|The following is an attempt to improve communication between the judges of our breed, and the people who show under them.
1.) Are you an active breeder of German Shepherd Dogs? Do you have a kennel name ?
2.) How long have you been in the breed? When and how did you get started? Are you affiliated with any clubs?
3.) How long have you been judging the breed?
4.) How many times a year do you judge German Shepherds?
5.) Over the last 2 years has the number of shows?
6.) Have you ever judged the National Specialty? If yes, when and what classes ?
7.) Do you judge at both all-breeds and specialties, which do you prefer ?
8.) Do you have a color preference?
a) Would the color of a dog influence your judgment? If yes, how and why?
b) Do you find it harder to judge solid blacks ? If yes, why?
9.) What importance do you place on condition of plush versus smooth coat? Please explain.
10.) When judging the dog do you also judge the handler? Please elaborate if possible.
11.) What importance do you place on missing teeth?
12.) How do you see bites today?
13.) How do you see strength of ears?
14.) Do you feel the GSD's temperament has improved over the past 5 years?
15.) Do you consider temperament today to be? Please explain.
16.) Do you prefer a dog to be shown on a loose lead?
17.) How would you rate the following in sequence of importance? (On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest).
18.) Could you briefly describe your ring procedure, and any changes you may incorporate between a small vs. large class
19.) Do you think there should be an age limit in placing points on a dog (i.e.dogs and bitches under 12 months of age)?
20.) If a dog is not exactly to the standard in size, would you prefer slightly larger or smaller?
21.) Do you think on average German Shepherd Dogs are too extreme?
22.) In your opinion should double handling be allowed?
23.) Should all select dogs, in your opinion, be OFA (H&E)?
24.) When making the final selection, does the dog with the most front reach usually win the class?
25.) Do you feel more emphasis should be put on the total package, and less on movement?
26.) Do you think the German Shepherd Dog standard should be changed?
27.) Do you think there should be any changes in any of the existing rules concerning dog shows? If so, please elaborate
28.) Is there a dog, whether alive now or not, who to you typifies most closely the "ideal" German Shepherd Dog ? If yes, please explain and give details
29.) Do you feel that in general the quality of the breed in this country is getting better or worse ? Please elaborate
30.) Do you have a pet peeve about anything owners or handlers do concerning the showing of dogs ?
31.) Do you have any suggestions for owners or handlers regarding anything they should ALWAYS do when showing under you ?
32.) Do you have any suggestions for owners or handlers regarding anything they should NEVER do when showing under you ?
33.) Do you have any advice for people who are relatively new to showing and/or breeding?
34.) Is there anything else you would like to say about judging or about the German Shepherd breed today ? If so, please feel free to say it here
35.) Have you ever judged one the of the greats? If so, can you give a rundown of this dog for the people who have not had the privilege to even see it.
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