The National Dog Show has become a staple of American Thanksgiving television fare, and that tradition continued with the 2013 edition.
According to the show's official website, the dog show is the most widely watched dog show in America and features over 2,000 dogs of 150 breeds. Of those 2,000 dogs, Jewel, an American Foxhound, was declared Best in Show:
There were far more winners than Best in Show, though. The prestigious show hands out top honors in seven different categories. Here were the breeds that made their owners proud by taking away top honors.
The Hound Group is relatively new on the dog show scene. They were formerly considered part of the Sporting Group because of their functionality as hunters. However, their separation into another category of their own paved the way for the American Foxhound to get some recognition.
|Best in Class||American Foxhound|
|Third||Wire haired Dachsund|
The Working Group features a diverse breed of dogs with one common theme—they are bred to not only be powerful but intelligent. The Chinook, which was one of the new breeds debuting at the 2013 show, was in this group but fell short of the podium as the Standard Schnauzer claimed the top prize.
|Best in Group||Standard Schnauzer|
The Toy Group is the most quaint of the breed classes. They definitely aren't as practical as the working-class dog, but they fit perfectly in a purse or satchel. The Pekingese claimed the top prize in the cutest group.
|Best in Group||Pekingese|
|Fourth||Toy Fox Terrier|
All of the dogs in this 28-breed group are not only beautiful dogs but are also functional as hunting companions. Whether its flushing out game or helping their master find it, these dogs are not only pleasing to the eye but great companions for sport. The Irish Water Spaniel found favor with the judges and edged out the Labrador Retriever for top honors.
|Best in Group||Irish Water Spaniel|
|Third||ASCOB Cocker Spaniel|
The Herding Group
German Shepherds, Collies and Corgis—the Herding Group boasts plenty of familiar breeds that are great at herding other animals. This year, it was the Bearded Collie who was dubbed the top dog in the group.
|The Herding Group|
|Best in Group||Bearded Collie|
|Second||Pembroke Welsh Corgi|
Terriers have traditionally been a competitive group at the National Dog Show. Three of the previous four winners of the category have gone on to win best in show. While that wasn't the case this year, the Norfolk Terrier was still a notable dog in the show.
|Best in Group||Norfolk Terrier|
|Second||Wire Fox Terrier|
|Third||Colored Bull Terrier|
|Fourth||Kerry Blue Terrier|
The Non-Sporting Group is one of the two original groups (the other being Sporting dogs). However, the creation of the other five categories has left few dogs in this group with only 19 breeds competing. The Bichon Frise emerged as the best of this diverse group.
|Best in Group||Bichon Frise|