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The Finnish Lapphund, a member of the Herding Group, was originally bred to herd reindeer north of the Arctic Circle. The only breed in the Herding Group to win Best In Show at Westminster is the German Shepherd Dog, which last won in 2017.
A member of the Hound Group, the Greyhound is one of the fastest breeds of dog. The Hound Group has won Best in Show six times with the most frequent winners being the Beagle and the Afghan Hound.
The Chihuahua, a Toy Group dog, is one of the oldest dog breeds in the Americas. The earliest specimens of the breed come from the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Despite how long the breed has been around, the Chihuahua has never won Best in Show at Westminster.
The Cane Corso is a Working Group dog whose name roughly translates to "bodyguard dog" from Latin. The Working Group has won Best in Show 15 times.
Bred to locate game birds, the Irish Setter is a member of the Sporting Group. The English Setter has won Best in Show at Westminster once before, and was the second youngest dog to do so, at 10 months old.
The Finnish Spitz is a member of the Non-Sporting Group, which it joined in 1988. The 2018 Best in Show winner, the Bichon Frise, came from the Non-Sporting Group.
The Australian Terrier comes from a group of winners — the Terrier Group. While the Australian Terrier has never won, the Terrier Group has the most wins of any group at 46.
A Herding Group member, the Pumi, is one of three AKC-recognized sheepdogs indigenous to Hungary. The Herding Group has had the fewest Best in Show winners.
The Bloodhound, a member of the Hound Group, is known for finding people who are lost or hiding. The most recent Hound Group winner was the Beagle in 2015.
The Pomeranian is one of seven breeds in the Toy Group to win Best in Show. The only Pomeranian to win was awarded Best in Show in 1988.
The Great Dane, a Working Group dog, is known as a gentle giant. The most recent Working Group dog to win Best in Show was the Newfoundland in 2004.
A Sporting Group dog, the Pointer has won Best in Show at Westminster three times. The first Pointer to win Best in Show received the award in 1925.
The Non-Sporting Group is home to the Keeshond, a dog known as the symbol of Dutch patriotism. The Non-Sporting Group has won Best in Show 11 times.
The Terrier Group's Bedlington Terrier has won Best in Show once, in 1948. Over the years, 14 different types of terriers have won Best in Show.

It’s time to fill out your brackets. On Feb. 11 and 12, top dogs from around the world will compete at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, presented by Purina® Pro Plan®.

From the Herding Group, which has only won twice, to the Terrier Group, which has won 46 times, thousands of dogs, representing each of the seven groups, will have a chance to take home the coveted prize, Westminster Kennel Club’s Best in Show.

Westminster Sporting Group

The Sporting Group has won 20 times with the most recent winner being the German Shorthaired Pointer in 2016.

Westminster Hound Group

The Hound Group has won six times with the most recent winner being the Beagle in 2015.

Westminster Working Group

The Working Group has won 15 times with the most recent winner being the Newfoundland in 2004.

Westminster Terrier Group

The Terrier Group has won 46 times with the most recent winner being the Wire Fox Terrier in 2014.

Westminster Toy Group

The Toy Group has won 11 times with the most recent winner being the Affenpinscher in 2013.

Westminster Non-Sporting Group

The Non-Sporting Group has won 11 times with the most recent winner being the Bichon Frise in 2018.

Westminster Herding Group

The Herding Group has won twice with the most recent winner being the German Shepherd Dog in 2017.

Enter the Challenge

After learning about dogs from each of the groups, complete a dog show bracket, and you’ll be entered to win the daily prize of one year’s supply of Purina Pro Plan. And, if your selections match the actual winners, you could win $1 million!

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