MR. DAVID J. KIRKLAND of SANFORD, NORTH CAROLINA attended his first dog show at 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 dozens to their championship titles including group and national specialty winners. In 1994, Mr. Kirkland acquired his first Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and continues to breed and show them today. He has also owned and bred champions in Japanese Chin and Tibetan Spaniels. Mr. Kirkland became an AKC judge in 1995 and currently judges the Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups, all Schnauzers, junior showmanship, and best in show. Mr. Kirkland shares his life with his partner Stephen and spends his time judging dog shows worldwide, gardening and working in the music ministry at his church. This is his fourth judging assignment at Westminster.