Q. How long have you been judging?
Q. How long have you been judging bloodhounds?
A. 20 years
A. 2 years
Q. Have you ever owned or shown a bloodhound?
Q.What important attributes of a bloodhound do you look for while judging this breed?
A. Foremost, a balanced hound that shows those
characteristics that make it a Bloodhound and not just another large dog.
Q. Do you have a preference of color?
Q. Do you have a preference of size?
A. Yes, I will usually go with the larger dog. I will, however, go
with a smaller dog it it exhibits overall better breed type and
conformation. One can not judge by the pound or the inch.
Q. What attributes do you feel breeders have improved on over the years if any?
A.Probably feet and toplines. I know that some
here. Also, presentation. While some exhibits are not
presented particularly well, most do a creditable job.
Q. What attributes do you feel breeders have lost over the years if any?
A. Head type and side gait
Q. Do you prefer to see a bloodhound shown on a loose lead or a tight lead?
A. Loose - This means that the dog must be well ring trained.
Q. Do you prefer a slower or faster gait for judging the bloodhound?
A. Slower - I feel that most breeds are shown much too fast. I
do understand that your hounds must be shown fast
enough for them to trot and not just shuffle around
Q. If you had equal quality bloodhounds in the ring, which attribute would be your decision maker for the win?
A. Loaded question? I have never seen two dogs of absolutely
equal quality in the same ring. Sometimes it comes down to what you are
willing to forgive.
Q. Would you like to see anything in the bloodhound standard changed or clarified?
A. In my opinion this is the perview of the American
Bloodhound Club and not the judging community.
Q. Are there any common mistakes that bloodhound exhibitors make in the ring that you would like to see improved upon?
A. Yes. Pay attention to what is going on in the ring.
This is not solely a problem of the Bloodhound ring.
Q. Have you ever attended a Bloodhound judging seminar?
Q. If so, what was your opinion of the seminar? If not, would you like to attend one?
A. I attended a seminar in the Seattle area a couple
years ago and found it to be informative and very
helpful. I especially liked the diversity of dogs
present to evaluate and discuss.
Q. What size slobber rag do you prefer exhibitors to carry with them in the ring?
Wash cloth, dish towel or beach towel size?
A. I really never notice what
slobber rag the exhibitor brings into the ring. As
long as it does not impeed the judging, I really don't care.