Sporting Group Part 1 | Group Judging (2018)

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Sporting Group Part 1 | Group Judging (2018)

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Brittany is full of life. An energetic dog excelling as a hunter, it is the smallest of the pointing breeds. Its exuberance may be channeled toward obedience, agility work, or conformation shows. Versatile in the field and highly intelligent, the Brittany is also an excellent choice as a therapy or service dog, and as a companion to the active family. This is Brittany, number 17.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: Here, we have Maggie, being shown by Diego Garcia. Diego, of course, has been known to have a lot of top dogs here at Westminster. He won the working group last year with the boxer, Devlin. And he placed just last night.

CHRIS MYERS: And Jason, we saw before it came out, kind of the bite being checked, right? I mean, that's not just to show off, there's some work being done.

JASON HOKE: No, absolutely. They want to check for the proper dentation. Each breed calls for a specific bite, and that's what she was checking for.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: So now we're going to see Maggie go around to the end. She's the number one Brittany this year.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Lagotto Romagnolo dates back to Italy's pre-Roman civilization. Originally serving as a water retriever, the breed currently utilizes its excellent sense of smell to locate truffles. This is a small to medium sized dog with a coat of shorn ring shaped curls, brown, white, off white, or orange in color. Agile in both mind and body, this breed has the endurance to work all day. This is Lagotto Romagnolo, number 9.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: Wendy [INAUDIBLE] is handling Mac tonight. This is the third year in a row that Mac has won Best of Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club.

JASON HOKE: And I'm excited to see Mac here because I love truffles. And you know what this dog does? It hunts for truffles.


CHRIS MYERS: Believed to be this breed, the founding breed from which all the water dogs descend. And you always talk about the coat-- quick drying.

JASON HOKE: Correct. This is tight little curls. It's not supposed to be corded. It may look like that from above, but when you're up close, it is not corded.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: It's a great breed, recently, recognized by the American Kennel Club.

JASON HOKE: The pointer is one of the oldest sporting breed. He searches for game using his highly developed sense of smell, and having found it, freezes into that classical point. A pointer named Sensation is the emblem of the Westminster Kennel Club. A hunting dog, he is most importantly, an excellent family companion. This is pointer, number 15.

CHRIS MYERS: And Sensation, a pointer imported in 1876 from England contributed, as you heard Michael talk about, and you mentioned, one of the reasons the emblem here, 1877, first year entered.

JASON HOKE: The pointer is a beautiful breed. It's mostly known for its head and its tail. And the tail is a bee sting tail. It's very important in the breed and should lash back and forth.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: Mark Bettis is showing Soul tonight. He was the number one pointer in the country.

JASON HOKE: She's having a little fun with the camera.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: He won his national specialty this year.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: A German short haired pointer has an all purpose gun dog. Developed in Germany in the 19th century from Italian, French, and Spanish pointers, he is an exceptionally fine all around hunting dog. The German short haired pointer is intelligent, even tempered, and makes a loyal family dog. It's a German short haired pointer, number 29.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: And here we see another repeat Best of Breed winner. This is Casey, who won the breed last year. She's back. Being handled by Gwen Demilta, who is very well known in our sport. A very accomplished Doberman Pinscher breeder, owner, and handler.

JASON HOKE: Yeah. You know, when we talk about the dogs, pointing breeds, this dog was actually bred to be a little more versatile than the English pointer, which we saw a few minutes ago.

CHRIS MYERS: Three best in show wins for the German short haired pointer over the history of the WKC.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The development of the German wirehaired pointer began around 1870. He is one of several European retrieving pointers, but unlike some of the others, has a water repellent coat. He probably descended from several versatile hunting breeds, including the German short haired pointer and the wirehaired pointing Griffon. This is German wirehaired pointer, number 10.

JASON HOKE: This is a great example of adapting some breeds into another breed. This dog has a wire coat. And so they wanted a dog to survive in a little harsher terrain. So when it was hunting at more adverse conditions, they put the white coat on the dog by breeding other breeds in.

CHRIS MYERS: And first imported to the US from the 1920s. And with a name like Katniss, you wonder, Everdeen from the Hunger Games. A dog, I'm sure, always hungry, going for the bait or the dog treat.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: Katniss is very active in many sports, as you see by her many titles at the beginning and end of her name.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: A made in America breed, the Chesapeake Bay retriever was developed in the 1800s to retrieve water fall from the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay. A rugged build, an oily double coat, and an intense love of water makes the breed especially suited to his task. The chassis still works today wherever harsh conditions prevail. This is Chesapeake Bay retriever, number 17.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: Karen Mammano is handling this dog. Karen's been coming to Westminster since she was 10 years old.

