NEW November 2010

Conformation and Coursing

Meet Your Judge

of Functional Sighthounds
 and Internationally Recognized
as Sighthound Breeder-Judge.



          Judge Dixie Howell-Hirsch’s lifelong association with purebred dogs began with Irish and English Setters and her family’s interest in game bird hunting while she was still a young girl in Idaho. Her father was involved with Purina Mills in evaluating different formulas for Sporting and Working dogs; she helped him keep records of feeding, training and activity levels of these two hunting breeds. Later, the family began traveling extensively during Mrs. Howell-Hirsch’s high school years and she had to be content with a family pet rather than a field dog until she began raising her own family a few years later. While married to her first husband, Dixie began breeding Doberman Pinchers for the guard dog industry and Toy Poodles for the society crowd; both breeds were quite sought after in the mid-1960's Divorce and subsequent relocation and remarriage brought Mrs. Howell-Hirsch to the Irish Wolfhound breed and lure coursing. Her success in breeding, showing, and coursing since the late 1970's has garnered over 70 home-bred conformation champions, over 35 coursing champions and motivated her to become a Lure Field Trial Judge in 1978 for the American Sighthound Field Association. Her license was grand-fathered into the AKC Lure Coursing program (1988) at that program’s inception. Two of her home-bred hounds have the distinction of being the first Irish Wolfhound to earn an AKC Field Champion title and the first bitch to earn an AKC Dual Championship -- field and bench. Many others have subsequently followed to Dual Championships.
          Mrs. Howell-Hirsch was 1999-2000 Delegate to the AKC; became a Junior Showmanship judge; is symposium speaker, author and lecturer on the Sighthound Conditioning for Coursing and Conformation; author of numerous articles on Coursing and Conditioning for such magazines as Dogs International. Mrs. Howell-Hirsch has produced top winning sighthounds for exhibitors in many countries around the world, and bred, owned and exhibited one of her hounds to 12 international titles in 9 countries (besides the U.S.), who became the world’s most Internationally titled Irish Wolfhound PLUS holding a lure coursing championship, and another home-bred hound had  9 titles from 5 countries PLUS an AKC Dual Championship..
          Mrs. Howell-Hirsch promotes a strong commitment to functionality in the sighthound and the duality of purpose where the form follows the function in a natural evolution. It is this commitment which motivated her in applying for a license to judge the Sighthounds. Her more than 35 years of field experience, from the required hands-on inspection process to the judging and scoring procedures, proves Mrs. Howell-Hirsch to be eminently qualified in the field, and cognizant of sighthound breed hunting styles. Her numerous assignments as Sweepstakes judge for most of the sighthounds, sporting, terriers and working breeds attests to her knowledge, experience and peer acceptance. She is currently fully licensed to judge Basenjis, Borzoi, Irish Wolfhounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Border Terriers, as well as Junior Showmanship, and Provisional License will be applied for in Rottweilers, Bassets, Greyhounds, Scottish Deerhounds, Whippets and Ibizan Hounds, for AKC sanctioned conformation shows. Mrs. Howell-Hirsch is a recognized breeder-judge in all five of her chosen licensed sighthound breeds and has the distinction of being breeder-handler on her Champion Irish Wolfhounds, Borzoi, Basenjis, Rhodesians and Border Terrier in three countries (US, Canada, Mexico). As such an authority, Mrs. Howell-Hirsch judged at the 1999 World Show in Mexico City, along with 60 other eminent International judges.
          Mrs. Howell-Hirsch's kennel, SUNSTAG, holds a registered kennel name with Canada (CKC Permanent), the United States (AKC Renewable), and SUNSTAG is recognized world-wide as the prefix of sound, functional sighthounds.


Just The Highlights
Update February 1997:
Approved to Judge Junior Showmanship
Update October 1998: Approved for Irish Wolfhounds, Borzoi, and Border Terriers.
Successfully completed Borzoi and Irish Wolfhound Specialties assignments in Neumunster, Germany.
Update May 1999: Judged for the World Show in Mexico City with 60 other eminent International judges!
Update October 2001: Completed provisional assignments in Irish Wolfhound, Borzoi and Border Terrier as Breeder-Judge; applying for additional breeds.
Update May 2002: Additional breeds (Basenji, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Pharaoh Hound) Provisional with Breeder-Judge status for all.
2004: Began Mentoring Three Kennels: Azteca (Mexico), Rohan (Florida) and Keller (SoCal)
Update December 2007: Completed provisional assignments. Future plans to request additional Sighthound breeds.
Update June 2008: Two more home-bred hounds (Jazz & Lacey) complete their AKC Championships within a week of each other!!
Update July 2008: Approved for Additional Breeds. New Application being prepared for six more breeds.
Update December 2008: CH Sunstag D'Lacey was invited to and attended the Eukanuba (Invitation Only) event in Long Beach, CA 
Began mentorship of  The Turrean Irish Wolfhounds Kennel, including selection of foundation stock.
Update March-September 2009: Mentored The Paladin Irish Wolfhound Kennel in their first successful litter, 10 healthy puppies.
Update September 2010: An addition to Sunstag family brings in an extended gene pool!

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Dixie Howell-Hirsch ... P.O. Box 777 ... Silverado, CA 92676- 0777
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