||The following is an attempt to improve
communication between the judges of our breed, and the people who show
1.) Are you an active breeder
of German Shepherd Dogs? Do you have a kennel name ?
Yes - Caraland
2.) How long have you been in the
breed? When and how did you get started? Are you affiliated with any clubs?
I bought my 1st purebred dog
in 1957 from Margaret Pooley of Rocky Reach Kennels. I had an unregistered
obedience dog before that. I belong to the GSDC of Los Angeles and the
GSDCA where I am a Board Member. 3.) How long have you been judging
4.) How many times a year do you
judge German Shepherds?
From one to six times a year
5.) Over the last 2 years has the
number of shows?
About the same
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 ?
Specialties. I prefer to judge
specialties because that is where the heart of the fancy is. All breeds
want you to judge fast in a small ring.
8.) Do you have a color preference?
a) Would the color of a dog influence
Only if the dog was washed
out or was white.
b) Do you find it harder to judge
solid blacks ?
9.) What importance do you place
on condition of plush versus smooth coat? Please explain.
Not important. I don't think
of it as important. It is the structure of the dog that counts. Of course
a dog in good coat makes a better impression on everyone.
10.) When judging the dog do you
also judge the handler? Please elaborate if possible.
11.) What importance do you place
on missing teeth?
Very important. The Standard
states that any missing teeth other than a first premolar (button tooth)
is a serious fault. Therefore it has to be important. It is not everything
and I would not put down a vastly superior specimen because of it, but
it cannot be ignored.
12.) How do you see bites today?
Poor. I am seeing a lot of
level bites. That is not a fault but is called undesirable in the Standard.
13.) How do you see strength of
Poor. Our dog's ears have
weakened over recent years. We also have dogs and bitches winning BOB/BOS
at the National with weak ears. That is one thing the Germans have "strong
14.) Do you feel the GSD's temperament
has improved over the past 5 years?
No. There are a good number
of dogs with good temperament but there are too many with poor temperament.
Sometimes I judge a show where weak temperament is very much in evidence.
Some judges are placing dogs that shy away from them. In July I made the
motion to write a loose lead examination into the contracts for National
& Futurity Judges. It will go into effect in 1999.
15.) How 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).
Coming and going 7
18.) Could you briefly describe your
ring procedure, and any changes you may incorporate between a small Vs
Side Gait 9
Pasterns, hocks 9
Shoulder and reach 9
I use the same procedure for all
dogs. I do a loose lead exam, send the dog coming & going, send it
around the ring one time. When all dogs have had their individ ual I move
them togethe r to sort them out. In classes of 8 or more I break them into
19.) Do you think there should be an
age limit in placing points on a dog (i.e.dogs and bitches under 12 months
No. Why ? We operate under AKC Rules.
I have only put up one puppy, and one year later he was 3rd Select.
20.) If a dog is not exactly to the standard
in size, would you prefer slightly larger or smaller?
Larger. The GSD should be substantial,
but not overdone.
21.) Do you think on average German Shepherd
Dogs are too extreme?
22.) In your opinion should double handling
I think discreet double handling
should be allowed at specialty shows. At all breed shows it may disturb
other rings and if everyone did it there would be chaos. The Germans have
no restrictions and everything goes.
23.) Should all select dogs, in your
opinion, be OFA (H&E)?
Yes & no. Both because I want
them to be, but this is America and I donít think people should be forced
into it. I am on the Board of Directors of the OFA and I would rather lead
by example and put more emphasis on the value of OFA hips and elbows than
we do today. Select dogs that are OFA should have that pointed out as an
24.) When making the final selection,
does the dog with the most front reach usually win the class?
No. I put great importance on movement
but it is not everything. Often the dog with the best shoulder does win.
I also try to breed good shoulders in my program.
25.) Do you feel more emphasis should
be put on the total package, and less on movement?
Yes. The Total Dog is what we should
be judging for. Movement is one of the most important factors but it must
not rule out everything else.
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
I am not unhappy with the ruses
as they are but change will come as we know. Thatís progress, I think.
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
This is difficult to answer because
I have seen and admired so many fine dogs. You donít always know their
true temperament. I canít name one particular dog.
29.) Do you feel that in general the
quality of the breed in this country is getting better or worse ? Please
I think it is better from a conformation
standpoint. They are much better movers today than when I first got in
30.) Do you have a pet peeve about anything
owners or handlers do concerning the showing of dogs ?
I donít like overt double handling
with owners calling names and running the ring with cow bells.
31.) Do you have any suggestions for
owners or handlers regarding anything they should ALWAYS do when showing
under you ?
Have their dog trained so that it
performs to its best advantage.
32.) Do you have any suggestions for
owners or handlers regarding anything they should NEVER do when showing
under you ?
Instruct their double handler from
inside the ring. (2nd) Act angry when they donít get first place.
33.) Do you have any advice for people
who are relatively new to showing and/or breeding?
Study the breed, ask questions and
learn what a good dog is. Donít worry about who owns it.
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
I think that the GSD is the finest
breed that there is. It has many uses including pleasing people in the
show ring. A really good moving dog is a beautiful thing to see. I enjoy
judging and it gives me an opportunity to see dogs that I otherwise would
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.
I have judged dogs and bitches that
later went Grand Victor or Grand Victrix. I wouldn't say that they were
the best dogs that I have ever judged. But they were very good. One dog
from my youth who sticks in my mind was CH Bismarck von Graustein, ROM.
He was a departure from the other dogs that I had seen. He was born in
1958, and finished about 3rd. at the 1960 National.
We didn't have selects in those days. He
was a magnificent, large dog with a high wither , and he could move. I
never judged him because I was not a judge at the time. He was not fault
free, but on a dog of that quality you have to give some leeway. Another
dog with a major place in my memory, and again one that I did not judge,
was 1970 GV CH Hollamorís Judd, ROM. Another magnificent dog that could
take your breath away standing and in motion.