MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Great Pyrenees is an ancient dog of outstanding intelligence and bravery. They guarded the flocks and property of the Pyrenees mountain shepherds and were the royal court dog of French King Louis XIV. Today, they continue to work with livestock guardians and to serve as loyal, dignified family companions. This is Great Pyrenees number 16.
CHRIS MYERS: Now, this breed, first brought to the United States by General Lafayette back in 1824, and has been a staple at Westminster ever since.
JASON HOKE: Sure, and I'm sure he might have even used the Pyrenean Shepherd that we talked about yesterday, working in the flock with the Great Pyrenees.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: This is Marco, being shown by Aaron Wilkerson. You may recognize Aaron. He won Best in Show with Uno, the beagle.
CHRIS MYERS: Well, that all white has to be difficult to keep clean.
JASON HOKE: Well, you know, when they're working, it doesn't matter so much. So the dog show, it's a little different story.
ROBERT SLAY: Thank you.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: The sidewalks of Manhattan will dirty that white--
JASON HOKE: That'll do it.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: --in about five seconds.
JASON HOKE: From the field to the sidewalk, that's for sure.
CHRIS MYERS: Good job by the groomers.
MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is descended from ancient mastiffs brought to the heart of Europe by the Roman legions. The breed was a draft and drover, as well as a guardian of the farm. These smooth-coated, tricolored giants are calm and loyal and are easily trained by skilled owners. This is Greater Swiss Mountain Dog number 16.
JASON HOKE: So the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is the largest of all the Swiss mountain dogs.
CHRIS MYERS: That's why greater, I guess, right-- Swissy?
JASON HOKE: That's why he put the adjective there.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Hence-- hence [INAUDIBLE]
CHRIS MYERS: Helping guys like me out, try to figure that out.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Champion Snowy Mountains Norman Invasion at Redrock. Norman, one of the top Swissies in the country, being handled by Kyle.
CHRIS MYERS: They do a lot of activities with their owners, right? Hiking, backpacking, you know, the herding role that you--
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Well, they're a great outdoors-y dog. You can do all kinds of stuff with them outside--
ROBERT SLAY: Thank you, sir.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: --and actually, Norman has two working pack dog titles, which means he's competed in those different types of competitions. But they're-- again, it's about strength, and being outside, and--
MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Komondor is an ancient breed, considered the king of the Hungarian livestock guardians. They are a large, muscular dogs covered with dense, white cords, which protect them from the elements and help them blend in with the flock. The Komondor is affectionate and gentle with its family, but a fearless breed with a national guarding instinct. This is Komondor number 6.
JASON HOKE: So this-- we talked about quarter breeds yesterday. This is another one of the quarter breeds. And as somebody pointed out to me yesterday-- [LAUGHS]
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Betty Boop.
JASON HOKE: You know, you can see these cords are heavy, but look how active and lively this dog is. He's very agile, even carrying these heavy cords. The cords can weigh up to 70 or 80 pounds on the dog.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Betty Boop-- I love that name, Betty. So cute. Nina Fetter handling Betty.
CHRIS MYERS: And the owner says that Betty loves Italian ice, but also likes smiling for photographers, having her picture taken. And you're in the right place for that.
JASON HOKE: Very well. And she certainly gets pampered to be in that kind of condition.
MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Kuvasz is an ancient livestock guardian dog developed the Hungary. Bold, fearless, and courageous, he has historically guarded estates and flocks, but now can be frequently found in suburban homes or on small farms. The Kuvasz is muscular, athletic, and intelligent, with a white, coarse double coat. This is Kuvasz number 7.
- Thank you.
JASON HOKE: I don't know if you've noticed a recurring theme here when we talk about guarding the flock-- the color. You know, the color's not just for beauty. It was meant to blend in with the sheep.
CHRIS MYERS: Blend in.
JASON HOKE: So you can see, all these dogs that guarded sheep have the same similar color and markings to match with the flocks they guarded.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: You may have also noticed that Monet's handler was-- had a big chunk of liver or chicken in her mouth. That's the bait that they use to get the dog's attention, and sometimes, when you're setting the dog up--
- Thank you. Run around.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: --getting ready to show, you need to put it somewhere. And it's either in a pocket or in your-- in your teeth, so you hold onto it.
