202 AKC-recognized dog breeds compete for the title of Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, presented by Purina® Pro Plan®. The two-night competition kicks off in New York City with the Group competitions. The Terrier Group is the 7th and final Group to take the ring before the Best in Show judging.
The AKC Terrier Group is filled with feisty, energetic dogs whose sizes range from fairly small, as in the Norfolk, Cairn or West Highland White Terrier, to the grand Airedale Terrier. Their ancestors were bred to hunt and kill vermin. Many continue to project the attitude that they're always eager for a spirited discussion. Most terriers have wiry coats that require special grooming in order to maintain their characteristic appearance. In general, they make engaging pets, but require owners with the determination to match their dogs' lively characters.
The word “Terrier” comes from the Latin word, terra (ground) as these determined and courageous dogs must be small enough and agile enough to “go to ground” to pursue their quarry (rats, foxes, and other vermin). All but the Australian Terrier, American Hairless Terrier and Miniature Schnauzer were developed in the United Kingdom.
Breeds in the AKC Terrier Group include the Miniature Schnauzer, the Bull Terriers (Colored and White), the Parson Russell Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Fun Facts about the Terrier Group
In 2014, the Wire Fox Terrier became the 8th Best in Show Champion in a row to choose the specialized nutrition of Purina® Pro Plan®.*
The Scottish Terrier, fueled by Purina® Pro Plan®, was named Best in Show Champion in 2010.*
The Wire Fox Terrier is the winningest breed in the group, with 22 Group wins.**
46 Best in Show Champions have come from the Terrier Group – the most of any group.
The newest breed in the Terrier Group is the American Hairless Terrier, making its debut at last year’s WKC competition.
The Miniature Schnauzer is the most popular of the Schnauzer breeds, but it hasn’t won the Group since 1947.
* The handler or owner of these champions may have received Purina® Pro Plan® dog food as Purina ambassadors.
** Since the Group Competition started in 1924.
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