2020 National Dog Show predictions: Were they accurate?

Photo: National Dog Show/Steve Surfman
Photo: National Dog Show/Steve Surfman /

Were our 2020 National Dog Show predictions accurate?

The 2020 National Dog Show predictions were a fun way to build site rapport here at Dog O’Day, but how accurate were they?

The 2020 NDS looked a little different this year due to the pandemic, but the Thanksgiving tradition continued on NBC and made the holiday a little more normal. Highlights can be viewed on the NBC Sports website as well.

Participating this time were site expert Wesley Coburn and columnist Holland the Pup, using backup picks for half the points for the first time.

The methodology for scoring was simple: if our breed placed, then a blue ribbon would be 1.00 point, a red ribbon would be 0.75 point, a white ribbon would be 0.50 point, and a yellow ribbon would be 0.25 point. If a backup pick placed, then it would be 0.50 for first, 0.375 for second, 0.25 for third and 0.125 for fourth. The highest score at the end of group judging wins.

Herding Group

Wes went with the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, because of the cuteness factor, and the Shetland Sheepdog due to the mixture of adorability and athleticism.

Holland chose the Entlebuchter Mountain Dog because she enjoys the Colorado mountains, and the breed has short legs. Her backup pick was the Canaan Dog because of how similar it sounds to Canada.

The Hound Group winners were an Miniature American Shepherd, a Berger Picard, a Puli and a Canaan Dog, which means that Holland shot out to a quick 0.125-0.000 lead.

Hound Group

Beagles were Wesley’s top pick here, because they’re his favorite breed, and his backup pick was the Whippet because of how successful the breed has been in the show ring the past few years.

Holland went with the Basenji because they don’t bark very often, and she is also a doggo with a quiet speaking voice, and then the Bluetick Coonhound because her favorite color is blue.

Scottish Deerhound named Claire (officially GCH Foxcliffe Claire Randall Frasier) won this group, followed by a Petit Basset Brussels Griffon, a Whippet and a Beagle, which gave Wesley a 0.500-0.125 lead.

Non-Sporting Group

Based on recent success and popularity, Wes went with the Schipperke and French Bulldog as his main and backup, while Holland went with the Frenchie and Bulldog, in honor of her pal Ovie.

The winner was a Standard Poodle, followed by a Bichon Friese, a Schipperke and a Frenchie, making the score Wes 1.000, Holland 0.125.

Sporting Group

Wes went with the Barbet and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, because they seemed like dark-horse picks. Holland went with the ever-popular Labrador Retriever and NSDTR due to the Canadian connection.

In the Sporting Group, no points were scored because the winners were, in order, a Springer Spaniel, German Shorthaired Pointer, Golden Retriever and a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

Terrier Group

Wes went with the Jack Russell Terrier in honor of Bark and Deke (and Wishbone), and the Border Terrier because they seemed like they needed some love. Holland went with the Schnauzer and Kerry Blue Terrier.

A Wire Fox Terrier won the group, followed by a Miniature Bull Terrier, a Kerry Blue Terrier and a Norwich Terrier. That moves the score to Wes 1.000, Holland 0.375.

Toy Group

Wes went with the Havanese due to recent success and the Papillon as a backup because of the cute ears. Holland went with the Brussels Griffon and the Pug.

The Toy Group winner was an Affenpinscher, followed by a Havanese, Miniature Pinscher and a Smooth Chihuahua. That makes the score Wes 1.500, Holland 0.375.

Working Group

In the Working Group, Wes went with the Boxer because of recent success and the Great Pyrenees, since staff dog Andy is one. Holland picked the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Cane Corso.

A Portuguese Water Dog won the group, followed by a Boxer, a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Komondor, which makes the final score of our 2020 National Dog Show predictions Wes 2.000, Holland 0.625, which is solid, given how many breeds and varieties that the AKC recognizes (around 208).

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Ultimately, Claire the Scottish Deerhound was awarded Best in Show at the 2020 National Dog Show, positioning her well for the Orlando Cluster of events that led up to the 2020 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin.