The 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show unfolded differently than any ceremony in the event’s 145-year history. At the end of this year’s competition, a bloodhound named Trumpet received the Best in Show award, a first for the breed. Trumpet’s achievement highlights the disparity between Westminster’s top-earning breeds and the general dog population. However 211 breeds are eligible to compete, only a fraction of them have won the top prize. Year after year, these are the the races that have won the most at the Westminster Dog Show.
Terriers are by far the most successful dogs; they have won nearly a third of all Best in Show awards given out since the competition began in 1877. In the category, fox terriers are the star breed, with 12 wins in total. The most recent fox terrier to be named top dog was King in 2019. Scottish Terriers rank second overall, winning eight between 1911 and 2010.
The English Springer Spaniel is the most decorated non-terrier breed on the list. The breed didn’t win its first crown until 1963, but it made up for lost time by winning five more times in the years that followed.
Favoritism isn’t necessarily to blame for the lack of diversity at the winner’s club. The imbalance comes down to the numbers; at the start of the show, fewer breeds were eligible to compete. Certain accepted dogs, such as terriers, were very popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, leading to more of them competing and increasing their chances of winning. breeds.
Today’s Westminster Dog Show winners’ podium is different from what it was a century ago. More breeds are able to compete than ever before, giving underdogs like Trumpet a better chance of winning the Best in Show title. These numbers may change in the future, but as of 2022 the breeds listed below claim the most Westminster Dog Show wins. After reading the full rankings, you can find out more about the dog show here.
wired fox terrier
english springer spaniel
American Cocker Spaniel
smooth fox terrier