Westminster Dog Show 2015: the Breeds Most Likely to Win

We’re days away from the 139th Westminster Dog Show, and if you’re like us, there’s one big question on your mind: Who will win?

Oddsmaker Johnny Avello of the Wynn Las Vegas released his predictions for the breeds most likely to win the show for the eighth year in a row. And we have to admit we’re a little surprised. His list includes breeds that have never won at Westminster and several who haven’t brought home the Best in Show title in decades. So if Avello’s odds are any indication of what we can expect at Madison Square Garden on Monday and Tuesday, we’ll certainly be in for an interesting event.   

Will One of These Dog Breeds Win Best in Show?

English Setter

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English Setter

The medium-size English Setter of the Sporting group stands out for her beautiful flecked and feathered coat. Will that be enough to earn her Best in Show?
Odds: 18 to 1

Welsh Terrier dog breed

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Welsh Terrier

The charming and spirited Welsh Terrier hasn't won Westminster since 1944. This could be the breed's year.
Odds: 16 to 1

Two Beagles Side View

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Beagle, Over 13 Inches

Popular, friendly and adorable, the Beagle won Westminster in 2008. Let's see if he can nose out the competition again this year.
Odds: 15 to 1

Pomeranian

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Pomeranian

The typical Pomeranian weighs less than 7 pounds and knows she's as cute as a button. But a Best in Show title for this Toy breed is long overdue — the last time a Pom won was in 1988.
Odds: 14 to 1

Brittany Dog Breed

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Brittany

If you're hoping a breed that has never won takes home Best in Show, root for the friendly and energetic Brittany.
Odds: 12 to 1

Apricot Poodle in Grass

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Standard Poodle

We're not surprised to see the Standard Poodle on this list. Her signature poofed and shaved curly coat worn for dog shows can't be ignored.
Odds: 11 to 1

Bloodhound dog breed on a hike

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Bloodhound

A Bloodhound named Nathan won Best in Show at the 2014 National Dog Show and took home Best in Group at last year's Westminster Dog Show. Can he continue his winning streak?
Odds: 10 to 1

Skye Terrier

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Skye Terrier

Originally from the Isle of Skye in Scotland, the Skye Terrier is known for his long, silky gray coat and large ears. The last time this terrier won Westminster was in 1969. Could 2015 be the year of the Skye?
Odds: 8 to 1

Old English Sheepdog

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Old English Sheepdog

At the 2013 Westminster Dog Show, we fell head over heels for Swagger, an Old English Sheepdog who won Reserve Best in Show. We hope an OES steals our (and the judges') hearts this year.
Odds: 6 to 1

Portuguese Water Dog

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Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog is a favorite of the first family but not with Westminster judges. The breed has never won Westminster, but if Johnny Avello's predictions are correct, the Portie will be the big winner of the 139th Westminster Dog Show.
Odds: 4 to 1

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