MR. DAVID J. KIRKLAND of Sanford, North Carolina attended his first dog show, the Westminster Kennel Club, in 1973. Starting in Obedience, Mr. Kirkland thereafter acquired his first show dog, a Miniature Schnauzer. He bred, owned, and handled many to their championship titles including Group and National Specialty winners. In 1994, Mr. Kirkland acquired his first Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and continues in the breed today. He also owned and bred multiple Japanese Chin and Tibetan Spaniel champions. Mr. Kirkland is approved to judge the Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding groups, Schnauzers, Junior Showmanship, and Best in Show. He judged the Toy Group at Westminster in 2018. This is his fifth Westminster judging assignment.
Mr. David J. Kirkland