Originally Posted by mews2much
What do judges look for when you show a cat?
They check your cat against the Standard of Points (SOP) for the breed, a copy of which should be on the registry website along with the maximum number of points that can be awarded for any one feature. Make sure to check with the correct registry because the SOP can vary between registries, for example the Cornish Rex SOP is slightly different in TICA than in GCCF - if there is a similar situation with the sphynx I am not aware of it. But this is not an objective thing - certainly with Orientals and Siamese (the breed I am most familiar with) different judges will have different preferences - some like a more extreme look whereas others like a more classic look.
If you have a bad day with one judge and a good day with another, then remember who judged on those days and try to book in for future shows where the more favourable judge is judging your classes! Each judge has their preferences.
The other thing they look for is temperament - no judge will want to handle a spitting hissing frightened cat, as your cat is young that is unlikely, but if it becomes distressed it is IMO better to withdraw from the show and take her home where she feels safe. The other side of the coin is that if there are 2 cats of equal quality being judged, the one that sucks up to the judge most has a better chance (we're all human!) so a good personality and temperament can count for a lot on the day!