Judge Bio:

Mrs. Susan Norris-Jones

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Mrs. Susan Norris-Jones

Canadian Kennel Club


Licensed for: Hounds, Working, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups.

On Permit for: Sporting

Judging since: 1996

After a childhood filled with animals of all sorts, I was introduced to the purebred dog fancy via hunting and obedience trials. In 1974, I was given an Akita bitch and discovered the conformation show ring. Her son became my first homebred champion, and one of the first Akitas in Canada to earn both his championship and a C.D. Our breeding program went on to produce numerous Canadian and American champions, multiple Best in Specialty winners and Awards of Merit. SunoJo Akitas can be seen in the pedigrees of top winning Akitas around the world.


In 1986, the Shiba Inu joined the SunoJo family and since then have earned multiple Best in Show and Best in Specialty, Groups and Puppy Groups, Specialty wins, Awards of Merit, and top rankings in Canada, the US and around the world. Somehow along the way I became enthralled with the Toys – so much so that Japanese Chin joined the household in 1996.


As well as conformation, I have been involved with obedience and agility, and have served on the executive of all-breed and breed clubs. I started judging in 1996, and am licensed for the Hound, Working, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups, and on permit for the Sporting Group. It is a joy and a privilege to judge, and I greatly appreciate every opportunity to do so.