MICHAEL LAFAVE: Developed in Germany in the mid-19th century, the Leonberger was kept both as a farm dog, valued for his watch and draft abilities, and as a dog of royalty, valued for his even temperament and companionship. Today, the Leonberger makes a loving family dog that is comfortable performing virtually any job set before it. This is Leonberger number 22.
ROBERT SLAY: All right.
CHRIS MYERS: Boo is the name. You were talking about the bait, and I've noticed that actually, some of the handlers actually, if they don't have the pocket scale, right? They put it under the arm band.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: You can put it in the rubber band, that's right. You can put it in the rubber band, and some ladies choose to put it in their bra strap. That's-- it's just a quick place to put it, so you can get it when you need it, get your dog's attention.
CHRIS MYERS: And wherever it is, the dogs are-- they're aware, right? They know.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: That's right. Well, you're not going to get anything past the dog. Greg Strong here showing Boo. Boo is a certified therapy dog. That's another reoccurring theme we hear.
JASON HOKE: Right.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: But you know, they're wonderful dogs, and so why not share them with people who need them?
MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Mastiff is one of the most important breeds of dog still in existence. He is the foundation dog that helped create the Bulldog, the Boxer, Great Dane, Bull Mastiff, Saint Bernard, and Newfoundland. He may have originated in Tibet thousands of years ago. Look at the Mastiff, and you are seeing the beginnings of many other breeds. This is Mastiff number 7.
JASON HOKE: So you know, if we go back into ancient parables--
- Thank you.
JASON HOKE: --there's a great saying that defines this dog. And it's, what the lion is to the cat, the Mastiff is to the dog.
CHRIS MYERS: Ooh.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: That's perfect.
CHRIS MYERS: Yeah.
JASON HOKE: It perfectly defines what the Mastiff is to the working group, and dogs in general.
CHRIS MYERS: And Caesar, going back historically, described Mastiffs in his 55 BC account of invading Britain. It was part of a historical moment.
JASON HOKE: Sure. These-- these were war dogs. I mean, these were massive dogs, and they were used in arenas, and-- but now, they're a gentle guardian dog.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: And Finn, here, his best friend is a Chihuahua. So it just goes to show.
JASON HOKE: There you have it, yeah. I mean, this breed-- as hard as they had to be to survive back in the day, now they're there as calm and gentle as could be.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Finn's being handled by Pamela Gilley tonight.
MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Neapolitan Mastiff is the estate guard dog of Italy, with roots going back to the Roman war dogs. His fantastic wrinkles and head, massive bones, and lumbering movement create an animal whose looks alone are enough to deter an intruder. He is a faithful companion for an owner not put off by a little drool. This is Neapolitan Mastiff number 7.
- All right, thank you.
CHRIS MYERS: It was nice that Michael mentioned, a little drool. They used to-- they weigh over 150 pounds. They can. This breed characterized by the size and the loose folds of skin.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: An ancient breed, of course, as we know. But they were in the "Harry Potter" movie, a little more recently. Dorian here is being-- is Champion Caledonia Mastini Dorian Gray. I love-- obviously, it is gray. Obviously, he is gray. It's interesting.
JASON HOKE: Now, when this dog comes back around, it has a very interesting gait. It has long, elastic strides, but it's allowed to pace, unlike other dogs. So that means when they--
ROBERT SLAY: Thank you.
JASON HOKE: --when it actually ends up in a rolling motion.
CHRIS MYERS: Yeah, there's those folds we were talking about.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Right.
JASON HOKE: Right, exactly.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: If you take a close look at the coat, it is a grayish color, but there is brindling in there.
JASON HOKE: It's a great deal view.
MICHAEL LAFAVE: Sweetness of temperament is the hallmark of the Newfoundland, the most distinguishing characteristic of the breed. Large, strong, and heavy coated, he is equally at home in the water and on land. In native Newfoundland, he was used as the working dog to pull fishermen's nets and haul wood from the forest. He is a natural swimmer, with true life-saving instincts. This is Newfoundland number 10.
