- The Westminster Kennel Club dog show is really for people of all ages. And a lot of times, it starts at a young age. So just before a group judging began tonight, handlers between the ages of 9 and 18 competed in the junior showmanship finals.
This competition isn't judged on the dog. It's based on the young handler's ability to bring out the traits of the dog. These youngsters got here by winning at least seven AKC licensed or member shows.
Here are the top four finishers, and congratulations to Lily Mancini. She showed an English Springer Spaniel. And each finalist will receive scholarship money, and Lily will receive the top prize of $10,000.
All right. When we come back, we will see our final group before we get to best in show. It's terrier time coming up next.
- (SINGING) Sometimes you gotta chuckle with a dog like me. I knew that I'm a knucklehead but can't you see, nobody's got a bigger personality. You've never gotta worry with a dog like me. Woof!
- --personalities. They're not just--
NEWSCASTER: We're live here on FS1. And live on Sunday over on Fox, the Daytona 500. 2:30 the race starts. 2:30 Eastern, pre-race. At 11:00 AM, you'll see it on Fox. The best drivers in the world going fast. Jimmie Johnson is one of them, a 7-time champ, so the Super Bowl of NASCAR and the Super Bowl of dog shows.
JIMMIE JOHNSON: Just when I think I've accomplished a lot by winning 7 NASCAR Cup Series championships, I'm reminded that the terrier group has won Best in Show a record 46 times.
These scrappy bundles of energy are fearless, tough, and resilient. Most terriers derive from Great Britain to hunt vermin. But these days, they seem to hunt best in show ribbons. Whether it's the Wire Fox, the Scottish, or the Airedale, you know a terrier will be a contender at the finish line.
NEWSCASTER: We know Jimmie and family watching tonight, we'll be watching him. Michael.
ANNOUNCER: May we have the terrier group in the ring, please.
NEWSCASTER 1: Jimmie gave us the incredible numbers, and we open the broadcast saying, hey, this is the group to beat here. The terrier group has produced, and you can be specific with why Fox Terriers have the most terrier group wins, and the most terrier group placements, but this is the one. And you have an in here a little bit.
NEWSCASTER 2: Yeah, I do. Actually, Ken McDermott, my dear friend who judged a terrier group here last year, sent us a message and just wanted us to know that this, in his opinion, is the best group.
NEWSCASTER 1: All right. So we're going to get some judges insight. Here is Mrs. Rosalind Cramer from Virginia. She's been involved with dogs since the age of 12. Her and her husband have five Wire Fox terriers, plus a Norfolk terrier at their home, and Karen caught up with her moments ago.
- Rosalind, you've been a terrier lover since the age of 12. What drew you to this group of dogs?
- Definitely their personalities. They're not just smart. They're also very stubborn. It's a big challenge to try and train them, but also get into their brains. But more than anything, they make you laugh and smile.
- Absolutely. I told you off camera, I'm a sucker. They're my favorites. You said before, too, that their grooming is so important. Why is their coat so important?
- It's an essential part of each breed's type, according to the breed standard. And it all evolves back to what they were originally bred for. So it's all basically in the breed itself.
KAREN: Well, very nice. Have fun tonight. I know you will.
ROSALIND CRAMER: Thank you very much.
KAREN: Thanks so much.
NEWSCASTER 3: As Rosalind said, they can be a stubborn group. I tried to once train a West Highland white terrier in obedience.
NEWSCASTER 2: That could be a challenge sometimes, that's for sure.
NEWSCASTER 1: Gail Miller Bisher, Jason Hook, Chris Myers, and over to Michael LaFave.
ANNOUNCER: The Airedale Terrier is known as the King of the terriers as well as the jack of all trades. Their desire to please and high intelligence makes them excel in hunting, obedience, agility, search and rescue, and working.
They are devoted companions and family members. This is Airedale, number 9.
NEWSCASTER 2: And this is the king of terriers.
NEWSCASTER 1: The first of the 32 that will produce the final group winner will have 7 and then decide from that group, best in show. Presidents, we've been talking about those that had this type of dog going back to Calvin Coolidge, Teddy Roosevelt, Warren Harding. And of course, John Wayne, you know, he got the nickname Duke. He had an Airedale that was named Little Duke, and that's really what got him the nickname Duke. Pilgrim.
NEWSCASTER 2: Everybody loves a good pilgrim.
NEWSCASTER 3: That's right. This breed's been a part of Westminster for a very long time. They first were shown 1881, and they're named for the valley in Yorkshire, England. A very ancient, old breed.
