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Which of America’s Favorite Breeds Have Never Won at Westminster?

In 1877, a group of sporting gentlemen gathered in a Manhattan bar and formed the Westminster Kennel Club. Now in its 140th year, Westminster has become “America’s Dog Show.”

But, with prized pups from around the nation coming to Madison Square Garden to compete for Best in Show, “America’s Dog Show” has yet to award some of America’s favorite breeds with the top prize.

In 140 years of competing, these 8 breeds, all ranking in the Top 20 of America’s favorite, most popular dogs, have never won Westminster.

Up first, America’s most favorite breed, the Labrador Retriever!

Labrador retriever, 12 months old, sitting

The Labrador retriever is currently ranked the #1 most popular dog breed in America.

The Labrador is a retrieving gun dog of medium size, with a dense, weather-resistant coat, an “otter” tail, and a clean-cut head with a “kind” expression. The first Labradors arrived in England from Newfoundland aboard fishing boats early in the 19th century, and imports to this country began in the early 1900s. Labrador temperament is outgoing, indulgent with peers, human oriented and tractable. Labradors can be found in guide and assistance dog programs, and substance detection and search and rescue work. Since 1992, the Labrador Retriever has headed the list as the most popular breed in the U.S.

Visit the official website for the Labrador Retriever Club

Not far behind in rank, the next breed that’s never won the big prize is the 5th most popular breed in America and a favorite “family dog.”

Can you guess which fair-haired breed has never won? Click NEXT!

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  1. Maxtoo

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    I have a shh tzu, a mini schnauzer and a half French half English brittany. I was surprised to see the schnauzer on the list, and would love to see a shih tzu win!!!

  2. Maxtoo

    Feb 21, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I have a shih tzu and a mini schnauzer. Love them both, and was surprised none of either had ever won. Also have a Brittany. Not surprised that they aren’t on the list. Mine is half English, half French brittany. Didn’t know there were the two until we got her.

  3. Ana

    Feb 17, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Who would guess? After I read the headline, I was sure I won’t see a Labrador Retriever and a Golden retriever there but you really surprised me. As I am huge Jack Russell fan, I was surprised to see Russell Terriers had their Westminister debut only three years ago and they are also really popular. I couldn’t find if any won the best in show, but I suppose it didn’t.

  4. Max

    Feb 16, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I will be cheering for the Schipperke, a wonderful breed, I am blessed to have 2 & they are the joy of my life!

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