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...)
Type, structure, movement
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?
The Rottweiler is not a "Head Breed" It should be about the whole dog. A correct head should be 60/40, almond shape "Dark" eye, correct ear set and size, fill under the eyes, correct color on markings. A head that flows into the neck.
If judging two very similar dogs, what is the one characteristic that you'd look at twice to differentiate?
Conditioning & Attitude
Do you consider clear markings a high priority component of judging or more a cosmetic characteristic?
Clear marking are a plus but, I will not disregard a nice dog with dark markings. It's cosmetic.
As you have judged over the years, what have breeders improved upon? What is still lacking?
Temperaments have greatly improved. Breeders need to improve on shoulders & toplines, eye shape & eye color.
How important is the role of the handler in presenting a dog?
A handler can make or break a dog. It doesn't matter if it's a pro handler or an owner/handler. Both are capable of doing a good job or a bad job.
When judging the Best of Breed class, how do you balance judging the dogs vs. the bitches?
I judge them both the same, I don't give preference to either sex. The best is the best bitch or dog makes no difference to me.
What is your procedure when a tailed Rottweiler joins in the competition in the AKC ring?
I judge by the AKC standard "Tail Docked" . I as a judge must judge the whole dog to the standard. The standard says how the "Docked" tail looks. I cannot judge a full tail because there is nothing telling me how the full tail is supposed to look. Therefore I can't judge the whole dog.
Any additional comments?
have been a Rottweiler Breeder/Owner for over 28 yrs. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this questionnaire.