As many of you know I have been playing catch-up over on Dog Show Poop after falling behind back in April. Happily I am now up-to-date on what’s going on with our Top 100 Dogs All Breeds, and I want to share that with you. The graph above shows where our Top Twenty were on Tuesday morning. For those of you not familiar with the call names of the top dogs, see the chart below. One proviso, these rankings are based in part on my mathematical model and have a margin of error of plus or minus 0.5 percent.
The Number One Dog All Breeds, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, spent the holiday week collecting four BIS, giving her a better than 11,000-point lead on the field. The Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Impression de Matisse, is in second place, some 3,400 points ahead of the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare. The MinPin, Classie, enjoys a substantial lead, over 8,000, over the Number Four Dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm. The American Foxhound, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, trails the GWP, Oakley, by a little over 4,000 points.
Things get a little more complicated after our Top Five, with most of the dogs separated by no more than a couple of group placements. The Number 20 Dog, the Old English Sheepdog, is just 2,700 points behind the Number Ten Dog, the Harrier, GCH CH Downhome Hitech Innovator. Any of the dogs in the bottom half of the Top Twenty could be in the Top Ten next week.
One of the most interesting matchups is between the two Pugs, GCH CH Hill County Tag I’m It, and GCH CH Caper’s Sirius Endeavor, the Number 12 and 13 Dogs respectively. Separated by a scant 150 points, the two are in a virtual tie for Number One Pug and Number Two Toy Dog. Both dogs were in New Castle PA over the holiday, and each came away with a BIS. The breed is always competitive, and this race promises to be one of the most entertaining this year.
Another breed/variety matchup that has entertained us for three seasons is the one between the white Standard Poodle bitch, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore, and the Black Standard Poodle dog, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction. In 2011 the bitch Ally finished as the Number Four Dog All Breeds, and the dog London finished as Number Six. Last year London came in at Number Nine and Ally Number 12. Neither has been out every weekend this year nor traveled as much as they did in 2011 and 2012, but they are still holding down Top Twenty spots. Ally finished the weekend going three out of four in Washington state and Idaho, good enough to take the Number Nine position. London is currently the Number 17 Dog, but is only 2,700 points behind Ally.
Not shown on the above chart and graph is the Herding Group race. The Number One Herding Dog, the OES, Swagger, was in the wilds of Wyoming over the holiday picking up four herding Groups and two BIS to stay ahead of the Number Two Herding Dog, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Aubrey’s Tails of Mystery, if by a bare 400 points.
I hope you have had had a chance to see these and the rest of our Top 100 this season. I hope to see many of them next week when I am in the San Francisco Bay area for next week’s Woofstock in Vallejo CA. I hope you will be at an AKC show this weekend and let me know who will be joining our Top 100 before long. And that’s today’s Back Story.