8 of America’s Favorite Dog Breeds Have Never Won “Best in Show” at Westminster

Every year, the American Kennel Club ranks the most popular dog breeds in America, and every year, representatives of those breeds compete for Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

A surprising eight out of America’s favorite dog breeds have never won Best in Show!

However, Best in Show isn’t the only title up for grabs at Westminster. With one glaring exception (Labrador retriever people, I’m talking to you), these eight dog breeds, all ranked in the top 20 most popular breeds for many years, have earned quite a few Best of Group awards and consistently placed in the top four of their groups.

Here’s a slideshow of eight popular breeds that haven’t yet won Best in Show at Westminster.

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America’s favorite dog for the many years now, Labrador retrievers have done abysmally at Westminster, placing only 10 times. A Sporting Group breed, Labs were recognized by the AKC in 1917. That’s nearly 100 years in which to accomplish something, Labbies. Perhaps you should spend more time on conformation and less time perfecting your sad Lab faces!

  • Second Place (4 times): 1933, 1934, 1939, 1978
  • Fourth Place (6 times): 1964, 1974, 1986, 2003, 2009, 2010

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