Who is a good boy? This year it’s Winston.
Winston, the French bulldog, won Best in Show, the top spot, at this year’s 21st Annual National Dog Show presented by Purina. Winston is the first French Bulldog to ever win the competition’s top prize.
“They’ve cornered the market on energy, enthusiasm and just plain spunk,” show host John O’Hurley said of Winston and his handler, Perry Payson.
Winston beat hundreds of dogs to win Thursday’s prize. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Show is shown every Thanksgiving after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and is the most watched dog show in the country. The dogs sometimes train for years in an attempt to win the national title.
Last year, Claire – a Scottish Deer Hound – made history as the first dog to win the top title two years in a row.
Each year the dogs compete against other dogs of their breed to determine the best of the breed. Then all these winners compete against each other in the group stage – Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding. The seven very best dogs in their group then compete to win best in show.
This year is the first with Mudi and Russian Toy, two newly recognized breeds.
But this isn’t Winston’s first bout with fame: he also took part in the Westminster Dog Show earlier this year.