Ms. Elaine J. Lessig

Ms. Lessig of Clinton, NJ bought her first Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in 1987. That purchase changed her life forever. By 1999 when she began judging, she had bred, owned, and handled many of her dogs to their championships, group wins, and a National Specialty Best of Breed win as well. Winning Best of Opposite Sex in a large entry at Westminster in 2001 was truly memorable. She continues to breed her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and English Toy Spaniels, having them shown, and to enjoy their successes. Currently, Ms. Lessig judges the Sporting, Toy, Non-Sporting groups, and Best in Show. Her life in dogs includes judging in the U.S. and abroad, writing for a dog publication, and being an active club president and show chairperson. Decorating and collecting vintage clothing, especially hats, are personal passions. Ms. Lessig and her husband, Dr. Marvin Lessig, recently celebrated their fiftieth anniversary. This is her first Westminster assignment.