Radical revision of Dachshund judge training and CC appointment process announced

We have just received the following Press Release, dated April 1st.

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Radical revision of judge training and CC appointment process

In 2016, Dachshunds were identified as one of 8 so-called “failing breeds” by the Kennel Club, who claimed there was an over-allocation of Challenge Certificates, given the level of show entries. The Breed Council responded to this by setting up a joint working party which has now reached agreement with the KC on actions to address two key issues: judges’ training and approvals of judges for CC appointments.

Judges’ Training:

With effect from April 1st, all aspiring Dachshund CC judges will be required to lead a breed seminar where they will present the breed standard and demonstrate how to go over a dog. The underlying principle is “if you can teach it, you can judge it”. The audience must comprise at least 25 people who do not own Dachshunds and they will vote (anonymously) at the end of the seminar on whether or not they believe the judge is competent. The KC will be developing a new online tool to enable the voting to take place. The tool: “Judging Official Knowledge Evaluation” has already been piloted and uses a simple 5-star voting system, similar to Amazon’s customer feedback approach. Those who achieve an audience rating of at least 4.5 will be deemed competent to award CCs.

First-time CC judging appointments:

The working party felt that a radical approach was required to ensure judges awarding CCs for the first time did so in a way where they could focus solely on the dogs. Therefore, all Breed Specialists will be given a first CC appointment in a breed other than their own. It has been agreed that this should be piloted in the 8 failing breeds. Dachshund breed specialists will be given their first CC appointment in Poodles. (Poodle judges will have their first appointment in Staffordshire Bull Terriers; i.e. each of the 8 failing breeds will be rotated alphabetically).

Annual appointment of judges to award CCs:

In order to ensure fairness in the appointment of CC judges, a new lottery-based system will be introduced. All approved judges will be allocated appointments randomly at championship shows. This will be done by a further new IT system that the KC is developing. There will, therefore, be no need for show societies to select judges, nor for judges to send their CVs to societies, asking for appointments. It is believed this will result in huge time savings for societies as they will no longer need judging sub-committees, nor will they need to collate judging lists. It is expected that the new IT system, “Fair Online Opportunity Listing System” will be available from 1st April 2018.

Comments and suggestions from stakeholders will be welcomed, prior to the Breed Council’s AGM. They should be emailed to april1st@dachsbc.org.uk

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