Insights from Breed Judge Philip Capozzolo

Philip Capozzolo

Insights from Breed Judge Philip Capozzolo


What does it mean to be invited to judge at the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin, the only all-breed show organized directly by the American Kennel Club?

Philip Capozzolo: To be invited to judge the AKC National Championship is, to me, an acknowledgment of trust and confidence from the American Kennel Club. Opening the envelope was like receiving a nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences! Needless to say, I was thrilled.


Can you share your thoughts on your various Breed assignments? Please be specific.

Philip Capozzolo: I was excited to see some quality class entries. In Bulldogs and French Bulldogs, I would like to commend the breeders on producing functional dogs; exhibits that had correct structure without being extreme or overdone. We should never forget that not every dog will make the show ring. Littermates will go to families that are looking for that family pet… they must be functional… and that’s what I received in my entries. I was elated.


Now that it’s over, what are your thoughts on the 2021 show year? What about the year ahead?

Philip Capozzolo: Having had the opportunity to see the Breed winners of the National Puppy and Junior Stakes, I’ll look forward to seeing some of the amazing exhibits that won when they are mature and can present themselves in 2022.

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