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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