Dougherty and his family are long time breeders and owners of Whippets, Miniature Schnauzers, Smooth Fox Terriers, and Keeshonden. He spent many years in the ring with a variety of Best in Show winning breeds, but since 1985 has dedicated himself to judging.
While this will be Dougherty’s first time to take the honored title of Westminster’s Best in Show judge, he is no stranger to the Westminster Dog show. With more than 50 years in the sport, Dougherty competed at Westminster as junior handler, owner-handler, and professional handler, winning numerous Best of Breed titles over the years.
Dougherty will head a panel of 43 judges from 18 states and three foreign countries chosen by the Westminster Kennel Club to represent the 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 11-12.