While many families enjoy tuning their TVs to Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade or the football game, the National Dog Show is another popular Turkey Day event. The 2020 competition did not have a live audience, but the 2021 show returned with many new surprises. The Biewer Terrier was the most recent breed to be added. And for the first time, the event included a national junior dog show for young handlers.
But of course the most anticipated part of the show is finding out which dog got the best of the show. This year’s winner made history for the first time in 20 years, and she certainly deserves her unique achievement.
Scottish Deerhound steals the show
Claire the Scottish Deerhound won the National Dog Show 2020. Now, having faced over 1,500 dogs at the 2021 show, Claire has reclaimed her Best in Show title. Claire is the first dog to have won back-to-back victories in the past 20 years.
Even though the Scottish Deerhound is not a common breed for most dog lovers, Claire is highly regarded over other dogs of her breed. She is known as the number one Scottish Greyhound in America and has won more victories than any other Scottish Greyhound in history. Her grandmother is also known for winning the Best in Show award at the Westminster Dog Show 2011.
“Claire, in her mind, really believes in herself and has a lot of confidence in who she is. How about you look like him, don’t you? said Angela Lloyd, Claire’s manager. “She’s really at the top of her game.”
During the competition, Claire first had to win against other dogs of her breed. Then, she won the Hound Group competition, which led to her winning the Best in Show. She faced many other beautiful dogs, including Chester the Affenpinscher, Mo’Ne the Kuvasz, Sasha the Pyrenean Shepherd, MM the Lakeland Terrier, Jade the German Pointer and Winter the Bulldog.
Claire loves the experience
Lloyd said that when she entered Claire again this year she didn’t expect to win, but of course she’s glad she did. More importantly, she thought it would be another fun experience for her furry friend.
“I was thinking more about keeping her happy, getting a really good performance from her and having a good time,” Lloyd said.
Back in her Virginia home, Claire can resume her normal, relaxed life. The puppy loves to go for a run in the morning and then take a nap after eating breakfast. Lloyd says Claire often watches TV with her too.
All the dogs in this show deserve to win. They are all adorable dogs who deserve so much love. So hopefully they all had a lot of pets and cuddles as a result of their hard work and dedication during the event.
Watch the Best in Show competition here:
H / T: people.com
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