JOAO VASCO POCAS, PORTUGAL
I started in the world of dogs at the age of 15 as a handler of a Great Dane and that same year I bought my first dog to show, a nice brindle Boxer male.
A year later I acquired my first Pyrenean Mountain Dog in France, one year later came a bitch and my first litter. I have never stopped and today I also have a Dobermann. I had 30 litters of the breed and obtained excellent results and titles such as Champions of France and other countries, as well as titles of World-Winner Champions. I judged Pyreneans and also I have trained other judges for the breed, I have judged the French Annual Specialty Show and the World Conference for the breed, held in France.
I have judged in all European countries, three times WDS and EDS in Porto, Helsinki, and Paris and soon in Amsterdam.
I have been an international judge since 1996, and since then I have progressed in my career as a judge and I am now authorized to judge the 2nd, 8th and 10th group.
From an early age I have been involved in various activities such as ring stewarding at shows; also, I was the secretary, a vice president and the president of Boxer Club de Portugal. I judged twice at ATIBOX (Novi Sad and Poitiers).
I founded the Great Dane Club, I judged almost all the club shows in Europe, the EuDDC in Poland and this year in Spain, I judged two years ago the breed at the European Championship in Brussels.
I was the president of the Newfoundland Portuguese Club, having judged the breed in all the European countries, including the FED Cup, the Italian Club Show two times and other important shows. I judged the breed at the European Championship in Kiev and I am assigned to judge it at the World Championship in Amsterdam in 2018.
I am a trainee judge of the Dogue de Bordeaux French Club, having judged the breed in the country of origin several times, including two Annual Championship shows.
I have judged other important exhibitions such as two times Helsinki Winner, four times Eurasia, once Amsterdam Winner, once Stockholm Winner, three World Championships, two European Championships, etc.
I was a member of the Portuguese Club Creation Committee and also a trainee judge for many Moloss breeds.
I am a UK Kennel Club judge at CC level for four breeds.
NIKSA LEMO, CROATIA
Dr NikšaLemo is an international championship dog show judge for all breeds, junior handling and BIS. He judged at plenty of national and international dog shows on all six continents. He was licensed in January 1992 for his first breed, Doberman. He was fully licensed as an all rounder judge in December 2010. Till present, he already judged all groups and BIS competitions and also the finals of junior handling competitions.
He has been invited to the most prestigious shows, such as World Show, European Show, Eurasia, Nordic Winner, Finnish Winner, Mediterranean Winner, Spanish National and other worldwide national breed specialties.
Dr Lemo is a university professor and board certified veterinary dermatologist (ECVD), he teaches veterinary dermatology and cynology at Zagreb University. He conducts seminars for student judges, judges and breeders; also he was an invited speaker for Dalmatians and English Bulldogs at the world club breed conferences.
As for the science, his master thesis was about hip dysplasia in dogs and his PhD presented a genetic study of dog population. He was a co-author in a review article on the evolution of Dalmatian dogs and their relation with other canine breeds.
NikšaLemo breeds Miniature Schnauzers (black and salt and pepper), and in his career he owned, co-owned and/or showed Dobermans, Pugs, Standard Schnauzers, German Shorthaired Pointers, Tibetan Mastiffs and Tibetan Spaniels.
HIROSHI KAMISATO, JAPAN
Since childhood, animals have been a constant love and no more so than dogs, always my favourites. But I was not able to breed any pure breeds until I entered University when I was 18 and it was then that my mother gave me the permission to start breeding dogs. That began my life-long involvement with dogs.
The first dog I bred was an American Cocker Spaniel. Since 1962 I have bred and exhibited American Cocker Spaniels. One of my best show results was with the American Cocker Spaniel that received Reserve Best-In-Show at the FCI Asian Section Show.
After that I have bred and exhibited Great Danes, Scottish Terriers, Maltese, and Italian Greyhounds. At this time, I am breeding Japanese Chins. In 1986 I received the JKC Top Breeder Award, and achieved JKC Champion title with Cocker Spaniels bred in 7 different colours. In 1999, at celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the JKC, I was honoured as recipient of the Top Breeder Award.
In 1978, I qualified as a judge by JKC and was approved to judge American Cocker Spaniels as my first breed. Finally, I qualified as an FCI & JKC All-Breed judge in 1984, and have judged at many shows including FCI International Dog Shows throughout Japan.