JASON HOKE: So when we talk about temperament in dogs, this dog is the most courageous and gentle dog. There is no aggression in this dog whatsoever. It was never bred for that. It was strictly to be a courageous, well tempered dog that worked with everyone and did every job.
CHRIS MYERS: That tail-- some happy movement there.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Well, you know, these working dogs have big hearts, obviously, to keep their body moving. But they have big hearts to give to people, as well. And the Newfoundland, as you said, is such a giving breed.
CHRIS MYERS: And thought of as lifeguards of the dog world. They're terrific swimmers.
ROBERT SLAY: Thank you.
JASON HOKE: Right. This breed will actually jump out of helicopters on rescue missions. So they have no fear of heights. They have no fear of water. And they'll save everyone.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Miss Andy, here, is from Canada. She's made it to the group of the guardian.
MICHAEL LAFAVE: Portuguese Water Dogs were valued crew members and loyal companions for generations of Portuguese fishermen. This is an intelligent, independent, spirited breed with a bit of creative mischief in its heart. Portuguese Water Dogs may have either a loose, wavy or a tight, curly coat. This is Portuguese Water Dog number 15.
JASON HOKE: So I think everybody's noticing that there's a different clip on this dog. This is called a lion clip. There's also another clip.
ROBERT SLAY: All right.
JASON HOKE: It's called a retriever clip, which is a symmetrical trim all over the body. But this is a lion clip-- clearly, because it looks like a lion.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: And this particular dog, Surrey, is actually out of Matisse. Matisse was the father of this dog, and earlier in the presentation, we noticed that Matisse-- it was noted that there is-- Matisse was the three-time working group winner at Westminster and the second all-time top-winning show dog in the world.
CHRIS MYERS: And the webbed feet, and today, her birthday. So happy birthday. The Portuguese Water dog--
ROBERT SLAY: OK, thank you.
CHRIS MYERS: --Bo and Sunny were the pets of the Obama family during their stay in the White House.
JASON HOKE: Another presidential dog right there.
MICHAEL LAFAVE: Another breed of the Mastiff line, the Rottweiler has served as a cattle driver and guard dog.
It arrived in Germany centuries ago with the Roman legions, and has become a loyal family companion of immense power and determination. But it should be noted, owners of Rottweilers should be just as determined. This is Rottweiler number 36.
ROBERT SLAY: All right.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Here, we have Hammer, number-two Rottweiler in the country.
Cammcastle's Hammertime, U Can't Touch This.
CHRIS MYERS: Hammertime.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Let's watch him.
CHRIS MYERS: You know, these are-- this is a self-confident, kind of a protector, inherent protector breed. Comes natural.
JASON HOKE: Sure, absolutely.
ROBERT SLAY: All right, right around.
JASON HOKE: You know, they have a great saying, that the Doberman looks through you, the Rottweiler looks at you, and the Great Dane looks above you.
MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Saint Bernard gets his name from the Hospice du Grand Saint Bernard in the Swiss Alps.
First bred at the hospice in the 1660s for guarding, rescue, and draft, the breed is very powerful and strong, with an outgoing temperament and great intelligence. His inherent good nature makes him a superior companion. This is Saint Barnard number 6.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Going to be a crowd favorite, I'm sure.
ROBERT SLAY: All right.
JASON HOKE: Another one of our versatile dogs that was used for draft work. But also, this is a unique breed, because it was used for tracking and scent work.
CHRIS MYERS: And you mentioned helicopters before, Jason. They do that. They'll leap out of a helicopter to rescue, or at least step out to save stranded travelers. Estimated in the 300 years of rescue work that this breed has saved over 2,000 lives.
JASON HOKE: Right. I'm sure it's counting. This is a rough-coated dog, and they actually preferred the smooth-coated type for the snow work, because the snow would not stick to their coats when they actually did the rescue work.
MICHAEL LAFAVE: Originating in Siberia, the Samoyed is the utility dog of the north. This breed is willing to do any job asked of him, whether it be hunting, hauling, or herding. Their exceedingly close association with their people imprinted a wonderful temperament on the breed, with a smiling face, laughing eyes, and a stunning silver-tipped coat. This is Samoyed number 26.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Daniel Goodland is going to be showing--
GAIL MILLER BISHER: --is showing Ramses, and he was born and bred in Germany. So we have all kinds of--
CHRIS MYERS: We've had Canada--
GAIL MILLER BISHER: --dogs coming from all over.
