Kent woman to judge at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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Kent resident Faye Strauss will be among the judges from January 22-26 at the 146th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City.

The iconic dog show is set to return to New York after the 2021 event was held outdoors at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strauss will judge the working group, his third assignment as a judge at Westminster, live on January 26 on FS1, according to a press release from the Westminster Kennel Club. The winner of her task force will move on to the Best in Show contest that night.

Strauss created Sherluck Doberman Pinschers in 1973 with her husband Gary, and they have bred over 100 AKC champions. As a handler, Strauss has finished numerous Dobermans and won numerous All-Breed and Specialty Best in Show victories. In 1995 she founded Sherluck MultiMedia which produced the CD Breed Studies. His book on “The Doberman Pinscher” (publisher TFH) won the Breed Book of the Year award in 1998.

Strauss has served dog clubs as a board member, columnist for the AKC Gazette, and chair of judges’ education. The Doberman Pinscher Club of America presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the AKC Good Sportsman Award. In 2019, she was nominated as Judge of the Year by the Purina Pro Plan Show Dogs of the Year awards committee. Strauss is approved to judge Sport, Work and Non-Sport, Best in Show and Junior Showmanship groups.

“I am honored to be part of this great and diverse panel judging the spectacle of Westminster 2022,” Strauss said on Facebook.

For 2022, Westminster Week returns to Manhattan beginning with the Masters Agility Championship on Saturday January 22, the Masters Obedience Championship on Monday January 24, and breed competitions on Monday (Hound and Herding), Tuesday (Toy, Non-Sporting and Terrier) and Wednesday (sports and work), Jan. 24-26, all at Pier 36. Evening group judging will take place at Madison Square Garden Jan. 25-26.

For more information, visit westminsterkennelclub.org.

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