Judge Answers

Ron Acena (Sheron)

1. Great Dane – fawn.
Favorite: Ch Sheron’s Kahlua and Cream
Other breeds: American Staffordshire Terriers, Whippets
2. Kirkland, WA
3. Clare Lincoln, Louise Van Alstyne, Lisa DeRoulet
4. Breed type, soundness
5. Straight fronts, toplines

Grace Acosta

1. Rottweiler
2. Gainesville, FL
3. Nikki Riggsbee
4. “Great” appearance and elegance, friendly temperament
5. Straight fronts, lack of forechest, short necks

Carolyn Alexander

1. Bull Terriers, Akitas, Afghans; also a Pekingese and a Fox Terrier
2. Monterey County, CA
3. Ralph Graff, Betty Matchett, Jane Chopson, Kathy Liebschutz, Ted and Judy Nichols, Diane Collings, Vince Mulligan
4. Solid breed type; healthy/sound construction; Apollo with a correct head, neck, topline; move correctly; balance and correct proportion
5. Lack of soundness, lack of underjaw, too much length of loin and back

Ralph Ambrosio

1. German Shepherd Dogs
2. Newburgh, NY
3. (do not remember)
4. Squareness, movement, look of strength
5. Poor movement, weakness in temperament

Carl Anderson

1. Cocker Spaniels, AKC licensed all-breed handler prior to judging
2. Simi Valley, California
3. Don Carmody, Eric Ringle, Nikki Riggsbee, Vince Mulligan
4. Strength and power moving around the ring, the proper rectangular head with a stop and not too heavy flews, a well arched neck that blends into smooth shoulders, deep chested, and a hard level back. The movement true, and showmanship going around the ring.
5. Poor temperaments, timidity, shyness, and tails tucked

Joan Anselm

1. Giant Schnauzer
2. Keswick, VA
3. Council Parker, Carolyn Thomas, Marie Sommershoe
4. Carriage, attitude, substance, overall correct outline. Sound mind and body
5. Lacking substance; shyness; long loin

Kurt Anselm

1. Giant Schnauzer
2. Keswick, VA
3. Council Parker, Donald Booxbaum
4. Substance & size, outline & carriage
5. Lack of above

Karin Ashe

1. Pointer, German Shorthaired Pointer
2. Deland, FL
3. Great Dane breeders throughout the country and overseas
4. Soundness, type, adherence to the standard
5. Lack of soundness

Winkie Assell (Win-Jamer)

1. Great Danes (fawn, brindle)
Favorites: Ch Mountdania’s Ms Avant-Garde, Ch Calico Rock’s Carly v Win-Jamer, Ch Calico Rock’s Hali v Win-Jamer
Other breeds: Newfoundlands
2. Lake Royale, NC
3. Sandy Boyer, Anna Mary Kauffman, Liz Brenner
4. Type, movement, a dog that shows him/herself
5. Straight shoulders, weak rears

Howard Atlee

1. Dachshunds, Whippets, Salukis and many other hounds. Was a former all-around AKC handler.
2. Towson, Maryland (formerly New York and New Jersey)
3. Many breeders and kennel visits. In ring observation under Gary Newton and Charles Olvis. Major seminars: DJA – Carolyn Thomas, ADSJ – Judy Harrington
4. Size, Sound Temperament, Square Structure, Dignity and Stalwart.
5. Shyness and lack of bone

Gary Basset

1. Rottweilers, Tibetan Terriers.
2. Green Bay, WI
3. John & Jessie Gerszewski, Don Carmody, Carnell Gurrath.
4. Breed type first, well balanced, head, bone, movement, size & elegance.
5. Lack of breed type, lack of size in dogs and bitches (they are supposed to be the Apollo of dogs), poor shoulders & forechest. Very few correct heads. Movement.

Carmen Battaglia

1. German Shepherd Dogs
2. Atlanta, GA
3. Local breeders, Don Jones, Kathy Steen
4. Breed type, temperament, structural soundness, movement
5. Poor fronts and toplines. Cowhocks. Topline problems are the result of not knowing how to use nutrition and how to rest and exercise a young, developing puppy.

Kathy Beliew

1. My original breed was Great Danes, purchased from Carnell Gurrath in 1968. Chows primary breed beginning in 1971. In 2003, co-bred a litter of Danes with Betty Matchett and got another from Jim and Dorothy Lindbloom.
2. Redlands, CA.
3. Carnell Gurrath and Phylis Joseph.
4. Soundness both structurally and mentally.
5. Straight fronts, soft toplines.

Arlene Benko

1. Collies, Shelties and Pomeranians
2. Cape Coral, Florida
3. Nikki Riggsbee and Terry Goldman
4. The Great Danes outline; a balanced, square, well developed body; level topline; elegant. Good expression, clean headpiece, flat cheeks. A lovely dark almond-shaped eye and dark rims, no sagging eye rims.
5. Earset, lack of almond shaped eyes. Lacking parallel planes. Poor movement.

Norvel Benoit

1. Great Dane – harlequin
Favorite: Ch Giant Steps Front Page News.
Other breeds: Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Chihuahuas, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Standard Poodles, Pekingese
2. Suburb of New Orleans, LA
3. Bill Aston, Jeffrey Lynn Brucker, Ray Cataldi, Mary Anne Zanetos, Eddie Lyons, Augusta Buse
4. Nearest to the written standard, sound in body and mind
5. Unbalanced, unsound movement

Warren Benoit

(IveSpottedDanes) Back
1. Great Dane – harlequin, mantle
Favorite: Ch Giant Steps Front Page News
Other breeds: Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Standard Poodle, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Chihuahua
2. Destrehan, LA
3. (no one)
4. Breed type
5. Lack of breed type

Eva Berg

1. Dalmatian
2. Moraga, CA
3. Jane Chopson, Pat Costa, Georgia Hymenn
4. Size, elegance, substance. Athletic, all parts fitting together. Long, rectangular head; square outline with proper proportions.
5. Straight shoulders, short upper arms; restricted side gait, rolling hocks; improper balance; lacking good breed head type.

May Bernhard

1. Newfoundlands.
2. Connecticutt
3. Judy Harrington & Lester Mapes
4. A dog of great size and substance with proud bearing and stable temperament.
5. Lack of size and substance – too “refined.” Poor fronts and bad tail carriage. Shy and non-stable temperaments.

Alberto Berrios

1. Boxers
2. Acworth, GA, near Atlanta
3. Nikki Riggsbee
4. Good head with good size, good proportions; a dog to be masculine and a bitch to look like a bitch.
5. Bad movement, bitchy dogs, some shyness which is never acceptable; feet could be better.

Terry Berrios

1. Boxers.
2. Acworth, GA.
3. Nikki Riggsbee
4. Type, with utmost importance given to size, substance and head. It is also suppose to be a square breed.
5. Lack of bone and size, straight fronts and rears.

Catherine Bell

1. Akita
2. Knoxville, TN
3. Eddie Lyons, Dottie Davis, Jeffrey Lynn Brucker, Jean Dinkins, Lina Basquette, Estelle Cohen
4. Overall balance, strong body, level topline, good fronts and rears, bone that balances the size of the dog, head with correct planes, strong neck that flows into the shoulders, square and able to move with ease, showing great strength and grace, great expression.
5. Lack of breed type, inadequate head planes, slab sided, fine bone, splayed feet, poor toplines, fronts and rears, shy temperament.

Rita Biddle

(Ryan, then O’Ryan) Back
1. Great Danes – fawn, brindle
Favorite: Ch Merrimac Trinity of Ryan
Other breeds: Akitas
2. Eagle, MI (near Lansing)
3. Sally Chandler, Carnell Gurrath, George and Flo Burmeister
4. Regal, strong, powerful appearing – the Apollo of Dogs; square proportion and correct size; head long, finely chiseled, parallel planes, full square jaw with deep muzzle; long, well arched neck; level topline, slightly sloping croup; underline tucked up; well angulated; clean, powerful movement.
5. Not having regal appearance, dignity, strength, elegance, great size; not square, too long; bone too fine, not strong; exaggeration of head with excessive flews; straight shoulders, lacking rear angulation; weak toplines; steep croup, low tail set; poor, weak movement.

Karen Billings

1. Rottweilers
2. Needham, MA
3. Nikki Riggsbee, Sue Davis
4. Type, size, head, structure, temperament
5. Structure, movement, fronts

Grace Black

1. Doberman Pinschers
2. Bunnel, FL
3. Eleanor Leslie, Nikki Riggsbee
4. Breed type, head, bone and substance
5. Bad fronts and weak rears

David Bolus

1. German Shepherd Dogs and Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
2. Chattanooga, TN.
3. George Rood and Rufus Copeland.
4. A square build with balanced quarters and a sound running gear. Parallel planes are an essential component for a correct head.
5. Poor front assemblies and overall running gears. Incorrect heads lacking parallel planes. Lack of proper substance. Gender (males and bitches) should be evident

Roberta (Bobbi) Brady

1. Doberman Pinscher.
2. Westerville, OH
3. Eppie Barney, Susan Yotive , and Ruth Kaufman.
4. Square proportions, a beautiful chiseled headpiece, bone appropriate for the sex, and sound, fluid movement.
5. Lack of square proportions, heavy heads, fine bone and lack of forechest.

Jim Briley

1. Doberman Pinscher
2. Opelousas, Louisiana
3. Peggy Adamson, Jeff Brucker, BJ Barnhardt, and others
4. Breed type, soundness, balance. Regal appearance. Rectangular head, finely chiseled, parallel planes. Long, muscular, arched neck. Level topline, slightly rounded croup. Gait showing strength and power, with easy strides. Standard in size with good bone and substance. Courageous, not shy.
5. Poor heads, weak toplines, cow hocks, shy, light bone, poor movement. Some are not physically mature enough to compete.

Helen Briscoe (Halemoss)

1. Great Dane – fawn and brindle
Favorite: Ch Halemoss Rojon Dounreay
2. Near San Antonio, TX
3. Freda Lewis, Nancy-Carroll Draper, Ray Cataldi
4. Excellent breed type, temperament, conformation, head, neck, shoulders, movement
5. Upright shoulders, long backs, temperament, short stilted movement

Mary Anne Brocious

1. Old English Sheepdogs and PBGVs.
2. Southeastern Michigan, near Ann Arbor.
3. Roxanne Peterson Burton, J. Council Parker, Estelle Cohen, Gerald Schwartz, and Bill Stebbins.
4. The stature of a Great Dane is the most important attribute. Its height, its proportion, and wonderful head.
5. The size of the Great Dane seems to be shrinking. It is a giant working breed, and it seems to be losing size, bone and substance in some instances.

Frandel Brown

1. Bernese Mountain Dogs and Sealyham Terriers
2. Fresno, CA
3. Jill Ferrera, Pam Winter, and Jane Chopson. I have watched the Great Dane ring for years dating back to Sylvia and Doug Rodwell, Lena Basquette, and Jack Dexter.
4. Great presence, especially in the Best of Breed class. An all one-piece dog, like a sculpture. Each body part flows smoothly into the other. Condition. Soundness and breed type.
5. Lack of the above. Not having the flow of body. Angles not balanced throughout the dog. Straight fronts and over angulated or straight rears. Lack of width – rib spring and narrow between the front legs. Muzzles lacking, when the lip and flew swing. Different failures depending on geographical areas.

