Spotlight On The 7 Breeds That Competed For Best In Show At The 2018 Westminster

Learn about the 7 category winning breeds who competed for the top title

By Catalina Barrios

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Credit: The Westminster Kennel Club


Did you know that according to the World Canine Organization, there are over 300 recognized dog breeds in the world? Each one has its own lineage, temperament, skills, and appearance. This month, a one of a kind dog event took place in New York City –  the 142nd Westminster Dog Show! If you are in the doggy world, you’ll know this is akin to the Oscars or Grammys.  An incredible 2,882 top dogs descended on Madison Square Garden for the 2018 show.

These are some of the breeds that competed in this year’s red carpet event.

Borzoi

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Borzoi are built for speed and love running! They are playful, affectionate and tend to be quiet, as they rarely bark. Borzoi can live up to 14 years and weigh between 60 to 105 pounds. This dog breed is commonly known as the Russian Wolfhound, named after its country of origin. Borzoi get along well with cats and other small animals if introduced at an early age. There is a great respect for humans within this breed, but a low tolerance for aggressive handling.


Pug

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Pugs have the distinctive features of a short muzzled face and a curly tail.

One of my all time favorite breeds, Pugs, are lovable dogs belonging to the toy group. They live up to 13 years and are well known to be dedicated and gentle companions.  These dogs are renowned as “clowns” of the canine world due to a great sense of humor and love of performance. These funny and affectionate dogs are dedicated to their family, especially to children. Did you know that the pug’s name comes from the Latin word for “fist” because its face resembles a human fist?

Border Collie

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Border Collies were originally bred to gather and control sheep in the British Isles. These intelligent herding dogs enjoy running and playing outdoor sports. They are great with other dogs and get along much better with older children than young. They are quite vocal, however, and bark at anything that moves: cars, cats, children, people on bikes and even squirrels. An interesting bit of trivia – a talented Border Collie, named Striker, holds the world record for fastest car window opening by a dog! Unbelievably, Striker uses his paws to roll down the non-electric car window in 11.34 seconds.


Bichon Frise

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Flynn, a Bichon Frise, won the Best in Show award at the 2018 Westminster Dog Show. This cheerful and fluffy breed belongs to the “companion dogs” group. Small in stature and affectionate, the Bichon Frise are eager to please and can live up to 15 years. Although presented as a French dog, this breed is originally from Spain and was a working dog on sailing ships.  If you are looking for a wonderful family pet, look no further – Bichon are a happy, contented breed (unless left alone for hours). They are patient with children and enjoy going for daily walks. Bichon Frise means “white fluffy dog” in French.

Sussex Spaniel

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This dog breed hails from in Sussex County, England. It was traditionally used for hunting but very nearly went extinct during World War II. Sussex Spaniels enjoy following people around and being in the company of other dogs. They are active and respond well to training. The Sussex Spaniel was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1884. These easy going dogs can live up to 14 years and require an active, every changing environment to avoid becoming bored. Want to make a Sussex Spaniel happy? Praise them with rewards.

Giant Schnauzer

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These intelligent dogs were originally created to be a working dog in Germany, typically used to guard shops and personal property. Due to its quiet temperament and gentle nature, The Giant Schnauzer makes an effective therapy dog. This breed needs training, socialization, as well as physical and mental stimulation. This is the perfect dog for families with older children. The Giant Schnauzer learn quickly and respond well to positive reinforcement. Did you know that the German name of the giant schnauzer is “Riesenschnauzer”?

Norfolk Terrier

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These adorable loyal companions are the smallest of the working Terriers. They are excellent watch dogs and were originally bred to get rid of rodents and other vermin in barns. The Norfolk Terrier is a true family dog and affectionate to children of all ages. These curious and observant dogs enjoy getting attention. Norfolk Terriers can weigh up to 12 pounds and live between 12 to 15 years. As is true of the majority of dog breeds, Norfolks are easily bored and can get up to mischief when left alone.  Did you know these energetic dogs enjoy digging?

Do you have a favorite breed? Tell us about it in the comments below.