Hound Group Part 2 | Group Judging (2018)

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Hound Group Part 2 | Group Judging (2018)

MICHAEL J. LAFAVE: Greyhound almost certainly originated in the Middle East about 500 BC. This speedy hunter accompanied the Romans through Europe and was used to course game powerful, yet elegant even tempered, and loyal. The fun-loving Greyhound is a rewarding companion. This is Greyhound Number 20.


GAIL MILLER BISHER: This is Ch. Mariki's Bluemoon Daimler Marque at Saranan, known his Dede.

CHRIS MYERS: With Gail Miller Bisher, Jason Hoke, Chris Myers-- I love that shot before-- let sleeping dogs lie, even in the excitement of a dog competition.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, the Afghan may be the king of dogs, but it had to take a nap for a little bit. And this Greyhound is a perfect example of the shape of a Greyhound. With the S curves underneath, the curve over the top of the back, it's one of the shapely breeds of the Hound Group.

CHRIS MYERS: The historical reference-- General Custer, also president Rutherford B. Hayes owning a Greyhound.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Handled by Lesley Anne Potts.

MICHAEL J. LAFAVE: The Harrier was created in England as a medium-size hair hound, with a record dating back to the 13th century. Although not well known as a sturdy, utilitarian pack hound bred for stamina and endurance rather than outright speed. This is Harrier Number Six.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: This is Emmy owned by Mike Gowen at Ch. Blythmoor's Jump at the Chance. She is Mike's very first show dog.

JASON HOKE: Ah, well, congratulations to him. That's a great win for him then.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Isn't this incredible?

CHRIS MYERS: What advice would you have for a first timer?

JASON HOKE: Well, you know what? You just breathe and take it in. That's what we all do when we first come to Westminster. You get out on the green carpet, and you just have to enjoy the moment and hope everything goes well.

CHRIS MYERS: And this resembling kind of a Beagle with a gym membership, right? When you think about how they-- like a smaller version of the English Foxhound.

JASON HOKE: Sure, exactly. Yep.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Not everyone has a Best of Breed winner as their first show dog. That's right.

MICHAEL J. LAFAVE: The Ibizan Hound traces back to ancient Egypt, dating at least to 3400 BC. The dog depicted in hieroglyphics that guarded the tombs of the pharaohs is almost indistinguishable from today's Ibizan. Prized for its keen hunting ability, its primary quarry is rabbit. This is Ibizan Hound Number 10.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: And as Mr. LaFave said, they hunt rabbit. And so their cone-shaped head is actually ideal and built for scooping up rabbits on the run. That's part of what makes them an Ibizan Hound.

JASON HOKE: Right, when you're talking about hunting, what happens is, when they're running, one of the dogs chases the hare and barks, and it sends the rabbit off the trail, and the other one grabs the rabbit. So they're very clever in the way they hunt.

CHRIS MYERS: Good luck trying to find a rabbit in here-- in Madison Square Garden, right? You'll have to wait for it later-- wait till after the show.

MICHAEL J. LAFAVE: The tallest of all AKC recognized breeds, the Irish Wolfhound's power combined with keen sight and swiftness makes him unique among sight hounds. This hound should possess the speed to catch a wolf and the strength to kill it. For households that can accommodate their needs, Irish Wolfhounds typically make a trustworthy and gentle companion. This is Irish Wolfhound Number 16.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: This is Kensie, being handled by Whitney Meeks.

JASON HOKE: And when you're looking at a giant breed like this, they were actually bread to hunt wolves. So when you look at a wolf, this dog has to be powerful enough to take it down. So that's what a Wolfhound was bred to do.

CHRIS MYERS: And you would assume that size and with that ability-- a guard dog, but not so much, not so automatic.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, nowadays, they're a little more docile than that. But these dogs, they had a saying that, gentle when stroked and fierce when provoked.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: That's right. That's right.

