The 138th Westminster Kennel Club dog show is now in the history books, and we all know that a Wire Fox Terrier named Sky won Best in Show. The question is, which dog would YOU have picked if you were the judge?
Judge Betty Regina Leininger of Frisco, TX, certainly has her work cut out for her! 2,845 dogs started out yesterday and today at the Piers. After two days of competition, now we’re down to the top seven, the winners of each group.
Toy Group: Min Pin “Classie”
Terrier Group: Wire Fox “Sky”
Non-Sporting Group: Standard Poodle “Ali”
Sporting Group: Irish Water Spaniel “Riley”
Herding Group: Cardigan Welsh Corgi “Coco”
Working Group: Portuguese Water Dog “Matisse”
Hound Group: Bloodhound “Nathan”
Winner of Reserve Best in Show (the runner-up) is: Standard Poodle “Ali” Happy Retirement!
And the winner of Westminster’s 2014 Best in Show is: Wire Fox Terrier “Sky” (The only one of my picks to have made it to the Best in Show ring.)
Congratulations to all of the Champions who competed this year!
319 dogs from 31 different breeds and varieties were entered in this morning’s contests at The Piers in New York City. The top dog from each breed contest advanced to the big show tonight at Madison Square Garden.
The Rat Terrier is one of the newest breeds to be recognized by the American Kennel Club and competes at Westminster for the first time this year.
Judge Bruce Schwartz of Los Angeles, CA chose the top four:
Best in Group: Wire Fox
Group Second: SKye
Group Third: Border
Group Fourth: Russell
The Hound Group has more breeds than any other, with 31 unique breeds and varieties. Only 30 are being presented tonight – no Harrier was shown.
408 dogs entered the competition this morning, and the best of each breed is present here tonight.
You know this is my favorite group, and I’m always looking for a win from the Beagle (or any of the scent hounds), the best breeds, in my opinion, which of course has nothing to do with conformation showing.
One of the new breeds, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is competing for the first time this year.
Judge Douglas Johnson of Bloomington, IN, chose the top four, as follows:
Best in Group: Bloodhound
Group Second: Whippet
Group Third: Basset Hound
Group Fourth: Irish Wolfhound
Well, if it couldn’t be a Beagle, I’ll take a Bloodhound – another of my favorite breeds!
They are just about to get underway at the big 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – so exciting!
I have posted the winners of each breed, decided earlier today at the Piers in NYC. These winners have advanced to the main stage – Madison Square Garden, where they will compete to be the best in their group.
Tonight, we’ll see the Hounds, the Toy Group, the Non-Sporting Group, and the Herding Group.
Of the dogs I originally picked to win their groups, only the Herding Group’s Australian Shepherd is still in the running following today’s breed judging. Good thing, since this is the dog I picked to win Best in Show! Maybe I’ll have better luck tomorrow!
The cast of the Jersey Boys on Broadway is singing the National Anthem. Very nice,
Congratulations to TV host David Frei, who is celebrating his 25th year at the big show. Normally, Mr. Frei is joined by Mary Carillo, but she is in Russia for the Olympics, so Erica Hill will be sharing the hosting honors.
I’ll be back at the end of the each group to bring you the winners.
Nope, it’s not Tuesday, but I needed to get this Top Ten list up in time for people to prepare for the upcoming granddaddy of all dog shows, the 2014 Westminster Kennel Club All-Breed Show.
You can catch the Finals of the Masters Agility Championship on Fox Sports 1 from 7 – 9 pm ET on Saturday, February 8th. The conformation show is on CNBC Monday, February 7th from 8 – 11 pm ET and on USA Network on Tuesday, February 8th from 8 – 11 pm ET.
If your television is glued to the Olympics, check back here often. I’ll be live-blogging both events – a little during the day, but a lot during the evening.