Regulations for Retrievers
Chapter 3,Part II - Evaluation and Scoring of a Dog's Abilities
A Judge must keep in mind the fact that he is evaluating numerically, a defined set of abilities and not judging a dog in relation to the performances or merits of the other dogs entered. A dog's abilities are scored against an established standard.
The Judge observes and records in what respects and to what degrees the abilities have either exceeded or fallen short of that established standard.
In scoring a dog's abilities in a Test, the Judges must assign a numerical score from "0" to "10" that reflects their estimation of each ability that they have seen demonstrated.
To qualify, a dog must receive an overall average of seven (7.0) for the entire test and must not have an average score in any one ability category below five (5.0). For example, a dog could score 7s, 8s or even 9s in some ability categories and fail to qualify if the average score in another category was below five.
A frequently asked question is how to determine what score "from 0 to 10" should be given in any one ability category. One method is to determine whether the dog should qualify in that ability category, that might mean a minimum score of five. Knowing the dog must have an overall average of seven, the Judge considers whether other abilities deserve a seven or higher. With a five or less (but not with a zero by both Judges), the dog would have to score higher in that ability and other abilities to acquire the 7.0 overall average. A score of 5.0 or less on a given ability during a series does not necessarily mean that the dog cannot receive a qualifying score, unless both Judges score that ability as a zero.