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Kittredge, David #6639

Cocker Spaniel. As a handler, I showed other Gun Dog breeds.

How long have you been a UKC judge?
I have been a UKC judge since 2005 (7 years)

Are you a breeder / how long have you been breeding dogs?
I bred and exhibited Cocker Spaniels for 25+ years, but stopped breeding and exhibiting when I became a judge.

How long have you been involved with dogs? (Conformation/Performance)
I have been involved in the conformation aspect of dog shows for 41 years.

What events, if any, do you participate in other than the event type in which you are Judging?
I have done some Obedience work as well.

In 100 words or less, how did you become involved with dogs? Conformation/Performance events)
I got my first Cocker Spaniel when I was 10 years old. She was a family pet, but we got a second (better!) one almost immediately. After college, I met a long-time breeder who took me under her wing and we partnered to produce many champions, mostly black and black-and-tan. After she retired, I continued on my own for several more years.

In 100 words or less, what do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)? (Conformation/Performance events)
Over the years, I produced many good dogs, who received national recognition, and I was very proud of those accomplishments. However, I believe my greatest contribution to the sport has been as a judge. I have
been honored by being voted to judge my Cocker Spaniel National five times and have judged several nationals abroad. My approach to judging has always been to put overall breed type above any single attribute. It is important to investigate all the points addressed in a standard when evaluating an exhibit. However, I feel that, too often, the overall picture can be ignored in the final analysis. General unity of structure, harmony of proportion, functioning of the structure in movement and correctness of all features for the breed’s intended purpose are of greater importance than any factors considered separately. Of course, as a judge, I want it all!