Miss P the Beagle Wins the Westminster Dog Show 2015

Best of Toy Group: There were lots of “awws” from the enchanted audience as this Group entered the ring. A 2-year-old Shih Tzu with a flowing coat named Rocket won the Toy Group. GCH Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power is owned in part by famed heiress Patty Hearst. “He’s got such a big heart. He loves life, people and other dogs. His exuberance shows. Plus he’s a clown,” said handler and part owner Luke Ehricht, reported The New York Times. But a competitor’s performance really stole the show. While on her run around the ring, the Toy Manchester Terrier hopped right into a Toy Group box, much to the delight and amusement of the crowd. The tiny dog’s handler had to help her out of the box to continue her showing.

Best of Non-Sporting Group: This eclectic group featured a new breed this year, the fluffy white Coton de Tulear. The breed’s representative, Burberry from New Jersey, was spotlighted in the media before the big event. The audience loved the Bulldog, Dalmatian and a French Bulldog named Soulja Boy. The Non-Sporting Group title went to a statuesque black Standard Poodle named GCH Dawin Hearts on Fire. Flame, as she's called, celebrated her 4th birthday on Valentine’s Day and follows a long line of 28 members of her breed to win the Group.

Best of Herding Group: The first night of the competition was capped off with excitement as Swagger the Old English Sheepdog, a big crowd favorite (and one of ours as well), took the Herding Group title. Swagger triumphantly returned to the Best in Show ring Tuesday, two years after taking the Reserve title, when he was just a pup. “The Old English Sheepdog, no surprise there,” said Frei. “He’s a great dog. That’s the easiest pick all night, Swagger.” The pooch, GCH Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect, is the top winning Old English Sheepdog in the history of the breed, and he’s only 3 years old. “He’s going to be 4 in May, and going from a 17 month old puppy to a 4 year old dog is quite a change,” said Swagger’s handler, Colton Johnson of Colorado. “I couldn’t ask him to do any more than he did tonight. He was excellent. He gave me everything that he had. I thought he looked incredible, I’m very honored.”

Best of Sporting Group: Many of the most popular breeds in the U.S. are members of the Sporting Group, which was the first Group to compete Tuesday night. The Golden Retriever, GCH Pebwin Hocus Pocus, was a big fan favorite, as was the happy Clumber Spaniel. And, there was a rousing welcome for the Wirehaired Vizsla, Izzy, whose breed is new to the show this year. Out of a number of beautiful Spaniels, it was an English Springer Spaniel who won the Group. GCH Wynmoor Sweetgrass White Diamonds, whose call name is Liz, is a 3-year-old from Virginia who’s handled by Janice Hayes.

Best of Working Group: Matisse, a 3-year-old Portuguese Water Dog, is among the all-time top-winning show dogs, and handily won his Group for the third straight year. GCH Claircreek Impression De Matisse is a Canadian who shares a grandfather with Sunny, one of the two Porties currently residing in the White House. The audience was excited to see Matisse, who stretched before trotting around the ring. Matisse is handled by Michael Scott and lives in Maryland. The crowd also showed its love for the massive, wrinkled Neapolitan Mastiff, the Bernese Mountain Dog and the smiley Samoyed. “It was a great group,” said Frei. “It could have gone a lot of different ways, but the guy at the top is the one that everybody was waiting for.”

Best of Terrier Group: The Terrier Group took Best in Show last year, and has the won the top prize more than any other Group. The judge gave the Best in Group title to the Skye Terrier, Good Time Charlie, whose handler is Larry Cornelius. The crowd loved so many of the Terriers that it couldn’t seem to decide who to throw its support to — but it was quite happy with the 3-year-old little dog with the big ears. The Bedlington Terrier had an adorable moment where she lived up to her name, GCH Lamz Strike A Pose RN CAA CGC. The 1 ½-year-old dog, whose call name is Vogue, isn’t one to be rushed. She slowly stretched her front and then her hind legs before continuing her trot around the ring, much to the audience’s delight.

Best in Show winner Miss P was already intending to retire at age 4 to become a mom.

“She’s going to have babies next,” said her handler after the win. “We’re going to pick a husband for her and she’ll have some puppies and carry on the line.”

First, though, Miss P has some celebrating to do. The Westminster winner traditionally dines at Sardi’s in New York following a day packed with media appearances on the day after the show.

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