Wednesday, December 24, 2008


We have decided to maintain a list of regional winners based on the location of the show. Now, that means a dog owned by a New Yorker and shown by a Californian handler could possibly be a regional winner in the Midwest, but we have a problem in identifying a dog’s legal address given how many multiple owners there are out there. Regions are identified as follows:

Region 1: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (East of the 77th meridian), Pennsylvania (East of the 77th meridian), Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Region 2: Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee (East of the Tennessee River), the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Virginia.
Region 3: Kentucky. Michigan, New York (West of the 77th meridian), Ohio, Pennsylvania (West of the 77th meridian), and West Virginia.
Region 4: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (North of the 38th parallel), Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Region 5: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee (West of the Tennessee River), Texas and Wyoming.
Region 6: Alaska, California (North of the 36th parallel), Idaho, Montana, Nevada (North of the 37th parallel), Oregon, Utah and Washington.
Region 7: Arizona, California (South of the 36th parallel), Hawaii, Nevada (South of the 37th parallel).

A dog will only receive an award in the region in which he/she has the most points. I want to make sure we recognize 70 separate dogs. The whole idea is to recognize as many of the great dogs around the country as we can. This will definitely be a work in progress. Though not identical to, it is based on the regions as drawn by the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA). Regional titles in CFA are highly coveted and assure that the maximum number of exhibitors are recognized for participating in sanctioned shows. Once again, this is all for fun. Don’t take it too seriously. We are open to suggestions for improvement, but don’t promise to incorporate all recommendations. So start looking for your dog’s name here in 2009!


  1. Hats off for trying to level the playing field. I don't think using 50 best results will produce different rankings, however, as the more active dogs will have more good results in their base. Maybe average points per show or a penalty for excess shows?

  2. It's hard to say. If our criteria are valid, it should certainly include most of the current top dogs. We think that it will tighten up the rankings some and take away the advantage of the six figure campaign. Certainly the regional rankings will bring some attention to local favorites.

  3. Am I wrong or is your color coding off? See,e.g., Regions Two and Seven