Mentors & Presenters
The LRC Inc.’s Judges’ Education Committee
The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. is dedicated to the dual-purpose dog. The image of a Labrador Retriever should represent a working gun dog. Our Judge’s Education Seminars target discussions on the overall balance of a dog bred as a working gun dog and the characteristics that define Labrador type.
- 1. Head should be clean-cut with a kindly expression and a muzzle the same length as the back skull for efficient game handling.
- 2. The neck should be long enough to allow the dog to pick up game from the ground with ease. Necks of sufficient length that rise strongly from the shoulder also denote proper shoulder angulation.
- 3. The fore chest should not be flat, but extend slightly beyond the shoulder like the prow of a small boat.
- 4. The body and rib cage should be keel-shaped for water stability, not round.
- 5.The feet should be medium-sized, with arched toes and strong webbing.
- 6. Coat character should be short and dense with a protective undercoat covered by a coarser outer coat. The outer coat lays flat and wraps around the body protecting the dog from cold in the water and heavy cover in a hunting environment.
- 7. A thick “Otter tail” is unique to the Labrador and provides balance, as well as serving as a rudder in the water.
- 8. A biddable temperament, combined with a strong retrieving instinct, makes the Labrador a wonderful companion at home and in the field.
Form-to-function identifies what a Labrador Retriever should be. What is efficient in the field is what makes a Labrador “right” in the conformation ring.
Nancy Brandow, Anthony Emilio, Barbara Ironside, Barbara Nowak, Barbara Gilchrist
To become an LRC, Inc. Ringside Mentor and a Seminar Presenter:
- 1. Be a member of the LRC, Inc.
- 2. At least 15 years of experience in the breed
- 3. A depth of knowledge in structure and movement
- 4. An understanding of the Breed Standard and how it applies to function
- 5. Must attend two or more LRC-approved Judges’ Education Seminars within 3 years prior to application;
- 6. For Seminar Presenters – must have passed a juried presentation at the National Specialty Events Judges’ Education Seminar.
Box 3093, Overgaard, AZ 85933
Home 928-535-5385 • Cell 602-568-0374
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Frances Smith, DVM
503 642 5893
503 475 1588
Sherry L Anderson
614 846 7526
(no email address)
719 219 1919