Top Dog Breeds That Never Won Best in Show at Westminster

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Now what pup would not want to wear a crown of glory on their heads? Being named Best in Show is a top honor among show dogs, especially at the highest-level competition there is – Westminster. But each year, the most pupular dog in our minds is not always the one that takes the grand prize. Granted, there has to be that extra sparkle in their step and a flawless physique that gets the judge’s top award, but why some breeds haven’t made the cut is still a mystery. Check out the Top Breeds that Never Won Best in Show at Westminster.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever has won countless awards for bravery, heroism and just plain cuteness, but has never won the coveted Best in Show Prize at Westminster. No worries about that, they just don’t seek the spotlight like other breeds. What they will do is swim, jog, protect and enhance your life with their charm and charisma.

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever has not lost the Best in Show prize for lack of audience enthusiasm. Their loyal followers are happy to show their love for this beauty as they run around the ring. But the top prize will always go to this pup for their unending love, patience and overall intelligence shown to family and friends.


This pup is the star of the show ring, but has never taken top prize at Westminster. This always-proud breed struts their stuff anywhere you take them, and while first in line at the dinner table, awards mean nothing to them. Just a warm hug and a soft bed to sleep in is all this pup needs to be happy.

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Shih Tzu

Long hair and a dazzling personality have not yet charmed the judges, but they will melt your heart. The Shih Tzu has long been the prominent pup in China, and now in the U.S. This small pup is gracious and warm, and makes a delightful, trusted companion. Pick them up and go, and they will be happier than having that blue ribbon around their neck.

Miniature Schnauzer

This little dog is the perfect companion and friend, doing whatever it takes to win your heart. The Miniature Schnauzer is tops on the list of furry pups that can do it all, and their coat is low on the shedding threshold. It’s hard to imagine why this pup isn’t walking around with Best in Show honors, but they’re always happy, prize or no prize.


Is the Chihuahua too small to be recognized? Probably not. With their spunky attitude and prancing feet, this pup cannot be overlooked. Never getting top honors is ok with them because their owners treat them like royalty anyway. The smooth or long-coated version of this pup will be your world’s best companion.

Great Dane

The Great Dane is a giant breed, standing tall in the show ring. It is hard to take your eyes off them. They are graceful and attractive, but they can’t seem to steal that top prize. No matter. They make an enormous contribution to a happy family and can do anything you ask of them. You can sleep soundly when this pup is on duty.

Shetland Sheepdog

Herding is in the genes of the Shetland Sheepdog, coveted for their hard work, superior intelligence and beauty beyond belief. But this pup won’t come home with the crown of glory from Westminster. They will instead get all the praise and recognition they deserve from their family. And if you need a working dog, this one is top-notch in their field.