Judging


Cocker Spaniel Ch. My Own Brucie, shown by owner-breeder-handler Herman Mellenthin, winning BIS over 4,456 entries at Morris & Essex KC 1939. Judge William H. Pym.
Bo Bengtson takes the measure of some famous dogs of the past. Read More
Exactly what is a judge? One of the many definitions appearing in the dictionary for the word judge is a person who can decide on how good a thing is. Or in our case, how good a dog is — or is not. Opinion is also one of the many definitions appearing for the word "judgment." Read More
Ever wonder what goes through a judge’s mind? What was he or she thinking? Truth is, judges are real people just like you and me.  Read More
Wikipedia defines an expert as "a person with extensive knowledge or ability based on research, experience or occupation and in a particular area of study," and notes that experts don't always agree. Certainly sounds like a conformation judge to me.  Read More
From rudder-like tails to Irish Setter toplines, Sid Marx offers a debunking of some common dog-show myths. Read More
A silver lining in these stay-at-home times: the free breed webinars presented by the American Kennel Club. Read More

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

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