Glass Ceiling for Dogs? Males Win Westminster Almost Twice as Often

By Nik Waller Productions

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show begins in New York on Monday and it’s more than likely that a male will win the competition. Reuters reports that male dogs have won “Best in Show” at Westminster 71 times, almost twice as many victories as females (39). It has to do with the fact that a dog’s peak age for competition is 3 to 5 years old, which also happens to be prime breeding age for females. Gail Miller Bisher, a spokeswoman for the Westminster Kennel Club, notes that Rumor the German shepherd–who won last year’s contest–retired shortly after and had her first litter of puppies. “Now she won’t show again, she’s done,” Bisher declares. “But males can keep going. They can be used as stud and continue showing and keep their coat and keep their shape of body and all that.”


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