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.

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 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
speedy 83 7/6/2018
In Memory of Jessie All Breed 9 6/22/2018 Rough Edges Slow Down Easy
Kilhey 66 6/4/2018
Strikers April 23rd All Breed Show 4/23/2018 Envisage Sloe Gin
Artesia April 6th All Breed Show 4/6/2018 Envisage Sloe Gin
Norwegian Elkhounds Down Under 31 4/5/2018
Glenfield 36 3/18/2018
March 2018 Golden Retriever Nationals 3/17/2018
Golden Extravaganza 233 3/6/2018
Halcyon Greyhound 4 3/1/2018


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.