Non Sporting Group Part 2 | Group Judging (2018)

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Non Sporting Group Part 2 | Group Judging (2018)

- Depicted in art since the 1400s, the Lowchen translates from German as little lion dog. The breed originated in central Europe as a companion dog. This versatile small dog has changed little in over 600 years. It is identified by the distinctive lion and trim, gaily carried tail, and mischievous personality. This is Lowchen number seven.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: So we talked about Maybelline earlier. This time we have a dog that was held on the laps of the ladies of the royal court. And that's why it was trimmed that way-- because they wanted to feel like they had a lion in their lap.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: This is Humphrey.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Humphrey is being handled by Greg Strong, of course. He's the number one Lowchen this year. It's a great a little breed, you know? People don't-- think they see the haircut and may not realize it's a very versatile, smart breed.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: Lot of personality.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: And they come in all colors.

ANNOUNCER: The Norwegian Lundehund, or puffin dog, is bred for hunting puffin birds on the rocky cliffs of arctic Norway. This little spitz-type dog is uniquely equipped for the task. He has at least six toes on each foot, for stability, and an extremely flexible skeletal structure.

Today puffins are protected species, and the puffin dog has taken up a new role as an alert, cheerful, and somewhat mischievous companion. This is Norwegian Lundehund number six.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Very unique little breed here. Of course they are Norway's little hunting dog.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: No--

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: They have six toes--

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: Yeah, we Michael mention that. Are they the only breed that has--

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: They are the only breed that has that. And that's one of the beauties of a dog show, is coming and tuning in tonight, and you can see all these unique breeds you may not see every day. You can learn about them-- learn about their histories, their characteristics, their exercise and grooming needs. Which will then help you decide if it's the right breed for your lifestyle.

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FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Oh--

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: And a little scratch at the end.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: --might want to scratch. Wait, let him scratch.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Perfect.

ANNOUNCER: The poodle is a very old hunting dog of unknown origin. Germany and France both had their poodles, but it was the French who make it their national dog. Poodles come in three varieties based on size, but they are all one breed. In this group, there are the standard, over 15 inches-- the miniature, under 15 inches, but in excess of 10 inches. This is miniature poodle number 55.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: A competitive, intense scare. We saw a moment ago-- trying to scratch-- you know how difficult it is when you have an itch and you can't scratch it, I mean, he's like I'm working here. But the miniature poodle, Delta.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: This is Ch. Danfour Keep the Madness Rolling.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: And she talked about being poodlier. That's about their carriage. That's about how they hold their head up and go around. And you can see this dog is personifying that. The head's carried high, and the tail's up. That's what makes a poodle a poodle, and it's kind of this undefined characteristic.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: Now, are the miniatures a little more shy than the standard poodle?

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: No, they all have the--

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: Not necessarily?

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: No, not at all-- not at all.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Delta actually is co-bred by Daniel Chavez, who showed last year's non-sporting group winner, Afton.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: Well not shy there.

ANNOUNCER: Here on the standard poodle, the clip we see today in the show ring is derived from practical considerations. The coverings on the chest and joints protect these areas when the dog is retrieving game in water. And the puff at the end of the tail is said to be a French jab at the British lion. This is standard poodle number 25.

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FEMALE COMMENTATOR: This is Kate. Kate's being handled by Christian Manelopoulos. She's been number one standard poodle this year. She lives on a beach-- loves to run and swim.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Yeah,

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Of course--

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: It's perfect she lives on a beach, yeah.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: --it is a swimming breed, right?

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: It's great, yeah.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: They're a swimming breed!

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Why not?

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: And likes a spinach feta wrap, from-- I usually get those at Starbucks, I don't know--

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Sounds like Christian's been

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: Living the high--

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: I think it might be his, yeah.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Rubbing off on that dog, yeah.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: Living the good life, and four Best in Show wins for this particularly standard poodle, most recently 1991.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: At Westminster, yes.

