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Mr Mike Bradley


Open Show, Show Ribbon Parade, Specialist Breed (German Shepherd Dog)

About Me

Mike and wife Mary have been involved in their chosen breed - the German Shepherd since the early ‘70’s, registering their first BRADWINS litter in 1980. Their kennel has been a success story in the Specialist scene becoming the first in New Zealand to achieve the coveted milestone of breeding 50 individual progeny to be graded Excellent, with 50 individual Progeny to be Breed Surveyed, and 50 individual hip scored. Recently they achieved their 22nd individual Gold medal winner, a NZ record, and have bred many Obedience Champions and countless Show champions.

Becoming totally emersed in the show scene a natural progression for Mike and Mary was club involvement at breed and group level and eventually Judging their breed of choice. Mike judged his first German Shepherd Speciality Championship show in 1988 in Hamilton New Zealand and continued an ambition to qualify under the prestigious German SV FCI system in Europe with extensive examinations in New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Sweden. In 1995 Mike became the first New Zealander to gain SV judging status.

Like many who came through the All breeds Club system in Southland Mike received an excellent grounding as an aspiring judge in those early years. Mike has Judged All Breeds Open Shows in Otago, Southland, Canterbury, plus multi group shows in Christchurch and is looking forward to officiating in Nelson in November.

Mike has worked closely with his local Southland Judges Association members – educating Judges in the art of verbal and written critiques, which is a requirement in many countries. Mike has presented lectures overseas, and to Judges branches throughout New Zealand.

Currently President of the Southland German Shepherd Dog Club, National President of the German Shepherd Dog Advisory Council, and a Qualified Breed Surveyor - Mike is serving his 2nd term as an Executive Councillor – New Zealand Kennel Club. Club involvement over the years includes the Southland Working Dog Club, Gore & Districts Kennel Club, Southland Kennel Association, with Mike currently a committee member and Show Manager of Southland KA & Gore & Districts KA.

Recent Shows Judged At

GERMAN SHEPHERD SPECIALITY – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia In February 2006.

Judging History


Championship Show - Auckland Provincial GSDL, Wellington District GSDC, Central Districts Working Dog Club, Waikato GSDC, GSDA of Hawkes Bay, South Island GSL, Southland GSDC, Otago GSDC, in China ( 4 times), Malaysia, Phillipines, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and Hobart In Feb.


Open - All Breeds Shows in Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill New Zealand.

Open Group Shows - Gundogs - New Zealand, Working/Herding, Utility, Toys, in China, twice.

Puppy Sweepstakes - All Breeds Open Show - Bejing, China.

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