Judge Info - Kristen Wiggs

Showdog.com Judge Since Monday, June 9, 2003
Retirement Announced 6/30/2008

Doesn't like using the same breeds that win every other show for BIS. Has a tendency to use dogs handled by certain handlers but isn't overt in it. Doesn't show a breed bias at all. 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.

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 Kristen Wiggs looks for.

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

Rank Exhibitor
1 Edna Dixon
2 Jay McHaney
3 June Dixon
4 Matt Moore
5 Jessa McKinnley
6 John Rome
7 Beah McEwen
8 Katy Murrell
9 Riely Whalen
10 Ster Stockyard
11 Caryn Brumit
12 Flozell Tucker
13 Herb Bowe
14 Norma Young
15 Dan Adams
16 Den Towler
17 Coby Rodriguez
18 Alles Vickers
19 Jony Bewely
20 Nathia Barks
21 Jeff Wehlan
22 Greg Alexander
23 Willie Cundiff
24 Bob Coke
25 Debbie Merrill

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
April 2024 Lagotto Romagnolo Nationals 4/3/2024
March 2024 Swedish Vallhund Nationals 3/25/2024
February 2024 Scottish Terrier Nationals 2/11/2024
November 2023 Glen of Imaal Terrier Nationals 11/10/2023
November 2023 Lakeland Terrier Nationals 11/8/2023
Lake Itasca 46 9/14/2023 Matts In The Left Lane
September 2023 Australian Cattle Dog Nationals 9/7/2023
August 2023 Mudi Nationals 8/25/2023
SS Sumer Show 62nd 8/21/2023
ATK all breed 41 8/19/2023 Lanakila Whats Shakin Bacon


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.