The Science and Techniques of Judging Dogs
by Robert J. Berndt
Hardcover: 268 pages. Publisher: Alpine Publications; 1st ed. (April 1, 2001)
In-depth work for anyone considering becoming a dog show judge, or current judges who would like to enhance their skills. Also a "must read" for exhibitors and breeders who want to better evaluate their own dogs and understand a judge's perspective. Judging is a major responsibility and requires a detailed, secure knowledge of not only breed Standards and type, but canine anatomy, physiology, and topology as well. The author covers everything from history of the dog, evaluating structure, gait and breed type in detail, to the nuances of becoming a confident, accurate judge, running an efficient ring and cope with the stress of travel and decision making. more information:

An Eye for a Dog: Illustrated Guide to Judging Purebred Dogs
by Robert W. Cole
Paperback: 168 pgs. Publisher: Dogwise Publishing; (May 31, 2004)
Designed for breeders, dog owners, armchair judges as well as professionals who want to test their dog knowledge and powers of observation against those of  the author, an international all-breed judge. Learn how marking, size, and even leash position affect the judge's perception and develop your own eye for sound movement and structure ! This book offers over 100 judging scenarios similar to what a judge encounters in the show ring. Explains the concepts of breed type, balance, and proportion; how to evaluate fronts, toplines, the forechest, and sickle hocks; how canine trotting styles vary by breed and breed function; how to spot hidden faults - and how they can be masked. more information:

Dog Shows Then and Now : An Annotated Anthology
by Anne M. Hier
Hardcover: 312 pages Publisher: Images in Print; (October 15, 1999)
This book offers a comprehensive overview of the history and development of dog shows and the principles of judging. Contains selected British and American articles from the past 159 years, extensive annotations, more than 375 illustrations, a bibliography and a complete index, which make this an essential book for anyone with a passion for purebred dogs, dog shows and judging. Highlighted for the first time are the many contributions of women in the sport, thirty extended biographies and significant details on dozens of breeds. Includes 30 biographies and details on the development of dozens of breeds. more information:

Canine Terminology (Dogwise Classics)
by Harold R. Spira
Hardcover: 147 pages
Dogwise Publishing; Reprint edition (November 1, 2002)
A reference book intended  for those involved in the sport of purebred dogs at any level - breeders, exhibitors (conformation, agility, obedience, etc.), judges, as well as veterinarians, vet techs, or vet students. A beautifully illustrated glossary of all terms used in the Breed Standards for purebred dogs worldwide. Terms are clearly defined, with reference to specific breeds where the term is used, and most are illustrated with detailed pen & ink drawings. more information:

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K-9: Structure and Terminology
by Edward M. Gilbert, Thelma R. Brown,
Curtis M. Art and Science of Judging Dogs Brown
Hardcover: 233 pages
Howell Books; (December 1, 1995)

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The Essential Guide to Judging Dogs (Book of the Breed)
by Andrew H. Brace
Hardcover: Publisher: Ringpress Books; (August 1, 1994)
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Showing and Judging Dogs
by Hilary Harmar
Hardcover. Publisher: Arco Pub; (July 1977)
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The Nicholas Guide to Dog Judging
by Anna Katherine Nicholas
Hardcover: 224 pages
John Wiley & Sons Inc; 3rd edition (August 1, 1989)
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