I have written before about the January Jump, the early wins that can put a dog in the Top Ten All Breeds and keep him there all year. However, as I look at the coming new year, I found some interesting numbers in preparing this article.
January represents 8.3 percent of the year, but some dogs manage to pile up an early lead in the first month. 2012’s Number Nine Dog all Breeds, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction, finished up January with almost 21 percent of his total for the season. The Number Six Dog, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, picked up 15.4 percent of her points in January. Number Seven & Number Three Dogs, the Kuvasz, GCH CH Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence, & the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, also had very good starts, relying on big wins in Palm Springs and Portland to collect 14 and 12 percent of their yearly totals.
However, our Number One and Two Dogs, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, and the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, who both collected 50 percent more points than the Number Three Dog, only had around five percent of their points in the first month. In fact, they brought in almost two-thirds of their points in the last half of the season. The Number Four Dog, the Wirehaired Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, didn’t even begin her season until after Westminster, though she wasted no time, bursting out of the starting gate with BAC2BACK BIS in Chicago.
So, has the January Jump theory been debunked? I am not sure. The numbers for the big Palm Springs shows are down slightly from last year, but then we have strong competing shows in Ohio and Texas. This much I do know. You won’t be bored in 2013. And that’s today’s Back Story.