I have judged many FCI World Dog Shows, the latest being in Helsinki, the Royal Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney Shows, the AKC Eukanuba National Championship Show, and Eukanuba World Challenge. All Breed Shows in Spain, Denmark, USA, Argentina, New Zealand, Korea and overall I have judged for major shows in more than 30 different countries (Asia, Europe, South and North America, Oceania), and I continue to judge in different countries.
I have been a member of JKC since 1987. I served as a Secretary-General and Executive Director for 19 years until May 2006. During that period, I have also served as a member of the executive committee of the Asian section for the FCI.
Since 1990, I have helped arrange for several pure breeds, namely the Thai Ridgeback Dog, Korean Zindo Dog and Taiwan Dog, to achieve official recognition by FCI, and in 1999 I have also assisted in the category division of between Akita and American Akita. Being able to assist in the training of younger generations of judges for both the JKC and the Asian Kennel Union was a great honour and one of the most memorable moments of my lifetime.
At this stage of my life, my greatest wish is to be able to judge overseas whenever I have an opportunity, and I would like to share such great moments and exchange ideas within the international dog profession. In addition, I would like to see the quality dogs as much as I can in order to gain more knowledge of breeds. I would like to devote my time to write about the introduction of local breeds throughout Asia as well as a history of Japanese Chin and also an encyclopaedia of dog breeding.
NEDIM SUTA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
NedimŠuta was born in 1986 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated from the Faculty of Science, Biology Department, majoring in Genetics, at the University of Sarajevo. He was honoured with a Gold Badge and in 2010 he started working as a Teaching Assistant for the courses Ethology and General Animal Physiology. In 2011, he completed his master’s degree at the same Faculty, majoring in Microbiology, gaining the degree of MSc of Biology. In 2013, in Ontario, Canada, he successfully completed his specialization programme in behaviour of dogs and cats and gained the title Dog Behaviour Specialist. In 2014, he started his doctoral studies at the University of Sarajevo in the field of phylogeny of dogs. He successfully defended his doctoral dissertation project in 2015 and attained a PhD in natural sciences. The title of his doctoral thesis was “Biosystematic, phylogenetic and breed characteristics of American Akita and Samoyed, subspecies Canis lupus familiarisLinnaeus, 1758 (Carnivora, Canidae)“. Currently, he is in the process of becoming an Assistant Professor in the field of zoology and functional biology at the University of Sarajevo. He is fluent in English.
He is a judge of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th FCI group. He has been a judge in international, national and special shows in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Romania, Norway and Turkey. He owns Dr Wolf Kennel of American Akitas and Samoyeds, whose dogs continuously achieve remarkable results.
PAUL STANTON, SWEDEN
I acquired my first dog in 1964 which was a Shetland Sheepdog called Tint. In 1966, I went to work for the famous Hardacre kennels then mainly breeding and showing Basset Hounds, but Anne Matthews had just starting breeding the then rare Lhasa Apsos and Tibetan Terriers and I became obsessed with the Lhasa’s temperament and in 1969 I acquired my first Lhasa and have had them ever since. My first Tibetan Terrier, UK ChDokhamCavarodossi of Tintavon was born in 1970, went on to be the first Tibetan Terrier in the world to win BIS at an all breeds Championship show (1974).
I owned or bred 10 UK Champions and I am the only person to have made up champions in the three Tibetan breeds in the UK (now Tibetan Mastiffs also have CC.s) before moving to Sweden in 1977. We have owned or bred 10 Lhasa Apsos who have won All Breeds BIS and many other group winners but our most famous dog in Sweden was again a Tibetan Terrier, a double granddaughter of Cavarodossi named Int Nordic Ch BIS BISS Tintavon Desdemona, who won Top Dog of all breeds in Sweden, Finland and Nordic competitions in 1979.
Brown Miniature Poodles were kept for a short time when we made up two Int. Champions and bred one litter which resulted in two new Champions.
Whippets came into our house about twenty five years ago and we breed the odd litter with some excellent results like Best female at the famous Swedish sight hound show. Her granddaughter won BIS at the same show and this female’s son is now a group winner.
Due to many judging engagements, breeding and showing was planned to be kept at a minimum as my dog partner TorbjörnSkaar is now also All Breeds Judge, so we have just one old Whippet male at home.
We have added a new breed to our kennel, the Thai Bangkaew Dog (Group 5 Primitive Spitz Breed) and were the first to import this breed to Europe. We also plan to import more and our first litter was born on the 11 December 2012. This breed fascinates me but requires much more work than our previous breeds. We have been very successful so far and in our first litter we have WW and EU winners.
I awarded C.C.s in England in Lhasas (1974) and Tibetan Terriers (1975) before moving to Sweden where I continued my judging exams to become an FCI All Rounder in 1996.
