Bernese Mountain Dog Westminster Dog Show

Why male dogs dominate the Westminster Dog Show

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Male dogs have won “Best in Show” at Westminster 71 times, nearly twice as many times as their female competitors.

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Bernese Mountain Dog Westminster Dog Show
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Almost 1,700 male dogs participated in this year’s competition, versus just 1,220 females.

Bernese Mountain Dog Westminster Dog Show
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The prime age for canine competition is three to five years old—which is also the prime reproductive age for females. Female winners are usually taken out of dog shows to breed, while males continue competing.

Bernese Mountain Dog Westminster Dog Show
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Last year’s winner, Rumor—a female German Shepherd—quickly retired from competition and has now littered many puppies.

Bernese Mountain Dog Westminster Dog Show
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Some dog owners are also scared off by females’ estrous cycles, which arrive about once every six months. “They’re moody,” one handler told Reuters of female dogs during their cycles.

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