Donna Buxton

1. St Bernard
2. Kingwood, TX
3. Gerald Schwartz, Donald Booxbaum, Jose Ribo, and many others
4. Apollo of dogs: large bone, correct proportions, correct head, movement, tail carriage
5. Light bone, weak heads, poor fronts & rears, high tail carriage; not the Apollo

Ken Buxton

1. St Bernard, Siberian Husky, Sussex Spaniel
2. Kingwood, TX
3. Gerald Schwartz
4. Apollo. Square, level topline, proper tail set, parallel head planes, proper chiseling and expression. Massive, but not coarse, and moves well.
5. Long bodies, fine boned, poor toplines, incorrect head planes.

Ray Carlisle

1. Doberman Pinscher and Great Danes. I have bred both; however, I now only breed Dobermans.
2. Warwick, NY
3. Laura Kiaulenas and Karla Callahan.
4. Size, heads, and soundness
5. Soundness is the most obvious

Noreen Cartwright

1. Poodles, Labrador Retrievers
2. Portland, OR
3. Wes Cartwright, Mark & Louise Van Alstyne, Lisa DeRoulet
4. Profile, head, tail, SUBSTANCE
5. Lack of bone, no rib spring, poor profile, lack of parallel head planes, straight fronts with no prosternum

Susan Catlin

1. Rottweilers; I exhibit German Shorthairs, Chinese Crested, and Wire Dachshund.
2. Kennesaw GA.
3. Sally Chandler, Darcy Quinlan, Margaret Shappard, Chuck & Willie Crawford, Laura Coomes, and Carol Grossman.
4. Toplines, correct planes on the skull, bone and size.
5. Toplines, fronts and rears

Patricia Ciampa

(Maitau) Back
1. Great Danes – fawn, brindle, harlequin
Other breed: Pug
2. Hollis, NH
3. Murlo Danes, BMW Danes
4. Type, temperament, soundness
5. Lack of true Dane type and shyness

Donna Clark (Danedalus)

1. Great Dane (fawn, brindle) Favorite: Ch Allegro Danedalus Music Man
2. Sammamish, WA (near Seattle)
3. Connie Bungart Hunter (Ashbun Acres), Jan Smith (Gaibalea), Jane Treiber (Kimo), Bill Stebbins (Cherdane), and the judges education team at GDCA
4. Breed type, movement, size
5. Balance and movement

Houston and Toddie Clark

1. German Shepherds, Miniature Pinschers, Doberman Pinschers
2. Decatur, TN
3. Roxanne Bleeker (later Mahan), Helen Vance
4. Breed type most important. The overall balance in silhouette, parallel planes. muzzle equal backskull. Sufficient length of neck, a short level back, slightly sloping croup, proper tailset. A square outline.
5. Lacking correct shoulder layback, correct tail placement and carriage. Too many Danes gaiting with tails carried too high.

Jon Cole

1. Bull Terriers
2. Nashville, TN
3. Don’t remember
4. Square, good bone, strong head, level topline, able to move, strong body.
5. Weedy, bad fronts, poor movement, lacking heads, bad toplines

Peggy Conger

1. Collies and Dachshunds
2. Weatherford, TX
3. Hazel Gregory, Donald Booxbaum, Francine Schwartz
4. Elegant look, GREAT Dane, balance, clean head with a lovely eye, good planes, level topline.
5. Lack of soundness and type, deteriorating size and bone, poor quality heads, poor tail set.

John Connelly

1. Boxers; also Doberman Pinschers, Pugs
2. Spokane, WA
3. George and Flo Burmeister, Lina Basquette; handled a number of Great Danes as a professional handler in the midwest
4. Balance, good head, good movement, look like the Apollo of Dogs
5. The breed is doing pretty well right now

Cathy Cooper

1. Rottweiler originally; primary Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
2. Martinsville, VA
3. Many helpful Great Dane people; Judy Harrington, Nicole Coneen, BJ Barnhardt, Richard Rogers, Doug Toomey.
4. Must look like a “Great” Dane. Regal, strong, elegant, square appearing. Typical head. One piece moving.
5. Shyness, lacking confidence. Straight shoulders, short upper arms. Body too long. Incorrect proportions. Generic dogs.

Doris Cozart

1. Standard and Toy Poodles
2. Kaufman, TX
3. Dana Cline, Nancy Simmons
4. Great Size, elegance, balance; disposition plus regal look; correct head type, proper bone
5. Fronts, twisting at elbows and hocks when moving, less bone

Jeraldeen Crandall

1. Basenjis, Dobermans, and Papillons.
2. Southern California.
3. Lowell and Arlene Davis, Bob and the late Liz Matchett, and Jane Chopson.
4. Dignity, balance, condition, size, and substance in accordance with the most possible breed characteristics.
5. Weak temperaments, which include shyness, nervousness and lack of dignity.
Substance needs improvement as sometimes it is difficult to tell dogs from
bitches. Front assemblies are not the best. Return of upper arm is setting
front legs too far forward on the body. A good number of dogs would benefit with more exercise, as they are not poor dogs, just in poor muscle tone. While aware of negatives in the breed, my priorities in judging are to the positives not the negatives.

Anitra Cuneo (Pipestone)

1. Weimaraners, Great Danes – fawn, brindle
2. New Jersey
3. Larry Barnett, Ginny Guerin, Genevieve Parks
4. Breed type – head, body, soundness, movement
5. Loss of substance and majesty

Barbara Steinbacher Dalane (Steinbacher)

1. Great Dane (fawn, brindle); also Border Terriers
Favorite: Ch Steinbacher Myenta, Ch Steinbacher Peg O’ My Heart
2. Vernon, NJ
3. John Steinbacher (uncle), Pop Gilbert, Mary & Gerry Johnston, Ginny Guerin, Kitty Kolyer, Anna Mary Kaufman
4. Breed type – the Apollo of Dogs
5. Unsoundness

Judi Daniels

1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
2. Acton, CA
3. Robert Matchett, Lowell Davis
4. Regal, elegant stature; great size, square, strong bone, good muscle tone, long rectangular head with parallel planes and length of muzzle equal length of backskull. Long, well-arched neck blending into shoulders. Level topline, balanced angulation, ease and strength of movement; compact feet.
5. Lack of size, bone, substance. Off-square, short rib cage, long loin. Non-parallel head planes, backskull out of balance with muzzle. Upright shoulders, lack of depth of chest, poor rears, poor movement.

Mims Datskow

1. Doberman Pinschers.
2. Lafayette Hill, PA.
3. Joe & Tootie Longo.
4. Breed type as described in the standard under general appearance; my second priority is that they can move properly. Look like a Great Dane and do the job that he was bred to do.
5. Problems in movement, substance, and inappropriate temperaments.

Cathy Daugherty

1. Belgian Sheepdogs
2. Bethlehem, CT
3. Karen & Dale Desjardins
4. Proper outline. (Same as in Belgians – square with alot of neck, a good shoulder – elegant.)
5. Bad heads – not big enough, bad planes. Heads that remind me of a hound and not a Great Dane. Smaller Danes. (I think that they tend to move better so there might be some sort of unconscious selection process going on here.)

Roberta Davies

1. Siberian Husky, Belgian Sheepdog, Bearded Collie
2. Brimfield, MA
3. Judy Harrington, Les Mapes
4. Overall balance, correct head type, square, strong short back, strong front and rear
5. Long weak backs, weak rears and fronts, lack of strong smooth muscle, lack of head type

Denise Dean

1. Bernese Mountain Dog; also Portuguese Water Dog and Old English Sheepdog. Showed some Danes for Helen Daniels
2. Near Flagstaff, AZ
3. Helen Daniels, Julie Rock
4. Type, then soundness
5. Lacking heads, substance, and bone

Lisa DeRoulet (Roulet)

1. Great Danes – fawn and brindle
Favorite: Ch Amelor’s Fly So Free (Frisco)
2. Mill Creek, WA
3. Clare Lincoln, Louise and Mark VanAlstyne
4. Breed type, balance, soundness
5. Straight shoulders, long backs

Terry DePietro

1. Labrador Retrievers, Pointers, and German Shorthaired Pointers. Also owned and showed Pembroke Welsh Corgi and owned Beagles and a German Shepherd.
2. Howell, NJ
3. Dottie Davis, Barbara Waldkirch, Marie Somershoe.
4. Balance, movement, type. Head type is a priority.
5. Poor rear movement, bad toplines. Would like to see more of the “Apollo of Dogs” in the exhibits.

Bill deVilleneuve

1. Scottish Terriers; still breed and exhibit. Most associated with Terriers, but have also been judging the Toy Group for many years now and have judged quite a few toy specialties in recent years.
2. Dix Hills, New York, a Long Island suburb of New York City.
3. Many different breeders, exhibitors, and handlers including Dale Tarbox, Marie Somershoe, and Nikki Riggsbee.
4. A square, balanced dog where all the pieces blend together nicely. The long, muscular neck flows into a short level back, a strong body and broad deep chest important. Massive and powerful but also elegant. Correctly proportioned, beautifully head. A dog that moves well with grace and power combined with proper reach and drive.
5. Poor toplines, lacking in angulation which results in choppy movement with incorrect front and rear movement. Too many long backs with short necks. Heads lacking in the necessary rectangular planes, especially with snipey, narrow muzzles.

Karen Desjardins (Danebridge)

1. Great Danes – all colors except Mantles; currently black, fawn, brindle
Favorites: Ch Gebet’s California Cooler, Ch Danebridge Pretty Boy Floyd.
Other breed(s): French Bulldog, Belgian Tervuren, Belgian Sheepdog
2. Connecticut
3. Nancy-Carroll Draper, Hazel Gregory, Donna Crane, Pat Zator, Terry Goldman
4. Size, balance, outline, exquisite heads with long tapered necks; at first glance to take my breath away
5. Lack of size, lack of balance, bad toplines, bitchy dogs, bad rear movement, straight fronts, short necks, stuffy

Cathi DiGiacomo (Glimmer Glen)

1. Great Danes (Blacks) & Chinese Shar-Pei
Favorites: Ch Honey Hollow Great Donner, Ch C and B’s Special-K Gribbin
2. New Market, Maryland
3. Jim Childress, Lina Basquette, Wynn Davis, Joel Rosenblatt, Lori Richer, Tom Davis, Estelle Cohen
4. Breed type, balance, square proportions, substance, good temperament
5. Lack of breed type and substance, long high [carried] tails, shyness

Nancy Dinkfelt

1. Doberman Pinschers
2. Pittsburgh, Pa,
3. Rick Zahorchak and Tom Davis
4. Movement, head, temperament
5. Loose eye rim skin, loss of torn patches on the Harls

Marcie Dobkin

1. Bulldogs, Schipperke, Boston Terrier
2. Poway, CA
3. Dick Schaefer, Gina Jaeblon, Nikki Riggsbee, many southern California exhibitors
4. Size, confidence, balance, athletic, physical and mental strength. Head dignified, strong topline, filled chest, clean muscling, powerful unit
5. Lack of muscling second thighs, heads lacking expression of nobility, lack of depth/width of forechest, soft toplines

Bradford Dunn

1. Doberman Pinschers and Boxers
2. West Boylston, MA
3. Ed Lyons, Judy Harrington
4. The whole package; square, balanced, level topline, good front angles and matching rear. Smooth, powerful movement. Rectangular, chiseled head with parallel planes. Substantial dog with noble carriage and expression

Don Dvorak

1. Saint Bernards. Later Bulldogs.
2. Southeast corner of Washington State.
3. Sam Pizzino, Clare Lincoln, and Lisa DeRoulet, and Jamie Harshfield,
4. Head type. Structure. Majesty.
5. Lack of a powerful dog. Size doesn’t necessarily mean power. If a dog is structured as it should be, it will be powerful. Long bodies, straight angles, weak legs, and lack of head type.

