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:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

How Judging Works At Westminster
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.

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