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Westminster Dog Show 2015 – Great Photos + More!

Best in Show - "Miss P", Beagle

Best in Show – “Miss P”, Beagle

The 2015 Westminster Dog Show was two days of fantastic top dogs and performance! “Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble” a.k.a. “Miss P,” a Beagle, won Best in Show at the 139th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. She beat out 192 breeds and nearly 3,000 competitors. Dogs from 15 countries and 48 U.S. states (excluding North Dakota and Idaho), competed for the prestigious title.

Dogsized was there to cover the show and we think all the dogs, owners, stylists and handlers were all winners! We took over 4,000 photos!!! So we’ve decided to showcase them, along with other dog photos, over the year as “Dog of the Day”. Join in on the fun and submit a photo of your dog to be “Dog of the Day”!

Check out some of our favorite photos from the 2015 Westminster Dog Show:

We’re also looking for great captions so let us know if you have any fun ideas!

The WKC Dog Show is considered to be the second-longest continuously running sporting event in the U.S., behind only the Kentucky Derby.

This year featured two new breeds, the Coton de Tulear and the Wirehaired Vizsla. The Coton de Tulear, aka the “Royal Dog of Madagascar”, is a hardy, sturdy small white companion dog. The Coton de Tulear is characterized by a natural long, white, cotton-like coat, rounded lively dark eyes, smile and witty personality. The Wirehaired Vizsla is a distinguished, versatile hunting dog of medium size, bred for substance and a dense wire amber-haired coat. Balanced in size and proportion, the Wirehaired Vizsla is robust and lean. They are considered to be excellent hunters, gentle and easily trained.

Check out last year’s amazing 2014 Westminster Dog Show photos.

Top 10 Hypoallergenic Dogs for the City

Hypoallergenic dogs are great for allergy sufferers. Living in NYC, we see and know loads of hypoallergenic dogs and here’s our recommendation for the Top 10 Hypoallergenic Dogs for the City:

10. Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)

audrey hepburn's yorkieThe Yorkshire Terrier has been one of the most popular dogs in NYC for years, so we had to put it on the list. Ziggy and G.M., both Yorkies, are also our friends. Yorkies are a small, intelligent and very adaptable for apartment living. Some of them can have a tendency to bark (i.e. yapper) and want to be the leader of the pack &/or need a lot of attention, but they are trainable. More info: Yorkshire Terrier wiki

9. Miniature Schnauzer

mini_schnauzerThe typical Miniature Schnauzer is alert and spirited, yet obedient to command. He is friendly, intelligent and willing to please. He should never be overaggressive or timid. The Miniature Schnauzer is characterized by its whiskers and double coat, which has a hard, wiry outer coat and close, soft undercoat. He is the most popular of the three Schnauzer breeds, which include the Giant and the Standard. More info: Miniature Schnauzer wiki

8. West Highland White Terrier (Westie)

West-Highland-White-TerrierWesties are highly social and are the most friendly and jolly of all the Scottish breeds of terrier. Having a typical terrier prey drive, they tend to be highly interested in toys especially chasing balls. They are also inquisitive and investigative. Our friend Aron has two “sister” Westies. More info: West Highland White Terrier AKC

7. Norfolk Terrier

norfolk terrierMaybe not so well known, but we could not leave the Norfolk Terrier off the list as Jake, our friend’s Norfolk Terrier is one of the reasons we got a dog in the first place. The Norfolk Terrier is a smallest of the working terriers. It’s brave, loyal to their masters, and has great charm. Jake lives in WDC and is loads of fun! Here’s a puppy picture of Jake and his “dad” Scott. More info: Norfolk Terrier AKC

6. Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier (Wheaten)

Soft-coated_Wheaten_TerrierThe Wheaten is a happy, steady dog and shows himself gaily with an air of self-confidence. He is alert and exhibits interest in his surroundings; exhibits less aggressiveness than is sometimes encouraged in other terriers. We have the sweetest Wheaten on our building named Sheamus. More info: Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier wiki

5. Shih-Tzu

Shih TzuThe Shih-Tzu is another very popular NYC dog. The Shih Tzu is bread to be a companion and house pet. Its temperament is outgoing, happy, affectionate, friendly and trusting. Due to its friendly nature, the Shih Tzu tends to interact well with other dogs and with children and adults. More info: Shih Tzu wiki

4. Maltese

malteseThe Maltese is spirited, lively, playful and small. Gentle, loving, trusting and devoted to its master. Highly intelligent. Good at learning tricks. Bold and quick to sound the alarm. It is a classic companion dog: graceful and lovable. It does well with other non-canine animals and other dogs. Our friends Beth Ann and Al recently got the cutest Maltese named Cobie. More info: Maltese Dog wiki

