Augusto Benedicto Santos III
More familiarly known as "Dinky" amongst his peers, he was born in 1967 to a family of “Animal Lovers”. Dinky has been showing dogs for as long as he can remember. At an early age, he and his siblings would often accompany their Father to the dog shows. Together with his Father and siblings, through the years, he was involved with German Shepherd Dogs, German Shorthaired Pointers, Japanese Akitas, and Bull Terriers before personally getting engrossed with the Labrador Retriever in 1988.
Dinky’s SUNSHADOW LABRADOR RETRIEVERSis one of the main forces behind the success of the Philippine Labrador Retriever today. He owned PCCI’s #1 DOG for 1996, #5 for 1995 and #3 for 1997. He has ownedand bred more than 130 Champions –at least 70 of which are homebred. He also owned the #1 All-Breed “Sire of Champions” in the Philippines who has sired fifty-six (56) Champions –a number yet to be surpassed in the Philippines. Together with his father,they have owned German Shepherds that include four National Siegers (VA1) & one National Siegerin (VA1). He is presently involved with Prembroke Welsh Corgis wherein he has bred several Champions to date.
He is currently the President of the FCI ASIA-PACIFIC SECTION (since 2013) and is a member of the FCI GENERAL COMMITTEE. He is also the President of the Philippine Canine Club (PCCI), a position that he has held since 2004. He was formerly the WUSV Continental Director for Asia until 2017.
He has judged in over 50 countries and in all 7 continents – all over Asia, Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. He is honored to have been able to judge at the prestigious Santa Barbara Kennel Club in the United States. He has also judged at many Asian, Americas & European Section Shows and World Dog Shows (Bratislava 2009, Budapest 2013, Moscow 2016, Germany 2017, Netherlands 2018, China 2019). He judged BEST IN SHOW at the WDS 2019 in Shanghai. He is alsoscheduled to judge at the World Dog Shows in 2020, 2021 and 2022.