Working Group Records

Working 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 & 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

Best In Show Wins – 15
Most recent: Newfoundland (2004)

Most Group Wins – 23
Boxer

Most Consecutive Group Wins – 5
Boxer (1954-1958, 2009-2013)

Most Group Placements – 55
Boxer

Most Consecutive Group Placements – 19
Boxer (1940-1958)

Current Streak of GroupPlacements – 6
Boxer (2009-2014)

Placements

Year in parentheses indicates most recent year of award.

NOTES:* Moved to Hound Group in 1930 ** Moved to Herding Group in 19831. The Boxer competed in the Non-Sporting Group from 1924-1935, then was moved to the Working Group in 1936.2. The Great Pyrenees, known then as the Berghund, was entered in 1879, 1880, 1881, 1889, 1890, 1893.3. The Standard Schnauzer was known as the Wire-haired Pinscher in 1925-1926 and competed in the Working Group. In 1927, it was moved to the Terrier Group and competed as simply the Schnauzer. At that time, there were separate classes for the Miniature Schnauzer and the Standard Schnauzer, but only one dog was selected as Best Schnauzer and advanced into the Terrier Group from 1927-1932. In 1933, the two became separate breeds and both winners advanced to the Group. In 1946, the Standard Schnauzer was moved to the Working Group.4. St. Bernards were shown in two Varieties, Smooth and Rough, from 1878-1927, with both advancing into the Working Group in 1924-1927. While there were still Smooth and Rough designations within the classes from 1928-1950, only one St. Bernard was selected as Best of Breed and moved forward to the Working Group. Beginning in 1951, there was no longer any mention of Smooth or Rough made in the classes in the catalog.

 

BREED 1st year
entered
BIS Grp 1st Grp 2nd Grp 3rd Grp 4th
Akita 1974 0 3 (2008) 3 1 (2014) 2
Alaskan Malamute 1936 0 1 (1998) 3 4 (2012) 3
Anatolian Shepherd Dog 2000 0 0 0 0 0
Bernese Mountain Dog 1943 0 2 (1999) 2 3 (2015) 1
Black Russian Terrier 2005 0 0 0 0 0
Boerboel 2016 0 0 0 0 0
Boxer
Working Group
Non-Sporting
Totals
1914 4 (1970)
0
4
23 (1996)
0
23
12 (2016)
0
12
11
1
12
8
0
8
Bullmastiff 1934 0 1 (1992) 0 1 3 (2008)
Cane Corso 2011 0 0 0 0 0
Chinook 2014 0 0 0 0 0
Doberman Pinscher 1911 4 (1989) 13 (2012) 13 (2013) 10 7
Dogue de Bordeaux 2009 0 0 0 0 0
German Pinscher 2004 0 0 0 0 0
Giant Schnauzer 1930 0 2 (2009) 2 (2003) 3 2
Great Dane 1877 0 5 (1983) 3 8 (2008) 5
Great Pyrenees 1934 0 1 (2005) 3 (1993) 0 2
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog 1996 0 0 0 0 1 (2016)
Komondor 1940 0 1 (1993) 0 3 (1994) 2
Kuvasz 1935 0 0 0 2 (2011) 3 (2007)
Leonberger 2011 0 0 1 (2015) 0 0
Mastiff 1877 0 0 1 (2014) 3 (2006) 1
Neapolitan Mastiff 2005 0 0 0 0 0
Newfoundland 1877 2 (2004) 4 (2004) 7 4 (2007) 3
Portuguese Water Dog 1985 0 4 (2015) 1 3 (2010) 3
Rottweiler 1935 0 1 (2006) 0 3 (2016) 3
Saint Bernard 1877 0 0 2 3 4 (2003)
Samoyed 1907 0 1 (2016) 1 3 3 (2011)
Siberian Husky 1933 1 (1980) 1 (1980) 4 (1999) 1 5 (2015)
Standard Schnauzer 1925 1 (1997) 4 (2002) 1 0 3 (2012)
Tibetan Mastiff 2008 0 0 0 0 1 (2009)
**Belgian Tervuren 0 0 0 0 1 (1981)
**Bouvier des Flandres 0 0 1 (1975) 1 0
**Briard 0 1 (1981) 1 0 0
**Collie (Rough) 1 (1929) 6 (1941) 7 9 3 (1967)
**Collie (Smooth) 0 0 0 2 (1982) 0
**German Shepherd Dog 0 7 (1982) 5 4 6
**Old English Sheepdog 2 (1975) 8 (1977) 14 (1981) 5 4
**Puli 0 0 0 1 (1976) 1
**Shetland Sheepdog 0 1 (1943) 0 1 6 (1965)
**Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) 0 3 (1976) 6 (1977) 2 5
*Dachshund (Smooth) 0 0 0 1 (1926) 0