Leah D Lange

Basic Information
Address: 
6229 Terry Ln.
Murrysville, PA 15668-2307
United States
Phone: 
(724) 327 4770
E-mail: 
dobrgal@windstream.net
Venue: 
AKC
Judge Number: 
44516
Judge Type: 
Conformation
Judge Type: 
Junior Showmanship
Initial Breed: 
Doberman Pinschers

Judging Approval Dates

Breed: 
07/18/2011
Breed Provisional: 
06/01/2009

Questions

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...)
When I first see an exhibit, I look at the overall dog; a level topline, the balance and how the pieces fit together. I want to be sure the dog can move to do it's job. Of course, a masculine/feminine headpiece is very important, but the Rottweiler is a working dog first and foremost.
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?
I want a nice broad skull, with ears high up on the head; good deep stop and well filled under the eye.
If judging two very similar dogs, what is the one characteristic that you'd look at twice to differentiate?
Topline and movement, movement, movement!
Do you consider clear markings a high priority component of judging or more a cosmetic characteristic?
Markings certainly contribute to the overall eye appeal of a dog, but they are secondary. If everything else is there, markings are insignificant.
As you have judged over the years, what have breeders improved upon? What is still lacking?
Fronts are much better than they used to be, but I'm seeing some dippy toplines, which is not a good thing.
How important is the role of the handler in presenting a dog?
It's important that the handler keep proper control of the dog, i.e. proper gait speed, baiting, etc. If the dog is jumping around all over the place, it is almost impossible to judge it. If the dog is under control, I don't look up the lead!
When judging the Best of Breed class, how do you balance judging the dogs vs. the bitches?
I judge to the Standard; whether it's a dog or bitch, if it's the best one, it'll win!
What is your procedure when a tailed Rottweiler joins in the competition in the AKC ring?
The Standard describes a docked breed. However, it does not list an undocked animal as a disqualification. Therefore, I will examine the animal, but will not place it.
Any additional comments?
The parent club should make it clear to judges what to do about a tailed exhibit. As it now stands, there is no clear cut instruction written in the Standard.