3. Tibetan Terrier

tibetan terrierKobi’s girlfriend, Fiesta, is a Tibetan Terrier so clearly we love the Tibetan Terrier! Boots is another cute Tibetan Terrier in our building. They are both super friendly and our dog loves to play with them. The Tibetan Terrier is a brave, intelligent, dedicated, medium-sized dog. Sweet and loving, it’s lively, mild and fun, with great agility as well as endurance. This breed’s bark is deep like a rising siren. Here’s a picture of Fiesta. More info: Tibetan Terrier AKC

2. Bichon Frise (Bichon)

Bichon CasperWhen we were looking for a dog, we almost went with a Bichon Frise. They are great dogs and our friend George from WDC has two of them. Here’s his cute dog Casper. The Bichon is a fluffy, little white dog that loves human company. It’s intelligent, affectionate, bold and lively. This charming, gentle dog is not a yapper. They are naturally sociable and are happiest when they are part of a family that takes them everywhere. They are great with other dogs, pets and children. More info: Bichon Frise wiki

1. Havanese

havaneseOf course we’re totally biased because Kobi, our dog, is a Havanese! While our dog is white/cream, they do come in a variety of colors. Havanese are natural companion dogs, gentle and responsive. Very affectionate and playful with a high degree of intelligence, these cheerful dogs are very sociable and will get along with everyone including people, dogs, cats and other pets. This curious dog loves to observe what is going on. It has a quiet and gentle disposition, but enjoys loud play sessions. The Havanese has a reputation of being a circus dog, probably because it learns quickly. It’s also the National Dog of Cuba. More info: Havanese AKC

Westminster Dog Show 2014 Photos

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Best in Show – Wire Fox Terrier named Sky

The 2014 Westminster Dog Show was an amazing two days of top dogs and entertainment! Wire Fox Terrier “Sky” (full name is Afterall Painting The Sky) won Best in Show at the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

She beat out the other Best of Group winners; a Bloodhound, Welsh Corgi, Portuguese Water Dog, Miniature Pinscher, Irish Water Spaniel and Standard Poodle.  Dogsized was there to cover the show and we think all the dogs, owners, stylists and handlers were all winners!

Photos are worth a 1,000 words, so we took some great photos of the show dogs. Check out our latest photo gallery slideshow. If fact, let us know if you have any great ideas for captions.


The day shows at Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan were where most of the judging for Best in Breed were held. We were able to catch some of these judging shows, e.g. Boston Terriers, Standard Poodles, French Bulldogs, Chow Chows and of course, the Havanese.

One of our most favorite things to do at the show is go into the back areas where the dogs prep before going in the ring or hang out after showing. It’s amazing to see how some of these dogs get styled – primped and prodded as much as those human models during Fashion Week. There are also so many beautiful breeds from the Japanese Chin to the Irish Wolfhound…many breeds which you really don’t see everyday. Most owners and handlers are very friendly and happy to chat and show off their dog.

A Great Pyrenees in New York City

Great Pyrenees I was taking my dog, Kobi, out for a walk the other evening in Manhattan (Financial District) and you can imagine how surprising it was to bump into a Great Pyrenees.

Malesh, the Great Pyrenees, is a very gentle and friendly dog that’s only 2 1/2 years old. You’d never guess that as Malesh is so young as he’s about 145 pounds.Great Pyrenees - Malesh

To get a sense of how large he is, you can see Malesh in comparison to some dachshunds and Kobi, who is about 18 pounds and in the foreground. I asked Malesh’s mom if he got his own room or studio apartment, but she said he was really easy going and didn’t need that much space. Malesh was really pleasant around the other dogs and humans.

Here are some interesting facts about the Great Pyrenees from Dog Breed Info Center : “The Great Pyrenees originated in Central Asia or Siberia. The Pyrenees is a relative of the St. Bernard.Great Pyrenees - Malesh It has a long history as a guard dog of sheep. The dogs made their way to Europe; the Great Pyrenees remained in the high mountain regions until the Middle ages, when the breed gradually gained popularity with the French nobility as a guard dog. By the late 17th century, every French noble wanted to own one. Armed with a spiky collar and thick coat, the Great Pyrenees protected vulnerable flocks from such predators as wolves and bear. The Great Pyrenees has proven to be a very versatile breed working as an avalanche rescue dog, as a cart-puller, sled dog, as a pack dog on ski trips, a flock guardian, dog of war, and as a companion and defender of family and property. The AKC officially recognized the Great Pyrenees in 1933.”