A Scottish Deerhound named Claire, handled by Angela Lloyd of Flint Hill, Virginia, won best show at the 2020 National Dog ShowKennel Club of Philadelphia

The big, gray dog ​​is the first in its breed to win the competition, which started in the late 19th century Century began and has televised on NBC for 18 years

But Claire – whose registered name is GCH Foxcliffe Claire Randall Fraser – has something of a royal pedigree in the canine world

Her grandmother Hickory won best show at Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 2011. The mother of the dog, Chelsea won the Reserve Best Show Show at the 2015 National Dog Show

All three dogs are jointly owned by Claire’s handler Angela Lloyd from Flint Hill, Virginia, as well as Cecilia Dove and Dr Scott Dove, also from Flint Hill

“Scottish deer dogs are usually not in the spotlight of the best show,” said Wayne Ferguson, the dog show announcer, told NJ Advance Media Hickory was the first of its breed to win at Westminster in the show’s 135-year history / p>

Ferguson, who lives on Broadway in Warren County, is also president of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, where the show is held.The event was scaled back this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Dog handlers, dog owners and staff only were allowed to participate, no spectators Ferguson announced the breeds in front of an audience filled with cardboard dogs

While Scottish Deerhounds have not emerged as the best in the show, the breed has been in use since the late 19th century Shown at the kennel club’s events in the 19th century, he says

“They are one of the oldest breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club,” says Ferguson. The Scottish Deerhound joined the group in 1886 – just four years after the AKC was founded

Claire, 3, won the hound group with Lloyd by her side, defeating seven finalists out of 538 entries. Lloyd was also the handler for Hickory and Chelsea

“Claire has so many wonderful qualities,” she said on the show, which was taped at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. on November 15, “She embodies the same qualities (as Hickory and Chelsea). She is very much her grandmother similar, especially in the eyes ”

Claire with Handler Angela Lloyd, Judge Karen Wilson, and Assistant Handler Jon CorcoranKennel Club of Philadelphia

Judge Karen Wilson has selected Claire as Champion. Scottish Deer Dogs, bred to pursue deer, are valued for their majestic looks

“She’s just the image of elegance,” said Wilson “Her movement was impeccable, just the best example of a Scottish deer dog”

An English springer spaniel named Teddy and handler Howard Huber from Oxford, Pennsylvania won the reserve on the show after winning the sports group

The “new” breeds this year – recently recognized by the AKC – were Barbet (sports group), Dogo Argentino (working group) and Belgian Laekenois (herding group)

The dog show, which has been airing after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 2002, has become a holiday tradition.But this year the pandemic meant the protocol was very different.The dog show was filmed for two days at the show center and there was no general audience Sponsors, vendors, and media were also banned from the event to reduce the number of people gathered for the show Dog entries were reduced by 70% from 2000 reduced to a maximum of 600

As for the rest of the winners, a wire fox terrier named Vinny from Newport, Rhode Island won the Terrier group after winning the Terrier group at Westminster earlier that year, an Affenpinscher named Chester from Houston, Texas , won the toy group, while a Portuguese water dog named Bowie from New York City, who won Best Breed this year at Westminster, won the working group. A small American Shepherd named Jimmy from Denton, Texas won the herding group; and a poodle named Kam from Seattle, Washington won the non-athletic group

At the 2019 National Dog Show, a bulldog named Thor, run by Eduardo Paris of Houston, Texas, won Best Show

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