The main impressions of the two exhibitions in Oslo September 4 and 5, 2015.

These days the Norwegian Dobermans Championship and the general European Championship were held here. The selection of experts for these exhibitions and the cynological traditions of these countries that I knew of did not cause any concern, although both Scandinavian experts were not familiar to me, I hoped for their good cynological school. And I was not mistaken.

Judging at the mono-breed championship of all males from juniors to champions, the Norwegian Trond Are Carlsen is an undeniably qualified specialist, an indisputably principled judge. I do not know for sure, but I suppose that he does not yet have a wide experience of judging Dobermans outside Scandinavia. Perhaps that is why he was somewhat constrained by local aesthetic views of the breed, managed to sincerely fall in love with a special type of Doberman, formed in such wonderful nurseries as the Finnish Kriegerhof and Danish Dobergaarden.

The Italian relatively young judge Attilio Polyfrone, in cases where the teacher does not press him, judges confidently and sensibly. I would take great attention to details to its specifics. Descriptions of this expert may be useful to breeders in selecting partners, but in determining the rating and place of the dog in the ring, Polyfron could give them less importance, for my taste. Naturally, this judge is very sensitive to such a motive as the nobility of the Doberman, aristocracy, and I really like it.

Judging all the Dobermans at the European Championships, Carl-Eric Johanson worked very quickly and with the utmost care. Not being a Doberman specialist, he was absolutely focused on impeccability. Of course, he noticed the type of dog, its beauty and zest, but the main thing for him was correctness.

What, to my joyful amazement, was characteristic of all these different experts? Not only attention to movements, but also the ability to correctly evaluate them. (This did not at all resemble the widespread action of other experts: the main thing was to run alongside the owner.) And, more importantly, here the experts compared their impression of a dog in a stance with whether a beautiful dog in a stance retains its high stance, back strength, shape groats and overall integrity in motion. Dogs, even partially lost these advantages on the run, lost their place or even appreciation.