Robert Edison (Del Oro)

1. Great Danes – brindle, fawn, co-owned harlequin.
Favorites: Ch Del Oro’s Mirage
Other breeds: Whippets, Australian Terriers, Ibizan Hound
2. Tucson, AZ
3. Steven and Bette Temple, Anna Mary Kauffman, Nancy-Carroll Draper, Eva Robinson
4. Type and correct movement equally
5. Serious lack of breed type and overall balance.

Katie Edwards (Laurado, continued kennel started by Hazel Mage)

1. Great Danes – fawns, brindles
Favorite: Am/Can Ch Laurado’s Prince Rebel
Other breeds: Bernese Mountain Dog; have shown Irish Setters, Siberian Huskies, Airdale Terriers, Doberman Pinschers
2. Coleville, WA (near Spokane)
3. Anna Mary Kauffman, Hazel Mage
4. Need to do the job of a working dog and retain features typical of a Dane. Heads should have length as well as breadth across the nose and under jaw, not just lip.
5. Poor front assemblies, poor angulation, poor movement, lack of balance; too much elegance in males. Toplines and croups. Health and longevity.

Beverly Eichel

1. Newfoundlands (since the mid- 70’s) and Australian Shepherds (since the mid- 80’s).
2. Monroe, NC
3. Winkie Assell.
4. Adherence to the Standard.
5. Bodies too long. Dogs too long are no longer balanced in appearance, and their movement is incorrect.

Robert Eisele

1. Siberian Husky
2. Long Island, NY
3. Multiple mentors. Attended multiple Great Dane institutes, seminars, and specialties including the national specialty.
4. Structure, movement, proper head type. A correctly chiseled head, strong square jaws, a broad muzzle, parallel planes, and correct body proportions.
5. Proportions

James (Jim) Ellis

1. St. Bernards & Bullmastiffs
2. Southern, MI
3. Bill Stebbins & Lena Basquette & Alva Rosenberg
4. Head Type; males should look like boys and girls look like girls; size
5. Lacking in size, bad legs & calf knees (buckling over at the pasterns)

Robert Ennis

1. Cocker Spaniels
2. Angola, NY (near Buffalo)
3. Judy Harrington
4. Correct silhouette; proper headpiece; breed typical movement.
5. Not square; headpiece should not be overdone or coarse; forequarters; unbalanced angulation.

Peggy Esposito

1. Doberman Pinscher
2. Connecticut
3. Mary Ellen Thomas, Vicki Marchand, Joel Rosenblatt and Lori Richer, and Karen Desjardins
4. True breed type, regal appearance, strength & elegance, smoothly muscled body, and good temperament.
5. Movement, straight fronts & rears, lack of bone

William Farnan

1. Doberman Pinschers.
2. Ormond Beach, Fl.
3. Mostly from watching the judge and talking to other judges and breeders.
4. A sound dog or bitch, with breed type.
5. Fronts and rears, Some very unsound animals.

Marcia Feld

1. Schnauzers
2. Libertyville, IL
3. Jinx Gunville, Carnell Gurrath, Hildy Compton, Ray Cataldi, Fran Schwartz
4. The Great Dane “look” – Majesty, confidence combined with size, substance and head.
5. Minor, but recurring – short tails. More important, fronts.

Irma Fertl

1. Old English Sheepdogs, Pulik
2. Magnolia, TX
3. Cathy de la Garza
4. Smooth, rectangular head piece with parallel planes; elegant, tall, and balanced; square bodied Great Dane
5. Fine bone, weak toplines

Rita Figg

1. Afghans Hounds
2. Laurel, FL
3. Nikki Riggsbee, Wayne Custis, Judy Harrington, and Lisa DeRoulet
4. Outline, balance, proportion , headpiece, movement – the whole package, not pieces. Entries are either in good shape, or really lacking, not much in between; bone, movement, and proportion seem to be the problem areas

Barbara Finch

1. Newfoundlands
2. Davidson, NC
3. Nikki Riggsbee, Margaret Shappard, Diane Taylor
4. A sound animal who moves well coming, going and from the side. The Dane head is so important as is balance.
5. Dogs that are not square; dogs who do not have the correct topline; dogs who do not move well

Madeleine Fish

1. Standard Schnauzers
2. Old Saybrook, CT
3. Estelle Cohen, Diane Taylor, Mimi and Ralph Graff
4. Size, squareness, nobility
5. Lack of size, squareness, nobility

Daneil W. Fleitas

1. Siberian Husky, Shetland Sheepdog
2. Charlotte, NC
3. Lina Basquette, Winkie Assell
4. Square profile with level back and good tuckup; head with parallel planes, rectangular, chiseled; long arched neck; strong powerful gait
5. Muzzle not deep enough, lack of parallel head planes, tail set too low, poor fronts

Pamela Foulk

1. Doberman Pinschers.
2. Westerville, OH.
3. George Rood and Gene Haupt.
4. Good type, balance, and sound temperament.
5. Balance is not good, and some are very shy and timid

Phil Freilich

1. Border Terrier
2. Martinez, CA
3. Jane Treiber, Jane Hobson
4. Balance, substance, head, movement
5. Upright shoulders, not square, poor head, bad front

Dody Froehlich

1. Norwegian Elkhound.
2. Anchorage, AK
3. Benny & Jackie Joy, Diane & Will Painter. Showed several Danes for breeder friends.
4. Proper size, substance, square and balanced with correct leg length. A beautiful, long, arched neck flowing smoothly into nicely angulated shoulders with a corresponding upper arm. A muscled, broad, angled rear with high set tail. Back level. Good tuckup. Proper head – the right proportions, parallel planes, high set ears, and a correct eye with that wonderful expression. Correct substance and angles for the distinctive Great Dane gait. Secondary sex characteristics.
5. Specimens off square; just making size – especially bitches; weediness/lack of proper substance; pigeon-breasted; head planes not parallel; muzzles especially not correct length or squared off and deep enough; larger/lighter eyes; too straight front and rear.

Robert and Sara (Sally) Futh

1. Collies; also Shelties and Beardies and a Rottweiler
2. Washington, CT
3. Nancy-Carroll Draper, Mary Johnson, Lloyd Case, Lina Basquette
4. Classic headpiece, overall elegance, majesty, soundness.
5. Lack of substance, narrow rears, coarseness in head, lack of balance.

Pete Gaeta

1. Great Danes (fawns, brindles, 1 black), Bedlington Terriers
Favorite (showed, not bred): Ch Zarlin’s Good Golly Miss Molly
Other breeds: Doberman Pinscher, Labrador Retriever, Smooth Fox Terrier, Afghan Hound, Bichon Frise, Miniature Pinscher, Pug
2. Charlotte, NC
3. Ted Nichols, Kay Kinosita, Herkie Pierce, Steve and Betty Temple, Anne Toomey
4. Balanced, square, proper head, and outline standing and moving
5. Soft toplines, steep croups, poor tailsets, poor outlines

Katie Gammill

1. Shetland Sheepdogs; also Beagles, Australian Cattle Dogs, Whippets
2. Lerna, IL (near Champaign)
3. (not given)
4. Regal and dignified, powerful, large; chiseled head, parallel planes; arched neck flowing smoothly into shoulders; correct bone for size; large giant, rather square; symmetrical with powerful, easy movement.
5. Short on leg and long in body, soft toplines, not enough bone, not large enough for a giant breed. Heads too short and coarse, poor layback, prominent haws.

Ken Gentry

1. Siberian Huskies.
2. The Villages, Florida
3. Jan Brungard, Ann Skyler, Louise VanAlstyne, and indirectly Nikki Riggsbee.
4. Soundness, type, and movement.
5. Weak fronts and poor movement.

Sherry Gibson

1. St Bernards, Pulik (large breed and square breed)
2. Tennessee
3. Nikki Riggsbee
4. Head, size, elegance, soundness
5. Steep croups, long bodies (enough to affect square appearance)

Roger Gifford

1. Alaskan Malamutes
2. Dayton, OH
3. Jose Ribo, Rita Biddle, Rick Zahorchak
4. Size and substance, square, head, balance, structure, and movement; confidence and presence.
5. Need improved balance. Neck sets, straight shoulders, lack of rear angulation, poor toplines when moving, low tail sets, weak rears

Helen Gleason

1. German Shepherd
2. Near Tampa, FL, and southern Indiana
3. Nikki Riggsbee
4. Sound in mind and body, correct structure; large & square, strength of character, strong rectangular head with parallel planes; sound temperament
5. (no response)

Susan Godek

1. German Shepherd Dog
2. Scottsdale, AZ
3. Judy Harrington, Arlene Davis, Pamela Winter
4. Overall silhouette, balance, elegance, well defined head , correct size, movement efficient, temperament

Theresa (Terry) Goldman (Tiara)

1. Great Danes – fawn and brindle
Other breed: Standard Poodles
2. Oldsmar, FL
3. Rose Roberts, Nancy-Carroll Draper, Donald Booxbaum, Rose Sabetti, Anna Mary Kauffman, Hazel Gregory, Kitty Kolyer
4. By the standard: regal appearance, movement, soundness, and elegance
5. Lack of true Dane breed type, as to the standard; lack of soundness, proportion, substance.

Ralph Graff (Von Graff)

1. Great Dane – fawn and brindle
Favorite: Ch Honeylanes Flirt, Ch Von Graffs Who But Humphrey v Grfn
2. St Louis, MO
3. Millicent Graff, Leo and Ruth Allen, Roxanne Peterson Berton, Pat Zator
4. Know and adhere to the standard
5. Breeders being fixed on a particular aspect of the Dane (head, height, color, etc) rather than the whole dog. More balanced animals are more competitive.

Sulie Greendale-Paveza

1. Shetland Sheepdogs; also Australian Cattle Dogs, Collies, and currently Longhaired Dachshunds
2. Hamden, Connecticut.
3. Dana Cline, Ray Cataldi, Don Carmody, Lina Basquette.
4. A beautiful, elegant headpiece with an intelligent and wise expression, a balanced dog, who can cover maximum ground effortlessly with minimum steps. Good feet.
5. Short upper arms, some movement issues, heavy heads, tail set and carriage.

