DOROTHY N. COLLIER of Sapphire, North Carolina knows well the special place of the Westminster Kennel Club in the world of dogs and in the culture and history of New York City as a native New Yorker, born and raised in Greenwich Village.
Involved in the sport of purebred dogs for more than 40 years, her first breeds included a Maltese, Old English Sheepdogs, Dobermans and a Pointer. In 1969, she acquired her first Komondor. Over the next 15 years, her Summithill Kennels produced four Best in Show winners, specialty winners, top producers and 25 champions; she bred or owned every one of the top-ranked Komondors in the country from 1974 to 1984, rightfully earning her a position as an expert in the breed.
Many of today’s Komondors go back to her original stock, even though she stopped her breeding program in 1982 when she became an AKC-approved judge. Today, she is licensed to judge the Working Group and the Herding Group, and has officiated at shows all over the world. Mrs. Collier was honored as the Best in Show judge at Westminster in 1997 and has previously judged the Working Group in 1994 and 2000. This is her 14th judging assignment at Westminster.