Judges and Judging General Enquiries
Q. What is a critique and why does a judge
need to supply a critique?
A. A critique is a written report completed by
the judge, where he/she will outline the relative virtues and
weaknesses of the dogs they have judged at a show, and explaining
why they have chosen one dog above another. Exhibitors really want
to see them as they want to know what a judge thought about their
The KC recognised that some judges weren't supplying critiques
to the dog press and brought in a regulation in July 2004.
F(1)22(d) states: 'All Judges at Championship Shows and Open Breed
Club Shows must produce a written critique for the first two
placings in each class, and will dispatch these to at least one of
the weekly United Kingdom Canine journals.'
Q. I haven't seen a copy of the critique for a
show I entered - what should I do?
A. Once the exhibitor has written to the Kennel
Club, we will write to the judge and ask them for a copy of the
critique. Once we have received it, we shall send a copy onto the
exhibitor. If a judge isn't able to send a critique we will
warn them that they have to keep critiques in future. If they
fail to supply critiques after being warned the matter is referred
to the SEC and they may be fined.
Q. I had an appointment which stated no
judging in a 70 mile radius. I accepted another appoint
unknowingly within 67 miles. The Club withdrew the contract
and replaced me without asking if I would withdraw from the other
appointment. Is this correct?
A. The club was within its rights to withdraw
you from the appointment; however it should have informed you in
writing of its intention to do so.
Q. My breed was stud book band E but has now
moved to D. I accepted a judging appointment for the breed prior to
this announcement can I still judge them even though I am not on
the relevant list to do more than 3 classes.
A. Yes you are still permitted to judge the
classes as you were eligible for the appointment at the time of
signing the contract.
Q I award CCs to one breed, is it permissible
to judge the Group and AVNSC Classes at open show?
A. Provided that you have previously awarded
CCs to at least one breed and are currently eligible to do, then
you are eligible to judge the above classes.
Q. I am due to judge Boxers in the morning at
a forthcoming show, however I also own Bullmastiffs which are being
judged in the afternoon. Can I exhibit my Bullmastiff at the
A. No, it is not permissible to judge and
exhibit at the same show, regardless of the breed.
Q Where can I find details of judging
A. These are advertised in the Kennel Club
Journal, Dog Press and also in the Judges Training Section. You may
also wish to contact a member of the Education and Training Team
(01296 318540 ext: 225). If a judge cannot find anything
going on in their area they can contact the trainer and to enquire
about one-to-one training sessions.
Breeders Competition FAQs for Judges
Q. How and where should winners be listed in the judge's
A. After Best of Breed and Best Puppy have been awarded, the
full name of the winning Breeders needs to be added to the end of
the judging book. Remember it's the name of the breeder you are
recording and it is not necessary to record the names or exhibit
numbers of the dogs in the team. It is up to the Breeder to make
sure that that sort of information is properly recorded in their
Record Book. If your Judging Books have not been pre-printed with
Best Breeder and a space to record the names it is acceptable to
write Best Breeder and the winning breeder's name after the spaces
for the CCs.
At Group level, the top 4 breeders' names will need to be
recorded in a similar fashion
Q. How much time should be allowed at the end of breed judging
for this award?
A. With entries being accepted on the day this will always be
tricky to gauge, particularly until it is established whether some
breeds customarily generate more teams than others. A competition
similar to this runs very successfully in Scandinavia where the
judging of Best Breeder takes only five to ten minutes per breed.
Q. Does the judge have to go over every dog?
A. No. Even if the judge officiated in the other sex and has not
been over all of the dogs in the breed competition, there is no
need to make a detailed examination of every dog. Time constraints
may not allow this.
Q. Can the judge withhold the award if they believe that the
dogs do not show sufficient merit?
A. Yes. This competition is similar to other KC competitions and
the same principles of custom and practice apply.
Q. Will there be a set procedure for judges dealing with this
A. No, but normally judges will be expected to make a quick
assessment of the dogs standing together and then, if possible, the
dogs will be moved together once up and down the ring. Some judges
may wish the dogs to be moved together around the ring once. At
some shows time will be at a premium and judges should, as they
normally would, give consideration to any breeds following them in
Q. Does the judge have to write a critique?
A. As the Best Breeder in Breed/ AVNSC classes and the Best
Breeder Group in Group awards form part of the breed competition
the writing of critiques is to be encouraged.