The best 20 photos of the traditional Westminster dog competition: for the first time it was won by a hound

Trumpet, a bloodhound, poses with his trainer Heather Helmer after winning “Best in Show” at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York. REUTERS/Mike Segar
This is the first time that the breed has won the highest accolade in the competition.  REUTERS/Mike Segar
This is the first time that the breed has won the highest accolade in the competition. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A dandy dinmont terrier (REUTERS/Mike Segar)
A dandy dinmont terrier (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Westminster gets its name from a long-defunct hotel in Manhattan. There, sporting gentlemen would gather at the bar to drink and lie about their shooting achievements. They eventually formed a club and bought a training area and kennel. They kept their dogs there and hired a trainer.

“They couldn’t agree on the name of their new club. But finally someone suggested that they name it after their favorite bar. The idea was unanimously selected, we imagine, with the hoisting of a dozen drinking arms.”

A Wire Fox Terrier runs in the show ring during judging at the Terrier Group REUTERS/Mike Segar
A Wire Fox Terrier runs in the show ring during judging at the Terrier Group REUTERS/Mike Segar
A Skye Terrier.  REUTERS/Mike Segar
A Skye Terrier. REUTERS/Mike Segar

In the early years of Westminster, some interesting names appeared in the catalogues. At the first show, there were two Staghounds listed as belonging to the late General George Custer’s pack and two Deerhounds that had been bred by the Queen of England. In 1889, the Tsar of Russia is listed as the breeder of an entered Siberian Wolfhound, and the following year, one of the entries is a Russian Wolfhound whose registered owner was the Emperor of Germany.

A trainer gives a mastiff dog a treat.  REUTERS/Mike Segar
A trainer gives a mastiff dog a treat. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The philanthropist JP Morgan made the first of his many appearances in Westminster with his Collies in 1893. The famous American journalist Nelly Bly entered her Maltese in Westminster in 1894, some four years after it made a record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days. , 6 hours and 11 minutes, beating Phineas Fogg’s record in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days.

A Newfoundland dog during the evaluation in the Working Group.  REUTERS/Mike Segar
A Newfoundland dog during the evaluation in the Working Group. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Belle, an English setter was the winner of the Sporting Group.  This is the fifth win for the breed in Westminster history, and the first since 1982. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Belle, an English setter was the winner of the Sporting Group. This is the fifth win for the breed in Westminster history, and the first since 1982. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The most coveted award in the world of dog shows, Best In Show at Westminster, was first awarded in 1907. That year, and for the next two years as well, it went to a Smooth Fox Terrier named Ch. Remedy Warren. She remains the only dog ​​to win three times.

Six other dogs have won Best In Show twice, the most recent being the English Springer Spaniel, Ch. Adamant James de Chinoe in 1971 and 1972.