JASON HOKE: A veteran of the sport then. That's great to see.

CHRIS MYERS: And the Chesapeake retriever, the state dog of Maryland. We mentioned North Carolina the other night--

JASON HOKE: Quite a few times.

CHRIS MYERS: One of 12 states that have official state dogs.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: Well, you need that special coat in those cold waters.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: One of the oldest of the retriever breeds, the curly coated retriever is solid color, either the black or liver, with an ideal coat of small, tight, crisp curls. Long admired for their outstanding hunting, ability curlies are wickedly smart. The curly is an excellent companion for a family with an active lifestyle. This is curly coated retriever, number 6.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: Similar to last night, one of Jason's comments, this is another silhouette breed. And they have a very interesting head shape. And there's like a unique things about them. And this is Ch. Brio's Grandmaster Flash at Dark Side.

JASON HOKE: Yeah. And we're going to see a few silhouette breeds here coming up next. I think we're going to see another one.

- OK, ride around for me, please.

CHRIS MYERS: That's a good stare into the camera.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, exactly. Came back, stopped four square. That's what the judge wants to see.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The flat coated retriever was developed in England more than a century ago. He excels as an upland shooting dog and an efficient water retriever. Today's flat coat is active, cheerful, and elegant. A versatile family companion and hunting retriever characterized by his dense, flat, lustrous coat, unique outline, and a happy wagging tail. This is flat coated retriever, number 26.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: This breed is always happy. They're always wagging their tail. They're a very friendly breed. The dog's name is Thor, which makes you think of a very strong--

CHRIS MYERS: It has that appearance. Just started the show and career.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: Thor, who is Beacon's God of Thunder. Now that makes sense. Oftentimes, the call names are somehow connected to the registered name. Such a fun, fun breed, and they're so versatile.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, and a beautiful stylish silhouette.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The golden retriever originated in Scotland in 1868 and is primarily a hunting dog, retrieving upland game birds, water fowl, and small game. The golden is known for his friendly, reliable, and trustworthy temperament, as well as an outstanding trainability. 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the breed. This is golden retriever, number 41.

CHRIS MYERS: And Jason-- it was mentioned in the opening of the show-- very popular, but yet to win a Best in Show. Shocking.

JASON HOKE: Has not won one. As popular as the breed is, it just can't seem to pull it off here.

- Ride down and back for me, please.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: As Michael mentioned, this is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the breed. And that's an incredible milestone.

We're seeing Amy booth handling Reese.

JASON HOKE: She's doing a good job. You know, sometimes, the dogs come here the cameras get the best of them. There's nothing wrong with the dog. It's just getting a little bothered by the camera.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: This is a very unusual environment.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, it's a unique show, that's for sure.

CHRIS MYERS: A sell out crowd.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: Reese is the number one golden retriever. He's number seven in the sporting group this year.

JASON HOKE: He's doing great now. He's come back. That's what we want to see. And that's typical of the breed. They have a great temperament.

- OK, ride around for me, please.

JASON HOKE: Bounced right back. That's perfect.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Labrador retriever is actually a product of Newfoundland, not nearby Labrador. Bred to work with fishermen, labs are athletic dogs whose temperament is human oriented and eager to please. They are renowned as hunting dogs, family companion, search and rescue dogs, therapy, and assistance dogs, and have been the most registered AKC breed for over 24 years. This is a Labrador retriever, number 32.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: This is Memo, handled by Fabian Negron. Of course, the labradors are very popular in the country. Number one breed registration statistics. Memo here won his national specialty this year. Also won Best of breed at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia over Thanksgiving.

CHRIS MYERS: Memo part of the open to the program and part of the American Kennel Club. The research, the Labrador retriever, again, popularity, no disrespect. But number one on the list followed by German shepherd and golden retrievers.

JASON HOKE: And this is best breeds. So you know, she's an expert in this one.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: But Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever or toller was developed a toll or lure and retrieve waterfowl. Tolling is the playful action of the dog retrieving sticks or balls along the shore line. Bred to resemble a Fox in appearance, the toller is the smallest of the retrievers, and makes an ideal hunting companion. This is Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, number 23.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: This is Grand Champion's Red Moon's What the Duck. I think that's cute. Ducker. But what's really important here is this is, aside from a best of breed winner at Westminster, this dog is also very active in field, and obedience, and rally competitions. It just shows the versatility of these sporting dogs. They can do many, many things.

CHRIS MYERS: And from Canada. We have 16 countries represented. Actually, all 50 states in the US have had dogs entered into this year's show.

JASON HOKE: This dog was actually shown in Canada. Became one of the top dogs in Canada.