ANNOUNCER: The Schipperke originated in Belgium. He is an active and agile watch dog, hunter of vermin, and a devoted family pet. Schipperkes are adaptable at home, and both in city and country. Their unique coat pattern and silhouette distinguish them from all other breeds. This is Schipperke number 10.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Yeah, the Schipperke is a great example of a silhouette breed. When you look at it, it's a very distinct shape. And then when you look at its coat, it has a standoff ruff, a cape which comes down over the neck, which crosses across the chest and down between the front legs, and then the [INAUDIBLE] It's--

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Right.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: --so unique.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Right, and it has a very fox-like face. It's a cobby little breed. This one-- I love the name, DeLamer Teeny Weeny Burberry Bikini.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Yeah, perfect.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: Otherwise, just Berry.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Other Berry.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: And one color for this breed, just black.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Just black.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: Right, that's it?

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Yep, that's all they can--

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: And this is-- Barry won her national specialty this year, in 2017.

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MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Beautiful example.

ANNOUNCER: The Shiba Inu is an ancient Japanese hunting breed. They are smart, foxy little dogs with an independent nature. Shibas can be strong-willed. But with socialization and training, they make wonderful loyal companions and can participate in many dog sports. This is Shiba Inu number 16.

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MALE COMMENTATOR 2: And that's the oldest, smallest of Japan's dogs-- reached near extinction right after World War II.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Right. Yeah, this is the smallest of the Spitz breeds from Japan. And when you look at a Spitz breed-- we talked about the pointed ears-- this has a very unique ear. The ears actually go forward on the head, versus straight up.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Mhm.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: And the curved tail.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: And the curved tail, yep.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: Signature--

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: It's all still there, yeah. Absolutely, all those traits.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: First came to the US in 1954, but not recognized by the AKC until the 1990s.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: And this is another agile breed. This is a great breed that you can use in agility as well. They're very catlike.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: They are very catlike, in temperament and behavior-- certainly.

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ANNOUNCER: The Tibetan spaniel originated in the Himalayas over 2,000 years ago. Their keen eyes and ability to see great distances made them exceptionally good guard dogs for Tibetan monasteries. These little lions are alert, intelligent dogs who thrive on human companionship. This is Tibetan Spaniel number 16.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: And seen in coats of many colors and combinations.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Sure, of course. A lot of the dogs we'll see have different, varying coat patterns-- the sable color, which we see here.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Of course, this is Diego Garcia handling Manu tonight. Diego, you may remember, was the handler of the boxer who won the working group last year. And was famous for holding that dog up high in the sky.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: The hug heard 'round the world. He had the stack heard 'round the world, and now we have the hug heard round--

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: That's right.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: --the world.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Manu's won best of breed last year, as well.

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ANNOUNCER: The third of the three native Tibetan breeds is the non-sporting group, is the Tibetan terrier, also bred and raised in monasteries well over 2000 years ago. The breed was called terrier, because of its size. It's a dog of great agility, and is prized as an intelligent, loyal, and affectionate companion. This is Tibetan terrier number 15.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Yeah, and this is another dog from the Tibetan area. And when you talk about the dogs and the regions they lived in-- if you feel this dog's feet-- which we can't quite see here, but maybe we'll see em coming out-- they are large and flat. And that was to climb the mountains. It was very important.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Lois DeMers is handling tonight. She's another one of those people that grew up in the sport. Her family was very active in the sport. She started in 4H.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: And she co-breeds brings with her sister, I believe.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: That's right.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: And the first Tibetan terrier came to America in 1956.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: This is Bullet.

