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Showing dogs in conformation is a sport that can seem completely unpredictable.
Each conformation judge has a different history, different priorities, likes,
and dislikes. So how can we best prepare ourselves for the ring - besides
presenting a well-trained dog in excellent condition?
We can arm ourselves with information to make educated decisions.
We know our dogs best - we know their strengths and their limitations. With
information, we can stack the odds in our favor or decide whether or not to
enter a show.
With so much information available on the Internet, my methods of research has
changed dramatically. I used to just ask friends if they have shown to
particular judges before. Now each judge takes anywhere from 20-60 minutes of
After I do show to a judge, I keep a spreadsheet of my experiences and
impressions of what the judge likes. I also make notes of anything special like
a particular ring procedure, no bait, no toys, or anything else that might be
Judging Panel on the premium
- I take a look at the judging panel for that show not only for who is
judging my breed, but what else is the judge doing?
- Infodog is a source for several types of information.
It has the
location of the judge.
Example: If the judge is from the West coast and frequently attends
shows there, I know what he or she is accustomed to seeing.
I know what pedigrees he/she has likely been exposed to and what
breeders he or she might have talked to.
Infodog also shows
what other breeds
the judge are approved to judge, and you can make a loose inference on
how long the he/she has been judging.
You can also make a guess on what breed the judge first started with -
just look for the breed he/she has been judging the longest.
You can also see what they
put up in the past.
I go through and look at what pedigrees or styles of dog in my breed
he/she tends to like.
This really only works when there are many dogs judged, and you
already know what the different pedigrees look like.
I used to look for whether or not the judge put my dog’s sire as
they look almost exactly alike.
the judge for articles, interviews, and personal information
Judge’s Report Card Group on Facebook
- I spend a great deal of time searching for information here.
top right hand search bar, type in the judge’s last name.
Using the entire name sometimes omits posts where the entire name isn’t
I read each and every single post that even mentions the judge. This is
very time consuming, but it must be done.
- Handlers, friends in other breeds, and your breeder.
might be helpful. I don't use it myself, but other people have.