I have now judged in nearly 60 countries on all continents. Some of my judging highlights are Crufts in 1981 (Lhasa Apsos), Tibetan Terrier Silver Jubilee show (UK), South Eastern Tibetan Spaniel Ch show (UK), The Chow ChowCh Show (UK), Canadian English Springer National specialty, Sydney, Perth and Hobart Royals, New Zealand KC National show (1998 and 2008), Gundog group at Hatboro Ch show (USA), 4 Groups at Cherry Blossom Circuit shows 2010 (USA) plus the many times I have had the honour to judge BIS in countries like France, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and The Scandinavian countries.
In 2015 I was honoured to judge BIS at the famous Helsinki and Stockholm Int shows where both shows had entries of over 7000 dogs. This added to the two times I have judged the Norwegian KC’s main show makes me extremely proud.
My other hobbies are gardening where my passion is for Fuchsias and Brugmansias (angels’ trumpets). I am also very interested in Opera, ballet and culture in general.
VOJISLAV AL-DAGHISTANI, SERBIA
Born in 1987, in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, in a family of cynologysts. Thanks to my parents who had a key role in my love for dogs and other animals, today I am a doctor of veterinary medicine and a specialist in dog elbow surgery. Currently, I am a PhD student at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Belgrade. Working and doing practice at the Surgery, Orthopedic and Ophthalmology Department and at the Reproduction, Fertility and Artificial Insemination Department.
Al Daghistani family has bred dogs for over 40 years, especially German Shepherds.
I am a licensed judge for all breeds from FCI Groups 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.
In 2006, I became a national judge, and in 2012, an international one, as well. Since then I have judged in more than 30 countries worldwide.
I am a member of the following cynological organizations:
German Shepherd Club Belgrade
Toy Club Belgrade (Board Member)
Belgian Shepherds Club of Serbia (Board Member)
Belgrade Kennel Club
Serbian Kennel Club (Delegate)
OZAN BELKIS, TURKEY
OzanBelkıs, born in 1968, lived already as a kid among breeds like Basset Hounds, Airedale Terriers or Great Danes.
He was the first Turkish exhibitor showing his dogs at international level and at the World and European Dog shows.
OzanBelkis is one of the proud founders and since 2008 he is the Vice-president of the Turkish Kennel Club.
One of his big passions in kinology is to breed Miniature Schnauzers, Black Russian Terriers and Cane Corsos.
OzanBelkis is the chairman of the Judging and Shows committee of the Turkish Kennel Club.
SUZANA VERSTOVSEK MATAKOVIC, CROATIA
Dogs have always been a significant part of my life. I grew up with German Shepherds, bred by my father. I visited dog shows from early childhood and cynology was an essential part of my formative years.
I started breeding Terriers together with my husband, under the prefix ‘The best Colour’. We bred more than 30 litters of various Terrier breeds – Irish, Lakeland, Welsh, Kerry Blue, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten and Airedale Terriers, and Miniature Schnauzers. Dogs from our kennel attained more than 100 national and international champion titles, including European and world championships.
I was born in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, where I finished a secondary school for veterinarian technicians and later enrolled at the Veterinary Faculty. From a very early age I started professionally grooming and handling dogs for shows. I also have a successful grooming salon, established in 1995, and a pet shop selling high quality products for groomers and grooming salons.
I have also won at many grooming competitions and brought many dogs to their titles.
I exchanged long-lasting handling of dogs with judging at dog shows. I am also a judge for junior handling. Up to now I have judged in the majority of European countries.
I have dedicated my whole life to dogs, also including in my passion the art of grooming.
MILE ALEKSOSKI, MACEDONIA
I was born in 1970, in the capital of Macedonia, Skopje; married and a proud parent of two children.
In my family we always had a dog in the house. My parents were not breeders, but we had dogs as family pets and for shows.
I started breeding in 1990, and became judge in 1994. Since then I have judged at many national, international and specialty dog shows in Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Estonia, Russia, Belorussia, Lithuania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Luxemburg, France, San Marino, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Italy, Slovakia and Montenegro. I was a JBIS and BIS judge at more than 100 shows.
I became an international judge in 1999 and from January 2006 I am an international judge for all breeds and all FCI groups (and BIS).
I was a breeder of Sarplaninac and Dalmatians and now I breed Bull Terriers and Golden Retrievers. The name of my kennel is ‘Smile of a mile’.
