Top Breeds For Winning Dog Shows

The AKC currently recognizes 178 breeds and varieties. Theoretically, every one of these breeds and varieties has an equal chance of winning Best In Show at a dog show. In practice, however, that’s not quite how things usually work out. Some breeds do tend to win BIS more often than other breeds.

Which Breeds Win The Most?

Top-winning dogs vary from year to year but some of the top winning breeds that consistently win Best In Show include Poodles (all three size varieties), German Shepherds, and some of the wire-coated Terrier breeds. Many of the Toy breeds, such as the Pekingese, are also favorites in the Best In Show ring. It’s probably no coincidence that these are all breeds that frequently attract top professional handlers, too. Owner-handled dogs can win Best In Show but the owners have to be very good handlers and the dogs have to be very good.

Top Breeds

According to Dog News magazine, the top dogs in the United States competing in conformation dog shows this year, through the end of August are:


GCH CH Afterall Painting The Sky (F)
Fox Terrier (Wire)
V Malzoni/T Steele/S Olund/M Olund/D Rya

GCH CH Claircreek Impression
De Matisse (M)
Portuguese Water Dog
M Lint/P Helming/D Gottdenker

GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare (F)
Miniature Pinscher
A Angelbello/L Monte

GCH CH Kenro’s Witching Hour (F)
Giant Schnauzer
R Greenslade/L Norton/D Hill

GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box (F)
American Foxhound
E Charles/L Miller

GCH CH Clussexx Collaboration
With Traddles (M)
Spaniel (Clumber)
W Holbrook/B Dowd/
A Jaramillo/M Capone/J

GCH CH Mt. View’s
Ripsnortersilvercharm (M)
Pointer (German Wirehaired)
V Malzoni

GCH CH Goldsand’s Columbus (M)
Russell Terrier
M Ulrich/C Areskough

GCH CH Whistlestop’s Riley On Fire (F)
Spaniel (Irish Water)
T Urban/B Urban/G Siner

GCH CH Longo Miller N
Lore’s Diamond Lil (F)
Great Dane
T Longo/J Miller/
L Matherly/C Crawford

Rankings are based on how many dogs a dog has defeated at shows. When a dog wins Best In Show, he or she is credited with defeating all of the dogs that were entered at the show that day.

The Wire Fox Terrier, as a breed, is a frequent winner at dog shows from year to year but most of the other breeds on this list represent some of the less popular breeds. A good dog can really come from any breed. However, you could have the best dog in the country and if you don’t have the means to get him to dog shows on a regular basis, or if he isn’t shown or groomed well, it won’t matter. Most top-winning dogs attend dog shows nearly every weekend and they travel all over the country. There’s a lot of competition to be a top dog.


You can see many of the top-winning dogs over the years on the Westminster Kennel Club web site. The dogs and people listed there read like a who’s who in the sport of dog shows. Click on the Gallery for photos.