It is the competition of the strawberry.
A 3-year-old Scottish Greyhound named Claire won the 2020 National Dog Show on Thursday – becoming the first of her breed to win the coveted title.
The smiling dog won the highest honor with its owner, Angela Lloyd, by his side, beating seven finalists and a total of 538 entries.
Dog lovers quickly took to social media to cheer on the tall, disheveled-haired underdog.
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Another added: âA beautiful dog, a big winner. Congratulations Claire! 🙂 â
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The host of the annual Thanksgiving competition, President of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, Wayne Ferguson, said it was the first time in the show’s 135-year history that the breed had become a star.
“Scottish Greyhounds are generally not in the limelight,” Ferguson told NJ Advance Media, adding that they were “one of the oldest breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club.”
But despite being the first of her breed to win Best in Show at the National Dog Show, Claire comes from a long line of champions. His grandmother, Hickory, won the Best Show Award at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2011. His mother, Chelsea, also won the Best Stock Show award at the National Show. of dogs of 2015.
âClaire has so many wonderful traits,â Lloyd said after picking up the award. “She embodies the same qualities [as Hickory and Chelsea]. She looks a lot like her grandmother, especially in the eyes.
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The dog show has been held annually by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia since 1933. But this year the show was reduced to prevent the spread of COVID-19, with only dog ââhandlers, dog owners and staff being allowed to attend.
But eagle-eyed fans were delighted to see that the spectators had been replaced with cardboard cutouts of dogs.
“HOLY F — THE DOG SHOW HAS FALSE DOGS IN THE CROWD”, a viewer tweeted, accompanied by a photo.
Others said their best vote went to Chester, an adorable furry ball competing in the toy group competition.
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“The dog show was such a serotonin boost and Claire was so cute but omg Chester, my heart can’t stand the cuteness”, a fan wrote on Twitter.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post.