Judge Answers

Carolyn Alexander Back
1. Bull Terriers, Akitas, Afghans; also a Pekingese and a Fox Terrier
2. Monterey County, CA
3. I had a particularly worthwhile in-ring observation with Thomas Squicciarini. Over the years, I have attended 5 or 6 presentations on the Boxer and judging the Boxer given by Betty Aikenhead, Susan Jackson, Audrey Gerhardy, Joan Frailey, Rufus Burleson, Stephanie Abraham and others. A number of Boxer breeders have been good to talk to and mentor me, but I particularly remember Stephanie and David Abraham.
4. The correct body profile/outline. The classic head and expression. Excellence in type, while maintaining athleticism and soundness.
5. For a while I felt Boxers were becoming too large, too tall, but size seems more correct of late. Also poor fronts that used to be a little too common, seem to be improving. Bites/dentition need(s) attention. Boxer breeders are to be commended for the beautiful, sound, typy Boxers I’ve seen in the ring lately. Also breeders and exhibitors are to be commended for the generally uniform alert, pleasant demeanor and sweet temperament that I experience in judging them.

Eva Berg Back
1. Primary breed for me is Dalmatians
2. My husband and I live in Moraga, CA, near San Francisco
3. Primary Mentor – Cheryl Cates
4. A Boxer who is muscular, powerfully built and who appears to be a multi-purpose athlete; balanced and square. The chiseled head that is broad with blunt muzzle to utilize the undershot mouth to hold prey. A dog of good substance, with a strong and elegant neck who appears alert and always ready to work. I look for movement that covers ground with efficiency and a strong drive off the rear. That is the first impression but then all the nuances and pieces contribute to making an outstanding Boxer.
5. On occasion, I see dogs that are long in body and also dogs that are a bit too refined. I am seeing long toes and flat feet with greater frequency, as well as are Boxers with boning that is not straight and bowed thereby forcing the elbows out. In some cases I am seeing Boxers with many missing teeth.

Karen Billings Back
1. Rottweilers & Boston Terriers
2. Needham, MA
3. Beth Davis, Maryanne Straccia, Levi Marsman
4. Balance, strength and squared appearance, with extreme care in evaluating the beauty and proportions of head type.
5. Lack of bone

Susan Catlin Back
1. Rottweilers, 40 yrs.
2. Kennesaw, GA
3. Jack Brown, John Connolly, Cheryl and Keith Robbins
4. Head, Topline, Movement
5. Bites, eye shape, bone

John Connolly Back
1. Primary breed was Boxers
2. I now live in Spokane WA most of the Dog years were in Michigan.
3. My mentors in Boxers were Charles and Me Williams May-will Boxers, Mary and Lloyd Flint
Flintwood Boxers, Caserl and Alice Wood Woodcrest Boxers.
4. Breed priorities for Boxers are for an outstanding head, smooth outline with good front and rear
and the look of command of the ring.
5. It runs in cycles, Right now the breed is looking very good with outstanding Specials being
across the country. For a while we had poor feet but the breeders seemed to have overcome that

Denise Dean Back
1. Bernese Mountain Dogs
2. Near Flagstaff, AZ
3. Bruce Voran
4. Outline, heads and movement
5. There are usually some very good dogs and I enjoy judging the breed. Outlines and heads are very important and fluid movement.

Lisa DeRoulet Back
1. Great Danes
2 Washington State
3. Mentors in Boxers Cheryl Cates, Larry & Janet Sinclair, Warren & Joyce Hudson, Cathy & Dennis Morgan
4. Breed type, balance, soundness
5. Incorrect head type, long backs, unsound movers

Don Dvorak Back
1. My primary breed was Saint Bernards… my first one was in 1969. I obtained my first Bulldog in the early 80’s.
2. I live in the South-eastern part of Washington State.
3. My mentors in Boxers were Larry and Janet Sinclair, and Dennis Morgan.
4. I am very strict about finding a dog that is square, good angles, correct movement down & back, and moves with a level topline.
5. Some of the problems I see in the breed are: fine boned, oversize, different front & rear angles(which gives a sloping topline) and splayed feet.

