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Henry Stoecker

Henry Stoecker (Dog show.  Born, Verdan, North Germany, Sept. 29, 1903; died. Holmdel, NJ, Dec. 12, 1998.)  Rated over four decades as one of the great judges in the history of American dog shows, Henry Stoecker was born and raised in Germany with a father who bred and showed Airdales, smoot Fox Terriers, and Boxers.  He showed his first dog at 10.  After coming to the U.S., Stoecker bred and showed Boxers and Doberman Pinschers in his own right, and his “Dodi v.d. Stoeckersburg” was the first American-born champion bitch in boxers.  He later became manager of the famed Philicoc Kennels owned by Mrs. Milton Erlanger and after World War II showed poodles for other renowned kennels.  He and Ch. Philicoc Cado Noel won the country’s first obedience trial in 1936.  Like many Americans, he was detoured a bit in his career by World War II.  He joined the Army as a civilian trainer of dogs and traveled across the country training dogs, eventually reenlisting as an officer and rising to the rank of Captain by 1945.  Although his first judging assignment came in 1930, Stoecker did not become a professional judge until 1950.  He then became internationally known, judging in all 50 states as well as Bermuda, Canada, Australia, South America, England, and Puerto Rico.  Stoecker qualified as an all-breed judge in 1966 and judged the most prestigious of all shows, the Westminster Kennel Club at Madison Square Garden, on numerous occasions.

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