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There's only one
Westminster and there's only one
Best In Show winner. The prestigious show, founded in 1877, is America’s first champions-only
dog show, and it's limited to 2,500
dogs each year. We've compiled a gallery of the the champions who have won Best in Show the past six years.
In 2011, Hickory, a Scottish Deerhound,
made Westminster history by becoming the first in her breed to win Best
in Show. Hickory's official name is Grand Champion Foxcliffe Hickory
Wind; she is owned by Dr. R. Scott and Cecilia Dove of Flint Hill, Va.
Hickory now spends her days running on her owner's 50-acre farm, and she
recently become a mother to nine puppies.
Westminster Kennel Club
Sadie the Scottish Terrier
performed a rare dog-show feat in 2010: Not only did she take Best in
Show at Westminster but she also took home the top spots at the National
Dog Show and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Sadie, whose full name is Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Marysco, was the eighth Scottie to win at Westminster.
Stump, a Sussex Spaniel,
was crowned Westminster champion shortly after his tenth birthday,
making him the oldest Best in Show winner at the Westminster Kennel
Club. Stump, aka Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee, was also the first
of his breed to capture the silver bowl.
Uno, or Ch. K-Run’s Park Me in First, became the first Beagle
to win Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club in 2008. He quickly
became the fan favorite at the show, because, as his handler Aaron
Wilkerson noted, “He’s a people’s dog, a merry little hound.” Uno now
resides with his co-owner, Caroline Dowell, and is a full-time house
Ch. Felicity's Diamond Jim, or James for short, was Westminster Best in
Show in 2007, when he was seven and a half years old. The English Springer Spaniel
retired from showing after his big win and is now a certified therapy
dog. In his post-Westminster career, James has worked with Alzheimer's
patients, children and people who have cancer.
Rufus — Ch. Rocky Top's Sundance Kid — took home the top Westminster trophy in 2006. Rufus is a colored Bull Terrier
and was four years old when he was crowned. Rufus competed four times
at Westminster, and he was the first Bull Terrier to win Best in Show
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