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A pleasant intelligent person, helpful, considerate, attentive and of a sporting
demeanour. Always willing to give advice and assistance to newcomers, or to others needing
it. Attentive to the needs of the dogs being handled, and present each dog to its best
A neat, smart, fit looking individual, well-groomed, well shod and well-equiped, who moves
freely both in and out of the ring.
Calm, confident, unhurried and friendly.
Neither big nor pin headed. Skull broad to allow for plenty of brain power. Expression
pleasant and smiling, regardless of judges' decisions, other exhibitors actions and the
dog's behavior. Nose small so as to not be stuck into where it is not wanted.
Shart and bright Observant of other exhibitors location, judges hand signals and the
movement and position of all dogs in the ring.
Usually best kept closed except to briefly answer judges questions or to congratulate
successful exhibitors. Teeth clean, white and presented in a smiling fashion at all times.
Long enough to hold the head up proudly and flexible enough to turn the head as to
obsesrve everything that is happening in the ring. Should never be stuck out.
Shoulders broad and able to shrug off unsporting comments from other exhibitors. Arms of
sufficient length and strength to extend a handshake to the winners, keep a firm hold on
the dog, collect any prize cards, and give a friendly pat to the dog all at the same time.
Sufficiently slim as to not impede other exhibitors leaving the ring and to not completely
block the judges view of all the dogs behind.
Well developed and strong so as to be able to move the dog in the ring at its optimum
Firmly on the ground as this is only a sport after all. To be kept out of the mouth at all
Free moving and graceful, moving in harmony with the dogs speed.
Dress should be neat, clean and tidy, neither flamboyant nor immodest, but designed to
allow free movement without distraction to any dog in the ring. Feet should be well shod
in practical shoes to allow for easy movement.
Should be chosen to complement the color of the dog, or if several different colored dogs
are beind handled, to at least not completely hide the outline of any dog, e.g. wearing a
long black skirt when showing a black dog.
Exhibitors may come in all sizes and shapes, the only limitation being ability to do
justice to the dog when in the ring.
Dirty or scruffy appearance, grumpy, vicious or flustered temperament; swollen head; loud
mouth, especially when used for insulting comments or bad language; unsporting behavior;
The usual Kennel Club requirement that all males have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum has been dispensed with, in the interests of decorum and
to avoid any sudden inspections with attendant violent reactions, while male exhibitors
are attending dog shows!