Dog Conformation: The Terrier Dog Group

Learn more about the Terrier Group’s history, its top dogs, how the breeds are handled in the ring and much more.

Dogs in the Terrier Group were bred to hunt and kill vermin, as well as guard homes and be companion dogs. Terriers have a lot of energy and are highly alert. Terriers have won the most Bests in Show at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club show. The Wire Fox Terrier has more Best in Show wins at Westminster than any other breed.

Top Terriers

Top Dogs of the Terrier Group from the present back to the year 2000. For more information about a specific dog (if it is available), click on its name

2012 & 2013: Wire Fox Terrier GCh. Afterall Painting The Sky
2011: Skye Terrier GCh. Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman
2010: Smooth Fox Terrier Ch. J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice (Top Dog of All Breeds in 2010)
2009: Scottish Terrier Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot (Top Dog of All Breeds in 2009)
2008: Sealyham Terrier Ch. Efbe’s Hidalgo at Goodspice
2007: Sealyham Terrier Ch. Efbe’s Hidalgo at Goodspice
2006: Dandie Dinmont Terrier Ch. Hobergay’s Fineus Fogg (Top Dog of All Breeds in 2006)
2005: Sealyham Terrier Ch. Stonebroke Right On The Money
2004: Norfolk Terrier Cracknor Cause Celebre
2003: Norfolk Terrier Ch. Cracknor Cause Celebre (Top Dog of All Breeds in 2003)
2002: Kerry Blue Terrier Ch. Torum’s Scarf Michael
2001: Kerry Blue Terrier Ch. Torum’s Scarf Michael (Top Dog of All Breeds in 2001)
2000: Bedlington Terrier Ch. Willow Wind Tenure

See a breed list with the National Breed Clubs for the Terrier Group. Click to continue>>

See the Terrier Group Top Sires and Dams of 2011. Click to continue>>

See upcoming All-Breed and Group Shows so you can see the Terrier Group breeds in action or enter your dog. Click to continue>>

Read about the Montgomery County Kennel Club show, an all-Terrier show that occurs the first week of every October in Pennsylvania. Click to continue>>



Westminster Best in Show Winners

2010 Westminster Winner. Scottish Terrier Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot ‘Sadie’ wasthe top dog of all breeds in 2009 and Best in Show at the134th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 2010. Best in Show judge Elliott Weiss said this of Sadie: “She is a total package. She is pleasing to the eye from any angle, both standing and moving. She is a pleasure to a hand exam, confirming what the eye sees.”

To get Best in Show, Sadie bested 2,500 other dogs and six Group 1 winners, including Brittany Ch. Willowick Talltean in the Sporting Group; Whippet Ch. Starline’s Chanel in the Hound Group; Doberman Pinscher Ch. Allure Blazing Star Alisaton in the Working Group; Toy Poodle Ch. Smash Jp Moon Walk in the Toy Group; French Bulldog Ch. Robobull Fabelhaft Im On Fire in the Non-Sporting Group; and Puli Ch. Cordmaker Field Of Dreams in the Herding Group.






2006 Westminster Winner. Bull Terrier Ch. Rocky Tops Sundance Kid ‘Rufus‘ took Best in Show at the 130th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 2006. Best in Show judge James G. Reynolds said this about Rufus: “The final decision was literally made in the last 30 seconds, as I went back and forth between three exhibits — and no, I won’t say who the other two were. In the end it was the Colored Bull Terrier ‘Rufus’ who carried the night. I have never seen him look as good. He was in hard condition, moved as a Bull Terrier should, and ‘Oh, that head and front.’ I never saw him move even an iota out of a stack which showed all of his attributes; indeed he didn’t make a ‘ripple,’ but kept reinforcing his strength and unique breed characteristics to cap an outstanding career.”

Rufus beat more than 2,600 other dogs and six Group 1 winners for this top spot. The Group 1 winners included: Golden Retriever Ch. Chuckanut Party Favour O Novel in the Sporting Group; Scottish Deerhound Ch. Thistleglen Margot in the Hound Group;  Rottweiler Ch. Carter’s Noble Shaka Zulu in the Working Group; Pug Ch. Kendoric’s Riversong Mulroney in the Toy Group; Dalmatian Ch. Merry Go Round Mach Ten in the Non-Sporting Group; and Old English Sheepdog Ch. Bugaboos Big Resolution in the Herding Group.


2003 Westminster Winner. Kerry Blue Terrier Ch. Torums Scarf Michael ‘Mick’ in 2003 was awarded Best in Show by judge Irene Bivin. She had this to say about Mick: “The moment I put my hands on him and felt the structure, the conditioning, the coat texture and the almost electric current that runs through him, that opinion changed. I was absolutely mesmerized by the time I completed that examination — chills ran down my spine and goose bumps on my neck. It was a feeling I shall always remember, and then as he moved that feeling was magnified. It may have been just me, but I truly felt I was witnessing a perfect performance by a great dog. All the other finalists were superior specimens … but on this night this dog personified what every Westminster BIS judge would like to find: a great dog with a perfect performance. It was my great pleasure to be the one to point at him.”

Mick beat more than 2,600 dogs and six challenging Group 1 winners to get Best in Show. Group 1 winners included Brittany Ch. Magic Sir-Ly You Jest in the Sporting Group; Ibizan Hound Ch. Luxor’s Playmate Of The Year in the Hound Group; Newfoundland Ch. Darbydale’s All Rise Pouchcove in the Working Group (who won BIS at Westminster in 2004); Pekingese Ch. Yakee Leaving Me Breathless At Franshaw in the Toy Group; Standard Poodle Ch. Ale Kai Mikimoto On Fifth in the Non-Sporting Group; and German Shepherd Dog Ch. Kismet’s Sight For Sore Eyes in the Herding Group.

Mick was the top Terrier of 2001 and 2002, and he was the top dog of all breeds in 2001.


Watch Terrier Breeds in the Ring

Watch the breed judging at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Click on a Terrier Breed to proceed to the video.

Airedale Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier
Australian Terrier
Bedlington Terrier
Border Terrier
Bull Terrier, Colored
Bull Terrier, White
Cairn Terrier
Cesky Terrier
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Glen of Imaal Terrier
Irish Terrier
Kerry Blue Terrier
Lakeland Terrier
Manchester Terrier, Standard
Manchester Terrier, Toy
Miniature Bull Terrier
Miniature Schnauzer
Norfolk Terrier
Norwich Terrier
Parson Russell Terrier
Russell Terrier
Scottish Terrier
Sealyham Terrier
Skye Terrier
Smooth Fox Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Welsh Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
Wire Fox Terrier

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