A trainer runs alongside a Clumber Spaniel in the ring during the trial at the Sports Group.  REUTERS/Mike Segar
A trainer runs alongside a Clumber Spaniel in the ring during the trial at the Sports Group. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A Giant Schnauzer dog meets his trainer during the breed judging competition.  The competition attracted more than 3,000 dogs, from Affenfinchers to Yorkshire Terriers.  The objective is to crown the best dog of its breed.  REUTERS/Mike Segar
A Giant Schnauzer dog meets his trainer during the breed judging competition. The competition attracted more than 3,000 dogs, from Affenfinchers to Yorkshire Terriers. The objective is to crown the best dog of its breed. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Liem, a standard poodle, receives the Best of Opposite award during the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  Usually held in the winter at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the show is being moved to the suburban Lindhurst Garden last year and this year due to corona virus infection.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Liem, a standard poodle, receives the Best of Opposite award during the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Usually held in the winter at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the show is being moved to the suburban Lindhurst Garden last year and this year due to corona virus infection. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A standard poodle in the photo.  Preliminary rounds were held on outdoor tracks and group rounds and Best in Show were staged in a large tent filled with a small but enthusiastic number of dog fans.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
A standard poodle in the photo. Preliminary rounds were held on outdoor tracks and group rounds and Best in Show were staged in a large tent filled with a small but enthusiastic number of dog fans. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Through the 134th Westminster Exhibition (February 2010), the Terrier group has won Best in Show 45 of the 103 times the award has been given since 1907, more than twice as many wins as any other group.  The only breed that has won the most is the Wire Fox Terrier, which has won 15 times.  Two of the most popular dog breeds in the United States have never won Best in Show: they are the Labrador Retriever and the Golden Retriever.  Dogs are marked Best in Breed and then proceed to compete in Best in Group, and finally in the Best in Show grand prize competition.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Through the 134th Westminster Exhibition (February 2010), the Terrier group has won Best in Show 45 of the 103 times the award has been given since 1907, more than twice as many wins as any other group. The only breed that has won the most is the Wire Fox Terrier, which has won 15 times. Two of the most popular dog breeds in the United States have never won Best in Show: they are the Labrador Retriever and the Golden Retriever. Dogs are marked Best in Breed and then proceed to compete in Best in Group, and finally in the Best in Show grand prize competition. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
The oldest dog to win Best in Show was a Sussex Spaniel named Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee (also known as Stump), at ten years of age in 2009. The youngest dog to win was a Rough Collie named Laund Loyalty of Bellhaven, at nine months of age in 1929. One dog, a Smooth Fox Terrier named Ch. Warren Remedy won Best in Show three times (1907-1909), and six other dogs have won twice.  Males have won Best in Show 68 times to females who have won 35 times.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
The oldest dog to win Best in Show was a Sussex Spaniel named Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee (also known as Stump), at ten years of age in 2009. The youngest dog to win was a Rough Collie named Laund Loyalty of Bellhaven, at nine months of age in 1929. One dog, a Smooth Fox Terrier named Ch. Warren Remedy won Best in Show three times (1907-1909), and six other dogs have won twice. Males have won Best in Show 68 times to females who have won 35 times. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
The top five dogs of each breed (based on breed points earned in AKC conformation through October 31 of the previous year), as well as the Best Of Breed winner of each breed's national specialty show, receive printed invitations by mail and are eligible for early entry.  After the entry deadline has passed, other dogs with at least one "important profit", up to a total registration limit of 2,800 dogs.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
The top five dogs of each breed (based on breed points earned in AKC conformation through October 31 of the previous year), as well as the Best Of Breed winner of each breed’s national specialty show, receive printed invitations by mail and are eligible for early entry. After the entry deadline passes, other dogs with at least one “major win” may enter, up to a total entry limit of 2,800 dogs. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Dogs of all breeds, including mutts, are allowed to participate in the show's agility competition.  There is a title for the highest ranking street dog in the agility round: the "all american dog".  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Dogs of all breeds, including mutts, are allowed to participate in the show’s agility competition. There is a title for the highest-ranking street dog in the agility round: the “All American Dog.” REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Pugs prepare for photos during breed evaluation.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Pugs prepare for photos during breed evaluation. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
The winning dog becomes the "dog of america" for next year.  The reign begins with a media tour the day after the show.  After the tour, the winner makes appearances on almost every network television morning show and visits the observation deck at the Empire State Building.  The New York Stock Exchange also invites the winner and related traders to ring the opening bell.  REUTERS/Mike Segar
The winning dog becomes the “Dog of America” ​​for the next year. The reign begins with a media tour the day after the show. After the tour, the winner makes appearances on almost every network television morning show and visits the observation deck at the Empire State Building. The New York Stock Exchange also invites the winner and related traders to ring the opening bell. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A Bearded Collie dog runs in the show ring during the breed trial at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York, U.S., June 20, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A Bearded Collie dog runs in the show ring during the breed trial at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York, U.S., June 20, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Handler Cindy Russell grooms Byron, a Basenji dog from South Carolina, before the breed is judged at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  REUTERS/Mike Segar
Handler Cindy Russell grooms Byron, a Basenji dog from South Carolina, before the breed is judged at the 146th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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