I always find it interesting that horse people/riders are so quick to bash the breeding of dogs. How is it any different than breeding horse? Of course there are some breeds that are examples of things that went wrong (AQHA halter bred horses, for example), but that doesn't mean *the practice of breeding* is BAD. (Or that breeders aren't "real horse lovers"). Ugh.
As for judges and dogs being anonymous - no, of course not. Even *I* know some of those dogs and I just dabble in my one breed.
However, at a big show, and certainly a big and famous show - many of the dogs are exemplary specimens of their breed. So, it almost makes it hard to use their show record to help - how about that Old English Sheepdog winning from the classes today? (Although clearly they held him back for this - and who can blame them?)