Since 2009, I have been the president of association of Macedonian judges within the national Macedonian Kennel Association where, at present, I am the President. I am a doctor of veterinary medicine and work in my own clinic.
CRISTIAN STEFANESCU, ROMANIA
Since he was a young boy, there were always dogs in the family. Cristian’s grandfather brought about his general love of dogs as he was a huge dog lover who also offered him his first dog, a small, red spitz type.
Cristian started to breed English Cocker Spaniels in 1988 and this was followed by American Staffordshire Terriers from 2001, Miniature Bull Terriers and very recently Chihuahuas, with his wife Madalina.
He first went to a dog show in Bucharest in 1981 and it was the decisive moment in his evolution in the canine world! That was when Cristian was “infected” with this virus and he believes that it will never “heal”!
He bred English Cocker Spaniels for 15 years. A lot of Cristian’s breeding received excellent results, both in national and international shows. He has managed to monitor them up to the fourth and fifth generation. Unfortunately, due to judging invitations and commitments, Cristian had to curtail breeding, but continued as a dog owner. It is better to know when to stop rather than do things half-way.
Cristian became an FCI judge in the year 1992 and an all-rounder judge in 2005. He has the approval to judge all FCI recognized breeds and he has had the honor and pleasure to judge during these last years at many major European and World FCI dog shows, and almost all FCI countries around the world.
From 1988 Cristian was the secretary of the English Cocker Spaniel Club in Bucharest and from 1996 until 2005 he was the General Secretary of the Romanian Kennel Club. Cristian is now the President of the Romanian Kennel Club and Chairman of the Metropolitan Area of Bucharest Kennel Club. He is also a member of the FCI Judges Commission, Working Group for FCI Reformation and AKC recognized overseas judge and a member of American Dog Shows Judges Association.
Cristian says the most important thing is that you truly love the DOG. If there is this feeling, the rest just comes naturally, with a lot of hard work and lots of passion, and a lot of time must be dedicated to studying. Respect and professional attitude towards exhibitors and the organizers is also extremely important. Each moment of judging brings him a huge responsibility for what he says and does.
SYLVIE DESSERNE, FRANCE
Born into a family where animals took pride of place, from a very early age I was always surrounded by four-legged friends and mostly by our pet Pointers and Poodles.
As soon my finances permitted, I bought my first show dog and was quickly smitten by the idea of starting a small kennel and that was when the “Vilfloriane” affix was created. Shih Tzu, then King Charles and Cavaliers King Charles Spaniels became my life. I bred many champions mainly Charlies and Cavaliers.
Thus started a passion that was to influence the rest of my life, not always, I might add, with the family’s approval, as dogs tend to take over your whole existence. They can take you around the world, first as an exhibitor and then as a judge.
Although my first breed, the King Charles, will always hold a special place in my heart, I have developed a passion for all breeds. It has now become impossible not to feel a thrill when I am standing in front of an outstanding specimen whatever the breed.
HORST KLIEBENSTEIN, GERMANY
I grew up with dogs as my father had German Shepherds and later black Miniature Schnauzers.
At the age of 13 I bought my first dog, a Great Dane.
My first litter was in this breed.
Further in the future I bred Basset Hounds, WhireTeckels Standard and Westies.
In 1961 I was authorized as a judge for Great Danes and one year later for Basset Hounds and French Bassets.
Since 1974 I have been a Group Judge for the old Group 5 and 6.
Since 1986 I have been an All-Rounder.
From February 1998 I have been the President of the FCI Judges Commission.
I have been judging in following countries:
Australia, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, South Africa, Kenya, Panama, New Zealand, Israel, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Korea, USA, France, Spain, Peru, Portugal, Hungary, Turkey, the Check Republic, Serbia, Slovakia, Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Luxemburg, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, U.K., Scotland, Italy, Switzerland, Cyprus.
The most memorable moments were judging at my now 17 World Shows and the first invitation to Sydney Royal and the first time in South America (Argentina and Brazil).
NOREEN HARRIS, AUSTRALIA
I show and breed dogs in my home city of Melbourne,Australia with my “Bonnymead” prefix.
I am an ANKC licensed All Breeds judge, AKC All Breeds Judge # 100037 and FCI All Breeds Judge # 18131.
I have had the pleasure of breeding many Champions, Best in Show andSpecialty winners, and top winning Obedience Whippets.
Although being mainly involved with Beagles and Whippets, I have alsoowned and exhibited other breeds including Finnish Spitz, LabradorRetrievers and Greyhounds. I have handled many other breeds from all groups.
