Q How long have you been judging?
Q. How long have you been judging bloodhounds?
A. 22 yrs + 16 1/2 yrs. as a Field Rep.
A. 8 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. I hope to find a powerful and balanced "one piece"
dog, with the abundance of fine loose skin, correct balance of deep muzzle
to long and narrow skull complimented with very long thin skinned and low
set ears. I look for the deep body and strong bone to carry it through
extended hours of work through rough terrain. He should have all of the
accepted requirements for sound movement- his front set back under him with
good layback of shoulder and a balance between front and rear angulation, in
other words- four good legs and good feet.
Q. Do you have a preference of color?
Q. Do you have a preference of size?
A. Yes - Larger, if otherwise correct.
Q. What attributes do you feel breeders have improved on over the years if any?
A.Soundness as well as better bone in balance
Q. What attributes do you feel breeders have lost over the years if any?
A. Some of the strongest breed characteristics, the
heavy wrinkles and fine loose skin as well as the adequate bone.
Q. Do you prefer to see a bloodhound shown on a loose lead or a tight lead?
A. Loose - Many dogs are untrained and I often hear, "He has
never been inside a building before".
Q. Do you prefer a slower or faster gait for judging the bloodhound?
A. Slower - All too often the ring size is not adequate for large
dogs scrambling to maintain footing in an unfamiliar setting.I prefer a
moderate speed to aid my assesment of the correctness of the gait.
Q. If you had equal quality bloodhounds in the ring, which attribute would be your decision maker for the win?
A. Breed type combined with correct movement.
Q. Would you like to see anything in the bloodhound standard changed or clarified?
Q. Are there any common mistakes that bloodhound exhibitors make in the ring that you would like to see improved upon?
A. Many dogs and puppies need more training and socialization.
All judges appreciate trained dogs as well as clean dogs.
Q. Have you ever attended a Bloodhound judging seminar?
Q. Do you have any additional comments?
A. Almost all Bloodhound exhibitors have been kind and
loving to their dogs with a genuine concern for their dogs'welfare.
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. Dish towel