The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2022 ended Wednesday with the final group judging round, as the final three dogs secured their spot in the Best in Show judging.
The 146th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show kicked off Saturday at Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York with the Masters Agility Championship, followed by the Masters Obedience Championship and the start of breed judging on Monday.
Winners for the The dog, toy, non-sporting and herding groups were selected on Tuesday.
Competition continued on Wednesday with breed judging in the Sporting, Working and Terrier groups, followed quickly by group judging in those same categories. The three winners join Tuesday’s four winners to make up the field of seven dogs vying for the title of Best in Show.
The Sporting group was the largest of the four groups judged on Wednesday, followed by Working and Terrier.
Wednesday’s first winner was Belle, the English Setter from the Sporting group.
English Setters are over 400 years old and are gentle, happy and friendly dogs. Their origin can be traced back to working in different terrains in England, Ireland and Scotland.
Belle the English Setter wins the Sporting Group | Westminster Kennel Club
Check out highlights from the sporting group, as Belle the English Setter emerged victorious as the top of the breed class.
The next winner was Striker the Samoyed for the task force.
Samoyeds are gentle, adaptable and friendly. It is also a powerful and energetic breed with a thick all-white coat that is impervious to the cold. Samoyeds are beautiful but very functional.
Striker the Samoyed wins Working Group I Westminster Kennel Club
Watch Striker the Samoyed take the best of breed class for the workgroup.
The Terriers were the last to show up and MM, the Lakeland Terrier, took the last group victory.
A “big, bold, sharp dog in a small package,” the Lakeland Terrier, named for the Lake District of his native England, was once a farm dog bred to work in packs on sheep-stealing foxes. Lakeland Terriers are very energetic, which makes them well suited to an active lifestyle.
MM the Lakeland Terrier wins the Terrier Group | Westminster Kennel Club | FOX Sports
Watch MM the Lakeland Terrier take on the best of breed class for the Terrier Group.
These three finalists then faced the four finalists selected on Tuesday – Trumpet the Bloodhound (Hound Group), Hollywood the Maltese (Toy Group), Winston the French Bulldog (Non-Sporting Group) and River the German Shepherd (Herding Group) – in the best of show.
In the end, the Trumpet the Bloodhound was crowned this year’s champion, beating out over 3,500 other dogs and 211 breeds (from 49 states and nine other countries!) for the coveted WKC Blue Ribbon.
Bloodhounds are independent, inquisitive and friendly hunting dogs, originally bred to hunt deer and wild boar. The Borzoi, Norwegian Elkhound and Harrier round out the Hounds’ top four spots.
Trumpet the Bloodhound Wins Best in Show Award | Westminster Kennel Club
Trumpet the Bloodhound wins Best in Show award at Westminster Kennel Club 2022.
Winston the French Bulldog, who won Reserve Best in Show (runner-up), came in second.
Winston belongs to Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Morgan Fox.
It’s the end of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show 2022. Click here for a full list of winners.
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