Yesterday, I talked with you about how we rank the top dogs in our conformation game and whether the current system really measures the accomplishments of our best dogs. Today I am going to share with you the ranking that everyone is currently using, the Top Ten Dogs All Breeds. The Top Ten Are:
1. The Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vid Vici, “FiFi”
2. The English Setter, GCH CH Oakley’s B’Dazzled, “Dazzle”
3. The Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfation, “London”
4. The Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore, “Ally”
5. The Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, “Classie”
6. The Kerry Blue Terrier, GCH CH Perrisblu Kennislain’s Chelsey, “Chelsey”
7. The Kuvazs, GCH CH Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence, “Tanner”
8. The German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, “Oakley”
9. The Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe v Tani Kazari, “Joey”
10. The English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, “Peyton”
Below is a chart showing the relative position of the Top Ten. As you can see the current race is extremely close. Here are a few things that I find extremely interesting.
First there are three Sporting Dogs, Two Working Dogs, one Terrier, two Toy Dogs, & two Non-Sporting Dogs in the Top Ten and no Hounds or Herding Dogs. While I hesitate to draw conclusions on just one month’s results, I will make a couple of observations.
1. The Sporting Group has been very competitive over the past couple of seasons–there were three Sporting Dogs in the 2010 final Top Ten.
2. Entries for the Sporting Group have been increasing as a percentage of all dogs being shown. Conversely, Herding Dog entries are down. While we have one Terrier in the Top Ten, Terriers entries have been in the Terrier Group have reached cataclysmic levels in some areas of the US.
3. The race among the Top Five is extremely close, with less than 1000 points separating Number One from Number Five, the equivalent of one BIS. The race between the two Standard Poodles is especially close.
The Top Five Dos are all well ahead of last year’s Number One Dog at the end of January, who had just over 5900 points. All of our current Top Five have over 7000 points. That means that Our current group of top dogs will likely stay at the top for a while. Remember 2011’s Number 20 Dog had just over 20,000 points at the end of the year..
All of this makes the Westminster Kennel Club show and the four show Kentuckiana Cluster in Louisville in March–among the top three stops all year–critical to those hoping to be among the Top Twenty at the end of 2012. And that’s today’s Back Story.