CHRIS MYERS: --represented yesterday, Mexico, 16 different countries.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: That's right.
CHRIS MYERS: And continuing with the working breed theme, this breed accompanying the journey to the South Pole back in 1911.
JASON HOKE: Right, and it-- you know, and you can see why this dog could be in the South Pole. Look at the coat. It has a large ruff over the neck for protection.
ROBERT SLAY: Right around.
JASON HOKE: It would even grow hair between its feet to protect its pads. So every part of the coat is very important. And of course, then, there's the classic Sammy smile we see right there.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Right. And Ramses also is his specialty winner.
MICHAEL LAFAVE: A sled-pulling dog for centuries in Siberia, the Siberian Husky came to Alaska for sled racing in the early 1900s.
They dominated these races, and then gained in the Nome Serum Run of 1925 and in Antarctica, with Admiral Bird. Today, the breed continues to excel as a sled dog, as well as a companion dog. This is Siberian Husky number 28.
CHRIS MYERS: And here in New York, statue of Balto the Siberian Husky stands in Central Park. It's been there since 1925. Of course, movie version as well.
JASON HOKE: Right.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Seen the statue. It's a great place to stop by if you're in the city. Nick's being shown by Michelle Scott, who has won Best in Show here at Westminster with two other dogs.
JASON HOKE: And I'll tell you, that the Siberian's really interesting, because we saw the Malamute earlier. That dog worked by itself and pulled a heavy sledge. This dog--
ROBERT SLAY: Thank you. Run around.
JASON HOKE: --was built to pull a lighter load. And they can work in teams. So they're a much more group-oriented dog, as compared to the Malamute.
CHRIS MYERS: And Nick's breeder is from China.
MICHAEL LAFAVE: Of three Schnauzer sizes, giant, standard, and miniature, the standard is the prototype. He is a German dog of considerable antiquity. At least as far back as the Middle Ages, he was the typical stable dog in Germany, where he was known as the ratter, for that was his full-time assignment. This is Standard Schnauzer number 22.
CHRIS MYERS: And we have had one Best in Show winner, a Standard Schnauzer back in 1987.
- OK, good.
JASON HOKE: And we're going to see one more Schnauzer later on in the terrier group today, the smallest, the Miniature Schnauzer. And this is the middle-of-the-road dog, the Standard Schnauzer.
CHRIS MYERS: This schnauzer used, this type, as an army dispatch carrier for the Red Cross going back in World War I.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: And of course, the hallmark of the breed is the arched eyebrows and the bristly mustache and whiskers, which--
JASON HOKE: That's what Schnauzer means.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: That's what Schnauzer means.
CHRIS MYERS: It almost makes it look professorial. And one more in the working--
ROBERT SLAY: Good, ride around.
CHRIS MYERS: --group.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Duke is being shown by Oscar [INAUDIBLE], and he is a grandson of the 1997 Best in Show winner at Westminster.
So there's history.
MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Tibetan Mastiff is considered by many to be the stock from which most large modern working breeds have developed. Generations of working as guardians of women and children have produced a character of fearlessness, tempered with patience, loyalty, and extreme stubbornness. This Tibetan Mastiff, number 14.
CHRIS MYERS: The Tibetan Mastiff first came to the United States as a gift to President Eisenhower.
ROBERT SLAY: All right.
CHRIS MYERS: They sent both a male and female as a diplomatic gesture.
JASON HOKE: Well, they were great guardian dogs, so I'm sure they protected him the whole time he was in office.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: This is Evo, being shown by Tony Carter.
CHRIS MYERS: They don't actually-- they don't really shed, right? They kind of-- the coat goes once a year?
JASON HOKE: Yeah, but they still-- they still shed, absolutely, yeah. They will shed.
CHRIS MYERS: All over your tuxedo.
JASON HOKE: All over my tuxedo, I guarantee, if we went down right now.
CHRIS MYERS: Give him a big hug.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: The ultimate guard dog.
- Thank you. Right around.