Jane Grey (Owlwatch)

1. Great Danes (brindle, harlequin, fawn, blue)
Other breeds: Whippets, Pointers, Standard and Miniature Poodles, Longhaired Dachshunds, Gordon Setters, Airedales, Shelties
2. Muncie, IN
3. Many mentors
4. Temperament, soundness, correct movement, good shoulders, topline, balance, look like a Great Dane
5. Too little conditioning and training; shy, insecure dogs, straight shoulders, steep croups, lack of reach and drive, too much emphasis on head type and too little on the rest

Phil Grey (Owlwatch)

1. Great Danes (fawn, brindle, black, blue, harlequin)
Favorites: Ch Owlwatch Sun See An Heir, Ch Ariel’s Lira Black N Owlwatch, Ch Owlwatch All That Jazz, Ch Owlwatch Aztec Sun, Flecka Gray V Meistersinger
Other breeds: Whippets, Doberman Pinschers, Pointers, Gordon Setters, Standard and Miniature Poodles, Cairn Terriers, Longhair Dachshunds, Greyhounds, Airedales
2. Muncie, IN
3. Many including Toni Pratt, Hugo Gamboa, Bill Sahloff
4. The Apollo of dogs; athletic, powerful, strong, sure-footed dog of sufficient size. Graceful and noble. All these comprise type. Key word: “Great.”
5. Poor temperament, lack of soundness, shoulders too straight or too far forward, soft toplines, lack of condition

Vincent Grosso

1. West Highland White Terriers and Smooth Fox Terriers.
2. Banning California
3. Lowell And Arlene Davis.
4. Square body, correct head proportions with parallel planes, nicely arched neck, level top line, tail set on correctly and of correct length, deep chest, sufficient bone and substance, balanced angulation front and rear, correct size, overall balance, and dignity.
5. Bad top lines (roached and swayed), too long in body, bad tail sets, heads lacking level planes, straight rears and fronts, and dogs lacking substance.

Dee (Heye) Guerra (Hydane)

1. Great Dane (fawn, occasional brindle)
Favorite: Ch Hydane’s Second Time Around
Other breeds: Bullmastiff
2. Kansas City
3. Pat Lawrence, Hazel Gregory, Ray Cataldi, Steve Cochran
4. Balance with proper angulation, proper topline standing and moving, good body and bone structure, love a great head
5. (no answer)

Jane Haefner

1. Bernese Mountain Dogs
2. Sullivan, WI
3. Vincent Mulligan, the Great Dane Club of Milwaukee.
4. Overall balance, bone in proportion to body/size, movement, head type, including proper planes.
5. Size, loss of bone, sloppy fronts, movement (pitter-patter, lacking reach and drive).

Sylvia Hammarstrom

1. Giant and Standard Schnauzers
She has a Great Dane female (8 years old) imported from Diplomatic kennel in Sweden.
2. Sebastopol, CA
3. Vincent Mulligan
4. Fronts, movement with a free open gait. Well built. Magnificent head. Sound character.
5. Upright shoulders, need stronger side gait

Larry Hansen Jr.

1. Newfoundland
2. Surprise, AZ
3. Cathy Schaefer, Elizabeth Kapash, Lorraine Brown
4. Parallel head planes, overall balance, topline, temperament, clean gait
5. Movement, fronts,
topline, lack of substance, lack of overall balance

William A. Hargreaves

1. Boxer
2. Denver, CO
3. Craig and Sally Lynn
4. Square, symmetrical, solid topline, athletic movement
5. Lacking characteristics in #4

Judy Harrington (Justamere)

1. Great Dane (fawn, brindle, one harl litter), Australian Shepherd
Favorite: Ch Terragan’s Magic Show Other breeds: Whippet, Afghan, Clumber Spaniel, Field Spaniel
2. Monson, MA
3. Carolyn Thomas, Marilyn Lovett, many past New England breeders
4. Head type, soundness, body proportion, above disqualification size limits.
5. Shoulders, unbalanced angulation, high tail carriage

Vern Harvey

1. Siberian Huskies 35 years; Doberman Pinschers 23 years
2. Olive Branch, MS; formally Tucson, AZ
3. Bob Edison & John Jarvise
4. I am great believer in form & function. Therefore I believe “correct structure” is as important as “heads.”
5. Bad fronts & weak toplines.

Pat Hastings

1. Started in Poodles, numerous Sighthounds, Dobermans
2. Aloha, OR (outside Portland)
3. Numerous clients over the years, Sylvia & Doug Rodwell
4. I want it all: great size, sound in both mind and body, classic head
5. Straight fronts, straight and weak rears, sound legs important on a big dog.

Sharon (Fulford) Hennessey

1. Great Danes – fawn
Favorite: Ch Orleans Whister of Chimo TX-C
2. Austin, TX
3. Marilyn Riggins, Hazel Gregory
4. Judge against the standard
5. Bad croups, gay tails, shallow muzzles, lack of true breed type

Carolyn Herbel

1. German Shepherds
2. Western Oklahoma
3. Norman Herbel, Amos and Anna Mary Kauffman, Alice Bonne, Don and Betty Lou Woods, Lowell and Arlene Davis, Chris and Steve Hubbell, Carolyn and Robert Thomas; Bernard and Helen Briscoe, Nancy Draper, Lina Basquette, Bud Sliney
4. Standing: square, substantial, upstanding, head held high with parallel planes, well arched muscular neck, majesty. Moving with strong, powerful gait with long, easy strides.
5. Need better movement both from side and coming and going. Overdone heads with sagging eye rims and excessive lips

Ruby Hertz

1. German Shepherd Dog.
2. Oakland, California.
3. Jane Chopson, Nikki Riggsbee, Diane Collings, Judy Harrington.
4. Size & power, well-muscled; movement – a well-balanced dog , with long reach and powerful drive that moves as a one-piece unit; a beautiful , elegant head , that conveys dignity and intelligence mounted on a well-arched neck; Temperament friendly, spirited , courageous and stable; males masculine, bitches feminine; square; breed type essential.
5. Lack of substance, poor movement, faulty heads.

Jason Hoke*(Jamara, with his mother Susan Hoke)

1. Great Dane (fawn, brindle), Wirehaired Dachshund, Pekingese. Favorites: Ch Mt Dania’s Alexis Del Lago, Ch Jamara’s High Voltage. Other breeds: Dachshund; all-breed professional handler, including breeds Pointer, Bearded Collie, Maltese, Fox Terrier, Beagle
2. Madison, WI
3. Anna Mary Kauffman, Don and Mary Lou Carmody, Marilyn Draper
4. Overall breed quality, classic type, sound movement, structure, and temperament
5. Unsound, poor toplines, lacking freedom of movement

Albert Holabach

1. Alaskan Malamute.
2. Bothell, WA.
3. Lisa Deroulet and Clare Lincoln.
4. Square outline with balanced angulation, strong neck and back, solid movement, and correct head style.
5. A longer back with usually a soft topline; lack of substance. Overall I do think the breed is in good shape.

Christina Hubbell

1. Great Danes since 1956
2. Northern California – Weaverville
3. Herky Pierce, The Bloods, Betty and Bob Matchett
4. Type: Square, level top line, good tail set, head with parallel planes and correct eye colors.
5. Straight shoulders, knuckling over, restricted movement, gay tails, too much flew.

Stephen Hubbell

1. Great Danes
2. Weaverville, CA
3. Herkey Pierce, Bob and Betty Matchett
4. Overall balance, movement, head, temperament.
5. Temperament (shyness) and movement.

Nelson Huber

1. Norwegian Elkhounds
Showed Great Danes as a professional handler.
2. Plano, TX
3. Lina Basquette, Don Robinder, George Rood, Sam Pizzino
4. Parallel head planes, squareness, shoulders, gait.
5. Too long in loin, short upper arms, timidity

Jim Hudspeth

1. Mastiff
2. Peculiar, MO (south of Kansas City)
3. Linda Cain
4. Type and structure and movement
5. Straight fronts, some head issues, poor toplines

Theresa Hundt

1.Doberman 1. Pinschers
2. Newtown, CT
3. Mary Ellen Thomas, Nancy Bosley
4. Type, type, type; head, elegance, size
5. Lacking type or soundness

Robert Indeglia

1. Norwegian Elkhounds. Also bred Boxers and have owned and shown Irish Setters, Goldens, Labs and Cockers.
2. Narragansett RI and Naples,Fl.
3. Connie Bosold and Larry Downey
4. Overall style and balance, appropriate size without losing elegance and beauty, head structure very important
5. Soundness, long been a problem, is better, especially rears. Too many dogs coarse, particularly around the shoulders.

Gina Jaeblon

1. Great Danes
2. Toledo, OH
3. Eva Robinson
4. Soundness/Balance
5. Mainly Temperament
6. Kennel Name is GMJ, breeding Harlequin/Mantle, favorite Danes bred or owned are BISS CH GMJ’Sthe General ”D’KOTA” and BIS BISS CH GMJ’S the Five Card Studd ”Poker”

Lynn Jech

1. Saint Bernards, Border Terriers
2. Tolleson, AZ (near Phoenix)
3. Don Carmody, Art and June Shaeffer, Judy Harrington, Lorraine Brown, Michelle Lewis.
4. “Magnificence.” Tall, square body, beautiful head with parallel planes, regal neck, large bone, proper shoulder layback, straight topline. Typey dogs that move well.
5. Haws, straight shoulders, forward fronts, short necks, low croups.

Keke Kahn

1. Lhasa Apso
2. Sarasota, FL
3. Council Parker, Lina Basquette, Nikki Riggsbee
4. Apollo of Dogs; large good headpiece with bone and substance
5. Weediness

Sophia Kaluzniacki

1. German Shepherds and Akitas
2. Green Valley, AZ
3. Bob Edison
4. Overall balance, breed type, size and substance, soundness. One of my favorite breeds to judge.
5. Overall balance and soundness a problem with large and giant breeds

Gloria Kerr

1. Golden Retrievers
2. Outside Tucson Arizona
3. Bob Edison, John Jarvis, and members of the Great Dane Club of Arizona
4. Elegance in a powerful package, with a rectangular chiseled head. Soundness and proportion is also important in the package, but the most important is the outline that looks like a Great Dane.
5. Not judging the breed long enough to make a call on the problems.

Carol Ann Kriesel

1. Bullmastiffs original breed. Primary breed Australian Cattle Dogs.
2. Michigan City, IN
3. Pamela Winter, Lourdes Carvajal, Judy Harrington
4. Dignity and power, strength and intelligence, size and grace, masculine males and feminine bitches. Movement with reach and drive.
5. Lack of bone and substance. Bitchy dogs and doggy bitches. Uneven temperament.

Linda Krukar

1. Doberman Pinscher, German Pinscher
2. Easton, CT
3. Laura Kiaulenas, Sandy & Jim Hann
4. Total balance; size, bone, substance and elegant; powerful moving, well conditioned athlete; self-assured, strong head, confident expression; stand on his own without assistance
5. Temperament, lack of bone, substance, balance & proportion, poor movement

Glen Lajeski – Kolyer (co-bred with Kitty Kolyer) *

1. Great Danes – fawn and brindle
Favorite: Ch Kolyer’s Alligator Al of Glen
Other breeds: Standard Poodle, Shih Tzu
2. Hollywood and Sonoma County, CA
3. Pop Gilbert, Kitty Kolyer, Anna Mary Kauffman
4. Soundness, type, balance, heads
5. Lack of soundness, bad fronts, straight shoulders, steep croups, coarse heads

Diane Landstrom

1. Samoyeds
2. Arizona
3. Jane Treiber, Vince Mulligan, Judy Harrington, Jane Chopson
4. Regal appearance, square body, excellent head planes, strong movement, good substance, level topline
5. Not balanced, low tail set, insufficient bone, lack of substance

Leah Lange

1. Doberman Pinscher, Manchester Terrier
2. Marrysville, PA
3. Doety Marks, Jane Treiber
4. Balance, plenty of bone and substance, power; strong, flowing, effortless gait.
5. Lacking bone and substance, dippy toplines, straight fronts

Patricia Laurans

1. Doberman Pinschers, German Wirehaired Pointers
2. Newtown, CT
3. Many breeders and handlers
4. Type first (size, outline, powerful well-muscled body, balanced), moving as a unit, majesty; proper head then soundness, with long easy strides; balanced angulation.
5. Lack of bone and substance, straight fronts, cow-hocked rears.

