Why has America’s Sweetheart the Labrador Not Won The Westminster Dog Show?
Why has the Labrador Retriever not won Best in Show at Westminster? It’s possibly the most common question that Judges and Breeders have been asked for decades.
It took 31 years from the conception of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1877 before the Best In Show became an award. There are currently 192 different breed competing for Best In Show but the terrier breed has dominated the show ring.
It’s not always the number one dogs in the country who win the coveted prize. There are many things that can go awry in the show ring. Showmanship plays a large role. Not every breed has the “It Factor” For example, take the Standard Poodle who is flashy and charismatic vs. a Blood hound just plodding along. Who’s going to get the judges attention?
The judge is looking for the dog who best meets the characteristics of the breed standard. The dog who wins Best in Show is supposed to be the one who comes closest to perfection for the breed.
Always a Bridesmaid
There are many breeds from many groups that have never sealed the deal. Such as the Dalmatian, Greyhounds, Elkhounds, Irish and Gordon Setter even a Welsh Corgi who won the Herding Group four times never won Best In Show at Westminster.
In contrast, the Wire Fox Terrier won the Terrier Group 22 times and gone Best in Show 14 times. Why is this you may ask? Since the Westminster Kennel Club started as a club for “sporting gentlemen,” the Terrier and other Sporting group dogs have the longest history with the Westminster Dog Show.
Every year is a crap shoot, maybe this year it will be a Lab.