By far, the biggest group was the Gundog Group with 28 breeds to judge and a total of 5025 dogs. Some breeds are split up in dogs and bitches as there are just too many of them. This group holds some of the most popular breeds like the Retrievers. The Golden Retrievers outnumbered all other breeds with 599 specimens followed by their cousins the Labradors, good for 548 breeds.
I discovered a new color, Foxred. They look different as they are more slender. If this is the general rule, I don’t know, but those that I saw were like that. The Irish Setters came next with 376 dogs, the Flat Coateds had 374 dogs and the Cocker Spaniels 366. I always speak in terms of “dogs” as there were more “entries”, dogs that were entered in more than one class. Another popular breed and also an English breed is the Pointer. 237 Were entered.
There was only one group on Sunday as this is the day for several other important finals and of course Sunday will reveal the ultimate winner at the end of the day.
I always look forward to see some good entertainment too. The Kennel Club breeders completion is impressive with many breed groups that almost filled all sides of the main ring. More spectacular is the West Midland Police demonstration. Heelwork to Music, Mary Ray’s yearly performance, was nice. Mary just made up her 100th Obedience Champion. It is magnificent but it does not equal her legendary “In the Mood “ performance. It is not easy to outclass an outstanding performance if made at the start of a career. It creates high expectations and it will always be compared to that magnificent year.