Dog Breeds That Have Never Won the Westminster Dog Show

Labradors are the most popular dog in the US, but they’ve never won Best in Show at Westminster.

A Labrador named Gino competes during the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 12, 2019 in New York City.

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Labrador retrievers have been the most popular dog breed in America for more than a quarter-century, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).

And while Labs often receive some of the biggest cheers at Madison Square Garden, where the Westminster Dog Show is held every year in Manhattan, they have never taken home Best in Show — or even best of their group.  

Many have tried to understand why Labradors can’t catch a break. Some believe they aren’t extravagant enough. Others think their lovable personality gets in the way. 

“There are a lot of Labradors that have given me goose bumps, but I think it’s an acquired taste,” Cindy Vogels, a Westminster Best in Show judge, told The Wall Street Journal in 2013.

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