“I owneD A TIbeTAn TerrIer beCAuSe when I DID A SweePSTAkeS, I FeLL In Love wITh TheIr HAPPY, TAIL-WAGGING TEMPERAMENT!”
2. What are your “must have” traits in this breed? The breed is unique in having snowshoe flat feet. Double coats, square compact and powerful bodies without exaggerations are also must have traits. 3. Are there any traits in this breed you fear are becoming exaggerated? The balance is lost in many Tibetan Terriers—upright shoulders and extreme rears. 4. Do you think the dogs you see in this breed are better now than they were when you first started judging? Why or why not? The size today in the Tibetan Terrier is staying within the standard. Many breeders, handlers and owners are presenting their dogs well groomed without offensive scissoring or sculpturing—the two serious faults in the standard. 5. What do you think new judges misunderstand about the breed? New judges may be impressed with a generic show dog look instead of the form and function of a natural looking and well-balanced Tibetan Terrier. 6. Is there anything else you’d like to share about the breed? Please elaborate. Tibetan Terriers are personalities. They are athletic and playful. Tibetan Terriers were bred to be companions and best friends and they take these roles seriously—from the couch to hiking in the mountains with their families. 7. And, for a bit of humor: what’s the funniest thing you’ve ever experienced at a dog show? It was funny when a fellow exhibitor yelled stop at us before we drove off into the sunset with our awning ripped off the van and still staked into the ground. SHARON LYONS
To date I have over 250 Champions. I still show my own dogs in the classes. My children and grandchildren are the only ones I love beyond my dogs!
1. Describe the breed in three words. Happy, beautiful dogs.
2. What are your “must have” traits in this breed? Square, level topline and with an effortless side gait.
3. Are there any traits in this breed you fear are becoming exaggerated? I see too much sculpturing. 4. Do you think the dogs you see in this breed are better now than they were when you first started judging? Why or why not? Most entries I think the quality has been very good. I think the breeders have been diligent! 5. What do you think new judges misunderstand about the breed? They have to get their hands on them. They should have substance, rib spring, fore chest, etc. 6. Is there anything else you’d like to share about the breed? Please elaborate. I owned a Tibetan Terrier because when I did a Sweep- stakes, I fell in love with their happy, tail-wagging temperament! I think temperament is the most heritably trait, so keep up the good work!
I live in lower New York State. I’m retired, so I have lots of time to show my Dalmatians and go to all of my grandchildrens’ games. I’ve been breeding and showing for over 45 years. I’ve been judg- ing for about 25 years. I have been breeding Dalmatians for 45 years.
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