Insights from a Toy Group Judge Nancy Smith Hafner

Nancy Smith Hafner


Interview with a Toy Group Judge Nancy Smith Hafner


Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a judge?

Nancy Smith Hafner: My late husband and I moved to the small town of Tuscumbia, Alabama, in May 1987. I sold my boarding and grooming kennel in Nashville, Tennessee, as my husband took a job as Chief Engineer of Heat Pumps to design. I applied to judge my one breed, Poodles, in 1997 and I judged my first assignment in January 1998.

What is my original breed? What is/was my kennel name?

Nancy Smith Hafner: My original breed is the Miniature Poodle in brown, black, and apricot colors. My kennel name is Apogee, in a partnership with Monroe McIntyre of Daktari Miniature Poodles. So, our kennel names were Daktari Apogee Poodles.

Can I list a few of the notable dogs I’ve bred? Any performance or parent club titles?

In Miniature Poodles: Ch. Daktari Apogee Halston, Ch. Daktari Apogee Jarvas, Ch. Daktari Apogee Capezio, Ch. Daktari Apogee Macho, Ch. Daktari Apogee Sabrina, Ch. Apogee Daktari Lyca Cornflake, Ch. Apogee Daktari Arina, Ch. Apogee Daktari Arinna, Ch. Daktari Apogee Dakota, Ch. Daktari Apogee Allura, and Ch. Daktari Apogee Arabica.

For me, in this time period, I was credited with 77 Miniature champions. In those 20 years, we always had one or two among the Top Ten winning Miniature Poodles, with Top Producing Sires and Dams yearly.

In Toy Poodles: My first All-Breed and Specialty Winner was Ch. Apogee Daktari C