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The Campaign Begins!

TOP TEN

As much as I look forward to Westminster, I do consider it the end of the show season, our doggy New Year’s Eve, if you please. Once the “Garden” is complete, many of the previous year’s dogs go home to enjoy life as a stud dog or brood bitch or just the family pet. Once I leave New York and return home, I start planning where I will go to see this year’s crop of hopefuls. Today I will share with you where the tops dogs stand today, not where they stood three weeks ago or at the end of January, but where they are today.

Although the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, was handed her first loss in the Terrier Group in 19 appearances this year, she is still the Number One Dog All Breeds in America and the favorite to remain so. I do not expect all of our Top Five Dogs All Breeds to remain in the campaign for the balance of the year, and those who will are well behind the Wire Fox, Sky. Here’s a look at our Top Ten with the Westminster numbers included.

Sky sits atop the crowd with over 11,500 points. 2012’s Number One Dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, comes in second 2,500 behind, but will he stay around in 2013? I don’t think so. However, the Number Three Dog, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, has six big BIS already this year and is likely to challenge for Number One Dog. Classie trails Sky by over 3,000, certainly not an insurmountable number. The American Foxhound, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, the Number Four Dog is almost 5,000 points behind Sky, a big number, but certainly within Jewel’s capability.

Of the next three dogs, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, the Clumber Spaniel, GCH CH Clussexx Collaboration with Traddles, and the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore, only the Clumber, Seymour, is likely to undertake a yearlong campaign, and he will have to make up 5,700 to get to Number One. Rounding out the Top Ten are the Shetland Sheepdog, GCH CH PaRay’s Preferential, the Golden Retriever, GCH CH Summit’s Emery It’s in the Bag, and the Standard Schnauzer, GCH CH Blackhawk Finnegan’s Wake. The Sheltie, Satoshi, is just beginning his career, as is the Schnauzer, Finn. The Golden, Chloe, had been out for a couple of seasons, but certainly could stay around for one more. They will all start the rest of the year almost 7,000 points behind the leader.

As much of a lead as Sky carries forward, I will point out that she did not earn a single point in 2012 until after Westminster when she debuted with back2back BIS in Chicago. At that point the Number One Dog in the US was the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s London, with 10,892 dogs defeated.

I see another exciting season ahead. 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.