Victoria Jordan-Leichner

1. Alaskan Malamute
2. Florida and Delaware, OH
3. Joe & Tootie Longo, Lynn Pizzino, Bill Stebbins, Michael Chiles, and Jose Ribo.
4. The standard. Type, balance, structure, size and color. A square dog with a head that has parallel planes. A neck of proper length that fits smoothly into a well laid back shoulder for proper reach. A level topline with proper croup and tail set. Proper rear drive, tight feet, and of great importance, proper temperament. A well-knit dog that represents his standard and one that can physically and mentally do the job for which he was bred.
5. Lacking bone and a square silhouette. Straight fronts, dips in toplines, incorrect croups and low tail sets. Splayed feet. Too much forechest. Lack of confidence (a shyness or spookiness) rather than standing as the Apollo of Dogs. Temperament is as much a part of breed type as anything else. Less ticking on Harlequins.

Betty Regina Leininger

1. German Shepherds; handled Great Danes, Doberman Pinschers, Whippets, Min Pins, Pugs, Chihuahuas, and others.
2. Frisco, TX (near Dallas)
3. Lina Basquette, George Rood, Bill Aston, and others
4. Breed type first, balance, overall soundness. Correct head with good planes, sufficient lip, dark eye, lovely expression. Well conditioned with good muscle tone.
5. Bad tails, set and carriage. Long backs, poor toplines. Lack of soundness and good condition.

Rosemary W Leist

1. Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies
2. Colton, OR
3. Jane Treiber, Lourdes Carvajal, Louise and Mark Van Alstyne
4. Size, substance, head, movement, square
5. Lack of substance, long sway backs, straight fronts and rears, temperament (shy)

Cheryl Lent

1. Originally Great Danes. Later and currently Weimaraners.
2. Connecticut.
3. Rose Marie Roberts.
4. Correct breed type, head, size, proportion and balance.
5. When someone says, “You like the old style Dane,” my response is, “No, I like correct Great Danes.”

Nancy Lerch (Orleans; TX-C)

1. Great Dane (fawn/brindle)
Favorites: Ch Orleans Whisper of Chimo TX-C, Ch Summerfield’s Lady of Hope
Also: Salukis
2. Central Texas; originally Illinois
3. Ray Cataldi Jr, Hazel Gregory
4. Breed type, balance, sound movement. Dogs that look like dogs, bitches look like bitches.
5. Incorrect heads, croups, lack of breed type, gay tails. Bitchy dogs; coarse bitches

Betty Lewis (Waccabuc)

1. Great Danes – fawn and brindle
Favorite: Ch Waccabuc’s Gnome de Plume TD CGC
Other breed: Whippets
2. New Hampshire
3. BJ White, Mary and Gerry Johnston, Bob and Joyce Ecker
4. Great Dane silhouette (type), balance, sound in mind and body
5. Front assemblies, “common heads” lacking expression and majesty, condition

Eric Liebes

1. Komondors, Ibizan Hounds, Greyhounds, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; handled northern working breeds and sighthounds.
2. Richmond, TX (near Houston)
3. Joel Rosenblatt, Vince Mulligan, some Texas breeders
4. Head type, size, majesty, soundness, topline, shape, and movement
5. Bad legs, long bodies, heavy heads, broad topskulls, unsound gait

Carl Liepmann

1. Golden & Labrador Retrievers
2. Flushing, MI
3. Anita Dunn, Nikki Riggsbee, Judy Harrington, and many others
4. Aristocrat of the working group. Power and balance with sound and fluid movement. Proper movement important.
5. Incorrect shoulders, angles, substance. Poor heads, snipey, poor head planes.

Ronald Lombardi

1. Schnauzers – Miniature, Standards and Giants
2. Brooksville, FL
3. Bernie & Fran Schwartz, Lester Mapes, and Kenneth Peterson
4. Type, balance , movement, and structure
5. Topline, size, movement, tail set, and head

Judy London (Nightendane)

1. Great Dane (harlequin, mantle) Favorites: Ch Nightendane Sign of the Dove, Nightendane Primary Colors, and BIS BBE Nightendane Dutch Treat
2. Long Island, NY
3. Rose Roberts, Laura Kiaulenas, Eva Robinson
4. Pretty, reasonable movement. Good head; mody and muscle of an athlete. Clean movement coming and going, good front and rear extension at moderate speed.
5. Bad toplines. Straight shoulders, narrow fronts. Lacking bone or substance.

Audrey Lycan

1. Samoyed
2. Georgia
3. Jackie Dillworth, Arlene Davis
4. Type, structure, topline, all according to the standard.
5. Weak rears

Eddie Lyons (Lyonspride)

1. Great Dane (fawn/brindle/harl)
Favorites: too many to list
Also: Giant Schnauzer, Afghan Hound, Scottish Deerhound, PBGV, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Dalmatian, Pointer, Chesapeake Bay Retriever
2. Somers, CT
3. Mary Johnston, Rose Roberts, Kitty Kolyer, Bob & Carolyn Thomas
4. Should conform to the standard with bone, size, and correct proportions
5. Too many greyhound type dogs with lips down to their knee caps with too much emphasis on head. Breeders have lost sight of the original purpose of the breed

Michael Madl (Fairoaks)

1. Great Dane – fawn, brindle, harlequin
Other breed: Greyhound
2. Roselle, IL
3. Rose Roberts, Hazel Gregory, Donna Crane, Fay Ringhand, Ray Cataldi
4. Breed type, soundness, temperament
5. Lack of consistency, breed type, mixed color breeding

Gerald Mage

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1. Miniature Schnauzer
2. Amherst, MA
3. Judy Harrington and Lester Mapes
4. Size, balance, elegance, long reach and powerful drive
5. Front assembly, and timidity.

George Marquis

1. Primarily Doberman Pinscher; Also Cocker Spaniel (ASCOB), German Shepherd Dog, Giant Schnauzer, Great Dane (Harls), Whippet, Miniature Pinscher.
2. Edgewater, Fl Nov-May; Fremont, NH June-Oct.
3. Dana Knowlton and Pat Ciampa
4. Giant in size with elegance, square with legs set under body, head with parallel planes and plenty of lip with a dark mask (fawns/brindles), tail set well down rear legs reaching hock with a slight up turn at tip.
5. Lack of size was a problem on a national level 2001-2005, but is now correcting itself; dogs and bitches without elegance; dogs and bitches too refined; heads with roman noses; heads lacking depth of lip; loose eye rims; weak in rear movement; soft topline

John Martin

1. Siberian Huskies, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
2. Central Ohio
3. Eppie Barney, Lina Basquette
4. Type and soundness
5. Lack of soundness

Karen Martin (Danemark, formally Diamond Danes)

1. Labrador Retrievers, 1989 – Great Danes (fawn and brindle)
Favorite(s): Dion, Lacey and Grace, Tori, Glory .
Other breed(s): Labs, showed Mastiffs, Dobes, Portuguese Water Dogs, Siberians, Boxers, Tollers, Goldens, Australian Shepherds, and others
2. St. Charles, MO
3. Bev Swinford; later Vince Mulligan and Nikki Riggsbee
4. Overall dog, combination of best head, best body, and best movement.
5. Fronts

Sam Houston McDonald

1. Irish Setter, Irish Wolfhound
2. Chester Springs, PA
3. Numerous mentors
4. Have not judged them yet; will respond later

Grace McGlynn

1. Rottweiler; also owned Great Danes, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Shepherds, and Labs.
2. Near West Point, NY
3. Judy Harrington, Dottie Collier, and others
4. Soundness and balance to do work bred for; “presence” as described in standard.
5. Poor shoulder layback

Charlotte Clem McGowan

1. Papillon; Started with Shetland Sheepdogs; also had Dandie Dinmont Terriers, a Smooth Fox Terrier, and a Keeshond.
2. Newton, MA
3. Carolyn Thomas, Judy Harrington
4. Large, sound, square, elegant, substantial, balanced. Good substance, noble head, solid temperament
5. Too long, not sufficiently sound

Carolyn McKenna

1. German Shepherds
2. Buda, TX
3. Dick Fint and others
4. Soundness, toplines, efficient movement
5. Straight front, lack of balance, crooked forelegs

Donna McPhate

1. St Bernard
2. Monticello, FL
3. Jan Brungard, Nikki Riggsbee
4. Type, proportion, balance in a squarely built dog
5. Poor front angulation with lack of forechest, long bodies, shyness

Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna

1. Alaskan Malamutes and our Doberman. Also Bernese Mountainn Dog, Clumber Spaniel, and Bassett Hound
2. San Francisco Bay Area
3. Sam and Lynette Pizzino, Doug Toomey, Jane Chopson, Lowell and Arlene Davis, Chris Hubbell, Sylvia Rodwell
4. A powerful, majestic square animal of great size with correct proportions; with a long, rectangular, chiseled head with parallel planes; the balance, soundness, and movement of a working dog which includes a correct front end assembly; a temperament that is courageous and never timid.
5. “Long and low,” excessive length through the loin, poor croups and slant of the pelvis, lack of size and substance, especially on the males; incorrect feet – flat feet

Dave Miller* (breeds with the Longos)

1. Great Dane (black, fawn) Favorite: Ch Longo’s Alana Fontana
2. Sharpsburg, GA |
3. Joe and Tootie Longo, Chuck and Willie Crawford, Natalie Kniep
4. Breed type as in the standard, soundness, movement, size
5. Long, front assemblies, movement, lack of size, bone, and substance

Madeline Miller

1. Dobermans and Miniature Pinschers
2. Suburb of Detroit, MI |
3. Several knowledgeable people in the breed.
4. To judge the whole dog, prioritizing virtues as described in the AKC Standard and the GDCA Illustrated Standard.
5. Too long (not square), poor toplines, straight shoulders.

Joan Morrison (Queststar)

1. Great Danes (Harlequin; also black and co-owned fawn)
Favorite: Ch Questar’s Valdez
Other breeds: Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Tibetan Spaniels
2. Chelsea, MI
3. Hildy Compton
4. The whole dog, well proportioned, well put-together, all the right angles
5. Soft toplines, bad croups, toeing in, elbowing out

Linton Moustakis

1. Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies
2. Anchorage Alaska
3. Maxwell Riddle
4. Elegance, balance, angulation, movement, temperament
5. Coarseness, shyness, poor angulation, poor movement.

