February 15, 2017
Congratulations to Rumor, a German Shepherd, who beat out thousands of dogs to win the top prize – Best in Show – at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last evening at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Rumor, a five year-old female who’s full name is GCH CH Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn, is the first German Shepherd since 1987 to win Best in Show at Westminster. A repeat winner of the Herding Group at Westminster, she was heavily favored to win the prize last year, when she came in second to Best in Show winner CJ the German Shorthaired Pointer. Read post »
February 22, 2011
Madison Square Garden in New York City usually hosts NBA games and big-name concerts, but last week, the dogs took over. The almost 20,000-seat arena hosted the 135th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last Monday and Tuesday. The famous venue welcomed 2,626 dogs, representing 179 breeds.
Many winners were crowned in this prestigious two-day competition, billed as “America’s Dog Show.” Judges selected the best dog from each of 179 breeds, and slowly narrowed now each winner round by round until finally reaching the Group rounds. The seven Groups are Sporting, Non-Sporting, Toy, Hound, Terrier, Working and Herding dogs. Visit the Westminster Kennel Club website to see the names and photos of the winners.
The big finale came on Tuesday evening, when the seven dogs who were chosen as winners of their Groups returned to the stage to compete for the grand prize of Best in Show. These remarkable show dogs are shown in the slide show below.
It was a tight race this year. Judge Paolo Dondina stated that he couldn’t remember a better lineup of dogs. Yet there must be a winner, and the 2011 title went to Hickory, the five year-old female Scottish Deerhound. This was the first time a Scottish Deerhound had ever taken the Best in Show prize at Westminster, making Hickory’s win an historic one. To watch a video of USA network’s live coverage of the Best in Show round, click here.
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January 28, 2011
Think you know dogs? Then test your knowledge by taking Dog Tails’ first Dog Quiz. We’ve come up ten questions, ranging from breed popularity to famous TV dogs to world record-holders. Write down your answers, and check them against the correct ones, which we’ve hidden after the jump. Ready, set… go!
1. According to the American Kennel Club, which breed is the most popular dog breed in America for 20 years running?
2. Everyone knows Lassie, the loyal female collie immortalized in books, TV shows and films. But do you know the real name of talented male dog who first portrayed Lassie on screen, in the 1943 film Lassie Come Home?
3. Which U.S. city has the most dogs per person (as of 2007)?
4. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, what was the age of the world’s oldest dog (ever)? The oldest dog alive today?
5. George Lucas’ Alaskan malamute dog inspired him to create which Star Wars character?
6. Which breed of dog is known to “blush” when it is excited or happy?
7. Which breed of dog is the most popular choice for college sports mascots?
8. Which breed of dog has won the “Best in Show” prize at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show more times than any other breed?
9. What is the most money one person paid to purchase a dog?
10. How long is the longest dog tongue?
May 12, 2010
About 1 in 3 dogs die of cancer, a statistic which is frighteningly similar to the rate in people. In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Melinda Beck wrote about Cancer Risk for Purebred Dogs and losing her Golden Retriever to cancer. She reported that Goldens are one of the breeds at the highest risk for canine cancer along with Boxers, Rottweilers, and Bernese Mountain Dogs.
Other breeds listed as being susceptible to cancer:
High risk-Boston Terrier, English Bulldog, Scottish Terrier, Cocker Spaniel.
Average risk- Irish Setter, Schnauzer, Labrador Retriever, Mixed Breed.
Lower risk-Beagle, Poodle, Collie, Dachshund.
There’s no evidence to suggest that mutts or crossbreeds are less prone to cancer. “Some studies that have compared purebreds in general to mixed breeds find about a 10% increase in lifespan for comparably sized mixed-breed dogs.”
Cancer treatment for dogs includes surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Depending on the type and extent of the cancer, treatment may buy months or years for some dogs.
What’s being done about canine cancer?