Interview with a Toy Group Judge Arlene Czech

Arlene Czech

 

Interview with a Toy Group Judge Arlene Czech

 

Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a judge?

I have 62 years in dogs, judging for more than 50 years.

What is my original breed? What is/was my kennel name?

My original breed is the Papillon. My kennel name is Coquina, appropriately named after the butterfly sea shell.

Can I list a few of the notable dogs I’ve bred? Any performance or parent club titles?

No performance titles, but five sequential Dams of Merit and two Dogs of Merit.

What are some of the qualities I most admire in the Toy Breeds?

I admire the attitude of “I’m here… I’m the best.” Then, I look for the details.

Have I judged any Toy Breed Specialties?

I’ve judged many Toy Breed Specialties.

Can I offer any advice to exhibitors regarding the presentation of these “table” breeds?

Yes, practice at home first.

Some longtime exhibitors have “downsized” to Toys. In my opinion, has this had an impact on quality?

Quality does not depend on size.

Toy Breeds can require special care. Do I have any advice to offer breeders, exhibitors, and judges?

I have only one suggestion: Judges, approach the table to examine with hands down, and chuck under the chin. Don’t spook them. This next comment isn’t “special care,” but become familiar with the Standard; refer to it if needed.

In my opinion, how do today’s exhibits compare with the Toy Dogs of the past?

Overall, they have made vast improvements in faults, with corrections in breeding.

Why do I think Toy Dogs can become outstanding Show Dogs?

Toys are, first of all, SHOW dogs and it’s natural for them to become outstanding.

If I could share my life with only one Toy Breed, which would it be and why?

Papillons… and that’s obvious.

 

Interview with a Toy Group Judge Arlene Czech

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