CHRIS MYERS: I think we're all a little bit that way.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, exactly.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: They're a very swift, powerful hunter, and I love that rough coat.

MICHAEL J. LAFAVE: As a loyal companion of the, Vikings the Norwegian Elkhound was originally used to hunt moose and other big game, which it still does today in its native Norway. This is a hardy hunter that did double duty as a guard dog for campsites and a herder of flocks. They were first imported to America at the turn of the 20th century. This is Norwegian Elkhound Number Six.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: This is a great example of a breed that still has the shape that it was bred to-- the shape so that it could perform their original purpose. It has a short back. It has a really short loin, so it can turn and jump quickly.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, and Gail, this is very reminiscent of a Spitz breed. This is one of the Nordic Spitz breeds. And we'll see a lot of Spitz breeds all through the day-- with the pointed ears, pointed nose, short back.

CHRIS MYERS: President Hoover had a Norwegian Elkhound.

- Let's check in now with Karyn Bryant. Well, when we look at the Norwegian, it is very difficult to not think about handler Pat Trotter. She is legendary and won the Hound Group 11 times, including last year. Now while she did not show a dog this year, we know that she is at home watching. And we wanted to wish the legendary handler the very best.

She is a wonderful woman who was here last year with the Norwegian Elkhound. And it was quite surprised to her, actually. It was quite fascinating to see her win that group. I think even she had been quite surprised that she was going to get it last year. I'm a little wondering why she didn't come this time. Maybe she figured she would just let somebody else have a chance. But again, Pat Trotter, a legend, and we do wish you the very best.

CHRIS MYERS: And thank you, Karyn. And a sentimental favorite, still-- and very popular among dog owners, dog breeders.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: She is definitely a legend of our sport.

MICHAEL J. LAFAVE: The Otterhound is an ancient breed, but it wasn't until the 19th century in England that it came to prominence, being used as a pack dog to trail and kill otter. Of all the hounds, this is the only true water dog, with a waterproof coat and webbed feet. This is Otterhound Number Nine.

CHRIS MYERS: I like the name "Willie Nelson--" not sure the connection.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Well, that's Ch. Conestoga Another Tequila Sunrise-- Willie Nelson.

CHRIS MYERS: There you go.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Being handled by Jason McIlwain tonight. He's the number one Otterhound in the country.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, when you see this dog walk, you're going to notice his shambling gate. And also, when you look at the coat, the coat's water resistant. This dog worked in wet environments, so it trailed over a lot of different terrain, including water. So it had to have a repellent coat.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: They have a strong bone. They have very dark eyes and nose-- it's beautiful. Beautiful breed.

MICHAEL J. LAFAVE: The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, or PBGV, is a pack dog-- a French hound breed with a natural, rough, wiry coat and an outgoing, active, and independent personality. It is the shortest of the four Griffon Vendeen breeds, hence the name "petite," meaning small. This is Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Number 15.

CHRIS MYERS: Yeah, this is a dog that does well with other dogs and children-- easy to get along with.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Well, another pack hunter. You know, a lot of people love the rustic look as well. It's kind of a tousled, easygoing, grooming job here.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, it's always a crowd favorite here at The Garden.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: This is Calamity Jane. She's Ch. M&M's Calamity Jane, being handled by Janice Hayes. You'll notice the handler's color pink dress goes really well with that dark and white dog.

MICHAEL J. LAFAVE: The Pharaoh Hound is one of the oldest known domestic dogs. The many depictions on Egyptian temples and tombs dating back to 4400 BC prove the antiquity of these hounds. It is thought that the Pharaoh Hound was brought by the Phoenicians to the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo. This is Pharaoh Hound Number 15.

CHRIS MYERS: So is it true that this characteristic-- about they kind of blush when they're excited? The nose kind of turns to a rose color-- the ears?

GAIL MILLER BISHER: It is true. It's a very unique feature of this breed. This dog's being handled by Brian Livingston, who's one of the many young handlers that are out today whose family is involved in the sport and has--

JASON HOKE: Right, he has a brother and a sister competing as well, and they all started in junior showmanship-- a great competition for the youth in our sport.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Really is a family sport.

