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Full Critique for Shih Tzu Club of Scotland 2015

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Judge : Mrs Diane Harding
This critique reflects the judge's opinion
based on what they saw on the day of the show.

I would like to thank the secretary and committee of the Shih Tzu Club of Scotland for inviting me to judge this lovely friendly show and for looking after me so well during my stay, also to my two very efficient stewards who made my day easy and the exhibitors for entering and giving me some quality dogs to judge. My overall opinion was that there is a variance of type and size in the breed, movement is still a problem that never seems to go away with some moving too close behind giving the impression of only having one leg and others paddling in front or too wide. Eyes on the whole were good, dark and round, pigment did not seem to be a problem, top lines were mostly good although a few did rise toward the rear. I only found a few with narrow chest. I was pleased to see a few of what I call old type Shih Tzu, these can be rather stubborn and more difficult to show but for me just gorgeous and as always presentation was excellent. My winners had all the necessary attributes I was looking for. Best bitch & BIS Zeeva Letz Do It, Best dog & BOS Miracey All Guns Blazin, BPIS was the dog Miracey Rebel Rider, RDCC Tameron Mr Red Edition, RBCC Santosha Sweet Cherry.

Minor Puppy Dog
1stLashemalts Jeux De Vie Jardhu6 month gold/white well balanced, extrovert character, coat of good texture over well made body, moving with such confidence for a baby.
2ndYazhi Golden Eagle8 month gold/white longer in body than 1, moving well, level topline, nicely presented in good coat.
3rdCedarhythe Magic Darling for Tiantang7 month black/white beautiful head and expression, would prefer a higher tail set, moving close behind but this could change with the right exercise as he is still maturing.

Puppy Dog
1stCh. Miracey Rebel Rider (UK, Ir)11 month gold/white, superb movement reaching well in front, beautiful masculine head without being course carried proudly on correct length of neck, well set on tail, dark eyes giving a warm expression, good broad chest, sound well balanced body.outstanding young dog, Best Puppy Dog & BPIS
2ndDaltricia Wilbur Smith JW ShCMgold/white very sound puppy, moving with style, well balanced with correct reach of neck and well set on tail which he carries proudly, in good coat, masculine head typical expression, a lot to like.

Junior Dog
1stDaltricia Wilbur Smith JW ShCMgold/white very sound puppy, moving with style, well balanced with correct reach of neck and well set on tail which he carries proudly, in good coat, masculine head typical expression, a lot to like.
2ndDinasupra Arte Myi Zunn Jardhu11 month super head and expression, coat of good texture, well balanced dog moving soundly.
3rdShihmali Ace Of HeartsGold/white slightly longer in body than 1 & 2, moving well in front but rather close at rear, strong masculine head.

Maiden Dog
1stShihmali Ace Of HeartsGold/white slightly longer in body than 1 & 2, moving well in front but rather close at rear, strong masculine head.

Novice Dog
1stShihmali Ace Of HeartsGold/white slightly longer in body than 1 & 2, moving well in front but rather close at rear, strong masculine head.

Under Graduate Dog
1stCremefern Double TriggerGold/white with the most wonderful head and expression, sound body which is well balanced, good spring of rib, well muscled legs, moving well both fore ands aft, I just loved him.
2ndDaltricia Wilbur Smith JW ShCMgold/white very sound puppy, moving with style, well balanced with correct reach of neck and well set on tail which he carries proudly, in good coat, masculine head typical expression, a lot to like.

Post Graduate Dog
1stCremefern Double TriggerGold/white with the most wonderful head and expression, sound body which is well balanced, good spring of rib, well muscled legs, moving well both fore ands aft, I just loved him.
2ndJazala Austentatious Sh CMGold.White in good coat, level topline which he kept on the move nicely presented in good coat.
3rdKimevan Man In BlackSolid black gorgeous head, lovely dark eyes, would like a better topline and moving close behind, in good coat beautifully presented.

Minor Limit Dog
1stTsantha Barley Sugar at SazkeyVery sound well balanced dog with super masculine head, typical expression, level topline and well set tail, moving out well he really uses his strong well muscled legs in good coat.
2ndThaisu Lust For LifeSolid gold but my disappointment, he is just gorgeous, fabulous head, dark eyes, well placed nose which gives that wonderful expression, well balanced body, correct lenght of neck, level topline,moving with great drive but flailing his tail on the move, but one I could take home.
3rdShirshaun The Lucky OneGold/white with lovely masculine head, moving with style in good coat over sound body.

Limit Dog
1stCh. Tameron Mr Red Edition JWpale gold/white gorgeous head with typical expression, lovely warm eyes, good pigment and nose set, good reach of neck, well set on tail, level topline, super body and well muscled legs which he really uses on the move, a really super dog that must make up, I was pleased to award him RCC.
2ndCh. Polmac Ice Road Trucker of ShorestarBlack/white good head and expression, level topline giving balanced outline moving well at rear.
3rdTsantha Happy As Larry With HajenzaGold/white larger type with strong masculin head, good dark eyes, sound body, moving out well.