I have had the wonderful opportunity and experience of judging majorshows and specialties in UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Ireland, Thailand, South Africa, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, China, Estonia, Japan, USA and of course Australia.
For many years I have been involved in club administration, serving –The Beagle Club of Victoria, The Whippet Association of Victoria,The Hound Club of Victoria, the Ladies Kennel Association, and Lyndhurst Canine Country Club.
I am an accredited Tester for student judges.
I am a Life Member of The Whippet Association of Victoria, life Member of the Ladies Kennel Association, life Member and Vice-President of Lyndhurst Canine Country Club and Secretary of The National Whippet Breed Council of Australia.
I was honoured with Life Membership of The Beagle Club of Victoria in 1985and in 1999 became Patron.
SUE E BOWNDS, AUSTRALIA
Dogs have been in my life for as long as I can remember. I am a fourth generation dog person, and my prefix “Nangunyah” was established in 1961 by my parents. This is an Aboriginal word which means “happy home of many dogs”. My great grandparents migrated from England to New Zealand and both were dog judges. They mainly had terriers and some gundogs. My grandparents would take me away on circuits showing for them when I was only 5. I showed Fox Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Scottish Terriers, Irish Water Spaniels, Basset Hounds, Curly Coated retrievers and of course our beloved Beagles to name a few. My family started The Beagle Club of NSW and so began my love of the breed. So you could say that I grew up in dogs as I do not remember a time without dogs!
When I was 5, my grandparents asked my parents what dog they would like and eventually they chose the Beagle. We had several locally bred dogs before both my parents and grandparents began importing from the UK. These imports included both UK and American lines. In 1976 I married and moved my first Beagle into the house a month later! She was not what I wanted in a showdog and I began planning litters as she contained some old lines that I wanted to continue. She produced my first specialty Best In Show winner in 1983.
I had great success in the 80s, 90s and 2000s, and won many Best In Show All Breeds and Specialties with a variety of dogs and bitches. There are or have been, Nangunyah Beagles in the UK, US, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark and Malaysia. Progeny and many descendants from these dogs are all over the world and continue to do well in the ring to this day.
Currently I am campaigning the beautiful lemon girl Supreme Ch. Baldev Legally Blonde (AOM) who is the youngest Beagle to attain the award of merit status as awarded by the National Beagle Council (Australia). She is a multi-specialty and Best in Show All Breeds winner and was Top Beagle in Australia. She represents beautiful type and balance with a melting expression and strong reaching movement. I believe her results to be a record for a bicolour Beagle bitch anywhere in the world.
Nangunyah has now been breeding for 56 years and I have been for over 40 years. The prefix has bred over 100 champions in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Denmark and Germany. Our kennel is small and we only ever keep 6 or less dogs at home. We have been very lucky to have had some wonderful dogs over more than 5 decades.
My judging career started in 1980 when I completed my Hound Group. I now judge All Breeds after completing my last group in 2014, a journey of 34 years and now judge Best In Show. I have judged in all states of Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, South Africa, Poland, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Philippines, China, Thailand, USA and UK.
Though I only have Beagles now, I have also owned and shown English Springer Spaniels and Dobermans and have titled Dachshunds. Beagles have been my life’s passion and continue to be so.
I am very excited to be judging at the Split Shows in 2018.
EDD BIVIN, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, I acquired my first purebred dog at the age oftwelve. This Pomeranian bitch introduced me to the sport of dogs and became the foundation of a breeding program that led to my breeding and exhibiting top- winning Pomeranians. From this base I was to first judge toy dogs at match shows at the age of fifteen. I was approved to judge Pomeranians at championship point shows in the US in 1961. I am presently approved to judge all sporting breeds, all working breeds, all terrier breeds, all toy breeds, all non-sporting breeds and several herding and hound breeds. It has been my privilege to judge many all-breed and specialty shows in the United States and abroad, among those being many ofthe internationally famous ones- Best in show at Westminster, 1999. A great joy has been the judging of many national specialty shows of various breeds in the groups for which I am approved. Pursuing a career in education, I served for 32 years as an administrator at Texas Christian University with 18 of those years spent as Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services. My wife Irene and I enjoyed the breeding and exhibiting of Doberman Pinschers and Dachshunds during her lifetime. I retired from the university in 2003. Among the more satisfying activities that I have helped with in purebred dogs is my work with Take the Lead, a charitable organization for people in the sport. The need for this organization and its assistance to individuals in the sport who are suffering life threatening or critical illness or injury is beyond my ability to adequately describe. It is a way for me and others to give back to a sport from which we have taken so much.