Judges' Information

The Birmingham & District Dobermann Club, The Midland Dobermann Club,  The North of England Dobermann Club,  The South East of England Dobermann Club, The South West Dobermann Club & The Scottish Dobermann Club maintain the judging lists A1, A2, A3, B & C.

Applications for the judging lists or progression to another list must be made to any one of the above Clubs’ Secretaries, details below.  The applicant should send 6 (six) copies or email a copy of the fully completed questionnaire and appropriate certificates.   You may also scan & email your questionnaire and any appropriate certificates to the co-ordinator:  von@awningace.com (Please reduce the file size of any scanned documents to be appropriate for emailing)  At the judges sub-committee meeting, voting on the application will take place and those achieving approval will be added to the relevant list.  Applications will only be accepted on the correct form and applications that do not meet criteria will be returned by the Club Secretary. Shaded areas and ghost figures on each application form indicate that this is a minimum requirement. Applicants are required to sign a declaration that they have read and understood the Kennel Club Code of Best Practice for Judges and the Dobermann Breed Standard and that they will judge in accordance with it.

From 1 January 2021, no one can judge unless they meet JEP level 1 requirements (existing CC judges excluded). The exception to this is where a valid contract was in place before the 24 February 2020 press announcement and the appointment complies with Kennel Club Regulation F(1)20.b. To be able to judge more than three classes of a breed (four if a puppy class is scheduled) at any show or any number of classes at a championship show without CCs, a judge must be listed on a breed club/council B list or above or meet JEP level 2 requirements.

Those judges listed as having either a Breed Credit Certificate for Dobermanns under the KC Judges Development Programme or those approved to judge Best In Show at General Championship Shows and ‘Policy Judges’ in the Working Group shall, upon submission of a fully completed application form, be automatically entitled to inclusion of the Non-Breed Specialist ‘B’ list.

The Clubs reserve the right to review and/or amend the lists as is deemed necessary.  We are not required to include all Judges who qualify under this criteria, nor are we required to give any reasons for exclusion. Judges will be notified in writing of any changes to their status.  Inclusion on a Judges list in one year does not automatically ensure subsequent inclusion.  The above Clubs’ will only select judges for their open & championship shows from those who fulfil this criteria

The Kennel Club Judges Education Programme & Our Revised Judges' Criteria (effective January 2022)
Transition to the new Kennel Club system will continue for a further 4 years when the JEP will be fully implemented.  All the information regarding the JEP and what you will need to have achieved as a judge to transition onto the various levels can be found here.

Until it's full implementation, both 'systems' will run alongside each other & you can choose between the requirements of the JEP or, the "traditional" route via the Clubs.  The Clubs' will continue to maintain & promote our judging lists and encourage & aid judges' to achieve the highest possible level at transition with the aid of the Breed Education Coordinator.  We will also introduce an A2 list for those judges whom have completed all of the criteria of the A3 list but have yet to be offered a CC appointment; information on the A2 judges list procedure can be found here.

The judges' sub-committee of the six Clubs' have a joint general data protection (GDPR) & retention policy in relation to data held for the judges' lists, please click on the the link below for further information.