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2014 Westminster Results: Best in Show

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!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

2014 Westminster Results: Terrier Group

shutterstock_146678489319 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

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

2014 Westminster Results: Working Group

shutterstock_1209492129 breeds and varieties are included in the Working Group, and 425 dogs were entered in today’s earlier competitions.

The Chinook is competing for the first time this year.

The best of each breed came to the Garden to compete in front of Judge Clay Coady of Paradise Valley, AZ.

Here are the winners:

Best in Group: Portuguese Water Dog
Group Second: Mastiff
Group Third: Akita
Group Fourth: Boxer

Come back in about 45 minutes for the winner in the Terrier Group.

2014 Westminster Results: Toy Group

shutterstock_134277071417 dogs from 23 different breeds and varieties started out the day. The top dog of each breed is competing tonight to see which one best exemplifies his or her breed standard.

I love watching this group because their little legs go so fast when they’re running around the ring!

Judge Keke Kahn of Sarasota, FL, placed the top four as follows:

Best in Group: Min Pin
Group Second: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Group Third: Pomeranian
Group Fourth: Pekingese

Up next: the Non-sporting Group

2014 Westminster Results: Hound Group

shutterstock_156292238The 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!

I’ll be back soon with the Toy Group

Westminster 2014 Evening # 1 Intro

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.

Top Ten Westminster 2014 FAQs

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.

Here are the answers to some of the questions you might have about dog shows in general and Westminster in particular.
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