Judge Information
Judge Name: Claire (Kitty) Steidel
Location: Arizona, USA
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Types of Shows: Conformation
Type of Breeds
I grew up with dogs—an Irish Setter, a English Setter and any stray I found, so it was no surprise that I was drawn to dog shows. Under the Sanchu prefix, my husband, Chuck, and I have been involved with Basset Hounds since 1968 and PBGV’s since their introduction to the U.S. in 1983. Always an owner handler, I showed proudly in Bred By Exhibitor classes until I was approved to judge the Hound Group; I then retired from going in the ring personally. Many of our Bassets and those related to ours have earned top honours at the BHCA Nationals from 1993 Ch Sanchu’s Hot Toddy (BOB) until the present. Our retired special Ch. Topsfield-Sanchu Eenie Meenie Miney Moe, aka Tiger, was BOB in 2013.

In the past I have been the Gazette breed columnist for the PBGVCA, written a monthly column for Sight and Scent, the all hound magazine. I have served as the JEC Chair for the PBGV club since the founding of the club in 1984 served as PBGVCA’s first President, and registered the first PBGV with the AKC, Ch Babette de la Garonne. I have spent 30+ years on the Basset Club of America's JEC, served 14 years as Delegate to the AKC, am currently a member of the Board of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America. I helped originate the Scottsdale Dog Judges Workshop, newly named the Arizona Dog Judges Education, and The Golden Gate Judges Seminars for rarer breeds. The following clubs have honoured me with Life Membership: Basset Hound Club of America, PBGV Club of America, Scottsdale Dog Fanciers, and Channel City KC. I give frequent presentations on the PBGVs, Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen and Bassets. I have judged in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark as well as New Zealand, Australia and Argentina.

In 1987 my book, Understanding the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (Orient) received a nomination for best breed book by the Dog Writers Association of America. It was the first book written in any language devoted exclusively to the PBGV.

I graduated from Wells College in Aurora, NY with a major in English. Following this I earned a Master's Degree from Cornell University. I taught Junior High English and ESOL in public and private schools and sold Real Estate.

I am approved to judge Hounds and Sporting Groups, 11 Toys; Permit status for 8 toys and Miniature American Shepherds, Aussies.
Future Assignments
Past Assignments


Basset Hound Club of Canada [National]
on Saturday, June 02, 2018 (Event Details)
on Saturday, June 02, 2018

All Hound Club of Ontario
on Friday, June 01, 2018 (Event Details)
on Friday, June 01, 2018

Erie Shores Kennel Club
on Friday, June 01, 2018 (Event Details)
on Sunday, June 03, 2018

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