Non Sporting Group Part 1 | Group Judging (2018)

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Non Sporting Group Part 1 | Group Judging (2018)

MICHAEL: May we have the non-sporting group in the ring, please?

ANNOUNCER 1: This group is filled with quite an eclectic group, sizes, shapes. But it has many of the most popular breeds in the United States, the bulldogs, the Boston terriers, the French bulldogs. In fact, Frenchies were are second largest entry this year. There are 48 French bulldogs competing today.

ANNOUNCER 2: It's quite a compliment of Frenchies. They've become a very popular breed here and abroad.

ANNOUNCER 3: This will include the Dalmatian in the non-sporting group. Dalmatian has never won Best in Show. It's another one of those doors that are popular, and you hear them, you see them, but you just wonder when their time will come.

ANNOUNCER 1: Actually, a non-sporting representative hasn't won Best in Show since 2002.

ANNOUNCER 3: Mrs. Mary A Miller from Lexington, Kentucky judging the non-sporting group. She actually won a Best of Breed with a Dalmatian After college, was breeding Dalmatians. She's active with the Dalmatian Club of America. And earlier, Karen spoke to Mrs. Miller.

- Mary, over the course of your life, you have owned and bred Dalmatians for quite some time. But then you made the leap to judging. What does it take to be a judge at this high level?

- I think you have to really study the essence of the breed, know what the breed is bred for, and what the breed should look like.

- I do feel that you have the toughest job, if I'm being honest. The non-sporting group is so diverse. So how do you know what to look for?

- Well, you have to realize, again, going back to the breed standards, what makes a poodle look like a poodle. It should be poodly. What makes the bulldog look like it is, and move like it is. It should be in the breed standard, in the essence of the breed.

KAREN: Well, we all know that Westminster is the big deal. Hope you have a great time tonight.

MARY MILLER: Thank you so much.

KAREN: Thanks.

ANNOUNCER 1: And as Mary said, it's all about the standards. Everything is based on the standards and what the breeds were originally bred to do.

ANNOUNCER 3: The first woman to judge best in show as the sole judge of the award, Mrs. Hartley back in 1933. Michael?

MICHAEL: The American Eskimo dog descended from the German Spitz presents a picture of strength, alertness, and beauty. Bred to be watchdogs, they live to please and protect their family. This is an intelligent breed that delights in learning as evidenced by their success in obedience and agility. This is American Eskimo dog, number 16.

ANNOUNCER 1: This is Inuk, champion [INAUDIBLE] Handled by Graeme Gurdon. But what's most important is this dog turned 10 years old in June, and he actually has broke the record, we believe, to have won Best of Breed at Westminster the most times in a row.

ANNOUNCER 3: Jason, the breed has no true connection to Eskimo culture.

ANNOUNCER 2: That's correct. That's correct. It's a Spitz breed. You can still see the traits.

MICHAEL: The Bichon Frise originated in the Mediterranean area, ultimately arriving in France. Meaning small dog with curly hair, giving the appearance of a living powder puff. This high spirited little fellow is a wonderful companion dog. This is Bichon Frise, number 15.

ANNOUNCER 3: And at first glance, you wouldn't guess this, but historically, this dog began to appear back in US post World War I era. Soldiers brought them back as pets.

ANNOUNCER 1: They are wonderful pets. And this is Flynn being handled by Bill McFadden. This is one of the top dogs nationally ranked for 2017. Bill has steered many dogs to be number one. He's won Best in Show at Westminster in 2003, the Kerry blue terrier. And the handler makes a big difference.

ANNOUNCER 2: Sure, especially in trimming like this. This dog has a very elaborate trim, and Bill certainly the expert at putting the dogs down, just like the Kerry blue he won Best in Show with as well.

ANNOUNCER 1: This is champion Belle Creek's All I Care About is Love.

MICHAEL: The Boston terrier did indeed originate in the Boston area, and was recognized by the AKC in 1893 as the first American bred dog. The Boston's alert expression, lovable disposition, characteristic square head, and markings give him style, and the well earned nickname, the American Gentleman. This is Boston terrier, number 20.

ANNOUNCER 3: Heard Michael mention the Boston area. Since 1922, Boston University mascot has been the Boston terrier, named Rex since the 30. And famous for the cut of the tuxedo coat. Aren't they wearing tuxedos?

ANNOUNCER 2: That's right. We got to match the American gentleman. He have to be American gentlemen as well.

ANNOUNCER 3: Dressed for the part.

ANNOUNCER 2: That's right.

ANNOUNCER 1: And this is Vinny, of course. He won a group three last year in the non-sporting group here in Westminster.

ANNOUNCER 2: And he's the top winning Boston of all time, I believe.

ANNOUNCER 1: He is. Handled by Jorge Olavera.

