Judging



Saturday 9th September 2017
 Bangor & North Down Canine Club All Breed Championship Show
JUDGING - Always a Great Privilege

In American Akita - CH CANNONBAR ASSASSINS CREED
my Green Star and Best of Breed winner went on to win Group 2
In Phalene - CH MEIN DROOMS WANDA JUN CH
my Green Star and Best of Breed winner was from the Junior Class
In Basenji -CH HER MAJESTY OUT OF AFRICA AT ROCKSHAM AN CH 13, 14, 15,16 CW14, 15 CJW14 my Green Star & BOB In Eurasier -IRISHPRIDE THAT MADE YA LOOK AT TWYNBEARS
my Green Star & BOB also out of the Junior Class
In German Spitz Klein - KOOSKA RUSSIAN STAR MONTBLANK Imp RUS JUN CH, JUN CH my Green Star & BOB Adult Bitch Class
My sincerest thanks to
Joyce and Des Manton
and the friendly and efficient committee
of Bangor & North Down Canine Club
for affording me the pleasure of
judgin
g at their show

Sorry couldn't find a photo of by BOB but here is one of
my Green Star Dog CH. WHITTIMERE INDIANAPOLIS
In German Spitz Mittel - CADASARO TADDOE
my Green Star and BOB out of Puppy Class



In Norwegian Elkhound  - WHITTIMERE PRADA
my Green Star and BOB out of Junior Class



 

Saturday & Sunday 15th & 16th July 2017
Piteå  All  Breed  International  Championship  Show


My sincerest thanks to Ewa Vikermo Rajala and the super friendly and efficient committee of
Sodra Norrbottens Kennelklubb, Sweden for their kind invitation to Judge
 and to the exhibitors for
their sportsmanship and cheery acceptance of my placing,
also for many beautiful dogs putting a hairs breadth between my decisions.

Saturday 8th July 2017
 Irish Ladies Kennel Association All Breed Championship Show

My GROUP 5 Winners
IR CH SAOIRIAN STARE-N-AT THE SON CJW 16 (Mr & Mrs J & Miss S & Mr R Wade) Japanese Spitz
CH CHIVAS ROYAL DJALO AT TAYLORIAN IMP BLR AN CH '16,'15,CW '16,'15,JUN CH (Mrs O Taylor) Chow Chow
My sincerest thanks to Heather Timmins and the super friendly and efficient committee of
Irish Ladies Kennel for affording me the pleasure of judgin
g.


 
NORSK Kennel Klub

All Breed International Championship Show Sunday 18th June 2017
Tromsø  Norway

I was most pleased when the pug I chose as winner of Group 9 Puppy was also awarded
Reserve Best Puppy in Show
The icing on the cake  –  My choice for GROUP 9 The stunning Bichon Frise
Awarded BEST IN SHOW
 
 
C.I.B. NORD CH FI CH DK CH EE CH CZ CH EE JCH HEW-12 HEJW-12 V-14 FIW-16
DIAMELLA YOUTHFUL SUPERSTAR
 
  I Also Had the Pleasure of Judging My Beloved Tibetan Breeds
 

NORSK Kennel Klub
All Breed Championship Show Sunday 11th September 2016
Rogaland Norway




Bangor & North Down Canine Club
All Breed Championship Show Saturday 10th September 2016


SDHK Svenska Dvarghundsklubben
 Luleå Sweden 29th May 2016
It was a delight to award Best In Show to a very handsome and
sound Bichon Frise “Petit Ami’s Robin
My choice for Best In Show 2 was the Chinese Crested Powder Puff
FI UCH SE UCH Sirocco Greedy Hands of Man”. 
I placed the Pug “FI UCH Royalgrowl The Hope” Best in Show 3 Coton De Tuléar for Best in Show 4 “Chanceux Fast And Fantastic”. 
CAC/BOB Once's up Ingvar, CAC/BOS Evan's Aha Eye Of Eternity Griffon Belge Best In Show Intermediate 2 Herniers The Baron CAC/BOB Griffon Belge SE JW 15 DK JW 15 Hierners The Baron
Griffon Bruxellois CAC/BOB SE CH FIN CH NO Ch C.I.B Cayafas Izzica Petite Brabancon CAC/BOB Hierners Hunk Of Burning Love Prague Ratter CAC/BOB Lovobackens Honey
Dublin to Stockholm, then to in Luleå Lowchen CAC/BOB CH Irish Mist Xclusive Gossip Stop-over in Knightsbridge, London



