This year’s Westminster Best in Show title went to Malachy, a Pekingese, and the year prior the title went to Hickory, a Scottish Deerhound. So we know which breeds have been winners, but Purebred Breeders wants to know what about the losers?
Although this may come as a great surprise, the Labrador Retriever, who has been ranked consistently as the most popular dog breed in America for 21 consecutive years, has never won a Best in Show title. The Labrador Retriever, originally from Canada has been recognized by the AKC since 1917 and it’s been almost a hundred years since. It placed fourth in 2009 and in 2010 but has still yet to reach that coveted prize.
The Golden Retriever is another popular breed in the United States that has yet to win Best in Show, but has consistently ranked in the top five in popularity for at least a decade. Purebred Breeders took notice that the dog has decreased in popularity since 2001 where it ranked in 2nd but even so the dog has never dropped below 5.
The Dachshund breed has consistently ranked in the top 10 in terms of popularity for at least the last decade but this contender has also never won Best in Show at Westminster. This breed has done really well winning different awards and runner-up prizes but Best in Show has not been among them.
The Chihuahua has been dropping in popularity in the last few years, it was ranked within the top ten most popular breeds in the United States in 2001 has now dropped down to place 14. The breed won Best in Group once in the Toy category in 1984, but has yet to win the Best in Show title.
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