Interview with Herding Group Judge David Anthony 

David Anthony


Interview with Herding Group Judge David Anthony 

No one enjoys the world of purebred dogs more than I do. Since the early 1980s, I have traveled across the country to attend dog shows. (Remember when you drove for two days to national specialties to learn about a breed?) I have served as the Chairman of the Judges Education Committee for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and wrote the quarterly AKC Gazette breed column for a number of years. When I stand in the center of the ring, I know that I am in a good place and I have a smile on my face (pre-pandemic, obviously). And I love judging a great deal. I have added the Non-Sporting Group to my duties and I continue to add various breeds in other Groups that I find interesting. No one enjoys judging Juniors more than I do. The dog show world is my fun—and I want to keep it that way.

Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a judge?
David Anthony: I live in Girard, Pennsylvania, just south of Lake Erie. (Yes, we get a lot of snow.) Our first show dog was in 1983 and I have been judging since 2001.

What is my original breed? What is/was my kennel name?
David Anthony: Still my favorite breed; the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Our kennel name is Dragonpatch. This comes from my childhood. When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would respond, ”A Dragon Patch.” The symbol of Wales is a dragon and a patch is something that grows, so it made perfect sense to use that name when we were deciding on various choices.

Can I list a few of the notable dogs I’ve bred? Any performance or parent club titles?
David Anthony: Our first Group One winner was CH Dragonpatch Mystic Minstrel (Emmie). She won multiple Group Ones and was listed among the top five Cardigans for several years.

Disillusioned with the then-current breeding stock in the US, we decided to seek out what we liked overseas. NL BISS/NZ/NL/US CH Copperleaf Burnt Spice (Simon) was imported from Europe after doing so well in New Zealand. “Simon” was instrumental in producing Cardigans of proper bone for our breeding program.

What are the qualities I most admire in the Herding breeds?
David Anthony: I admire that sparkle in their eye as they work with their families in various capacities. Whether rounding up stock, watching the children, or keeping an eye out for the UPS man, they have a certain quality that only Herding Dogs have. Then, to see a quality example gait around the show ring in proper style is certainly an admirable quality.

Have I judged any Herding Group Specialties?
David Anthony: I have been honored to adjudicate regional specialties for Old English Sheepdogs, Australian Shepherds, German Shepherds, Shelties, Bouviers, and several others. I have judged national specialties for Pyrenean Shepherds, and my biggest honor, Cardigan Welsh Corgis in Portland, Oregon, a few years ago.

Do I find that size, proportion, and substance are correct in most Herding breeds?
David Anthony: Overall, I would say, “Yes.” I do believe that Shelties are getting far larger than in the past, with tails that are far too short. This appears to be a problem in the breed, while Bouviers and Briards seem to be getting smaller in stature. I would hope that breeders will address these concerns.

Is breed-specific presentation important to me as a judge? Can I offer some examples?
David Anthony: I can’t imagine a judge who wouldn’t feel that breed-specific presentation is important. A prime example is the Border Collie. As it gaits around the ring, the head should be somewhat down. Many handlers are hung u