Showsight Presents The Chow Chow

JUDGING the ChOW ChOW

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By Love Banghart

e all agree that when judging any breed, the o ffi ciating judge must evaluate each exhibit

larger ear or curl in the tail is not as debili- tating to the breed as the lack of proper gait, labored breathing or entropion. Judg- ing a class of Chows can be as exacting as grading a litter, without the benefit of a pedigree to reference. A judge should always approach the chow within the range of the dog’s vision. Due to the scowling expression and deep set eye, the chow has limited peripheral

according to the standard for the breed and country in which he is judging. Th e Chow Chow standard is one of the lengthiest and most detailed of standards but still leaves ample opportunity for the judge’s interpre- tation. Th e Chow Chow Illustrated stan- dard is available on the Chow Chow Club Inc website: http://chowclub.org/ccci/con- tent/category/7/28/35/ and is very helpful in visualizing the standard. An experienced chow judge will under- stand the negative impact that a poorly structured front, incorrect gait or lack of breed-specific qualities, such as pigmen- tation, has to a breeding program and will thus appreciate and award the chows which exhibit desirable traits. Th is judge will approach each class with the hope of finding the exhibit which will o ff er the most positive overall influence to the breed. Th ey will prioritize attributes based on that attribute’s importance to the soundness and type of our breed. and will keep in mind the origin of the breed and the requirement to “always remember the working origin of the breed.” Experience as a breeder will help the judge to appreciate the importance of good structure, balance and temperament. It will also help the judge to realize that a

“a JUDGe shOUlD alWays apprOaCh the ChOW WIthIN the raNGe Of the DOG’s vIsION.”

“JUDGING a Class Of ChOWs CaN be as exaCtING as GraDING a lItter, without the benefit of a pedigree to reference.”

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