Top Twenty Judging Procedure - 1989

1.  Each dog will be scored by each judge individually, using a Scale of Points from the Standard.
2.  The winner will be determined on the basis of the total score of each dog.
3.  In the event of a tie, it shall be broken by using "Average Placement" (i.e. on a scale of 1 - 10) marked by each judge prior to the marking of the score sheet, as the determining factor.

Above are the simple ground rules that will be followed for the judging of this exciting event. The rationale for this system is as follows:

Whenever a judge examines an individual dog and compares him, mentally, to the judge's picture of the ideal, the judge is going through the work of judging by scoring. The scoring system adds the assignment of numerical values to the main factors of the judging, and it demands that the judge indicate where in he penalizes for less than ideal characteristics. The judge must go on record when he scores. And more, he must go on record part by part. He must also indicate the degree of deviation in the part from the ideal. He must also score each of before he actually judges it, by using the Average Placement Scale of 1 through 10; in otherwords, he must look at the dog as a whole, and place that dog on his scale, with a score of 10 meaning the dog is in perfect harmony with the judges picture of the ideal Boxer.

Scoring is much more time consuming than the comparison judging that we are accustomed to in the show ring ... where judges can handle 25 or more dogs in an hour. When scoring dogs, a judge can do no more than about 6 - 10 dogs an hour. But when scoring is completed it provides a written critique of the dog seen by the judge. The total score gives some sense of the "approximation of perfection" of the individual dog. In theroy, if we had numerical scores of the great boxers of the past ... we could compare the scores of our present greats to them. So, in setting up the judging for the Top Twenty, we have set up a system that can provide numerical norms for future comparisons.

Scoring has another virtue. It is a strong discipline on the judge. A fault can seem to stand out to a judge. He can become sensitized to one difficulty or to one virtue. Scoring checks this to a marked degree. It reduces the idiosyncracies of the individual judges.

Three dogs will enter the ring at the same time, and each will be scored completely by each judge, then the dogs will be rotated until each of the three judges has scored each of the three dogs; at this point the dogs will be moved individually, and the judges will score each dog for movement. This process will be repeated, with three dogs in the ring at a time, until all of the dogs have been scored.

Points will not be seen or tabulated until the day the winner is announced, an impartial panel will be selected to tabulate scores and the resulting Winner will then be annouced.

When in the ring, judges will limit their conversation to their stewards and will then only discuss judging procedure.


Boxer Point Schedule For The Top Twenty

AVERAGE PLACEMENT: Please note judge will rate each dog on a scale of I to 10 prior to judging on point scale This score rating will be used only in case of tie in placements by point scale

AVERAGE PLACEMENT (1:10) _____

Schedule of points for evaluation of individual in accordance with standard.

Points assigned to each section shall be either whole (l, 2, 5, etc.) or half (1/2, 2 1/2, etc). No other fractions of points will be permitted.

Dog No. ________

  Maximum
Points
Points
Assigned
1. GENERAL APPEARANCE
Condition, Strength & Agility
Balance & Style
Color & Markings (as they affect overall appearance) 
 
7
5
 3 
15
 
__
__
__
_____
2. SIZE, PROPORTION & SUBSTANCE
Size
Proportion
Substance
 
2
4
 4 
10
 
__
__
__
_____
3. HEAD
Shape, Proportion & Expression
Eyes (shape, color, proportion)
Ears
Skull
Muzzle
Nose
Bite
 
8
6
2
5
5
4
 5 
35
 
__
__
__
__
__
__
__
_____
4. NECK,TOPLINE & BODY
Neck
Topline (withers to croup)
Body Chest & Brisket
Back & Ribspring
Loins
Lower stomach line (tuck-up)
Croup line & tailset
Length & width of pelvis
 
5
5
3
3
3
3
4
 4 
30
 
__
__
__
__
__
__
__
__
_____
5. FOREQUARTER
Shoulders
Upper arm & elbow
Foreleg & pastern
Toes & Feet
 
4
4
4
 3 
15
 
__
__
__
__
_____
6. HINDQUARTERS
Upper Thigh
Stifle & Lower Thigh
Hock & Metatarsals
Feet & Toes
 
4
4
4
 3 
15
 
__
__
__
__
_____
7. COAT COLOR & MARKINGS
Coat Quality & Condition
Color & Markings (as required or recommended in standard)
 
4
 6 
10
 
__
__
_____
8. GAIT
Side
Front
Rear
 
10
10
 10 
30
 
__
__
__
_____
9. CHARACTER & TEMPERAMENT
Dignity, intelligence (response to handler & reaction to judge)
Alertness, self-assurance and animation
Courage, lack of shyness (reaction to environment)
 
15
15
 10 
40
 
__
__
__
_____
TOTAL 200 _____


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