The 2015 Westminster Dog Show took its final bow(wow) Tuesday night, closing up the annual gathering of the nation's best show dogs and their owners with a number of trophies given out to the best-trained pups.
Best In Show, the most coveted award handed out, went to Miss P. The beagle beat out a stellar field of Best of Group winners in a paw-for-paw race that came down to the wire. Trophies were also handed out for the Best of Group for terriers, sporting and working categories.
Suffice it to say all the pup and circumstance (sorry) was worth the wait. With that in mind, let's wade (doggy paddle) into the waters of the Westminster Dog Show results.
Best of Breed - Day 2
The full Best of Breed list can be found at the Westminster Dog Show's official website. Overall, there were more than 50 Best of Breed awards handed out Tuesday night alone.
Best of Group/Show Results
|2015 Westminster Dog Show Results|
|Sporting||Spaniel (English Springer)||Spaniel (Cocker) Black||Spaniel (Clumber)||Setter (Irish)|
|Working||Portuguese Water Dog||Leonberger||Bernese Mountain Dog||Siberian Husky|
|Terrier||Skye Terrier||Welsh Terrier||Norfolk Terrier||Dandie Dinmont Terrier|
|Show||Beagle, 15 in.||Skye Terrier||Old English Sheep Dog, Shih Tzu, Portuguese Water Dog, English Springer Spaniel, Standard Poodle (finalists)|
Someone call Jack, Janet and Chrissy because the Regal Beagle is back in style. Miss P, a 15-inch beagle, became only the second in her breed to take the Best in Show prize Tuesday night in New York City. Seemingly an underdog coming into the seven-finalist field, Miss P beat out Charlie, the Skye terrier, who came in second place.
As noted by Richard Sandomir of The New York Times, terriers have won Best in Show 46 times—by far the most of any breed. The only other beagle to win was Uno in 2008. Miss P is the grandniece of Uno, something that should help ramp up breeder's fees for Miss P's owners.
The non-placing finalists were Swagger (Old English sheepdog), Rocket (Shih Tzu), Matisse (Portuguese water dog), Liz (English springer spaniel) and Flame (Standard Poodle). Fox Sports' Katie Nolan was one of many who thought Swagger, who became a crowd favorite throughout, should have come away with the win:
As for why Ms. Nolan thinks as such, well, Swagger on a hundred thousand trillion:
Working in Miss P's favor, however, is everything that is going on in this Vine from SB Nation's Rodger Sherman:
Before the big awards could be given out, though, the Westminster Club had to finish up Monday's business by handing out Best of Group awards. Liz started out the evening by taking home the Sporting trophy, besting two other spaniels and a setter.
Jim Sacco passed along a photo of the winner:
In the working group, the show was all Matisse's to lose. The pre-show favorite came out and earned what appeared to be a pretty easy victory in the group, moving onto the final before surprisingly not even earning a runner-up. It's the third straight year Matisse has won the group and failed to nab the Best in Show prize.
Ted Berg of USA Today had an apt comparison:
In the terrier division, Charlie's surprise run to the runner-up prize began. He pulled away with a victory over the strong field, with the Westminster Twitter feed providing a photo of him styling and profiling his way to the top:
Tuesday night, though, belonged to the beagle. One night after ascending in the group phase, Miss P continued her push to a surprise victory—overcoming the pre-show favorite Matisse and Charlie, the benefactor of the years-long favoritism for terriers.
With good genes at her side, Miss P couldn't be stopped. It'll be interesting to see if her granddaughter is hitting up New York City in a few years.
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