Looking realistically at showing and breeding, the perfect dog has yet to be born. A judge must learn to be forgiving in the sense that each fault seen be put in perspective, taking the entire dog into consideration. While it is of primary importance that the Belgian Sheepdog has the character and the structure to enable it to perform as a herding dog, it is also of great importance that the dogs possess the characteristics that make it unmistakably a Belgian Sheepdog.
The judge must be able to answer the question “How seriously do these faults affect the working ability of the dog or detract from the essence of the breed?”
It is our desire that a judge be able to recognize outstanding quality and breed type when it is presented in the ring.