It is gratifying as a breeder when a judge finds consistency in my dogs. It is gratifying as a dog person when a judge demonstrates their likes, dislikes and interpretation of the standard with consistency.
Smokey finished his championship at the Briard specialty weekend in Canfield Ohio this past weekend. The first day he was Winners Dog for 5 points. It doesn't get better than that in dogs. The second day he was Winners Dog for 5 points which finished him to become a champion.
Where consistency came in was Smokey's sister Maggie (Deja Vu Diets Don't Work). Maggie did exactly what Smokey did. She was Winners both days for 5 points each which finished her to her championship.
Reserve Winners Dog was another Udo son named DiCaprio. Why they called him Teddy, when Leonardo was the perfectly logical call name, I'll never know.
To top it off, their sire, Udo was Best Of Breed over a field of quite a few specials (champions). So does this make the judge brilliant that she discovered three related dogs-a sire and his two get-two litter mates? In some cases yes-some no. In this case I like to believe yes. She knew what she was looking for.