VCA JUDGING SCHEME

JUDGING COMPETENCIES

A competent judge will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding that the breed standard for each breed underpins all dog judging
  2. Demonstrate an ability to interpret a breed standard
  3. Display a high level of knowledge of canine terminology
  4. Demonstrate an ability to talk in dog terminology
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of anatomical construction relevant to each breed
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of anatomical construction peculiar to certain breeds in a specific group
  7. Demonstrate an ability to relate breed standards to breed function
  8. Demonstrate an ability to correctly describe breed characteristics
  9. Demonstrate an ability to recall, recognise and assess specific breed characteristics from the breed standard e.g. height/weight/colour/coat
  10. Demonstrate an ability to recognise correct breed type
  11. Demonstrate consistent application and understanding of breed type
  12. Demonstrate an ability to recognise quality
  13. Demonstrate an ability to recognise size
  14. Demonstrate an ability to explain proportions
  15. Demonstrate an ability to explain how proportions relate to breed function
  16. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate correct balance for each breed
  17. Demonstrate an ability to recognise balance as it relates to movement for that breed
  18. Approach a dog correctly and appropriately for that breed and demonstrate an ability to properly handle a dog in a purposeful manner
  19. Demonstrate an ability to assess all parts of the dog
  20. Mouth a dog correctly
  21. Demonstrate a capability to read about dog breeds and an ability to write critiques
  22. Demonstrate an ability to be able to justify placings in judging a specific breed and a group of different breeds
  23. Demonstrate an ability to recognise and assess the differences between breeds and/or exhibits
  24. Demonstrate an ability to recognise and assess specific breed movement
  25. Demonstrate an ability to recognise correct coats, correct coat texture and correct coat preparation
  26. Demonstrate appropriate deportment, manners and ring skills
  27. Demonstrate fairness and consistency in assessing each breed and/or specimen
  28. Demonstrate control, organisation and effective use of the judging ring
  29. Demonstrate an ability to make decisions in an effective way and in an efficient time frame
  30. Demonstrate a practical knowledge of stewarding
  31. Demonstrate an ability to understand and apply the regulations relevant to dog judging
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