Best Breeds for Show Dogs

There are over 180 recognized breeds of dogs in the world. They could be easily identified through various characteristics, physical descriptions, temperaments, and history. Breeds can be categorized into various groups (terriers, working, sporting, toy, non-sporting, hound, herding, etc) but with 4 groups standing out – Terriers, Working, Sporting and Non-Sporting Groups. Some common dog breeds include Affenpinscher, Alaskan Malamute, American Pitbull, Australian Shepherd, American Cocker Spaniel, Airedale Terrier, Boxer, Doberman Pinscher, Poodle (Standard), Sealyham Terrier, English Springer Spaniel, Scottish Terrier, Wire Fox Terriers, Boerboel, American Bull Dog, Bullmastiff, Dalmatian, German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Italian Greyhound, English Pointer, etc. Among the numerous dog breeds we have some best breeds for show dogs that are notable for winning include the following:

Wire Fox Terriers

These breeds have a combination of charisma, agility, speed and a cheerful disposition which gives them winning advantage. It has emerged winners in Westminster’s Best in Show category and has been awarded 13 times. What better breed for show dogs!

Scottish Terriers

With the nickname “Little Richard,” these breeds are unique with its distinctive beard, bushy eyebrows and short legs with a bold sheriff type attitude. It was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and approved in 1993. This breed has a second place in Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show favourite with 8 wins.

English Springer Spaniel

Also known as “gamekeepers” following their name, they function to frighten games to spring out of hideouts. Generally, they are friendly, quick and eager to learn, highly active, and require constant exercise to avoid boredom. This dog breed is children’s popular companion and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1910 as a sporting group member and has won the Best in Show prize 6 times.


Formerly called “Deutscher Boxer” with a broad blunt muzzle and a flat-faced head unique to its breed, it’s well-known for its athleticism, bearing and muscular frame. The boxer is a sensitive seizure alert dog, it performs well in Agility, Obedience and Conformation Shows. These dogs are playful and patient, in fact, a guardian and a family companion. The boxers high-spirited and responsive nature made it classified under working group. It was first registered with the American Kennel Club in 1904 and has won 4 Best in Show awards.

Doberman Pinscher

Also known as “Thuringer Pinscher”, it was renamed in 1899 as the Doberman pinscher in reverence to the breed’s founder “Louis Doberman” who died in 1894. The dog originated in Germany as a guard dog, athletic and energetic, alert, bold and fearless, highly protective and temperamental. Doberman’s qualities gave it classification under the working group and it has received the Best in Show prize 4 times.

Poodle (Standard)

The Standard Poodle alternately called the “duck dog” is a famous dog breed. Originally used to hunt and retrieve ducks, it is proud, elegant and intelligent, always playing in water. It’s a show competitor in the non-sporting group. The Poodle was recognized by American Kennel Club in1887 and has snagged Westminster Best in Show prize 4 times as well.

Smooth Fox Terrier

Smooth Fox Terriers possess quick and responsive reflexes which makes it a good hunting companion. This adventurous dog breeds are categorized into the Terrier group and has claimed the Best in Show prize 4 times in a row.

Airedale Terrier

U.S Presidents’ favourite, this powerful and agile canine is well appreciated for its versatile nature, being the largest of the terrier group and winning the highly coveted prize 4 times. It is among the best breeds for show dogs.