Pedigree For Judging

1. Integrity is essential

2. Do not rush into judging - ideally you should have at least 5 years experience of exhibiting in your own breed before considering judging for the first time.

3. Do not start judging unless you have had success - either as a breeder or exhibitor - otherwise your entries may suffer because other exhibitors will not respect your opinion.

4. Do not take on other breeds without being proficient in your own.

5. It is a judge's job to have the future of the breed in mind.

6. Aim for the perfect dog to improve breeding programmes helping to produce good typical specimens free from abnormalities and visible hereditary defects. As close to perfect breed type as possible.

7. Know the skeleton, bone and muscle structure of the dog.

8. Understand the movement relative to the breed concerned.

9. Use the breed standard as your bible and do not be afraid to refer to it in the ring if you are unsure on any point at all.

10. Study not only the breed standard but read everything available on the breed.

11. Steward for the breed as many times as possible.

12. Study other judges' methods and procedure.

13. Ensure you have a good knowledge of Kennel Club Regulations.

14. Read, digest and understand the KC Guide to Judges.

15. Join a breed club or clubs and a local show committee for general experience where possible, but do not use your position to further your own future.

16. Attend as many Seminars or Breed Workshops as possible.

17. Get 'hands on' experience whenever possible.

18. Offer yourself for assessment and examination whenever the opportunity arises and take good note of criticism from your peers.

19. Make sure you can justify and defend your decisions when questioned by exhibitors.

20. Dress in a conventional and acceptable fashion.

21. Politeness to exhibitors is of utmost importance.

22. Be particularly helpful to young, aged and infirm exhibitors.