In the 144 years of Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, no Golden Retriever has ever won the competition. This year, for a moment, there seemed to be a chance for a Golden Retriever to win. But no, the winner was a standard poodle, Siba. This was the fifth time this dog breed won the show.
During the show, Daniel who is a golden retriever commanded attention from the audience. Thousands of people shouted his name in cheers with every step he took. He was, without doubt, a crowd favorite, with people loving how cool he was the entire time as he always smiled and wagged his tail. And when he won as the Best in Sporting Category, Daniel embraced his handler in a warm hug.
He was the only dog that hugged his handler the entire show. Now the five-year-old retriever has fans raving about him online. They defend him, saying he was the rightful winner of the show.
A number has gone to extra lengths to point out that the crowd’s cheers should be clear enough of how people loved him. And while all that is true, it’s essential first to understand the guidelines used to determine the winning dog.
Contrary to widespread assumption, the Westminster Dog Show doesn’t award dogs based on the cutest, most doggy dog. The award is based on how close a dog is to what is thought-about as ideal in its breed. Here, for example, it doesn’t mean that Siba is better than Daniel.
It just shows that Siba is the closest dog to the ideal character in the Standard Poodle breed. And that Daniel isn’t close to the perfect ‘persona’ of the Golden Retriever breed. It’s also important to understand that all the dogs judged must conform to the standards of what’s considered ideal.
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