Judging Approval Dates
As a judge, what are your personal preferences as they relate to the priority of judging this breed (movement, balance, head, front-end, rear-end, eye color, markings, etc...)
Judging is about compromising, You don't always get what you want. My preference is a well balanced animal in the middle of the standard. I feel we are getting anyway from the standard on height and lenght of body.
Some judges look as the Rottweiler as a "head breed", although there is so much more to the animal, what specifically do you look for in a correct head-piece?
Some judges feel it is the crowning glory of the breed, I don't. A balanced dog that moves well with correct proportions will catch my eye. In regards to the head, i look for length, width and depth of muzzle,eye shape and color.
If judging two very similar dogs, what is the one characteristic that you'd look at twice to differentiate?
Movement, lateral and the down and back.
Do you consider clear markings a high priority component of judging or more a cosmetic characteristic?
Cosmetic, but, that is something I would also look at in a tight competition.
As you have judged over the years, what have breeders improved upon? What is still lacking?
I think we have lost our proportions, I see many taller and longer dogs today. Toplines and Head type has improved, but muzzle depth and width still can be improved.
How important is the role of the handler in presenting a dog?
Owner handled or professionally handled, it doesn't matter, as long as the dog is presented in a way the judge can see what needs to be seen and examed to evaluate it.
When judging the Best of Breed class, how do you balance judging the dogs vs. the bitches?
Best representation of the breed wins, dog or bitch.
What is your procedure when a tailed Rottweiler joins in the competition in the AKC ring?
I judge to the AKC standard, I can not make believe I don't know what docked means. So, I will exam and gait, then excuse. If the standard changes, so will I.
Any additional comments?
As I said prior, judging is about compromising, I learned this from a pioneer in this breed. In breeding, consider health issues first, and don't compromise there.