A Standard for Judges

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General Appearance:
The first impression of a good dog judge should be that of a tough-minded but fair, alert and gentle specimen. Muscular ability and nimbleness are desirable but not mandatory, as soft living seems unavoidable in the breed.The judge should be stamped with the look of nobility and justice - difficult to define but always unmistakable after the show. The good judge has a distinct personality, marked by a direct and fearless, but not hostile expression of self-confidence, and that certain aloofness, which does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships....or at least does not admit to such friendships until later, back in the motel! Secondary sex characteristics should be strongly marked, lest, when the judge hands you a ribbon, you say, "Thank you,Sir," to a lady, or, vice versa. The question of mon-orchids or crypt-orchids should be left to your florist.

In cold climates the judge should be equipped with a double coat. Underwear may vary with the season. At no time however, should a judge shed in the ring.

The most desirable proportions for a female judge are 38-23-36. However, you may settle for a 23-23-23, or, as I have at times, 22-35-48. the shape of a male judge is less important, but great hulk and a commanding appearance is greatly preferred.

Let's not go into this again. All colours are permissible !!! I have not personally seen a purple judge, but I guess there is always a first time.

The judge should be neither too short nor too tall. As a rule of thumb, if he must sink to the ground to pat the dog, he is probably too tall. On the other hand, if he has to jump into the air to check for testicles, then he is probably too short. Measurements should be taken from the top of the head with the hair parted or pushed down, so that it will only show the actual height of the judges' frame or structure. A judge of desirable size and proper flesh, should average between 70 and 340lbs, depending primarily on gender and how fat he /she is.

Judges who tend to motivate on all fours should be avoided, as should those that who stagger and fall down a lot. Forward motion should be achieved by placing one foot in front of the other. Hopping is also permitted, and in fact, often makes for better showmanship.

Whilst viewing the dogs the judge should stand in the middle of the ring, feet spread at a "parade rest", the right hand held firmly under the left armpit, with the left crossing over under the right armpit. The chin must be tucked solidly into the chest, eyes squinting. Once the judge has assumed this position, the steward should count the number of times the class circles. It that count should exceed 20, he might then unobtrusively poke the judge in the ribs. Older, more experienced judges have been known to doze off in this position, while younger specimens, particularly members of the party-going set, might still be so grassed from pre-show festivities, that they have passed out.

Disqualifying Faults:
Judges who whoop, holler or point, or who laugh hysterically at an exhibitor entering the ring with a particularly poor specimen, should be disqualified. Likewise, any judge who delays proceedings while handlers make out cheques in his favour in the ring, is not permitted to participate any further. Any judge who attacks a handler in the ring, is warned three times in writing, after which he must be dismissed. deafness in a judge is not a fault. In fact, slightly impaired hearing faculties are a distinct advantage, as the judge can not hear the rude comments from ringside, and will be able to literally "turn a deaf ear" to whispered propositions etc, from handlers.

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Submitted by John Chandler

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