Of special note, there will be four new breeds competing at Westminster this year . . . and two are part of the Herding group! The Swedish Vallhund is AKC's 156th breed and the Beauceron the 157th, both eligible to compete within this group effective June 27, 2007. Unfortunately neither of those new breeds won but, if you wanna know who captured the Herding Group at last night's portion of Westminster,


"Deuce", the Australian Shepherd, will be competing again tomorrow night for Best in Show! Herding is a natural instinct in this group's members as the dogs traditionally serve ranchers and farmers by moving livestock from one place to another. Now I've witnessed a Collie try to round up pedestrians on the sidewalk so I can attest this behavior can be hard to break (but still entertaining to witness).

Rounding up the top four placers were:

  1. Australian Shepherd: Ch Vinelake Collinswood Yablon. Female born Sept. 11, 2003.
  2. Bouvier des Flandres: Ch Quiche's Demetrius. Male born June 18, 2004.
  3. German Shepherd: Ch Kaleefs Geneva Aeval-Achtung. Female born Sept. 4, 2002.
  4. Collie (Rough): Ch Sylvan Argent Simply Irresistible. Female born Nov. 9, 2005.