Show Dog Judges Profiles


, Mr Jon Tennessee,



  • AKC:

    Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Herding

Grew up in the world of Sporting, Working and Hound breeds. From University age on, and then with his wife had Bull Terriers and Bedlingtons. Later on they had Westies, Smooth Fox Terriers, Shih Tzus and finally Greyhound. He began judging Terriers in 1971. As time goes on and he is granted approval for other breeds he has curtailed his breeding and showing. Has judged in all parts of the states, as well as, Canada, Mexico, South America, Australia, Far East and Europe. He eventually developed a primary interest in Bull Terriers and Bedlington Terriers, breeds in which he had great success in both "producing good-quality puppies and achieving many wins at shows in the U.S. and Canada." At various times Mr. Cole has also owned or shown West Highland White Terriers, Shih Tzu, Smooth Fox Terriers, and Greyhounds. Always in demand, Mr. Cole has judged on six continents since his career began in 1971. He has officiated at America's most prestigious venues, including multiple Westminster assignments, and is a board member of the American Dog Show Judges. Mr. Cole has served in high office for several specialty and all-breed clubs, including president and founding member of the Kopper Valley Shih Tzu Club; president of the Group IV Terrier Association of Utah for fourteen years; and president, treasurer, board member, show chairman, and committee member, at various times, for the Dog Fanciers of Oregon, the Intermountain Kennel Club, the Bonneville Basin Kennel Association, and is the residing president of the Nashville Kennel Club.