14 Oldest Dogs to Win Best in Show — Westminster Dog Show

Only a few dogs older than 5 have ever won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Here is the complete list of their names and breeds.

Stump, a Sussex spaniel, was the oldest dog ever to win Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. By: Kjunstorm/Flickr

Contrary to popular opinion, not all competitors at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show are young guns, no more than 2 or 3 years old.

Since the competition began in 1877, 14 dogs over the age of 5 have taken Best in Show.

Five years old might not seem ancient, but for show dogs, it’s the equivalent of “Hollywood old,” meaning that once these dogs are past their physical peak, they often retire.

Such was not the case with Stump (Ch Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee), a 10-year-old Sussex spaniel that took home the top honors in 2009, making him the oldest dog ever to win Best in Show at Westminster. That’s 56 years old in people years! Not only was Stump the oldest dog to win; he was the first of his breed to take home the top prize.

The next oldest dog was Kirby, (Ch Loteki Supernatural Being), an 8-year-old Papillon who had shown eight times, winning not only the WKC Best in Show title but also the 1998 World Show and the 1998 Canadian Royal Show — the trifecta of canine conformation competitions.

In third place is Manhattan (Ch Covy Tucker Hill’s Manhattan), a 7-year-old German shepherd dog that took home the prize in 1987. Terriers and spaniels can live to be about 15, but GSDs have a shorter lifespan, so a big win at nearly 8 years old is no small feat.

Oldest Dogs to Win Best in Show at Westminster

Here’s the complete list, by order of age:

2009Spaniel (Sussex)10 years, 2 months, 10 days
1999Papillon8 years, 1 month, 10 days
1987German Shepherd7 years, 9 months, 6 days
2003Kerry Blue Terrier6 years, 8 months, 13 days
2007English Springer Spaniel6 years, 8 months, 4 days
1946Fox Terrier (Wire)6 years, 5 months, 27 days
1985Scottish Terrier6 years, 3 months, 21 days
2013Affenpinscher5 years, 10 months, 13 days
1941Bull Terrier (Colored)5 years, 10 months, 6 days
1997Standard Schnauzer5 years, 9 months, 28 days
2006Spaniel (Cocker) Black5 years, 9 months, 8 days
1920Fox Terrier (Wire)5 years, 8 months, 30 days
2014Fox Terrier (Wire)5 years, 7 months, 24 days
2011Scottish Deerhound5 years, 1 month, 26 days
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  1. cathy moore Reply

    I had a female English mastiff live to 12 years weighing only 150 lbs. She turned out not to be show material as she was too small, the runt of the litter. Her health did not deteriorate till she was 11 years, when she developed myopathy, not surprisingly. My vet commended me for taking such good care of her saying, “I don’t know what you did that was so good that she lived so long, but you did a good job.”