Show Dog Judges Profiles


, Mr Peter J New South Wales,



  • ANKC:

    Toy, Non-Sporting

Peter's introduction to the dog world was at the age of eight when he started showing Dobermans with his Aunty, then progressed to handling Rottweilers. He showed these two breeds for a number of years then along came his love of long coats. He was a foundation member of the Shih Tzu Club of New South Wales. After showing Shih Tzu for only a short time his school commitments meant that he needed a break from showing. Due to his love of dogs he always managed to attend all the major shows as a spectator. He then married and started his involvement with horses and moved to the United States of America. After moving back to Australia he and his wife, Tricia (see above), started showing Maltese in 1986. After only a short time showing they were approached by Mistyhaven Kennels and asked to campaign a male for them. This dog was Mistyhaven Wata Boutme who went on to become one of the breed's all time top winning dogs with over 30 Best In Shows to his credit. They have bred in excess of 14 Champions, under the prefix of Merimalt, many of which have been Multi Best In Show All Breeds and Specialty winners. Peter and Tricia have bred in excess of 14 Champions, under the prefix of Merimalt, many of these have been multi Best In Show All Breeds and Specialty winners. For twelve years they successfully campaigned Maltese for Ms. Patricia Nicholson, Patrician Maltese of New Zealand. Their most successful Maltese was Gr. Ch. Patrician Phantom who won Best In Show at the prestigious Sydney Royal Easter Dog Show. His son Ch Merimalt Hocus Pocus won Best in Toy Group and 3rd Best In Show at Sydney Royal 2006. He went on to win the Toy Group at Sydney Royal in 2007 and 2008 which is a record for any Toy breed in Australia. They are currently campaigning Am. Ch. & Aust Gr. Ch. Lafford Kajen Phantasy (Imp UK) who was #1 Toy in Australia and #5 All Breeds Dog in Australia in 2009. Peter has handled many breeds including Doberman, Rottweiler, Pekingese, Italian Greyhounds, Shih Tzu, Afghan Hounds , and Miniature Schnauzer. He has been the President of the Maltese Club of N.S.W. for in excess of 15 years, and is the Vice President of County of Cumberland Kennel Club Inc. Peter and Tricia presented a handling workshop at the American Maltese Kennel Club National Specialty and have been contracted to handle at National Specialties in America. They conduct the Maltese Breed Lecture for judges training candidates in Sydney, and have also presented the Maltese Breed Lecture for the trainee judges in Singapore, and Peter has assisted the Toy Group Coordinator of the Judges Training Scheme on Practical and Lecture days for the past 10 years. They currently own and operate Petcetera Etc., a show equipment business. She has judged throughout Australia, New Zealand, Philippines and Austria. Peter has judged throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.