ANNOUNCER 2: If you see, he took the bait out of his pocket. That's to get the dog's expression. It's not necessarily to feed the dog, but it excites them enough that they put their ears up. They show their expression. They stretch out a little more.

ANNOUNCER 1: It's one last look from Mrs. Miller.

MICHAEL: The bulldog's traits of courage and tenacity have long made him a symbol of determination. Yet despite his tough guy good looks, he's a fun loving and sociable breed. The bulldog is most happy in his role as an affectionate companion. This is a bulldog number 20.

ANNOUNCER 3: And Pearl just turned two years of age. Now Pearl lines in Indianapolis, so she's a Hoosier. But bulldog of course, popular mascot for Yale, University of Georgia, Georgetown, and the US Marines.

ANNOUNCER 1: They're a very popular breed, and the crowd always loves the bulldog. So I'm sure we'll get a good round of applause here. Handled by Cody Sickle. He's a breeder, owner, handler. He has a lot of top winning bulldogs.

ANNOUNCER 2: Yeah, Cody's in the breed forever. He's a master of the breed.

ANNOUNCER 3: Bulldogs have a couple Best in Shows. Most recently, it was 1955.

ANNOUNCER 1: And it was another breed that was at the first Westminster Kennel Club Show in 1877.

MICHAEL: The Chinese Shar-Pei probably dates back to the Han dynasty about 200 BC. The name is literally translated as sand skin or sand paper like coat. Originally, a multi-purpose farm dog, the breed has made a remarkable comeback from near-extinction in the 1960s. This is Chinese Shar-Pei, number 12.

ANNOUNCER 1: This is Ally, being handled by Clint Livingston. This breed is actually one of only two breeds that have the blue black tongue, the other is the Chow Chow, who we'll see next.

ANNOUNCER 2: We talked about the coat a second ago when Michael was speaking. They have two different types of coat. One is the harsh, straight, standoffish coat. There's a horse coat and a brush coat. So that they have two different distinct coats.

ANNOUNCER 3: Michael mentioned the extinction possibilities back in the '60s. There were around 200 imported from China in an effort to save the breed.

ANNOUNCER 1: Ally is the top winning Shar-Pei of all time. We're really glad to see you her here tonight.

MICHAEL: The Chow Chow is one of the oldest recognizable dog discovered in China more than 2000 years ago. Originally used for hunting, herding, and protection, today, it's primarily a companion dog. A Chow Chow has a blue black tongue and a stilted gait, and is either a smooth or a rough double coat. This is Chow Chow, number 9.

ANNOUNCER 2: Yeah, and what we're going to see here in the Chow is when he goes down and back, they have a very unique gait. They have the stilted gait because its rear legs are very straight up and down.

ANNOUNCER 3: How about the head shake there, James?

ANNOUNCER 1: That's OK.

ANNOUNCER 2: They gotta shake out that hair a little bit and unloosen everything so they can go down the back easily.

ANNOUNCER 3: And this is Green, born and bred in China. Very little showing in the US so far. Martha Stewart actually owned a number of Chow Chow show dogs. Now let's check in again with Karen.

- All right, thanks so much, guys. As you mentioned in our tour group, there are several dogs here with Chinese heritage. And you did mention Friday marks Chinese New Year. Well, 2018 is the year of the dog for all of us. It does forecast prosperity and achievement.

Now for those who are born in the year of the dog, they are known for their loyalty, and for their honesty. Those are two traits we see a lot of, no matter what year it is here at Westminster. Chris, Gail, back to you.

ANNOUNCER 3: Thank you very much.

MICHAEL: Tales of 16th century prior it's in shipwrecks around the Coton De Tulear, a breed developed on the island of Madagascar. Their name derives from the cottony texture of their coat. Cotons are agile, intelligent, quirky, and clown like. They are readily adaptable to all lifestyles and have become treasured companions. This is Coton De Tulear, number 8.

ANNOUNCER 1: First Kiss is actually the number one Coton in Canada in 2016. We actually had 102 Canadian entries this year. We always have a large support of entry from up north.

ANNOUNCER 3: Including the US, 17 countries. And First Kiss, according to her owner, calm and collected when entering the ring. And often, it will even fall asleep ringside. Hopefully not tonight.

ANNOUNCER 1: Very relaxed to being in this environment.

ANNOUNCER 2: Yeah, I think the owners are a little more excited sometimes than the dog.

ANNOUNCER 3: Certainly more nervous.

ANNOUNCER 2: The dogs, it's just another day for them.

ANNOUNCER 3: Yeah, we don't know exactly what dogs are thinking, but we are trying to interpret the expertise of Gail and Jason. And this particular type of dog has appeared on a postage stamp in Madagascar.

