My summary is really a series of questions for those present in the audience. Judges are required to educate themselves. They attend seminars and educational programs on the various breeds they hope to judge. They study canine anatomy, structure and motion, terminology, breed standards and observe various breeds at the shows. Hopefully, breeders are doing the same thing. If not, get busy!

When did you last attend a breed seminar on Lhasas? What about our flanking breeds? Have you read/studied the breed standards for the Tibetan Terrier and Shih Tzu or attended a seminar on either of them? Do you observe these breeds at the shows? How can you hope to appraise our own Lhasa stock if you don’t have an understanding of what makes your Lhasa a Lhasa, rather than a TT or a Shih Tzu? How are all three breeds alike? How do they differ?

I assume you have all read your Lhasa Standard. Do you know what it mean, or are they just words on a page? What does our Standard say about gait? What does it call for in head? Can you tell me the differences in the head of your Lhasa as compared to the Shih Tzu?

Have you read the Illustrated Guide?

Does your library at home contain copies of books by authors McDowell Lyons, Rachel Page Elliot, Van Hollenbeck, and Curtis Brown? What other books on structure and motion have you researched for answers as to why your dog moves the way it does? Please remember that your canine expertise is advanced through education. Books, seminars, discussion groups, and mentorship all await. This is the path that leads to your understanding and professionalism as responsible breeders.