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How to Measure


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Measuring for Oversize

Inform the exhibitor that you are going to measure their dog when you have the dog on the exam table. Ask your steward to call for the wicket to be brought to your ring. Usually you will have the dog wait on the exam table until the wicket arrives, but if it takes very long you can have the exhibitor wait off to the side of the ring while you continue to examine the rest of the dogs in that class. When the wicket arrives at your ring, have the exhibitor place the dog on the table.

Ask the exhibitor to set up their dog in a natural stance with front legs and hocks perpendicular to the ground. Be sure that the dog is in the middle of the exam table so both legs of the wicket will be on the table.

If the dog has a lot of coat, you may part the coat to make sure you are measuring the dog’s actual height. The actual location of the measuring point will vary greatly depending on the dog’s shoulder layback.

The dog measures in if both legs of the wicket touch the table. The judge must mark in their book that the dog was measured and whether it was “in” or “out”.

See Chapter 14 of the the Rules Applying to Dog Shows for additional information on measuring.


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Measuring for Undersize

The procedure is the same up to the point of placing the wicket on the dog. If the dog is in size, at least one leg of the wicket will not touch the table.

It is not unusual for dogs to shrink a little when they feel the wicket on their shoulders. In this case especially, rest the wicket very lightly on the shoulders and quickly examine both legs of the wicket to assure at least one is off the table. If the wicket is resting on the highest point of the shoulders and the legs just touch the table, the dog is in size (12”). If the legs touch the table and are not resting on the highest point of the shoulders, the dog is under 12”. Quickly check both wicket legs and whether the top touches the shoulders and declare the dog “in” or “out”.

The 12” measurement is more difficult than the 14”.