75 – Edd Bivin: Take the Lead and AKC Judge

Edd Bivin

Edd Bivin: Dedicated to the Sport of Dogs

From Pomeranians to prestigious judge at Westminster and National Events, Mr. Bivin contributes to the sport through the Take the Lead Foundation.  Listen to episode 75 as he shares his history and dedication with Laura Reeves.

Edd E. Bivin, of Fort Worth, Texas, acquired his first purebred dog, a Pomeranian bitch, at age 12. This introduced him to the sport of dogs and became the foundation of a breeding program that led to his breeding and exhibiting top-winning Poms. Additionally, he says, “My wife Irene and I enjoyed the breeding and exhibiting of Doberman Pinschers and Dachshunds during her lifetime.”

Mr. Bivin first judged toy dogs at match shows at the age of 15. He was approved to judge Pomeranians at U.S. championship point shows in 1961 and is today approved for all sporting, working, terrier, toy, and non-sporting breeds, and several herding breeds. “It has been my privilege to judge many all-breed and specialty shows in the United States and abroad,” he says, “among those being many of the internationally famous ones–Best in Show at Westminster, 1999.  A great joy has been the judging of many national specialty shows of various breeds in the groups for which I am approved.”

Mr. Bivin is chairman of Take the Lead, a charitable organization for people in the sport. “It is a way for me and others to give back to a sport from which we have taken so much.”  He served for 32 years as an administrator at Texas Christian University, with 18 of those years spent as Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services.


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  1. Bonnie Linnell Clarke on 06/02/2017 at 9:08 AM

    Edd is such a treasure! I could listen to him without end. I am privileged to have known Edd and Irene for decades. So thankful for the time I have spent in their company.

  2. Sherry Heath on 06/02/2017 at 9:43 AM

    Completely enjoyed the interview with Edd. I’ve always had a respect for his depth of knowledge, but this brought my understanding to another level. I appreciate his insight from his position in the middle of that ring and a lot of information for me to apply.
    Thank you

  3. Robin K Nelson on 06/02/2017 at 3:21 PM

    Fabulous interview and I’ve never even run around the conformation ring. It would be a privilege to show to this gentleman. I loved the animal science “breeding stock” comments and the fact Mr. Biviin is in favor of finishing dogs after maturity.

  4. Pierre Talbot on 06/03/2017 at 2:08 AM

    Congratulation Mr Bivin and Merci/ thank you!

  5. Patiricia Crespo on 06/05/2017 at 8:28 AM

    great talk of Mr Bevin , very interesting

  6. Esther Hall on 05/19/2019 at 12:57 PM

    What a refreshing interview ! So many things Edd said, I have heard over the years, but it is always wonderful to have them reinforced again. As an aspiring judge, thank you Mr Bivin and Laura !

  7. Lisa Hansen on 07/08/2019 at 7:31 PM

    I had the pleasure of being his Ring Steward at a Cluster Show in WA. He is an AMAZING Teacher, fantastic Judge and super fun to Steward for..let me add in was my first time solo….I was very honored to serve in the Ring w him….

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