MICHAEL J. LAFAVE: A hound a striking color that traditionally brings big game to bay or tree-- the Plott is an intelligent, alert, and confident dog. Noted for stamina, endurance, agility, determination, and aggressiveness when hunting, the powerful well-muscled Plott combines courage with its athletic ability. Loyal and eager to please, the Plott is a bold and fearless hunter. This is Plott Number Seven.

JASON HOKE: So when they say big game, they mean bear. They're not talking about raccoons. They still are used for some raccoon work, but they originally started with bears. So this is a very fierce and strong dog when on the trail. But now, it's not so fierce anymore.

CHRIS MYERS: Which may be a reason, if you're going after bear-- that this is the state dog of North Carolina. We can see quite a few.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: They're known for this black brindle color. They also come in solid black or buckskin.

MICHAEL J. LAFAVE: The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is the smallest of the Podengo family. A rustic breed, they are still used to hunt rabbit in their native Portugal. With regular exercise and early training, they make lively and intelligent companions and watch dogs. The Podengo Pequeno should be longer than tall. And it may come in two coat types-- smooth and wire. This is wire-coated Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Number 23.

CHRIS MYERS: The national dog of Portugal getting a big cheer here at Madison Square Garden.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: And the dog that won its national specialty this year.

CHRIS MYERS: Jason, that dog has high-pitched bark, right? When it's going after--

JASON HOKE: Correct. A lot of the hounds use a bark to either signal the hunter or to fear the game into moving somewhere else.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: And there are two coat types in this breed. This is the rougher coat type. But I love, again-- like the PBGV, that rough, tousled look.

CHRIS MYERS: Heh, scampering off.

MICHAEL J. LAFAVE: American breed, the Redbone Coonhound is a strikingly beautiful solid red coat. He is a passionate, well-driven hunter that loves to please and has the intelligence and stamina to excel in hunting, search, rescue, field trials, or the show ring. The Redbone is a versatile, courageous hound that makes a wonderful companion. This is Redbone Coonhound Number Six.

JASON HOKE: Well North Carolina is doing really well here today. Because this dog was established in North Carolina. A lot of the Coonhounds have a basis in the South. So Peter Redbone actually was the founder of the breed, so it makes sense.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: They can work in water and in the mountains. They're a very sure-footed breed-- that beautiful color. This is Ch. My, She Dances like Uma Thurman.

CHRIS MYERS: Yeah, the Tar Heel state well-represented-- and the Redbone Coonhound is a great family dog.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Brandi is owning the ring. Look at her.

MICHAEL J. LAFAVE: The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog of formidable power, dedication, and courage. As a hunter, he descends from a variety of breeds, crossed with the native ridge dog in Southern Africa in the 1800s. The ridge of hair on the back is the identifying mark of the breed. This is Rhodesian Ridgeback Number 46.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, I think we might get a view of that Ridge when the dog's going down and back.

CHRIS MYERS: It's a little hyper-- too much bait, there? Or what do we got going on?

GAIL MILLER BISHER: No, that's just a-

JASON HOKE: Yeah, she's just trying to get it excited to go down and back. And then when it comes back, hopefully, it'll make a great pose. So that's perfectly acceptable. That would never hurt the dog and its judging.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Of course, Michelle Scott is handling the dog tonight. She's a two time Best in show winning handler at Westminster.

CHRIS MYERS: And from Brazil, we have 16 countries represented-- dogs from all 50 states. California, the state representing the most dogs here in this show.

MICHAEL J. LAFAVE: A Saluku's elegance is deceptive. For millennia, Salukis have hunted in some of the world's most inhospitable regions. Their movement, whether in the show ring or in the coursing field, is the end of a supremely traditioned coursing hound. This is Saluki Number 23.

