The Colorful History Of America's Dog Show • In 1877, New York was well on its way to becoming the world's greatest city. This was the year that a group of sporting gentlemen decided that this would be a good time to hold a dog show in Manhattan. It didn't take long before the Westminster Kennel Club, following the lead of its home town, would be on its way to becoming the world's greatest dog show. • With its spectacular beginnings and extraordinary growth in the years to follow, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was quickly reflecting the growth and success of New York City. As the dog show grew every year, so did the Westminster Kennel Club's position as the symbol of the purebred dog, with its influence being felt in show rings everywhere, and eventually in millions of television homes across the country. • The most-coveted award in the dog show world, Best In Show at Westminster, was given for the first time in 1907.
RETRIEVER (GOLDEN)——Sporting • The Golden Retriever was developed in Scotland and England in the late 19th century for the purpose of retrieving wildfowl on land and water. Its physical characteristics and its willing, adaptable, trainable nature have also fitted it for usefulness in many other endeavors such as service dogs, guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs and search and rescue. While the Golden is an ideal family dog, it requires training and exercise. Persons wanting to purchase a Golden Retriever puppy should learn about this breed and purchase only from a reputable breeder
Harriers ——Hound • Harriers are a medium-sized scent hound developed in England beginning in the 13th century for hunting hares in large packs. Originally they were used to hunt hare exclusively with hunters on foot, so they were a much slower, more methodical hound, reminiscent of the Bloodhound type. When foxhunting became the fashion in later centuries, Harriers were adapted to hunt in front of mounted riders, as they still do today in the British Isles, Australia and New Zealand. They are a gregarious, athletic, independent breed with an expansive love of life and a good sense of humor.
Siberian Husky ——Working • The Siberian Husky is the fastest, most enduring and most versatile of all purebred sled dogs. He is extremely affectionate, even clownish, but is also independent and sometimes head-strong. He requires a fenced yard because he loves to run and generally does not come when called. He also sheds his coat once or twice a year in profuse quantities. He is excellent with children but is no watch dog, loving friends and strangers alike. Built for speed and endurance, he is somewhat smaller than people often imagine, usually weighing 40-50 pounds.
West Highland White Terrier ——Terrier • Possessed with no small amount of self-esteem, the West Highland White Terrier is an all-white, compact, sturdy package of frolicsome energy. His ears stand up naturally and his tail is short by nature's design. The breed was developed in the Highlands of Scotland for the hard and dangerous work of destroying vermin. Though independent in nature, they enjoy participating in Conformation, Agility, Obedience and Tracking, but their favorite activity is Earthdog Tests -- designed to test his natural instincts. Life with one of the 'little white dogs' is never dull and can be a challenge to the unsuspecting first-time owner.
Chihuahua ——Toy • There is much disagreement as to the origins of the Chihuahua. Guesses include Mexico and the Aztecs, Egypt, the Sudan and Malta. Used for sacrifice in religious ceremonies and eaten by the conquistadors, there is no question that it is an ancient breed. It was said that a yellow Chihuahua could guide its owner's soul across the river of death to the other side. Chihuahuas have been a registered breed in this country for 100 years. Clever, gigantic in heart and personality, this no more than six pound companion is much beloved by owners. There are two varieties, Long and Smooth Coat.
Chinese Shar-Pei ——Non-Sporting • The Chinese Shar-Pei is a unique and intelligent dog most often recognized for its wrinkles. Initially developed as an all purpose Chinese farm dog, the breed does well today in obedience, agility, herding and tracking, with skills that would have been needed on the farm. Because the name "Shar-Pei" means "sand coat", harshness is a distinctive feature in its two accepted coat types, either horse (short) or brush (up to an inch long). Other unique qualities include black mouth pigment, a slightly "hippo-like" head shape, small ears, deepset eyes and rising topline.
Polish Lowland Sheepdog ——Herding • The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is an ancient breed first documented in the 13th century. They are referred to as a PON, short for their Polish name, Polski Owczarek Nizinny and are herders of considerable ability and are noted for their memory. They are medium-size and rectangularly built, with a docked tail. The double coat is long, dense and shaggy, making them appear larger than they actually are. This is a loyal breed that can be somewhat aloof and wary of strangers. Being strong-willed, they do best with a master that is willing to train and socialize them.
WINNER OF 2008 • The winner of 2008,WKC is a Beagle（比格犬）named “Uno”. The magistrate was awarding the prize.