Meet Claire, the Deerhound Who Made National Dog Show History
Let’s give two barks for Scottish Deerhound Claire, who made history this week when she won.
Best in Show on Thursday at the National Dog Show for the second year in a row!
At the annual event hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, Claire — whose registered name is GCH Foxcliffe Claire Randall Fraser — claimed the title over more than 180 breeds of other dogs. Her win was the first time any dog has won back-to-back Best in Show in the show’s 20-year history.
Commentator Mary Carillo remarked that “there’s never been a repeat champion until tonight.” Claire’s handler Angela Lloyd added of the victory that Claire is a year older and “more sure of herself.”
In addition to winning the top title, Claire also claimed a $20,000 prize over competitors Chester the Affenpinscher, Sasha the Pyrenean Shepherd, MM the Lakeland Terrier, Jade the German Shorthaired Pointer, Mo’Ne the Kuvasz, and Winter the Bulldog.
Claire is only 4 years old and comes from a line of award-winning dogs. Her grandmother previously won Best in Show at the 2011 Westminster Dog Show, reports CNN. Her breed is identified as the “Royal Dog of Scotland” by the American Kennel Club and described as “among the tallest of dog breeds” and implores people to view the creature at “a little distance to fully appreciate the majesty of this ancient beast.” The organization also explains that Deerhounds are “much larger and more substantial than Greyhounds” and can often “stand 32 inches at the shoulder and weigh 110 pounds.”
The National Dog Show happened this year over the course of two days last week and aired on NBC after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It has been held annually since 1933.
Fans of dog shows will be pleased to know that The Westminster Kennel Club Show, the second-longest, continuously held sporting event in the U.S., is slated for January.