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Top Ten Dogs @ Westminster

It’s Top Ten Tuesday! 


Today’s topic:  The Top Ten Breeds at the Westminster Kennel Club Show.


9 – 11 (3-way tie). 

The Airedale Terrier, with three wins:  1912, 1919, and 1922.

            The Pekingese, winning in 1960, 1982, and 1990

            The Pointer, which took the prize in 1925, 1932, and 1986.


8.  The Boxer, winning in 1947, 1949, 1951, and 1970.


7.  The Doberman Pinscher, with four wins:  1939, 1952, 1953, and 1989.  The ’52 / ’53 winners were the same dog.


6.  The Sealyham Terrier, winning in 1924, 1927, 1936, and 1977.


5.  The Cocker Spaniel, with wins in 1921, 1940, 1941, and 1954.  The 1921 was parti-colored, the ’40 / ’41 winners were the same dog, which was black, and the ’54 winner was ASCOB (any solid color other than black).


4.  The English Springer Spaniel, with 6 wins, in 1963, 1971, 1972, 1993, 2000, and 2007.  The ’71 / ’72 winners were the same dog.


3.  The Scottish Terrier, winning 7 times, in 1911, 1945, 1950, 1965, 1967, 1985, and 1995.


2.  With 9 total wins, the Poodle.  The toy size won in 1956 and 1961, the miniature was best in breed in 1959 and 2002, and the standard size won in 1935, 1958, 1973, and 1991.


1.  And the breed to most often win Best in Show at Westminster is the Fox Terrier!  The smooth variety won four times, in 1907, 1908, 1909, and 1910.  The first three were the same dog, Ch Warren Remedy (pictured above).  He is the only dog ever to have won 3 times.  The wire-haired type won 13 times, in 1915, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1937, 1946, 1966, and 1992.  The ’15 / ’16 winners were the same dog, as were the ’30 / ’31 winners.  The dog who won in both 1917 and 1920 is the only dog to have won twice in non-sequential years.


Until next time,


Good day, and good dog!


Least Aggressive Dogs

As promised yesterday, here are the dogs that scored very low on the aggression scale in the study recently reported in the Applied Animal Behavior Science journal.  This study, compiled by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, involved asking 6,000 dog owners about their dog’s behavior.  Thirty-three different breeds were catalogued and rated according to how aggressive they are.


The dogs that were least aggressive were:


Basset Hound

Golden Retriever


Siberian Huskies



The Rottweiler, often assumed to be very aggressive, ranked average in its hostility towards strangers. 


The researchers did note, however, that even though small dogs headed the most aggressive list and big dogs headed the least aggressive list, the bites from the larger dogs were more likely to have required medical attention than those from the smaller dogs.


Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!

Top Ten Most Aggressive Dogs

I think most of us would agree that dogs are not born aggressive, they are made that way by the environment in which they are raised.  However, there are some breeds that are more prone to aggresion than others.  The Daily Telegraph in Great Britain reports on a study published by Applied Animal Behavior Science, ranking 33 breeds of dogs according to their owners’ answers to behavioral questions.

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