11/24/2008: The Quest for KnowledgeThe term “know-it-all” is usually directed at those who believe they know more about something (or everything!) than everyone else, and have all the information that will ever be necessary to understand the subject at hand. This know-it-all wears thin very quickly and unfortunately is at the end of the road in his pursuit of knowledge rather than moving along the path toward it.
10/17/2008: Understanding What “Type” Actually IsThe debate that concerns itself with whether or not there are one or many correct “types” in any given breed wages on as it has for many years. I find the topic an extremely important one and one that must be clearly understood by anyone who hopes to fully understand what the art and science of dog breeding and dog judging are all about.
09/23/2008: What We Like Vs. What Is CorrectIt is extremely important in evaluating dogs that the person doing so is making accurate decisions. Now this may sound like a given in the evaluating experience; one would think that everyone involved in their chosen breed will at least attempt to be accurate to the best of their ability. Unfortunately, this is not always as easy as it sounds.
08/15/2008: Is it Just the Judging?If one were to believe ringside conversation, it is poor judging and poor judging alone, that has led to the decline in quality of purebred dogs here in America.
06/26/2008: Breeder, Exhibitor, or Fancier?, by Richard G. (Rick) BeauchampI think the term exhibitor is pretty much straightforward. The exhibitor is simply a person who shows dogs. It doesn’t imply much more or less. There are levels of exhibitors of course - beginning, amateur, professional - but what we know is that they show dogs.
03/11/2008: Correct Proportions and What Makes ThemAs those who have read what I’ve written in the past know, I consider correct silhouette one of the most defining characteristics of any purebred dog. The silhouette is, of course, made up of the correct parts standing in proper proportion to all others. Learning what the parts are, how they are fashioned, and how they stand in proportion to the overall is critical to anyone who wishes to make progress as a breeder or judge.
01/23/2008: Who Judges Your Dog Best?We have many judges who pass over our show dogs in the course of a year. Some, the all-rounders, judge many breeds while others, the specialists, judge only one or two - the breed or breeds in which they actually bred and raised.
12/13/2007: Dealing with Breed Standards, Part IIContinuing on with our previous discussion of breed standards, I must say that I have never been able to understand why it is that introducing breeds that are well-established elsewhere to the U.S. requires a new standard. One would think that a standard that produced the kind of dog that got someone interested in the first place would be more than adequate to continue right on with.
12/13/2007: Dealing with Breed Standards, Part 1Not much more than 100 years ago, what had begun as trials to compare dogs' working ability developed into competitions which also awarded structural excellence.
09/19/2007: Your Attention, Please!There is no doubt that I can speak for many judges when it comes to wondering what exhibitors are watching while they stand outside the ring waiting for their breed to be judged. I do know that they are looking at what goes on in the ring, but I wonder what it is they are actually seeing?