The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show presented by Purina® Pro Plan® has crowned hundreds of Best in Show winners in its tenure, which has spanned three centuries. This year, another dog added its name to that exclusive list of tip-top dogs.
While theoretically, any breed can take home the floor-sweeping Best in Show ribbon at the Madison Square Garden show, the reality is that some breeds win more than others – and some win a lot more. Historically, terrier breeds like the Wire Fox Terrier and Scottish Terrier have won Westminster more than 40 percent of the time. (In fact, those two breeds alone have racked up 15 and eight wins, respectively.)
But as anyone who has sat amid the hooting and hollering of the opinionated Westminster audience knows, some breeds are automatic crowd favorites. Any dog that looks like a regular Joe, with a tousled coat or wrinkly skin, usually gets crowd support. But fussier, more primped breeds? Not so much.
Whether out of fealty or familiarity, Westminster fans also root for the breed that sits on the couch beside them. But chances are they won’t get much satisfaction on that score, either. Of the top five breeds registered by the American Kennel Club, three have never won Best in Show at the Garden.
Below are some canine hopefuls that have yet to best their competitors at Manhattan’s famous dog show. Don’t miss the Westminster Kennel Club Highlight Show Presented by Purina Pro Plan. You can watch every breed compete for the top spot by tuning into Fox or the Fox Sports app on June 26.