Was this the greatest dog of all time?

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  • Published: 10 February 2020
  • The Westminster Kennel Club Dog show had a champion who won three times in a row. How did she do it?

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    This year, the Westminster Dog Show will draw lots of attention. But no dog will surpass the legacy of the first Best in Show winner — a smooth fox terrier named Warren Remedy. In this episode of Vox Almanac, Vox's Phil Edwards explains how it happened.

    Warren Remedy won three Best in Show titles at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and she cemented her place in canine history. But her legacy extends beyond her title — as an exemplar of the smooth fox terrier breed, she helped establish the “type” that people expected.

    That was largely because of her breeder, a wealthy Manhattan socialite named Winthrop Rutherfurd. Rutherfurd famously dated a Vanderbilt before settling down with a vice president’s daughter, but in addition to lighting up the gossip pages, he bred fox terriers at his estate in Allamuchy, New Jersey. And he promoted them through the American Fox Terrier Club and Westminster Kennel Club. These efforts helped the relatively new breed gain a foothold in American culture.

    Warren Remedy may never be surpassed in her three Best in Show titles. So was she the greatest dog of all time? That might be the wrong question. She was the greatest dog of her time, though, and that may have established an even more important legacy, for all dogs and for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

    Further Reading:
    This archival article from Outing Magazine has a surprising interesting history of smooth terriers in America, including how the breed can be traced to just a few dogs.
    https://books.google.com/books?id=qb9DAQAAIAAJ&newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&dq=%22warren%20remedy%22&pg=PA349#v=onepage&q&f=false

    The Dog Show: 125 Years of Westminster is a great resource for dog show obsessives, and it chronicles all the winners as well as the early history and lore of the show.
    https://www.amazon.com/Dog-Show-125-Years-Westminster/dp/1592282636

    The American Kennel Club lists all their dog standards on their website. The listing for the wire fox terrier is a good place to start.
    https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/wire-fox-terrier/

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Comments • 454

  • Alicia Banister
    Alicia Banister  2 hours back

    All dogs are perfect and no one can tell me any different

    • PES mobile
      PES mobile  3 hours back

      This dog is goat

      • Earthworm
        Earthworm  5 hours back

        This wins the Most Pointless Vox Video Ever award

        • Praetor_Fenix420
          Praetor_Fenix420  9 hours back

          All dogs are champs!!!

          • Normalhuman78 -
            Normalhuman78 -  12 hours back

            Idk the one eating a blanket next to me might be the best

            • Bilingi
              Bilingi  15 hours back

              Best dog is knack

              • Ph2o
                Ph2o  18 hours back

                Easy, mine.

                • bleng blong
                  bleng blong  18 hours back

                  next time, dogs are gonna be the judges of the greatest person

                  • Rahul Gowda
                    Rahul Gowda  19 hours back

                    Togo is the greatest dog of all time. No cap!

                    • LittleRainGames
                      LittleRainGames  20 hours back

                      I hate small dogs. Lots of people do, so i doubt a bunch of wierd old people can really make that decision.

                      • Justin
                        Justin  20 hours back

                        I watched this with my dog who then proceeded to steal my blanket

                        • Beth Hague
                          Beth Hague  22 hours back

                          Did I cry at this ? Yes yes I did

                          • oliver cundill
                            oliver cundill  23 hours back

                            Just another pointless vox film🤦‍♂️

                            • j f
                              j f  1 days back

                              This was so dull

                              • 2B
                                2B  1 days back

                                the best dog in the world farted earlier behind me, i had to open windows to ease my suffering but i still love him nonetheless

                                • NotSoPro Guy
                                  NotSoPro Guy  1 days back

                                  No. Hachiko is the best dog ever

                                  • Culture Vulture
                                    Culture Vulture  1 days back

                                    Chart Party but for dogs.

