Judging List and Criteria

If you require a copy of our most recent judging list click here or go to the downloads page on this site

Application forms are also available here or in the downloads section. 


Please note that anyone wanting to be moved up to our A3 List must have completed all requirements for the lower levels, which does include having passed the hands on assessment at a Breed Appreciation Day/Seminar run by either of the breed clubs.
This also includes those applying for the KC's Grandfathering Rights as the KC state that it is "Mandatory for approval to award CCs in first three breeds" but also "desirable for subsequent breeds".


The club also requires all judges to measure all German Spitz with the appropriate fixed bridge measure when judging this breed. Failure to comply may result in judges' names being omitted from future lists. Therefore we ask that societies continue to make measures available.
(The KC states that judges should provide their own so the onus is on you as a judge to ensure that the correct measures are available and properly used).
We would also remind judges of the following KC rule:- F(1).20.d.
All Judges at Championship Shows and Open Shows must produce a written critique for the first two placings in each Breed class, and will dispatch these to at least one of the weekly United Kingdom Canine journals.

 This list ends on 31st December each year.

From 1 January 2021, no one can judge unless they meet the new Level 1 requirements. (You are automatically Level 1 in subsequent breeds if you already award CCs in a breed).
If you are already on a B or C list you must also make sure that you now meet at least Level 1 criteria.

The Judges Sub Committee will decide by majority vote on acceptance onto the list or otherwise.

NOTE Dogs and classes judged where referred to in the list, can be either Klein or Mittel size or both.

Judging List Criteria


Traditional Route

KC JEP Route

List A1 Breed Specialists/ Non Specialists

For people who have previously been approved by the Kennel Club to award CCs in the breed and have completed their first appointment, and have the support of the Club. (KC Policy)

Level 4
Attend and passed a Breed Specific Assessment for the specific breed run by the Kennel Club

List A2 Breed Specialists/ Non Specialists

For people who fulfil the requirements for the A3 list, and who have been assessed in accordance with Kennel Club requirements and accepted by the Kennel Club for inclusion on the A2 list and have the support of the Club (KC Policy)

List A3 Breed Specialists

1. Minimum of seven years judging experience in the breed and have the support of the Club (KC Policy)
2. To have judged a breed club open show or one championship show without CCs unless already award CCs in at least one other breed.
AND/OR
3. To have judged the breed at 10 open shows or championship shows without CCs with an adequate geographical spread.
4. To have judged a minimum of 70 dogs (KC Policy)
5. To have bred and/or owned a minimum of three German Spitz when they obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book (save in exceptional circumstances. (KC Policy)
6. To have stewarded at 12 shows (KC Policy)
7. To have demonstrated successful showing experience or breeding program.
8. To state they are prepared to write a show critique
9. To have been on the B list for at least four years.
Points 3,4,5 & 6 of B List Breed Specialist.

Level 3

  • Undergo minimum of 3 mentoring sessions with a minimum of 12 months between first and third session
  • Be observed judging a breed club show, breed supported entry show or championship show without CCs
  • Have achieved the relevant hands-on experience in line with the stated requirements for the relevant Stud Book Band (currently 35 dogs)
  • Complete remaining 10 stewarding appointments (one-time qualification)
  • Have owned/bred a minimum of 3 dogs when they obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book – save for exceptional circumstances (one-time qualification)

List A3 Non Breed Specialists

1. Minimum of seven years judging experience in any one breed (to include five years in this breed) and have the support of the Club (KC Policy)
2. To have judged a Breed Club show (preferred- but other depth of judging experience in other Spitz breeds taken into consideration)
AND/OR
3. To have judged the breed at 10 open shows or championship shows without CCs with an adequate geographical spread.
5. To have judged a minimum of 70 dogs.
6. To have awarded CCs in at least one other breed (KC Policy)
7. To have bred and/or owned a minimum of three dogs of any breed when they obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book (save in exceptional circumstances)
Point 3 of B List Non Specialist.

List B Breed Specialists (must be at least  JEP Level 1)

1. To have five years owning and exhibiting in this breed and have the support of the Club. 
2. To have judged the breed on at least two occasions with a minimum total of 8 dogs actually present and judged.
3. To have attended at least one breed specific seminar run in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practice and passed an examination and/or assessment where applicable.
4. To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer and passed the relevant examination on Kennel Club Regulations and Judging Procedures (KC Policy)
5. To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer on Conformation and Movement (KC Policy)
6. To have attended a Point of the Dog Assessment conducted by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer and passed the assessment (KC Policy)

Level 2 (must have completed all  Level 1 requirements)
First breed:

  • Take and pass Requirements of a Dog Show Judge examination
  • Pass Points of a Dog assessment
  • Attend a Breed Appreciation Day (BAD) and pass a Multiple Choice Examination (MCE) for the respective breed
  • View ring stewarding seminar and take online quiz
  • Complete critique writing seminar and take online quiz

Subsequent breeds:

  • Attend a Breed Appreciation Day (BAD) and pass a Multiple Choice Examination (MCE) for each breed. Note: Not mandatory for Group Judge for breeds in the group that they are not approved at Level 4, but attendance strongly recommended.

List B Non Breed Specialists (must be at least  JEP Level 1)

1. Minimum of 5 years judging experience in any one breed and have the support of the Club.
2. To have judged the breed on at least two occasions with a minimum total of 8 dogs actually present and judged.
3. To have attended at least one breed specific judging seminar run in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practice and passed an examination and/or assessment organised by the Club.

List C  Specialists/Non Specialists 

(obsolete since judges must be at least Level 1 to judge)
For aspirant judges who have shown an interest in the breed and have the support of the Club. Listings would normally include people who have judged the breed at limited and open shows but not yet qualify for the B List.

Level 1

  • Minimum of 5 years proven interest in pedigree dogs
  • Attend a Requirements of a Dog Show Judge seminar (but not mandatory to take and pass examination)
  • Attend a Conformation and Movement seminar
  • Complete a minimum of 2 full day stewarding appointments