CHRIS MYERS: 29 in the working breed. One will become the sixth group winner in 2018, and we'll get to seven, and then name Best in Show at Westminster.
JASON HOKE: And Mr. Slay is coming down the line right now. He's going to start making his final cut.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Another large group-- 29 dogs in here tonight.
CHRIS MYERS: You're listening to Gail Miller Bisher, Jason Hoke--
JASON HOKE: And we have the Akita and the Alaskan Malamute.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: The Malamute.
JASON HOKE: The Black Russian. Jamie Clue handling. He won the herding group last night with a Border Collie.
CHRIS MYERS: That's a-- look at that. Already, that's a kind of a fantastic four right there.
JASON HOKE: The Giant Schnauzer.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Ty, the number one dog in the country. The
JASON HOKE: Kuvasz.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Monet. That's such a cute name.
Oh, the Newfie. And the Siberian Husky.
JASON HOKE: And we hear the crowd reacting. Some of them are happy, and some wanted a different dog out there.
ROBERT SLAY: Back them right up, please.
AUDIENCE: I love you, big guy.
- One at a time.
JASON HOKE: A little high five before we go around the ring.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Crowds love this last look.
JASON HOKE: There's the Malamute. Mike Stone.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Ringo, the Black Russian Terrier.
CHRIS MYERS: Either one of you care to venture into which way our judge is leaning?
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Well, I--
JASON HOKE: Go ahead, Gail. You?
GAIL MILLER BISHER: I don't know what Mr. Slay is-- there's no telling. But he's got a lot of top dogs. Obviously, Ty here is number one ranked in the country, but that doesn't--
JASON HOKE: Yeah, the Akita was--
GAIL MILLER BISHER: --mean you're going to win.
JASON HOKE: The Akita was the top-winning one of all time. You have a Siberian that's been doing very well.
CHRIS MYERS: It's a highly competitive group.
JASON HOKE: Very competitive.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Absolutely.
JASON HOKE: Our working group right now is one of the best groups, I think. We've really seen an uptick in the quality of dogs.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: There's Andy, the Newfoundland.
JASON HOKE: Fan favorite of the crowd, that's for sure.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: And the Canadians, I'm sure, at home are also rooting for her.
JASON HOKE: Absolutely.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: And Nick, the Siberian Husky.
JASON HOKE: One last look.
CHRIS MYERS: Robert Slay from North Carolina, graduated from Southern Mississippi, a little southern comfort.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: He pulls out Ty, the Giant Schanuzer.
Nick, the Akita, is in second this time.
Monet, the Kuvasz. And the Siberian Husky, Nick.
- The Giant Schnauzer is number one. Two, three, four.
CHRIS MYERS: And Ty takes it, our sixth group winner. Ty taking the working group.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: He's very excited, as he should be, as he should be.
JASON HOKE: Yeah, a great win today.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: He's the top-winning Giants Schnauzer in breed history.
CHRIS MYERS: So a Giant Schnauzer joins a Sussex Spaniel from earlier tonight. And tough competition for Ty to survive and edge a pack of very, very impressive dogs.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Very tough group, very tough group. A lot of top dogs out there.
JASON HOKE: He's looking cool and collected here. And he knows he won.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: That's right.
JASON HOKE: That's a great feel.
GAIL MILLER BISHER: Knows he won, and Katie is so happy. Just wants to grab him, because they-- they're a team. They travel together. They work together every weekend.
CHRIS MYERS: There's a lot to hug with a Giant Schnauzer--
--and a giant win in the best dog show you can be a part of. On the floor here at Madison Square Garden, Karen is with the winner.
KAREN BRYANT: Thanks so much. Congratulations to you. You know, was it business as usual tonight, or did the Giant Schnauzer just show better than ever?
- He knew.
- He knew it was important. But he always tries hard.
- Do you feel it's different for you when you're out here together? Do you prepare differently?
- No, nothing special. Just, it's our job, day in and day out.
KAREN BRYANT: And lastly, if someone at home is interested in a Giant Schnauzer, what's the most rewarding part of owning one?
- I'm sorry. I'm just so excited.
- I know you're so excited. I know you have to collect yourself before Best in Show. I will just congratulate you one more time and wish you the best of luck. Jenny, back to you.