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
K9 Kapers OB 2 6/1/2021
May Birthday Wiemeraner Specialty 5/8/2021
April 2021 Pembroke Welsh Corgi Nationals 4/5/2021
March 2021 French Bulldog Nationals 3/8/2021
January 1/19 All Breed 1/19/2021 GLXYs Night Moves
January 2021 Italian Greyhound Nationals 1/14/2021
Racs Brittany Supreme 12/25/2020
All Breeds Spectacular 143 12/9/2020 GLXYs Knight In Blue
December 2020 Norfolk Terrier Nationals 12/5/2020
Legends of Logres 27 11/5/2020 GLXYs Love Bug


Did you know?
A specialty show is a dog show which reviews a single breed, unlike other dog shows, particularly conformation shows, which are generally referred to as "all-breed" because they are open to all breeds recognized by the sponsoring kennel club.