The Best in Show judge for 2005 is Mrs. Lynette Saltzman of Westport, CT.
Judges for each of the seven Variety Groups in 2005 are:
Sporting - Mrs. Paula Nykiel of Washington, MO
Hound - Mr. Dana Cline of Loves Park, IL
Working - Mr. Norman Kenney of Westford, MA
Terrier - Mrs. Cindy Vogels of Greenwood Village, CO
Toy - Mr. Kenneth McDermott of Newburgh, NY
Non-Sporting - Ms. Sandra Goose Allen of Madeira Beach, FL
Herding - Mrs. Dorothy Collier of Wellington, FL
Judges for the 165 Breeds and Varieties eligible for competition in 2005 are:
SPORTING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (28):
Mrs. Ann F. Yuhasz, Newbury, OH: Brittanys, English Setters, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, Spinone Italianos
Mr. James G. Reynolds, Nepean, Ontario, Canada,: Pointers, Pointers (German Shorthaired), Pointers (German Wirehaired), Vizslas, Weimaraners
Mrs. Constance M. Barton, Middleburg, VA: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers
Mr. Robert D. Ennis, Angola, NY: Curly-Coated Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels (Black), Cocker Spaniels (A.S.C.O.B.), Cocker Spaniels (Parti-Color), English Springer Spaniels
Ms. Pluis Davern, Royal Oaks, CA: Flat-Coated Retrievers, American Water Spaniels, Clumber Spaniels, English Cocker Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons
HOUND BREEDS AND VARIETIES (25):
Mr. Michael J. Dougherty, Playa del Rey, CA: Afghan Hounds, Basenjis, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds
Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark, Woodside, CA: Basset Hounds, Black & Tan Coonhounds, Bloodhounds, American Foxhounds, English Foxhounds, Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens
Ms. Patricia W. Laurans, Newtown, CT: Beagles (Both Varieties)
Dr. Richard Meen, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Borzois, Greyhounds, Harriers, Ibizan Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Otterhounds, Pharaoh Hounds
Mr. Michael J. Dachel, Chippewa Falls, WI: Dachshunds (All Varieties)
Dr. J. Donald Jones, Marietta, GA: Whippets
WORKING BREEDS (24):
Ms. Patricia W. Laurans, Newtown, CT: Akitas, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Doberman Pinschers, St. Bernards
Ms. Theresa L. Hundt, Newtown, CT: Alaskan Malamutes, Bullmastiffs, Giant Schnauzers, Great Danes, Siberian Huskies
Mr. Roger R. Hartinger, Cincinnati, OH: Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Mastiffs, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Newfoundlands
Mr. Donald F. Carmody, Mt. Pleasant, IA: Boxers, Komondorok, Kuvaszok, Rottweilers
Ms. Kimberly Anne Meredith, Pleasant Hill, CA: Black Russian Terriers, German Pinschers, Great Pyrenees, Portuguese Water Dogs, Samoyeds, Standard Schnauzers
TERRIER BREEDS AND VARIETIES (28):
Mrs. Karen C. Wilson, Sperryville, VA: Airedale Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Scottish Terriers
Mr. Jon R. Cole, Nashville, TN: American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers (Both Varieties), Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Welsh Terriers
Mr. Walter F. Goodman, Miami, FL: Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, West Highland White Terriers
Mr. William F. Potter, II, St. Louis, MO: Border Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Fox Terriers (Both Varieties), Lakeland Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers
TOY BREEDS AND VARIETIES (23):
Mrs. Jacqueline L. Stacy, Fallbrook, CA: Affenpinschers, Brussels Griffons, English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles), English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby), Havanese, Papillons
Mrs. Anne Katona, Morgan Hill, CA: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Italian Greyhounds, Japanese Chin, Pomeranians, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers
Mr. Clay Coady, Paradise Valley, AZ: Chihuahuas (Both Varieties), Pekingese
Mr. Luc Boileau, Burlington, WI: Chinese Cresteds, Miniature Pinschers, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terriers
Mrs. Doris Cozart, Kaufman, TX: Maltese, Toy Manchester Terriers, Pugs
