Judge Info - Michael Craig

Showdog.com Judge Since Saturday, September 30, 2017
Retirement Announced 10/31/2017

Has a tendency to use dogs handled by certain handlers but isn't overt in it. Moderate level of breed bias. Has a tendency to like dogs the more often they're seen. 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 Michael Craig looks for.

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

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

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
November 2021 Australian Shepherd Nationals 11/23/2021
November 2021 Brussels Griffon Nationals 11/13/2021
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling 146 11/11/2021 Card Redwood
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling 134 10/18/2021 KDH Lady In Red
GaylanStudio5 21-10-16 All Breed 10/16/2021 A T K Thunder
Down Under All Breed 30 9/23/2021 WINK Dance Time
Aussie Dogs Day 13 9/13/2021 Ranch JAH Amazabubbles
GaylanStudio9 21-08-30 All Breed 8/28/2021 TwoRivers Cards Wild
August 2021 Belgian Sheepdog Nationals 8/3/2021
GaylanStudio7 21-08-01 All Breed 8/1/2021 BSG Golden Imperative

Did you know?
An obedience trial is a dog sport in which a dog must perfectly execute a predefined set of tasks when directed to do so by his handler