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 even 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 doberman’s special moment. While I am a big supporter of people adopting dogs from shelters or rescues, and avoiding puppy mill dogs and backyard breeders, criticising 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?