The Westminster Dog Show is the "ultimate canine event" that is held at the Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on February 15-16, 2010. The reason why I mention this is because my Aunt Dorothy Dalton is a judge at this show! This coming year she will be judging the non-sporting group! Ten years ago when she judged at the show, she judged Martha Stewart's Chows! This was around 1999, Martha's Chows made the cut! Aunt Dorothy was also on the Martha Stewart talk show talking about the Westminster with Martha! OK, I don't know Martha, but as you know, I am a big Martha fan, my daughter would tell you that I pretend that Martha is my friend, and then my lovely daughter reminds me that I shouldn't care about Martha because she doesn't care about me! To get back to my Aunt Dorothy; she is a multiple Westminster Dog Show Judge. This means, she has judged for them several times. Now with this coming up, she is not allowed to judge any other dog show, until this one, so she doesn't have any favorites! As for a non-sporting group, these dogs would include: Poodles, American Eskimo Dog, Bichon Frise, Boston Terrier, Bulldog, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chow, Dalmatian, Finnish Spitz, French Bulldog, Keeshound, Lhasa Apso, Lowchen, Schipperke, Shiba Inu, Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier. I hope I didn't leave any breeds out!
I asked my Aunt Dorothy what makes a winner, she said it all depends on how the dog is feeling on that particular day, sometimes, the dog you think who is going to win, doesn't because he is just having an off day, just like people! But I'm sure she looks at a lot of different aspects on the dog for that particular breed.
My mother taught obedience school for at least 30 years and even taught in schools for this! All my dogs a drop outs, they don't even have there GED's!. It takes a lot of work and training to get out of obedience school, never mind Westminster!