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Interview with Herding Group Judge Dale Meyer

Dale Meyer


Interview with Herding Group Judge Dale Meyer

Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a judge?
I live in Dorchester, Wisconsin. My family always had a dog or two—or three. As an adult, I purchased my first show dog in 1978. I have been judging since 1995; so, 27 years.

What is my original breed? What is/was my kennel name?
My original breed is the Old English Sheepdog. The kennel name is Wynsilot.

Can I list a few of the notable dogs I’ve bred? Any performance or parent club titles?
Notable dogs include GCHB Wynsilot Decadent Enough Said and GCHB Wynsilot Ain’t Misbehavin. Parent club titles include a Top 20 Winner and Best of Breed at the Natiofnal along with many Winners Dogs and Bitches at the National. We have many performances titles on many of our dogs that we have sold to others.

What are the qualities I most admire in the Herding breeds?
I admire their movement and desire to work.

Have I judged any Herding Group Specialties?

Do I find that size, proportion, and substance are correct in most Herding breeds?
I think that there is a tendency in many breeds to be big and impressive so that they are noticed in the Group ring.

Is breed-specific presentation important to me as a judge? Can I offer some examples?
Yes, it is. Showing correct expression is one example.

What about breed-specific movement? Do I demand this from Herding Dogs?
I absolutely demand breed-specific movement from Herding Dogs. I would like to see them shown as they should be for that specific breed.

Are the Herding breeds in good shape overall? Any concerns?
I think, overall, the Herding Group is in pretty good shape. Most of the inconsistencies are in the newer breeds, where they haven’t really found their styles.

In my opinion, how do today’s exhibits compare with the Herding Dogs of the past?
For instance, in my breed, I think there is a lot more trimming and teasing than there was in the past; less and less concern with showing in a more natural state.

Why do I think Herding Dogs can often become outstanding Show Dogs?
Soundness in movement; I would like to say that this is because they have to do a day’s work in their job as a herder. However, other Groups could say the same but may not be as sound.

Just for laughs, do I have a funny story that I can share about my experiences judging the Herding Group?
No, not at the moment.

Interview with Herding Group Judge Dale Meyer