge, I think she was feeling the heat
2ndMiddletune Wild GypsyUnplaced in the competitive MP class but has a lot to like about her, well balanced with a good front, level topline & well set tail which she carries well. Pleasing in head with soft typical expression & moves out with confidence & drive, showing full pads.

Junior Bitch
1stShirkeira Leather N’LaceOut of the top drawer, caught my eye on the first go round where her happy attitude & style shone out for all to see. Very feminine & excels in head with a correct skull & muzzle, good mouth, tip tilted nose, dark eye & good pigment. Firm well made body with good front & shoulder, good neck & balanced tail carriage give her a really balanced outline, topped with beautiful presentation & coat condition. Won the class with a bit to spare & was in contention in the challenge.
2ndZeeva ZafirahAnother quality bitch but at just 12 months nowhere near as finished in body or coat as 1. Very beautiful in head & expression & another good mouth, decent front & level topline, good hindquarters which she uses well on the move & a nice high tailset & carriage giving her an elegant outline.

Novice Bitch
1stShirkeira Leather N’LaceOut of the top drawer, caught my eye on the first go round where her happy attitude & style shone out for all to see. Very feminine & excels in head with a correct skull & muzzle, good mouth, tip tilted nose, dark eye & good pigment. Firm well made body with good front & shoulder, good neck & balanced tail carriage give her a really balanced outline, topped with beautiful presentation & coat condition. Won the class with a bit to spare & was in contention in the challenge.
2ndCremefern Lily The PinkCremefern Lily The Pink, very typy, feminine & of good balance. Lovely head with good mouth & expression, well made in front & well ribbed up with a good level topline & lift to her well set tail. Has substance & moved soundly holding her shape, rather bemused by her own shadow at times but it didnt put her off.

Yearling Bitch
1stShihdances Giovanna CaloreA touch tall perhaps, but has such an attitude about her it is difficult to ignore her. Pleasing in head with good open nostrils & nose placement, clean neckline & decent front. Firm level topline & good lift to her tail. Moves well & looks the part.
2ndShanjora’s Golden SunsetA smaller package & certainly more my ideal for size than 1. Lots to like on close examination, has good body substance, well ribbed up, a decent front & a feminine head with typical expression. Not wanting to play the game at times, when she did get it together had good forward extension & drive behind, showing her pads, & good carriage.
3rdZeeva ZafirahAnother quality bitch but at just 12 months nowhere near as finished in body or coat as 1. Very beautiful in head & expression & another good mouth, decent front & level topline, good hindquarters which she uses well on the move & a nice high tailset & carriage giving her an elegant outline.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stMinfaa Dancin Cheek To Cheek at MiddletuneEnjoyed this class, 1 & 2 very similar in type & so feminine, little to separate them. Minfaa Dancin Cheek To Cheek at Middletune, high quality & of excellent type, most gorgeous head & eye with perfect tip tilted nose & lovely soft expression. Well made in front with good ribbing carried well back, well placed elbows & very solidly built with firm level topline & sufficient lift to her tail. Strong muscular hindquarters & in good coat & condition. Used her neck really well & showed excellent freedom & carriage on the final go round which gave her the class.
2ndAnyang Whispering Breezeclose up & many of the same remarks apply. Certainly has a good deal to like, has femininity with substance, very pleasing head properties & shown in excellent coat & body condition. Good mover with reach & drive, showing full pads & happy attitude.

Minor Limit Bitch
1stWynele Gold De Lux with Suriannesolid gold with attractive shadings, maybe not the most glamorous but surprises a little on the table with a very well laid out head, good width in jaw, nose placement & dark eye all giving a typical expression. Strong well ribbed body, decent front & layback of shoulder, nicely placed elbows & well set tail. Shows with enthusiasm, reach & good drive.
2ndHarropine Special Mirage for Fairloupretty bitch of nice size, she has such a lovely attitude, full of personality & showing great interest in all that is going on around her. In good coat & body condition. Not moving well going away today, sure she will have better days.

Limit Bitch
1stCh. Zeeva Love Unlimited for Maili JW Sh CMA beautiful elegant bitch, gorgeous head, darkest of eyes & such an arrogant expression. Excellent mouth & nose placement with good wide nostrils, she has a well arched neck into well laid shoulders & good front. Solidly built she has a well developed chest & ribcage with firm level topline, good lift to her tail & strong muscular hindquarters. In lovely coat & condition throughout. Shows sound, ground covering movement, she uses herself so well in motion & followed my every move with twinkling eyes in stance, showing personality & a happy demeanour. Pleased to award her the CC, her fourth I understand.
2ndCh. Ziams Mary-Lou JW (imp)This one looked to be my winner on the first go round. Has a wonderful outline achieved by excellent head carriage & a high teapot tail, & really impresses on the move where she is exciting & elegant, sound with good forward reach & strong driving action behind. For me she has everything required in head, movement & construction but still needs to develop & fill out in rib & body up. At just 2 years we sometimes forget this breed are still immature in many ways, I am certain once this comes the CCs will be coming her way.

Open Bitch
1stCh. Miracey Fruity KissesWhat a high quality bitch this is, of lovely size & in super coat & condition. Has substance & femininity all wrapped up in a tightly knit package. Lovely head, excellent mouth & nose placement & a soft expression from her dark eye, excellent front & ribbing, shoulder & topline. Carries her head & tail well & certainly knows she is beautiful. Sound mover with good reach, drive & elegance for much of the time, however I had a touch of déjà vu when she decided maybe she would, then maybe she wouldn’t, return to me in the challenge. I recall encountering exactly the same stubborn attitude from her father when I last judged & sadly both ended their days with a RCC.
2ndZeeva Shadow Dancing with MeilijoFull sister I see to my CC winner & shares many of her qualities. Of lovely type & size, liked her head & expression, good front, shoulders, neck & firm level topline. Tailset good with good lift, carried well in balance with her high head carriage.

Veteran Bitch
1stSuperlion Jezabel At Marbrux½ year shaded g/w in lovely coat, very nicely balanced & of ideal size. Typical in head with a very knowing expression, solidly built with decent front, firm level topline & moves really well, covering the ground & showing good extension in front & rear, really driving out , she can show many a youngster how to do it. BV