Södra Älvsborgs Kennelklubb
ALL BREED NATIONAL SHOW

Borås, Sweden 27th & 28th June 2015




SVENKSA SCHNAUZER - PINCHERKLUBBENS
NATIONAL SHOW Borås, Sweden


 
 
Södra Älvsborgs Kennelklubb
ALL BREED NATIONAL SHOW
Borås, Sweden


 

B.U.B.A. CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
My first time awarding Challenge Certificates in Tibetan Terriers
6th December 2014




At Radom, Poland 07.09.2014




Best of Breed Shih-Tzu  ML .CH. PL. CH. RO. CH. PL. KENZO SUN OF TYBET

 O'Sullivan's Quay  16.02.2014
Group 1   O'Sullivan's Quay Open Show 16.02.2014
Winner  'Mertrisa Dark Secret at Willodena' & Reserve 'Cluain Ultaigh Cream Of The Barley'
This Photo Is Courtesy of Rob Foley and is copyright and not to be copied or saved by any third party
Group 2   O'Sullivan's Quay Open Show 16.02.2014
Winner 'Rosamic The Special One' & Reserve 'Ballygunnermore Hazel Prince Of Carrue'
This Photo Is Courtesy of Rob Foley and is copyright and not to be copied or saved by any third party
Group 3   O'Sullivan's Quay Open Show 16.02.2014
Winner 'Beechcrest Blue Boomerang Jnr. Ch.' & Reserve 'Wake The Beast Plcoolast'
This Photo Is Courtesy of Rob Foley and is copyright and not to be copied or saved by any third party
Group 5   O'Sullivan's Quay Open Show 16.02.2014
Winner 'Amoyalois Rufus' & Reserve 'Zamoyski Lucky Teddy Bear'
This Photo Is Courtesy of Rob Foley and is copyright and not to be copied or saved by any third party

At Tvååker Sweden 12.07.2013


 Lahsa Apso BOB/CACIB/CAC TEMPLE FONTANA'S SILVER WEDDING
BOS/CACIB/CAC RS CH SE UCH STINGS MAKE MY DAY


At Tvååker Sweden 13.07.2013  My BOB/CAC Miniature Schnauzer PEPALFA'S BUMBLE-BEE also took Group 2
 My BOS/CAC  PEPALFA'S FE FINN OWNER SUSANNE O BO NILSSON
 and 2nd Best Male PEPALFA'S YUM-YUM

  
Also at Tvååker Sweden 13.07.2013 My BOB/CAC Tibetan Terrier KYBO PANDAMONIUM AT ALILAH also took Group 1

It is always a privilege to be allowed to assess other people's dogs.

JUDGING APPOINTMENTS

TIBETAN TERRIER CLUB OF IRELAND LIMITED SHOW        24.06.2001

TIBETAN TERRIER

  I.K.C. RULES
     
JAPANESE SHIBA INU CLUB OF IRELAND
LIMIT
ED SHOW
09.12.2001 ANY VARIETY UTILITY
NEVER WON A GREEN STAR
CHILDREN’S HANDLING
  I.K.C. RULES
     
BALLYMOTE CANINE CLUB
OPEN SHOW
07.04.2002 UTILITY CLASSES              
UTILITY GROUP                 
AV BRED BY EXHIBITOR  
AV CONFINED TO
SLIGO
  I.K.C. RULES
     
CORRIB CANINE CLUB
OPEN SHOW
25.05.2003 UTILITY CLASSES                   
UTILITY GROUP                      
AV CONFINED TO
GALWAY
AV BRED BY EXHIBITOR
  I.K.C. RULES
     
ALL IRELAND BULL BREEDS ASSOCIATION
AL
L BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
27.10.2003 TIBETAN TERRIER   I.K.C. RULES
     
THE SCOTTISH TERRIER CLUB OF IRELAND
LIMITED SHOW
02.11.2003 AV TOY                               
AV UTILITY                         
AV REST OF THE WORLD
AV PUPPY DOG/BITCH
  I.K.C. RULES
     
BOSTON & DISTRICT CANINE SOCIETY
OPEN SHOW
14.12.2003

TIBETAN TERRIER
  ENGLISH KENNEL CLUB RULES
     
ANTRIM & DISTRICT CANINE CLUB
CHRISTMAS OPEN
DOG SHOW
18.12.2004 UTILITY CLASSES       
UTILITY GROUP          
PUPPY STAKES DOG
  ENGLISH KENNEL CLUB RULES
     