                                    • STMUN
                                      STMUN  1 days back

                                      i was expecting a piece about a real life Lassie

                                      • sob
                                        sob  1 days back

                                        poor woman on the phone xd

                                        • Hey there
                                          Hey there  1 days back

                                          So you are saying this DOG is a G.O.A.T. 🤔

                                          • Dylan Martin
                                            Dylan Martin  1 days back

                                            My dog is pretty great

                                            • camofrog
                                              camofrog  1 days back

                                              The best dog is a mixed breed rescue. They live a long time.

                                              • Elan Goldstein
                                                Elan Goldstein  1 days back

                                                actually my dog is the greatest of all time

                                                • Rudster14
                                                  Rudster14  2 days back

                                                  His wife Lucy Mercer was also President Franklin D. Roosevelt's mistress.

                                                  • Joant Castillo
                                                    Joant Castillo  2 days back

                                                    It’s not 1 it’s not 2 it’s all of them

                                                    • Wilhe E
                                                      Wilhe E  2 days back

                                                      This is why I love vox, completely useless facts presented in a serious way and somehow it’s so interesting

                                                      • Link Bruntananadilewski

                                                        All dogs are the greatest of all time

                                                        • jeancarlo guevara
                                                          jeancarlo guevara  2 days back

                                                          I disagree, my dog is the best dog of all time

                                                          • Abram Rayburn
                                                            Abram Rayburn  2 days back

                                                            *cough cough* Balto *cough cough* saved a bunch of dying children

                                                            • Random Entertainment
                                                              Random Entertainment  2 days back

                                                              Well all dogs are the best in their own way, this one was just good at this specific competition

                                                              • Maciek Pawłowski
                                                                Maciek Pawłowski  2 days back

                                                                GOOD DOGGOS

                                                                • bayleaf
                                                                  bayleaf  2 days back

                                                                  The goodest boy in the world

                                                                  • Gabriel L
                                                                    Gabriel L  2 days back

                                                                    THEY ARE ALL GOOD BOYS STOP

                                                                    • Huzaifa Amin
                                                                      Huzaifa Amin  2 days back

                                                                      Dogs carry a lot of diseases.

                                                                      • Rozzane Juresr
                                                                        Rozzane Juresr  2 days back

                                                                        For some reason, I understood absolutely nothing in the video

                                                                        • Aldo Morales
                                                                          Aldo Morales  2 days back

                                                                          Did they just prank call a.... nvm

                                                                          • Clyde T.
                                                                            Clyde T.  3 days back

                                                                            Dog backwards is God

                                                                            • Mihad Alzayat
                                                                              Mihad Alzayat  3 days back

                                                                              We all know corgis are #1

                                                                              • Saori
                                                                                Saori  3 days back

                                                                                ok but Winthrop Rutherfurd sounds like a satirical name.

                                                                                • Mie*My*Mai Ogans
                                                                                  Mie*My*Mai Ogans  3 days back

                                                                                  I had a blue ribbon winning English pointer...

                                                                                  • LeVincere*
                                                                                    LeVincere*  3 days back

                                                                                    THEY’RE ALL GOOD DOGS BRENT

                                                                                    • Martí Solé
                                                                                      Martí Solé  3 days back

                                                                                      what and why am i watching

                                                                                      • Mike Buchholz
                                                                                        Mike Buchholz  3 days back

                                                                                        With all due respect, the greatest dog of all time is Sergeant Stubby. Google him.

                                                                                        • Boden
                                                                                          Boden  3 days back

                                                                                          Nah bro my chiwawa scared off a black bear

                                                                                          • andrepduarte
                                                                                            andrepduarte  3 days back

                                                                                            Posh dogs are infinitely worse than mutts you pick up from the shelter. Change my mind.

                                                                                            • Luis Alvarado
                                                                                              Luis Alvarado  3 days back

                                                                                              The greatest dog of all time is Kira and she comes all days to awake me by licking my face.

                                                                                              • Katja Ba
                                                                                                Katja Ba  3 days back

                                                                                                These whole dog standards kinda seem to be pretty pointless like why do humans do define animals' ears, tails, paws etc

                                                                                                • Roet Soun
                                                                                                  Roet Soun  3 days back

                                                                                                  this dog is a goat