Tunold-Hanssen, mr. A.
“What is your breed?” One of the most common questions to get in the dog world, and one of the hardest for me to answer. From the very early years, not coming from a “dog family”, any four legged furry friend I could spend my time with was happiness. And from that, the interest for dogs in general started and I have from then on had a hard time settling with only one breed.
Working my way through school, I made my living from being a part time dog groomer after school hours. This gave me a broad perspective of dogs, and when I started taking some of my clients to shows as a handler (junior handler at the time) I also got a nice insight into a broad variety of breeds.
My first own breed was Rough Collie, but over the years different circumstances have moved me into several breeds, among them Miniature Schnauzers, Giant Schnauzer, Baverian Mountain Scent Hounds and Dachshunds, and as a handler I was very much involved in different breeds in group 9. For the last decade or so Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has been my breed and I am among other very proud of having bred the 2016 Crufts BOB winner.
My judging career started in 2004, with Schnauzers, Pinschers, Collie and Sheltie as the first approved breeds. Over the years, the list of approved breeds now includes breeds in the FCI groups 1, 2, 4, 6 and 9. I have been fortunate enough to be judging in all the Nordic countries, in the Baltics, Holland, Greece, Portugal, UK, Ireland and Russia, and feel privileged to see the different breeds in different countries.
The art of judging dogs is an area of interest I have entered with the outmost respect; respect for the role itself, the job at hand and the respect for all the breeders and owners bringing their dogs under us as judges, for us to go over and assess.
For that reason, I have over the years had the pleasure of serve in different judges related roles in different organizations, among other nearly 10 years as secretary and president of the Judges organization in Norway, one term in the Board of the Norwegian Kennel Club, headed the subcommittee for dog shows in the Norwegian Kennel Club, and I was also the appointed NKK representative at the FCI Show and Judges Commissions for four years.
I am looking forward to judge at your upcoming show!