Now that I am home from Houston and basking in the afterglow of the Reliant World Series of Dogs, I have set about updating Dog Show Poop’s show reports and rankings. Here’s where the sport stands today, not as of the end of May, or the end of June, but as of today at 8:00 AM PDT. Let me say, just to keep the lawyers happy, these standings are based, in part, on estimates, and are presented for your entertainment. While my numbers have been within 0.5 percent of actuals overall for the last five years, they are subject to verification.
Our Number One Dog All Breeds, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, has a commanding lead on the field, at almost 11,000 points ahead of the Number Two Dog, the Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Claircreek Impression de Matisse. However, under the DSP’s ranking system, which is based on BIS and group wins, Matisse leads Sky by eight BIS. Matisse has an equally impressive lead on Number Three, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare. If you ever want evidence of the loneliness of the marathon runner, look no further than this MinPin, who is more than 9,000 points behind the Portie, and more than 15,000 points ahead of the Number Four Dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm.
While the Top Three have left the field in the dust, there is plenty of jostling for position in the remainder of the Top Twenty. A glimpse at the above bar chart reveals little distance between the Number Four Dog and the Number 20 Dog. Just about any dog in the Top Twenty could be in the Top Ten come Monday morning. Even more amazing are those dogs on their way up. The Number 21 Dog, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Aubrey’s Tails of Mystery, and the Number 22 Dog, the Pug, GCH CH Hill Country’s Tag I’m It, missed making the Top Twenty by less than 100 points.
Every year I try to see all of the Top 100 and talk to as many of the owners & handlers as possible. As I was tabulating the numbers from Houston, I realized that 25 of the Top 100 Dogs were in Houston. I hear from a lot of people about our Top 100. Some people are certain they have seen a fatal flaw in one of the competitors. Others complain that the handlers win everything. Certainly at shows like those in Houston, almost all of the BIS, RBIS and Group awards go to dogs professionally handled. As I watched the breed and group judging, I had what we called in the military a BGO, a blinding glimpse of the obvious. Most of the time they really do have the better dog. So if you get a chance to spend a weekend with the best of the best do so. You will come away feeling reinvigorated. I did. And that’s today’s Back Story.