FOR RELEASE: Monday, March 29, 2010
Contact: David Frei (212) 213-3212
ITALY’S PAOLO DONDINA TO MAKE HISTORY
AS WESTMINSTER’S BEST IN SHOW JUDGE IN 2011
NEW YORK – Paolo Dondina of Monterchi, Italy, will become the first Italian ever and
the first person from outside of North America since 1930 to judge Best In Show at
the legendary Westminster Kennel Club’s Annual All Breed Dog Show when he takes
on that assignment in 2011.
One of the world’s most accomplished purebred dog fanciers, Mr. Dondina will make
the ultimate selection at Westminster’s 135th annual event on February 14-15 at its
show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It is his first Westminster
Mr. Dondina has had a number of breeds, and has bred Beagles, Basset Hounds,
English Springer Spaniels, Lagoto Romagnolos and Jack Russell Terriers. He has
had great success as an exhibitor, including as the co-owner of Brookwire Brandy of
Layne, the Wirehaired Fox Terrier that captured Best In Show at the famed Crufts
Dog Show in the United Kingdom in 1975. One of his Beagles was the top dog in all
breeds in Italy in 2005.
He has been recognized as an all-breed judge by the Federacion Internationale
Cynologique (FCI) since 1985, and has judged all over the world. A lawyer by
profession, he lives in a converted farmhouse in Tuscany.
Previously, Midgely Marsden (1914) and W.L.McCandlish (1930) of the United
Kingdom judged Best In Show, as did Canadians Dr. Carleton Ford (1929) and
James Reynolds (2006)
Mr. Dondina heads a panel of 32 judges from 16 states and three foreign countries
who will preside over the dog world’s most prestigious event.
All seven Group judges have previously judged Best In Show at Westminster. They
are James Reynolds (2006 Best In Show judge) of Nepean, Ontario, Canada
(Sporting); Dr. Robert Indeglia (2007) of Naragansett, RI (Hound); Mrs. Dorothy
Collier (1997) of Wellington Beach, FL (Working); Mr. Edd Bivin (1999) of Fort Worth,
TX (Terrier); Mr. Frank Sabella (1990) of Tampa, FL (Toy); Mr. W. Everett Dean, Jr.
(2002) of Richmond, VA (Non-Sporting); and Mrs. Lynette Saltzman (2005) of
Westport, CT (Herding).
Mrs. Linda Pitts of Knoxville, TN will judge the Junior Showmanship finals.
With six new breeds eligible for Westminster for the first time in 2011, there will be
179 breeds and varieties in competition. The 2011 Westminster Kennel Club judges
SPORTING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (30):
Mr. Peter Baynes, Lyman, SC: Curly Coated Retrievers, Vizslas, Weimaraners,
Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.
Mrs. Marsha Hall Brown, Tustin, CA: Brittanys, Flat Coated Retrievers, Nova Scotia
Duck Tolling Retrievers, Irish Red & White Setters, Field Spaniels, Irish Water
Spaniels, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels.
Mr. Douglas Johnson, Bloomington, IN: English Setters, Gordon Setters, Irish
Setters, Boykin Spaniels, English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels.
Ms. Marjorie Martorella, Millstone Township, NJ: Pointers, German Shorthaired
Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, American Water Spaniels, Clumber Spaniels,
Dr. Bob Smith, New Orleans, LA: Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties).
Mrs. Cindy Vogels: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Labrador
HOUND BREEDS AND VARIETIES (28):
Mrs. Lee Canalizo, Palm Harbor, FL: American Foxhound, Basset Hounds, Beagles
(both Varieties), Black & Tan Coonhounds, Bloodhounds, Bluetick Coonhound,
English Foxhound, Harriers, Ibizan Hounds, Plotts, Redbone Coonhounds.
Mr. Michael Dougherty, Escondido, CA: Basenjis, Dachshunds (all varieties),
Norwegian Elkhounds, Otterhounds, Petit Bassets Griffons Vendeen.
