Show Dog Judges Profiles


, Mrs Polly D


  • AKC:

    Sporting, Hound, Terrier, Toy, Herding

Polly began showing as a child with Jade, a Chow Chow that was her closest friend and best buddy. In 1963 Mrs. Smith and her husband, all-breed judge Dr. Robert Smith, acquired their first American Foxhound, which took several Best in Show. The Smiths went on to breed three generations of homebred BIS hounds and five generations of group winners, all breeder-owner-handled. She and Dr. Smith co-authored a book on American Foxhounds and have given seminars on the breed. Mrs. Smith became an AKC judge of Beagles and American Foxhounds in 1978 and currently judges the Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, and Herding groups, as well as several breeds in the remaining groups. She counts among the highlights of her career assignments at Australia's Hunter Valley Hound Show, and at the Philadelphia, International Kennel Club of Chicago, Westchester, Tuxedo, and Del Monte kennel club shows, and Bred by Exhibitor (Sporting) at the AKCEukanuba National in 2005. She has held important posts at several clubs, and was a founding member of the Nashville Obedience Club, the Brandon Kennel Club, and the Middle Peninsula Kennel Club. She says, "I hope one of my accomplishments in the sport is to make the family with a pet find that showing and obedience can be a fun way to spend an afternoon or weekend."