The 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is set for Jan. 26 in New York. COURTESY PHOTO, Westminster Kennel Club

The 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is set for Jan. 26 in New York. COURTESY PHOTO, Westminster Kennel Club

Kent woman to be judge at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Faye Strauss will judge the Working Group Jan. 26 in New York

Kent resident Faye Strauss will be among the judges Jan. 22-26 at the 146th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.

The iconic dog show is set to return to New York City 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, her third judging assignment at Westminster, live Jan. 26 on FS1, according to a Westminster Kennel Club media release. Her Working Group winner will advance to the Best in Show competition that night.

Strauss established Sherluck Doberman Pinschers in 1973 with her husband Gary, and they have bred 100-plus AKC Champions. As a handler, Strauss finished numerous Dobermans and garnered many All-Breed and Specialty Best in Show wins. In 1995, she founded Sherluck MultiMedia that produced CD Breed Studies. Her book on “The Doberman Pinscher” (TFH publisher) won Breed Book of the Year in 1998.

Strauss has served dog clubs as a board member, AKC Gazette columnist and Judges Education chair. The Doberman Pinscher Club of America awarded her the Lifetime Achievement Award and AKC Good Sportsman Award. In 2019 she was nominated for Judge of the Year by the Purina Pro Plan Show Dogs of the Year Awards Committee. Strauss is approved to judge the Sporting, Working, and Non-Sporting groups, Best in Show and Junior Showmanship.

“I am honored to be on this great, diverse panel judging the 2022 Westminster show,” Strauss posted on Facebook.

For 2022, Westminster Week returns to Manhattan starting with the Masters Agility Championship on Saturday, Jan. 22, the Masters Obedience Championship on Monday, Jan. 24 and the breed competitions on Monday (Hound and Herding), Tuesday (Toy, Non-Sporting and Terrier) and Wednesday (Sporting and Working), Jan. 24-26 all on Pier 36. The evening group judging will be held at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 25-26.

For more information, go to westminsterkennelclub.org.


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