Westminster Wraps With Deerhound Win
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Hickory the Scottish Deerhound captures Best in Show.
Chilly winds swept through Manhattan Tuesday, but the canines of the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show were undeterred as they competed in Day Two of the show's judging at Madison Square Garden. Hickory the Scottish Deerhound emerged as the ultimate winner, earning the Best in Show title.
Some of the show's largest breeds took center stage during the day as judges evaluated the entrants in the Sporting, Working, and Terrier Groups. These groups include such powerhouses as Great Danes, Mastiffs, and the breed that reigns as America's most popular, the Labrador Retriever.
The Sporting Group took the stage first, with the 30 breeds of the group including Retrievers, Spaniels, Pointers, and Setters. The group also featured one of the new breeds at Westminster this year, the Boykin Spaniel. Judge James Reynolds bestowed the Best of Group title on the Black Cocker Spaniel and gave the second place spot to the elegant Irish Setter .
The 28 breeds of the Working Group took the floor next, including the Cane Corso and the Leonberger, both new to Westminster this year. The top spot in the group went to the Portuguese Water Dog, a breed popularized by First Dog Bo Obama.
The Group judging wrapped up with the Terrier Group, comprising 28 breeds. The Smooth Fox Terrier, last year's runner-up breed, took the Best in Group title this year, while the Norfolk Terrier claimed the second place spot.
The excitement mounted as Monday night's Best of Group winners returned to the stage to vie for the ultimate prize, Best in Show. The Scottish Deerhound, Pekingese, Chinese Shar-Pei, and Bearded Collie went paw-to-paw against the newly crowned winners as Judge Paolo Dondina, the first Italian to ever judge the top contest, carefully evaluated the seven finalists. The competition was tight, but the Scottish Deerhound, Hickory, claimed the title of Best in Show. Bearing the full name GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, the 5-year-old female is the first of her breed to win Best in Show at Westminster, and was considered by many to be the underdog — or in this case, the under-show-dog.
Pictured: Hickory, a Scottish Deerhound, runs with her handler Angela Lloyd before winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 15, 2011 in New York City.
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