American Bouvier des Flandres Club

2014 National Specialty

Purina Farms | St. Louis, MO
ABdFC National Specialty (October 25-31) | NIBdFC Regional Specialty (November 1)

2014 ABdFC National Specialty

Judge Bio: Breed & Classes

Mrs. Patricia (Pat) Hastings

Judge Photo Pat Hastings of Oregon has been involved in the dog world since 1959. She began her career as an owner-handler, moved into breeding, and then teamed up with her late husband, E.R. "Bob" Hastings, in professional handling.

Nearly 30 years ago, Pat and Bob began researching canine structure in order to help breeders more accurately evaluate litters to determine the best lifestyle choice for each puppy. Pat has evaluated over 25,000 puppies, always taking time to discuss her findings and teach about canine structure. Her expertise is respected by show and performance people alike.

She began judging for AKC in 1991. Besides judging at countless all-breed shows, she has been honored to judge many Nationals, both here and abroad, including the Doberman Pinscher Club of America’s National three times, a club that honored Pat and Bob with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Along the way, Pat has chaired local shows, National Specialties, and a major benefit for "Take the Lead."

As a highly respected educator in the dog world, Pat has always endeavored to teach by example, to approach all aspects of the Sport with respect, common sense, and personal integrity. Pat has presented seminars for 25 years around the world to all aspects of the sport and has authored three best-selling books, produced a popular DVD and has written numerous articles for a variety of publications. She is a great believer in the value of mentoring and has worked with novices and new judges providing information, moral support, and encouragement. Her years of dedication to the sport of dogs led to her being awarded the 2014 AKC Lifetime Achievement Award in Conformation.

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