Toy Group Part 1 | Group Judging (2018)

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Toy Group Part 1 | Group Judging (2018)

ANNOUNCER: May we have the toy group in the ring, please?

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COMMENTATOR 1: This is a wonderful group that adds such variety-- from the Affenpinscher's monkey face, to the flowing, perfect, white coat of the Maltese. This is such a fun, upbeat, little group of companions.

COMMENTATOR 2: We're going to have-- we had 31 in the previews group--

ANNOUNCER: The toy dogs play a role that is much larger than the dogs themselves--

COMMENTATOR 2: --23 in this toy group tonight.

COMMENTATOR 3: And typically one of the most competitive groups. There's always top dogs in the group-- that we're going to see here tonight.

COMMENTATOR 2: Pekingese have the most toy group wins, and also the most placements.

COMMENTATOR 1: But the last toy dog to win Best in Show was in 2013, so it has been a few years-- maybe tomorrow night?

COMMENTATOR 3: Could be.

COMMENTATOR 2: That was Affenpinscher, right? [INAUDIBLE] the Affenpinscher.

COMMENTATOR 1: That's right.

COMMENTATOR 2: Yorkshire Terriers, noted by the American Kennel Club as the most popular toy breed.

COMMENTATOR 3: And you can see why as they come out right here.

COMMENTATOR 2: Our judge, David Kirkland, from North Carolina. Worked for the pharmaceutical company-- he takes time traveling to dog shows to judge, but he also works in the music ministry at his church, and includes his dogs as well. Let's check in with Karyn.

KARYN: David, folk-lore says that the first Westminster show you ever attended was all the way back in 1973. Tonight, you are judging the toy group-- can you tell us what a thrill that must be?

DAVID KIRKLAND: It's a real big thrill-- and it's actually not folklore, it's true. I sat in those stands-- in my late teens, actually-- and so to come full circle like this and actually be doing this tonight is just an incredible blessing and a joy for me-- like I can't even begin to describe.

KARYN: Well, a blessing and joy is what people often call their toy dogs-- they're such wonderful companions. I feel like it might be a difficult group to judge-- so what do you look for?

DAVID KIRKLAND: Well, since they're companion animals, really the most important thing is temperament and personality. And although they may be small in stature, they're absolutely not small in personality. So that's the most important thing-- it really is.

KARYN: Well, as a former Yorkshire Terrier owner, I certainly know what you're talking about. Have a great time.

DAVID KIRKLAND: Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

COMMENTATOR 3: I've had the pleasure of knowing David for a very long time. And now he has Cavaliers-- used to have Schnauzers. And so the Cavalier can hold a sweet spot for him.

COMMENTATOR 1: He also shows cats.

COMMENTATOR 3: Fair enough.

ANNOUNCER: Affen means monkey in German, and pinscher means terrier, thus Affenpinscher means monkey dog. Small in structure and strong will, they're originally used to rid granaries and kitchens of small rodents. They're intelligent and inquisitive-- neat but shaggy, with a bold personality. This is Affenpinscher, number 10.

COMMENTATOR 1: Here we have the Emmitt-- that's champion Tamarin Tailback-- being handled by Alfonso Escobedo. He won group four last year in our toy group.

COMMENTATOR 2: And Emmitt, named-- you say Tailback, after the great Dallas Cowboy running back.

COMMENTATOR 3: Exactly. There's always a sports reference here, isn't there?

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COMMENTATOR 2: People love to connect their dogs to with what's important to them, and a name will certainly do it.

COMMENTATOR 3: Hey, look at this dog-- they call it the mustached little devil, and you can certainly see why with that expression and the mustache, and the shawl over the neck.

COMMENTATOR 1: They're sturdy, though-- compact little breed-- not delicate.

ANNOUNCER: The Brussels Griffon is named for the capital of Belgium where it was first developed. There are two co-varieties-- the rough, similar to that of most hard coated terriers-- and smooth, like found in the pug. These little dogs, popular here since the turn of the 20th century, are devoted and intelligent companions. This is Brussels Griffon, number 15.

COMMENTATOR 1: Here we have Newton. Newton won Best in Show over Thanksgiving at the Philadelphia Kennel Club-- being shown by Susan Depew.

COMMENTATOR 3: And we're going to hear the word Griffon quite a few times, and that relates to the beard on the dog.

COMMENTATOR 2: Is that-- oh, you want a beard yourself?

COMMENTATOR 3: I do. You got to love a Griffon once in a while.

COMMENTATOR 1: And the head is so important in this breed.

COMMENTATOR 3: Yeah, the head's different than the Affenpinscher-- this head actually tilts back, whereas the Affenpinscher's head does not. So the jaw comes out, and the head tilts back.

