We hope these FAQs will help to resolve some of the common
queries that are asked about dog showing which we receive from
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 dog.
They are sent to the two dog papers; Dog World and Our Dogs, and
are printed along with the results.
The KC recognised that some judges weren't supplying critiques to
the dog press and brought in a regulation in July 2004, which
states that judges must submit critiques for the first two placings
in each class at Championship shows and Open Breed Shows.
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
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 seminars?
A. These are advertised in the
Kennel Club Journal, Dog Press and also on our Training Seminars
page. 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.