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Full Critique for Manchu Shih Tzu Society 2018

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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.

Minor Puppy Dog
1stDaltricia Arapaho6 mths g/w. Very nice standing low to the ground, nice masculine head with a sweet puppy expression, in good body, level back and teapot tail, sound in movement.

Puppy Dog
1stSantosha DaybreakG/w, 8 mths. Looks a picture standing, super masculine head, good front, body, topline and teapot tail, sound as a bell, very promising.
2ndGladmin Soweto Storm JWB/w, 11 mths. Another good masculine head, lovely dark eye, well balanced outline, in good body and coat, strong hindquarters, just preferred the hind action of my winner, promising.

Junior Dog
1stDaltricia Kwakwali JW ShCMB/w, 12 mths. A strong looking dog with a good masculine head, has a good mouth and bottom jaw, just the right size, good body and coat, carries his tail well, good movement from all angles, promising young dog.
2ndSistasu Silver Top ShCMG/w, 13 mths. A shade on the large size for me, he has a masculine head and lovely dark eye, good front, body and coat, used his hindquarters well on the move, sound.

Novice Dog
1stGladmin Soweto Storm JWB/w, 11 mths. Another good masculine head, lovely dark eye, well balanced outline, in good body and coat, strong hindquarters, just preferred the hind action of my winner, promising.
2ndSantosha Dark Spice for NorbooS/g. A good masculine head, overall shape good, good back line and tail set, his movement c/g needs to firm up.

Yearling Dog
1stKeytor The Jazz SingerG/w. This young dog is of the right size, one of the best masculine heads of the day, well balanced, low to the ground, in very good body and coat has strong hindquarters which he used well on the move, so sound Res CC. G/w.
2ndMiddletune Wildest CharmerGr/w. A good masculine head, liked his mouth and bottom jaw, has good reach of neck, would like him a shade shorter coupled, good tail set, strong hindquarters, gait good a bit close behind. Otherwise a very nice dog.
3rdSantosha Dark Spice for NorbooS/g. A good masculine head, overall shape good, good back line and tail set, his movement c/g needs to firm up.

Post Graduate Dog
1stSantosha Cool Hand LukeG/w. My notes say this boy has it all, fits the standard well, has a future, in the challenge did not settle, only young his time will come.
2ndYung Lo’s Who Needs A DressG/w. Different type of dog, head could be a bit more masculine. Good dark eye, good body, coat is coming, level topline gait is good, front action could be firmer.

Minor Limit Dog
1stRossvale All About The BoyG/w. Super masculine head with a good overall shape, level back, teapot tail, strong hindquarters, very sound in movement, just needs time to reach the top.
2ndShanjora’s Calisto Boy JWG/w. Another good looking dog standing, masculine head good reach of neck, level back, good body and coat, well presented, side gait good, could be tighter coming and going.

Limit Dog
1stMiracey All You Need Is Love For Tilbe JW ShCMG/w. Best of the class. Has a good masculine head, well balanced outline, in good body and coat, he lacked drive in his gait.
2ndPeekin Archie TuAnother good dog standing, good masculine head, good body front, level back and correct hindquarters but lacked drive in his gait, sound coming and going.

Open Dog
1stCh. Honeyshuchun God of ThunderG/w. He came in the ring and looked and moved great, in top condition and fully matured. Has a super head set on correct neck and body, level back, strong hindquarters which he used well in his movement so sound, a lovely ambassador of the breed, he was made up last week, I could not refuse him his 4th CC and BIS.
2ndCh. Sistasu Silver Lining JW ShCMG/w. Looked a picture standing, good masculine head, front body topline and hindquarters all good good side gait and sound unlucky to meet a dog on form.

Veteran Dog
1stCh. Middletune Wildest Dream JW ShCM9 yr old G. In lovely condition, good masculine head, good coat and body level back, good hindquarters which he uses well for his age, good side gait and still very sound.
2ndTameron Mr GivenchyG/w, 11 yrs old. Very good for his age, nice masculine head, good shape, and body, his gait has lost his drive, sound coming/going.

