Winning Dog Breeds at Westminster, from Dalmatian to Terrier

The Daily Beast finds out which breeds have won the most at Westminster.

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America’s next top pooch will be crowned tomorrow at the Westminster Dog Show, but The Daily Beast combed the history books to find the event’s all-time champions.

Forget Eli Manning and Tom Brady. We’re talking about Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction and Foxcliffe Hickory Wind. Yes, the Super Bowl for canophiles—the Westminster Dog Show—kicks off today at Madison Square Garden.

For the second year in a row, The Daily Beast wanted to find which breeds can lay claim as the winningest of all time. We updated our 135 years of data of Westminster results with last years’ winners to figure out which breeds historically perform the best across the board, in overall and group wins. To find out Westminster’s best breeds, we again used 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

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#25, Dalmatian

Group: Non-sporting  
First year entered: 1877  
Best in Show: 0 times  
1st place, group: 7 times  
2nd place, group: 10 times  
3rd place, group: 8 times  
4th place, group: 7 times

#24, Collie (Rough)

Group: Herding/Working  
First year entered: 1877  
Best in Show: 1 time  
1st place, group: 6 times  
2nd place, group: 7 times  
3rd place, group: 11 times  
4th place, group: 5 times

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#23, Welsh Terrier

Group: Terrier  
First year entered: 1888  
Best in Show: 1 time  
1st place, group: 6 times  
2nd place, group: 9 times  
3rd place, group: 6 times  
4th place, group: 12 times

Rui Vieira / AP Photo

#22, Greyhound

Group: Hound/Sporting  
First year entered: 1877  
Best in Show: 0 times  
1st place, group: 13 times  
2nd place, group: 4 times  
3rd place, group: 7 times  
4th place, group: 3 times

Mary Altaffer / AP Photo

#21, Setter (English)

Group: Sporting  
First year entered: 1877  
Best in Show: 1 time  
1st place, group: 6 times  
2nd place, group: 10 times  
3rd place, group: 13 times  
4th place, group: 2 times

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#20, Airedale Terrier

Group: Terrier  
First year entered: 1881  
Best in Show: 4 times  
1st place, group: 4 times  
2nd place, group: 10 times  
3rd place, group: 4 times  
4th place, group: 9 times

Chris Hondros / AP Photo

#19, Cocker Spaniel, black

Group: Sporting  
First year entered: 1877  
Best in Show: 2 times  
1st place, group: 7 times  
2nd place, group: 13 times  
3rd place, group: 5 times  
4th place, group: 7 times

Jeff Christensen / AP Photo

#18, Chow Chow

Group: Non-sporting  
First year entered: 1883  
Best in Show: 0 times  
1st place, group: 8 times  
2nd place, group: 16 times  
3rd place, group: 11 times  
4th place, group: 7 times

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#17, Setter (Irish)

Group: Sporting  
First year entered:
1877  
Best in Show:
0 times  
1st place, group:
9 times  
2nd place, group:
12 times  
3rd place, group:
18 times  
4th place, group:
12 times

Henny Ray Abrams / AP Photo

#16, Bulldog

Group: Non-sporting  
First year entered: 1877  
Best in Show: 2 times  
1st place, group: 9 times  
2nd place, group: 14 times  
3rd place, group: 8 times  
4th place, group: 10 times

Kathy Willens / AP Photo

#15, Pointer

Group: Sporting  
First year entered: 1877  
Best in Show: 3 times  
1st place, group: 14 times  
2nd place, group: 5 times  
3rd place, group: 7 times  
4th place, group: 5 times

Seth Wenig / AP Photo

#14, Sealyham Terrier

Group: Terrier  
First year entered: 1912  
Best in Show: 4 times  
1st place, group: 10 times  
2nd place, group: 7 times  
3rd place, group: 9 times  
4th place, group: 5 times

Bill Roth / AP Photo

#13, German Shepherd

Group: Herding  
First year entered: 1908  
Best in Show: 1 time  
1st place, group: 14 times  
2nd place, group: 10 times  
3rd place, group: 7 times  
4th place, group: 11 times

Mary Altaffer / AP Photo

#12, Afghan Hound

Group: Hound  
First year entered: 1927  
Best in Show: 2 times  
1st place, group: 12 times  
2nd place, group: 12 times  
3rd place, group: 6 times  
4th place, group: 9 times

Peter Kramer / AP Photo

#11, Old English Sheepdog

Group: Herding/Working  
First year entered: 1888  
Best in Show: 2 times  
1st place, group: 11 times  
2nd place, group: 15 times  
3rd place, group: 9 times  
4th place, group: 7 times

Mary Altaffer / AP Photo

#10, Pomeranian

Group: Toy  
First year entered: 1886  
Best in Show: 1 time  
1st place, group: 14 times  
2nd place, group: 18 times  
3rd place, group: 5 times  
4th place, group: 4 times

Kathy Willens / AP Photo

#9, Poodle (Toy)

Group: Toy  
First year entered: 1900  
Best in Show: 2 times  
1st place, group: 12 times  
2nd place, group: 14 times  
3rd place, group: 12 times  
4th place, group: 6 times

David Goldman / AP Photo

#8, Doberman Pinscher

Group: Working  
First year entered: 1911  
Best in Show: 4 times  
1st place, group: 12 times  
2nd place, group: 12 times  
3rd place, group: 10 times  
4th place, group: 7 times

Mary Altaffer / AP Photo

#7, Poodle (Miniature)

Group: Non-sporting  
First year entered: 1932  
Best in Show: 3 times  
1st place, group: 18 times  
2nd place, group: 8 times  
3rd place, group: 12 times  
4th place, group: 7 times

Henny Ray Abrams / AP Photo

#6, Scottish Terrier

Group: Terrier  
First year entered: 1877  
Best in Show: 8 times  
1st place, group: 12 times  
2nd place, group: 8 times  
3rd place, group: 5 times  
4th place, group: 9 times

Seth Wenig / AP Photo

#5, Spaniel (English Springer)

Group: Sporting  
First year entered: 1916  
Best in Show: 6 times  
1st place, group: 14 times  
2nd place, group: 11 times  
3rd place, group: 8 times  
4th place, group: 6 times

Gary He, NBCU via AP Photo

#4, Boxer

Group: Working/Non-sporting  
First year entered: 1914  
Best in Show: 4 times  
1st place, group: 23 times  
2nd place, group: 10 times  
3rd place, group: 11 times  
4th place, group: 7 times

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#3, Pekingese

Group: Toy  
First year entered: 1907  
Best in Show: 3 times  
1st place, group: 24 times  
2nd place, group: 16 times  
3rd place, group: 16 times  
4th place, group: 6 times

Jeff Christensen / AP Photo

#2, Poodle (Standard)

Group: Non-sporting  
First year entered: 1877  
Best in Show: 4 times  
1st place, group: 28 times  
2nd place, group: 10 times  
3rd place, group: 13 times  
4th place, group: 6 times

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#1, Fox Terrier (Wire)

Group: Terrier  
First year entered: 1883  
Best in Show: 13 times  
1st place, group: 21 times  
2nd place, group: 15 times  
3rd place, group: 9 times  
4th place, group: 8 times