Beverly Eichel Back
1. I had two primary breeds: Newfoundlands (since 1978) and Australian Shepherds (since 1984)
2. Monroe, NC
3. Bea Wade years ago
4. Head Type first, balance and body condition!
5. Not all of the champions I see have the correct head type, in my opinion….I remember instructions from a seminar that Jane Forsythe gave years ago, that when examining the face, if you can’t put a pencil behind that ‘turned’ up nose, and have it stay there, it’s not correct. I see a lot with no ‘turn up’.

Madeleine Fish Back
1. Standard Schnauzers
2. Old Saybrook, CT
3. First mentors were the Kaplans from New Haven, CT., Joe Heine and just watching Joe Gregory judge the breed.
4. The head. Then, like my Standard Schnauzers, I look for square, then set of neck into shoulders and into tail set.
5. Lack of underjaw and the desired head profile.

Sherry Gibson Back
1. Pulis and St Bernards
2. Middle Tennessee
3. Shirley Abraham, the Burlsons, Rick Justice and many others. I’ve been studying the breed for a long time because I like it.
4. First, balance. Second, the head proportions and expression. Third, structure and movement. I want to see a compact, square, sound dog with no one thing exaggerated, exhibiting elegance and symmetry.
5. Incorrect feet (too flat, splayed, etc.), short and/or straight upper arms, overlip, loaded shoulders.

Sulie Greendale-Paveza Back
1. Primary breed Shetland Sheepdogs, bred champions in Collies, Australian Cattle Dogs, Australian Shepherds and now have Miniature Longhaired Dachshunds.
2. Hamden, Connecticut.
3. Vanessa and Jeanette Everett, Lorraine, Brian Meyer, Stan Flowers, Vera Kollar.
4. A a beautiful head, which includes correct jaw, it is so unique to the breed, the right expression, I want to see the “soul” in that expression, a square dog, balanced, muscular, with good feet!!
5. Mouths, mouths, mouths… some really bad ones out there!! Flat feet, low tail sets (caused by bad croups) and some not in winning condition.

Terry Hundt Back
1. My primary breed was Dobermans – I owned and showed Dobes for over 30 years.
2. I live in Connecticut
3. I spent a lot of time with Bobbi Wagner, I was handling during the Forsyth era and gathered a lot of info from Bob and Jane. I was also in the midst of the time of Chic Chiccareni, Ed Hoffman the Baums,Kim Pastarella and other great Boxer handlers. One learns a lot through observation and conversation in and around the rings. This type of knowledge is first hand and unfortunetly isn’t a great part of dog shows today.
4. I would say that priorities are always within the standard,regardless of which breed you are judging. The overall outline of the boxer is very important. The head is a definite priority. The standard is very explicit about head structure and it’s place in the judging of each exhibit.
5. Right now the boxer it’s share of problems as all breeds do. Boxers in general could be sounder. I feel this is the major problem. Of course it isn’t the only issue nor is it the worst worst. I see many boxers with wide skulls and and not very attractive heads overall.

Dr. Robert Indeglia Back
1. Norwegian Elkhounds
2. Narragansett, RI
3. Larry Downey, Jane Forsythe, Phyllis Hamilburg, Shirley Kriv
4. Head Structure, Overall Balance, Topline–I could go on indefinitely
5. Poor head structure, overall length of body

Glen Lajeski Back
1. My primary breed was Great Danes, buying my first dog from one of the famous father’s of the breed, Pop Gilbert, while I was in college. My dog was of the last litter Pop bred. He became I’ll and unfortunately passed away at which time Pop sent me to another pillars of the breed at that time, Kitty Kolyer and her famous Kolyer Great Danes. from Kitty I bought a brindle bitch and began working for Kitty in her kennel, and helping her at shows.
2. I currently live in Hollywood, California. However I just completed building a small personal kennel at my ranch in Sonoma, California, and hope to move up there permanently very soon.

