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Sandra Anderson | 2023 National Dog Show Breed Judge

Sandra Anderson with her dog at the beach.


Interview with Sandra Anderson – 2023 National Dog Show Breed Judge

What does it mean to be invited to judge at this year’s National Dog Show Presented by Purina?

Sandra Anderson: This assignment to judge at the National Dog show gave me an opportunity to use my eyes, my hands, and my heart to put into play the knowledge and experience I have gathered during my life in dogs. The awarding of the purple ribbon is a very important job for a judge. The judges in the past several years promoted many dogs that came to me as Champions. I had the pleasure of selecting one from each breed to take that excellence to the Group ring.


Can I share my thoughts on my various Breed assignments?

Sandra Anderson: A great thrill was a ring full of Salukis. So many had certain admirable breed qualities. The smooth bitch that I selected for Best of Breed gave the impression of grace without lacking power. She moved with precision and determination, holding a desired topline, and from the front, undeniably correct.

A large quantity of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers were in great coat, and body construction was generally good. All of the entries sported a pleasing temperament, which is typical for
this breed.


Now that it’s nearly over, what are my thoughts on the 2024 show year?

Sandra Anderson: Any thoughts on the year ahead? As 2023 is almost history, I have high hopes for the future of purebred dogs and the shows we love to attend. I actively show and compete with a number of my dogs, and I find friendship and support in the sport. Let’s come together with a common goal, to strive to follow the plan we have for our respective breeds. And to thine own self be true.