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Insights from Dominic Palleschi Carota – 2022 AKC NOHS Finals Best in Show Judge

Dominic Palleschi Carota


Insights from Dominic Palleschi Carota – 2022 AKC NOHS Finals Best in Show Judge

A special thank you to the American Kennel Club and Royal Canin as well as their respective dedicated staffs for a successful 2022 AKC National Championship. I was truly honored to judge the 2022 National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Best in Show, as this is a year-end celebration honoring the skill and dedication of Owner-Handlers.

As an exhibitor, I know the thrill of exhibiting with a dog that I own on the other end of the leash. I have had the honor of being awarded NOHS Best in Show on several occasions with dogs that I not only owned but also bred. Each dog in the 2022 NOHS Best in Show line-up was extremely worthy of their place in that arena.

As a Breeder and Co-Breeder of over 50 Dual Champions, it is imperative that the dog under consideration conform to the written Standard. For me, form follows function—whatever that function may be.


Reserve Best in Show Winner

My Reserve Best in Show Winner, the Siberian Husky (GCHS Myla’s No Tan Lines) from the Working Group, exemplified the Breed as a medium-sized working dog with moderate bone, well-balanced proportions, a pleasing headpiece, and proper coat. She was light on her feet and was moved at a correct, moderate trot. Her gait was both smooth and effortless. Every aspect of this dog checked off the numerous breed characteristics as outlined in the Official Breed Standard for me.


Best in Show Winner

My Best in Show Winner, the Irish Setter (GCHS Bramblebush Piper At The Gates of Dawn) from the Sporting Group, was simply magnificent. From the time he entered the arena he did not put a foot wrong. Expertly piloted around the ring, there was something about this dog that I kept coming back to each time my eyes panned the seven worthy breeds in front of me.

Once I was able to put my hands on him for the examination, I knew I had greatness in front of me. His alert expression and correct chiseling were striking at first glance. He exhibited balance, both standing and moving. It was as if his stacked position came alive on the move, flowing smoothly and effortlessly around the ring. His substance and correct proportions brought me closer to my final decision on the day.

Wishing all my friends and fellow exhibitors a healthy, safe, and prosperous 2023.


Dominic Palleschi Carota

  • Dominic Palleschi Carota
  • AKC Lure Coursing Trial and Test Judge
  • AKC Conformation Judge
  • AKC Breeder of Merit
  • AKC Breeder of the Year 2014 (Performance-Lure Coursing)
  • AKC Board of Directors
  • AKC Vice Chairman