COMMENTATOR 1: They're a great little companion, especially in the city.

ANNOUNCER: These glamorous little dogs are bred strictly as companions, and historically known as comforter Spaniels. Favorites in the court of English Royalty, they are ideal, gentle, family pets-- bred to be sound as well as beautiful, happy, and eager to please-- and make perfect therapy dogs. This is Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, number 33.

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COMMENTATOR 2: Fergus, from South Dakota, the owner believes that living in that environment contributes to the coat-- of course, featured on Sex and the City. And Charlotte's dog, Elizabeth Taylor-- if you go back if you're a fan.

COMMENTATOR 1: Fergus is being handled by Laura King tonight.

COMMENTATOR 3: And this is David Kirkland's breed, so he'll take a good look at it-- he's certainly an expert in this breed.

COMMENTATOR 2: Ronald Reagan had a Cavalier King in the White House-- 32 of our US presidents had a dog as a pet in the White House.

COMMENTATOR 3: And while we watch this dog go away, we'll see the tail moving and wagging-- that's very typical of all Spaniard breeds.

COMMENTATOR 1: Very merry, very happy and upbeat.

ANNOUNCER: The origin of the Chihuahua is a mystery, with guesses from Mexico, to Egypt, Sudan, and Malta. It probably originated in Asia and came to Mexico in very ancient times. It is the smallest of purebred dogs. Clever, gigantic in heart, and possessing terrier characteristics. Two coat varieties, long and smooth, are recognized. This is long coated Chihuahua, number 29.

COMMENTATOR 1: This is Emily. Emily became an AKC Champion yesterday. She won her specialty from the classes.

COMMENTATOR 2: Here from Japan.

COMMENTATOR 1: Just came in this week for Westminster.

COMMENTATOR 2: Chihuahua-- of course, celebrities like Brittany Spears Ozzy Osbourne-- go figure-- have had--

COMMENTATOR 1: Well, they're a lively little personality-- a lively little dog with big personality in a small package. They have those beautiful big eyes.

COMMENTATOR 2: And this is the long coat, right? We're going to see the variety.

COMMENTATOR 1: This is the long coat.

COMMENTATOR 3: Yeah. We seem to have two varieties, and the only difference is the coats.

COMMENTATOR 1: Emily was number one toy in Japan, 2016.

ANNOUNCER: And this is the smooth-coated Chihuahua-- genetically the same breed. Legend has it that this diminutive dog was introduced to Europe as a result of the voyages of Christopher Columbus. This is smooth-coated Chihuahua, number 36.

COMMENTATOR 3: So you might recognize Erica-- she had the dog Sonnito years ago, and this dog is actually bred by the same people. So it's a nice-- she's come back with another one.

COMMENTATOR 2: Popular pets. My wife-- one of the many dogs she loves is a chihuahua. Spike is what she calls it.

COMMENTATOR 3: Yeah. And they have a saucy expression, so spike fits it perfectly well. And they are a terrier like. You actually, in the ring, can spar the dog-- which means letting them look at the other dogs and see what their expression becomes and how excited they become.

COMMENTATOR 1: So now Erica is going to take Sonnito down round to the end. It's the most winning Chihuahua of all time.

ANNOUNCER: The Chinese Crested was admitted to the toy group in 1991. The breed dates back to at least the 1500's. They appear to have come from China, although Spanish explorers found them in Mexico, and South and Central America. The two types-- the hairless and powderpuff-- are judged by the same standard. This is Chinese Crested, number 14.

COMMENTATOR 1: This is Kai-- it's grand champion Kaylen-- General Kai Panda-- it's a specialty winner. You know, this breed is so versatile-- I saw one at the Agility Championship on Saturday. They're very trainable, very intelligent.

COMMENTATOR 3: Yeah. And this is the hairless version-- so they also have a powderpuff version, which is a long coated type.

COMMENTATOR 1: The hairless-- although, it says hairless-- they do have the coat on the head and neck, and of course, the boots and the tail.

COMMENTATOR 2: Free flowing.

ANNOUNCER: Long favored by Royalty, the English Toy Spaniel is nicknamed the Charley, after its most famous of admirers, King Charles the First and King Charles the Second. The English Toy is a robust Toy Spaniel with a distinctive domed head. It is a devoted companion, with a charming, merry, and affectionate demeanor. This is English Toy Spaniel, number 20-- Blenheim & Prince Charles.

COMMENTATOR 2: And that close up shot-- our director, Brian Lilley showing you it drew a reaction from the crowd. Dark melting eyes, and the chubby cheeks.

COMMENTATOR 3: That domed head, it just sets off the whole expression-- it's very typical of the breed.