ANNOUNCER: The Xoloitzcuintli, or Xolo, as it is commonly called, is the national dog of Mexico. These dogs descended from hairless dogs prized by the Aztecs and revered as guardians of the dead. Their keen intelligence, trainability, and natural cleanliness make them unique and valued pets today. This is Xoloitzcuintli number 16.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: Mexico-- we mentioned countries represented here-- has yet to win a Best in Show. 63 winners from the US, 37 from the United Kingdom, and six from Canada.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Well, maybe we'll see one from Mexico tonight. We have certainly a diverse crowd tonight--

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: That's right.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: --so that's wonderful.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Here we have Roxom. Of course Roxom--

MARY MILLER: And around for me, please.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: --is the mascot of the Animal Hospital of Ft. Lauderdale.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Yeah-- this is a great breed for at home, too, because they're hypoallergenic.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: And you can take them to the animal hospital, and let them greet everybody.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: That's right, that's right.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: One of the world's--

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: It's quite a unique show.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: --oldest and rarest breeds, sometimes called the first dog of the Americas.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Oh, and here we have Mary. She's already ready--

MARY MILLER: Two of you, sir-- please.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: --to make her cut.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Making her selection.

MARY MILLER: Sir.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Of course, the Bichon and the Boston. The Chinese shar pei is out there.

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FEMALE COMMENTATOR: The dalmatian gets a large round of applause. [INAUDIBLE] Keeshond-- oh--

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: But one of the poodles.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Kate, standard poodle is out there.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Now we hear the crowd cheering from love, rooting for their favorites.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Oh, Tibetan terrier and the Xolo.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: The judges not influenced-- Mary Miller.

MARY MILLER: Let's take them all around, and we'll stop up there for me, please. All the way around, stop up there, please.

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MALE COMMENTATOR 2: 21 started tonight in the non-sporting group. We're down to eight. And we'll find the group winner here in just a moment.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Yeah, now she's not comparing each dog to the other dog. She's actually comparing the dog to its own individual standard while she's looking at these dogs right now.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: And she's got a lot of beautiful examples out there. Many of them are top dogs of their breed.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: [INAUDIBLE] Bichon, all right.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: It looks like Flynn is being pulled out, with Bill McFadden. Kate, with Christian Manelopoulos.

MARY MILLER: Sir, can I have have the Boston right there please?

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Vinny. Jorge Olivera, who we'll see who's pulled out for it. Keeshond.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Well, here she goes. Gonna make the announcement.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Wonderful, gee.

MARY MILLER: Sir, tonight-- the Bichon, please.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Flynn, the Bichon has won--

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Wow.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: --non-sporting group. That's Ch. Belle Creek's All I Care About Is Love. Now all his fellow competitors come give him a hug congratulations.

The community of the dog show world is an invaluable, invaluable part of our sport. We compete. But at the end of the day, we're very supportive of each other. And very happy for each other.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: Yeah, we say a family sport, but we're a family even if we're not related.

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Absolutely.

MALE COMMENTATOR 1: We see each other every weekend, so whether you're an exhibitor, breeder, judge-- doesn't matter.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: A look back there from Flynn, the Bichon Frise.

MARY MILLER: Congratulations.

MALE COMMENTATOR 2: Our third winner tonight-- the winner for the non-sporting group. Only once have we had a Bichon Frise win Best in Show. That was back in 2001. Karen?

- That's correct. But last year, we did have one place. But what do you think the difference-maker was this year?

- Well, it's always one person's opinion. And it could be argued by thousands, but he showed good tonight. This is a hard place to show. There's a lot of noise-- a lot of energy. So you just hold on for dear life and hope it works out.

KAREN: Well that was my next question. We talked so much about the dogs-- what they have to do to prepare for Westminster. For you, the handler, how different is it?

BILL MCFADDEN: For me, you just have to kind of go zen, because they'll pick up on any nerves you have. So you just kind of need to take it all inside and not let them know that you're excited or nervous. And sometimes that works. Sometimes it doesn't.

KAREN: Well you have some time to relax before tomorrow night. Congratulations, and best of luck tomorrow.

BILL MCFADDEN: Thanks very much. Thank you.

KAREN: All right, guys. Back to you in the booth.

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MALE COMMENTATOR 2: Hearts!

FEMALE COMMENTATOR: What a win by Flynn, the Bichon Frise. Three to go-- one more. You don't want to miss it. So much more action coming to you live from Madison Square Garden.

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