Top Dogs in United States History

Meet the Top Dogs of All Breeds from 1925 to the present.

Show dogs can be the top winner in their breed or in their group, but only one special dog each year can be called Top Dog of all breeds. These dogs go down in history as the best of the best in the United States for one year (and sometimes longer than one year!). Prior to 1956, the ranking system for Top Dog of all breeds was based simply on the number of Best in Shows a dog received throughout the year. Beginning in 1956, Top Dogs were rated based on the number of dogs they defeated in Group and Best in Show competitions. The list that follows includes all of the Top Dogs recorded in United States history.

To see the Top Dogs in each Group from 2000 to the present, please see the Group pages below:
Sporting Group
Hound Group
Working Group
Terrier Group
Toy Group
Non-Sporting Group
Herding Group


For more information about a specific dog (if it is available), click on its name.

2013: Portuguese Water Dog GCh. Claircreek Impression De Matisse
2012: German Wirehaired Pointer GCh. Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm
Cocker Spaniel GCh. Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction
2010: Smooth Fox Terrier Ch. J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice
2009: Scottish Terrier Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot
2008: Pointer Ch. Cookieland’s Seasyde Hollyberry
2007: Toy Poodle Ch. Smash JP Win A Victory
2006: Dandie Dinmont Terrier Ch. Hobergay’s Fineus Fogg
2005: Pekingese Ch. Yakee If Only
2004: Toy Poodle Ch. North Well Chako JP Platina King
2003: Norfolk Terrier Ch. Cracknor Cause Celebre
2002: German Shepherd Dog Ch. Kismet’s Sight For Sore Eyes
2001: Kerry Blue Terrier Ch. Torum’s Scarf Michael
2000: Bichon Frisé Ch. Special Times Just Right
1999 & 1998: Standard Poodle Ch. Lake Cove That’s My Boy
1997: Norwich Terrier Ch. Fairewood Frolic
1996: Standard Schnauzer Ch. Parsifal di Casa Netzer
1995: Afghan Hound Ch. Tryst of Grandeur
1993 & 1994: German Shepherd Dog Ch. Altana’s Mystique
1991 & 1992: Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Registry’s Lonesome Dove
1990: Bouvier des Flandres Ch. Galbraith’s Ironeyes
1989: Bulldog Ch. Hetherbull Bounty’s Frigate
1988: Doberman Pinscher Ch. Royal Tudor’s Wild As The Wind
1986 & 1987: Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Galsul Excellence
1984 & 1985: German Shepherd Dog Ch. Covy-Tucker Hill’s Manhattan
1983: Scottish Terrier Ch. Braeburn’s Close Encounter
1982: Afghan Hound Ch. Kabik’s The Challenger
1981: Pug Ch. Dhandy’s Favorite Woodchuck
1980: Norwich Terrier Ch. Thrumpton’s Lord Brady
1979: Standard Poodle Ch. Lou-Gin’s Kiss Me Kate
1978: Doberman Pinscher Ch. Marienburg’s Mary Hartman
1977: Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Harwire Hetman of Whinlatter
1976: Greyhound Ch. Aroi Talk of the Blues
1975: Sealyham Terrier Ch. Dersade Bobby’s Girl
1974: Lakeland Terrier Ch. Jo-Ni’s Red Baron of Crofton
1973: Doberman Pinscher Ch. Galaxy’s Corry Missile Belle
1972: Cocker Spaniel (ASCOB) Ch. Sagamore Toccoa
1971: English Springer Spaniel Ch. Chinoe’s Adamant James
1970: Norwegian Elkhund Ch. Vin-Melca’s Vagabond
1969: Boxer Ch. Arriba’s Prima Donna or Standard Poodle Ch. De Russy Lollypop (There are conflicting records about which dog is actually Top Dog of 1969.)
1968: Kerry Blue Terrier Ch. Melbee’s Chances Are
1967: English Springer Spaniel Ch. Salilyn’s Aristocrat
1966: Miniature Poodle Ch. Frederick of Rencroft
1965: Doberman Pinscher Ch. Ru-Mar’s Tsushima
1964: Whippet Ch. Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth
1963: Boxer Ch. Treceder’s Painted Lady
1962: Miniature Poodle Ch. Tedwin’s Top Billing
1961: Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Miss Skylight
1960: Cocker Spaniel (ASCOB) Ch. Pinetop’s Fancy Parade
1957 to 1959: Pekingese Ch. Chik T’Sun of Caversham
1956: Toy Poodle Ch. Blakeen Ding Ding
1954 & 1955: Boxer Bang Away of Sirrah Crest
1952 & 1953: English Setter Ch. Rock Falls Colonel
1951: Boxer Ch. Bang Away of Sirrah Crest
1950: Boxer Ch. Mazelaine’s Zazarac Brandy
1949: Scottish Terrier Ch. Walsing Winning trick of Edgerstoune
1948: English Springer Spaniel Ch. Frejax Royal Salute
1947: Miniature Poodle Ch. Blakeen Christable
1946: Boston Terrier Ch. Mighty Sweet Regardless
1945: Irish Setter Ch. Erin’s Beau Brummell
1944: Boxer Ch. El Wendie of Rockland
1940 to 1943: English Setter Ch. Maro of Maridor
1939: Standard Poodle Ch. Pillicoc Aplomb
1938: Smooth Fox Terrier Ch. Nornay Saddler
1937: Boxer Ch. Dorian v. Marienhof of Mazelaine
1936: Doberman Pinscher Ch. Jockel v. Burgund
1935: Irish Setter Ch. Milson O’Boy
1934: Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Leading Lady of Wildoaks
1933: English Setter Ch. The Country Gentleman
1932: Pointer Ch. Nancolleth Beryl of Giralda
1931: Irish Setter Ch. Higgin’s Red Pat
1930: Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Weltona Frizette of Wildoaks
1929: Wire Fox Terrier Ch. Newmarket Brandy Snap of Welwire
1928: Sealyham Terrier Ch. Delf Discriminate of Pinegrade
1927: German Shepherd Dog Ch. Cito Von Der Marktfeste
1925 & 1926: German Shepherd Dog Ch. Teuthilde von Hagenschiess


For more information about past Top Dogs, go to the Show Dogs of the Year Awards section of These awards honor the seven dogs that led their respective groups in the greatest number of Group Firsts won. The top obedience dog is also celebrated. The Shelter of the Year, Groomer of the Year, Trainer of the Year and Vet of the Year are also honored at this award show. The Winkies for Annual Achievement awards are also given to Best Professional Handler, Best Owner-Handler, Outstanding Breeder, Show of the Year and Judge of the Year. The Purina Pro Plan Show Dogs of the Year Awards presented by Dogs In Review (also known as The Winkies) are held every February in New York City.


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