Karen Wilson, a native of San Diego, began in dogs in 1966 with an Irish Setter, showing in conformation and obedience. Karen and her husband were active breeder/owner-handlers with their Airedale Terriers and Cairn Terriers, while their two daughters participated in Junior Showmanship.
Mrs. Wilson began judging in 1991 and is approved to judge all Sporting, Hound and Terrier breeds, Junior Showmanship and Best in Show. She has judged the National Specialties for Irish Setters, Airedale Terriers and Cairn Terriers, as well as specialties for many of her other approved breeds. She has judged in Canada, China, Denmark, South America and Australia.
She is a past president and officer of the Cairn Terrier Club of America, secretary and board member of the Dog Judges Association of America, and a member of Charlottesville-Albemarle Kennel Club. This is Karen’s fourth assignment at Westminster.
Karen has 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.