As we approach the midpoint of the show season, it is still anybody’s game. While our Number One Dog All Breeds, the Wire Fox Terrier, GH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, does have a 9,000-point lead on the field, all the other positions in the rankings are up for grabs. Sky’s big lead allowed her to take the weekend off while handler Gabriel Rangel attended the World Dog Show in Budapest, Hungary, where he piloted the Cairn Terrier, Hjohoo’s Save Hjour Love For Me, to a Terrier Group Two. The Number Two Dog, the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Claircreek Impression de Matisse, was in Jackson TN for the Paducah Kennel Club and the Jackson Tennessee Dog Fancier Association’s four shows. Matisse and handler Michael Scott returned home with all three big rosettes and around 1600 points closer to the leader.
Matisse was not the only dog to post multiple BIS wins this week. The Irish Water Spaniel, GCH CH Whistlestop’s Riley on Fire, posted back2back BIS at Saturday’s Vacationland Dog Club show and Sunday’s York County Kennel Club of Maine show. The Afghan Hound, GCH CH Exlysta Aries Ciel Noir, also got the consecutive wins at Saturday’s Ladies Kennel Club of America show in Oyster Bay NY and Sunday’s Long Island Kennel Club show in Bethpage NY. Ditto for the Giant Schnauzer, GCH CH Kenro’s Witching Hour, at the Genessee County Kennel Club’s two shows in Corunna MI, the Skye Terrier, GCH CH Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie, at the Inverness Kennel Club’s two shows in Brooksville FL, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction at the Kokomo Kennel Club’s two shows in Greentown IN, and the Golden Retriever, GCH CH Rush Hill’s Drama’geddon JH.
Of the 41 all-breed shows this past week, 12 of the big rosettes went to first-time BIS winners. The sheer number of shows improved the chances for the newcomers and underdogs. My take-away is that it’s a myth that the top dogs win everything. One of the disturbing trends is the number of shows with very small entries. Only one site, Manassas VA, drew over 1,000 dogs. More than half of the shows had fewer than 600 dogs competing. Again, part of the explanation is the large number of shows. The competing World Dog Show did have an effect as well, though not enough to justify the small numbers around the US.
The bottom line is get out there and compete. It’s a great time to have a great time collecting awards for your dog. And that’s today’s Back Story.