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Biggest BIS Winner Tough to Call

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.

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Christi McDonald is a second-generation dog person, raised with a kennel full of Cairn Terriers. After more than a decade as a professional handler’s apprentice and handling professionally on her own, primarily Poodles and Cairns, she landed a fortuitous position in advertising sales with the monthly all-breed magazine ShowSight. This led to an 11-year run at Dogs in Review, where she wore several hats, including advertising sales rep, ad sales manager and, finally, editor for five years. Christi is proud to be part of the editorial team for the cutting-edge Best In Show Daily. She lives in Apex, N.C., with two homebred black Toy Poodles, the last of her Foxfire line, and a Norwich Terrier.
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  • TopDogEditor January 25, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    It amazes me that there isn’t a better record of BIS wins. Of course, every win is a win, whether it’s Best of Breed or a Group 1 in Herding. However, it would be great if these statistics were carefully managed by the American Kennel Club or some other organization. Does anyone know why the AKC doesn’t track this?

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