Westminster Dog Show

On February 14 and 15, the 2011 Westminster Kennel Dog Show took place in New York.  Created in 1877, this was the 135th show,  making it the oldest purebred dog show.  The dogs entered are judged against their breed standard.

The doberman has won the Westminster Best In Show four times: 1939, 1952, 1953, 1989.

As usual the Westminster Dog Show attracted  PETA, the controversial animal rights group. They protested outside the event holding signs that read “Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs Chances”.

In 2010, PETA protestors actually made it onto the show ring, rudely interrupting the best in show round.  Included in the best in show last year was Doberman, Ch Allure “Blazing Star” Alisaton. How shameful for them to try to steal this special moment for this doberman, handler and owner. While I am a big supporter of people adopting dogs from shelters or rescues, and avoiding puppy mill dogs and backyard breeders, criticizing this well-known event is not effective.  The Westminster Dog Show is a celebration of all the wonderful breeds that are much loved by their owners.

So how did our favourite breed, the Doberman do this year?

Best of Breed went to GCH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici or “Fifi”, owned by Jocelyn & Kevin Mullins. Judging was done by Dr. Robert Smith.

Best of the Working Group went to a Portuguese Water Dog named GCH Aviators Luck Be A Lady “Ladybug”. Judging was done by Mrs. Dorothy Collier.

Best In Show went to a Scottish Deerhound named GCH Foxcliffe “Hickory” Wind.

If you missed the show, here is the 2011 Doberman judging.

How do you feel about the Westminster Dog Show and Peta’s protest?


  1. Karin Patrick said:

    I have been a participant in the Westminster show. I felt it to be a great honor. I value all dogs and give to shelters monetarily and clothing, food, blankets, vitamins. I feel it Peta has their place, but breeders work hard to develop a specific breed for a specific purpose, especially the working dogs. While I have considered other breeds as my companion, in my heart of hearts I always come back to the doberman.

    September 7, 2012
  2. Dog Lover II said:

    In my opinion this video is very sad and PETA is right when they point out the injustices that prevail in Dobermans. Dobermans are really great to look at. Why should this great and by nature beautiful dogs pervert with croped ears and croped tail? Terrible in my opinion! In Germany cropping is forbidden to happiness. Germany sets a great example here!

    June 21, 2012
  3. Beverly said:

    How shameful and short-sighted PETA activists can be! Part of the reason there are so many dogs in shelters and rescue groups is due to irresponsible breeding. The PETA people should be supporting and celebrating the efforts of the hobby show breeders who work so hard to dramatically reduce the appearance of genetically-linked health problems through their breeding programs. The dams are sires are carefully selected to avoid dogs with any health issues, and greatly improve the chances for a puppy to be healthy, without hip dysplasia, elbow problems, eye problems, etc. Puppies that grow into sick or crippled adults, required expensive medical care, often end up in shelters and become rescue dogs, or worse, placed in a kill shelter.

    March 16, 2012
  4. Dog Lover said:

    The video is of great quality. The music is beyond annoying.

    October 30, 2011
  5. cyndi see said:

    I totally agree with Jeff Casper. There are enough issues with animals being mistreated out there. And at a dog show these dogs are treated better than owner’s spouses! They seem to stick their noses whereever they can strike a nerve. Which leads me to say, maybe it is just that. PETA has had issues with employees claiming to be such supporters of PETA, only to be found with countless suffering animals..There are too many people trying to get NOTICED..not caring about the true issue at hand. That is what is happening..and WOW if thats true; we are talking about some sick people…trying to get attention!!!

    July 23, 2011
  6. Jeff Casper said:

    PETA should focus on illegal activity only. For PETA to spend it’s resources at a dog show is another example of the organizations unreasonable and often times ridiculous activity. They would be better off going to urban areas to support the ASPCA with rescuing dogs that are at risk of death from not being cared for. This is just one example of what PETA could do but instead they just want attention by acting out like morons at an event that celebrates animals.

    April 28, 2011

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