Open Dog
1stCh. Miracey All Guns Blazinso well named he took the ring by storm, a joy to judge such quality, fabulous head and expression, lovely dark melting eyes and he is so well balanced, great body and strong well muscled legs which he really uses on the move, presented to perfection, I was pleased to award him DCC & BOS in show
2ndCh. Puzzle The Penpusher by Jardhu ShCMGold/white well made dog with good head, broad chest level topline, well set on tail typical Shih Tzu in fabulous coat well presented moving well fore and aft.
3rdShorestar Moulin Rouge of PolmacGorgeous solid with good head and expressive eyes, well balanced outline, good well muscled body he just needs to steady and should do well but I could take him home, I just loved him.

Veteran Dog
1stCh. Daltricia Kratos ShCM7 years old solid black in fantastic coat over very sound body, wonderfully balanced with good reach of neck and well set on tail over level topline, strong well muscled legs, good spring of rib, a very worthy champion who moves with such drive and style, presented to perfection as always from this kennel.
2ndKimevan No Ordinary Boy9 years old gold/white very sound with strong head dark eyes well made body, moving out well with style.
3rdTsantha Happy To See Me7 years old gold/white not the balance of 1 & 2 but nevertheless sound on the move.

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stThaisu Desperate Housewife for KimevanGold/white gorgeous 8 month puppy, super feminine head and expression, beautifully balanced with good reach of neck and tail well set and carried proudly over level back, moving out well a real show girl who must have a bright future.
2ndCh. Tameron Miss Black OpiumFantastic 6 month black/white she has the most gorgeous feminine head and expression, warm dark eyes, sound balanced body moving with great reach in front just needs a little more time but another who must have a good future.
3rdSantosha Sunshine Brightly over Sazkey7 month gold/white such a happy puppy who seems to be enjoying her day, in lovely coat for age, well set on tail giving balanced outline, moving well at rear.

Puppy Bitch
1stWarathwaite Queen of Scots10month gold/white typical head and expression well made body, moving a little close behind but she is still young and this should improve with the correct exercise.
2ndCh. Miracey Disco Inferno11 month gold/white who has it all she just needs to settle gave her handler a hard time but I will watch her progress with interest, I see she is litter sister to best dog puppy, what a super mating.

Junior Bitch
1stDaltricia AriadneBlack/white super young bitch in coat of the correct texture, sound body and balance, super head and warm expression, moving out with plenty of drive, lots to like.
2ndTameron Miss Desire at KatonierBlack/white of nice size, balanced outline moving well, I see she is litter sister to my RDCC very different type.

Maiden Bitch
1stSantosha Sunshine Brightly over Sazkey7 month gold/white such a happy puppy who seems to be enjoying her day, in lovely coat for age, well set on tail giving balanced outline, moving well at rear.

Novice Bitch
1stSantosha Sunshine Brightly over Sazkey7 month gold/white such a happy puppy who seems to be enjoying her day, in lovely coat for age, well set on tail giving balanced outline, moving well at rear.
2ndAlchez Panthera LeoPale gold nicely balanced moving well at rear.
3rdShirshaun Eternal RainbowBrindle /white rather out of coat and needs to tighten in front.

Under Graduate Bitch
1stCashemalts Bombay GirlSolid gold with lovely head, good pigment and nose placement, well made and balanced body good on the move.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stThaisu Too Kool For Skool at KimevanSuper gold/white outstanding on the move, exquisite head with lovely dark eyes and pigment, good nose placement, sound body and balance another typical Shih Tzu from this kennel.
2ndSantosha SapphireGold/white with the most gorgeous head and expression, lovely size and balance and moving out so well both fore and aft, truly lovely bitch.
3rdWarathwaite Ice PrincessBlack/white she has a good head, nicely balanced, level topline well set on tail moving out well.

Minor Limit Bitch
1stLashemalts Princess Heart JardhuSolid gold old type, gorgeous head which she carries proudly, correct length of neck, well set on tail giving a balambced outlinemoving out well
2ndDaltricia AriadneBlack/white super young bitch in coat of the correct texture, sound body and balance, super head and warm expression, moving out with plenty of drive, lots to like.
3rdPolmac Balthasars GiftBlack/white with lovely head and sound body and balance, moving out well.

Limit Bitch
1stIsishouse NefertitiGold/white nice bitch moving well at rear would prefer a better front action.

Open Bitch
1stCh. Zeeva Letz Do It JWGold/white She is beautiful, wonderful head melting expression perfect nos eplacement, lovely dark eyes giving a really superior look that only a Shih Tzu can give, correct reach of neck, well set on tail carried proudly fiving a balanced outline, super body with good spring of rib, well muxcled legs which she uses to perfection on the move showing a clear pad at rear with plenty of drive and a full reach in front, presented to perfection, I could not take my eyes off her a future champion I am sure and was pleased to award her BCC & BIS
2ndCh. Santosha Sweet CherryGold/white in lovely coat over well made body, good reach of neck and high tail set, she is beautifully balanced of what I consider to be the correct size she has the most wonderful head and feminine expression, moving with plenty of drive both fore and aft another truly wonderful bitch who must have a good future, I was pleased to award her the RBCC
3rdCh. Thaisu She RocksGold/white another beautiful girl who oozes quality in great coat of correct texture, good well balanced sturdy body, lovely head and expression, moving out so well a joy to judge. A quality class of outstanding bitches they all made my day.