Today on NBC, you’re getting a chance to see some of the best dogs in the entire world all do their best to compete for the title in the National Dog Show! This is a long-running Thanksgiving Day tradition in order to see a number of these dogs competing, and in terms of national TV exposure, there is no better venue.
Over the course of this article, we’re going to offer you up some updates from across the show! Of course, there are spoilers ahead … at least for those of you who actually care about spoilers and this sort of thing.
Sporting – Chesapeake Bay Retriever. When we think about these dogs now, we really just think about UMBC, the college basketball team that managed to upset a #1 seed at the NCAA Tournament earlier this year. After all, their mascot is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, the state dog of Maryland.
Herding – Welsh Corgi. These dogs are most commonly known as the Queen’s dogs, largely because of their history with Elizabeth II.
Non-sporting – Doberman Pinscher. How much of an introduction does this particular breed need? They are one of the most famous breeds in the entire world.
Toy – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. If you watch Sex and the City, there’s a good chance that you know this breed rather well. Even if you don’t, you may at least be aware of the fact that these dogs have a history of doing well in shows.
Hound Group – Whippet. While they’re not the most famous of the hounds, they have a sleekness that makes them very much attractive to many owners out there.
Terrier Group – The Wire Fox Terrier. Out of all of the terriers, this is a personal favorite — we just like their look and their charm.
Working Group – Lhasa Apso. To be honest, we’re not even sure how this particular dog can even see precisely what they are doing.
Best in Show – This is the pivotal decision. All of the aforementioned dogs returned at the end of the show to battle things out for the title and in true National Dog Show fashion, we had utterly no idea who was going to be victorious here. We are no dog expect and with that in mind, it’s rather hard to really determine what the judges are going for. Are they basing this off of a specific look, or on something else pertaining to their behavior.
At the end of the show, the judges decided that the winner would be … the whippet! The hound, who was named Whiskey, ended up being the Best in Show winner for 2018. Congrats to the dog and its owner! We were rooting for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever to take it home (especially since it was named after Ducky from NCIS — gotta love the creativity in that).
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