Michele Mulligan

1. St Bernards, Clumber Spaniels
2. Diamond Bar, CA
3. Pam Winter
4. Beautiful head, type, balance, elegance, proportion
5. Light eyes, straight shoulder, lacking forechest, soft topline, long body

Vince Mulligan (Paradise)

1. Great Danes – brindle and fawn
Favorite: Ch Paradise’s Desiree
Other breeds: Mastiffs, Saint Bernards
2. Petaluma, CA
3. Isabel Kardau, Herb and Kathleen Twaits, Jackie White
4. Balance, proper fronts with good movement, correct head with parallel planes
5. Lack of bone and substance, fronts, stilted movement

Rudy Munoz

1. Samoyed
2. Spring Valley, CA
3. Dick Schaeffer, Carol Grossman
4. The Standard, general appearance.
5. Size and bone

George Murray

1. Doberman Pinscher
2. Michigan
3. Jack Dexter
4. The whole dog Favorite Great Dane: Ch Abner Lowell Davis
5. Soft toplines, rear ends with straight angulation

Joe Napolitano

1. Doberman Pinscher, French Bulldog. Handled many Great Danes, many nationally ranked specials
2. Lutz, FL (near Tampa)
3. Bill Aston
4. Type, substance, soundness
5. Lack of substance, light bone, temperament

Patti Neale

1. Borzoi
2. Alachua, Florida
3. Wayne Custis, Nikki Riggsbee, Dale Tarbox, Dana Cline, Donald Booxbaum, Vince Mulligan
4. Proper outline and proportions in body and head. Size and majesty. Long head, parallel planes. Well angled front and rear. Easy smooth movement.
5. Commoness. Short, dumpy muzzles/heads. Loose, droopy eyes. Square look achieved by straight front and rear. Weak back/loins. Timid, nervous temperament. Knuckled-over pasterns. Round croups. Pounding movement.

Judy Newton

1. Afghan Hounds, Salukis
Also owned a Great Dane, PBGV, Golden Retriever
2. Richmond, TX
3. Clyde Morris, Cathy de la Garza, Garry Newton
4. Look of Apollo. Strong, powerful, muscled without being overdone. Strong, sound movement
5. Unsound movement, weak toplines, lacking the “look of Apollo”

Beverly Nosiglia

1. Saint Bernards, Norwich Terriers
2. Upstate New York in the Finger Lakes area.
3. Ken Bayne, Diane Taylor, Judy Harrington
4. Balance, elegance, presence, good movement, and beautiful heads.
5. Lack of substance, different head styles; balance and movement problems.

Chris O’Connell (bred with Sally Chandler, Sheenwater)

1. Great Danes (all colors)
Favorite: Ch Stone River Delta Dawn
2. Lloyd Harbor, NY
3. Mary & Gerry Johnston, Ed & Sally Chandler, Mary Beth Joinnides
4. Breed Profile, head, expression
5. Shoulders, head type

Larry Pagacz* (Weishafen)

1. Great Dane (fawn, brindle) All were favorites Other breeds: Smooth Fox Terriers
2. Overland Park, KS
3. Don & Mary Lou Carmody, Karen Lindsay, Carol Ann Chaney
4. Overall soundness, square, good topline, head
5. Poor toplines, timidity

Naida Parker (Cranmoor)

1. Great Danes (fawns and brindles)
Other breeds: Lakeland Terrier, Borzoi
2. Rochester, MA
3. Al Kirby, Chris Glavin, Suzanne Kelley, Sue Shaw
4. Size, substance, reach and drive. Form follows function
5. Straight shoulders, incorrect rears, lack of substance, timidity, lacking confidence and acceptance of people

Joanne (Jan) Paulk

1. German Shepherd Dog, Papillon
2. Santa Fe, NM
3. Bob and Carolyn Thomas, Dale Tarbox, Sandra Lady, Jeffrey Brucker
4. Breed type as in the standard
5. Substance, proportion, soundness

Wayne Peterson (bred with Ray Cataldi Jr., Rojon)

1. Great Dane (fawn, brindle)
Favorites: Ch Rojon’s Personal Best, Ch Rojon’s Oh Boy of Mecca Dane
Also Doberman Pinschers, Dalmatian
2. Chicago, IL
3. Ray Cataldi Jr, Steve Cochran, Hazel Gregory, Laura Kiaulenas
4. Breed type, balance, movement
5. Poor fronts, neck placements, tailsets, croups, toplines.

Micky Polimeni

1. Siberian Husky since 1969 and Whippets since 1978
2. Vista, Ca.
3. Sam & Lynette Pizzino, Jack Godwin, Dick Schaefer, Doug Toomey, Sylvia Rodwell
4. Form and Function in what the breed was originally bred to do.
5. Lack of size to proportions, level planes on head, too long in body, too steep of croup, weak top lines and tracking on down and back not correct.

Angela Porpora

1. Siberian Husky, also Rottweilers and a Bullmastiff
2. Walton, NY
3. Estelle Cohen, Lester Mapes, Judy Harrington
4. Proportion, substance, correct movement, pleasing and correct head. The Apollo of Dogs
5. Lack of substance, improper proportions, incorrect movement, incorrect head planes

Roger Pritchard

1. Started in Non-Sporting breeds. Also Great Pyrenees, a litter of Great Danes, and owned Boxers
2. Oklahoma
3. Various breeders from the 50’s & 60’s including Florence Goldenberg.
4. A dog that has a total of more attributes of the standard than other dogs in the ring, not fault judge. A sound dog, that can do what it was bred for. Beautiful head with the correct planes, balanced with the rest of the dog. Come and go with proper gaiting action; to go around the ring with all its parts working together and presenting a beautiful outline of such a majestic animal.
5. Loose, sagging eyelids, distracting from the otherwise beautiful head piece, a future health problem. Soundness, bad top lines, splayed feet, and lack of substance and muscle

Joe Purkhiser

1. Smooth Fox Terriers. Also Collies and Shelties. Now have a Greyhound.
2. San Antonio, TX
3. Lina Basquette, Hazel Gregory, Nancy Simmons, and Clyde Morris.
4. Square, size, elegance, and soundness of mind and body.
5. Square, size, elegance and soundness of mind and body. Having said that, there are many, many Danes out there that more than fill the bill.

Janne Radcliffe

1. As a child, sporting dogs. I was a foundation breeder in Akitas. Handled breeds from all six groups, including Danes. The majority of breeds from sporting, working and herding.
2. El Paso, TX).
3. Jody (JP) Yousha, Pam Winter, and Barb and Clyde Morris.
4. The standard. The priorities in the first paragraph which defines the “spirit” of the Great Dane.
5. The problems vary region by region. The lack of great masculinity in dogs. The bitches better for consistency of type. The first/second thigh imbalances, steep croups, lower tail set, and convoluted topline. Upright shoulders and lack of forechest. Long loins. Lacking long, powerful easy strides.

Kay Radcliffe

1. Yorkshire Terriers. I was associated with the Great Danes through my late husband Nelson R. Radcliffe while we lived in Illinois.
2. San Diego, California
3. Nelson R. Radcliffe
4. A majestic giant breed that requires balance, good running gear, and a magnificent head piece of parallel planes. Should display dignity.
5. Many of the dogs resemble bitches of yesteryear, as the dogs are somewhat lacking in bone and substance. Some bitches are too refined. Some front assemblies are straight and rear quarters are lacking in angulation which makes them “negatively balanced”. Toplines are a problem. Many head pieces are lacking parallel planes. A proper head piece on a Great Dane is very important to define type.

John Ramirez

1. Saint Bernards; also Skye Terriers and Newfoundlands
2. Southern California
3. Doug and Sylvia Rodwell, Betty Matchett, Carol Grossman, Jill Ferrara. Also Dick Shafer and Kay Radcliffe
4. Overall type: head, squareness, fronts, necks, and topline
5. Fronts and toplines

Surely Rawlings

1. Rottweilers
2. Port St. Lucie, FL
3. Ann Skyler, Barbara Kooper
4. Side gait, correct length of back, strong topline
5. Weak rear movement, poor shoulder layback

Leon Reimert (Rockbridge)

1. Great Danes – originally fawns and brindles, presently harlequins and mantles
Favorite: Ch Dreamspinners Could Be Magic
2. Coatesville, PA
3. Anna Mary Kauffman, Rose Roberts
4. Breed type, balance, soundness and movement
5. Poor fronts, toplines, and movement. Health problems (bloat, cardiomyopathy)

Jay Richardson

1. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrers, Standard Poodles; professional handler all breeds
2. Saint Charles, Illinois
3. Dr Jean Churan, Ray Cataldi, Rich and Betty Jean Orseno, Joe and Tootie Longo, John and Jessie Gerszewski, Lynda Moriarty, Barb Renkosiewicz, Jeff and Patrice Lawrence
4. Overall dog, bone and substance, head planes, look of elegance, style, and confidence. Moving: correctly carry topline and tail
5. Lack of bone and substance; too small, lack of leg; fall apart when moving

Lenora Riddle

1. Afghan Hounds, Australian Terriers; also French Beagles, German Shepherd Dog, Smooth Fox Terriers, French Bulldog
2. FL
3. Judged Great Danes so long that she cannot remember her mentors
4. Balanced size
5. Small size

Linda Riedel

1. English Springer Spaniels
2. The TriCities (Pasco), WA in the eastern side of WA by the Columbia River.
3. Louise & Mark Van Alstyne, Carol Grossman, Claire Lincoln, Lisa Deroulet.
4. Great size combined with elegance and substance, square body with an elegant noble head with parallel planes, chiseling and regal expression.
5. Shy and nervous temperaments, poor head planes, lack of regal expression, some over refinement of bone and substance.

Nikki Riggsbee

1. Great Danes – fawn, brindle
Favorites: too many; Ch McEmn Emily’s Dickenson (Tytus), Ch McEmn’s Cathryn, Ch McEmn’s High Maintenance Woman (Cecelia), and my foundation girls Ch Mountdania’s Meg of Janik and Ch Rojon’s Emily of Janik
Other breeds: Norwegian Elkhounds
2. Valrico, FL
3. Anna Mary Kauffman, Ray Cataldi, Jackie White
4. Long rectangular head, long neck, the combination of great size, substance, and elegance, typical outline, good movement, typical breed character, unity – a one-piece dog
5. Lack of unity, especially when moving; poor or forward set fronts, bad toplines, lack of breed type

Eric Ringle

1. Great Danes
2. Ft Lauderdale, FL
3. Rosemarie Roberts
4. Breed type and soundness
5. Poor front assemblies; older bloodlines that bred true to type being diluted.

Kathryn Roberts

1. Bullmastiff, Brussels Griffon
2. Acworth, GA
3. Nikki Riggsbee, BJ Barnhardt, Laura Coomes, Linda Mattson, Lorraine Rainwater
4. Type, structure, movement (in that order)
5. Straight stifles, lack of substance

Stuart (Roger) Rogell

1. Doberman Pinschers
2. Denver, CO
3. Bob Hastings, Roy Murrey, Clyde Morris, Doug and Sylvia Rodwell
4. Overall balance and soundness; head type (balance of muzzle to occiput), dark attentive eyes, well set ears, noble expression; shoulders, depth of chest, topline, rear
5. Poor rear movement, lack of front reach; straight shoulders; short loin; while they should be square, striving for height, the overall animal is losing smoothness in movement

Carlos Rojas

1. Doberman Pinschers
2. Deland, FL
3. Sam Pizzino, Lina Basquette, Ray Cataldi
4. Breed type and physical soundness; overall picture, eye color and shape, balance of neck to head, firm toplines, balanced angulation, substance, side gait and clean up and back, long narrow head with correct amount of lip for skull, correct bite, tight feet
5. Underdeveloped rears.

John Ronald

1. Samoyeds
2. Myersville, Maryland
3. Dana Cline and Rita Biddle
4. Looking for the “complete package” and for type – “Apollo of dogs;” head, soundness.
5. Lack of soundness, movement problems ie: closeness front and rear, weak toplines. Lack of proper size, sound movement with head type.

