MR. ELLIOTT B. WEISS of Novelty, Ohio was born in New York City and grew up in the Catskill Mountains. The first show he attended was the 1956 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. It was love at first sight and by 1963 he became an exhibitor. Mr. Weiss worked as an apprentice handler to the late Ted Young, Jr. and became an AKC-licensed professional handler in 1969. He owns, and occasionally exhibits and breeds, English Setters under the Wyndswept prefix.
Mr. Weiss has owned and bred, Cocker Spaniels, Clumber Spaniels, Giant Schnauzers, Pointers, and English Setters. He started judging in 1994 and is currently approved to judge the Sporting, Hound, Terrier, Non-Sporting, and Toy groups, Junior Showmanship Best in Show, and a number of Working and Herding breeds. He has previously judged the Terrier, Sporting, and Toy groups, and Best in Show at Westminster in 2010. This is his twelfth judging assignment at Westminster.