Judge Info - James Link

Showdog.com Judge Since Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Retirement Announced 11/30/2008

Not political at all. Low level of breed bias.

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 James Link looks for.

Trait Importance
Head Very High
Forequarter Low
Hindquarter Normal
Gait Very Low
Top Neck and Back High
Coat High
Size/Height Very Low
Feet 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.  James Link has been known to prefer the following handlers.

Rank Exhibitor
1 Rogane Tuller
2 Terry Galloway
3 Stew Kellermen
4 Robert Pouk
5 Duane Rawley
6 Aimeene Good
7 Marisa Feagin
8 Marc Buchhelt
9 Kennis Greiner
10 Ster Coaxum
11 Jean Infante
12 Debbie Merrill
13 Bob Coke
14 Willie Cundiff
15 Jeff Wehlan
16 Emma Moss
17 Kristen Schindewolf
18 Dan Adams
19 Logan Ray
20 Norma Young
21 John Urick
22 Katy Murrell
23 Beah McEwen
24 John Rome
25 Roby Hawks

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
Kerry Kollection 98 7/4/2020
SunDow Specialty 21 6/11/2020
June 2020 Dandie Dinmont Terrier Nationals 6/6/2020
May 2020 Basset Hound Nationals 5/12/2020
CWC Winter Special 3/19/2020
KDH All Breed 158 3/5/2020 Rivere Dont Get Me Started
Fleeting February IGs 2 2/24/2020
Breacan Winter Show 6 2/21/2020 Kilhey Checkmate Newwave
February 2020 Papillon Nationals 2/11/2020
Jester Dogs 179th All Breed Show 1/26/2020 Seasar Soul Sister


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.