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is not a new phenomenon. In the 60's I attended a Champ show
with my home bred puppy (an unusual colouration of the breed)
to be told by the Judge to "Get that dalmatian-cross
out of my ring". The Steward did explain that there was
a K.C. standard for my dog, but all the judge said was "Never
heard of it". I could list more, but we are now in the
present day so how about:-
a) A judge who refused to lay hands on any of the dogs entered
under them. Handlers had to show the bite, then the dogs were
moved. Fine for smooth coats but what about the long haired
b) A judge who makes weird noises while going over each dog,
so that the dog loses its normal composure and ear carriage?
c) A judge who deliberately keeps a handler in deep conversation
prior to judging their dog, and then tells that handler that
their dog cannot be placed as they may have been seen talking
to each other?
d) Being told that you should never enter your dog where well
known breeders are going to be, as their dogs must be placed,
even though your dogs are much better than theirs?
e) On arrival at a show, finding that the judge is happily
sitting with some of the "faces" prior to judging,
or that the said "faces" have brought a couple of
bottles of wine to share with said judge after the classes
are finished, and said "faces" have won everything?
f) What about Breed Clubs that choose their judges, then the
committee enter the show, are seen with their official badges
on one minute, then suddenly there they are in the ring, minus
badges,walking off with all the top placings, both at Open
show level and Championship shows.
Surely the K.C. could put a stop to this sort of cheating?
New judges should NOT bow down to their "proposers"
and give them the top placings. Exhibitors have to consider
carefully where they are most likely to get a "fair crack
of the whip", the cost of travel and entries is too much
to just go for the day out. So come on Kennel Club lets see
some action and help the "little people" to be fairly
judged. Not all the well known "faces" have the
I do believe that there is an abundance of bent judges! Nine
times out of ten you can fill in the main winners in a catalogue
before the schedules have even been printed.
I really do not know why the KC don't send the CC's out directly
to the judges and let them post them to their designated winners,
that way it would save the majority of us the trouble and
expense of turning up. Fortunately we do still have a few
paragons of virtue left and it is a shame that more do not
follow their footsteps.
All the problems with dog shows at the higher level, are the
Kennel Clubs own doing, they have created their own
monster by failing to move with the times. Dog shows are getting
bigger and bigger, it has become a case of the insatiable
in pursuit of the unattainable for most, the harder it gets
the more the corruption festers. Some would call that human
In the past the Kennel Club have failed to seek out the perpetrators
of these crimes and make a few examples!
There are some very simple answers to corrupt judges. STOP
making thousands of dogs, exhibitors, cars etc. cram themselves
into one venue every weekend.
Where certain breeds have strong entries at Open shows, OFFER
8 classes and 1 CC. plus the reserve CC and make them available
at MORE than one show on any given weekend, this way the exhibitor
gets a choice; I am sure that when a judge knows that exhibitors
have a choice, they will compete for the biggest entry and
think twice about making a fool of themselves in future. Judges
with low entries will not be asked back a second time and
the word soon gets out.
The more unattainable CC's become, the more you will breed
corruption. I am not suggesting more CC's, just take some
away from the main shows and distribute them a little further
afield by splitting them between the general CS shows.
Change the system and make those bent judges think twice!
been in the game since the early 1990's I have long concluded,
bent judging is impossible to avoid, unless someone finds a
way to legislate against human nature!
We simply have to rely on experience and avoid entries under
those we suspect of being less than honest, as if those we suspect
of dishonesty fail to get the entries, the societies will not
invite judges who fail to attract a decent entry. Cheque book
C C Harwell