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stZeeva ReflectionsG/w, 6 mths. Headed a very nice class of baby puppies, a lovely feminine head, good front and body and coat, low to the ground, used her nice hindquareters well on the move, sound as bell. Very promising.
2ndPeekin Miss Jazz Ming-TuAnother promising puppy, sweet Shih Tzu head, good overall shape,good body, nice dense puppy coat, good hindquarters which she used well on the move, sound.

Puppy Bitch
1stTameron Miss ParisG/w, 11 mths. What a cracker of a bitch puppy a breeder dream, really lovely to go over and very feminine, a head to die for and the rest is so well put together, so sound in movement. BPIS.
2ndMiracey Secret KissesG, 10 mths. A very feminine head with animation, good shape and balance, nice teapot tail, good side gait, not quite as firm in coming/going movement as my winner. Still a promising puppy.

Junior Bitch
1stRossvale Only In Dreams JWG, 12 mths. Another star in the making, great head feminine and animated, well balanced, low to the ground, good bone and substance, movement is so sound all angles, one to watch.
2ndKatonier Ride On A Star at MiraceyB/w, 13 mths, feminine head, lovely dark eye, good overall balance in good body, strong hindquarters, sound, got to wait for coat b/w are always slow.
3rdShorestar Hocus Pocus JWBr. Good feminine head and front, in good coat and body, good shaped hindquarters, needs to firm up in her front action.

Novice Bitch
1stPolmac Dangerous LiaisonB/w. A strong looking bitch head, feminine, a shade on the large size for me, in good coat and body, sound in movement.
2ndZeeva ReflectionsG/w, 6 mths. Headed a very nice class of baby puppies, a lovely feminine head, good front and body and coat, low to the ground, used her nice hindquareters well on the move, sound as bell. Very promising.

Yearling Bitch
1stWarathwaite Pure As SnowG/w. I liked her feminine head and dark eye, in good body and coat, level topline and correct tail set. I would like her a bit shorter coupled, very sound in movement.
2ndShorestar Hocus Pocus JWBr. Good feminine head and front, in good coat and body, good shaped hindquarters, needs to firm up in her front action.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stTsantha AdornmentG/w, lovely feminine head with animation, has a very good overall balance, looks good standing and when she moves has a good gait and so sound, when she matures up she will worry the best, like her a lot
2ndTa Maria AmethystG/w. Different in type to my winner, has nice feminine head, right size, has good balance and body, inbetween coats at the moment, and her hind action needs to firm up.

Minor Limit Bitch
1stZeeva ZafirahG/w. A nice feminine head with an arrogant look, she is well built, ample bone and substance, sound in movement, just needs time to mature.
2ndCremefern Lily The PinkG/w. Smaller type, good head with sweet expression, good overall shape all the requirements to be a good bitch for showing hind action needs to firm up.

Limit Bitch
1stMinfaa Dancin Cheek To Cheek at MiddletuneG/w. These two bitches both have very good feminine heads, they have good balance and shape, level toplines, lovely tail sets strong hindquarters, both with good side gaits, second could be a bit firmer in coming/going both will change places often.
2ndGladmin InalaG/w. These two bitches both have very good feminine heads, they have good balance and shape, level toplines, lovely tail sets strong hindquarters, both with good side gaits, second could be a bit firmer in coming/going both will change places often.
ResZeeva ZafirahG/w. A nice feminine head with an arrogant look, she is well built, ample bone and substance, sound in movement, just needs time to mature.

Open Bitch
1stCh. Tameron Miss Black OpiumB/w. Top drawer bitch, so well balanced, a lovely feminine head with animation, in body and hard condition, strong hindquarters a very good side gait sound, to finish the picture a bit more depth of coat. BCC.
2ndCh. Miracey Disco InfernoG/w. Another bitch of the highest order, super head, set on a good reach of neck, front, body and coat, level back line all good, good shaped hindquarters, sound just preferred the hind action of my winner. Res CC.

Veteran Bitch
1stMatsuba Rising Without Wings for ShihfonB/w, 12 yrs. A real strong feminine head, lovely dark eye, shape still good, in very good body and firm, good gait and sound.