Judging


Photo by Mary Bloom
Over the past 50 years, Patricia V. Trotter has stepped into the finale at Westminster 11 times with one of her world-famous Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds. And on each occasion she left the ring without the Best in Show rosette. But in 2021, Trotter returns for the dozenth time — as the show's Best... Read More
With apologies to Willie Shakespeare, that is the question dog-show judges are asking themselves, around the country and indeed the world. How will they react to the reality of COVID-19? What is the best thing to do?   Read More

English Setter Ch. Daro of Maridor, who went Best in Show at Westminster in 1938, before he had even turned a year old.
The days following the Westminster Kennel Club show are always a good time to ponder the sport of purebred dogs. It’s one of the best occasions of the year for people in the dog fancy, as well as the general public, to see some of the finest dogs of all breeds. It’s not unusual to hear calls... Read More

George Ward with the Scottish Terrier Ch. Braeburn’s Close Encounter, #1 All Breeds 1983. Photo Martin Booth. Courtesy Bo Bengtson.
As we face the future, do we let go of the past? Or should we try to return to the “glory days” of yesterday?  Read More
From critiques to differences in standards, bridging the gap between AKC and FCI judging cultures. Read More
The old cliche goes that common sense is not to common. Surely, in our dog-show community, that's not true. Right? Right? Read More
Cyberbullying has entered our sport in many guises, tand no one is exempt from being targeted. Nowadays, everyone is fair game. Read More
Cinch up your bathrobe. Grab your valuables. The hotel alarm has gone off — and tomorrow's judges are assembled on the front lawn. Read More
With the American Kennel Club recognizing almost 200 breeds, is it realistic to think that judges will have the exact amount of passion for each? Read More

Walter Goodman and 1969's Westminster Best in Show winner, Skye Terrier Ch. Glamoor Good News.
Westminster and New York City are forever etched together in the minds of dog-show aficionados as well as anyone else who ever heard of a dog show.  Read More

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