Every year about this time I get a little introspective, but this year has been especially compelling. I have just married off one child, and I am moving my 96-year-old mother-in-law into our home. For us here in the Wheeler household, it is the natural order of things. I am also coming up on my first year with Best In Show Daily, which has become a major force in the dog world. It is fitting that BISD’s first year should be marked by one of the most competitive campaigns in recent history.

This year will go down as the year of the Sporting Dog. No matter where you go in these United States, you are likely to run into a Sporting Group that would give Solomon a headache. Our Top Two Dogs All Breeds, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, and the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, hurtle toward the end of the year with nearly 22,000 points on the rest of the field. No matter how this one ends up, we will be forever thankful to have been able to see these two dogs several times this year. These are two beautiful animals, superbly presented.

The Number Three Dog, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, and the Number Four Dog, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, occupy a very exclusive neighborhood 22,000 points behind the leaders and 9,000 points ahead of the followers. Each sits atop its respective group, unchallenged. Both are among the most fun to watch. The Doberman, FiFi, has more fun showing than any guard dog I have ever watched, and the Wire Fox, Sky, is always animated and shown to perfection.

Our Top Two Toy Dogs, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, and the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare, occupy the Number Five and Six All Breeds spots. Both dogs exude breed type while demonstrating their ability to take the ring away from the big boys.

The Number Seven Dog, the Kuvasz, GCH CH Szumeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence, and the Number Nine Dog, the American Foxhound, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, both hold their respective breed records for most all-breed BIS. To have two of our rarest breeds in the Top Ten makes this a year to remember.

Rounding out our Top Ten are two iconic breeds, the Number Eight Dog, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction, and the Number Ten Dog, the Boxer, GCH CH R and G’s Mystical Dancer. I like these dogs because they demonstrate a masculine power in the ring in breeds where we more frequently see bitches winning.

Jewel and Danny are in a virtual tie with Jewel holding a very slight, and I mean very slight, lead, and their relative positions could change when when get the official numbers.  However, then we would  have to wait for that, and we are getting down to the time of year when we can’t afford to wait. Check back with us soon for more on the rankings  race. And that’s Today’s Back Story.