GCH CH Claircreek Impression de Matisse  (Photo by Alexis Dilow)

GCH CH Claircreek Impression de Matisse
(Photo by Alexis Dilow)

I’m not sure most people noticed, but this weekend we saw the end of one of the longest winning streaks of the past several years. On Sunday in Topsfield MA, the French Bulldog, GCH CH Bella Ridge Imperiale Shady Harbor Mafia Campcovo, took the BIS at the Middlesex County Kennel Club show, ending the 12-show winning streak of the country’s Number Two Dog All Breeds, the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Claircreek Impression de Matisse. I’ve only been keeping track of this kind of obscure statistic since 2008, but I think it’s interesting that the last time we saw this kind of winning streak it was the Pointer, CH Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry, who collected 10 in a row, in January 2009. The man who piloted Holly through that streak and to a record setting 117 BIS was Michael Scott.

In the past few weeks, we have had several dogs picking up multiple BIS at a single stop. Just last week, we had six dogs collecting two or more big rosettes. This week we had three. Matisse and Michael got back2back BIS this weekend before going Reserve to the Frenchie, Mafia. We also had the nation’s Number Five Dog, the American Foxhound, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, picking up the consecutive wins in Waynesville NC at the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association’s two shows. Doing the same was the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, who was at the Grand Traverse Kennel Club shows in Traverse City MI this weekend.

Other Top Ten Dogs collecting BIS were Number One, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, who was judge Murrel Purkhiser’s pick at yesterday’s Bahia Sur Kennel Club in Chula Vista CA; Number Three, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, who caught Anne Blous’ eye at Saturday’s St. Petersburg Dog Fanciers Association show in Tampa FL; Number Six, the Giant Schnauzer, GCH CH Kenro’s Witching Hour, who was in Blackfoot ID on Thursday to collect a BIS from judge Mark Houston-McMillan at the Eagle Rock Kennel Club’s day one show; and Number 10, the Russell Terrier, GCH CH Goldsands Columbus, who collected his 11th BIS of the year from Annemarie Moore at Friday’s Little Fort Kennel Club Of Waukegan show. Bosse also took the top prize at the big limited-breed show on Saturday, the Great Lakes All Terrier Association.

The year continues to offer plenty of opportunity for the underdog. Half of this week’s BIS went to dogs not in the Top Twenty. Five were won by dogs not in the Top 100. That’s the good news. The bad news is we continue to see some incredibly small entries throughout the country. The 1,000-dog show is becoming the exception with most shows hovering around the 750 range. Of the 12 sites hosting this week, two had days of less than 400 dogs competing. Considering that there were only 28 all-breed shows this week, I don’t think it’s an issue of too many shows. I think it’s too few exhibitors. The question is how do we get those exhibitors back in the ring?

I close with one more observation. In 2008 the Number Two Dog had 96 BIS, 25 more than the Number One Dog. This year the Number Two Dog currently has 34 BIS, nine more than the Number One Dog. Is history repeating itself? And that’s today’s Back Story.