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A 4 year old Scottish Greyhound named Claire took home the Best in Show award at the National Dog Show, for the second time in two years. The long-legged black and dark gray dog stuck his nose into the camera and smiled widely before trotting to collect his ribbon with his handler, Angela Lloyd.
Claire beat up 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 on 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 Greyhound is one of the larger 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 hunt down the giant wild red deer. The AKC suggests that you should keep 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 Lake Terrier, Sasha the Pyrenean Shepherd, Chester the Affenpinscher, Jade the German 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 recognized new breed, a Biewer Terrier, which made its show debut and which NBC describes as “a sleek, athletic toy terrier whose sole purpose in life is to love and be loved.” Rumor has it, a 19 month old female Biewer Terrier appeared with a shimmering blue bow.
Normally, more than 2,000 dogs participate in the event, but the number was reduced by around 70% last year due to restrictions related to COVID-19. Last year’s competition was held without spectators, but fully vaccinated spectators were allowed this year.