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Mr. Shawn J. Nichols

Mr. Shawn Nichols of Calgary, Alberta, Ontario, Canada began showing dogs as an assistant to professional handlers in 1985. He went on to partner with Raymond Yurick as all-breed professional handlers. Additionally, he bred and shows Wire Fox Terriers, and Scottish Terriers but primarily Toy and Miniature Poodles under the Typecast prefix and Whippets under the Brushwood prefix.

He has been on the board of several dog clubs in Canada holding numerous executive positions and is currently the Secretary and Show Chairman for the Evelyn Kenny Kennel and Obedience Club.

Mr. Nichols began judging dogs in 2012 and is currently approved to judge the Sporting, Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Terrier, and Herding Groups. He has judged Mexico, Korea, and most recently in Australia. This is his first judging assignment at Westminster.