Jane Roppolo

1. Doberman Pinscher; also Min Pin & several other toy breeds
2. Bossier City, Louisiana
3. Mike & Tom Johnson, Linda Thompson, & many Great Dane breeders
4. Type/Balance: powerful, square body, good bone & head, good carriage. Good movement.
5. Not square, fronts & rears needing improvement, different type of heads.

Virginia Rowland

1. Bullmastiffs and French Bulldogs
2. Templeton, Massachusetts
3. Leo and Ruth Allen, Ed Lyons, and Dale Tarbox
4. The priorities in the Great Dane breed standard
5. Lack of type and figuring out where to compromise

Cathleen (Cathy) Rubens

1. Rottweilers
2. near Apex, NC
3. Too numerous to name
4. Overall dog: type, substance, bone, movement, elegance, balance, temperament; majesty.
5. Prefer to focus on positives

Arlene Rubenstein

1. Alaskan Malamutes & Bearded collies
2. Arizona
3. Michelle Lewis, Pamela Winter, Judy Harrington
4. Great size and substance, dignity, stable temperament, and definite sex characteristics.
5. Lack of substance, poor fronts and rears, incorrect tail carriage and very few correct heads.

Barbara Russell

1. Doberman Pinschers, also handled Great Danes.
2. North Carolina.
3. Nikki Riggsbee and Joe & Tootie Longo.
4. Breed type as described in the Great Dane standard. Soundness, size, balance, head, shoulders, rear quarters, and showmanship.
5. Some aggressiveness, bad coats, bad shoulders, and weak rear quarters.

Rita Rynder

1. St. Bernards and Akitas
2. Evansville, IN; also lived in TN, OH,& IL
3. Mary Sue Hicks, Don/Marcia Carter, many breeders and handlers in the South in the 70’s.
4. Type, from head to neck into shoulders, stable rear.
5. Fronts, shoulders, lack of substance in some

Bill Sahloff

1. Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Whippets; also German Shepherd Dog and Great Dane; professional handler
2. Swanton, OH (near Toledo)
3. Mary Phipps, Ginny Bowers, and Phil & Jane Gray
4. A sound dog with a good top line with muscle and easy movement.
5. Too much emphasis on head and forgetting the rest of the dog.

Lois Sanford

1. Doberman Pinschers, also Chinese Shar-Pei.
2. Oakdale, CT
3. Joel Rosenblat, Diane Taylor, The Littons, and many more.
4. Presence, squareness, breed type, sound movement, with beautiful planes in the head.
5. A little long bodied. Toplines with a break behind the necks. Narrow rears.

Andre B. Schoen

1. Great Danes
2. Colorado Springs, Co., but most of my life in New York State
3. Rose Roberts of Dinro Great Danes and Nancy-Carroll Draper of Danelaugh Great Danes
4. Head, topline, movement, and overall balance, and color, particularly in the Harlequin.
5. Length of body, toplines, and lack of bone

Harry H. (Butch) Schulman

1. Collie; also had Doberman Pinschers
2. Louisville, KY
3. Jane Treiber, Lisa DeRoulet
4. Proper head detail, overall balance and symmetry, correct structure, regal and elegant dogs with air of grace and nobility
5. (no comment as yet)

Barbara Schwartz

1. Collies
2. Hollis, NH; previously in Michigan, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and New York
3. Pat Ciampa, Gay Bones, Lina Basquette
4. A classic head with expression, elegance, type, soundness, and beauty.
5. Poor fronts, weak toplines, and dropping croups. Some questionable temperaments.

Robert Sharp

1. Boxers; showed Marydane Great Danes for the Johnsons; bred or owned Lhasa Apsos, Affenpinschers, Boston Terriers, Whippets, Brussels Griffons, English Toy Spaniels, Maltese, Miniature Schnauzers, Norfolk Terriers, Pugs, Toy Manchesters, Old English Sheepdogs, Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers, Poodles, Doberman Pinschers, Labrador Retrievers.
2. New York
3. Mary and Jerry Johnson
4. Good size, good topline; movement is a must
5. Shyness a problem in the past; size is a slight problem

Michael Shea

1. A Boxer who was a Bangaway Daughter. Worked for two professional handlers prior to being one. Bred poodles, English cockers, Lhasa Apsos, Miniature Pinchers, Doberman Pinchers.
2. Southern California.
3. Lowell and Arlene Davis.
4. Breed type. The breed is losing size and body tone.
5. Muscle tone. No problem with color, but breeders should be more conscientious of the breed standard on color. The overall dog, not just the head and top line. Balance.

Robert Shreve

1. West Highland White Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier; also German Shepherd Dog, German Shorthaired Pointer
2. Greeley, CO
3. Don Booxbaum, Lynette Pizzino, Sharon Cook, Clyde Morris
4. Overall balance and structure, “regal appearance, dignity, strength and elegance with great size, and a powerful, well-formed, smooth muscled body,” square dog, rectangular head with parallel planes, arched neck, front legs set under shoulder blades, well developed forechest
5. Lack of straight, level head planes; neck not flowing into withers and into short back, pronounced prosternum, undeveloped chests

Jim Sillers

1. Borzoi
2. Michigan
3. Several
4. Elegant, great size, substance, square, balanced standing and moving
5. Weedy individuals, structural unsoundness

Warren Simon (Misty Valley)

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1. Great Danes – fawn, brindle
Favorite: Ch Misty Valley’s Heir Apparent (Axel)
Closest to the standard: Ch Misty Valley’s Andromeda (Toby)
2. Mohrsville, PA
3. Anna Mary Kauffman, Leon Reimert
4. Balance, correct proportion, breed type as described by the standard
5. Lack of breed type, movement issues. Also concerned with longevity and health.

Judy Smith

1. Formerly Texas, now Hendersonville, NC.
2. Doberman Pinschers.
3. Hazel Gregory, Michael Shepherd, Pat Hastings, Nancy Simmons and Virginia Perry Gardner.
4. Type with a clean outline — headpiece, neck and neck set, topline and underline, good body proportions ‘square’, tailset and good bone and substance without being clunky — elegance. Retainoutline when moving. A one piece dog.
5. Lacking depth of front, lacking bone, poor pasterns, poor toplines, hocky rears. Low tail sets. Sicklet ail curving up over the back. Mincing rear movement. Headpieces not the ‘equal bricks’ and excessive flews. Necksets are off, straight shoulders, wrinkles in the neck area. Bone and substance are lacking.

Robert and Polly Smith

1. American Foxhounds
2. St Stephens Church, VA
3. Donald Booxbaum, Bernard Schwartz, Francine Schwartz
4. Outline, regal head, strong & upstanding. Proud, able to stand on own. Combination of beauty, balance, soundness, and strength.
5. Large, weedy, with no bone, too much tuck-up, no forechest. Or common, coarse, clunky dogs that can’t move. They should float around the ring, not move like a draft horse.

Sharon Smith

1. Golden Retrievers originally; primary breed Bernese Mountain Dogs.
2. Catskill, NY.
3. Eddie Lyons, Nikki Riggsbee, Dale Tarbox
4. Correct head planes, proper front angulation balanced with rear, good size to balance the correct head, good topline, movement. If all else the same, the bigger the better.
5. Ewe necks, fine or pencil necks, poor shoulder angulation, lack of overall substance, shelley bodies, fine bone, dippy toplines

Walter Sommerfelt

1. Old English Sheepdogs, Vizslas, Pointers, Bearded Collies, and Weimaraners. Have owned and exhibited several other breeds also.
2. Lenoir City, TN, just west of Knoxville
3. Shirley Yarbro, Bill Sahloff, Lina Basquette, and others
4. Head, overall bone and structure, balance, movement, tail carriage, and temperament. The Apollo of dogs.
5. Main problem – lack of consistency in type and style. Lack of muscle tone which contributes to sloppy movement, poor toplines etc.

Linda Sparks

1. Collies originally. Later Bichon Frise and Samoyed. Also Shiba Inu and Rottweilers.
2. Fort Collins, CO, and Green Valley, AZ..
3. Sandy Lady, Lina Basquette, observed with Carolyn Mobley and John Connolly, and attended several Nationals and JBSGs.
4. A beautiful head piece on a sound dog displaying strength and character.
5. I don’t feel that I have judged enough Great Danes at this point to comment of problems in the breed.

Sharon Sparks

1. Raised with Standard Poodles, Bedlington Terriers and Bloodhounds. Currently Australian Shepherds.
2. Aurora, CO
3. Judy Phillips, Fran Lass, Maxine Schlundt
4. Temperament, commanding appearance and elegance combined, movement, head and head planes, top line, and angles. Color is important, but looked at last.
5. Greyhound types and Mastiff types, very bad heads and unacceptable movement, bad bites and more and more missing teeth, bad shoulder angles, poor movement, some bad temperments in the breed.

Wanda Spediacci

1. Rottweiler
2. Hayward, CA
3. Cathy DeLaGarza, Andre Schoen
4. Breed type, then structure
5. Weak rear, soft topline

Ron Spritzer

1. Borzoi, Longhaired Dachshund
2. Milford, OH (near Cincinnati)
3. Jerry Schwartz, Midwest Dane people
4. Good size and bone; good head, sound topline, good strong movement.
5. Lacking strong leg bones.

Thomson Stanfield

1. Siberian Husky
2. Colorado.
3. My father, my Brother Bill Russell Jr., Skip Scoggins, and Nelson Huber.
4. To help breeders by picking the best dog out there.
5. Rears.

William Stebbins (Cherdane)

1. Great Danes – fawns and brindles
Favorite Dane: Spartacus
Other breed(s): Cocker Spaniels
2. Michigan; formerly Miami
3. Donald Gauthier
4. Breed type; heads and front assemblies.
5. Lack of breed type; not having a solid demeanor – should not shrink away or have wild-eyed look.

Faye Strauss

1. Doberman Pinscher
Also: showed Great Danes in the Pacific Northwest and Canada.
Handled many other breeds
2. Kent, WA
3. Louise & Mark Van Alstyne, Clare Lincoln, Jane Chopson, Dana Cline, Lina Basquette, Jane Treiber, Sylvia Rodwell, Jack Dexter
4. Always a unit – the Apollo of dogs. Head very important: brick on brick, with parallel planes, pronounced stop, dark almond eyes, chiseling, black mask, squared off full muzzle. Stand and move as the Apollo of dogs
5. Not square, stove pipe necks, upright shoulders, lacking strong bone.

John Studebaker

1. Samoyed
2. Kalamazoo, MI
3. Sam Pizzino, Joe Longo
4. Balance — combination of type and structure; a big dog that is reasonably sound.
5. Overhandling does not make them better. Let them stand up more on their own.

