Technically, it’s not the end of the month until midnight, but since there are no AKC dog shows being held today, I thought I would get a jump on the better known dog show magazine rankings and publish the first almost real time rankings. That’s right, you can come here after an AKC show and check to see if there has been a change in our top ten dog rankings. After all, in the age of 24 hour news coverage, why should we wait six weeks for show dog rankings? So take a look at the sidebar on the left of this post and take note.
The top two positions remain unchanged. We had previously predicted that the number one dog, the Giant Schnauzer, CH Galilee's Pure Of Spirit, would end the year as Top Dog. At the end of July Spirit led the number two dog, the Pointer, CH Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry, by over 12,000 points. However, Holly cut that lead to 10,000 points by the end of July and, by my calculations, Holly has pulled within 4,500 points of the leader as of today.
We have a new number three dog. The supercharged Affenpinscher, CH Tamarin Tug, has catapulted all the way from number six to the number three slot, While the Sealyham Terrier, CH Efbe's Hidalgo At Goodspice, fell all the way to number six. The Standard Poodle, CH Randenn Tristar Affirmation, and the Brussels Griffon, CH Cilleine Masquerade, remain at numbers four and five respectively.
The Scottish Terrier, CH Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot, remains at number seven, if just barely. The Scottish Deerhound, CH Jaraluv Ouija, is breathing down Sadie’s wee highlands’ neck, a scant 500 points behind in the number eight spot. The Harrier, CH Downhome Family Tradition, remains at number nine thanks to a big win at the Douglasville (GA) show. Slipping two spots to number ten is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, CH Coventry Vanity Fair. Carly skipped this past weekend’s show and it cost her.
So what do we have to look forward to the rest of the year? Less than 4,500 points separate the numbers one and two. We have a 2,000 points spread from numbers three to six. Finally, there’s a bare 1,800 points between number seven and number ten. Will we have a new addition to the top ten? I’m not sure….but if we do, you will read it here first.