As our Top Two Dogs All Breeds face off in Pleasanton CA, I thought you might want to see an updated rankings for our Top Twenty. One proviso before I begin. The above numbers are provided for your entertainment. They do include numbers generated by the Dog Show Poop mathematical model and have not been verified by AKC. However, my numbers have been proven to be within a margin of error of less than 0.5 percent. That’s way better than Gallup or Rasmussen.

The above numbers include yesterday’s Stephenville Kennel Club of Texas and Skyline Dog Fanciers Of San Mateo County shows. Both shows were won by Top Twenty Dogs: the Number 16 Dog, the Boxer, GCH CH Winfall I Dream of Style, in Texas, and the Number 15 Dog, the Pekingese, GCH CH Windemere’s Dusting of White at Pevyne, in California.

Our Top Two Dogs, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, and the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, have opened an insurmountable lead of the rest of the field, with the Springer, Peyton, now more than 20,000 points ahead of the Number Three Dog, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici. Yesterday in Pleasanton, the GWP, Oakley, picked up a Sporting Group One and 335 points, putting him more than 1,300 points ahead of Peyton who suffered a very rare breed loss.

At the end of September, the Doberman FiFi was a comfortable 6,000 points ahead of Number Four, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky. However, Sky has cut that to 4,500 after a BIS and an 800-point Group Three at the Terrier-heavy Hatboro Dog Club’s two shows two weeks ago. Those wins also extended Sky’s lead over the Number Five Dog, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, to a hefty 8,500 points. As we wrote here earlier, the Toy Group is one of only two groups where the lead could change hands before the end of the year. The Number Six Dog All Breeds, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, has pulled within 3,000 points of the Affenpinscher, Joey, with a BIS at last Sunday’s Greater Venice Dog Club show in Arcadia FL.

The MinPin, Classie, now leads the Number Seven Dog, the Kuvasz, GCH CH Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence, by less than 800 points. The Kuvasz, Tanner, in turn, has opened a 5,000 point lead over Number Eight, the Boxer, GCH CH R and G’s Mystical Dancer. The Boxer, Danny, is but 900 points ahead of Number Nine, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction, our Number One Non-Sporting Dog. Number Ten, the American Foxhound, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, joined the Top Ten last week on the strength of her BIS win at last Saturday’s Catonsville Kennel Club in West Friendship MD.

Number Eleven is last year’s Number One, the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, who is being shown only sparingly this year. Beckham is only 200 points outside the Top Ten and could rejoin that exclusive club with just one weekend appearance.

The rest of the Top Twenty would have to pull off an end of year miracle to make it into the Top Ten. The Number Twelve Dog, the English Setter, GCH CH Oakley’s B’Dazzled is more than 6,000 points behind Number Ten. Dazzle had a strong performance yesterday in Pleasanton, picking up a Sporting Group Three and 261 points. The German Shepherd Dog, GCH CH Babheim’s Captain Crunch, who has the lucky Number 13 spot, is the only Herding Dog in the Top Twenty in this year of the Sporting Dog. Capi is but 400 points behind the Setter, Dazzle.

1,500 points behind Capi is one of the two Hounds in the Top Twenty, the Harrier, GCH CH Downhome Hitech Innovator. Chet picked up a Group Three and 248 points in Pleasanton yesterday, and I look for him to improve on that before the weekend is over.

Chet is currently more than 2,000 points ahead of the rest of the Top Twenty who are very tightly bunched together with only 1,200 points separating Number 15 and Number 20. As mentioned above, the Number 15 Dog, the Peke, Dusty, and the Number 16, the Boxer, Macey, catapulted into their respective positions by virtue of BIS wins yesterday. Rounding out our Top Twenty are the Maltese, GCH CH Scylla’s Small Kraft Re-Lit; the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore; the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH D’s Remember When; and the Scottish Terrier, GCH CH Lomondview Clementina. The Standard Poodle, Ally, is among the top dogs in Pleasanton, finishing yesterday with a Group Two and 106 points.

If you have a dog show in your area coming up, don’t miss it. This year’s race promises to be a photo finish. And that’s today’s Back Story.