|Joint Shih Tzu Clubs 2017 ||Date : 4th November 2017|
||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.