ANNOUNCER: The American Hairless Terrier derived from the rat terrier breed, was developed in the United States in the early 1970s. These alert and curious dogs are usually hairless, but can also have a coat. A lively, intelligent, friendly companion, they love to be with their owners and doing dog sports.
The breed became eligible to compete at Westminster for the first time in 2017. This is American Hairless Terrier, number 14.
NEWSCASTER 3: This is champion [INAUDIBLE] Constantine Johnny. This breed, actually, is fairly new as far as AKC recognition. They were first entered-- Westminster eligible to enter in 2017.
NEWSCASTER 2: And they come from the rat terrier. It's a recessive gene that produces the hairless version.
NEWSCASTER 1: I wonder the look-- and very different from some of the other in this group that we're going to see.
ANNOUNCER: The American Staffordshire Terrier originated from bulldog terrier crosses in the early 1800s. Petey, the star dog of the 1930s, "Our Gang" comedy was one of first to be AKC registered. He is a trustworthy and courageous companion whose intelligence, strength, and agility make him an excellent all around dog. This is American Staffordshire Terrier, number 14.
NEWSCASTER 3: This is Louie, who is very accomplished. He won the very prestigious Montgomery Kennel Club terrier show this year.
NEWSCASTER 2: And Ros actually judged the Montgomery Terrier show a few years back. So she's very familiar with that show.
NEWSCASTER 3: Jim Rudzik showing Louie tonight.
NEWSCASTER 2: And you can see the intensity in this breed when they look. Strong and powerful all the way around.
ANNOUNCER: The Australian Terrier is a sturdy, rough-coated, hearty, and versatile dog that can control rodents, snakes, 10 sheep, an act as a watch dog and companion. Fanciers today enjoy its attractive appearance, flexibility of purpose, and spirited, self-assured demeanor. This is Australian Terrier, number 14.
NEWSCASTER 1: And the first Australian bred dog to be recognized and shown in Australia, not to be confused with the Australian shepherd, the Australian cattle dog, or even the silky terrier. A helper and companion, bred for that purpose.
NEWSCASTER 2: And these were tireless workers over vast territory. They actually worked a long range.
NEWSCASTER 1: And a cute look.
NEWSCASTER 2: Yeah, you can see-- the rough that we see right now, that was actually to protect it as it poked into the brush.
NEWSCASTER 3: [INAUDIBLE] is also a national specialty winner.
ANNOUNCER: The Bedlington Terrier takes his name from the mining shire of that name in Northumberland, England. Bred to hunt otter, badger, and other game in rough terrain, he has both energy and gentle temperament.
Often described as having the look of a lamb but with the heart of a lion, he makes a devoted family pet. This is Bedlington Terrier, number 14.
NEWSCASTER 2: And featured, that unique look, in two different magazines over time, "Life" magazine, and then also "Sports Illustrated."
NEWSCASTER 3: I just wanted to add on that we've been mentioning the Montgomery County Kennel Club. Many of the terriers have their national specialties at that club. So Monte Carlo, here, who also won best of breed his breed, at Montgomery this year, means he won his national specialty. And actually, in the terrier group tonight, we have over 10 dogs that have won their national specialties this year.
NEWSCASTER 2: Yeah. Montgomery is considered the Super Bowl of terriers.
ANNOUNCER: The Border Terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds. Farmers in the border country between England and Scotland needed a dog to help hunt fox, one with enough leg to keep up with mounted hunters, yet narrow and agile enough to bolt or draw fox from their rocky underground dens. This is Border Terrier, number 9.
NEWSCASTER 2: So you just saw Ros pick the dog up. So what that is-- that's called spanning. She puts her hands around the dog and compresses the rib to see if-- the dog had to go to ground. So if they didn't have a flexible rib cage or they were too large, they couldn't do their job. So that is an essential part of judging this breed.
NEWSCASTER 3: And there are a couple of breeds in the terrier group that you'll see Ros do that to tonight, Border being one. This is Leonard, being handled by Karen Fitzpatrick. It's breeder, owner, handler.
NEWSCASTER 2: Karen's done quite well with this breed.
NEWSCASTER 3: Leonard's number two in his breed. It's meadowlark, dark side of the moon.
NEWSCASTER 1: The winner of this group will join the previous six from the hound group. That's Lucy, the Borzoi that won to advance. Loosening up and getting groomed for the best in show appearance. We'll get our seven and decidedly top dog crowned for 2018.
ANNOUNCER: Shown as separate varieties, the standard for the colored and white Bull Terrier are the same except for color. With great courage and style, the Bull Terrier has gained popularity as one of the sweetest and most loyal companions. Still bred and loved by its companions, they are energetic, playful, and strong willed. This is colored Bull Terrier, number 12.
