Posted by: Kristin | February 19, 2011

best in show

Earlier this week the Westminster Kennel Club crowned a Scottish deerhound the winner of its annual dog show. You rarely see deerhounds, or many of the other dogs in the sporting, working or terrier groups featured on television that night, but that didn’t stop Kona from taking in the entertainment. (post continues below)

Golden retrievers are part of the sporting group. And, as usual, the golden didn’t even get a second look from the judge this year. I don’t know much about how the dogs are judged, but I’m often disappointed by how little I get to see of the goldens in these national shows.

Perhaps golden retrievers are just too common. After all, a few weeks ago, they claimed the number five spot on the American Kennel Club’s list of most popular breeds. Though their popularity is down slightly over the past decade, as they ranked number two as recently as 2005. Interestingly, boxers and dachshunds, our neighbors to the east and west respectively, also showed up in the top ten.

But goldens still rank ahead of Shih Tzus (number ten on the list), so they’ve got that going for them.


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