MR. MICHAEL FAULKNER of Center Cross, Virginia grew up in the sport of purebred dogs, active in Junior Showmanship and assisting his parents with their kennel and breeding program. In the late 1960s, he acquired his first Golden Retriever. As a professional handler, he has handled numerous group winners and best in show winners in all seven groups. He has owned, bred, or exhibited eleven multiple best in show-winning Golden Retrievers, finished more than 250 Golden Retriever champions and owned and bred champion Field Spaniels, Pointers, English Springer Spaniels, and Pugs.
Mr. Faulkner retired as a professional handler in 1995 and embarked on his judging career. He continues to be an active member of the Golden Retriever Club of America. He is approved to judge Best in Show, the Sporting and Herding groups as well as multiple hound, toy, terrier, and working breeds. This is his sixth Westminster judging assignment.