National Speciality Judges Biographies



In the late 1960s, Dana Cline’s parents gave him his first Great Dane and from that moment he knew that he would have a lifetime of involvement with this breed and with dogs.

As a young child he exhibited in 4H, training in both obedience and conformation. He found the dog show world in his teenage years, spending nearly every weekend traveling to shows, helping professional handlers and handling dogs for friends with other breeds as well. While his main interest was always in Great Danes, he worked hard to learn about other breeds and to become more active in all breeds. All of his weekends spent at dogs shows eventually led him to a career as a professional handler, where he specialized in Danes and sight hounds, but also handling various other breeds along the way.

Breeding has always been a favorite aspect of this sport for Mr. Cline. He has bred nearly 100 champions in a number of breeds, primarily Great Danes, but also Borzoi, German Wirehaired Pointers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Beagles, Italian Greyhounds, and Tibetan Mastiffs. He was a long time member of the Great Dane Club of America.

Mr. Cline is an All-Breed Judge. He has judged in a number of foreign countries, multiple National Specialties, as well as many of the country’s top shows.

Mr. Cline exhibited many Tibetan Terriers throughout his handling career and also judged the Tibetan Terrier Sweepstakes in conjunction with International Kennel Club of Chicago.


I began my involvement in purebred dogs in 1965 with obedience, but I soon realized that my true passion was in breeding and conformation. My husband and I bred multiple BIS winners in both Dachshunds and Akitas while living in Australia from 1983 to 1990. After returning home to America, I served on the Dachshund Club of America’s Board of Directors and as the founding Chairman of the DCA Health & Welfare Trust Fund for fifteen years, and as Judges Education Coordinator for 10 years. I am currently approved by the AKC to judge the Sporting, Hound, Non-Sporting and Toy Groups, and many Working breeds. I have also had the pleasure of judging in England, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
I am intrigued by the Tibetan Terrier’s history and development and always thoroughly enjoy judging these charming, lovely dogs. It is truly an honor to be nominated to judge the breed’s National Specialty Show. Thank you.