Judge Info - Matthew Phillips

Showdog.com Judge Since Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Actually prefers to see the owner of the dog handling it. Moderate level of breed bias. Thinks a dog needs to earn its championship before it should even be considered for best of breed.


Each judge on ShowDog.Com gives a different amount of weight to each trait of the dogs that they judge in each show.  Below is a table of which traits Matthew Phillips looks for.

Trait Importance
Head High
Forequarter Normal
Hindquarter Very High
Gait Normal
Top Neck and Back Low
Coat High
Size/Height Low
Feet Low

Favorite Handlers

Each judge has a preference for certain handlers.  These preferences may be based on past experiences, showing style, or just plain old dirty politics.  This preference is completely separate from the quality of the exhibitor, which DOES come into play in the show ring.  Matthew Phillips has been known to prefer the following handlers.

Rank Exhibitor
1 Jene Moak
2 Stephanie Scott
3 Chuck Donaldson
4 Aly Dimaggio
5 Kimberly Carson
6 Joandy Classen
7 Keven Dowdle
8 Cliff Irwin
9 Erik Mitchell
10 Deborie Mejorado
11 Hen Kilburn
12 Julie Patton
13 Bradie DiNapoli
14 Antonio Hutchinson
15 Terri Farnum
16 Dert Priebe
17 Listy Cousar
18 Pamelan Treadwell
19 Huntert Dawe
20 Justin Moyer
21 Ben Marro
22 Maret Gentile
23 Rachero Fergus
24 Bre Strayhorn
25 Peren Troy

Only the top 25 are listed for the sake of brevity.

Recent Judged Shows

Below is a list of the shows recently judged by this judge. 

Show Date Best in Show
March 2018 Belgian Malinois Nationals 3/18/2018
Golden Extravaganza 229 3/17/2018 Carons Fire Fly
March 2018 Cairn Terrier Nationals 3/16/2018
March 2018 Giant Schnauzer Nationals 3/15/2018
Jester Dogs 104th All Breed Show 3/14/2018 Carons Fire Fly
March 2018 Affenpinscher Nationals 3/13/2018
March 2018 Basset Hound Nationals 3/12/2018
Happy Sabbath All Breed 3/11/2018 Carons Fire Fly
March 2018 Glen of Imaal Terrier Nationals 3/10/2018
Dandy Aussie Special 109 3/10/2018

Did you know?
A specialty show may be regional or national. A "Best in Show" win at a national specialty show is tremendously prestigious, indicating that the winning dog or bitch triumphed at a contest which attracted entries from the most serious fanciers of that breed in the country or continent. Some specialty shows attract international entries.