Mr. Jean-Louis Blais
MR. JEAN-LOUIS BLAIS of St. Gilles, Quebec, Canada, bought his first Labrador Retriever in 1979 and registered his first litter with the Canadian Kennel Club in 1981. Mr. Blais and his wife Madeleine Charest have produced over 135 Canadian Champions and 35 American Champions (most of them owner/handler and shown in Specialties) under their permanent registered kennel name, Chablais. Additionally, they have bred many dogs that have become Champions worldwide. Most notable wins include Best of Breed at the Canadian National Specialty several times, Best of Breed at the American National Specialty, and winning Best of Breed three times at the prestigious LRC of Potomac Spring Specialties.
Mr. Blais began judging in 2006 and is currently an AKC-approved judge for the Sporting, Hound, Working, Non-Sporting, and Herding Groups. He primarily judges in Canada and the US, including the Canadian and American National Specialties and Best of Breed and Non-Regular Classes at LRC of Potomac. He has also officiated in Mexico, Brazil, Spain, the Philippines, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Poland, Denmark, Argentina, Costa Rica, and in the UK. This is his first judging assignment at Westminster.