If you didn't breed your Shih Tzu please talk to the Breeder before embarking onto the show scene.
The breeder is the best person to advise you whether your Shih Tzu is of a good enough quality to show.
Please remember it is their breeding that you will be showing & there may be a genuine reason why they may not wish you to exhibit that Shih Tzu.
One of the first things you should study is the Breed Standard which is available here. Try to learn and understand the Breed Standard as this will help you to evaluate the merits or de-merits of your Shih Tzu.
If you think that you may wish to start showing, it is important that you attend dog training classes before you start to exhibit. There are many clubs which specialise in Ringcraft classes and can teach you how to prepare and present your dog so that it looks its best for the judge in the show ring.
It will be beneficial to attend a local dog show before starting classes so that you can get a general idea of what happens at a show and also to talk to other exhibitors. You may also be able to learn a little more about how Shih Tzu are shown. Speak to your Shih Tzu breeder who will hopefully show you how to handle your dog to its best advantage.
Ringcraft clubs are usually very sociable, where groups of exhibitors meet on a regular basis and get great enjoyment from training their dogs.
You will spend a great deal of time training and learning how to present your Shih Tzu for exhibition at a show. Even getting your dog to perform in the ring is a lot harder than it looks. A dog that only wants to slouch in the corner, or ambles around the ring ungracefully will not impress the judge. It is important that you learn how to present your dog in the show ring to show off all its finer points.
This can be very difficult to achieve; the dog has got to want to show off for its owner or handler in the show ring and you must work hard together to build this rapport. The people who run Ringcraft clubs have a great deal of experience in the 'show scene' and will be able to show you all the techniques to get the best out of your dog.
Some Ringcraft clubs not only run training classes for your dogs, but competitions such as Matches and Companion Dog Shows so that members can see how they are progressing.
If you are serious about showing your dog, it is advisable to become a member of one of the five Breed Clubs as they will be able to offer more expert advice. A list of the other Shih Tzu Breed Clubs is available here and membership of the Manchu Shih Tzu Society is available here.
The Kennel Club have "Find a Club Service" to find Kennel Club registered training clubs offering ringcraft classes. To access this service click here.
Manchu Shih Tzu Show Calendar
The Manchu Shih Tzu Society has a comprehensive Show Calendar, listing shows for all the Breed Clubs and General Championship Shows. It includes the Date of Show, Society, Judges, Closing Dates and a facility to either enter online, download or request schedules. When available it also lists the entries for the show along with links to the results.
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