I am involved in the Dog World for nearly forty years now. My own breeds are Finnish Spitz and Tibetan Terrier. When I was 15 years old, I received from my parents my first pedigree dog. This was a Finnish Spitz male puppy bred in Holland. I started showing him and I always say that my first Finnish Spitz was responsible for getting me so deep in the Dog World.
During the years I imported several Finnish Spitz from the country of origin Finland.
I started breeding Finnish Spitz. I owned or bred several Dutch and international champions, FCI European Champions and FCI World Champions in Finnish Spitz.
In May 2007 I was inaugurated by the Dutch Kennel Club as the third all-rounder in the Netherlands, allowed to judge all breeds at championship show level. I am first Dutch judge who completed breed exams in all the 10 FCI groups. I have judged Best in Show and all FCI groups at international level in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2008, I judged BIS at the Dog of the Year show in the Netherlands.
I have judged in most of the European Countries, UK, Canada, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa, Russia and USA. For more than 35 years I am a member of SCANDIA the breed club for Scandinavian Spitz breeds in the Netherlands. I’m a member of “The Kennel Club”.
For many years, I’m one of the commentators at the International Amsterdam Winner Show and I did the commentary at the European Dog Show 2011.
In 2009, I judged Best in Show at the Amsterdam Winner show. One of the biggest Dog shows in the Europe. The board of the Dutch Kennel Club gave me the big honor to be the “Best in Show” judge for the FCI World Dog Show 2018 in Amsterdam the Netherlands.
For my profession, I’m Managing Director (CEO) of the Dutch Kennel Club.
For the Dutch Kennel Club, I’m chairman of the Dog of the year Show, the most important TOP DOG event in the Netherlands!
I’m responsible as CEO of the Dutch Kennel Club for the Christmas Winner Show-HOND event. The biggest and one of the oldest Dog Shows in the world.