A dog show judge
, sometimes dog judge
, is a person that is qualified to evaluate dogs
at a conformation show
. At small shows, there might be only one judge for all breeds and classes. At larger shows, there might be several judges, with each responsible for only certain breeds or classes.
Because dogs are judged based on how well they conform to their breed's breed standard
, a judge must be intimately familiar with the particular breed
's standard and must be able to analyze the qualities of the dog to determine its relative quality.
Usually a license as a dog judge is granted by either a breed association
or a kennel club
. The license specifies the different breeds over which the judge is qualified to officiate. Judges may study and, over time, apply for a license to judge a single breed, multiple breeds, or all recognized breeds. A judge who has successfully completed the requirements for judging all of the dog groups is known as a group judge. A judge who is licensed to judge all breeds is often referred to as an "all-rounder".
In some cases the qualification and membership of a National based organisation is the criteria as to how a judge might operate
Judges are most... Read More