Q. How long have you been judging?
Q. How long have you been judging bloodhounds?
A. 25 years
A. 25 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. A powerful hound standing over a lot of ground, with
thin skin, hanging in folds around the head and neck. Well knuckled feet and
muscular rear. Giving the impression of endurance.
Q. Do you have a preference of color?
Q. Do you have a preference of size?
A. Yes, larger hounds, so long as they are within the recommended
heights, and are of good quality.
Q. What attributes do you feel breeders have improved on over the years if any?
A.I feel that breeders have made improvements
in overall soundness, and in particular, the feet have improved greatly.
Q. What attributes do you feel breeders have lost over the years if any?
A. I see a tendency towards less of the correct,
thin, loose skin in some specimens. Also temperament problems, mainly
shyness can be seen. Not all the tails that I see out there, are carried
correctly, some are too curled over the back.
Q. Do you prefer to see a bloodhound shown on a loose lead or a tight lead?
A. Whilst I would like to see the hound shown on a loose
lead, it is not always possible. Being a scenthound, the ring can often have
too many distractions (bait from previous breed etc) and a tighter lead will
offer better control, to enable the hound to be shown to best advantage.
That is the object of the exercise - make your hound look the best it can
Q. Do you prefer a slower or faster gait for judging the bloodhound?
A. Slower - A moderate pace, is to be preferred. This is not a
race, to get to MACH 1. The speed should however, be sufficient to display
Q. If you had equal quality bloodhounds in the ring, which attribute would be your decision maker for the win?
A. The most powerful hound, with the desired thin loose skin.
Q. Would you like to see anything in the bloodhound standard changed or clarified?
A. No, the standard does not need any changes.
Q. Are there any common mistakes that bloodhound exhibitors make in the ring that you would like to see improved upon?
A. The most common mistake, is not preparing your hound for
the show. this means socialization and ring training, prior to the show.
Also, this is a breed that needs to be clean, not only around the mouth but
a bath all over is appreciated by the judges.
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. The only seminars I have attended were in Australia.
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. Wash cloth