CHRIS MYERS: Madison Square Garden, a famous Saluki-- Southern Illinois-- you go back to the great Knick-- Clyde Walt Frazier was a Saluki.

JASON HOKE: Perfect. Perfect segue.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: This is Snapple. That's Ch. Starlight's Made of the Best Stuff on Earth, being handled by Nina Fetter tonight.

JASON HOKE: And if you look him running-- if you see the feet on this dog, this dog had to run in sand.

CHRIS MYERS: There is Walt Frazier. He was also an enjoyable broadcaster.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Nina Fetter is also a second generation dog person. Snapple's done very well this year.

MICHAEL J. LAFAVE: The Scottish Deerhound is a rare breed of ancient lineage and is is royal dog of Scotland. Sir Walter Scott called them the most perfect creatures in heaven. Shown at Westminster since the first show in 1877, they are dignified and gentle in temperament. They're a large, rough-coated sighthound bred to pursue game. This is Scottish Deerhound Number Seven.

JASON HOKE: So the Scottish Deerhounds-- more similar to the Greyhound that the Wolfhound. And the Scottish Deerhound doesn't-- unlike the Greyhound-- does not have to scoop to kill its game. So it doesn't need as long as a neck as a Greyhound.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: This is Ben. Ben's actually imported from England.

CHRIS MYERS: Named for the Shakespearean character from Romeo and Juliet.

JASON HOKE: True romantic, that's for sure.

CHRIS MYERS: We're getting closer to Valentine's Day.

JASON HOKE: That's right. Very close.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: This dog's being handled by Lynne Lozano.

MICHAEL J. LAFAVE: The energetic Treeing Walker Coonhound is a perfectly suited for tracking and treeing raccoons. Developed from the Walker, the Virginia hounds, and the earliest English Foxhounds, the Treeing Walker is a fast, alert hunter with superb endurance. The breed is intelligent, confident, and sociable. This is Treeing Walker Coonhound Number Nine.

JASON HOKE: So the Treeing Walker is considered the people's choice among the Coonhounds because of its versatility. It excels at all the events that a Coonhound has to participate in.

CHRIS MYERS: And the Treeing Walker-- we figure, in New York City, there is 5.2 million trees. So that's--

JASON HOKE: It's got a lot of work to do.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Extremely prey-driven, though, so they should always be kept on a leash.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, I don't know what it's going to chase up the trees, but--

CHRIS MYERS: Well, they'll use the tree for something.

MICHAEL J. LAFAVE: The Whippet looks similar to a Greyhound, but it is smaller and is a distinct breed. For over a century, this is extremely fast Sighthound has been used as a rabbit coarser and a racing dog in England. The Whippet's stamina and power of acceleration are truly striking. This is Whippet Number 18.

CHRIS MYERS: Michael LaFave currently owns a Whippet. What I love about this-- this dog has been tracked at going 35 miles per hour. And in some parts of New York City, that'll get you a ticket these days. New York's finest will be watching.

JASON HOKE: That's right.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: This is Whiskey, being handled by Justin Smithey-- Ch. Pinnacle Tennessee Whiskey.

CHRIS MYERS: But the Whippet has been around a long time.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: This is-- yes, their anniversary. It's the 125th year of the Whippet being shown at the Westminster Kennel Club.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, and Whiskey's sister Bourbon actually won Best of Opposite today. So it's a family affair.

CHRIS MYERS: There you go. Whiskey, Bourbon, 35 miles per hour.

JASON HOKE: Perfect combo.

CHRIS MYERS: Be careful. Our Hound Group rounded out the first of the seven groups, as Jeffrey Pepper-- you've heard him. You've watched him-- as we have observed all of those in the Hound Group-- first up in the order. We'll have four group winners tonight, three tomorrow night, and Best in Show.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Now, he's pulling his cut. He's got the-- these are his selects. He has the Basset, Beagle, Bloodhound, Borzoi Lucy, Long-haired Dachshund, and the Wire Hound.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, this is going to be a short list. So he's going to keep these dogs, excuse the rest, and then make his final selection for the four placements.

