A 4-year-old Scottish deerhound named Claire has won Best Show at the National Dog Show, for the second time in two years. The long-legged black and dark gray dog stuck his nose up at the camera and smiled broadly before trotting off to pick up his ribbon with his handler, Angela Lloyd.
Claire beat hundreds of other dogs at the annual show, hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia. The show took place over the weekend but the winner was announced during an NBC show on Thanksgiving Day.
This is the first time in 20 years that a dog has won twice in a row. Lloyd said Claire was “more confident” this year.
The Scottish Hound is one of the largest dog breeds – a large male can stand 32 inches at the shoulder and weigh over 100 pounds, according to the American Kennel Club. The breed has superior hunting ability and was bred to track the giant wild red deer. The AKC suggests that you should stand at a distance when viewing the Scottish Greyhound to “fully appreciate the majesty of this ancient beast.”
Other finalists on the show included Winter the English Bulldog, MM the Lakeland terrier, Sasha the Pyrenean Shepherd, Chester the Affenpinscher, Jade the German Shorthaired Pointer and Mo’Ne the Kuvasz, a working dog.
There were 196 AKC-recognized dog breeds and varieties at this year’s show. This includes his new recognized breed, a Biewer Terrier, which debuted at the show and which NBC describes as “a sleek, athletic toy terrier whose sole purpose in life is to love and be loved.” Rumor, a 19 month old female Biewer Terrier, appeared with a bright blue bow.
Normally over 2,000 dogs attend the event, but the number was reduced last year by around 70% due to COVID-19 restrictions. Last year’s competition was held without spectators, but fully vaccinated spectators were allowed this year.
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