EXETER & COUNTY CANINE SOCIETY
SPECIAL 80
th ANNIVERSARY OPEN SHOW
 06.02.2005 TIBETAN SPANIEL             
TIBETAN TERRIER            

AKITA
                                  
BULLDOG                            
CHOW CHOW                     
DALMATIAN                       
KEESHOND                        
LHASA APSO                       
MINIATURE SCHNAUZER  
POODLE (MINIATURE)     
POODLE (STANDARD)      
POODLE (TOY)                  
SCHIPPERKE                      
SCHNAUZER                       

SHAR
PEI
                            
SHIH TZU     
Utility ENGLISH KENNEL CLUB RULES
         
BRAY & DISTRICT CANINE SOCIETY
ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
02.07.2005 DALMATIAN      
LHASA APSO         
TIBETAN SPANIEL   
Group 6
Group 9
Group 9
I.K.C. RULES
         
TIBETAN TERRIER ASSOCIATION
BREED OPEN SHOW
05.08.2006 TIBETAN TERRIER Utility ENGLISH KENNEL CLUB RULES
         
ALL IRELAND BULL BREEDS ASSOCIATION
ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
30.10.2006 CHOW CHOW
AKITA
INU
SCHNAUZER MINIATURE
SCHNAUZER STANDARD
Group 5
Group 5
Group 2
Group 2
I.K.C. RULES
         
CLOGHRAN
ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
 17.11.2007

BICHON FRISE
MALTESE
PAPILLON)
PUGS


Group 9
I.KC. / F.C.I. RULES
         
TIBETAN SPANIEL CLUB OF IRELAND
BREED OPEN SHOW
11.10.2008 PUP OF THE YEAR           
VETERAN OF THE YEAR
Group 9 I.KC. / F.C.I. RULES
         
MAYO & DISTRICT CANINE CLUB
ALL BREED OPEN SHOW
12.10.2008 GROUP 3 BREEDS & GROUP
GROUP 5 BREEDS & GROUP
GROUP 9 BREEDS & GROUP
JUNIOR HANDLING
(AGES 10-12 / 13-14 / 15-17 YEARS
LADIES HANDLING            
GENTS HANDLING
     
  I.KC. / F.C.I. RULES
         
BRITISH UTILITY BREEDS ASSOCIATION
OPEN SHOW
21.03.2009 TIBETAN TERRIER Utility ENGLISH KENNEL CLUB RULES
         
IRISH LADIES KENNEL ASSOCIATION
ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
05.07.2009

CHOW CHOW
SHIH TZU
TIBETAN TERRIER

Group 5
Group 9
Group 9
(I.K.C. / F.C.I. RULES
         
BRAY & DISTRICT CANINE SOCIETY
ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
 03.07.2010 MALTESE  
PAPILLON
TIBETAN SPANIEL
Group 9 I.K.C. / F.C.I. RULES
         
CLOGHRAN
ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
13.11.2010 GROUP 9 Group 9 I.KC. / F.C.I. RULES
         
EDWINSTOWE & DISTRICT CANINE SOCIETY
204 CLASS OPEN SHOW
26.05.2013 UTILITY GROUP
UTILITY PUPPY GROUP

Also

DALMATIANS
LHASA APSO
TIBETAN TERRIER
A.V.N.S.C. UTILITY PUPPY
A.V.N.S.C. UTILITY JUNIOR
A.V.N.S.C. POST GRADUATE
A.V.N.S.C. OPEN
A.V.  UTILITY PUPPY
A.V.  UTILITY JUNIOR
A.V.  UTILITY POST GRADUATE
A.V.  UTILITY OPEN
Utility ENGLISH KENNEL CLUB RULES
HALLANDS KENNNELLKLUBB
ALL BREED INTERNATIONAL SHOW

Tvååker Sweden
12.07.2013 SHIH TZU
LHASA APSO
Group 9 S.K.C. / F.C.I. RULES
         
HALLANDS KENNNELLKLUBB
ALL BREED NATIONAL SHOW

Tvååker Sweden
13.07.2013 MINIATURE SCHNAUZER Pepper & Salt (Puppies)
MINIATURE SCHNAUZER White (Puppies)
MINIATURE SCHNAUZER Black
MALTESE
TIBETAN TERRIER
Group 2
Group 2
Group 2
Group 9
Group 9
S.K.C. / F.C.I. RULES
         
