Westminster Dog Poll: The Original Nine AKC Breeds

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This list was established in 1878 and these were the charter breeds that the American Kennel Club recognized when it was formed in 1884.

Poll Results

Irish Setter 5
Chesapeake Bay Retriever 2
Clumber Spaniel 2
Cocker Spaniel 2
Irish Water Spaniel 1
Gordon Setter 1
Pointer 0
Sussex Spaniel 0
English Setter 0

Josefa, Saturday, 31 December 2022 14:53 (one year ago) link

Voted Chessie bc we had one when I was a kid.

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Saturday, 31 December 2022 14:59 (one year ago) link

Irish Setter, also because my childhood dog was a crazy one called Dylan.

calzino, Saturday, 31 December 2022 15:04 (one year ago) link

Bird hunting dogs, all of 'em. They tend to be highly energetic breeds with high strung nerves. All kinda dud unless you're a bird hunter or have the time and energy to run them ragged every day.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Saturday, 31 December 2022 19:16 (one year ago) link

they all suit me perfectly then, it's not that much of a travail taking a dog for a few miles of walk every day if you enjoy walking you know!

calzino, Saturday, 31 December 2022 19:26 (one year ago) link

Never heard of the clumber spaniel before but they’re ugly-cute enough to earn my vote.

papal hotwife (milo z), Saturday, 31 December 2022 20:01 (one year ago) link

Possess a “mournful and dopey expression” according to Wikipedia. Also snore too much.

Josefa, Saturday, 31 December 2022 20:04 (one year ago) link

Yeah it's Irish setter for me. Grew up with one and my boy has some red-&-white in him. He is high energy, & I think it's that working dog blood, but - as Calzino says - I like the walks (keep me sane tbh) and it is a joy to watch him run like a cheerful maniac in the parks of SE13.

woof, Saturday, 31 December 2022 20:12 (one year ago) link

the two pointers i know seem like amazing dogs but their energy and hyper-focus… yes I feel like I'd be letting them down every day.

woof, Saturday, 31 December 2022 20:16 (one year ago) link

I just call chesapeake bay retrievers - chocolate labs and that would be my next vote if I had another because they are so handsome.

calzino, Saturday, 31 December 2022 23:34 (one year ago) link

The Labrador Retriever was recognized as a breed by the AKC in 1917. The color variations they acknowledge are black, chocolate, and yellow.

Josefa, Saturday, 31 December 2022 23:49 (one year ago) link


there seems to be some curliness you don't often see in most chocolate labs, but what wonderful looking creatures they are!

calzino, Sunday, 1 January 2023 00:17 (one year ago) link

have known two cocker spaniels and both were completely unhinged

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Sunday, 1 January 2023 00:20 (one year ago) link

they are very good at murdering squirrels and seemingly never running out of energy. I like and admire them from a distance but never felt tempted to adopt one.

calzino, Sunday, 1 January 2023 00:24 (one year ago) link

there is this fucked up war vet who served in Afghanistan I frequently chat to with a really beautiful cocker spaniel who he has quite imaginatively named Cocker. The energy levels of this dog are unbelievable, I can be chatting to him for an hour and his dog never stops.

calzino, Sunday, 1 January 2023 00:34 (one year ago) link

My black lab is absolutely knackered whenever he has been running with this dog for even half an hour, he practically goes into a coma when I bring him home.

calzino, Sunday, 1 January 2023 00:38 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 5 January 2023 00:01 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 6 January 2023 00:01 (one year ago) link

Irish Setter 5 - English Setter 0

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Friday, 6 January 2023 00:02 (one year ago) link

Down with the running dogs of colonialism!!

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Friday, 6 January 2023 02:14 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Don't hate the beast, hate the beautician

Rich E. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 15 May 2024 17:45 (two months ago) link

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