Best in Show winner at 2021 National Dog Show makes history

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Claire is a bone-afide champ.

History was made Thursday at the National Dog Show — the beloved annual occasion hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia — when a Scottish Deerhound named Claire, who additionally gained final 12 months, was named Best in Show.

Claire’s victory marks the primary time a canine has gained back-to-back in the present’s 20-year history, hosts famous.

She was cheered on by vaccinated spectators — a return towards regular after final 12 months’s scaled-down, fan-less spectacle — as she pranced in a victory lap across the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania. The occasion was filmed on Nov. 20 and 21 however aired Thursday on NBC.

“She’s a year older and more sure of herself,” her handler Angela Lloyd stated of Claire, whose registered title is GCH Foxcliffe Claire Randall Fraser.

Part of the Hound group, the 4-year-old canine additionally earned a $20,000 prize in addition to the glory. Competition this 12 months was tight as Claire was pitted towards Chester the Affenpinscher, Sasha the Pyrenean Shepherd, MM the Lakeland Terrier, Jade the German Shorthaired Pointer, Mo’Ne the Kuvasz and Winter the Bulldog.

Last 12 months, Claire was the primary of her breed ever to fetch the coveted title, however she’s not the primary champ in her household: Claire’s grandmother gained Best in Show at the 2011 Westminster Dog Show.

But Claire, who resides in Virginia, has one-upped her granny since she’s now the top-winning Scottish Deerhound in history.

“Claire, in her mind, really believes in herself and has a lot of confidence in who she is. And if you looked like her, wouldn’t you?” Lloyd stated. “She is just truly at the top of her game.”

In addition to the two-time victory, the Biewer Terrier made its debut Thursday in the Toy group, stealing the present with cuteness for the milestone 12 months.

This 12 months marked the 20th anniversary of the National Dog Show, which has turn into considerably of a Thanksgiving Day custom, airing instantly after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The 2021 occasion was hosted by John O’Hurley and David Frei, who’ve each performed emcee for the present because it first aired on NBC in 2002.

The Biewer Terrier will make its debut at the show.
The Biewer Terrier made its debut at the present.
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Handler Angela Lloyd celebrates with her winning Scottish Deerhound, Claire.
Handler Angela Lloyd celebrates together with her profitable Scottish Deerhound, Claire.
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Two Long Coat Chihuahuas competing.
Two Long Coat Chihuahuas competing.
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A Komondor, which competed in the Working Group.
A Komondor, which competed in the Working Group.
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A Toy Poodle held by its owner.
A toy poodle held by its proprietor.
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The Borzoi meeting a judge.
The Borzoi assembly a choose.
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“We estimate that, since then, one-quarter of a billion people have watched,” organizers stated in a press release.

“Dogs more than ever have become a part of people’s lives and the show reminds us of how great they are and how easy it is for them to make us smile,” added O’Hurley, finest recognized for enjoying clothes catalog mogul J. Peterman on “Seinfeld.”

The Soft Coated Wheaten with its owner.
The smooth coated wheaten with its proprietor.
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The Shetland Sheepdog posing for the cameras.
The Shetland sheepdog posing for the cameras.
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The Pumi was recognized as a breed by the AKC in 2016.
The Pumi was acknowledged as a breed by the AKC in 2016.
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The Puli being judged.
The Puli being judged.
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The Portuguese Water Dog running with its owner.
The Portuguese Water Dog working with its proprietor.
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This 12 months, 209 canine breeds and varieties, all purebreds sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, have been cut up into seven totally different teams — Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding — to pick out the winner of the coveted Best in Show title. Last 12 months, solely 600 canine entered — a far cry from the practically 2,000 that usually compete in the present.

Claire additionally gained the 2020 National Dog Show, notably the primary of her breed ever to fetch the coveted title. The Scottish Deerhound beat out seven finalists and a complete of 538 entries.

National Dog Show Best In Show Winner, Scottish Deerhound named "Claire."
Claire, a Scottish Deerhound, was additionally the National Dog Show’s 2020 Best In Show winner.
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John O'Hurley holding a Biewer Terrier, the newest breed to compete.
John O’Hurley holding a Biewer Terrier, the most recent breed to compete.
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Miniature Poodle competing in the show.
Miniature poodle competing in the present.
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The Long Haired Dachshund hoping for a win.
The lengthy haired Dachshund hoping for a win.
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An Italian Greyhound in the judging process.
An Italian greyhound in the judging course of.
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The present, which was based in 1879, has been held yearly since 1933, however NBC’s first broadcast occurred lower than twenty years in the past. Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network, informed The Post in 2013 that Christopher Guest’s beloved 2000 mockumentary “Best in Show” truly impressed him to air the present on a nationwide scale.

“The ratings surprised everyone that first year, and it’s been on the air ever since,” Miller stated. He additionally credit his spouse, Janine, because the “genius” who got here up with the idea.

An Irish Wolfhound doing a lap with its owner.
An Irish Wolfhound doing a lap with its proprietor.
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The Irish Setter making its rounds.
The Irish Setter making its rounds.
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The ASCOB Cocker Spaniel held by its owner.
The ASCOB cockerspaniel held by its proprietor.
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Hosts David Frei and John O'Hurley.
Hosts David Frei and John O’Hurley.
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“I’m very proud of the fact, after 44 years at NBC, it’s one property that will live far after I am gone,” he added.

Judges choose winners by analyzing the canine and the way intently every canine compares with the perfection of the “perfect dog” in the breed’s official customary. Conformation, general look, temperament, construction and motion are all thought of, in addition to the canine’s potential to “perform the function for which his or her breed was bred.”