6. Do you think the dogs you see in this breed are better now than they were when you first started judging? Why or why not? As in any breed, the greats of the past remain great! Most of today’s big winners are a product of devoted fanciers striving to improve the breed. I believe the greats in the breed today would be competitive any- where in the world! 7. What do you think new judges misunderstand about the breed? The key to success in judging Silky Terriers is to have a clear understanding of all points in the standard. A relationship with one or more devoted breed mentors is critical. Add to that a never-ending desire to learn and expand breed knowledge! Approval to judge any breed is not an endorsement, only an opportunity for “on-the-job” training. It is a major responsibility and not one to be taken lightly! 8. Is there anything else you’d like to share about the breed? This is a wonderful breed with a large, devoted following. The breeders are a committed group dedicated to the health and betterment of their breed—they are to be commended! 9. And, for a bit of humor: What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever experienced at a dog show? Funniest thing ever experienced at a dog show? Unfor- tunately, they involve wardrobe malfunctions! The lady whose bloomers came down during the go around, causing a fall… or the gentleman, getting up off of the floor, splitting his pants down the back seam, who then proceeded to take his dog around the ring showing everyone at ringside that he had chosen to go comman- do on that day! wiTh GEORGE MILUTINOVICH
We split our time between homes in New- port Beach and Fresno, Califor- nia. I purchased my first AKC registered dog, a Pug, in 1966— 50 years ago! I have been judg- ing dogs since 1999.
1. Small in stature, the Silky seems to be much bigger than he is. What about him makes him so com- manding in the ring? A proper Silky is a true Terrier with a Terrier tempera- ment! He commands the attention of the judge and ringside alike! 2. What makes him a great companion? He is a great companion because he is a loyal, devoted member of his family!
3. Describe the breed in three words. Silky, Terrier and Toy.
4. What are your "must have" traits in this breed? Proper silky coat, a level topline, correct tail carriage, proper movement and a terrier temperament! 5. Are there any traits in this breed you fear are becoming exaggerated? I believe breeders are doing a great job! Size can be an issue, but overall the quality is very good.
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