Bloodhounds are “one of the oldest breeds of dogs that hunt by scent,” according to Westminster Kennel Club classifications
. A discovery by a trained bloodhound can even be used in a court of law! The American Kennel Club describes the ideal bloodhound expression as “noble and dignified, and characterized by solemnity, wisdom, and power.” Trumpet has nailed it.
Ah, Winston. A classic French bulldog name for a classic guy. According to the WKC
, Frenchies don’t have a lot of, well, useful skills. But they make up for it by being cute. “Most French Bulldogs excel at being friendly, loving clowns whose raison d’être is to be adored,” their breed description says. Winston’s smiling little face has certainly gotten him far. (Also, one of Winston’s owners is an NFL defensive lineman
! That counts as a skill for him, right?)
Hollywood looks like she thinks she’s better than everyone else, and she’s right. Toy dogs are bred for human companionship and laps of luxury. The WKC Maltese breed description
says they have been popular pets among royalty for centuries, due to their “elegance and beauty.” Hollywood, star that she is, bested several other toy beauts, including Porsche, the first Russian toy dog
to make it to the semifinals.
German shepherds are favorites in the herding group, and it’s easy to see why. Not only are they extremely smart and enthusiastic, they can be trained for work in law enforcement and the military. And yet, the WKC points out
they are also family friendly, and make great service dogs. A German shepherd named Rumor won the WKC’s Best in Show in 2017. Can River vie for a repeat?
Wednesday night will determine the finalists from the terrier, hunting and working groups. But only one of the final seven can be the top dog!