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Best In Show: Canine Expert From Danbury To Judge At Westminster Dog Show

Janina Laurin
Janina Laurin Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. — Which dog is the best in show? A Danbury dog expert has earned a prestigious post as a judge at the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City in February.

Danbury resident Janina Laurin will be officiating over several breeds during the daytime competition held at Piers 92/94 in New York City on Feb. 12 and 13.

Laurin will be judging the Australian shepherds, Beaucerons, Belgian Malinois, Belgian sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, and Polish lowland sheepdogs on Monday.

All Best of Breed winners she selects will go on to compete in the Herding Group finals on Monday evening held at Madison Square Garden.

Laurin began showing her German shepherd dogs and Belgian Tervurens as a youngster in specialties, junior handling, breed, and obedience. She has been exhibiting as a breeder/owner/handler at The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show since the 1970s.

Laurin and her family’s Chateau Blanc Kennels (established 1960) have produced or sired more than 150 Belgian Tervurens that have excelled at the highest level of the sport.

The count multiple Best in Show and National Specialty winners as well as dual, tracking and herding champions among their dogs.

In 2002, she accepted the AKC Breeder of the Year Award for the Herding Group on behalf of the family. A second-generation dog enthusiast, she is licensed to judge the Herding Group, Best in Show and several Working breeds. This is her second judging assignment at Westminster.

All daytime preliminary breed and junior showmanship judging, agility and obedience competitions will be held at Piers 92 and 94 on the West Side of Manhattan. The group, Best in Show and junior showmanship finals judging will be held at Madison Square Garden in the evening.

For the full Westminster Week schedule, visit www.westminsterkennelclub.org .

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