Tuesday Top Ten: Winningest Breeds at Westminster

January 15, 2013

So, let’s say you decide you want to make a big splash in the world of dog shows. What breed should you plan on showing? Here’s our list of the breeds that have won Best in Show the most times since the show began awarding the prize in 1907.

Useless trivia fact of the day: No Best in Show was awarded in 1923 due to rules changes that didn’t allow for breeds to compete against each other.

1. The best of the best is certainly the Wire Fox Terrier, having captured 13 Best in Shows. If you include the Smooth variety of Fox Terrier, the total rises to 17.

2. If you count all of the sizes of Poodle as one breed, they fall in at number two, with 9 wins. Four for the Standard size, three for the miniatures, and two for the toys.

3. Next in line is the Scottish Terrier, winning 8 of the top trophies.

4. The English Springer Spaniel has been distinguished at the top spot six times.

5. Here’s where it gets tricky: no fewer than nine breeds are tied with four wins each. The list includes Airedale Terriers, Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Smooth Fox Terriers, Perkingese, Pointers, Standard Poodles, Sealyham Terriers, and Cocker Spaniels (including Black, ASCOB, and Parti colors).

So, that covers more than 10 breeds.

If you’d rather pick a Group instead of a particular breed, here’s how they stack up:

1. With 44 Best in Show wins, the Terrier Group is clearly the biggest favorite.

2. Sporting dogs come in second, with 22 wins.

3. Next, bring on the Working dogs, who have racked up 15 wins.

4. Coming in fourth, everybody’s favorite pocket pets, the Toy group, with 10 wins.

5. The Non-Sporting group has had 8 wins.

6. My favorite, the Hounds, have won just 5 times.

7. And bringing up the rear, the hard-working Herders have only won once, with a German Shepherd dog in 1987.

Now you know.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

We’ve Always Known Beagles Make A Difference

October 11, 2012

From NBC Nightly News’ Making a Difference Feature 

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You know Beagles are the world’s best dog, as far as I’m concerned, and this is just one more reason why!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Saturday Survey: College Mascots

September 29, 2012

I sat here today and watched my alma mater Kent State’s Golden Flashes and my Ohio State Buckeyes win their football games today, and I got to thinking about what horrible mascots both of these are. (What is a golden flash, anyway?)

Lots of schools have really cool dogs as their mascots (the Collie named Reveille at Texas A&M, and the former racing Greyhound at Eastern New Mexico and the Bluetick Coonhound at Tennessee, for example), but there seems to be four main breeds represented. Which one do you think makes the best team mascot / school representative?

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Can You Guess the Breed?

September 27, 2012

VetStreet today ran an article on the importance of correctly identifying the breeds that make up a mutt. It can have drastic implications for insurance and for the application of breed-specific bans or other legislation. Studies have found that even experts are often wrong when trying to identify the breeds that make up a mixed-breed dog. Aside from my interest in the article, I thought it was fun to make a guess about the pictured dogs. I have to say I was wrong on most of them. How many can you get right at this link?

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Friends from the Ball Park

September 14, 2012

Meet my new friends, Twister (L) and Bandit (R). They came to meet me during my kids’ softball scrimmage last night. Aren’t they beautiful!?!?! No, Twister wasn’t being aggressive – I think I caught him mid-yawn. Right after I snapped the photo, Bandit jumped in the van to get up close & personal. I guess he thought I’d maybe take him for a ride.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Friday Funny: Honky Tonk Yorkies

July 13, 2012

Can you spell C-U-T-E?

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Great Dane Mozart Paints for Charity

March 15, 2012

Fireworks at Mo-Night from hhdane.org

Mozart, a Harlequin Great Dane purchased at an auction in Ohio, was very soon abandoned by his owner, presumably after they realized how large Great Danes grow to be. He is now living in foster car with Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue in Bethel, Ohio. What makes him different than any other rescue dog? He’s a painter! (Pretty funny for a dog named after one of the greats in the music world.)
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New AKC Breed: Treeing Walker Coonhound

March 14, 2012

The sixth Coonhound to join the AKC studbook is the Treeing Walker Coonhound, which was added as of January 1st.  This brings the number of AKC-recognized breeds to 174.

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Tuesday Top Ten: Top Registered Dog Breeds in the United States

March 6, 2012

As promised last week, here are the top ten dogs registered with the American Kennel Club.
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The End is Near for Breed-Specific Legislation in Ohio

February 29, 2012

If you didn’t live under a rock last fall, you may remember the exotic animal keeper in Zanesville, Ohio, who let his animals run loose before he killed himself. Lions and tigers and bears were found running loose and unfortunately, had to be killed to protect people living in the area. For a long time, Ohio has been at or near the bottom of the rankings of states for animal welfare laws. Changes are now being made, starting with the state’s treatment of dogs.
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