Show Dog Judges Profiles


, Mr William California,



  • AKC:

    Sporting, Hound, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting

William is a past member of the American Kennel Club Board of Directors. Began exhibiting Pekingese in the early 1950s. He proudly gives credit to his late wife, Elaine, for the success of their small-scale dog-breeding program. "Anything I have achieved in the sport was the result of marrying a lady with the Midas touch," says Bergum. "Considering the small number of dogs involved, her success was miraculous". Approved to judge Pekingese and Pugs in 1961 and has since added the Toy, Hound, Terrier, and Non-Sporting Groups, as well as several breeds from the remaining Groups. He has judged at major venues at home and abroad. A life member of the Ventura County Dog Fanciers, Mr. Bergum is a past president and AKC delegate of the club and was its show chair for 32 years during the heyday of the famous Ventura-Santa Barbara weekend of dog shows. He was the founding president of the Pekingese Club of Arizona, a past member of the Pekingese Club of America's board of governors, and past president and show chairman of the Sahuaro State Kennel Club. During his term on the AKC board of directors, Mr. Bergum introduced the concept of "back-to-back""shows and rekindled interest in the then-dormant "group show". Both ideas were approved by the board and are now integral parts of the modern show scene.