MICHAEL: A Dalmatian is known as the original coach dog. His endurance and natural affinity for horses led to his early role the guardian of horse drawn vehicles. A uniquely striking coat coupled with the durability and loyalty made him a popular firehouse mascot and devote family dog. Dalmatian, number 25.

ANNOUNCER 1: This is May. Champion spotlight, Maybe it's Marcelline, which she's partially named because of the distinctive eye markings-- the dark black around her eyes.

ANNOUNCER 2: Hey, gotta get dressed up to come out, right?

ANNOUNCER 3: And May is going to retire, looking forward to motherhood after the show. Makes me think of Rumor last year, the German Shepherd that won Best of Show had puppies, stepping away.

ANNOUNCER 1: May is being handled by Phil Booth.

ANNOUNCER 3: And speaking of puppies, this breed born without spots, but obviously, Dalmatians eventually get their spots.

MICHAEL: The Finnish Spitz is the national dog of Finland. With its glorious red gold coat, bold carriage, and brisk movement, the Finnish Spitz presents a fox-like picture. While cautious with strangers, this medium sized highly intelligent breed is well suited for families with children. This is Finnish Spitz, number 7.

ANNOUNCER 1: This breed is also traced back thousands of years, like many of the others we've seen tonight. They have a unique hunting style in that they're bark pointers. They will bark to alert the hunters, and they'll also bark to distract prey.

ANNOUNCER 3: And this is our little Finnish, an English import. Barks for cookies. That's what they say about Whizz. It's got a barklingual.

ANNOUNCER 1: Well, you got to use your voice, of course. This is Whizz. Whizz is being handled by Brenda Lee Combs.

ANNOUNCER 2: Yeah, this is another one of our Spitz breeds. And something unique about it is its tail is over the back, but it's set a little low.

MICHAEL: Sharing a common ancestor with a modern bulldog, the smaller French bulldog originated in the 1800s as a companion for English lace makers. Exported to France, they soon became very popular in France. These funny little clowns are a popular companion breed throughout the world. This is French bulldog, number 41.

ANNOUNCER 1: Here, we have another Canadian, Steele. It was Canada's number one French bulldog and number three non-sporting dog last year. Being handled by, of course, Will Alexander, who handled Miss P, the Beagle to Best in Show.

ANNOUNCER 3: Jason, we saw the handler hold the dog and then set it down sometimes. Is that just to calm?

ANNOUNCER 2: Sure. These are a heavy breed, so you want to pick them up, and then set them down gently so that they feel comfortable with in the environment they're in.

ANNOUNCER 1: Well, Champion [INAUDIBLE], Man of Steele, I think, is comfortable after winning many Best in Shows and specialties. He seems very comfortable.

ANNOUNCER 2: That's a great shot of the dog right there looking up at the judge with the bat like ears, which is a key characteristic of the breed.

ANNOUNCER 1: Very popular breed in the United States.

MICHAEL: A member of the Spitz family, the Keeshond's luxurious stand out coat and unique expressive markings are its key characteristics. They are known for their keen intelligence and their outgoing and friendly nature. The Keeshond is a consistent top performer in agility and obedience trials. This is Keeshond, number 21.

ANNOUNCER 3: And when we've seen crews, team support, the work, this looks like the grooming process here would take some time.

ANNOUNCER 2: Sure, it's got quite a bit of coat. And once again, this is another Spitz breed. They carry that traditional rough around the mane. So you're going to see a lot of those similar types in the Spitz breeds, which require that grooming like that.

ANNOUNCER 1: And of course, this is the Smiling Dutchman breed. But Jean, who is handling the dog, has many years in this breed and certainly knows how to get their coats in shape, and ready for the show ring.

ANNOUNCER 2: Right. And right now, I'm sure the judge is looking to see if they have the required spectacles. It's a marking that comes from the corner of the eye back to the ear, and then up over the eye.

ANNOUNCER 3: This is Jango. Jango Unleashed-- actually, On a Leash.

MICHAEL: Lhasa Apso is an ancient Tibetan breed. Long serving as a watchdog inside homes and monasteries. British colonies summering in the Himalayas imported the breed to England. Considered sacred in his native Tibet, he is treasured today as a clever enchanting companion. This is Lhasa Apso, number 8.

ANNOUNCER 2: You know, We Talk about where the dogs come from. This dog comes from Tibet. They were in monasteries, and they were in cold harsh weather. They have to the proper coat texture, and they had this heavy coat to protect the dog.

ANNOUNCER 1: And of course, they were the inside dog that was in the monasteries. And of course, the mastiffs were on the outside, serving as protectors.

This is Billy being shown by Adrian Agar.

ANNOUNCER 2: I believe Adrian's from Hawaii, so we even have a Hawaiian entry here.

ANNOUNCER 1: All 50 states were represented this year.

ANNOUNCER 3: Working our way through the 21 breeds variety in the non-sporting group.