Rosemary Leist Back
1. Alaskan Malamutes. We worked teams for close to 20 years, so I expect a working dog to be capable of doing the job it was bred to do.
2. About an hour SE of Portland, Oregon in the foothills of the Cascades
3. Bruce Voran, Kevin & Linda Middagh, Janet & Larry Sinclair, & Gary Steele
4. Head, square body, sound, Boxer movement–which I think is distinctive in the good ones.
5. Poor heads, a little long bodied and without the distinctive movement

Michael Madl Back
1. Great Dane
2. Roselle, Illinois
3. Dorothy Ortman
4. Breed type, showmanship cropped/docked
5. Lack of forechest, depth of briskit, some spoon mouths

Kathy Roberts Back
1. Bullmastiff
2. Acworth, Georgia
3. Lorraine Rainwater, Nikki Rigsbee and BJ Barnheart
4. Type, structure, movement.
5. Lack of bone, bad rears.

Rita Rynder Back
1. St. Bernards and Akitas
2. Evansville, IN
3. Ann Keil, Evie Sullivan
4. Head with strong underjaw, lay-back of arm, correct angulation, feet
5. Straight shoulders, flat/splayed feet

Karon Sams Back
1. Samoyeds
2. Myersville, MD (Wash. DC area)
3. My mentor in Boxers was John Connolly. However, since I started judging the breed a number of years ago I’ve been impressed at the generosity of the breeders in sharing information. It is a very dedicated group.
4. In recent years, it has been a pleasure to judge this breed. It has enjoyed strong competition from excellent examples of the standard. I believe the breed is in pretty good shape. Of course, the proper shape and expression of the head is critical. That’s the first impression. However, I have always taken the lead from the standard, which starts by describing a “medium-sized, square-built dog of good substance…” It is only after comments about size, proportion, substance and movement that the standard enters into a description of the head. The standard goes on to state, “In judging the Boxer first consideration is given to general appearance and overall balance.” I couldn’t agree more.

Polly Smith Back
1. Primary breed was still is American Foxhounds
2. St. Stephens Church. Virginia
3. Donald Booxbalm, Johnny Johnson, Eugene Haupt
4. Breed priorities are stated in the standard-I want the embodiment of refined power and substance a clean dog, the head should carry the hall-mark of type, perfectly proportion, good width of muzzle well padded flews, an eye which impart the true Boxer expression
5. Head type the head is loosing the plush wide muzzle, expression is weak, slab sided dogs bad feet lack of muscle tone (this last is the fault of the exhibitors they need to condition the dog).

Sharon Smith Back
1. Golden Retrievers, now Bernese Mountain Dogs
2. Atlanta. GA area (Winston, GA)
3. Ms Lin Jensen, Bruce Voran, Alberto Berrios, and MANY others, thank you all!
4. Head type, correct proportions and mood-mirroring eyes, square body with distinct “boxer movement”, level topline, with slight shoulder rise. Well muscled, clean body, square.
5. Poor head type, faulty toplines and weedy bodies with too much tuck and lacking bone, not square. Over done, clunky dogs.

Dr. Ronald Spritzer Back
1. My original breed was Borzoi and followed by Longhaired Dachunds.
2. I live in Milford Ohio which is a just outside of Cincinnati.
3. My biggest mentor was the late Joe Heinie. Although we didn’t always agree, we had a lot of discussions.
4. The obvious parts such as topline,tail set, head carriage and bone are most important,but the head is of utmost imprtance with good mouth, lips and eyes.
5. I believe that there are a large number of very good boxers in the ring today. I do like good substance which is sometimes lacking.

Thomson Stanfield Back
1. Siberian Huskies
2. Colorado
3. Bill and Marie Hargraves
4. Movement
5. Front and Elbows

Pam Winter Back
1. Great Dane
2. Southern CA
3. Beth Paraseau
4. I look for a good head in boxers, then overall balance and movement.
5. The problem I see in boxers is a lot of parts put together, with no real continuity. The dog should appear smooth with elegance and style.

Sharon Zaker Back
1. My primary breed was Doberman Pinschers
2. I live in Southern California, Woodland Hills
3. I have had many! Corky Vroom( I worked with him for over 8yrs) Gary Steele, Stan Flowers, Cheryl Cates, mentored with Jane Forsyth.
4. 1st- head, width of muzzle, bite, expression; body, square or not, balance of front and rear
5. Width of jaw and bites, roach top lines, straight shoulders