Best In Show Records

Best In Show Awards By Breed (1907-2016)

109 total awards. AKC rules did not allow for a BIS award in 1923

TOTAL BREEDS & VARIETIES
14 Wire Fox Terrier
8 Scottish Terrier
6 English Springer Spaniel
4
Airedale Terrier
Boxer
Doberman Pinscher
Pekingese
Poodle (Standard)
Smooth Fox Terrier
Sealyham Terrier
3 German Shorthaired Pointer
Pointer
Poodle (Miniature)
2
Afghan Hound
Beagle (15 Inch)
Bulldog
Cocker Spaniel (Black)
Lakeland Terrier
Newfoundland
Norwich Terrier
Old English Sheepdog
Poodle (Toy)
West Highland White Terrier
1
Affenpinscher
Bedlington Terrier
Bichon Frise
Bull Terrier (Colored)
Bull Terrier (White)
Clumber Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel (A.S.C.O.B.)
Cocker Spaniel (Parti-Color)
Collie (Rough)
English Setter
German Shepherd Dog
Irish Water Spaniel
Kerry Blue Terrier
Papillon
Pomeranian
Pug
Scottish Deerhound
Siberian Husky
Skye Terrier
Standard Schnauzer
Sussex Spaniel
Welsh Terrier
Whippet
Yorkshire Terrier

Best In Show Awards By Group (1907-2016)

Note: Best In Show awards for Old English Sheepdog (2) and for Rough Collie (1) were won from the Working Group before these breeds were moved to the newly-created Herding Group in 1983.

20 SPORTING
6 English Springer Spaniel
3 German Shorthaired Pointer
Pointer
2 Cocker Spaniel (Black)
1
Clumber Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel (A.S.C.O.B.)
Cocker Spaniel (Parti-Color)
English Setter
Irish Water Spaniel
Sussex Spaniel

Most recent: German Shorthaired Pointer in 2016

6 HOUND
2 Afghan Hound, Beagle (15 Inch)
1 Scottish Deerhound
Whippet

Most recent: Beagle (15 Inch) in 2015

15 WORKING
4 Boxer
Doberman Pinscher
2 Newfoundland
Old English Sheepdog
1 Collie (Rough)
Siberian Husky
Standard Schnauzer

Most recent: Newfoundland in 2004

46 TERRIER
14 Wire Fox Terrier
8 Scottish Terrier
4 Airedale Terrier
Sealyham Terrier
Smooth Fox Terrier
2 Lakeland Terrier
Norwich Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
1
Bedlington Terrier
Bull Terrier (Colored)
Bull Terrier (White)
Kerry Blue Terrier
Skye Terrier
Welsh Terrier

Most recent: Wire Fox Terrier in 2014

11 TOY
4 Pekingese
2 Poodle (Toy)
1 Affenpinscher
Papillon
Pomeranian
Pug
Yorkshire Terrier

Most recent: Affenpinscher in 2013

10 NON-SPORTING
4 Poodle (Standard)
3 Poodle (Miniature)
2 Bulldog
1 Bichon Frise

Most recent: Poodle (Miniature) in 2002

1 HERDING
1 German Shepherd Dog

Most recent: German Shepherd Dog in 1987

Best In Show Awards By Sex Of The Dog

Dog: 71 (most recent: 2016)
Bitch: 38 (most recent: 2015)

Oldest Dogs To Win Best In Show:

YEAR BREED AGE
2009 Sussex Spaniel 10 years, 2 months, 10 days
1999 Papillon 8 years, 1 month, 10 days
1987 German Shepherd Dog 7 years, 9 months, 6 days
2003 Kerry Blue Terrier 6 years, 8 months, 13 days
2007 English Springer Spaniel 6 years, 8 months, 4 days
1946 Wire Fox Terrier 6 years, 5 months, 27 days
1985 Scottish Terrier 6 years, 3 months, 21 days
2006 Bull Terrier (Colored) 5 years, 10 months, 6 days
1997 Standard Schnauzer 5 years, 9 months, 28 days
1941 Cocker Spaniel (Black) 5 years, 9 months, 8 days
1920 Wire Fox Terrier 5 years, 8 months, 30 days

Youngest Dogs To Win Best In Show:

YEAR BREED AGE
1929 Collie (Rough) 9 months exactly
1938 English Setter 10 months, 25 days
1918 Bull Terrier (White) 1 year, 6 months, 1 day
1922 Airedale Terrier 1 year, 7 months, 4 days
1907 Smooth Fox Terrier 1 year, 8 months, 5 days
1933 Airedale Terrier 1 year, 9 months
1930 Wire Fox Terrier 1 year, 9 months, 10 days
1948 Bedlington Terrier 1 year, 11 months, 6 days
1951 Boxer 1 year, 11 months, 26 days
1973 Poodle (Standard) 2 years, 0 months, 10 days

Multiple Best In Show Wins:

