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THE DOGGIEST DOGS

Feb. 13, 1961
Feb. 13, 1961

Table of Contents
Feb. 13, 1961

Cover
Yesterday
New Ingo
Sumo
Safe Driving Part II
Laurence Owen
Horse Racing
  • Sports Illustrated's Turf Editor, Whitney Tower (right), here begins a series of articles on what may be termed the hidden crisis in Thoroughbred racing in this country. The result of long observation and recently growing concern, this series will go beyond mere critical analysis to recommend constructive solutions—the first being true authority for a national racing body

Skiing
Doggiest Dogs
Golf
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

THE DOGGIEST DOGS

According to those who understand such subtleties, the curl on the tail of Champion Crown Crest Mr. Universe is precisely right. Next week this curious fact may well bring Mr. U.—the shaggy but stately Afghan hound on the page opposite—one of the most distinguished awards a dog can win—his acknowledgment as best of the more than 2,500 entries in The Westminster Kennel Club show at New York's Madison Square Garden.

This is an article from the Feb. 13, 1961 issue

Even one so perfectly concluded as Mr. U., however, cannot be considered a shoo-in.

Competing for attention, for instance, will be the great soft mournful head of another leading contender—the basset hound bitch, Ch. The Ring's Banshee (above). Her sad face, they say, is so nearly perfect that only a judge from Afghanistan could pass it by.

Far from being able to boast only one superior feature, the animated white poodle puff at the right, whose full name is Ch. Estid Ballet Dancer, is thought by many to be the embodiment of perfection in almost every detail. Her trouble is that, suddenly, miniature poodles are no longer fashionable. There is talk, in fact, that they are definitely out this year and, if so, that would finish the Dancer.

On the other hand, the sturdy and alert Scottish terrier who faces her here may suddenly find himself the dog of the hour. A dark-dog champion from Britain, Walsing Wild Winter of Barberry Knowe, may become the first Scottie in a decade to win the top prize.

Corgis and West Highland white terriers are certainly not in breeds as of now, but the pert and foxy little Ch. Willets Red Jacket (preceding page) and the wistful Westie Ch. Symmetra Snip (below) may put them in simply by winning at the Garden. Ch. Bettina's Kow-Kow (below right), who is not nearly so grumpy as he looks, and the cavalier-curled Ch. Pinetop's Fancy Parade (right) must face the fact that Pekingese and cockers are unfashionably all too common. But who knows? A Peke made top dog last year, a Peke may make it again.

BASSET HOUND
Despite her funereal name and face, Ch. The Ring's Banshee feels so gay—in a melancholy way.

AFGHAN HOUND
Ch. Crown Crest Mr. Universe drools happily over his owner, is haughtily blasé with most humans.

MINIATURE POODLE
Glamorous as the late Jean Harlow, ethereal Ch. Estid Ballet Dancer eats tripe for complexion.

SCOTTISH TERRIER
English champion Walsing Wild Winter of Barberry Knowe loves cats, hales dogs, likes to play.

WELSH CORGI
Ch. Willets Red Jacket looks rather like a sawed-off fox but has a gregarious, puppyish personality.

WEST HIGHLAND WHITE
No snips are used on Ch. Symmetra Snip, whose thick, fluffy coat is kept neat and trim by plucking.

COCKER SPANIEL
Proud and perky Ch. Pinetop's Fancy Parade holds record 28 best-in-show awards for cocker breed.

PEKINGESE
Dry-cleaned daily, the fastidious Ch. Bettina's Kow-Kow has never experienced the thrill of a hot bath.

EIGHT PHOTOSJERRY COOKE