JEFFREY PEPPER: Sir, bring the Whippet out, please.

JASON HOKE: He's calling the Whippet.

CHRIS MYERS: Here comes the Whippet.

JASON HOKE: All right.

CHRIS MYERS: A little history on the side of the Whippet tonight.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, I'll root for a Whippet. I have Whippets at home. So why not?

JEFFREY PEPPER: Thank you. Thank you. OK, let's back up please.


We're going to go around one at a time, please-- one at a time. First dog please.


GAIL MILLER BISHER: There we have Champion U-Cal's Monkey on the Bayou.

JASON HOKE: This is her 15-inch Beagle [INAUDIBLE]. Looking great.

CHRIS MYERS: Quite a variety in the Hound Group-- the first--


JASON HOKE: Yep, we had three scent hounds and now, we have a Sighthound going around the ring. Lucy-- the winner from two years ago.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: The Longhaired Dachshund.

JASON HOKE: It's showing great today. So is the wire-haired. That's what you like to see-- all the dogs looking their best.

CHRIS MYERS: Could this be the year for the Dachshund?

GAIL MILLER BISHER: You never know! We can hope.

JASON HOKE: And last is the Whippet. He's going to make his selection now.

CHRIS MYERS: Down to three or four at this point.

JASON HOKE: He'll pick his final four probably-- pull one out at a time.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Let's see who it's going to be.

JEFFREY PEPPER: May I have the Borzoi, please?

JASON HOKE: Lucy's coming on first.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Lucy's being pulled out first.

JEFFREY PEPPER: Bloodhound. Beagle, sir. And the Whippet.

JASON HOKE: And Whiskey the Whippet.

JEFFREY PEPPER: And the winner of the Hound Group will be the Borzoi.


GAIL MILLER BISHER: There we go. Lucy does it again!

CHRIS MYERS: Oh, Lucy Lucy!

GAIL MILLER BISHER: Bloodhound is second; Beagle is third; Whippet is the fourth.

JASON HOKE: Beautiful job done by Mr. Pepper-- all lovely dogs.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: You have a ring full of incredible animals out there-- all wonderful examples of their breed. And of course, everyone is just thrilled to show Westminster-- to win Best of Breed is an honor. But then to go on to the group and place in the group is a dream come true.

JASON HOKE: Right, and it's good. The Borzoi has been there before, so she'll know what she's doing when she gets into Best in Show with all the excitement.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: And of course Valerie's been there before. Valerie's been there a few times. Several times she was also a Best Junior Handler at Westminster. And a Best in Show winner as well with the short-hair.


GAIL MILLER BISHER: Again, Lucy is the all-time top winning Borzoi in breed history. She was number one in Japan before she came to the US.

CHRIS MYERS: So Lucy has no 'xplaining to do.


CHRIS MYERS: Let's check in with Karyn.

KARYN BRYANT: OK, great, thank you so much. Well, congratulations. You know, they say when you go to a show, act like you've been here before. You actually have. But how does it feel to be winning the group again this year?

- There's nothing like it in the world. It's Westminster Kennel Club. It's the best dog show in the world.

- Do you feel that she knew to rise to the occasion?

- Absolutely. She knows when it's a big stage, and she loves it.

KARYN BRYANT: So what do you do to prepare her tomorrow, obviously, for Best in Show?

VALERIE NUNES-ATKINSON: She's going to go back, have a little bit of dinner, and rest. She'll be ready to go.

KARYN BRYANT: Well, congratulations to you-- just a wonderful showing again.

VALERIE NUNES-ATKINSON: Thank you so much.

KARYN BRYANT: Back to you guys in the booth.

GAIL MILLER BISHER: We are just getting started here at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Lucy the Borzoi won the Hound Group, and we are coming back with the Toy Group. Stay with us.