BREED RECORDS
Herding Group

DATE 1ST ENTERED:

This date is determined by Westminster Kennel Club records and is somewhat arbitrary. It does not necessarily correspond with official recognition by the AKC nor with its standing as a separate breed or variety at Westminster. Rather it is usually when that breed is first named as such in the catalog and show records.

If the breed was shown somewhat consistently in the Miscellaneous Class before 1924, that goes to establish the "Date 1st Entered." If shown in Miscellaneous Class in 1924 or after, it is noted but did not count until regular status is granted and the breed winner is eligible for Group and BIS competition. See Miscellaneous Breeds section.


BIS AND GROUP PLACEMENTS:

Best In Show has been awarded since 1907 (except for 1923) and Group competition has been held since 1924.

The column headings in each chart represent the number of Best In Show Awards and Group placements in each position. The year in parentheses in the "BIS" and "1" column represents the last year that this breed won BIS and the last year that it won the Group; the number in parentheses in one of the other columns represents the last year that the breed placed in the Group; if there is a year only in the "1" Group column, that means that the last time that the breed placed in the Group, it won the group. For example, a Pointer has won 3 BIS (the most recent in 1986), 14 Group 1 (most recent in 1989, 4 Group 2, 7 Group 3, and 5 Group 4 awards. The last time it placed in the Group was in 1998 with a Group 4.


AKC REGISTRATION:

The 1888 Catalog is the first in which AKC Rules are included (adopted Dec 6, 1887). From Rule 2: "Every dog entered at any show held under these rules ... must be registered in the American Kennel Club Stud Book. In case a dog has not been registered previous to date of entry, owner must fill out a registration blank and forward same, with fee of 50 cents, together with show entry to the Secretary of the Show, who shall mark the dog as registered and forward blank with registration fee to the Secretary of the American Kennel Club (The above to take effect January 1st, 1888)."


RECORDS

(includes results from before 1983 when the Herding breeds were a part of the Working Group)

Best In Show wins - 4
    Most recent: German Shepherd Dog (1987)

Most Group wins - 15
    German Shepherd Dog

Most consecutive Group wins - 3
    Pembroke Welsh Corgi (2000-2002)

Most Group placements - 44
    Old English Sheepdog

Herding Group only (since 1983)

Best In Show wins - 1
    Most recent: German Shepherd Dog (1987)

Most Group wins - 8
    German Shepherd Dog

Most consecutive Group wins - 3
    Pembroke Welsh Corgi (2000-2002)

Most Group placements - 21
    German Shepherd Dog

Most consecutive Group placements - 8
    Pembroke Welsh Corgi (1997-2004)

Current streak of Group placements - 2
    Old English Sheepdog (2012-2013)


PLACEMENTS
Year in parentheses indicates most recent year of award.

BREED 1st year
entered
BIS Grp 1st Grp 2nd Grp 3rd Grp 4th
Australian Cattle Dog 1981 0 0 0 0 0
Australian Shepherd 1994 0 1 (2008) 2 (2006) 1 0
Bearded Collie 1978 0 2 (2011) 5 4 (2010) 2
Beauceron 2008 0 0 0 1 (2013) 0
Belgian Malinois 1967 0 0 1 (2003) 0 0
Belgian Sheepdog 1907 0 0 1 (2010) 1 1 (1998)
Belgian Tervuren
  Herding Group
  Working Group
  Totals
1961  
0
0
0
 
1 (1983)
0
1
 
2 (2011)
0
2
 
0
0
0
 
0
1 (1981)
1
Border Collie 1996 0 1 (2005) 2 2 (2011) 0
Bouvier des Flandres
  Herding Group
  Working Group
  Totals
1931  
0
0
0
 
3 (2007)
0
3
 
5 (2012)
1
6
 
0
1
1
 
2
0
2
Briard
  Herding Group
  Working Group
  Totals
1929  
0
0
0
 
0
1 (1981)
1
 
0
1
1
 
1 (2000)
0
1
 
6
0
6
Canaan Dog 1998 0 0 0 0 1 (2013)
Cardigan Welsh Corgi 1936 0 0 0 0 1 (2007)
Collie (Rough)
  Herding Group
  Working Group
  Totals
1877  
0
1 (1929)
1
 
0
6 (1941)
6
 
0
7
7
 
2 (2009)
9
11
 
2
3
5
Collie (Smooth)
  Herding Group
  Working Group
  Totals
1888  
0
0
0
 
0
0
0
 
1
0
1
 
2
2
4
 
3 (2002)
0
3
Entlebucher Mountain Dog 2012 0 0 0 0 0
Finnish Lapphund 2012 0 0 0 0 0
German Shepherd Dog
  Herding Group
  Working Group
  Totals
1908  
1 (1987)
0
1
 
8 (2012)
7
15
 
5
5
 
4
4
8
 
4 (2010)
6
10
Icelandic Sheepdog 2011 0 0 0 0 0
Norwegian Buhund 2010 0 0 0 0 0
Old English Sheepdog
  Herding Group
  Working Group
  Totals
1888  
0
2 (1975)
2
 
4 (2013)
8
12
 
1
14
15
 
5
5
10
 
3
4
7
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  Herding Group
  Working Group
  Totals
1935  
0
0
0
 
4 (2004)
3
7
 
3
6
9
 
6
2
8
 
2 (2011)
5
7
Polish Lowland Sheepdog 2002 0 0 0 0 0
Puli
  Herding Group
  Working Group
  Totals
1937  
0
0
0
 
3 (2010)
0
3
 
1 (2013)
0
1
 
0
1
1
 
2
1
3
Pyrenean Shepherd 2010 0 0 0 0 0
Shetland Sheepdog
  Herding Group
  Working Group
  Totals
1927  
0
0
0
 
4 (1997)
1
5
 
2
0
2
 
3
1
4
 
1 (2012)
6
7
Swedish Vallhund 2008 0 0 0 0 0



NOTES:

1. The Herding Group was held for the first time at Westminster in 1983. Prior to that, the Australian Cattle Dog, Bearded Collie, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Tervuren, Bouvier des Flandres, Briard, Collie (IRough), Collie (Smooth), German Shepherd Dog, Old English Sheepdog, Puli, Shetland Sheepdog, Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), and Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) competed in the Working Group.

2. Prior to 1959, the Belgian breeds (Sheepdog, Tervuren, Malinois) were all registered by the AKC as Belgian Sheepdogs and all competed in the same breed classes.

3. The first mention and differentiation of Collies (Rough) and Collies (Smooth) is seen in 1888 (Rough Collies had been exhibited since 1877). From 1924-1942, one Collie is selected as Best of Variety and advances to the Working Group. Beginning in 1943, each Best of Variety competes in the Group.

4. The German Shepherd Dog was known as the German Sheep Dog from 1908-1918 and as the Shepherd Dog from 1919-1931.

5. From 1888-1892, the Old English Sheepdog was known as the Bob-tailed Sheepdog and as the Old English Bob-tailed Sheepdog.


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