|Barked: Tue Feb 12, '13 10:38pm PST |
|Judge of the working group is a Doberman breeder, has been on the DPCA's board of directors. Sometimes, it is a lot harder to show under a judge who specializes in "your breed" in all breed competition. The bar is often set higher. The PWD presented beautifully, and Fifi in his mind not beautifully enough. That is what's fun about dog shows, IMO, however. It's never a sealed deal. I feel bad for Fifi's person, as with another judge maybe the results would have been reversed, but that's true of many a dog in many a Westminster Group. Luck of the draw. No dog is perfect, NO dog, and if where your dog lacks strength is an area the judge is prickly/has an opinion of, it's not your day. I personally admire judges who take a dog who popularly seems a foregone conclusion and says "no, I don't think so," particularly in a venue where the day before an unfinished OES gets put up. Just really goes to prove that showing can be for anyone. Judge puts his hands on a "who is this guy?" OES and puts him up, judge puts his hands on a celebrity Doberman and keeps his mind open.
It seems to me some judging was pretty much affirmed, with the bold move of fancying the OES, who went on to get reserve....quite an honor and quite a dog. The Affenpincher was/is spectacular and deserved the win. The Smooth Fox I have long been a fan of....how can you NOT with those face markings????!!!!....but I do not think he shows his best at the Garden, sadly. I liked the BIS results a lot, and loved seeing a Foxhound in the final flight.
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