By Elizabeth Hugo Milam
We learn early what a negative thing this can be. Easy to count the faults. In fact, it’s one of the first things we learn.. especially the obvious faults. Some other issues take some practice and study to pick up on.
But I believe this mantra is often taken way out of context.
We’ve seen the quotes from famous dog people cautioning against fault judging, and that’s fine. Speaking from a level of expertise, this resonates with people who understand the concept of the statement.
What it DOESN’T mean, all you breeders out there, is that you should be ignoring faults.. especially the faults that can can escalate to a critical point within the breed.
Judges don’t often know the “drags” of the breed. They are taught not to “fault judge” and often let critical problems “slide” in the dogs that “carry their faults well”.
The danger here is when newer and impressionable breeders [read more.....]