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Full Critique for Paignton 2017

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

I would like to thank the Paignton committee for the invitation to judge and my very able stewards, who made my judging go so smoothly. Also thanks to the exhibitors, many of whom travelled a long distance for my opinion. I was very unhappy with the poor mouths coming into the breed, I found narrow jaws, muddled teeth and smaller narrower skulls creeping into the breed since I last judged. Toplines were generally much improved as was movement, I found some really lovely exhibits and was pleased with my class winners and placings.

Minor Puppy Dog
1stLyndatzu Joie De Vivre8 months an aptly named sold gold, stood alone in the clas but a worthy winner. Good bone and substance, beautiful wide head and mouth, level topline and good tail set. Clearly loving his day out.

Puppy Dog
1stMinfaa Boy GeorgeGold and white boy 11 months, well boned and a good size, balanced standimg and on the move. A quality head with dark eyes and a good broad muzzle, lovely level topline and high tail set. Moved well with good hind drive, BPD
2ndShalehan YasheronGold and white slightly smaller type, lovely coat texture, nice head with width of jaw, level toplline. Moved freely with drive.

Junior Dog
1stCh. Jacquinta Lets Go Andy JWGold and white masculine type with good bone, super wide head with dark eyes, well balanced at all times, moved with style and drive.
2ndZeeva Zhivago JWGold and white of a slightly smaller type, quality youngster, well balanced and I loved his tail set. Glamorous head with spaced eyes, just needs to finish and mature in body.

Yearling Dog
1stCh. Carlita Reason To Dream JWA gold and white boy glamorous and eye catching, loved his head and expression, so well balanced at all times with a super level topline, moved freely with style.
2ndMinfaa Take Me To the Limit at MiddletuneVery similar in type to the winner, moved very well with good drive behind. Well bakanced at all times with a lovely tail height and good level topline.

Post Graduate Dog
1stGladmin Transkei Teddy JWGold and white boy of a nice size and type, lovely head width, super reach of neck, level topline giving a lovely outline. Moved freely with good Shih Tzu drive behind.
2ndPaliden Shine Like A StarDeep gold and white boy of a bit smaller type, a lovely head, good width between the eyes and an excellent mouth. Moved well when settled.

Limit Dog
1stMiracey All You Need Is Love For Tilbe JW ShCMDeep gold and white boy with a beautiful head and expression, and one of the best mouths seen today. Good bone and substance, lovely spring of rib, needs more time to mature in body and mind.
2ndCh. Sistasu Silver Lining JW ShCMA grey and white dog of a type and colour rarely seen these nowadays. Loved his natural balance both standing and moving, did not disappoint on the move retaining his level topline and high tail set.

Open Dog
1stCh. Weatsom Margarets Legacy for Quingshui JW ShCMGold and white dog of a lovely size, very well balanced and beautifully presented. Loved his head and well spaced eyes and tip tilted nose giving a beautiful Shih Tzu expression, moved so freely with excellent hind drive. This dog has matured so well since I last judged him as a youngster, pleased to give him the DCC and BOB.
2ndCh. Miracey Rebel Rider (UK, Ir)Gold and white dog with a classic head and expression and wonderful mouth, well laid shoulder, good reach of neck, shown in luxurious coat and presented to perfection. Pushed hard for class my RCC winner.

Veteran Dog
1stCh. Shanitaus Mane Attraction JWGold and white 7 and half years, could hold his own still in open dog. Lovely size, very well balanced, gorgeous head, excellent mouth, moved with drive.
2ndShihfon Lark Ascending9 years, black and white, looking so well for his age, indeed acting like a puppy and enjoying his day out. Nice head and the most gorgeous coat texture.

Minor Puppy Bitch
1stCarlita Time to Samba JW8 month gold and white girl, beautiful head and mouth, near to perfection for me. So well balanced, lovely level topline and tail set. Plenty of bone for size, good spring of rib, moved with style My BP who went on to win the utility puppy group.
2ndShirkeira Olivia At Middletune8 month, gold and white mature for age very nice head with lovely dark eyes and a good mouth. Moved well with drive unlucky to meet the winner today. Just preferred higher tail set of 1st.

Puppy Bitch
1stGladmin Lesotho Promise9 momnths gold and white girl, showed he rhead off watching me as I went down the line. Loved her head, dark eyes, good wide mouth and nice nose placement. High tail set and well ribbed body, moved well with reach and drive.
2ndMinfaa Pocahontasanother 9 month girl, very feminine but plenty of bone. I loved her tail set which made her outline so good. Good broad head with a square muzzle, moved freely with good drive.

Junior Bitch
1stQanukakira OopzadayzyA solid gold girl who needs to regain her face furnishings. Caught my eye as a puppy and she did not disappoint today. Such a well-balanced girl with a back end to die for, loved her drive when moving, level topline, good reach of neck, not a big girl but quality throughout. My RCC winner
2ndTa Maria Amethyst(Imp)Another lacking in furnishings but a feminine quality bitch, lovely head, good firm body, gave her handler a hard time but settled well in the end.
ResShirkeira Leather N’LaceAnother gold and white bitch of quality, lovely reach of neck, good level topline, beautiful dark eyes, moved well with reach and drive.

Yearling Bitch
1stCh. Paliden Star DelightFeminine solid gold with blacck mask, not a big girl but quality, beautiful head and wide jaw, dark eyes with a melting expression, lovely level topline, good spring of rib, moved with ease, pushed hard for RCC.
2ndShirkeira Leather N’LaceAnother gold and white bitch of quality, lovely reach of neck, good level topline, beautiful dark eyes, moved well with reach and drive.

Post Graduate Bitch
1stAnyang Whispering BreezeLoved this bitch, feminine with good bone, beautiful head especially loved her nose placement, a lovely size, balanced throughout, presented in good coat, moved freely with strong hind drive.
2ndGladmin InalaThis kennel is producing a good type and size, loved her wide head and feminine expression, spring of rib and reach of neck. Moved freely retaining a good outline.

Limit Bitch
1stCh. Pekoe Surprise Surprise JWI have never seen this bitch look so well, she has a head and expression that I love. Dark eyes and a really good wide mouth, lovely outline, moved effortlessly and stayed alert in the challenge. My CC winner
2ndMinfaa Dancin Cheek To Cheek at MiddletuneUnlucky to meet the winner today, another very honest feminine bitch, pleasing head and expression, lovely high tail set, she held her outline when standing and on the move.

Open Bitch
1stCh. Miracey Disco InfernoVery glamorous gold and white bitch, beautiful feminine head with dark eyes and tip tilted nose. Moved so well in the class but found the ground a little demanding in the challenge. A worthy champion.
2ndCh. Zeeva Love Unlimited for Maili JW Sh CMA very similar type to the winner. Head to die for and a perfect mouth, movement very correct but just lost out in motivation when moving with the winner. Presented to perfection.