The 2011 Westminster Dog Show is under way — are you watching? This year, there are a whopping six breeds making their debut at the show. Get ready to meet them all, and stay tuned for the winners of each group!
This weekend is the big Meet the Breeds event in New York City! To celebrate, the AKC and CFA polled voters over on Paw Nation to see which dog and cat breed best represent each of the tristates. See the kitties and pups that came out on top, and why, when starting this slideshow!
Who's ready for the big show?! In a change from years' past, Day One at Westminster will welcome a different set of groups. This afternoon Best of Breeds were awarded for the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding sets, and the Group judging starts at 8 p.m. EST to find our first four finalists. (Last year had Terriers, not Toys, on the first night.)
I'm definitely tuning in to recap the top dogs and not-so-secretly hoping for a smooshy (like North or Samson) to capture their group.
See a gallery of pictures from the first afternoon's festivities when you read more
Do you recognize this furry face? It's Sadie, the Scottie that won the 2009 National Dog Show on Thanksgiving. As it turns out, this terrier also captured Best in Show at the AKC/Eukanuba Dog Show that aired on Animal Planet on Feb. 6, making her the latest champion.
As she's quite the favorite already, many believe she'll go on to capture the big win at Westminster next week as well. After all, she was a group finalist in 2009 — remember her lil piddle here — so she's surely one to watch.
Of course, North and I will be tuning in to the 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 15 and 16 — we never miss it! Even though I'm disappointed that Mario Lopez can't host after all, maybe that would have proven too distracting from the pups?!
Regardless, dog show madness is starting (with the AKC/ Eukanuba National Championship airing this weekend) and I plan to lead up to the big NYC event with breed slideshows and show trivia before covering the winners — will you be watching it as well . . . or just waiting for my recaps?
Puppies, puppies, puppies! While the American Kennel Club official press conference and most popular breed announcement was yesterday, I had to share some cute photos from the event. After all, everyone remembers something a little better when there's a cute visual to go along! If I had to caption this picture, I imagine the lil Lab nudging a reminder to the German Shepherd, "Don't get too cocky now, I'm still top dog."
As the most noteworthy change in the top 10, the Labrador Retriever remained the most popular breed while the German Shepherd moseyed up to two. As both breeds often work to serve and protect, some brave adult pooches were present, too. I've still got love for them as well!
All kidding aside, the photos are quite cute so check them out when you read more
Do I smell an upset? The latest list features a newcomer in the number two spot for the first time in more than three decades — can you guess which breed moved up? Since we've already made our guesses for the most popular breeds last year, check out the official results based on 2009 AKC registration statistics released in this morning's other press conference. Obviously, there are tons of unregistered and rescued pups that we love as well, but it's still fun to see if we often spot the same breeds on our daily walkies. Find the furry faces counting down to number one when you start this slideshow.
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While the American Kennel Club releases an ordered list of the top 10 most popular dog breeds based on the previous year's registered numbers, I decided to host my own informal survey here on PetSugar to see which pooch our readers picked as the most common. Choosing from the most popular dogs from 2008, you decided that this year's list toppers would be Labrador Retrievers once again!
Considering that this breed's come out on top for the last 18 years and counting, I'm thinking your vote for labs will be right again this year when the results come in. But only time will tell for certain and, if you haven't voted yet, don't forget to take your pick because I'll be comparing our final rankings to the official ones released by the AKC in January.
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