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Full Critique for Manchu Shih Tzu Society 2018
Judge : Mr John Carter
This critique reflects the judge's opinion
based on what they saw on the day of the show.
|50TH CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW: I would like to thank the Officers and Committee for the invite to judge this landmark show, I went to the clubs first Ch show and exhibited at the second one, so my long association with the Manchu I considered it a great honour to be asked to judge, its one of my high points in the breed. A good entry awaited me but I must say a very mixed bag, some excellent heads one of the main points of a Shih Tzu; mouths were good on the whole, tendency to do the topknot too high which gives the appearance of staring rather than a soft look, some need more body, still a few with swan necks and when standing the profile is out of balance, two major problems, first one, coming and going, some showed no pads behind and elbows out coming. The second one is muscles in the hindquarters, they are like jelly, they need to be firm and that will help with the hind movement, we are a breed that worries about coat, first it should be construction and fit for function under the coat, please exercise these dogs more. Saying all of this, I enjoyed my day immensely.|