CHRIS MYERS: Six times Canada has had a best in show winner.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: As a family dog, the English setter is unsurpassed. His even temperament, devotion, quiet manner, and ease of care and training, fondness for children make him an ideal companion. City, suburb, or county, it makes no difference to the English setter where he lives, as long as he lives in a house with people he loves. This is English setter, number 16.

CHRIS MYERS: And that speckled pattern and very unique coat-- unique to this breed.

JASON HOKE: Yeah, absolutely.


JASON HOKE: Yes, exactly.

CHRIS MYERS: I worked for [INAUDIBLE] in the crayon box.

JASON HOKE: And you might noticed, he pulled the ear up over the head, and that's to show the judge the neck. Because when ears are hanging down, it might distort the line of the neck. So when the judge is going over the neck, it makes the line look smoother and longer.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: It's a beautiful, beautiful breed. And this dog, Colt, was actually the Best of Breed winner last year. So we have another repeat here tonight.

CHRIS MYERS: Showing the experience advantage. Excellent gait.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: Originally known as black and tan setters, Gordon setters first came into prominence in Scotland through the Duke of Gordon. Among the very first breeds registered with the AKC, Gordons were hugely popular as personal bird dogs. Daniel Webster on one of two Gordons imported into the US in 1842. They are alert, lively, and loyal family dogs that excel as hunting dogs. This is Gordon setter, number 14.

JASON HOKE: So we're going to see a couple of setters today, and this is the heaviest of the setters. The English setter was in the middle, and we're going to see the Irish setter a little bit later, which is the lightest of them all.

CHRIS MYERS: How much weight are we talking about, ballpark?

JASON HOKE: It's not a measure of weight, it's more about the size of their bone and their substance. That's more of the detail.

CHRIS MYERS: That's part of the breed, the standard that's being measured?

JASON HOKE: Absolutely.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: And that's because of where they were working. They were working in a terrain that they needed to be a little heavier boned.

CHRIS MYERS: Tough terrain, foul weather.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: Scotland. That's Scotland right there.

CHRIS MYERS: Yes. Ask any golfer.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Irish setter been called the most beautiful of dogs, with a rich, red, flowing coat. His regal bearing turns heads wherever he goes. A rollicking personality is the trademark of the breed. At home, he is loyal and a loving companion. In the field, a swift moving hunter, pointing to upland birds. This is Irish setter, number 26.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: Here we have Sherman, being shown by Jennifer Holmberg. Best in Show winner, of course. And you know, last year of course, we had Irish setter win Reserve Best in Show. Very popular here, as you can hear by the crowd.

CHRIS MYERS: And it's rare you see it without a tennis ball in their mouth, or at least chasing one.


CHRIS MYERS: They love being around kids and fetching a tennis ball.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: And Jennifer is actually a breeder, owner, handler. We love to celebrate those breeder, owner, handlers who are out there making it happen.

JASON HOKE: They're the lifeblood of the sport, that's for sure.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: Despite its name, the Irish red and white setter is a distinct breed. Known in Ireland since the 17th century, the red and white is thought to be the older of the two Irish setters. Nearly extinct by the end of the 19th century, red and whites began to re-emerge in the 1940s. They are strong and athletic, with a keen intelligent attitude. This is Irish red and white setter, number 6.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: And here, we have another breeder owner handler. Susan [INAUDIBLE] is showing Bricin.

JASON HOKE: The Irish red and white settler is known specifically for its color.

CHRIS MYERS: It enables the hunter-- that red on white-- to spot the dog at a distance.

JASON HOKE: Right, right. And they call for what they say islands of red. And it's so important in the breed.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: And such a beautiful red, too. That rich dark coloring.

JASON HOKE: It's a hallmark of the breed, that's for sure.

CHRIS MYERS: And Ireland has included this breed on a postage stamp in the early 1900s. The Irish red and white setter.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: The American Water Spaniel originated in the Midwest, and is one of the few original American breeds. It is believed that the Irish water Spaniel, curly coated retriever, and the extinct English water Spaniel figured into the breed's development. This is a versatile hunting dog, used on all types of waterfowl and upland game. This is American Water Spaniel, number 7.

JASON HOKE: Well, hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, I have to root for this dog because it is the state dog of Wisconsin.

GAIL MILLER BISHOP: This is Ch. Carolina is Running with the Hare also known as Blew, being handled by Ryan Wolfe. Blew also loves to hunt, of course, but is also a working therapy dog. And that's something we love to tell people about. Is that these show dogs do many other things aside from being a wonderful pet, and a beautiful show dog. They also help many people in different capacities.

CHRIS MYERS: A lot of reasons for the viewers watching the dogs to pick out the one they like.