8 Breeds You Love but the Westminster Judges Don't

By Vetstreet.com staff

The 2014 Westminster Dog Show was won last night by a Wire Fox Terrier named Sky. It is the 14th time this breed has been named Best in Show at America's famous dog show. But while this breed has a tradition of winning you might be shocked to find out which breeds have never won the Westminster Dog Show.

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In the 138-year history of the competition, more than half the dogs currently on the American Kennel Club's top 25 most popular breeds list have never taken Best in Show.

Check out below which of the most beloved breeds are still waiting for that first win.

Labrador RetrieverLabrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever has been the most popular dog in the United States for more than two decades, according to the AKC. He has the kind of versatility that other dogs only dream of. He can be a companion, show dog, hunting dog, canine athlete, guide dog, service dog, sniffer dog, search and rescue dog and therapy dog. The popularity of this stable, family-friendly dog is truly staggering, which is why we're surprised he's never won Best in Show.


Famously described by H. L. Mencken as "a half-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long," the Dachshund consistently ranks among the most popular breeds in America - he's now at number ten. But those legs have never carried him to the highest Westminster award.

Golden RetrieverGolden Retriever

Following close behind her Labrador cousin, the cheerful Golden Retriever has never taken the top trophy. Easy to train and eager to please, the Golden is what you see in the dictionary when you look up "perfect family dog." She's also the third most popular dog in the country.

Shih Tzu

The beautiful Shih Tzu was once a prized lap dog for Chinese royalty, but he hasn't had that kind of luck at Madison Square Garden. He's bred to do one thing, and he does it well: He's a companion dog who gives love to the world and soaks it back in.


Despite her unfair reputation as an attack dog, the Rottweiler sits at her highest AKC popularity ranking since 2000. Loyal and intelligent, she's one of the most recognizable breeds, with her black-and-tan markings and muscled body.

Great DaneGreat Dane

This gentle giant is known for his elegant stature, but that's never won him the Westminster title. As puppies, Great Danes can knock over small tables and large children. As adults, they can clear a coffee table with a swipe of a tail. He's the sixteenth most popular dog in America.


Thanks to Paris Hilton, Taco Bell and Legally Blonde, the Chihuahua burst onto the national stage as a must-have "purse puppy." But this high-strung breed has fallen in popularity over the past decade, tumbling from the number-ten spot in 2003 to number 22 in 2010 - and he has yet to win Westminster.

Boston TerrierBoston Terrier

The Boston Terrier and his tuxedo coat also has never won Westminster's grand prize. One of the few dog breeds to originate in the United States, the Boston was bred to be a best friend, happy to do just about anything as long as he's with his human family.

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