- Have shown dogs in conformation shows for at least 12 years.
- Have bred at least five litters in the breed for which they are applying to judge.
- Have bred at least four champions in the breed they are applying to judge.
- Steward at least six AKC dog shows during the three years prior to applying to be a judge.
- Judge at least six AKC sanctioned matches, sweepstakes or maturity/futurity shows. (These are practice or special shows that run like regular shows but no points towards championship title are giving out.)
- Watch the AKC video on the breed they are applying for.
- Attend a seminar at the AKC Basic Judges Institute within two years of applying.
- Pass written exams on dog anatomy and dog show procedures.
- Interview with an AKC Field Representative.
- Complete the AKC new judge application.
You can find a lot of judge bashing online. But if you look hard enough, you can also find some helpful information. There are internet groups that rate judges with comments like "likes typey dogs" or "doesn't like sables." The premium always lists who's judging, so it might behoove you to look the judge up before entering a show. Once you've been showing for a while you'll get to know which judge is which.
Another good idea is to create your own spreadsheet. Mine looks like this (but longer):
Kelley's AKC Judge Log
Show To Again?
Said Jedi "typey" dog and should do well once we "pull it all together," also said GSDs were her "Heart Breed."
1st place puppy, beat another puppy
Foreign, hard to understand. Jedi and other dogs shied away from her. Rough on dogs during bite exam.
1st place puppy, no other puppies
LOTS of running; ran 2X around ring before exam. Hubby said he heard a snide comment. Took time to look at each dog.
2nd place puppy, only 2 puppies in the class
Who knew that showing a dog was so much work? Not me! -- K
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