While I am still playing catch-up on my show reports over on Dog Show Poop, I just completed updating my statistics through April 22nd and I am anxious to share them with you. I purposefully expanded our Top Ten to Twenty in the chart above to impress upon all just how competitive this year has become. With only 1,800 points separating the Number Ten and Twenty Dogs, just one good show could move virtually any one of the dogs in the lower half up into the rarefied air of the Top Ten. For the sake of neatness, I have used the dog’s call names in my chart. For those not familiar with call names, I have included a list below of the Top Twenty with both registered and call names. As always, the proviso…some of these numbers are estimates. I have provided you up-to-date numbers solely for the purposes of entertainment. As close as the numbers are at this point of the year, I do expect a small margin of error, around 0.5 percent. Enjoy!

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Our Number One Dog, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, continues to lead all competitors, setting a blistering pace. Sky and handler Gabriel Rangel have 23 BIS and over 35,000 points. Sky has taken 23 all-breed Bests this year and is undefeated this month, winning eight all-breed Bests as well as three limited-breed shows. The Portuguese Water Dog, GCH CH Claircreek Impression de Matisse, has pulled out all the stops in his attempt catch the leader. Matisse and handler Michael Scott have collected 10 BIS in the last 30 days to secure the Number Two spot, some 9,000 points behind Sky.

Just 400 points behind Matisse is the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare. Classie and owner/handler Armando Angelbello have maintained an exhausting schedule trying to keep up with the Wire Fox. Classie & Armando picked up their 21st BIS of the year this past weekend in Timonium MD at the Baltimore Kennel Club show. More than 3,500 points behind Classie is last year’s Number One Dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm. Oakley and handler Phil Booth are taking a much more leisurely pace this year, showing just 26 times so far. Our Number Five Dog is our Number One Hound, the American Foxhound, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box. Four thousand points behind the GWP, Jewel and breeder/owner/handler Lisa Miller have been scrambling to catch up with the Top Four. The hard work has paid off as they posted two BIS in two different venues this past weekend.

Joining the Top Ten this month are the Pug, GCH CH Hill Country Tag I’m It, and the Afghan Hound, GCH CH Tells Matrix Reloaded, at Numbers Nine and Ten respectively. Conspicuously absent from our Top Twenty are the Herding Dogs. I have noted here before that there seem to be far fewer Herding Dogs at the shows this year. I would love to hear from all of you about that.

I hope you have a chance to get out to a show and enjoy this year’s crop of dogs. I can’t recall when so many dogs have had a chance to make it into the Top Ten. Come out and cheer on your favorite dog. And that’s today’s Back Story.