Dog Show Judging and the AKC

An AKC judge discusses ethics, fakery and the AKC’s responsibility.


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2) Do not fault judge X for virtue, and you will encourage exhibitors to show their exhibits fairly;

3) Have the fortitude to award outstanding dogs even if they exhibit noticeable faults;

4) Adhere to the rules of the game — an even playing field requires everyone to be treated the same;

5) Enforce the rules of the game — do not make exceptions. Fix the rules if they are wrong; don't circumvent them;

6) Honesty will always pay off in the end.

Yes, we live in a very confusing and conflicting world. In the end, we must examine our own ideology of this life experience to help guide our actions. Admittedly, you don't get to choose the reality you can only try to make the most educated guess you can about the rules that govern life. Realize that you cannot truly enjoy fruits of success if you do not do the right thing in every action you take.

I believe honesty is ultimately rewarded, and those who practice fakery are ultimately held responsible for their choices, and "Yeah, sorry," isn't going to get it. Make your choices carefully.

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Jay   Sacramento, CA

7/21/2011 8:07:05 PM

Love this article, Thank you so much for posting it. I just hope ALL judges received this information and Read
I have been trying to get ppl interested in showing but when they com to a show OR 10, and see the same political BS play out..

I can not conveince them it is just that jusdge or that
The good old boys club, seems to prevale every time. with the same ppl winning, not the dogs with bad movement or soft top lines. the points are going to the handlers.

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Andrea   Orlando, FL

3/22/2008 10:31:14 PM

Well said and right on the mark. What is next; mass canine plastic surgery? The point in having rules and regulations to begin with seems to have been lost to some owners/handlers. Winning based on deception and fraud should have no place in the show ring. Furthermore, we suspend athletes for doping, so why should this sport be treated any different? These shows are supposed to show each breed's prime example, what they should look like in order to be the best. If they were not born with the features, it is shameful and downright rude to everyone attending said events to try and fake it.

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