Dr. Sturz of Centerport, NY began his involvement with the sport of dogs in 1969 along with his family and exhibited at Westminster for the first time in 1972 as a junior handler. He ranked as the nation’s number one Junior Handler in 1974, 1975, and 1976. He has continued to exhibit actively in conformation events and has bred, owned and handled all-breed and specialty Best in Show winners in a number of breeds. Dr. Sturz began judging in 1990 and he has judged at prestigious dog events internationally. He is approved to judge the Sporting and Hound groups, Junior Showmanship and Best in Show. This is his ninth Westminster assignment, including judging the Hound Group in 2006 and the Sporting Group in 2010.