Judges' Rules

Dogs will not be judged against each other, nor will the dog be judged according to the skill of the exhibitor; dogs will be judged as individuals against the written breed standard.  Dogs will neither receive nor lose points based on the number of other dogs in the show.  

Judges will at all times abide by the judges’ code of ethics and any rules provided by APRI.  Judging will be based on four categories as follows.  Judges may give a total of 200 points, with 180 and above constituting a qualifying score.  Each of the following areas can receive up to 50 points.

  1. OVERALL IMPRESSION:  Appearance; Movement; Temperament
  2. HEAD
  3. BODY
  • Mono or Bi-lateral cryptorchid is a disqualifying factor for all male dogs not previously neutered. Obvious incomplete growth in one or both testicles constitutes this disqualification.
  • Any deviation from the bite that is accepted by each breed standard is a disqualifying factor.
  • Due to on-going changes in legal requirements for surgical changes to dogs, APRI will not disqualify or fault any dog because of docking or cropping issues.
  • Haircuts or clips are NOT to be penalized unless there is not enough hair to judge coat texture and character.

Any judge giving a score of  30 or below must write the reason for that score on the score card and on the catalog. 

To be declared an APRI Champion, a dog must score at least 90%   (180) of the possible points in at least three shows, two of which must be as an adult.  Judges will not be aware at the time of judging which dogs have previous points or champion status. Any champion who scores 194 or better in three separate shows after attaining champion status will be awarded the title of Prominent Champion. Judges should be aware that those dogs competing for this title will be judged within their designated group with no indication on the judges’ catalog that they are already champions.  They are to be judged on the same criteria, but are held to a higher standard to win the enhanced title.

Judges are expected to be fully conversant with the standards of any breeds they are to judge at any given show.  Before arriving at the show, they should make themselves aware of any unusual characteristics, disqualifying factors, or exceptions listed in the standards for any of the breeds they will judge.

Groups are divided as follows, but groupings may change without notice:

  • Herding
  • Hounds
  • Non-sporting
  • Sporting
  • Terriers
  • Toys
  • Working

Judges' Prerogatives: 

  1. Neither spectators nor exhibitors may challenge a judge.  Any complaints must be addressed to a show official.
  2. Any judge may dismiss any dog from the ring at any time.
  3. Any judge may excuse any exhibitor from the ring at any time deemed necessary.
  4. Any judge may excuse any spectator from the show at any time deemed necessary.

A Judge May Not

  1. Exhibit or enter any class in which he/she is judging
  2. Judge any breed class in which any member of his/her immediate family (household) is participating.
  3. Challenge show officials for any cause.
  4. Discuss scores or dogs, or other exhibitors with any other judge during or after judging, nor with any other person at a given show.       
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