Mr. Espen Engh, Lier, Norway: Borzoi, Pharaoh Hounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks,
Mr. Age Gjetnes, Lier, Norway: Afghan Hounds, Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds,
WORKING BREEDS (28):
Mr. Espen Engh, Lier, Norway: Portuguese Water Dogs.
Mr. Roger Hartinger, Cincinnati, OH: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Cane Corsos, Great
Pyrenees, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Komondorok, Kuvaszok, Rottweilers.
Mrs. Polly Smith, Stephens Church, VA: Boxers, German Pinschers, Giant
Schnauzers, Great Danes, Mastiffs, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Tibetan Mastiffs.
Dr. Robert Smith, Stephens Church, VA: Doberman Pinschers, St. Bernards,
Samoyeds, Siberian Huskies, Standard Schnauzers.
Mr. Burt Yamada, Blue Jay, CA: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Anatolian Shepherd
Dogs, Black Russian Terriers, Bullmastiffs, Dogues de Bordeaux, Leonbergers,
TERRIER BREEDS AND VARIETIES (28):
Mrs. Rosalind Kraus Kramer, Leesburg, VA: Airedale Terriers, Cairn Terriers,
Smooth Fox Terriers, Wire Fox Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Scottish Terriers,
Sealyham Terriers, Welsh Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.
Mr. Ken McDermott, Newburgh, NY: Australian Terriers, Border Terriers, Miniature
Bull Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers.
Dr. Robert Smith, Stephens Church, VA: American Staffordshire Terriers, Bedlington
Terriers, Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Glen of Imaal
Terriers, Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Skye Terriers,
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Standard Manchester
TOY BREEDS AND VARIETIES (23):
Mr. Espen Engh, Lier, Norway: Brussels Griffons, Chihuahuas (both Varieties),
Chinese Cresteds, Italian Greyhounds.
Mrs. Paula Hartinger, Cincinnati, OH: Affenpinschers, English Toy Spaniels (both
Varieties), Havanese, Japanese Chins, Toy Fox Terriers, Toy Manchester Terriers.
Mr. Dennis McCoy, Apex, NC: Papillons, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Toy Poodles,
Mr. Leonard Reppond, San Leandro, CA: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Maltese,
Miniature Pinschers, Shih Tzu, Silky Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers.
NON-SPORTING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (18):
Mr. Gary Doerge, Jackson, TN: American Eskimo Dogs, Boston Terriers, Bulldogs,
Chinese Shar-Peis, Chow Chows, Finnish Spitz, Shiba Inu.
Ms. Betty Regina Leininger, Frisco, TX: Bichons Frise, Keeshonden, Lhasa Apsos,
Lowchen, Schipperkes, Tibetan Spaniels, Tibetan Terriers.
Mr. Dennis McCoy, Apex, NC: Dalmatians, French Bulldogs, Miniature Poodles,
HERDING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (24):
Mrs. Barbara Dempsey Alderman, Moon Township, PA: Australian Cattle Dogs,
Beauceron, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Border Collies,
Bouviers des Flandres, Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
Dr. H. Scott Kellogg, Knoxville, MD: Australian Shepherds, Collies (both Varieties),
German Shepherd Dogs, Shetland Sheepdogs.
Mr. Robert Stein, La Quinta, CA: Bearded Collies, Briards, Canaan Dogs, Cardigan
Welsh Corgis, Icelandic Sheepdog, Norwegian Buhunds, Old English Sheepdogs,
Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, Pulik, Pyrenean Shepherds, Swedish Vallhunds.
JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP PRELIMINARIES: Mr. Douglas Johnson, Bloomington,
IN and Dr. Bob Smith, New Orleans, LA.
The Judging Panel is subject to approval by the AKC.
The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred
dogs. Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its
famous all breed, benched dog show held every year at New York's Madison Square
Garden. The show is America’s second longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the
Kentucky Derby. For additional information, log on to www.westminsterkennelclub.org.