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The National Dog Show 2021 Has Crowned The Canine Champions! See Photos Of Who Won Best In Show & The 7 Other Categories

Nov. 25 2021, Published 2:30 p.m. ET

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The National Dog Show Presented by Purina has crowned its furry champions!

The 20th annual show, which was held in Philadelphia, featured more than 1,500 canines representing over 200 breeds. This year saw the addition of a new breed in the Toy Group, the Biewer Terrier.

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Seinfeld alum John O’Hurley and dog show analyst David Frei acted as cohosts once again for the program, which aired on Thanksgiving Day.

Find out which canines came out on top overall and in their respective categories by scrolling down!

Best in Show

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This year's top prize went to Scottish Deerhound Claire, who is the daughter of Hickory, the 2011 Best in Show at Westminster.

Her handler Angela Lloyd has been working with Claire's bloodline for over a dozen years, so she knew she would do well. "Claire in her mind really believes in herself and has a lot of confidence in who she is," stated Lloyd. "And if you looked like her, wouldn’t you?"

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Despite her prize, Claire's life is just like any other pooch's.

"She wakes in the morning fairly early. Then she goes for a run, which is probably across 56 acres or so with a river that runs through it, so it’s a big jaunt for her and her kennel mates. We do that every day. Then, by 11:30 a.m. she has had her breakfast and she takes a big snooze for the day," Lloyd shared of her daily routine. "Then she plays outside in the afternoon. She gets dinner around 6 p.m. and then just rests the rest of the day. Sometimes we watch Outlander when it’s on."

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Toy Group

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An Affenpinscher named Chester reigned supreme in his category for the second year in a row!

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Herding Group

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Sasha the Pyrenean Shepherd walked her way to victory, making her the first female of her breed to earn gold.

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Terrier Group

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MM the Lakeland Terrier is described as "a total queen" who "loves to get massages and be the center of attention." Who can blame her?!

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Sporting Group

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Spotted! German Shorthaired Pointer Jade is a beach girl at heart.

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Working Group

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While on Today, Kathy Lee Gifford declared that Mo’Ne the Kuvasz has the "best name."

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Non-Sporting Group

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Bulldog Winter may look grumpy, but he's racked up 45 number one titles at various competitions!

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Hound Group

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Another accolade! Best in Show's Claire, the Scottish Deerhound, obviously took home the top honor in her individual category as well.


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