NEWSCASTER 2: So this dog is very unique, in one aspect especially. It's the head. It's an egg shaped head. They have narrow eyes. And you'll never-- other than the other bull terriers, you won't see this head shape.
NEWSCASTER 3: They're very popular in England, still today, and Hoover, here, is being handled by Ed Thomason. He's number one in his breed.
NEWSCASTER 1: And named after J. Edgar Hoover. They're keeping a close watch.
ANNOUNCER: Bull terriers were bred from Bulldogs and terriers in the early 1800s. And originally, they were all white in color. With a colored variety coming later in their development, a small patch of color on the head has become acceptable for these whites. This is white Bull Terrier, number 11.
NEWSCASTER 2: And, you know, this dog was developed for sport. But it was also a gentleman's dog. Many of the aristocrats had this dog.
And also, as you watch this dog go, this is another one of the powerful, bold breeds. They are very well muscled, sturdy in every regard, there's never a sign of weakness in any of the bull breeds.
NEWSCASTER 3: They're very muscular, as you said. They're thick, but they shouldn't be intimidating. They really are a great family dog when socialized properly.
NEWSCASTER 2: Yeah, there is nothing mean about these dogs. As you can see, they're always looking around, looking-- they actually like to get into a little trouble, I think, more than anything.
NEWSCASTER 3: Well, I was going to say, they're always looking for something to get into, like the party.
ANNOUNCER: Over 200 years ago, the ancestors of today's Cairn Terrier earned their working as working terriers. Rooting vermin from the rock pile is called Cairns. Found on Scottie's farmland and by the sea, they are courageous, tenacious, and intelligent, with a sturdy body in a weatherproof coat. Adaptable to all environments, the Cairn. Is a beloved companion. This is Cairn Terrier, number 14.
NEWSCASTER 1: And from the classic film, "Wizard of Oz," they had this breed, Terry, play the role of Toto in that film. Back then, Terry was paid just $125 per week. That was more than the munchkins were paid making that movie.
NEWSCASTER 2: Those poor munchkins. That's not fair.
NEWSCASTER 1: Yeah, I mean, someone had a great agent from WME or something, I think.
NEWSCASTER 2: Munchkins need equal wages, too. Come on.
NEWSCASTER 3: This is Magnus, being shown by--
NEWSCASTER 2: Toto, too.
NEWSCASTER 3: --Jeff Dawson. Jeff actually, the handler, credits his early years showing dogs as helping build his self-esteem as a young person. And I think that's an important part of our sport.
ANNOUNCER: The Cesky Terrier was developed in the Czech Republic in 1949. They are a pack hunting terrier, capable of pursuing game, both above and below ground. Soft-coated, short legged, and longer than tall, they are elegant, loving, loyal family dogs, whether working or showing as companions. This is Cesky Terrier, number 16.
NEWSCASTER 2: So when we heard Mrs. Kramer talk about terrier coats, we've seen some broken coated, or hard coated dogs. This dog is actually clippered. And it's a combination of the Scottish Terrier and the Sealyham.
NEWSCASTER 1: And that kind of sporty loo-- the medium long neck, a little bit of a dash of elegance, there, the way the gait.
NEWSCASTER 2: Yeah. That look comes a lot from the Sealyham that's in him. We'll see them later.
NEWSCASTER 3: This is Audrey, one of the few breeds that is not from the British Isles. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier was bred from native terriers in the hills between England and Scotland. He was distinguished by his preeminence in hunting otter and badger. Sir Walter Scott chanced upon them and made them famous in his popular novel, "Guy Mannering" in 1814.
They are intelligent and independent dogs, and very fond of children. This is Dandie Dinmont Terrier, number 8.
NEWSCASTER 2: Betty Ann Stenmark tonight, our best in show judge, she breeds Dandie Dinmont Terriers. So maybe she'll get to see one of her own breed tonight.
NEWSCASTER 3: Maybe she will. I mean--
NEWSCASTER 1: And Gail, so often you talk about what makes a good pet. I mean, they're sturdy for the country life, but also adaptable to an apartment, if they need be.
NEWSCASTER 3: Absolutely, absolutely. And, you know, any of these terrier breeds can make a wonderful pet. Make sure you do your research, find the right breed for your lifestyle, and find a reputable breeder.
ANNOUNCER: Fox Terriers were developed in Great Britain to bolt the fox from his den. The smooth and wire were varieties until they became separate breeds in 1985. The smooth, the older of the two breeds, first appeared in the show ring in 1863.