Jill Swedlow (Sunstrike – formerly Sunnyside)

1. Great Danes – fawn/brindle
Favorite: Ch Sunnyside Cricket, Ch Sunnyside Daffodil, Sunnyside Kiwi
2. Yucaipa, CA
3. Brucie Mitchell, Kathleen Twaits
4. Temperament, type, balance, movement
5. Health, temperament; losing angles, poor ewe neck sets

Dale Tarbox (Sandale)

1. Great Dane (fawn, brindle; currently own a harl)
Ch Sandale’s What A Guy ROM HOF
Other breeds: Doberman Pinscher, Smooth Fox Terrier, Longhaired Dachshund
2. Canterbury, CT
3. Rose Roberts (Dinro), Hugo Gamboa (Daneboa), Anna Mary Kauffman (Mountdania), Lois & Murray Michaels (Murlo)
4. Overall balance and structure which insures good movement; good headpiece
5. Lack of angles, bad toplines

Linda Sciacca-Tilka

1. Poodles (Standards)
2. Madeira Beach Fl
3. Teresa Goldman, Dr Bill LaRosa with his Harlequins, and all the fine folks at the ringside.
4. Breed Type and movement.
5. Movement and topline.

Delbert Thacker

1. Siberian Husky
2. Union Grove, WI
3. Jessica Gerszewski, judges education team of GDCA
4. Proper structure, good movement, good balance
5. Too much emphasis on the Dane as a “head breed,” lack of proper structure and movement

Debra Thornton

1. Newfoundland
2. Virginia
3. Lynn Smith and Sandy Lady
4. Proper shoulder and a square dog. A beautiful Great Dane with size and primarily proper construction.
5. Front assembly and length of body

Joseph Tomey

1. Dobermans, Basenjis, Bull Terriers
2. Huntingburg, IN
3. Judy Harrington, Lester Mapes, Lina Basquette, Donald Booxbaum, and several Breeders/Owners/Handlers
4. Temperament, Size, Head, Topline, and Movement
5. Temperament, Movement, Fronts, and Toplines

Jane Treiber (Kimo)

1. Great Danes – Harlequin
Favorite: BISS Ch Cashel-Kimo’s Running Shoes
Other: Basset Hounds
2. Washington state
3. Helen King
4. Soundness which entails a good front and reach; long reach and powerful drive with a level, short back and loin.
5. Fronts too straight, length of body, incorrect croups, improper tail carriages.

Patricia Trotter

1. Cocker Spaniels, Norwegian Elkhounds
2. Carmel, CA
3. Johnny Davis, Bill Gilbert, Lina Basquette, Dana Cline, Carol Grossman
4. Powerful, noble individual…Apollo of Dogs. Square profile standing and moving; strong, correct running gear; distinct head with proper angles and cleanliness
5. Problems vary with different entries and different locales. Clumsiness and cloddiness; inadequate substance and shelly physiques; not square, loins too long; poor croups, incorrect tails; common, mediocre animals lacking elegance and quality; lacking fitness

Marcia Tucker

1. Doberman Pinschers and Rottweilers
2. Leesburg, FL
3. Mrs. Bernard (Muriel) Freeman and Laura Kiaulenas
4. Head type and shape, size, soundness and most of all, type!
5. The breed in decent shape now; rears and toplines have improved, but fronts still pretty bad: toeing out, knuckling over, elbows out, straight shoulders causing lack of balance moving.

Robert Van Diver

1. Doberman Pinscher; also Rottweiler, German Shorthaired Pointer
2. Greenville, SC
3. Sam Pizzino, Roxanne Peterson-Berton
4. Size, correct outline and proportions, correct head, sound movement
5. Unbalanced angulation, forward and straight fronts, poor topline, unsound movement.

Bruce Voran

1. Boxers
2. Strawberry, Arizona (about 90 miles NE of Scottsdale)
3. M. Brown in Phoenix and various professional handlers
4. Elegance with substance, proper topline, well defined head piece, movement with grace and efficiency, and that “Apollo”-look
5. Lack of substance, too fine bone

Judith Voran

1. Boxers
2. Strawberry, Arizona (about 90 miles NE of Scottsdale)
3. Various Great Dane breeders
4. Structure, substance, head, square, movement, topline
5. (no answer)

Sandra Walker

1. Papillons and Bernese Mountain Dogs. (And obedience!)
2. Stow, MA.
3. Betty Lewis, Dale Tarbox, Kathy Fredericks, ringside mentoring with Louis Bond.
4. Overall outline with emphasis on the head and neck placement. Soundness of movement – able to cover ground without effort). Pretty head. Large size.
5. Bad fronts, soft toplines.

Alice Watt

1. Siberian Huskies
2. Salem, OR
3. No specific mentors but attended a number of seminars and educational activities.
4. Head type, soundness, side gait, correct proportion.
5. Lack of soundness, especially in the rear; lack of consistency in substance and type.

Jack Watts (Ja-Kay)

1. Great Danes – fawn, brindle, blue
Favorite: Ch Danesmore Diamond Jubilee
Other breed: Papillon
2. Austin, TX
3. Betty Lou Parris, Hazel Gregory
4. The standard, temperament, breed type, moderate balanced angulation, side gait, substance with style
5. Straight narrow fronts, lack of substance, temperament (spirited, courageous, never shy)

Kay Watts (Ja-Kay)

1. Great Danes – fawn, brindle, original blue.
Favorite: Ch Ja-Kay’s Katie Bar the Door.
Other breed: Papillon
2. Austin, TX
3. Betty Lou Parris
4. The standard, temperament, breed type, moderate balanced angulation, side gait, substance with style
5. Straight narrow fronts, lack of substance, temperament (spirited, courageous, never shy)

Sharol Candace (Candy) Way

1. Primarily Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Also Saint Bernards, Great Pyrenees, Smooth Fox Terriers, and Gordon Setters.
2. Near Philadelphia, PA
3. Nancy Simmons, Nikki Riggsbee, Dale Tarbox, and Barbara Waldkirch
4. Proper movement, with reach and drive and a good firm backline. A good head with parallel planes. Good width of second thigh and tight feet.
5. Bad feet. Short necks, lack of drive in the rear, and lack of substance. Shyness becoming more prevalent.

James White

1. Basset Hounds, Smooth Fox Terriers, and one Rottweiler
2. North Carolina
3. Council Parker
4. Shoebox shaped head; square build, balanced quarters, sound running gear
5. Poor front assemblies and overall running gears. Size and lack of proper substance. Gender should be evident

Lee Whittier

1. Rottweilers
2. Vancouver, WA
3. Judy Harrington, Ed Lyons, Dale Tarbox
4. “always a unit – the Apollo of Dogs,” majesty. The whole dog; the priorities in the standard.
5. Weedy, bad toplines, long bodies, weak temperament

Debby Wilkins

1. Bernese Mountain Dogs and Doberman Pinscher. Also Border Terriers.
2. Prior Lake, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
3. Nancy Lerch, Sharon Hennessey, Marilyn Riggins, Katie Edwards, Zee daSilva, and Sid and Diane Levin.
4. Balanced, well conditioned, movement with grace, and correct breed type and structure. Correct head, correct shoulder layback, and the elegant movement.
5. Lack of structural soundness and lack of breed type. Lacking correct body proportion and breed type.

Wendy and Paul Willhauck

1. Alaskan Malamute (Wendy), Siberian Husky (Paul)
Wendy’s first show dog was a Great Dane sired by Ch Harmony Hills Fortissimo.
Paul was an AKC licensed handler for working and herding breeds and some hounds.
2. Mansfield, MA (part of the year), Palm City FL (winter and rest of year)
3. Dale Tarbox, Joel Rosenblatt, and many Great Dane breeders
4. Square, good size, sound, classic head (2 blocks). Apollo of Dogs.
5. Shyness, lack of soundness, not enough substance, too long bodied, coarse heads, missing teeth.

Eve Williams (Wiltor)

1. Great Danes (all colors) and Bulldogs.
Favorite: Ch Wiltors Reflexion in the Dark.
Other breed: Pugs
2. Enfield, NH
3. Ed Lyons and Anita Langevin
4. Breed type, balance, soundness
5. Incorrect front assembly, including short upper arm and neck sets, lack of reach, drive and strength

Hank Williams

1. Doberman Pinscher, Bulldog, Brussels Griffon, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
2. Southwest Washington (near Portland, OR)
3. Mark and Louise Van Alstyne
4. Overall balance, correct movement, great head, breed type
5. Lack of bone and substance

Mary Lee Williams (Mesaba)

1. Great Danes (black, fawn, brindle, blue; owned a harl) Grew up with Bulldogs; had a Vizsla, showed Irish Setters
2. Northern Minnesota
3. Sue & Jill Goss, Carnell Gurrath, Ray Cataldi, Jessie & John Gerszewski
4. Silhouette, temperament, substance, head, movement
5. Straight fronts, common Danes – the Apollo of dogs, not generic show dogs

Carole Wilson

1. Saint Bernards
2. Southern Illinois, close to St. Louis, MO.
3. Ralph & Mimi Graff ; also handled several Great Danes
4. The head very important – has to be correct to have the correct Great Dane type. A square dog and close to square bitch with sufficient bone and good movement.
5. Improperly shaped heads and some very open eyes showing lots of haw; lack of reach and drive necessary to move that large body in a graceful, fluid movement.

Maryann Wilson (Daneridge)

1. Great Danes – Fawns, Harlequins, Mantles
Favorite: Ch Daneridge The Nxt Generation
Other breeds: Basset Hounds, Boxers, Labradors, Weimaraners, Vizslas
2. Menifee, CA
3. Carolyn Mobley, Brucie Mitchell, Jackie White-Vorst
4. Type, balance, general appearance most important.
5. Lack of head, croups, toplines, not enough angles.

Pamela Winter (Winstar)

1. Great Danes – blacks, brindles, fawns
One of the best: Ch Giant Step’s Front Page News
2. Southern California
3. Tom Winter, Barnette Harris, Nancy Buell, Elsa and Den Lawler
4. Head type, bone, and size. Soundness always a factor
5. Loss of bone in males and poor toplines due to length of back

Linda Witouski

1. Miniature Pinscher and the Great Dane.
2. South Carolina
3. Many helpful people in the breed.
4. Everything included in the standard that creates the Regality of the breed.
5. Showing and finishing dogs with obvious faults visible to all. Problems are not a breed problem but a breeder problem.

Donna Richards Wojon

1. Doberman Pinschers
2. Charlevoix, MI
3. A real variety
4. Sound, balanced, large dog with a beautiful, typey head
5. Lacking bone and body.

Adrian Woodfork

1. Dachshunds and Dobermans
2. Sacramento, California.
3. Lina Basquette, Diane Collins
4. Squareness, sound movement (especially side gait), carriage and balance
5. Fronts and toplines

Sharon Zaker

1. Doberman Pinschers, also Whippets and Pugs.
2. Woodland Hills, in southern California.
3. Doug Rodwell, Sylvia Rodwell, Carol Grossman, Doug and Ann Toomey.
4. Breed type and soundness both body and mind.
5. Bad toplines and fronts, light eye colors.

Ruth Zimmerman

1. Akita and Alaskan Malamute
2. Wilmington, DE
3. Lina Basquette, Sam Pizzino, Lynette Pizzino
4. Large size, beautiful heads with parallel planes, good shoulders, level topline, correct tails, four good legs with smooth, effortless movement, good feet.
5. Head size not matching body size, straight shoulders, long backs, gay tails, flat feet.

Jeanne Zuver

1. Samoyed, Skye Terrier, PBGV
2. Northern California, near Oregon
3. Vince Mulligan, Brucie Mitchell, Ralph Graff, Nikki Riggsbee
4. Type and balance. Proper head and bone matching body size. Style & elegance. Strong movement with easy strides.
5. Soft toplines, heads small in proportion to body, toeing in (in front)



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