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CKC 101 ON NOVEMBER 8, 2019

Go to the Annual Conference page for further details......

AKC’s Judging Operations Department developed the Conformation Judging Guidelines for Non-Resident (Visiting) Judges at AKC Events booklet to assist Visiting Judges in comprehending AKC’s expectations.  This booklet, is essentially an abridged version of AKC’s Rules, Policies, and Guidelines for Conformation Dog Show Judges and should assist those invited to judge AKC events who may not be familiar with AKC Conformation Dogs Shows.  

The booklet is now available on the AKC website at  Direct links to it can be found on the Conformation Judges Resource Center page and the Rules, Regulations, and Policies page; which may be accessed from the drop down menu under the Sports & Events tab at the top of the AKC home page.

Note the two changes to AKC’s Visiting Judge Policy effective January 1st  which are properly stated within the booklet.

1.       Visiting Judges will now be permitted to judge eight (8) days of all-breed events per calendar year.  Previously, Visiting Judges were limited to eight events.  The impact of this change is that those who may be hired by clubs holding two shows in one day will now be counted as one of the eight days where previously it would have counted as two of their eight events.  All-Breed shows spanning more than one day (i.e. Westminster KC)  will count as one.
2.       An assignment at the AKC National Championship WILL NOT be counted against the annual limit.


2019 Line-up:  stay tuned for more information ..........

  • Wednesday January 9 with DENISE CASTONGUAY presenting on behalf of the NEWFOUNDLAND DOG CLUB OF CANADA at 8:00 pm EDT.

Patrick Mudge is our on-line coordinator.  If your breed club is interested in putting on an on-line educational seminar please contact Patrick. 

If you have an educational seminar coming up or are able to offer ringside mentoring at a specialty, please send an e-mail to the CDJA Secretary and your educational opportunity will be posted on the Upcoming Seminars page.

Please check out the Upcoming Seminar & Ringside Mentoring Page under the EVENTS tab - there are lots of other educational opportunities posted on this page!

Important Information for CDJA Members:

  • Effective July 1, 2018 the CKC standard for the German Shorthaired Pointer recognizes black or any combination of black and white as an acceptable colour.

  • Order Of Judging Information for review:
    On the completion of all group judging, Best in Show judging can begin. The group winners are brought into the ring. The judge will first select a Reserve Best in Show. The judge will then select Best in Show from the six dogs remaining in the ring. Following Best in Show, Best Puppy in Show is judged. If a puppy wins Best in Show, it is automatically Best Puppy in Show. If a puppy wins Reserve Best in Show, it then competes for Best Puppy in Show only with the Best Puppy in Group winner of the group from which the Best in Show winner was chosen. If a puppy does not win Best in Show or Reserve Best in Show, all Best Puppies in Group are brought into the ring and judged for Best Puppy in Show. 

  • Dog Show Rules and Regulations:
    14.2 Excusing
    14.2.1 (h) Baby puppies should not be excused for lack of testicles, meeting minimum height or dentition.

  • Recently, the CKC Event Officiating Committee was questioned with regard to the CKC/CDJA Advanced Judges seminar and the ability to use the breeds presented within the seminar towards relevant education for conformation judges.
    Our practice is that the CKC/CDJA Advanced Judges seminar can only be used as one (1) seminar.  However, the breeds presented within the seminar can be used separately for education related to a conformation judge’s permit application.
    While we do not issue separate certificates for the individual breeds, if the permit applicant indicates on the application that they attended a CKC/CDJA Advanced Judges Seminar where a specific applicable breed was presented and the date, CKC staff will verify that person was in attendance and which breeds were presented  that could be used.
    The Event Officiating Committee agreed that it was not necessary to add or amend the policy in this regard, but wanted to ensure that permit judges were made aware.
    Please note that individual breed presentations or ringside mentoring presented within the CKC/CDJA Advanced Judges Seminar cannot be used for the 5 Year Education Portfolio.  Only the entire seminar as a complete package can be used to fulfil a Category for the 5 Year Education Portfolio. 
    The updated Conformation Judges Permit Education Checklist is available on the website for reference. 

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