Beauty Pageants and Dog Shows: Wild Hair #5

Let’s have a beauty pageant like they have dog shows. The contestants may come from any nation, any jungle, any sex, any sexual orientation, any economic class, any age, any color, any profession or occupation, any category of intelligence, any handicap–in short, any demographic category. The judges will have leave to check out any part of the anatomy hands on as it stands, or has the contestant jog about the arena. There will need to be a  pedigree book for each person with the requisite lineage named as many names as have been determined to vouch for heritage.  In fact, every breed shall be represented. No breakdown of categories by function shall be allowed except by alphabetical order according to the last name where that can be distinguished. Let them compete all together for model person of the globe.

How is it justified to compare the exquisiteness of one breed compared to another to find best in show?

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Published in: on February 13, 2008 at 11:48 am  Comments (7)  

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  3. This is quite interesting but all this is new here in France. A lot of people don’t believe in dressing up their dogs, talk less of dog beauty pagents. I’d like to change that and organize one but how do I set up criterias for each breed? Are ther standard ones. If so, where can I get them? Janet, could you help out please?

  4. my neighbourhood and i had our own competion where anyone could compete as long as they got along realitivly well with other dogs, the trainers used treats to bribe theie dog/s. it was a great success and noboby was discimated against.

  5. Thank you. I understand everything you said. I do not think it is that simple. I am sure there is some judge bias toward one or two breeds. I am sure there is some knowledge of the history of best in show winners and that there may be a preference for this year’s winner to champion a breed that “needs” the award. I am sure that it might be rather an easy contest to corrupt. But what do I know. I am not an insider, merely an observer, and not a practiced observer of dog shows. When I say “I am sure”, I am not really “sure”. I am sure that I am skeptical. I merely had a wild-hair notion about it. Someone in my family loves the dog shows, and I am a casual, and forced, observer.

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  7. You obviously don’t understand how dog shows are judged. As the TV commentators always tell the audience, in the group judging (which is what we see most often on TV), the dogs aren’t competing against each other — the judge is judging each one individually against the standard for that breed. He or she determines which dog, in his or her opinion, best meets the breed standard for that individual breed. The judging goes like this: First, there’s the breed judging. This is where several dogs of the same breed are judged in the same ring and is the only place where dogs are compared to other dogs in the same ring with them. One dog from each breed is selected as the best to go on to the group judging. Groups are AKC-specified groupings of dogs based on their “jobs,” such as Hounds, Working, Herding, Toy, etc. The judges of the groups know the standards for each of the breeds within the group that he or she is judging, and picks the one dog in the group that he or she thinks best meets the standard for its individual breed. All of the dogs that win their individual groups are then brought back in for the Best in Show competition. Being a judge for this is considered the most prestigious because this judge has to be well-versed on the breed standards for ALL of the breeds being shown. Here again, this judge doesn’t compare the dogs to each other. That would be ludicrous. Instead, he or she judges each individual dog against the breed standard for its breed. Hope this clears this up for you.


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