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How Popular Are the Top Ten Dog Breeds as Westminster Best in Show Winners
The American Kennel Club puts out a list each year of the top dog breeds in the country. The Labrador Retriever has been the number one dog breed for years, but how well do the top dogs fare as Westminster Best in Show Winners?
Westminster's Best in Show judge is tasked with evaluating seven dogs representing each of the group winners to find the one dog that best exemplifies his specific breed standard. But before that happens, a dog has to get into the finals. Unfortunately, four of the 10 top dog breeds in America, according to AKC's list of most popular breeds, have never met the challenge of a judge's expert hand and astute eye to take home Westminster Best in Show bragging rights.
Labrador Retriever - Sporting Group
The American Kennel Club puts out a yearly list of most popular dog breeds in the country. This year's dog registration stats keeps the Labrador Retriever at number one, a spot the breed has held since 1991. The Lab is a great all around dog, excelling at hunting, agility, dock diving, as a guide or service dog, narcotics dog, police dog, search and rescue, and as a therapy dog. He's a friendly, happy, intelligent, gentle, energetic, loyal, and loving family pet, but this breed has never won a Best in Show at Westminster.
German Shepherd Dog - Herding Group
Number two on the AKC list, this working dog takes his jobs seriously, no matter what it may be. He was originally bred to be a herding/livestock dog to help shepherds care for their flocks. The GSD is one of the most versatile and hard working dog breeds around, well known for his loyalty, intelligence, and courage. He excels in Schutzhund competitions, police work, as a war dog, guide dog, search and rescue, narcotics or explosives dog, as a guard dog, a herder, and family pet. But, there's only been one BIS win for the GSD.
Golden Retriever - Sporting Group
The Golden Retriever moved up one spot to number three on the list. A gentle, intelligent, patient, lovable, and well mannered family pet, the Golden Retriever is easy to train for a variety of jobs. He was bred to retrieve on both land and water. His other talents include hunting, tracking, as a narcotics dog, guide dog, service dog, therapy dog, and excels at agility, and other dog sports. This lovable and beautiful breed has never won BIS.
Beagle - Hound Group
The Beagle dropped one spot to number four on this year's AKC list. You know you are in the presence of this happy little scenthound by the sound of his unique and distinctive baying voice. This breed works in U.S. airports to sniff out illegal fruits and vegetables brought into the country from overseas passengers. The Beagle is also used to detect bed bugs, and termites. He will do anything for food, and his favorite pastime is picking up a scent, and following it no matter where it goes. This sweet pup has taken home BIS only once.
Bulldog - Non Sporting Group
The Bulldog holds the number five spot in popularity. Like other bully breeds, the Bulldog was used in England to bait bulls, and in dog fighting rings until the 1800's when laws were passed making both activities illegal. At that time, responsible breeders began to selectively breed out unwanted characteristics and created a loving dog with a loyal, and gentle temperament. The Bulldog has two BIS wins.
Yorkshire Terrier - Toy Group
Smoky, a little four pound, seven inch Yorkie was found in a foxhole in the jungles of New Guinea during WW II by an American soldier. She went on to become a celebrated war dog, mascot, and the first documented therapy dog. The Yorkshire Terrier breed was very rare at the time of WW II, and in danger of becoming an extinct breed. Because of Smoky's bravery, she is credited with shining a light on this spunky and confident breed, saving it from sinking further into obscurity. Today, the Yorkie sits in the number six spot of most popular dogs, and has won Best in Show one time.
Boxer - Working Group
The Boxer held onto its number seven spot from last year. Bred to chase down large game like the wild boar and bison, and hold on to it until a hunter came, the breed is also known for standing on his back legs and "boxing" with his front paws. Alert, intelligent, powerful, loyal, protective, and gentle with children, the Boxer has won four BIS at Westminster.
Poodle - Non Sporting and Toy Group
The Poodle has held steady at the number eight spot for a number of years. This breed comes in three sizes: Standard, miniature, and toy. The Poodle is an extremely intelligent breed with its origins in Germany as a water retriever. The "Poodle Cut" isn't to make the dog look stylish, it was designed by hunters to help the dog move more efficiently through cold water, and protect vital organs and joints. The Poodle has done well at Westminster. The Standard Poodle has won BIS four times. The Miniature Poodle has won three times, and the Toy Poodle took home BIS twice.
Rottweiler - Working Group
The Rottweiler has been climbing in the AKC rankings, and now sits at number nine. This muscular dog is intelligent, has a good work ethic and endurance, is self confident, and prefers to survey his environment before responding to a threat. Originally bred as a drover dog to drive livestock that followed behind Roman armies when they invaded Europe, the Germans perfected the herding and guarding instincts of the breed. The Rottie is happiest when doing a job and works well as a herder, service dog, therapy dog, police dog, in obedience training, and in Schutzhund competitions. This tough breed is still looking for its first Westminster Best in Show win.
Dachshund - Hound Group
The Dachshund rounds out the top 10 most popular breeds. Don't let his long and low to the ground size fool you. This is a feisty and fearless dog, bred to take on badgers, above and below the ground, and fight with the same fierceness as his prey. His origin is in Germany, and his name means "badger dog" in German. The Dachshund can't seem to find a BIS win above or below ground.
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