02.14.11 10:37 PM ET
The 25 Best Dog Breeds
As the Westminster Dog Show anoints a Scottish Deerhound as America’s top pooch, The Daily Beast combs through 135 years of competitive data to declare the greatest breeds of all-time.
The king title of the pooches— 2011’s Best in Show—was awarded to a Scottish Deerhound named Foxcliffe Hickory Wind Tuesday night at the Westminster Dog Show.
Gallery: The 25 Best Dog Breeds of All-Time
But while a win comes with bragging rights for a year, The Daily Beast wanted to know which breeds can lay claim to all-time supremacy. Westminster offers 135 years worth of data to figure that out: Specifically, which breeds historically perform the best across the board, in overall and group wins. To find out Westminster’s best breeds, we devised the following points system:
Best in Show: 10 points
First place, group: 5 points
Second place, group: 3 points
Third place, group: 2 points
Fourth place, group: 1 point