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National Dog Show 2019 Results: Best in Show and List of Winners

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2019

Bono, a Havanese, competes in Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King, a wire fox terrier, won Best in Show. Bono came in second among the more than 2,800 dogs who entered. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Frank Franklin II/Associated Press

Thor the Bulldog is your 2019 Best in Show winner at the National Dog Show, hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia. 

Below, we'll go through all of the group winners and highlights from this year's edition of the annual show. 

               

List of Winners

Best in Show: Bulldog

Reserve Best in Show: Havanese

Herding Group: Old English Sheepdog

Hound Group: Pharaoh Hound

Non-Sporting Group: Bulldog

Toy Group: Havanese

Working Group: Siberian Husky

Sporting Group: Golden Retriever

Terrier Group: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

                 

Recap

Thor the Bulldog made history at the National Dog Show, becoming the first bulldog to win Best in Show this century.

NBC Sports @NBCSports

THE BULLDOG WINS BEST IN SHOW at @TheNatlDogShow, presented by @Purina! 🐶🏆 https://t.co/TTLBrg6aJt

NBC Entertainment @nbc

The BEST boy. Congrats to Thor the Bulldog on winning Best In Show! 🏆 #NationalDogShow https://t.co/bzpa0UIZfN

"He's a dog that always gives everything for me," Thor's handler, Eduardo Paris, told NBC's Mary Carillo. "I discovered him in South America and I love this dog."

"He's a very complete dog," Paris added. "It's not just one piece, it's many pieces together. He moves like a dream. The outline is beautiful. The hair is beautiful. Everything. I love this dog."

That might be the first time anyone has said a bulldog moves like a dream, but Thor was absolutely a popular choice for Best in Show, especially among college sports programs nicknamed after the breed:

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Butler Blue III @ButlerBlue3

Justice has been served! All is right in the world. Thor is the champ! #NationalDogShow #GoDawgs https://t.co/Km3scvZlNp

UGA Football Live @UGAfootballLive

Dawgs On Top! Thor the bulldog wins best in show at the National Dog Show! https://t.co/z4OiDODKip

yc @yc

Congrats to Thor https://t.co/hWxT6Po2y5

Danielle Trotta @DanielleTrotta

THOR WON BEST IN SHOW !! 🐾🥰 Hope he gets some extra turkey today ❤️ ⁦@NBCSports⁩ https://t.co/kw74vFLd4q

Daniel Roberts @readDanwrite

Thor the Bulldog FTW! 😍 https://t.co/jblwAB7loI

Thor wasn't the only pup to make history at this year's event, as the Azawakh was introduced to the hound group for the very first time. Per Mia Zanzucchi of NBC Sports, the Azawakh is the "only breed recognized by the AKC that is taller than it is long" and "originated from Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger and was bred to be guardians and hunters."

This is the first year the breed has been eligible for the dog show.

The Azawakh's handler, former Philadelphia police officer Aliya Taylor, also made history at the event, becoming the first woman to wear a hijab while showcasing a dog at the National Dog Show.

"I have never, to my knowledge, encountered another Muslim woman while competing—at least, not another covered Muslim woman who was showing dogs," Taylor told Hope Schreiber of Yahoo Lifestyle. "I believe I am the only one in the northeast."

"I had somebody tell me when I was first starting to show dogs, again, that nobody would take me seriously with [my hijab] on," she added. "I didn’t listen to them, obviously. ... There's a lot of people who are curious, a lot of people looked at me strangely, especially when I walked into show games, but I held my head up high. I went and I competed with my dog, and that was that."

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