Judge Information


Mr. Michael J. Dougherty
1412 Windsong Ln.
Escondido, CA 92026
(760) 233-5060
CELL: (310) 823-4366
Email: dougherty1515@cox.net

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Michael J. Dougherty started with his family in purebred dogs in 1961, acquiring his first Whippet in 1963. By 1974 he was approved by the American Kennel Club for a limited handler's license, attaining all-breed status in 1977 - teaming with his father, Jack Dougherty. While concentrating on handling he also bred and owned, with his family, Miniature Schnauzers, Smooth Fox Terriers, and Keeshonden, as well as Whippets. As a professional handler, he guided the careers of many top winning dogs, including Best in Show winning Whippets and Bichon Frise. His handling focused mainly on breeds in the Hound, Terrier, Non Sporting, and Toy Groups, but also included many breeds in the other three groups.

A graduate of United States International University, Dougherty has been in the public relations and publishing industry for over 30 years. He has represented and worked with such luminaries as Gore Vidal, Maya Angelou, Joseph Wambaugh, Tom Wolfe, Robert Ludlum, Larry King, Donald Trump, Dick Morris, Sidney Sheldon, Judith Krantz, James Clavell, Christopher Isherwood, Richard Reeves, Nancy Reagan, Doris Day, M. Scott Peck, William Manchester, Dick Cavett, Timothy Leary, Irwin Shaw, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Howard Fast, Frankie Laine, Josh Logan, Dr. Robert Atkins, Michael Murphy, Ben Stein, John Rechy, and Alvin Toffler, among others.

From 1981 through late 1989 he directed his own Beverly Hills-based public relations firm. From 1989 through 1992 he held the position of Executive Director of Publicity for the book publishing company, Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc. From September 1992 through mid-1997 he headed his reestablished independent public relations firm. From mid-1997 through the end of 2002 he was the Director of Marketing/Sales/Publicity at Renaissance Media/Audio Renaissance, a Los Angeles-based book and audiobook publishing company. Presently he heads Dougherty & Associates Public Relations, an independent PR and marketing agency.

In 1985 Dougherty retired from professional handling to pursue a dog judging avocation, again following in his father's footsteps. He is currently approved by the AKC to judge Best in Show, the Hound Group, the Terrier Group, Manchester Terriers (Toy), Bichon Frises, Boston Terriers, Dalmatians, French Bulldogs, Keeshonden, Lhasa Apsos, Poodles, and Tibetan Terriers, plus Miscellaneous Classes and Junior Showmanship. He has judged at shows across the nation such as Westminster (including Best in Show in 2013), Montgomery County (including Best in Show in 2007), Morris & Essex, Westchester, Bucks County, Eastern, Ladies, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Hatboro, Devon, Old Dominion, Greenwich, Maryland, Detroit, Beverly Hills, Del Valle, Great Western Terrier, Sir Francis Drake, and Santa Barbara. His international judging assignments have taken him to Australia, Taiwan, Colombia, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Finland, Canada, Mexico, and Japan.

He and his wife Michelle, a fine artist and bonsai artist, reside in Escondido, California, where they own an award-winning pet resort - the Windsong Resort...for Pets.


Breeds Approved by AKC to Judge:

BreedPast AssignmentsFuture Assignments
Best in Show Past Assignments Future Assignments
Hound Past Assignments Future Assignments
Afghan Hounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
American English Coonhounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
American Foxhounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
Basenjis Past Assignments Future Assignments
Basset Hounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
Beagles
Beagles, Not Exceeding 13 In. Past Assignments Future Assignments
Beagles, Over 13 In. But Not Exceeding 15 In. Past Assignments Future Assignments
Black and Tan Coonhounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
Bloodhounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
Bluetick Coonhounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
Borzois Past Assignments Future Assignments
Cirnechi dell'Etna Past Assignments Future Assignments
Dachshunds Past Assignments Future Assignments
Dachshunds (Longhaired) Past Assignments Future Assignments
Dachshunds (Smooth) Past Assignments Future Assignments
Dachshunds (Wirehaired) Past Assignments Future Assignments
English Foxhounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
Greyhounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
Harriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Ibizan Hounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
Irish Wolfhounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
Norwegian Elkhounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
Otterhounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens Past Assignments Future Assignments
Pharaoh Hounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
Plotts Past Assignments Future Assignments
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos Past Assignments Future Assignments
Redbone Coonhounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
Rhodesian Ridgebacks Past Assignments Future Assignments
Salukis Past Assignments Future Assignments
Scottish Deerhounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
Treeing Walker Coonhounds Past Assignments Future Assignments
Whippets Past Assignments Future Assignments
Terrier Past Assignments Future Assignments
Airedale Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
American Staffordshire Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Australian Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Bedlington Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Border Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Bull Terriers
Bull Terriers (Colored) Past Assignments Future Assignments
Bull Terriers (White) Past Assignments Future Assignments
Cairn Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Cesky Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Dandie Dinmont Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Fox Terriers
Fox Terriers (Smooth) Past Assignments Future Assignments
Fox Terriers (Wire) Past Assignments Future Assignments
Glen of Imaal Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Irish Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Kerry Blue Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Lakeland Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Manchester Terriers
Manchester Terriers (Standard) Past Assignments Future Assignments
Miniature Bull Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Miniature Schnauzers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Norfolk Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Norwich Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Parson Russell Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Rat Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Russell Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Scottish Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Sealyham Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Skye Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Staffordshire Bull Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Welsh Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
West Highland White Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Manchester Terriers (Toy) Past Assignments Future Assignments
Poodles (Toy) Past Assignments Future Assignments
Bichons Frises Past Assignments Future Assignments
Boston Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Dalmatians Past Assignments Future Assignments
French Bulldogs Past Assignments Future Assignments
Keeshonden Past Assignments Future Assignments
Lhasa Apsos Past Assignments Future Assignments
Poodles
Poodles (Miniature) Past Assignments Future Assignments
Poodles (Standard) Past Assignments Future Assignments
Tibetan Terriers Past Assignments Future Assignments
Miscellaneous Classes Past Assignments Future Assignments
Junior Showmanship Competition Past Assignments Future Assignments

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