We all have our favorite dog breeds. Dogs we grew up with, dogs we look to adopt. But these furry friends don’t always fare well in competitions. In fact, many beloved breeds have never won the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Take a look at these delightful dogs who have won our hearts, but not the popular sporting event.
Luckily these little guys don’t care much about winning. They prefer love from their owners and the joys of any toys thrown their way. You’d also be surprised how many people like to play dress up with these pint-sized pups!
When people see chihuahuas, they often think of the Taco Bell dog or Reese Witherspoon's cute sidekick in "Legally Blonde." Although popular in pop culture, this breed hasn't quite made its way into the top spot in the winner circle at Westminster just yet.
Dachshunds often rank in the top 20, according to the American Kennel Club. The dachshund has even won Westminster Best of Group 10 times. However, it has never been awarded "Best in Show."
As popular as the playfully French bulldog has become in the last decade, the breed just can’t seem to pass the poodle in the non-sporting group. That doesn’t mean the Frenchie won’t ever win, so keep your hopes alive.
Who can resist the all-American vibe of the golden retriever? Westminster judges, apparently. Although this breed is popular with so many families, especially those with kids, it hasn’t been enough to win “Best in Show.”
The American Kennel Club says this gentle giant was recently ranked 15th in popularity in the U.S. The Great Dane has won the Westminster Best of Group several times, but not one has ever taken home a “Best in Show.”
This is America’s favorite dog, according to the American Kennel Club. But how is it that this popular pooch has never won the competition let alone the top spot in its group? The lovable, friendly, outgoing Labrador retriever is bound to win at some point. Is this the year?
While the miniature schnauzer is the most popular of the schnauzer breeds, only the standard schnauzer has ever taken home a “Best in Show” distinction (in 1997). It’s time for this cheerful, energetic pup to have its moment in the spotlight.
Often described as a "powerful" and "robust" breed, the Rottweiler can’t seem to outshine other top contenders (the boxer and the Doberman pinscher) in the Working Group.
Shetland sheepdogs are known for their eagerness to please their owners. But even this loyalty to their handlers hasn’t been enough to win “Best in Show.” However, the breed has taken the top spot in its group (the Herding Group) several times.
Recognized in 1969 by the American Kennel Club, the Shih Tzu has become an American favorite over the years. According to Westminster enthusiasts, it’s only a matter of time before the ancient breed, from imperial China, earns a “Best in Show” distinction.