Judge Info - Brian Thomas

Showdog.com Judge Since Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Retirement Announced 4/30/2012

Actually prefers to see the owner of the dog handling it. Moderate level of breed bias. Has a tendency to like dogs the more often they're seen. Thinks a dog needs to earn its championship before it should even be considered for best of breed. Thinks dogs should be compared to how good they are vs the rest of their breed rather than overall quality vs all dogs.


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 Brian Thomas looks for.

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

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.  Brian Thomas has been known to prefer the following handlers.

Rank Exhibitor
1 Deborie Mejorado
2 Julie Patton
3 Antonio Hutchinson
4 Dert Priebe
5 Pamelan Treadwell
6 Justin Moyer
7 Joandy Classen
8 Kimberly Carson
9 Jene Moak
10 Stephanie Scott
11 Chuck Donaldson
12 Aly Dimaggio
13 Peren Troy
14 Bill Meyer
15 Jamiel Leavens
16 Jennifer Oneil
17 Keven Dowdle
18 Nany Painter
19 Cliff Irwin
20 Erik Mitchell
21 Hen Kilburn
22 Bradie DiNapoli
23 Greg Alexander
24 Nathia Barks
25 Terri Farnum

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
RW All Breed Show 2 1/27/2023 Seasar Fire Star
December 2022 Portuguese Podengo Nationals 12/24/2022
December 2022 Shiba Inu Nationals 12/22/2022
Canmore1 All Breed 22-11-28 11/28/2022 Seasar Rolling Delight
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling 329 11/23/2022 Xizang Forever Young
October 2022 Tibetan Terrier Nationals 10/25/2022
LC GWP SPECTACULAR 98 10/17/2022
ATK all breed 5 8/19/2022 Seasar Silent Walker
IG August Regional Specialty day 3 8/16/2022
August 2022 Afghan Hound Nationals 8/4/2022

Did you know?
The figure 8 exercise requires the team to heel in a figure 8 pattern either on or off leash. Generally two of the ring stewards will assist the judge with this exercise by acting as "posts", standing 8 feet apart, that the team walks around to form the loops of the figure 8.