SULLIVAN'S QUAY CANINE CLUB
ALL BREED OPEN SHOW
16.02.2014 GROUP 1 BREEDS & GROUP
GROUP 2 BREEDS & GROUP
GROUP 3 BREEDS & GROUP
GROUP 5 BREEDS & GROUP
ANY VARIETY FOREIGN BREED
ANY VARIETY OPEN

ANY VARIETY JUNIOR CHAMPION
ANY VARIETY CHAMPION
  I.KC. / F.C.I. RULES
         
KILKENNY & DISTRICT
ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
28.06.2014 BOLOGNESE
CHINESE CRESTED
FRENCH BULLDOG
GRIFFON BRUXELLOIS
KING CHARLES SPANIEL
PETIT BRABANCON
POODLE MINITURE
POODLE STANDARD
POODLE TOY
Group 9 I.KC. / F.C.I. RULES
         
IRISH LADIES KENNEL ASSOCIATION
ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
12.07.2014 GROUP 9
Also
CHIHUAHUA LONG COAT
CHIHUAHUA SMOOTH COAT
COTON DE TULEAR
HAVANESE
JAPANESE CHIN
LHASA APSO
LOWCHEN
PEKINGESE
PHALENE
PUG
SHIH TZU
TIBETAN SPANIEL
Group 9 I.KC. / F.C.I. RULES
         
WYSTAWA PSOW RASOWYCH
ALL BREED NATIONAL SHOW

Radom, Poland
07.09.2014 FRENCH BULLDOG
BOSTON TERRIER
PUGS
CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL
BICHON FRISE
MALTESE
SHIH TZU
Group 9 P.K.C. / F.C.I. RULES
BRITISH UTILITY BREED ASSOCIATION
CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
06.12.2014 TIBETAN TERRIERS Utility English Kennel Club
         
PORTADOWN CANINE CLUB
ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
19.04.2015 CHOW CHOW
JAPANESE SPITZ
POMERANIAN
SAMOYED
Group 5 I.KC. / F.C.I. RULES
         
SVENKSA SCHNAUZER - PINCHERKLUBBENS
NATIONAL SHOW

Borås, Sweden
27.06.2015 MINIATURE SCHNAUZER Black & Silver
MINIATURE SCHNAUZER Pepper & Salt
MINIATURE SCHNAUZER White
Group 2 S.K.C. / F.C.I. RULES
         
Södra Älvsborgs Kennelklubb
ALL BREED NATIONAL SHOW

Borås, Sweden
28.06.2015 TIBETAN TERRIER
LHASA APSO
PEKINGESE
Group 9 S.K.C. / F.C.I. RULES
NORTH & SOUTH SHIELDS CANINE SOCIETY
282 CLASS OPEN SHOW
03.01.2016 UTILITY BREEDS
UTILITY GROUP
UTILITY PUPPY GROUP
BEST IN SHOW
BEST PUPPY IN SHOW
BEST VETERAN IN SHOW
STAKE CLASSES
BIS ENGLISH KENNEL CLUB RULES
SDHK SVENSKA DVARGHUNDklubbEN
TOY DOG CLUB NATIONAL SHOW

Luleå, Sweden
29.05.2016 BEST IN SHOW
Also

HAVANESE
GRIFFON BELGE
GRIFFON BRUXELLOIS
PETIT BRABANCON
LOWCHEN
PRAGUE RATTER
BICHON FRISE
 


Group 9
S.K.C. / F.C.I. RULES
         
BANGOR & NORTH DOWN CANINE CLUB
ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
10.09.2016 ALASKAN MALAMUTE
JAPANESE SHIBA INU
SWEDISH VALLHUND
BOSTON TERRIER
CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL
BICHON FRISE
PAPILLON
MALTESE
RUSSKAYA TSETNAYA BOLONKA
Group 5
    

Group 9
I.KC. / F.C.I. RULES
         
NORSK Kennel klub
NATIONAL
ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW

Rogaland, Norway.
11.09.2016 BICHON FRISE
CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL
CHIHUAHUA SMOOTH COAT
POODLE STANDARD
Group 9 N.K.C. / F.C.I. RULES
         
NORSK Kennel klub
INTERNATIONAL
ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW

