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The judge

Christiane Lohmann, Germany:

First of all, thank you very much for the invitation to visit you and judge your beautiful setters at the show in June 2013.

Some might wonder, who I am, what I am doing and what I am looking for when judging. 

Well, I got my first Irish Red Setter from a Rescue Center in GB when I was 14 years old. Meeting Mr. Rasbridge on daily walks at Epsom Downs gave me first glimpse into setter world. Nowadays I live in the middle of Germany, happily married with husband Andreas and two children. Our daughter is bitten by the bug of Junior handling, so we have travelled not only within Germany, but also to the big summer CACIB shows in Bulgaria and Turkey, where she managed to win the competitions. We breed Irish Red Setter and Irish Red and White Setter under the aspect of Dual purpose.

Apart from being a field trial judge for British and continental gundog breeds, I am FCI show judge and recently became the head of show judges of our club for Pointers and Setters in Germany. Last year I was very honoured not only to judge the male Pointer and Setter at the European Dog Show (VDH-Europasieger, Dortmund), but also judge our breeds at a CACIB show in Switzerland, the club show in Czech Republic and finally the club show in Moscow. When judging in show ring, I like to quote Mr. Frank Kane:

“Whether they work to the gun or not, our gundogs should be able to move well, breathe well, see well and be free from any physical features which would prevent them from doing so. They should be physically and mentally sound. Good temperament is of the utmost importance; after all, most of the pedigree dogs are sold as family pets and companions.”

Information in the German Kennel Club's show judges' list.

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