Qualifications and Placings (FCI)

The qualifications given by the judges must correspond to the following definitions:

EXCELLENT may only be awarded to a dog which comes very close to the ideal standard of the breed, which is presented in excellent condition, displays a harmonious, well-balanced temperament, is of high class and has excellent posture.  Its superior characteristics in respect of its breed permit
that minor imperfections can be ignored; it must however have the typical features of its sex.

VERY GOOD may only be awarded to a dog that possesses the typical features of its breed, which has well-balanced proportions and is in correct condition.  A few minor faults may be tolerated.  This award can only be granted to a dog that shows class.

GOOD is to be awarded to a dog that possesses the typical features of its breed.  The good points should outweigh the faults so that the odg can be considered a good representative of its breed.

SUFFICIENT should be awarded to a dog which corresponds adequately to its breed, without possessing the generally accepted characteristics or whose physical condition leaves a lot to be desired.

DISQUALIFIED must be awarded to a dog which does not correspond to the type required by the breed standard; which shows a behaviour clearly not in line with its standard or which behaves aggressively; which has testicular abnormalities; which has a jaw anomaly; which shows a colour or coat structure that is not according to the breed standard or clearly shows signs of albinism.  This disqualification shall also be awarded to dogs that correspond so little to a single feature of the breed that their health is threatened.  It should furthermore be awarded to dogs that show disqualifying faults in regards to the breed standard.  The reason why the dog was rated DISQUALIFIED has to be stated in the judge's report.

Dogs that cannot be awarded one of the above qualifications shall be released from the ring without the rating:

CANNOT BE JUDGED.  This rating is to be given to any dogs which does not move, which is lame, which constantly jumps up and down on its handler or tries to get out of the ring, which makes it impossible to assess gait and the movement or avoids constantly to be examined by the judge and makes it impossible to inspect teeth, anatomy and structure, tail or testicles.  This rating is also to be given if traces of operations or treatment can be observed which seem to indicate that the exhibitor wanted to deceive the judge.  The same applies if the judge has ample reason to suspect operations that were intended to correct the original condition or feature (e.g. eyelid, ear or tail).  The  reason why the dog was rated CANNOT BE JUDGED has to be stated in the judge's report.

The four best dogs in each class are placed provided that they have been awarded at least the qualification "VERY GOOD".