Tromsø, Norway.
18.06.2017 GROUP 9
GROUP 9 PUPPY

Also

LHASA APSO
SHIH TZU
TIBETAN TERRIER
TIBETAN SPANIEL
Group 9 N.K.C. / F.C.I. RULES
         
IRISH LADIES KENNEL ASSOCIATION
ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
08.07.2017 GROUP 5
Also
COTON DE TULEAR
Group 5

Group 9
I.KC. / F.C.I. RULES
         
SODRA NORRBOTTENS KENNNELLKLUBB
ALL BREED INTERNATIONAL SHOW

Piteå, Sweden
15.07.2017
16.07.2017
JUNIOR HANDLING
PUGS
PAPILLON
PEKINGESE
Group 9 S.K.C. / F.C.I. RULES
         
BANGOR & NORTH DOWN CANINE CLUB
ALL BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
09.09.2017 AMERICAN AKITA
BASENJI
EURASIER
GERMAN SPITZ KLEIN
GERMAN SPITZ MITTEL
NORWEGIAN ELKHOUND
PHALENE
Group 5
    

Group 9
I.KC. / F.C.I. RULES
         


SEMINARS ATTENDED

  THE IRISH KENNEL CLUBS PRACTICAL JUDGING EXPERIENCE 1998  
  U.K. DOG HANDLERS ASSOCIATION SHOW - HANDLING SEMINAR 27.02.1999  
  JUDGING THE SHIH TZU & THE STANDARD OF THE SHIH TZU 15.10.2000  
  IRISH SAMOYED CLUB SYMPOSIUM ON THE SAMOYED BREED, BREEDING AND BASICS. GENETICS AND IMPROVING YOUR JUDGING TECHNIQUE 2001  
  ALL IRELAND COLLIE & SHEEPDOG SOCIETY PRACTICAL JUDGING SEMINAR 21.01.2001  
  THE TIBETAN TERRIER CLUB OF IRELAND BREED SEMINAR 26.05.2002  
  THE TIBETAN TERRIER ASSOCIATION (U.K.) SEMINAR 21.09.2002  
  THE KEESHOND CLUB OF IRELAND BREED SEMINAR & WHELPING 13.10.2002  
  THE IRISH KENNEL CLUB’S SEMINAR FOR STEWARDS 12.11.2002  
   FOUR UTILITY BREEDS SEMINAR/WORKSHOP TIBETAN SPANIEL ASSOCIATION
JAPANESE SPITZ CLUB

 LHASA APSO CLUB
 THE TIBETAN TERRIER CLUB IF IRELAND /  For which I was the speaker
05.10.2003  
  THE TIBETAN TERRIER ASSOCIATION (U.K.) SEMINAR 05.02.2005  
  THE TIBETAN TERRIER ASSOCIATION (U.K) SEMINAR 22.10.2005  
  IRISH GUNDOG FIELD & SHOW SOCIETY ALL BREED SEMINAR 29.10.2006  
  JUDGES EDUCATION SEMINAR (I.K.C.) 06.03.2010  
  JOINT TTA / TTBOC HEALTH COMMITTE HEALTH SEMINAR  ANIMAL HEALTH TRUST, NEWMARKET 21.03.2010  
  MALTESE & BOLOGNESE 'HANDS ON SEMINAR' 16.04.2014  
  ALL IRELAND TIBETAN BREEDS SEMINAR ON TIBETAN TERRIERS AND TIBETAN SPANIELS 22.11.2015  
  IRISH KENNEL CLUB JUDGES EDUCATION SEMINAR MODULE 1 17.05.2016  
  IRISH KENNEL CLUB JUDGES EDUCATION SEMINAR MODULE 1, 2, AND 3 19.11.2016  
  IRISH KENNEL CLUB JUDGES EDUCATION SEMINAR  MODULE 4 20.11.2016  


JUDGING EXAMINATION PASSED

THE TIBETAN TERRIER ASSOCIATION / KC (U.K) HIGHER LEVEL   19.10.2002
IRISH KENNEL CLUB JUDGES EDUCATION SEMINAR  MODULE  1   17.05.2016
IRISH KENNEL CLUB JUDGES EDUCATION SEMINAR  MODULES  1,  2, and  3   19.11.2016
IRISH KENNEL CLUB JUDGES EDUCATION SEMINAR  MODULE  4   20.11.2016

 

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE ?
by Willian Given

In all my travels across our great country and around the world attending shows, and talking to breeders and judges, I have never quite understood how two intelligent people could look at the same dog and "see" it so differently.

