Judge Info - Andy Astor

Showdog.com Judge Since Sunday, June 5, 2005
Retirement Announced 7/31/2008

Shows a slight bias toward dogs over bitches. Has a tendency to use dogs handled by certain handlers but isn't overt in it. Moderate level of breed bias. Thinks dogs should be compared to how good they are vs the rest of their breed rather than overall quality vs all dogs.

Traits

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 Andy Astor looks for.

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

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.  Andy Astor has been known to prefer the following handlers.

Rank Exhibitor
1 Patrick Sayforth
2 Ellen Schroeder
3 Rusty Walter
4 Doug Mavroulis
5 Kelly LaFoy
6 Geor Board
7 Mike Schneider
8 Martha Woodson
9 Angela Fletcher
10 Sam Tacker
11 Marry Anne Bryant
12 Kim Coleman
13 Clan Melby
14 George Anderson
15 Reberol Pattison
16 David Scott
17 Joey Allen
18 Sylvia Tejeda
19 Alejam Zapien
20 Kate Dalton
21 Annee Lino
22 Bruce Creel
23 Chrise Elleberee
24 Aarthom Rapier
25 Shael Parramore

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
June 2022 Flat-Coated Retriever Nationals 6/25/2022
Saluki Festival 9 6/14/2022
April 2022 Anatolian Shepherd Nationals 4/18/2022
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling 219 3/4/2022 Canasta’s White Rocket
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling 197 1/30/2022 JP Ka Du Se Hva Jeg Sa
December 2021 Havanese Nationals 12/9/2021
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling 158 12/6/2021 JP Ka Du Se Hva Jeg Sa
December 2021 Bouvier des Flandres Nationals 12/6/2021
Breacan Fall Show 19 11/19/2021 JP Copenhagen In The Mist
November 2021 Anatolian Shepherd Nationals 11/18/2021


The Kennel Club (UK) system, which is also used by the Australian National Kennel Council[1] and in other countries, is considered the most difficult to earn a title under.