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JUDGING TYPE



Am/Can.Ch.HiTimes North of Naughty   Am/Can.Ch.HiTimes West of Wicked


PREFFERED TYPE
Why the standout best dog can be a loser

Excellent Article by E. Katie Gammill

Appraising Dogs Correctly

Type, balance, and general appearance are of the utmost importance. As a breeder, shun those faults that are hard to breed out. As a judge, remember that any dog can gait soundly, but no matter how well he moves, unless he looks like the breed, he is not typical of the breed.

Type is the embodiment of a Standardís essentials. It does not matter whether you are an official in the ring, an interested spectator, or just appraising dogs in your own kennel, judging dogs is an art based on observation. One can read a Standard and quote it verbatim, but that does not enable one to have the proper mental picture of an ideal dog or to appraise the dog in front of you.

To appraise dogs correctly, one must possess the basic principles that underline all good judging:

  1. A thorough knowledge of the standard
  2. The power of accurate observation.
  3. Sound judgment, which includes the ability to make a logical analysis and to evaluate the good and poor qualities.
Attibox Ch.Daniella d'Jandilla Norwegian Ch.Handler's Pralin  Attibox Ch.In Petto v German Dream

No matter if the dog is cropped and docked or has natural ears and tail, is flashy or plain, he/she is a Boxer and head and structure is what is important.

Remember that no dog is perfect. He can score well on individual points and still not be balanced. It is good for a novice to learn the parts of each breed and the relative values attached to each part. However, the animal must be considered as a whole and not as a large number of separate parts in the final analysis.

We put much emphasis on condition and handling in the show ring today. To be sure, fine conditioning and good handling of dogs are things we all like to see at shows. Judging at a show, in every country, is by comparison only with other dogs entered and present at that particular show. When it comes to judging an individual dog, only the degree in which he measures up to his breed Standard counts.






Read my article   DIFFERENCES IN TYPE AROUND THE WORLD > > >
15 Pages
(Taken from the PowerPoint presentation given in France for Royal Canon)

EXCELLENT ARTICLE ON TYPE BY HENNING LUND > > >




In the Ring

A Boxer has a smooth coat therefore it is a dog that can be judged by eye, (except for his mouth and hardness of muscles) and a wise breeder and judge will learn to do that. This can be as easily done from outside the judging ring as inside, by looking for:- TYPE, BALANCE, SOUNDNESS!

The Standard states:-
"the first thing to consider when you look at the Boxer is GENERAL APPEARANCE."


General Appearance is the combination of these three qualities.

In memory of a great dog and a great handler, Am.Ch.Berena Tribute to FaFa SOM and Dick Baum

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The following is a line drawing by the late Marion Fairbrother
from her book "Boxer Blarney" of the type of dog to look for as the Boxer
enters the ring.

Line drawing from the book Boxer Blarney, by Marion Fairbrother


Type
Is the dog characteristic of the breed? Does he look like a Boxer?
Does he combine substance with elegance?
Is his bearing noble, with a look of quality?
Is his coat smooth and shiny and of the correct colour?
Is he a medium sized dog, not too big or too small?


Balance
Does each individual part appear in proportion to the rest of the dog?
Does he give you the impression of a medium sized, square dog?
Is his front and rear angulation correct and in harmony?


Soundness
Is he bright and alert, not nervous or aggressive?
Does his eyes follow you, and his ears twitch at your voice?
Is he fit and well muscled?
Does he move freely, covering plenty of ground, with good reach in
  front and drive from the rear?

American GrandChampion JeSaJay Bold Venture
To me his dog exemplifies Marion's drawing in the flesh!

Tricker's Fire Marshall at 4 months of age - USA Kroppers Joe of Magna Carta at 5 months of age - Europe

This is the type and balance you would look for
in promising 4 and 5 months old puppies




YouTube Videos of the Boxer showing American type ....

Video 1 > > >
Video 2 > > >
Video 3 > > >

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