The following is an attempt to improve communication between the judges of our breed, and the people who show under them. 

1.) Are you an active breeder of German Shepherd Dogs? Do you have a kennel name ? 

I am an occasional breeder. My kennel name is Bokenkamp German
Shepherds. Bokenkamp is my wife's Grandmother's maiden name

2.) How long have you been in the breed? When and how did you get started? Are you affiliated with any clubs? 

I bought my first German Shepherd in 1965. She was of German Lines and we bred her twice to Males of German lines. We decided that this was not what we were looking for, so we eventually purchased two puppies from Sequel,s kennels. A male that I trained in Schutzhund, and a female that I started showing in conformation. This was in 1979 and they were littermates to Ch. Sequel's Lonnie V. Glisando. I am a member of GSDCA, President of GSDC of Beaumont, Texas and member of Beaumont Kennel Club.

3.) How long have you been judging the breed? 

I have been judging the breed since 1994.

4.) How many times a year do you judge German Shepherds? 

 3-5 times.

5.) Over the last 2 years has the number of shows? 

About the same.

6.) Have you ever judged the National Specialty? If yes, when and what classes ? 

No.
      I did judge the Mexican National Specialty Show in 1997. Judging Males and Intersex.

7.) Do you judge at both all-breeds and specialties, which do you prefer? 

    Specialties

8.) Do you have a color preference? 

No Preference
      a) No
      b) only if indoors with poor lighting.

9.) What importance do you place on condition of plush versus smooth coat? Please explain. 

 Not important.

10.) When judging the dog do you also judge the handler? Please elaborate if possible. 
 

No. The handler's only purpose in the ring is to present the dog in it's most favorable abilities. Other than that, the dog is all that matters.

11.) What importance do you place on missing teeth? 

Our Standard says that missing teeth other than premolors is to be
considred a serious fault. There are other serious faults also, so you
have to consider which are the most important and use your own 
judgement.

12.) How do you see bites today? 

Good

13.) How do you see strength of ears? 

Good, but could be better.

14.) Do you feel the GSD's temperament has improved over the past 5 years? 

 Yes.

15.) Do you consider temperament today to be? Please explain. 

Very good.

16.) Do you prefer a dog to be shown on a loose lead? 

Yes, and I require it at some time during my individual   examination.

17.) How would you rate the following in sequence of importance? (On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest).

Coming and going  6
Side Gait  9
Temperament  9
Teeth  5
Coat  4
Pasterns, hocks, feet  7
Pigment  6
Structure  9
Shoulder and reach  8
Attitude  6

18.) Could you briefly describe your ring procedure, and any changes you may incorporate between a small Vs large class 

Bring the dogs into the ring in catalog order. If large class, ( 10 or more ) divide class. Take first group around twice to loosen them up and check if any are limping. Proceed same with second group. Start doing individual exams by having dog brought to certer of ring to me on loose lead for hands on exam. Have dog set up and proceed from front of dog starting with head and continue to tail. Move dog down and back and around the ring to the end of line. Continue with rest of class the same way. Having made mental notes of dogs quality, start positioning dogs. Save the first 5 to 8 dogs, move the rest once more and if you are satsfied, those are to be excused. Continu with other dogs placings untill you are satisfied and Place them as they are.
   A small class would be done basically the same, except could be done
much faster.

19.) Do you think there should be an age limit in placing points on a dog (i.e.dogs and bitches under 12 months of age)? 

No

20.) If a dog is not exactly to the standard in size, would you prefer slightly larger or smaller? 

Probably smaller

21.) Do you think on average German Shepherd Dogs are too extreme? 

No

22.) In your opinion should double handling be allowed? 

Yes, If done in moderation

23.) Should all select dogs, in your opinion, be OFA (H&E)? 

 No. I think Our breeders ( most ) are capable of these considerations when they are considering someone to breed to.

24.) When making the final selection, does the dog with the most front reach usually win the class? 

Yes, Most times.

25.) Do you feel more emphasis should be put on the total package, and less on movement? 

No. Almost  all times if a dog is a great mover, it will usually be a complete  package

26.) Do you think the German Shepherd Dog standard should be changed? 

No

27.) Do you think there should be any changes in any of the existing rules concerning dog shows? If so, please elaborate 

Nothing significant.

28.) Is there a dog, whether alive now or not, who to you typifies most closely the "ideal" German Shepherd Dog ? If yes, please explain and give details 

I can think of two that I personally had contact with that I   consider very close to being an Ideal dog. The first was Am.  Can. GV Sequels Senator V Merivern. I think he was one of the most beautiful moving dogs that I have ever seen. The other was Sel Ch.Limriks Crystal. I showed against this gorgeous bitch many times, defeating her only once. Truly a thrill. She was poetry in motion.      ( MY OPINION ONLY )

29.) Do you feel that in general the quality of the breed in this country is getting better or worse ? Please elaborate 

Better. When I first started showing dogs, over twenty years ago,  there were many dogs being shown and winning with many faults that would be recognized and dismissed today. I give the Judges credit for this. They are more Knowledgable and experinced today.

30.) Do you have a pet peeve about anything owners or handlers do concerning the showing of dogs ? 

Not really. the only thing I dislike is to see a dog being doubled to excess and destroying the dogs true ability. That's when I call them down for doubling.

31.) Do you have any suggestions for owners or handlers regarding anything they should ALWAYS do when showing under you ? 

Be a good sport and as gracious a loser as you are a winner   Remember, that no dog, shows at it's best every day, and since you are asking for my opinion on this day, I strive to do just that, No Exceptions

32.) Do you have any suggestions for owners or handlers regarding anything they should NEVER do when showing under you ? 

Do not be impolite, and do not try to intimidate me. This will  only make me think less of you as an owner, handler, or sportsman.

33.) Do you have any advice for people who are relatively new to showing and/or breeding? 

Go to as many shows as possible, whether showing or just observing. Show your own dog if capable and you so desire This will give you invaluable experience of ring procedure and Judging procedure. Talk to as many people as will talk to you and do not be ashamed to ask stupid questons.We all started exactly where you are right now. Just enjoy every show and try to learn something new each time.

34.) Is there anything else you would like to say about judging or about the German Shepherd breed today ? If so, please feel free to say it here 

Remember that ALL judges are judging from his/her knowledge and experience as owners, breeders, handlers, and years of observing. They are trying to select in order, which to them are the best dogs. If you disagree with them, it's your privilage not to show under them again. They will probably like the same dogs the next time.

35.) Have you ever judged one the of the greats? If so, can you give a rundown of this dog for the people who have not had the privilege to even see it. 

I have been privilaged to put hands on a very few of the ones that I considered to be one of the truly greats, but I consider most of the beautiful German Shepherd Dogs that can acquire a championship to be one of the great ones.

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