Meet AKC Judge Betty Regina Leininger

Get to know AKC judge Betty Regina Leininger's background in life and dogs.

Ms. Betty Regina Leininger of Frisco, Texas, began her experience in purebred dogs with the breeding and exhibiting of German Shepherd Dogs in her native home of Newfoundland, Canada. After a career as a paralegal, she moved to the United States in 1970 and became an AKC-licensed professional handler.

She managed the show careers of many top-winning dogs and guided the breeding programs of many of her show dog clients. After a highly successful career as a multi-breed handler, she became a judge in 1983. Today she is approved to judge all Working, Toy and Non-Sporting breeds, Pointers, Whippets, Junior Showmanship and Best in Show.

Ms. Leininger has judged multiple national specialties and Top 20 events, including the Doberman Pinscher Club of America and DPCA Top 20 on three occasions. Her judging has taken her to numerous countries in Asia, South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and her native Canada.

In the late 1970s, Ms. Leininger co-authored a book entitled Preparation and Presentation of the Show Dog under the name of Betty R. Brucker. She has conducted handling seminars throughout the continental US, Hawaii, Alaska and Canada.

She co-founded the Newfoundland (all-breed) Kennel Club in the mid-60s and has been active in many kennel clubs over the years. In 2012 Betty was nominated as “Judge of the Year,” at the annual Purina Pro Plan® Winkie® Awards.

Ms. Leininger enjoys social ballroom and country and western dancing, playing bridge and relaxing with her Long Coat Chihuahua ‘Beau.’ She spends summers with her 94-year-old mother in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She has one son, Geoffrey.

As of 2014, Betty has had six assignments at the Westminster dog show. She judged the Non-Sporting Group in 2004, the Working Group in 2012 and Best in Show in 2014.



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