2,077 dogs and 105 Junior Showmanship entries have entered the show; all 185 eligible breeds and varieties are represented.
Some are represented more strongly than others: Rhodesian Ridgebacks have the highest number of entrants (40), which should make for a chaotically fun family reunion for a certain Ridgy colleague of ours. But the French Bulldog isn't far behind; 39 of that breed will show at Madison Square Garden, as well as 38 Labrador Retrievers, 32 Golden Retrievers, and 29 Vizslas. None of these breeds has taken Best In Show at Westminster yet, so perhaps they're hoping bigger numbers mean better chances.
For other dogs, a win in their breed class is just a 50-50 shot away – breeds with only 2 dogs competing include the American Water Spaniel, the Harrier, the Kuvaszok, the Sealyham Terrier, and the Canaan Dog. How have these breeds done as Westminster's Best In Show? Well, only one of them has taken the biggest prize in the past, but the Sealyham Terrier has an impressive 4 Best In Shows on its resume, although it's been a while (CH Dersade Bobby's Girl snagged top honors in 1977).
Top states represented at the show: New York, which leads with 204 entries; California; Pennsylvania; New Jersey; and Texas. The field also includes international entries from Canada, Brazil, China, Japan, Italy, Mexico, Peru, and Russia.
Mrs. Cindy Vogels of Greenwood Village, CO will handle Best In Show judging duties; you can review her list of past assignments right here.
Stay tuned right here for more Westminster news and trivia – or discuss the puzzling shortage of Canaan Dogs in the comments!
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