Michael Dougherty awarded 9 1/2-year-old Affenpinscher named Banana Joe Best in Show in 2013. This was a first for an Affen at the WKC Dog Show. Suits Banana Joe just fine, as he is said to retire after a long and rewarding career as a show dog.
For the first time in WKC history, a Champion Scottish Deerhound was awarded Westminster's Best In Show (BIS) prize by Judge Paolo Dondina when it took the stage by storm in 2011.
Scottish Terriers are no strangers to the spotlight, and Sadie proved to judge Elliot B. Weiss that she could shine with her seven predecessors from 1911, 1945, 1950, 1965, 1967, 1985, and 1995 when the Best in Show award was given to her in 2010.
In 2009, Judge Sari Brewster Tietjen discerned that this Champion Sussex Spaniel was the best of the best, and so awarded Stump the Best in Show prize. It was a first for the Sussex breed.
The WKC classifies Beagles in two different categories – 13 and 15 inch. Judge Dr. J. Donald Jones declared this Champion 15 inch Beagle named Uno the 2008 Best in Show winner, the first time a Beagle has received the award.
English Springer Spaniels have taken away the Best in Show award a grand total of six times at the WKC dog show, in 1963, 1971, 1972, 1993, and 2000. James was the latest to take his place among the winners, in 2007.
2006 was the year of the Colored Bull Terrier when Rufus was bestowed the Best in Show award by WKC Judge James G. Reynolds, awarded to this particular breed for the first time.
A Champion German Shorthaired Pointer named Carlee was the preferred pick of 2005 when Judge Mrs. Lynette Saltzman awarded her the Best in Show prize. The first time this breed was selected to receive the BIS prize was in 1974.
A Newfoundland named Josh brought his Champion breed to the forefront for the second time in the competition’s history by receiving the honor from judge Mr. Burton J. Yamada in 2003. The first time a Newfoundland won the BIS prize was in 1984.
Another first time BIS winner for its particular breed, this Kerry Blue Terrier named Mick impressed WKC judge Mrs. Irene Bivin enough to earn the Best in Show award in 2003.
Surrey Spice Girl is the third and most recent Miniature Poodle recipient of the BIS prize, to which judge Mr. W. Everett Dean Jr. granted the award in 2002. The non-Sporting group has received this distinction twice before – first in 1943, then in 1959.