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The Latest Rankings

I am now caught up with my statistics and have both the Traditional Top Ten Dogs All Breeds and my Dog Show Poop Top Ten Dogs updated through last weekend. Here, early in the year, the rankings are very volatile, but even at that there are some surprising trends.

We currently have four Sporting Dogs in the Traditional Top Ten, led by the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm. The English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, has made an impressive advance this month, climbing from Number Ten to Number Two, with two BIS and a string of big Sporting Group wins. The early leader, the English Setter, GCH CH Oakley’s B’Dazzled, slips to the Number Five spot. The Black Cocker, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction ‘Beckham’ joins the Top Ten in dramatic fashion on the strength of four straight BIS post Westminster.

That’s four Sporting Dogs in the Top Six. While I heartily believe that all four deserve to be there, it is a pretty extraordinary situation. Rounding out the Top Ten are two Working Dogs, two Toy Dogs and two Standard Poodles. Looking deeper into the rankings, you will find only one Hound, one Terrier, & one Herding Dog in the Top Twenty. I will analyze these circumstances in a future post, but for now I just want to share the data.

My Dog Show Poop rankings also have the same four Sporting Dogs in the Top Ten, in a slightly different order, holding down the Number One, Five, Six, & Seven spots. DSP also includes the same two Working Dogs, Toy Dogs, & Standard Poodles, but has one Terrier, the Kerry Blue Terrier GCH Perrisblu Kennislain’s Chelsey. In a bit of serendipity, the Kerry ties for the Number Ten spot with the Standard Poodle, GCH Brighton Lakeridge Encore, the former shown by Bill McFadden and the latter shown recently by his wife, Taffee McFadden.

Check back with me on the Dog Show Poop site for the latest in the rankings and here on Best In Show Daily for an in-depth analysis of the show scene. 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.
  • Pankaj April 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    It is always best for YOU to be trained to properly interact with and train your dog by someone who is a knowledgeable and eclectic instructor this isn’t dictated by professional’ status but can often be found in local obedience and/or agility clubs. You cannot properly train your dog if you are not trained yourself to work with him. The experience you want is someone who has a lot of differing techniques and has instructed others to be successful in their training/trialing endeavors as well as has trained and trialed themselves at various levels, at least above the one they are training you in. Most professionals’ are merely bought and paid for certification things from taking six week courses and the like and the people have really very little actual experiences themselves. Take your time to look around for instructors and go watch them in a class situation and discuss their techniques and knowledge with them. They should be able to let you know that they utilize various techniques and are not one trick ponies’ that can’t adjust their training styles and techniques to the variations in people and dogs. Good luck

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