02.14.11

The 25 Best Dog Breeds

As the Westminster Dog Show anoints America’s top pooch tonight, The Daily Beast combs through 135 years of competitive data to declare the greatest breeds of all-time.

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