2014  BMDCC National Specialty Conformation Judge: Karl-Erik Johansson (Sweden)

Karl-Erik Johansson became a dog show judge in 1977 and an FCI All Breed judge in 1997. He is a specialist in working breeds and used to breed Boxers under the kennel prefix Kalles. 

Karl is fluent in English and has judged in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Ireland, England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, France, Greece, USA, Cyprus, Croatia, Austria, Gibraltar, India, South Korea, Ecuador, Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, Japan, Slovakia, Malta, Lithuania, Brazil, South Africa, Ukraine, and China.
He began judging Bernese Mountain Dogs in 1980 and over the years has judged more than 1,500 Bernese in total. Between 1980-2012, he judged the Swedish Sennenhund Club shows 13 times. In February 2007, he judged the breed at the “EURASIA–2” show in Moscow with 84 Berner Sennenhund entries. In 2009, he was the judge for the Berner Sennenhund Specialty show in Riga, Latvia. In September 2013, he judged a large entry of Berners at Royal Adelaide in Australia; Bernese were the featured breed at this show.


2014  BMDCO Specialty Conformation Judge: Micheal Leonard  (Ireland)

Michael Leonard has been involved in show dogs for the past 34 years. He grew up with dogs as his father had gundogs on the family farm. Under Irish Kennel Club (IKC) rules he is qualified to Judge all breeds in: Groups 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 & 9. Mr Leonard is also a Best in Show Judge. He has judged in most European countries and further afield in Argentina, Canada, Australia, and Japan. 
With respect to Bernese Mountain Dogs, in 1979, he and Michael Forte introduced the breed to Ireland, bred the first litters in that country, and had the breed recognized with the IKC. In 1980, they set up the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Ireland (BMDCI). He served as Secretary/Treasurer for 10 years, and in 2007, had the honour of judging BMDCI 25th Anniversary show. In September 2013, he judged the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Argentina specialty show in Rosario, Argentina. 


2014 BMDCC Specialty Sweepstakes Judge: Kathryn Young (Lowenzehn kennel - Can)

Kathryn got her first Bernese in 1988 and started breeding under the kennel name LOWENZEHN in 1992. As a breeder, she is very proud to have bred Can/Am CH LOWENZEHN'S REASON TO BELIEVE, who went on to be the #1 Winning Bernese in Canada (1999), winner of the American National Specialty (2001), was named the BMDCC Top Producer in Canada (2006), awarded the BMDCA Top Producer of Champions (2000), and the BMDCA Top Producer of Working Title Holders (2006). 
Kathryn has judged Canadian Sanction Matches, Specialty and All Breed Sweepstakes in Quebec and Ontario, and Sweepstakes in the USA in Maryland, Alaska and most recently for the Bernese Specialty in Canfield, Ohio in August 2013. She has also judged a Sieger Show for Bernese in Wisconsin and presented a Judges’ seminar on the breed for the Valley Kennel Club in Ontario. In addition to multiple National and Regional Specialties in North America, she has attended Bernese Mountain Dog Specialty shows in France and Switzerland. 
When judging, Kathryn looks for balance and movement. She also believes that temperament is very important in a working dog. 
Kathryn is looking forward to judging the 2014 Canadian National Specialty Puppy and Veteran Sweepstakes in Long Sault this August. 

2014 BMDCOSpecialty Sweepstakes Judge: Dawn Cox (Blackrock kennel - USA)

Thank you very much for the honour of judging your sweepstakes competition. Showing and breeding Bernese has brought us much happiness and pride. We love our dogs as part of our family. We treasure their gentle souls and devotion. 
When judging Bernese I look for those with the balance and proportions that are needed to do the job, but also equally as important, is the quiet confidence that they all are suppose to have. I am thrilled to meet your wonderful dogs. 
Dawn has judged Sweepstakes at the BMDCA Supported Entry in Portland in July 2013 and for the Golden Retriever Club in Maryland in November 2012. She also judged Futurity at 2010 BMDCA National Specialty in Wisconsin.