After 10 weeks of competition this year, our rankings are starting to take form. If you read my blog, Dog Show Poop (and you should!), you know that I update the national Top Ten rankings every week. What a lot of people do not know is that I follow the Top 100 closely. Because it is difficult to keep truly accurate numbers on that many dogs, I normally only share the Top Ten.
However, I am a Terrier guy and for the last two years it’s been tough for the earth dogs to break into the Top Ten. Therefore, I am going to share with all of you the top dogs in each group and where they sit relative to the other group leaders.
Take a look at out Top Ten All Breeds. You will note that there are four…count ‘em, four…Sporting Dogs in the Top Ten. If you read my analysis of the group entries last week, you know that the reasons behind this are complex and include the obvious fact that we have a whole bunch of really good gun dogs out this year.
As you can see from the above chart, the Number One Sporting Dog in the U.S. is the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, who is also the Number One Dog All Breeds. Oakley is followed in the Sporting Group and the All Breed rankings by the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova. Last year’s Number One Dog All Breeds, the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, is the third highest scoring Sporting Dog and the Number Five Dog All Breeds.
You will not find any Hound in the Top Ten All Breeds at this time. In fact, you will only find one Hound in the Top 20, the Whippet, GCH CH Starline’s Chanel. She is followed in the group rankings by the Bloodhound, GCH CH Quiet Creek’s Kiss and Tell & the American Foxhound, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, who picked up another BIS this past weekend. There are two Working Dogs in the Top Ten All Breeds, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol Veni Vidi Vici, now in the Number Six All Breed spot, and the Kuvasz, GCH CH Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence, holding down the Number Seven position. Rounding out our Working Group top three is the Boxer, GCH CH R and G’s Mystical Dancer, who has nailed down the Number 12 All Breed position. Danny is likely to better that with a BIS this Saturday in Missouri.
We do have a Terrier in the Top Ten, the Kerry Blue, who has moved into the Number Three berth. However, the Number Two & Three Terriers, the Wire Fox, CH Afterhours Paint the Sky & the Border, GCH CH Meadowlake’s Simply Sinful, have yet to break into the Top 25. The Toy Group is hotly contested every year, and this year is no different. While the Number One Toy Dog, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, was in England picking up a breed win at Crufts, the Number Two Toy, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, was collecting back-to-back BIS in Florida and the Number Three, the Pekingese, GCH CH Windemere’s Dusting Of White At Pevyne, was padding his resume with a BIS and a Group One in Seattle, WA. The three are currently the Number Nine, Ten & 13 Dogs All Breeds.
Last year we had two Standard Poodles and a Bichon Frise in the all breed Top Ten. Now we have but one Non-Sporting Dog in that exclusive group, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction, the Number Four Dog. Waiting for an opening is the Number 11 Dog, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore. After picking up a big rosette in Seattle this weekend, she just might rejoin the crowd. Coming in at the Number Three spot in the Non-Sporting Group is the Miniature Poodle, GCH CH Surrey Sugar Baby who has broken into the all breed Top Twenty as the Number 16 Dog. One Herding Dog is threatening to join the Top Ten as well, the Bouvier des Flandres, GCH CH Rocheuses Me and My Shadow of Cornus, now the Number 14 Dog All Breeds. Casper will likely improve on that after picking up a BIS in Kansas yesterday. Behind Casper are the Number Two & Three Herding Dogs, the Australian Cattle Dog, GCH CH Carben Copy’s If The Shoe Fits, and the Puli, GCH CH Cordmaker Rumpus Bumpus, neither of whom are working their way up the rankings.
Now, many of these dogs got a late start this year, missing the critical January-point feeding frenzy, but many will be in Louisville this week, hoping to pick up enough points to make up some ground on the leaders. Next week, I’ll let you know who the breakout performers were at Louisville. And that’s today’s Back Story.