Meet AKC Judge Sam Houston McDonald
Get to know AKC judge Sam Houston McDonald's background in life and dogs.
Posted: Mar 13, 2014 2 p.m. PST
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Sam Houston McDonald, of Chester Springs, Pa., has been involved with
purebred dogs most of his life. After seeing the
movie "Big Red" during his youth, nothing would
satisfy him until he acquired his first Irish Setter and now,
more than 46 years later, he continues to breed and
exhibit them. He has bred numerous champions and
owned several Group and Best in Show winners.
He is a past president of the Irish Setter Club
of America and has served on the board for 25 years.
He is a member of several all-breed clubs, including
Bryn Mawr Kennel Club, where he currently serves as
president and show chairman. He is also serving on
the boards of the Irish Setter Club of America
Foundation and the Dog Judges Association of
Mr. McDonald has authored a number of articles
for a variety of publications, including a four-part
series for the AKC Gazette, discussing the
Sporting Group on "form as it relates to function."
His judging experience, which began in 1986, has
afforded him the opportunity to judge throughout the
US and other countries.
Sam currently resides on his farm in
Pennsylvania, raising his Irish Setters and Irish Wolfhounds. McDonald judged at the Westminster dog show for the second time in 2014.
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