Mr. Edd E. Bivin, Ft. Worth, TX: Toy Poodles
NON-SPORTING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (18):
Mrs. R. Ellen Fetter, Lima, OH: American Eskimo Dogs, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chows, Finnish Spitz, Lowchen
Mr. Joe C. Walton, Santa Ana, CA: Bichons Frises, Lhasa Apsos
Mrs. Paula Hartinger. Cincinnati, OH: Boston Terriers, Keeshonden, Schipperkes, Tibetan Spaniels, Tibetan Terriers
Mr. Clay Coady, Paradise Valley, AZ: Bulldogs
Mr. Edd E. Bivin, Ft. Worth, TX: Dalmatians, French Bulldogs, Poodles (Miniature), Poodles (Standard), Shibu Inu
HERDING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (19):
Mrs. Irene Bivin, Ft. Worth, TX: Australian Cattle Dogs, Australian Shepherds, Bearded Collies, Pulik
Ms. Janina K. Laurin, Danbury, CT: Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren
Mr. Eric J. Ringle, Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Border Collies, Briards, Canaan Dogs, German Shepherd Dogs, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs
Mr. Clay Coady, Paradise Valley, AZ: Bouvier des Flanders
Dr. J. Donald Jones, Marietta, GA: Collies (Rough), Collies (Smooth), Old English Sheepdogs, Shetland Sheepdogs, Welsh Corgis (Cardigan), Welsh Corgis (Pembroke)
Finals: Dr. J. Charles Garvin, Marion, OH
Preliminaries: Mr. Donald F. Carmody, Mt. Pleasant, IA; Mr. Eric J. Ringle, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Competition at The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is held in three different levels. At each level, each competitor is judged in comparison to that breed's STANDARD. The STANDARD is a written description of the ideal specimen of that breed. Generally relating form to function (i.e., the original function that the dog was bred to perform), most standards usually describe general appearance, movement, temperament, and specific physical traits such as height and weight, coat, colors, eye color and shape, ear shape and placement, feet, tail, and more. Some standards can be very specific, some can be rather general and leave much room for individual interpretation by judges. This results in the sport's subjective basis: one judge, applying his or her interpretation of the standard, giving his or her opinion of the best dog on that particular day. Standards are written, maintained and owned by the parent clubs of each breed.
The first of those competitions is in the BREED. There, one judge officiates over an entry that consists of dogs of only one breed. The entry may be only a few dogs or it could be many dogs (more than 40). The judge examines the dogs and ultimately selects one dog as BEST OF BREED (BOB) or BEST OF VARIETY (BOV) and one dog as BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX (BOS). Depending on the number of dogs in the entry, they will also select a number of winners of AWARDS OF MERIT.
Only the dog awarded BEST OF BREED or BEST OF VARIETY advances into the next level of competition, the GROUP. Only the breeds and varieties recognized by the American Kennel Club are judged in the show. Those are divided into seven different groups (SPORTING, HOUND, WORKING, TERRIER, TOY, NON-SPORTING, HERDING). The BOB or BOV winner advances into its appropriate group.
There, the GROUP judge examines all the dogs and chooses four placements, 1st through 4th. As before, only the Group winner advances. This takes place in each of the seven groups so that there are seven Group winners that advance into the final round of competition, BEST IN SHOW.
There, the judge selects one final winner for the ultimate prize, BEST IN SHOW.
At Westminster, the breeds of the Working, Terrier, Toy and Non-Sporting Groups are judged during the day on Monday, and those groups are judged that evening starting at 8 p.m. The breeds of the other three groups, Sporting, Hound and Herding, are judged during the day Tuesday. Those groups are then judged that evening. The seven Group winners from Monday and Tuesday then meet at the end of the evening on Tuesday to determine BEST IN SHOW.
USA Network televises the Group competition both nights and the Best In Show finale on Tuesday night.