Judge Info - Maria Santiago

Showdog.com Judge Since Friday, August 31, 2012
Retirement Announced 10/31/2013

Doesn't like using the same breeds that win every other show for BIS. Not very political. Relatively high level of breed bias. 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 Maria Santiago looks for.

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

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

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
January 2022 South African Boerboel Nationals 1/3/2022
Out and About Show 11 11/7/2021 HH Tessas Rogue
Irish Blue 32 8/13/2021
August 2021 Miniature Bull Terrier Nationals 8/11/2021
August 2021 Toy Poodle Nationals 8/9/2021
Lhasa Leap 4 8/8/2021
Pharaoh Hound Specialty 21-07-30 7/30/2021
TFT All Star6 7/13/2021
July 2021 Australian Kelpie Nationals 7/4/2021
June 2021 Pointer Nationals 6/17/2021


Did you know?
A conformation dog show is not a comparison of one dog to another but a comparison of each dog to a judge's mental image of the ideal breed type as outlined in the individual breed's breed standard.