How many times have you been at a show, sitting ring side watching the dogs in the ring, and in your own mind placing them first through fourth? Then, when the time comes for the finger pointing, the judge places his entry in a different order. Did you find yourself wondering if perhaps the judge was either uninformed on the standard or was he or she just plain "blind" with enmity or partiality? I have, and recently, and I try very hard not to question a judge’s placements because I am not the guy in the ring, and because I do not enjoy being second-guessed myself. Something also happened recently which gives me cause to ask the question, “Do you see what I see?” My wife and I were watching (for the umpteenth time) the movie, The Da Vinci Code. Yes, I know it is based on some half-truths which are presented as historical fact and that some people have a difficult time separating fact from literary fiction, but it is one of our favorites. In this film, there is an important scene where Robert Langdon (Harvard professor of Symbology and Art History), Sophie Neveu (French National Police cryptographer) and Sir Leigh Teabing (Holy Grail scholar and historian) discuss the possibility of hidden images in Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, The Last Supper. At one point in this scene, Teabing refers to “scotomisation,” a word not currently in the vocabulary of most dog show enthusiasts. Teabing hints to the meaning when saying, “The eyes see what they want to see.” Understanding this concept is one of the keys to unlocking the mystery of why a judge (or any person) does not see a dog’s strengths and weaknesses in exactly the same way.

"Scotomisation" is the psychological tendency in people to see what they want to see. And, not see what they do not want to see. Perception involves seeing and processing information through the filter of our intellect, life experiences and our emotions. That is why people often see the same thing differently. Scotomisation can be the cause of a false denial, but also a false affirmation of our perceptions. However, it is now obvious to me that different people (even conformation judges) do actually see the identical dog differently. And, we see that dog differently for some of the following reasons:

We are all victims of what we have seen before: For example, if someone has never before seen the correct shoulder in a dog, it is awfully hard for that same person to see the varying degrees of correctness in the shoulder of a dog that he or she may be looking at. In any breed, where the type has not yet been firmly "set," if someone has seen dogs of a given breed in his or her part of the country, it is difficult, if not impossible, for him or her to see other types as correct. It is easy, therefore, to understand why a breeder or judge could look at a dog and say that he is sound when he is not sound, or fail to see certain aspects of a type other than the type he or she is used to seeing.

There is a problem of "relativity":
For example, if someone is used to looking at yellow eyes, then any degree of brown is a "dark eye" to that observer. If on the other hand, one is accustomed to looking into black eyes, then any other shade of brown looks light to the beholder. And, if an onlooker is used to looking at tails that do not reach the hock in a breed where they are required to do so, then any tail that does reach the hock is a "long tail." On the other hand, if the observer always sees tails to the hock or below, then anything that does not or just barely reaches the hock is a "short tail" to that viewer. All of us have a basis of comparison, and our eyes "see" a dog in relation to that contrast.

Our eyes do not know what they are trying to see:
We have often heard the phrase, “What a ‘sweet expression’ that dog has?” So, how do we get our eyes to see that sweet expression? Last month, a friend and I were told by a mutual acquaintance that a certain breed of dog “frowns.” Last week, that same friend and colleague told me that during a recent judging assignment he looked for, but he could not see the “frown” on the faces of the dogs entered under him. I think that is because this really was an impossible thing to look for, just as is the so-called “sweet expression.” It seems reasonable that what our eyes can try to see are the various parts that go together to make up one of the ill-defined traits of a dog that we are supposed to be looking for.

Often, we see what we want to see:
Because we all love our dogs and are proud of them, none of us are immune to seeing things as we would like them to be. It is amazing how we can get our eyes to see dogs the way we would like to see them. In a given breed, where there is a size disqualification (and sometimes a size problem), many people's eyes can actually “see"” their dog as being insize, and a competitor's dog as oversized. Your eyes really can fool you here. History is filled with accounts of the winning dog, that many disliked, having the stick called on him and, consistently, measuring well within the standard. The viewers saw him as oversized, even though he was in fact not over the size defined by the standard. Conversely, I have met some owners of substantially oversized dogs who would be quick to assure us that their dogs were well within the standard’s size limit. This is because their own eyes actually saw an in-size dog.

The next time you are watching a dog in the ring, be sure you remember that neither you or the judge are "seeing" the same dog in exactly the same way. The same dog does actually appear different to each of you.

 

 

 

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