Congenital or acquired defects in the dog – Breed rating.
After the dog has been assessed in the order given, the defects noticed are listed (congenital or acquired) and determines the degree of their significance, whether they are disqualifying, or just a beauty mistake. When evaluating working dogs, all the defects significantly reducing their working value (e.g.. loose shoulder blades, sunken back) should disqualify them. Because the purpose of exhibitions and shows is the selection of breeding material, emaciated and caviar dogs should be absolutely disqualified and excluded from the evaluation.
As it follows from the description given, in order to evaluate the dog, the judge must have perfect knowledge of the animal's build and the standard of the assessed breed. Show committees should facilitate the judge's work by assigning efficient ring and order secretaries. It is the judge's responsibility to fill in the evaluation sheet carefully, indicating the advantages and disadvantages of the judged dog, that the breeder or owner can be informed about them. Assessment without these guidelines is not instructive and may be questionable and suspect of bias. Exhibitors, on the other hand, should not take criticism of the dog as a personal distress, but rather to give up a dog that is not suitable for breeding.
Before organizing the exhibition, the organizers should state in the program or in the announcements, who is meant to be the judge for the breed. In this way, you can only encourage exhibitors to participate and make the event more serious. Breeder, who usually knows the requirements for the breed of interest to him, and judges, he will then refer to the judging with confidence.
The show grade is only a criterion of the dog's beauty, not its usefulness. So the exhibitor, whose dog will receive a not very high mark, should not consider this a disqualification of the dog. Such a dog can still be the nicest and most useful companion. What's more - an excellent rating is not a guarantee, that this dog is a full-fledged representative of its breed, it is practically impossible to judge the character at the exhibition. So it can happen, that a dog with an excellent mark for exterior at the show may be disqualified as breeding material if it shows up, that it has character defects or. the hunting dog will show anosmia.
A report should be prepared after each exhibition, in which dogs are listed according to classes and positions - if possible, with the description in accordance with the evaluation card. Such reports should be published in a union journal or in separate reports, so that those interested can learn about the condition and value of the breeding material.
At the show, dogs can compete in 6 classes (separately for each gender):
1st class of puppies – age 6-9 months;
2nd junior class – age 9-15 months;
3rd class open – age from 15 months up;
IV class of winners – psy, which obtained CWC1 certificate, CACIB2 or the title of winner or national or international champion; only dogs may enter the winning class at international shows, who obtained the title of national or international champion;
V utility class – dogs with fitness test;
VI class of seniors – some exhibitions also accept entries to the senior class (honorary) dogs and bitches above 8 years; CAC and CACIB are not awarded in this class.