Judge Danik Dancause

Montreal, Quebec

Danik Dancause

I first started to show dogs in 1989, at the time I was only sixteen years old. This marked the debut of a great adventure that helped me become the person I am now. My thirst for knowledge in purebred dogs drove me to get involved in many different aspects of the game.

I would think that I am mostly recognized as a (former) handler. During my career, I had the chance to show more than forty breeds to their championships and as specials in Canada and the United-States. I was most often identified with Sporting and Working dogs, nonetheless, I was fortunate to have won Best in Shows and specialties with dogs from multiple groups. Some of my most memorable moments as a handler were with Portuguese Water Dogs, for example, best of breed at Westminster KC in 1996, first PWD BIS in Canada in 1997, breed at the Greenwich Specialty in 2007, breed at Eukanuba in 2008, and BOS at the US National Specialty in 2009.

I’ve always been interested in becoming a conformation judge. I enjoy seeing or meeting great dogs, no matter what the breed. When you see a good representative of a breed, it is normally easy to see what their function is. I am an approved judge for sixteen Working breeds and on permit for the remainder of the group.

Besides my dog life, I currently work as a Marketing Manager in the glass industry. In my spare time, I truly enjoy spending time outside fly-fishing and going after the king of the rivers, the Atlantic salmon.

Finally, I would like to wish good luck to the exhibitors. I can assure you that I am looking forward to seeing your dogs in the ring. Enjoy the show!


Judge Kathy Maguire

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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Kathy Maguire began showing dogs in conformation at the age of 12 with a Brittany. She learned early on the significance of the statement “Effort Equals Results” and through perseverance finished her first champion completely novice-owner-handled. From that first show dog, she went on to breed/own and handle over 25 dogs to their champion- ships and was also a very successful Junior Handler, qualifying for Westminster’s LIMIT class. Her first home bred Brittany champion went on to become one of the top producing stud dogs in the history of the breed – siring over 50 champions. Kathy also apprenticed under professional handler Tom Glassford in the late 1980’s.

After a significant hiatus from dog shows, Kathy acquired her first PWD in 2005 and returned to the show ring, grooming and owner-handling her dogs. Breeding on a limited basis since 2007, there are presently 20 “Patriot” Champions, including Best in Show, multiple group winners, a Top Twenty winner, multiple Specialty winners and many happy family companions.
Kathy served as past president of the Great Lakes PWD Club, has judged sweepstakes competitions at the Rio Salgado and PWD Club of Northern California Specialties, and enjoys mentoring fanciers in the sport of pure bred dogs. She has assisted on several National Specialty committees and is a strong advocate for transparency with regards to health and temperament in breeding programs.

She presently lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and would like to thank the PWDCC for the invitation to judge at the 2018 National Specialty!

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Judge Rodi Hübenthal

Olofstrom, Sweden

His involvement in dogs started with showing, trailing and breeding Dobermann's, German Pinschers, Giant Schnauzers, Briards and Whippets. During this time he imported dogs from England, Germany, America and Israel. Rodi was the founder and Chairman of the Norwegian Pinscher Club and the Norwegian Briard Club and has held positions on many Breed Club Committees including Chairman of the Norwegian Dog Judges Association.

During the last 30 years he has, together with his wife Wera, bred Dobermann, German Pinschers, Miniature Pinschers, Whippets and Briards. They have about 140 dogs of their breeding earning Championships with the prefix "Picador" around the world.

Rodi received his first authorization as a judge in 1969; Doberman and Rottweiler - then all Sighthounds (FCI - Group 10) and since then he has taken education for more and more breeds until he became an FCI all breeds judge in 1992. He has judged all over Europe, Israel, America, Hawaii, South America, Barbados, Australia, South Africa, Japan, India, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. Recently he judged at Colare de Oro in Italy, Champion of Champions in Switzerland, Portugal, and Russia, the Junior Handlers Finals at Crufts, the World Shows in Copenhagen, Bern, Vienna, Helsinki and Milan and the European Winners Show in Copenhagen. Judged Sydney Royal 2005.