More than 1,500 canines entered the 2013 National Dog Show in hopes of being named “Best In Show,” but only one walked away with the prestigious honor.
GCH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, an American Foxhound also known as “Jewel,” left the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center as “Best In Show” for the 12th annual National Dog Show, the Associated Press reports. Best In Show judge Randy E. Garren selected Jewel from among the seven dogs that were named “Best In Group.”
By winning the title of “Best In Show,” Jewel, a 3-year-old bitch, became the first American Foxhound to win the National Dog Show. Furthermore, her victory marked the first time that the competition’s winner came out of the “Hound” category.
After the competition, Jewel’s handler, Lisa Miller of Mechanicsville, Md., heaped praise upon her charge. “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,” Miller said, according to the Associated Press.
Jewel’s “Best In Show” victory as the National Dog Show is just the latest accomplishment in her storied career. At last year’s tournament, she won the “Best In Group” for the Hound category, and she won the same title at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last February.
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She is the winningest American Foxhound in history, the Associated Press reports. “I never have seen one that good [as Jewel] and may never see one better,” Garren said after the event. “Not only does she look good but it is clear that she would be great in the field also.”
Airing directly after NBC’s coverage of the 2013 Thanksgiving Day Parade, the National Dog Show had an impressive 18 million viewers. The event was actually held on Nov. 16, but aired for the first time on Thursday.
NBC will air an encore edition of the 2013 National Dog Show this Saturday night, Nov. 30, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in all time zones. A full list of the event’s winners can be viewed below.
Best In Show
“Jewel,” American Foxhound
Best In Group
Hound: “Jewel,” American Foxhound
Herding: “Fawny,” Bearded Collie
Toy: “Rodger,” Pekingese
Terrier: “Ryder,” Norfolk Terrier
Sporting: “Riley,” Irish Water Spaniel
Non-Sporting: “Honor,” Bichon Frise
Working: “Schweitzer,” Standard Schnauzer