COMMENTATOR 1: This is Dexter, being shown by Christopher Keith-- it's multiple Best in Show winner-- National Specialty winner. Bred by the Clussexx Kennels, who have had great success at Westminster in the past. They bred Stump, who was the oldest dog to win best in show Westminster.

ANNOUNCER: The King Charles and Ruby variety-- the original black and tan coloring was said to be the favorite of King Charles the First. The Ruby is a self-colored rich mahogany red. The charming Spaniel temperament is in a small package, and it is an excellent companion. This is English Toy Spaniel, King Charles and Ruby, number 16.

COMMENTATOR 1: And here we have Paddington, who is also from the Clussexx Kennel-- it's being shown by Aaron Meyers.

COMMENTATOR 2: No relation, although spelled the same way. And if they win, then I might say hi-- see if we can get to know each other a little better. These are good city dwellers, right?

COMMENTATOR 1: Oh, absolutely.

COMMENTATOR 2: They walk on the leads well, and cooperate.

COMMENTATOR 1: They're great-- they're are wonderful family companion. They don't like the hot weather so much-- they should definitely be in a cooler climate. But they're wonderful-- outgoing breed and make a super family pet.

ANNOUNCER: And the Havanese is the national dog of Cuba. His high head carriage-- top line rising slightly from a withers to rump-- rectangular body and plumed tail carried over the back make the Havanese outline unmistakable. The unique springy gait sets this breed apart from all other breeds. This is Havanese, number 27.

COMMENTATOR 2: The only breed native to Canada. And the name Ritchie-- named after Ritchie Valens. Lin's husband thinks he looks a little like Ritchie Valens did-- of course, the musician-- La Bamba, the movie.

COMMENTATOR 1: So this is a native breed to Cuba. They have this great silky coat, they come in a variety of colors, very energetic. This is Briarcliff's La Bamba-- of course, as you said-- being handled by the Andy Linton.

COMMENTATOR 2: Bait popcorn.

COMMENTATOR 1: Baits for popcorn.

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ANNOUNCER: The Italian Greyhound is a Greyhound in miniature. His original role was probably as a hunter of small game, and a companion. He is [INAUDIBLE] loving and extremely affectionate, sometimes to the point of neediness. Yet being a true hound, he requires exercise and outdoor activities. This is Italian Greyhound, number seven.

COMMENTATOR 3: And as he said, this is similar to the Greyhound. The biggest difference is in their game-- they have a high stepping gait-- it's not a hackney gait like we're going to see in the Min Pin, later.

COMMENTATOR 2: Elvis obviously-- the owner says likes to climb in the pen. They got to keep a close watch on him-- him be hopping around.

COMMENTATOR 3: They're very springy. The Italian Greyhound is a very agile dog-- you think of the Greyhound, this dog can do the same thing. They have quite a bit of stamina, speed, and agility.

COMMENTATOR 1: And they're a very ancient breed. There were Italian Greyhounds at the very first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1877.

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ANNOUNCER: The aristocratic Japanese Chin is one of the oldest of all toy breeds. In 1853, Commodore Perry brought several back with him from his historic trip to visit Japan. By the end of the 19th century, they were popular at dog shows in this country. It is a true companion animal of antiquity style, tradition, and class. This is Japanese Chin, number 18.

COMMENTATOR 2: And interesting that they actually originated in China-- you heard a little bit of the background from Michael-- not Japan.

COMMENTATOR 1: That's right. And you know, we've been highlighting a lot of the breeds that are originally from China this week, because of course the Chinese New Year is next week, and it is the year of the dog in 2018. But here we have Madge being shown by Amy Rutherford. This is champion Fabel-Mi Lucky Star.

COMMENTATOR 3: When they just showed the face-- and one of the most important features of the Chin that's unique is the white that shows in the corner the eye-- and that's very unique to this breed.

ANNOUNCER: The Maltese has been known for at least 28 centuries, making it easily one of older breeds. Throughout much of history, Royalty and people of refinement have favored this little dog. They are gentle and affectionate. The sole purpose of this small dog with a long, white, silky, straight hair is to be a companion. This is Maltese, number 20.

COMMENTATOR 2: Born in France, sire is American, and then sent to Hong Kong-- some international flavor here.

COMMENTATOR 3: We have a lot of international dogs here-- we have Japan, Canada, Mexico, so we're doing well. I had the pleasure of showing a lot of Maltese here in Westminster. And this is a true example of the silky coat that you see-- that long white flowing coat, it's very important to the breed.

COMMENTATOR 2: We're working our way through the toy group-- just about half way. The second group tonight. We already have a winner from the hound group. We'll meet the rest of those in the toy group, and find out which one of these competitors has a nose to be the best of the toy group. They're sweating it out here at Madison Square Garden. We're glad you're with us on FS1, live from New York.