The Best in Show judge for 2006 is James G. Reynolds of Ottawa, Canada.
Judges for each of the seven Variety Groups in 2006 are:
Sporting -Mr. Michael Faulkner of Center Cross, VA
Hound - Dr. Donald Sturz of Huntington, NY
Working - Ms. Patricia Laurans of Newtown, CT
Terrier - Mrs. Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine of Ann Arbor, MI
Toy - Dr. Harry Smith of Durham, NC
Non-Sporting - Mr. Roger Hartinger of Cincinnati, OH
Herding - Mr. Rick Gschwender of Oxford, MI
Judges for the 165 Breeds and Varieties eligible for competition in 2006 are:
SPORTING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (28):
Mrs. James Edward Clark, Greenwood, DE: American Water Spaniels
Mrs. Kathy Lorentzen, Chesaning, MI: Golden Retrievers, Clumber Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels (all varieties)
Mr. Samuel H. McDonald, Chester Springs, PA: Brittanys, German Shorthaired Pointers, Gordon Setters, Welsh Springer Spaniels, Spinones Italiano, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons
Dr. Elliot More, Chester, NH: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers, Flat Coated Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers
Mrs. Bonnie Threlfall, Cary, NC: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, English Setters, English Cocker Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Sussex Spaniels, Vizslas
Mr. Elliott Weiss, Eagle, ID: Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Irish Setters, English Springer Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels, Weimaraners
HOUND BREEDS AND VARIETIES (25):
Mrs. Michele Billings, Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Mrs. Susan St. John Brown, Lebanon, OH: Afghan Hounds, Borzoi, Greyhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds
Mrs. Dorothy Hutchinson, Westbrook, CT: Basenjis, Basset Hounds, American Foxhounds, English Foxhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Petit Bassets Griffons Vendeen, Whippets
Ms. Dorothy Macdonald, Carmel Valley, CA: Beagles (both varieties), Black & Tan Coonhounds, Bloodhounds, Harriers, Norwegian Elkhounds, Otterhounds
Mr. John Wade, Loomis, CA: Dachshunds (all varieties)
WORKING BREEDS (24):
Mr. Peter Baynes, Lyman, SC: Alaskan Malamutes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Giant Schnauzers, Great Pyrenees, Komondorok, Kuvaszok
Mrs. Michele Billings, Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs
Mrs. Liz Cartledge, Berkshire, ENGLAND: Rottweilers, Samoyeds
Mrs. James Edward Clark, Greenwood, DE: Akitas, Black Russian Terriers, Boxers, Mastiffs, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Siberian Huskies
Mr. David Helming, Flemington, NJ: Newfoundlands
Mrs. Peggy Helming, Flemington, NJ: Portuguese Water Dogs
Mrs. Faye Strauss, Kent, WA: Bullmastiffs, Doberman Pinschers, German Pinschers, Great Danes, St. Bernards, Standard Schnauzers
TERRIER BREEDS AND VARIETIES (28):
Mrs. Michele Billings, Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Airedale Terriers, West Highland White Terriers
Mrs. Liz Cartledge, Berkshire, ENGLAND: Australian Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers, Wire Fox Terriers
Mrs. James Edward Clark, Greenwood, DE: Glen of Imaal Terriers
Mrs. Anne Katona, Morgan Hill, CA: Bedlington Terriers, Border Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Parson Russell Terriers
Dr. H. Scott Kellogg, Greenville, SC: American Staffordshire Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers
Mr. Kenneth McDermott, Newburgh, NY: Miniature Bull Terriers, Skye Terriers
Mr. Bruce Schwartz, Los Angeles, CA: Bull Terriers (both varieties), Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Welsh Terriers
TOY BREEDS AND VARIETIES (23):
Mr. Timothy Catterson, New Castle, IN: Havanese, Miniature Pinschers, Pugs, Shih Tzu
Mr. W. Everett Dean, Jr., Richmond, VA: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chihuahuas (both varieties), Chinese Cresteds
Mrs. Shirley Limoges, Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA: Affenpinschers, Brussels Griffons, Maltese, Papillons, Pekingese, Pomeranians
Mr. Kenneth McDermott, Newburgh, NY: Toy Poodles
Mrs. June Penta, Greensburg, PA: English Toy Spaniels (both varieties), Italian Greyhounds, Japanese Chin, Toy Fox Terriers, Toy Manchester Terriers, Silky Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers
NON-SPORTING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (18):
Dr. Robert Indeglia, Narragansett, RI: American Eskimo Dogs, Chinese Shar Pei, Chow Chows, Dalmatians, Finnish Spitz, Keeshonden, Lowchen
Mr. Kenneth McDermott, Newburgh, NY: French Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos, Miniature Poodles, Standard Poodles
Mrs. Sari Tietjen, Rhinebeck, NY: Bichons Frise, Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, Schipperkes, Shiba Inu, Tibetan Spaniels, Tibetan Terriers
HERDING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (19):
Mrs. Stephanie Hedgepath, Lexington, SC: Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Bouviers des Flandres, Briards, Canaan Dogs, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs
Mrs. Linda More, Cary, NC: Australian Shepherds, Old English Sheepdogs, Shetland Sheepdogs, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Pembroke Welsh Corgis
Mrs. Kathleen Steen, Alpharetta, GA: Australian Cattle Dogs, Bearded Collies, Border Collies, Collies (both varieties), German Shepherd Dogs, Pulik.
Finals: Mrs. James Edward Clark, Greenwood, DE
Preliminaries: Mr. Samuel H. McDonald, Chester Springs, PA and Mrs. Bonnie Threlfall, Cary, NC.
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.