Show Dog Judges Profiles


, Mr John New South Wales,



  • ANKC:

    All Breeds

In his strong family tradition, John Rowles started his dog career at the age of sixteen when his father gave him a Smooth Fox Terrier bitch from which he built a kennel and show career of his own. This was the foundation of generations of Australian Champion Smooth Fox Terriers carrying the IVANHOE prefix that had previously been used by several generations of the Rowles family since late in the 19th Century. Upon the death of his father, John assumed the SELWOR prefix, the kennel name under which he breeds today. He has exported Smooth and Wire Fox Terriers to New Zealand, several Asian Countries and USA, where they have achieved Champion status. His canine involvement increased dramatically upon his move to Sydney in 1982 where he has successfully exhibited Smooth and Wire Fox Terriers, Whippets, Doberman's, Australian Cattle Dogs, St Bernard's and Lhasa Apso's. Since that time, he has successfully campaigned 7 Smooth Fox Terriers to the title of Australian Grand Champion, the latest being his American Import, "AM. & AUST. GRAND CH WEDIGIT BLACK TIE AFFAIR" who was the #1 Smooth Fox Terrier in Australia in 2004. More recently, in conjunction with his wife, John has imported an American Champion St Bernard who has already won several Best in Group awards. With a view to the future, following a judging stint to Ireland, he has purchased an Irish Champion Smooth Fox Terrier bitch. John was first licensed to judge the Terrier Group at the age of eighteen years and has since joined another four of his family in achieving "All Breeds" status. He has judged in every State and Territory in Australia, as well as New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, India, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, China, Indonesia, USA, Canada, New Caledonia, South Africa, Russia, Norway, Finland and Ireland. His involvement in the administrative side includes being a Committee Member of several Clubs as well as being an ANKC Accredited Examiner. While not immersed in canine activities, he is kept very busy running his own successful accounting practice as a CPA and Tax Consultant.