Meet AKC Judge Jason Hoke

Get to know AKC judge Jason Hoke's background in life and dogs.


Jason M. Hoke, a resident of Madison, Wis., began his longstanding involvement in the sport of purebred dogs in the late 1970s exhibiting German Shepherd Dogs in Junior Showmanship. In 1984, he and his parents purchased two Great Danes, which became their passion. They bred Great Danes under the Jamara prefix, producing numerous champions and one of the top Great Danes in the breed’s history.

Mr. Hoke continued his involvement by apprenticing as a young adult with noted professional handlers such as Leroy Stage and Wood Wornall. He then went on to become a successful professional handler, winning Best in Shows from many groups, and presented dogs to the highest rankings in their respective breeds.

He then went on to a successful culinary career, holding positions at famed five star restaurants such as The Inn at Little Washington. Mr. Hoke now owns two businesses including Spa Woof, a high-end boarding and daycare facility in Madison, Wis. He now is a licensed AKC judge for breeds in multiple groups.

Jason Hoke judged Junior Showmanship Finals and some additional breeds in his first Westminster assignment in 2013.



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