Patricia (Pat) Hastings
Judging Approval Dates
Working Group Provisional:
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...)
Temperament, outline, balance, soundness all three directions, head and expression, mouth.
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 do not consider the Rottweiler a head breed. It must have a head that is 100% identifiable as a Rottweiler and it must have a correct noble, alert and self assured expression that goes hand in hand with the correct shape and color of eye plus the correct shape and carriage of the ears. The head must first and foremost tell me that this a breed that is capable of doing the job for which it was bred.
If judging two very similar dogs, what is the one characteristic that you'd look at twice to differentiate?
Every time you step in the ring it is different circumstances and different animals so there is no easy answer to this. If the decisions are close at any level of judging I always ask myself which one would I want in my breeding program.
Do you consider clear markings a high priority component of judging or more a cosmetic characteristic?
More of a cosmetic characteristic. I am bothered less by the lack of clear markings than I am by the number of Rottweilers that are being shown that are losing the black on the outside of the rear legs. It is progressively getting worse and it is something the breeders need to pay attention to.
As you have judged over the years, what have breeders improved upon? What is still lacking?
Temperaments, bone and proportions have all improved but the breeders still need to learn more about structure, both front and rear.
How important is the role of the handler in presenting a dog?
Not important at all to me.
When judging the Best of Breed class, how do you balance judging the dogs vs. the bitches?
No balancing required. The best animal wins and it should never make a difference what sex it is.
What is your procedure when a tailed Rottweiler joins in the competition in the AKC ring?
Until your parent club changes the standard to allow for an undocked tail, I will follow your standard and as I interpret it, a Rottweiler is a docked breed leaving one or two tail vertebrae. If it is not docked, it does not fit your standard.
Any additional comments?