The Super Bowl may be over, but we’re gearing up for what might be considered the Super Bowl of dog shows: the 140th annual Westminster Dog Show. While we eagerly wait for the prestigious canine competition to begin next week, we’ve been pondering a very important question: Who will win?
Thankfully, there’s someone to help us make a prediction: For the ninth year in a row, oddsmaker Johnny Avello of the Wynn Las Vegas has released his odds for the breeds most likely to win Westminster. While there are some breeds in his list that don’t surprise us at all, a few of the dogs he includes have never won Westminster or haven’t taken home Best in Show in years. So who will it be? If Avello’s predictions really do come true, we’re in for an interesting show at Madison Square Garden come Monday and Tuesday.
The Boxer is long overdue for a Westminster win. The last time this Working breed won was in 1970. Odds: 15 to 1
You may be surprised to hear that the Shih Tzu has never won Westminster. Well, if Avello's predictions come true, 2016 could finally be this Toy breed's year. Odds: 14 to 1
This member of the Hound Group is sleek and statuesque, but he has claimed the Best in Show title only once — and that was way back in 1964. Could it be the Whippet's year? Odds: 12 to 1
The Boston Terrier is one of the most popular (and most dapper) small dog breeds, but this Non-Sporting dog has never won Best in Show. Fingers crossed he earns that coveted title this year. Odds: 11 to 1
Last year, Avello predicted that the Brittany had a 12-to-1 chance of winning Westminster. This year's odds are a little better for the Sporting breed, who has also never won the prestigious canine competition. Odds: 10 to 1
1988 was the last time a Pomeranian was named Best in Show at Westminster. Will the Toy breed finally do it again this year? The odds are in his favor. Odds: 9 to 1
Dog show enthusiasts won't be surprised to see this Terrier on the list — after all, a Skye Terrier won the 2015 National Dog Show. Based on these odds, there's a high chance he could win Westminster, too! Odds: 5 to 1