NINA WORK said “I don't know .... if you get breeders that don't show, those that just have other people show their dogs, I think you might get less mixed emotions or reports. Like if you ask me about a judge that had just beat me, I might not think they did such a good job but maybe I wasn’t being impartial. I said to someone said last week, ‘ ---- did a fair job but my dog should’ve won.’ I’m not saying my dog was totally correct but the other dog was big and ugly.
The theory might work if there’s a way they could pick people that maybe just attend shows and watch. I don’t really know how you can do that.”
CLAY COADY “Well, there’s no doubt that there are some judges who are not qualified for certain breeds. The problem is that there are also some people not really qualified to decide if the judges are qualified or not. It would be real hard you know - to ask someone who’s not really qualified to observe judges without sometimes letting personalities be involved. They might just dislike someone’s judging because they didn’t win.”
We agreed that AKC would have to be careful about whose opinion would be valid and how to properly evaluate the overall feedback on a judge.
Clay summed up, “ I think any judge, even an All Breed judge, has to go out and continually study the breeds that they judge. It’s a complicated question.”
DARYL MARTIN “Where they would have a few people give an opinion? I could see where it wouldn’t be like a testing ground but I see no reason why certain people, whether they be judge, handler, or breeder, shouldn’t be asked, so as to get a rounded opinion on whether they feel a person did a good job, whether they are being consistent, or if they even know what they are doing.
“There are people who get into another Group but sometimes are really not comfortable doing it. Of course I feel it takes judges probably several times of doing a new breed or Group until they get comfortable.
“I don’t think there’s enough discussion in our system today. Every time there is discussion, it’s always a negative, always with a defensive view. We lack in communication because in the dog world, people are overly defensive.”
ANDY LINTON “I think that dog show judging is just like the Olympics gymnastics judging. It’s so subjective, it’s opinion, so it’ll never be consistent. It will never be like watching somebody cross the finish line, knowing they are in second or third place.
“So I think basically, everything is okay just the way it is. I think very few standards are real defined and clear-cut and therefore how can the judge be expected to have an absolute, clear-cut picture in his mind. It’s impossible.”