For most dog owners, competing in dog shows and competitions is a very worthy hobby. Getting your dog to look its best can be great fun, and there is nothing more exciting than competing in the main ring! If you’re successful, you and your pup can take home a very impressive trophy!

Of course, the most prestigious of dog shows are reserved for pedigree breeds only. And, even then, not all pedigrees have an equal chance of winning the big prizes. Want to know which dog breeds will give you an advantage in the ring? Here are some of the breeds that regularly scoop up awards and prizes.

Airedale Terrier
Airedale Terrier
 

The Airedale Terrier

The Airedale is said to be the most intelligent of all the terrier breeds. But they don’t just have smarts – they’re are also super handsome too! That’s not all, though. If you are completely new to showing dogs, then the Airedale Terrier is a great breed to start off with. They can be a bit of a handful when they are still a puppy, but always grow up to be very mature and sensible dogs. They are easy to look after, are very obedient once older, and don’t need too much grooming. There’s just one thing to watch, though: they can be quite bold and aggressive around other dogs. But, with the right socialization, they can be peaceful around other pooches.

Standard Poodle
Poodle

The Poodle (Standard)

The Poodle is another very popular breed of dog at shows and competitions up and down the country. In fact, the standard breed of Poodle has won the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show four times, which is a huge achievement. However, there is a lot of grooming involved if you want to get your Poodle ready for a show. Their fur needs to be perfectly sculpted. If they are white, then you need to get them as white as possible too! But, if you get it right, you can be sure that your Poodle will look ever so majestic when it’s parading around the ring.

Boxer
Boxer

The Boxer

There are some pedigrees that have lots of shows dedicated to their particular breeds. The Boxer is one of these, and if you check out Championship Breeders, you’ll be able to see where your nearest Boxer class or competition is. Known for its square jaw and jaunty gait, you will need to make sure that you get a Boxer that has the classic ‘Boxer look’ if you want to try your hand at dog shows. Unfortunately, the breed has developed a few health problems over the years because of all the breeding that goes into achieving this look. When you do start to look for a Boxer, it’s a good idea to not buy one that has come from a German line as these are often very stubborn and can get quite standoffish.

Cocker Spaniel
American Cocker Spaniel

The American Cocker Spaniel

An American Cocker Spaniel was the proud winner of this year’s Crufts, and it has also proved popular in many other dog shows too. That’s all because of its very sleek long coat. Plus, some American Cocker Spaniels, such as the one at Crufts, have a really interesting coloring that almost looks 3D. As with the Poodle, though, this breed will require a lot of grooming to ensure it looks fantastic. Plus, you will have to put a bit of extra time and effort in to ensure you get its gait right when it is parading around the ring.

The Wire Fox Terrier

Another one of the terrier breeds that does really well in dog shows is the wire fox terrier. In fact, this dog has won the Westminster dog show a record 13 times! That’s extremely impressive! It’s a good idea to get the wirehaired breed as there will be a lot less grooming required to make them look good. They’ll just need a quick brush before they enter the ring! This dog can be very energetic, so you will need to take it to plenty of obedience classes before you do start showing it. Otherwise, it could be very misbehaved in the ring, which won’t go down well with the judges at all!

Scottish Terrier
Scottish Terrier

The Scottish Terrier

The Scottish Terrier has a very distinct look, and that’s all thanks to its bushy beard and eyebrows. This distinct look helps it to be one of the top showstoppers in this list! It is also a very confident and dignified breed of dog, so will love showing off in front of all the judges. Once you do get your very own Scottish Terrier, you should be ready to socialize it a lot and often. Otherwise, it could become quite shy and reserved around strangers and very wary of other dogs.

The Doberman Pinscher

This German breed of dog has quite a strong look and is often mistakenly thought of as an aggressive breed because of it. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, this breed of dog is very friendly and loves being the center of attention in the ring. It often wins competitions in the working dog category, and it is also the 14th most popular breed of dog with owners. They are also exceptionally well-behaved and often perform very well in obedience competitions.

 

Pekingese

Pekingese

 

The Pekingese

Do you want a super cute dog that will make all the judges say “aaww!” If so, then you need a Pekingese. Originally from China, these fluffy pooches compete in the toy category and are very regal when they are in the ring. However, they are one of the most difficult breeds to groom right because of their thin, long hair. But it really is worth working on your grooming skills, as a well-groomed Pekingese is such a great showstopper. They are sure to get everyone’s attention!

So, which dog do you think you would prefer to take into the ring with you? As long as it’s one on this list, you should have a good chance of getting first prize!

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