by Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell
If you’re a dog lover, chances are that your Thanksgiving Day not only included turkey on your table, but dogs on your television.
I can’t tell you how many posts I saw on Facebook on Thursday talking about “The Dogs,” which were of course, the dogs in the National Dog Show.
If you watched the show, you saw the three new breeds that were introduced this year, as well as a first time winner for a particular breed.
The winner this year was a real crown “jewel,” by the name of Jewel, an American Foxhound. This was the first time an American Foxhound has won the Best in the Show title in the 12 year history of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina.
For those of you not familiar with Jewel, she a 3-year-old dog who defended her title in the hound group. She was named Best in Show over a Norfolk Terrier, a Standard Schnauzer, a Bichon Frise, an Irish Waterspaniel, a Bearded Collie and a Pekingese.
“Jewel flies around on a loose lead, then she stops and free stacks with a look that says, ‘Beat me.’ She is probably the best American Foxhound I’ve ever bred,” Lisa Miller, Jewel’s handler of Mechanicsville, Md. said.
This may have been a first win for the American Foxhound and the hound group in general, however, this group has been around for many years. Some evidence indicates hounds were first brought to America in 1650, when the Englishman Robert Brooke sailed to the Crown Colony of America with his pack of hunting dogs. These hounds would later become the basis of several strains of American Hounds. In the mid-to-late 1700s, hounds from France and England were brought in to further develop the breed.
Did you know that even President George Washington had an American Foxhound?
Other winners at the show include:
Herding Group – a Bearded Collie named “Fawny,” of Ridgefield, N.J.
Toy Group – a Pekingese named “Rodger,” of East Berlin, Pa.
Terrier – a Norfolk Terrier named “Ryder,” of Boston, Mass.
Sporting – an Irish Water Spaniel named “Riley,” of Seattle, Wash.
Non-Sporting – a Bichon Frise named “Honor” from Washington, D.C.
Working Group – a Standard Schnauzer named “Schweitzer,” of Baltimore, Md.
Editor’s Note: Photo of Jewel from the National Dog Show.
Did you watch the National Dog Show? What did you think of the winners?