The first four weeks of the year have seen several dogs emerge to challenge for a spot among our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds. The clear leader is the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, who has led since the first weekend of the year when she took both of the BIS at the Kennel Club of Palm Springs two shows. What some may have missed is that she has taken 12 of 12 Terrier Groups in which she has competed this year, and those groups averaged over 200 points nearly three times the size of the average Terrier Group in the US. If she is to maintain her lead, she will have to win more BIS than the other dogs in the Top Ten.
Bunched up tightly in the Second, Third, and Fourth spots are the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore, and the Clumber Spaniel, GCH CH Clussexx Collaboration with Traddles. The GWP, Oakley, seized the Number Two spot, with a dominating five straight BIS on the opening leg of the Florida Marathon. Ally skipped the Palm Springs shows this year, but cleaned up at the Puyallup WA shows with three Non-Sporting Groups and Back2Back BIS. She followed up with four Group Ones in Portland OR this week. The Clumber, Seymour, has had but one BIS, Sunday’s closer in Portland, but he has collected seven big Sporting Groups, averaging about 350 points each.
Our Number Five Dog, the Shetland Sheepdog, GCH CH PaRay Preferential, pulled off the breakout performance of the week, posting consecutive BIS in Portland. Satoshi was breeder/owner/handled by Sheltie specialist Tray Pittman, becoming the newest Dog Show Poop DOG2WATCH. Last year’s Number One Working Dog, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, comes in as Number Six on the strength of three BIS in three different venues. She last surfaced on the Florida Marathon where she picked up a Group One on Sunday. The American Foxhound, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, hopes to repeat as Number One Hound, is sitting in the Number Seven All Breed position thanks to four BIS.
Our final three, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, the Saluki, GCH CH Sandstorm Blue Nile of Jatara, and the Harrier, GCH CH Downhome Hitech Innovator, are all looking to move up further quickly. The Min Pin closed the second leg of the Florida Marathon with two BIS in a row. The Saluki, Bubbles, had a very successful week in Novi MI, recording a BIS, three Group Ones and a Group Three. Good enough for the Number Nine Spot. The Harrier, Chet, has made the Top Ten without a BIS, relying on consistently placing in super-sized Hound Groups in Palm Springs, Washington state, and Portland.
I expect this Top Ten to look very different in a couple of weeks. Some of our current dogs will bid us farewell after Westminster, and there are other dogs out there who have yet to announce themselves. Read about Westminster and all those fresh faces here on Best In Show Daily and on my site, Dog Show Poop. And that’s today’s Back Story.