2014 Westminster Dog Show: Breaking Down Winners of Each Group

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIFebruary 12, 2014

Judge Betty Regina Leininger, left, and handler Gabriel Rangel, pose with Sky, a wire fox terrier, after winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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The two-day event for the 2014 Westminster Dog Show is now over, and there were a number of beautiful breeds to come away with first-place finishes in their respective groups.

Thousands of dogs entered, but only 168 of them were able to take home Best in Breed, while just seven won Best in Group and only one took home the grand prize for Best in Show. There were plenty of dogs to choose from at Madison Square Garden, but only a select few were able to stand out as winners.

With that being said, let's take a look at each group and see which dogs came out as winners.


Hound Group: Bloodhound

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There were a number of elegant breeds in the hound group, but it was "Nathan" the Bloodhound that was able to take the group.

Nathan was the first Bloodhound to win a major award at the Westminster show, making it an even bigger feat of accomplishment. The Whippet came in second, while the Basset Hound came in third and the Irish Wolfhound in fourth.


Toy Group: Miniature Pinscher

After the hounds came the incredibly tiny and adorable toy group. Unfortunately, the Taco Bell dog wasn't in the running.

It was the Miniature Pinscher that was able to take Best in Group in this round. For the average viewer, it was hard to choose a favorite, as they were all very tiny and very cute, but "Classie" was the one chosen to represent the toys for Best in Show.

According to Kyle Shiely of The John Hines Show, Classie was the first Miniature Pinscher to win the group since 1975.

The Cavalier came in a close second for the toy group, while the Pomeranian rounded out the top three.


Non-Sporting Group: Poodle (Standard)

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The non-sporting group for Westminster featured a wide array of dog breeds, but it ended up being the Standard Poodle that came away in first.

Poodles were originally bred in Germany, then were standardized in France. The breed has won Best in Show twice at Westminster—in 1991 and 2002—but this year's poodle was unable to take home the event's top honor.

The Miniature Poodle also made an appearance at the top of the group, finishing in third. Meanwhile, the Tibetan Spaniel took second and the Dalmatian fourth.


Herding Group: Cardigan Welsh Corgi

The herding group was filled with highly intelligent dogs that all have the ability to control the movement of other animals, which is why they've been used to drive herds of cows and other livestock. At the same time, this group might've had some of the most adorable dogs in the entire show.

Seriously, look at that Cardigan Welsh Corgi above and tell me that it's not the cutest dog you've ever seen.

It was that Cardigan Welsh Corgi that took home first place in the group. The Puli came in second, with the German Shepherd in third and the Old English Sheepdog in fourth.


Sporting Group: Irish Water Spaniel

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Sporting dogs are known for being able to hunt and do other field activities, but they're also known for having some of the most elegant breeds at the dog show.

At the end of the day, it was the Irish Water Spaniel that was determined to be the best in the group. Dogs of this breed are known to be the largest and one of the oldest spaniels.

The Black Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever and English Springer Spaniel rounded out the top breeds from the sporting group.


Working Group: Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog has continued to gain popularity recently. United States president Barack Obama even brought in two of them named Bo and Sunny for the first family. Along with that, the breed has now also won Best in Group.

The working group is filled with dogs known for being used to perform jobs like pulling sleds or performing water rescues. Other high-ranking dogs in the group this year at Westminster include the Mastiff, which came in second, and the Akita, which came in third.


Terrier Group: Wire Fox Terrier

After waiting throughout the two-day event, Sky the Wire Fox Terrier not only was able to win Best in Group, but the dog was also able to win the biggest honor of the event, taking home Best in Show.

The Westminster Dog Show official Twitter account tweeted out the announcement.

Sky was an incredibly popular choice in the Terrier group, with a Skye Terrier finishing second right behind the Wire Fox Terrier. Behind Sky in the Best in Show voting was Ally, the Standard Poodle from the non-sporting group.