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Biggest Weekend of the Year

CH Tang Dynasty Rocky

GCH CH Tang Dynasty Rocky

Just about everywhere you turned this week there were dog shows. We have had six straight days of shows, 42 all-breed shows in 15 different locations. If that’s not enough, consider that we still have shows going on in Montana and Virginia. Add in the big Terrier gathering in Long Beach, the Great Western Terrier Association Of Southern California, and you have something for every canine lover.

When you have these kinds of numbers, lots of interesting things start to happen. First, we had several really small shows. At some shows the BIS winner collected fewer than 300 points. Of the 15 sites holding all-breed shows, only four had 1,000 dogs or more: Orlando FL, Cambridge MN, Oklahoma City and Canby OR. While the Florida, Minnesota & Oklahoma sites offered four and five shows at one stop, the Clackamas Kennel Club’s two shows in Oregon drew nearly 4,000 dogs.

Also noteworthy is that most of our Top Ten skipped these big number venues. The Number Three Dog All Breeds, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, bucked that trend, picking up a BIS and and RBIS in Oregon. The Number Six Dog, the Giant Schnauzer, GCH CH Kenro’s Witching Hour, spent five days in Oklahoma City, collecting three Working Groups and two BIS. Those group wins were among the hardest fought we have seen this year. The Giant, Dora, went head to head with a another black beauty, AKC’s Number 17 Dog, the Great Dane, GCH CH Longo Miller N Lore’s Diamond Lil, who was the BIS winner Friday and Saturday.

The plethora of shows and clusters offered up lots of opportunities for multiple BIS winners. In addition to the Giant, Dora, and the Great Dane, Scout, we had four other dogs that managed to pick up two BIS. The nation’s Number Five Dog, the American Foxhound, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, extended her winning streak to four straight shows after posting back2back BIS in Michigan. The Number Three Terrier, the Welsh Terrier, GCH CH Shaireab Bayleigh Maid of Honor was in Indiana this week collecting two BIS. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, GCH CH Pikkinokka’s Lightning Bug, got his two in Cambridge MN. The Border Collier, GCH CH Tang Dynasty Rocky, is on the Montana Marathon and has already collected two BIS.

There continue to be lots of first timers and other dogs from outside the Top 100 posting BIS. Nineteen of the 44 shows were won by dogs not yet ranked among the Top 100. I’ll be posting more details over on my Dog Show Poop blog. Come visit me there later today. And that’s today’s Back Story.

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Billy Wheeler has been attending dog shows as a spectator and exhibitor for over 40 years. Billy is the man behind the popular Dog Show Poop. He is a retired management consultant who has advised multiple organizations affiliated with the AKC and the Cat Fanciers Association on business management, long range planning, customer service, and legislative matters. After 25 years of living in the big cities of New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, he now resides in his hometown of Memphis TN with his wife, Brenda, her Toy Poodle and his Cairn, Scottie, & IG. When he is not blogging, Billy can be found in the kitchen cooking, and listening to opera.