He has an easy care, weather resistant coat, a classical outline, and a lively disposition. This is Smooth Fox Terrier, number 25.
NEWSCASTER 2: Dana having a little challenge with the bait there.
NEWSCASTER 1: Frisky move. Herbert Hoover had a couple of Fox Terriers named Big Ben and Sonny.
NEWSCASTER 2: Yeah, and I'd like to talk about the two Fox Terriers we're going to see tonight. There's a little misnomer in the terrier group about when they say, this dog has terrier movement. And they use it as a bad fault.
So the Fox Terriers have a short upper arm, which actually makes them move like a pendulum. And that's unique among some of the terrier breeds, but it does not throw out the terrier group. So you can't really say every dog has that terrier in him.
NEWSCASTER 1: Terrier in him. Terrier tone. The origin of the Wire Haired Fox Terrier dates back to the rough coated black and tan terrier. A non-shedding, hard broken outer coat and softer undercoat distinguishes the Wire from his Smooth cousin. Their smart appearance and alert and outgoing manner always attract attention, in and out of the show ring. This is Wire Fox Terrier, number 14.
NEWSCASTER 3: This is King, a UK import. He won terrier group at Crufts in 2014, which, of course, the very well-known dog show.
NEWSCASTER 1: And it's the most winning breed at Westminster, and most recently, 2014. That tail is very noticeable. Westminster, excuse me.
NEWSCASTER 3: And Gabriel Rangel is showing the dog. He's won Best in Show at Westminster, with a couple terriers before, so he may look familiar to some of us.
NEWSCASTER 2: And Chris, you mentioned the tail. The tail is always supposed to be high set, and the tail is a very important part of a terrier. Because when they went to ground, sometimes the handler had to be able to pull the dog out by the tail. So they had to have a thick route up to a narrow point.
NEWSCASTER 1: Didn't hurt? I guess not enough.
NEWSCASTER 3: Of course, Gabriel won't be pulling this dog out of a hole.
NEWSCASTER 2: No. And I was actually there to see the dog when it crossed the [INAUDIBLE].
NEWSCASTER 1: Might be pulling out an upset or a victory.
NEWSCASTER 3: Might be pulling out an upset. I like that. Developed in Ireland, the Glen of Imaal Terrier was bred to perform typical terrier tasks. Glen's also spent many hours paddling in turnspits, a device best described as a canine propelled rotisserie.
This rough and ready terrier has survived the century's unrefined by fashion. This is Glen of Imaal Terrier, number 6.
NEWSCASTER 2: He mentioned the turnspit dog. Everybody loves a dog that can cook, and I was a chef for years. So I might root for this dog. I like a dog that can cook for me.
NEWSCASTER 1: Named Taylor, for the singer James Taylor. The owner training him to be a therapy dog.
NEWSCASTER 3: Taylor's the top winning Glen of all time. His champion [INAUDIBLE] double-d friend of a friend. Being shown by Beverly Wright-Osment. That tail never stopped.
ANNOUNCER: The Irish Terrier has a rich heritage as a hardworking fireman hunting dog. Affectionate to family members, reserved with strangers, and challenging to enemies, this strong willed breed is highly valued by tenant farmers.
Bred to control vermin, Irish Terriers are the watchful guardians of the farmer's property, and playmates to the children. This is Irish Terrier, number 8.
NEWSCASTER 3: Here we have Murphy, being shown by Jenny Rangel, who is a three time, three generation dog person. Some of these very accomplished young professional handler in our sport.
NEWSCASTER 2: Yeah, and her family has shown a lot of the Irish Terrier. This is the really racey terrier. It has a long head and a moderately long body, and should always look at one piece. You can see that right there. Everything flows together, but it's a very elegant and stylized dog.
NEWSCASTER 3: It's the overall balance of one of the breeds that's not supposed to have a short back.
NEWSCASTER 2: Correct.
ANNOUNCER: The Kerry Blue Terrier originated more than a century ago in County Kerry, Ireland. It was bred for serious, small game hunting over rough terrain, working as a land and water retriever, herder of sheep and cattle, and as a companion.
With a trademark soft, wavy coat, and shades of slate blue gray, Kerries are fun, loving, and energetic dogs. This is Kerry Blue Terrier, number 9.
NEWSCASTER 2: And this is one of our soft coated terriers. And this dog actually has what we call a [INAUDIBLE] in its coat. So it's that wave that sets up.
And this dog actually starts out black, and it must turn to this color by the time it's 18 months old.
ANNOUNCER: Kerry Blue Terrier has one Best in Show win at Westminster. Mick, the famous Kerry Blue Terrier, shown by Bill McFadden.