Much to the dismay of those who have sought to verify the records of the all-time top winners in the AKC conformation world, there is not a central location in the dog sport where win records are compiled and stored from the earliest dog shows.
Of course, the show records from the 1980s to the present for individual dogs are available for a fee at the American Kennel Club, but one would have to purchase reports for many dogs and then do a lot of counting by hand to definitively ascertain, for instance, which dogs defeated the most competitors in their careers or in a given year.
Figuring out the records for dogs shown before the 1980s would be a Herculean, if not impossible, task.
However, since the first AKC show dog won more than 100 all-breed Best In Show awards back in the mid-1950s – when the English Setter, CH Rock Falls Colonel, was breeder/owner-handled to 105 BIS awards – a list of sorts has been kept within the sport of the dogs that attain this particular distinction. If we rely on this list – information for which is ultimately verified by the owner or handler’s own record keeping – then to date, 29 different dogs have won more than 100 Best In Shows.
Nonetheless, the exact number of BISs that each dog has won is, in some cases, in dispute.