This is a question I ask every year. I even tweet at Westminster-#WKCDogShow and never get an answer back. Well, finally someone else thought to find an answer to this question. I mean, seriously? A Golden Retriever has never won? Labradors get only cursory looks? Great Pyrenees? Nope.
So what's the deal here? Why so many very small dogs get to win. Or Poodles trimmed up like a joke? Last night the last group to be judged was the herding group and judging by the loud extended applause, they were fan favorites. But the announcer told the tv audience that only once in all the decades (141 years) has a herding dog received Best in Show.
Watch tonight and the first group will be the Working Group which includes a Golden and the cheering for that dog will top about any other, but the judge will ignore. I hope I'm wrong this time. At least put one into the final group.
So when I saw this story I read it to find out what the deal is.
"Ask anyone who has a golden retriever or a Lab or dachshund, and it just doesn't seem fair. Because when it comes to those breeds, they wind up in the Westminster doghouse. Same for Dalmatians and Chihuahuas, complete underdogs.
Some say they're too common. As in, it would be hard for any of the 65 goldens entered this year to stand out. Rather, the ribbon is more likely to go a pert wire fox terrier (14 wins) or a perfectly coifed poodle (nine wins)."
Too popular!? And that's about all the author of this piece could come up with to explain the absence of wonderful dogs in favor of gussied up, teased up, or tiny enough to hold in the palm of your hand.
Some say the German Shepherd who was a big favorite last year and is back again, has a good chance to win overall. He did get out of his group and make the finals. But so did a miniature poodle. And speaking of that. One judge explained how they decide on winners of groups and one item was how that dog fits the standard for that breed. Well. Tell me how a Poodle which originally a water dog, tracker and herder. How does that fit a standard which now has a poodle cut and fluffed so very unnaturally?