The Scottish Greyhound once again won the Best in Show award at the 2021 National Dog Show, making him the first repeat champion in the history of the competition.
Claire the Scottish Deerhound have beaten hundreds of dogs representing 180 breeds and varieties recognized by the American Kennel Club. She also achieved the same feat last year. First, she won the Hound Group in a field of 29 races. She went on to face the other six group winners before winning the top honor. The Pyrenean Shepherd, winner of the Herding Group, was named Reserve Best in Show.
Listen to Claire’s manager Angie lloyd about the victory:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 National Dog Show will only allow spectators who are fully vaccinated, which is a change from the previous event. Last year the competition took place without spectators, vendors, sponsors or the media. The judgment followed strict safety guidelines, including social distancing, wearing masks and monitoring the temperatures of all participants. Competition was also limited to 600 dogs, a 70% decrease from the nearly 2,000 who compete in a regular year. Find out more about the vaccination policy of the national dog show for the 2021 edition.
The Kuvasz won the task force; the Bulldog won the non-sporting group; the Terrer lakes won the Terrier group; and the Affenpinscher won the Toy Group; and the German Shorthaired Pointer won the Sporting Group.
This year one breed made its National Dog Show debut. The Biewer Terrier (pronounced like beaver), who competed in the Toy Group, hails from Germany as a tri-color Yorkie. four more – Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese, Havanese and Bichon Frize – making it the first breed to be recognized as a purebred following genetic study. The breed is long-haired and tricolor with a soft, silky coat and feathered tail curled over its back.
Related: Complete list of breeds at the 2021 National Dog Show
NBC televised the 2021 National Dog Show directly after Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade for the 20e right year. Each year, more than 20 million people attend the event, which was commented on by longtime hosts John O’Hurley and David Frei. Mary Carillo also returned for more commentary, analysis and behind the scenes of one of the oldest dog shows in the world.