DOGS:
1907
1908
1909
Smooth Fox Terrier Ch. Warren Remedy
1915
1916
Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Matford Vic
1917
1920
Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Conejo Wycollar Boy
1930
1931
Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Pendley Calling of Blarney
1940
1941
Cocker Spaniel (Black) Ch. My Own Brucie
1952
1953
Doberman Pinscher Ch. Rancho Dobe’s Storm
1971
1972
English Springer Spaniel Ch. Chinoe’s Adamant James
SAME OWNER, DIFFERENT DOG:
1926
1934
1937
Halleston Kennels (Stanley Halle)
1932
1939
Giralda Farms (Mrs. Geraldine Dodge)
1942
1950
Mrs. J. G. Winant
1973
1990
Mr. Ed Jenner
1979
1982
Ms. Anne E. Snelling
1993
2000
Mrs. Julia Gasow
2001
2009
Ms. Cecelia Ruggles
2005
2016
Ms. Valerie Nunes-Atkinson
2008
2015
Mr. Eddie Dziuk
SAME BREEDER, DIFFERENT DOG:
1947
1949
Mr. & Mrs. John P. Wagner
1992
2000
Mrs. Julia Gasow
1996
2009
Mr. Douglas Johnson

Best In Show Handlers:

Note: The handlers for the Best In Show winning dogs are unknown for 1910, 1911, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1922

MOST BEST IN SHOW WINS AS A HANDLER:
4 *Percy Roberts 1926, 1927, 1934, 1937
4 *Peter Green 1968, 1977, 1994, 1998
3 Donald Munro 1907, 1908, 1909 (same dog)
3 *Anne Hone Rogers 1956, 1959, 1961
2 John G. Bates 1930, 1931 (same dog)
2 *McClure Halley 1932, 1939
2 *Robert Gorman 1942, 1958
2 H.E. Mellenthin 1940, 1941 (same dog)
2 *Nate Levine 1947, 1951
2 *Peter Knoop 1952, 1953 (same dog)
2 *George Ward 1962, 1985
2 *Clint Harris 1971, 1972 (same dog)
2 *William Trainor 1979, 1982
2 *Michelle Ostermiller 2004, 2005
2 *Kellie Fitzgerald 2000, 2007
2 *Scott Sommer 2001, 2009
2 *Gabriel Rangel 2010, 2014

*indicates professional handler

BEST IN SHOW WINS BY FEMALE HANDLERS:
1935 Mrs. Sherman Hoyt
1956 *Anne Hone Rogers
1957 Sunny Shay
1959 *Anne Hone Rogers
1960 *Clara Alford
1961 *Anne Hone Rogers
1970 *Jane Kamp Forsyth
1974 *Jo Shellenbarger
1978 Maureen Lutovsky
1980 Trish Kanzler
1984 *Gerlinde Hockla
1995 *Maripi Wooldridge
1996 *Jane Alston Myers
2000 *Kellie Fitzgerald
2004 *Michelle Ostermiller
2005 *Michelle Ostermiller
2006 *Kathryn Kirk
2007 *Kellie Fitzgerald
2011 *Angela Lloyd
2016 *Valerie Nunes-Atkinson

*indicates professional handler

HUSBAND AND WIFE HANDLERS TO EACH WIN BEST IN SHOW:
1964 Bob Forsyth
1970 Jane Kamp Forsyth

 

BREEDER-OWNER-HANDLER WINNING BEST IN SHOW:
1918 R. H. Elliott
1921 William T. Payne
1940
1941
H. E. Mellenthin
1945 T. H. Snethen
1957 Sunny Shay
1969 Walter Goodman
1983 Chris Terrell
2016 Valerie Nunes-Atkinson

Breeder-Owners also won Best In Show in 1910*, 1922*, 1924, 1938, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1963, 1975, 1979, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2015. (*handler unknown)

JUDGES:

JUDGES WHO HAVE JUDGED MORE THAN ONE BEST IN SHOW:
(since 1929, when using one judge for Best In Show became standard)
1958
1972
1976
William W. Brainard Jr.
1937
1945
George S. West
1940
1948
Dr. Samuel Milbank
1941
1952
Joseph Patterson Sims
1949
1959
Thomas H. Carruthers III
1950
1960
George H. Hartman
1953
1966
James Farrell
1954
1963
Virgil D. Johnson
1964
1974
Len Carey

 

HUSBANDS AND WIVES WHO HAVE JUDGED BEST IN SHOW:
Beatrice Godsol (1958) and Major Godsol (1968)
Dorothy Collier (1997) and Chester Collier (2000)
Edd Bivin (1999) and Irene Bivin (2003)

 

BEST IN SHOW WINNERS WHO HAVE JUDGED BEST IN SHOW:
BREEDER-OWNER HANDLERS HANDLED BIS JUDGED BIS
H.E. Mellenthin 1940, 1941 1942
Walter Goodman 1969 1994
OWNER-HANDLERS
(did not breed BIS winner)
HANDLED BIS JUDGED BIS
William P. Wolcott 1912 1946
John G. Bates 1930, 1931 1938
BREEDER-OWNER
(did not handle BIS winner)
none
BREEDER-HANDLER
(did not own BIS winner)
none
BREEDER OF BIS DOG
WHO ALSO JUDGED BIS
BREEDER OF BIS JUDGED BIS
Anne Rogers Clark 2002 1978
HANDLERS
(did not own or breed BIS winner)
HANDLED BIS JUDGED BIS
Percy Roberts 1926, 1927, 1934, 1937 1967
Anne Rogers Clark 1956, 1959, 1961 1978
Frank Sabella 1973 1990
OWNED BEST IN SHOW WINNER
(did not handle or breed BIS winner)
OWNED BIS JUDGED BIS
Mrs. Geraldine Dodge (Giralda Farms) 1932, 1939 1933
Thomas H. Carruthers, III 1946 1949
Len Carey 1952, 1953 1964, 1974
James Farrell 1968 1953, 1966