2021 MCOA National Specialty

Debra Thornton

Since 1983, Debra has been breeding and showing dogs.  She has bred approximately 150 Champion Newfoundland.   These include a number of Best in Show, Best of Breed (at the Newfoundland Club of America’s National Specialty Show) and a number of #1 Nationally Ranked dogs under the Cypress Bay Kennel prefix.

In addition to Newfoundlands, Debra has also bred a number of Champion Portuguese Water Dogs and is currently breeding a new AKC breed, the Pumik.

In 2000, Debra began judging for the AKC.  She started with her beloved Newfoundlands and now judges the Working group, the Hound Group, the Sporting Group, and the Terrier group, in addition to Pumik, and Toy Manchesters.   She also judges BIS, and the Misc. group.  Debra is now working on the Non-Sporting Group and hopes to complete it within the next year. 

Debra has judged all over the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Columbia, SA, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Germany, Italy, China, Spain, Poland, South Korea and most recently Mexico and Japan.  It has been her pleasure to meet dogs and people from all over the world.  She was honored to judge at the Westminster Kennel Club Show in addition to judging the Newfoundland Club of America’s National.

The year of 2020, as you all know is not worth discussing.  The year of 2021 is beginning to show progress and I believe everyone is exited to get back to normal.

She resides with her husband Marv, in Rincon, Georgia.  She is the past president of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Kennel Club and past Treasurer of the Hatboro Dog Club in Hatboro, Pa.  She is on the Board of the American Dog Judges Association and the Savannah Dog Club.  Our regional members of the Pumi club are now in the process of initiating a specialty regional club as well, the newly formed, Magnolia Pumi Club will have its first regional in June.  Debra is vice-president of this organization.   She is the Founder of the Animal Care Association of Mexico.  This charitable organization rescues and neuters street animals and educates the good people of Acapulco of this growing problem.