Beagle Takes Crown At Westminster Dog Show

For the first time a Beagle has won Best in Show at the annual Westminster dog show. Uno one the nation's biggest canine competition on front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden.

The Beagle has been among the nation’s most popular for nearly 100 years, but surprisingly has never before been chosen as the Westminster Kennel Club winner. Uno beat two poodles, a Sealyham terrier, a Weimaraner, an Australian shepherd and an Akita to take Best in Show.

More than 169 breeds and varieties were represented at the 132nd Westminster show, and the event brought 2,627 entries. No hound of any kind had won at Westminster since 1983, and a toy poodle that began the night with 108 best in show prizes stood in Uno’s way. Formally known as K-Run’s Park Me in First, Uno came into this competition with 32 best in show ribbons overall. He already had become the first beagle to win the hound group since 1939.

The 2007 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was won by a six year old English Springer Spaniel called James. Established in 1877 the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the oldest organization dedicated to purebred dogs, and is widely regarded as the most prestigious dog show in the world, perhaps even more widely regarded than the United Kingdom’s Crufts. The competition is held annually at Madison Square Garden in New York over a two day period culminating in one dog being named Best in Show

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