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Westminster Dog Show: A Look Back at the 5 Most Recent Prize Pooches [VIDEOS]

Feb 14, 2011 – 12:22 PM
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Torie Bosch Contributor

For the canine crazy, the Westminster Dog Show is like a two-day Super Bowl -- a chance for the best to compete for the title of top dog.

Vegas' favorite breeds this year (yes, oddsmakers concern themselves with dog shows) include the Scottish terrier, the Doberman pinscher and the golden retriever, but it's still anyone's game.

Surge Desk rounds up the last five Westminster winners. Maybe history will repeat itself.

2010: Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot ("Sadie"), a Scottish terrier
Four-year-old Sadie won the 2010 Westminster title. Terriers have won the title 46 times in the dog show's 134 completed shows and are favorites to win again this year.

2009: Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee ("Stump"), a Sussex spaniel
At 10 years old, Stump was the oldest dog to win the Westminster. He had been in retirement for four years when his owner made a last-minute decision to bring him to Westminster, a gamble that paid off.


2008: K-Run's Park Me In First ("Uno"), a beagle
Uno is such a superstar, he has his own fan club. He was the first beagle to win Westminster.


2007: Felicity's Diamond Jim ("James"), an English springer spaniel
After James won the 2007 Westminster Best in Show title, he retired from showing. A certified therapy dog, his owners wanted to focus on his canine do-gooding. He has worked with Alzheimer's patients, children and people who have cancer. According to The New York Times, a picture of James was displayed at the wake of a 20-year-old who died of cancer. James' co-owner discussed his therapy work in 2009.


2006: Rocky Top's Sundance Kid ("Rufus"), a colored bull terrier
Another terrier! Rufus was the first colored bull terrier to win Best in Show honors at Westminster. After retiring, Rufus became a trained therapy dog, winning the therapy-dog prize at the 2010 American Kennel Club Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence.



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