2017 BSDCC National Specialty & BSDCC SOS Regional Specialty Conformation Judges – Paul and Jean Lawless

Paul & Jean Lawless are from Kildare in Southern Ireland.  They breed and exhibit Belgian Shepherd Dogs and Schipperkes under the Revloch Affix and have bred multiple World Winners in both breeds. Among the most famous dogs they have owned/bred have included Crufts Winner Multi Ch Revloch Zidane, World Winner Ch Revloch X Factor and the history making Ch Revloch Figo, the first Belgian Shepherd Groenendael to win BIS All Breeds in both Ireland and the UK. In Schipperke they owned/bred Dual World Winner Multi Ch Revloch Coco Chanel and dual Crufts BOB Winner Ch Monterrez Jingle Belle for Hantreved. They were Top Breeders All Breeds in Ireland in 2014 and they have been Top Breeders in BSD Groenendaels in the UK for the last six years, despite living in Ireland. They have also over the years campaigned Australian Silky Terriers to great success as well as Rottweilers and Bullmastiffs.


Paul is Chairman of the Irish Kennel Club Judges Committee and is licenced to judge all Breeds in FCI Groups 1, 2, 5, 7 & 9 as well as a number of breeds in FCI Group 8 and also Best in Show. Jean is licenced to judge all Breeds in FCI Groups 1, 2, 3 and 5 as well as a number of breeds in FCI Groups 6 & 10 and is also licenced for Best in Show. They will both judge at Crufts in 2017 and again in 2018 and look forward to this return visit to judge in Canada.


Sweepstakes Judge: Laurie Thal

Laurie Thal has been owned by Belgians since 1978 ... and she has excelled in virtually every venue she and her Belgians have entered.

She has owned and shown HIT Tervs in obedience and herding, as well as four tracking dogs! Laurie is the proud owner/trainer of 3 MACHs, two of which were in the top ten in 2015/2016!

 She is both an accomplished breeder of many champions and a breeder/owner/handler of a Best in Show bitch and National Specialty BOS, "Rerun" (BIS Ch Toplines One More Copy).

She handled "Dart," BIS BISS Ch Souvenir's Triple Play CD, to both All Breed Best in Shows and ABTC National Best in Specialty Shows. She piloted Dart to many group wins and placements as well as a boatload of National "Selects" not to mention a Westminster KC Group 2! All thrilling wins.

Laurie has been credentialed as a UKC breeder judge and was honored to judge the 1998 ABTC National Puppy and Veteran Sweepstakes.

She has imported 6 Belgians over the years and their contributions to the Terv gene pool have been strong.

Laurie was honored by the ABTC in 1993 with the Gaines Good Sportsmanship Award.

She is delighted to be judging the 2017 Belgian Shepherd Dog Club of Canada National Specialty Sweepstakes and wishes every exhibitor a great day with their dog!