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2012 National Dog Show Winners Unleashed

(DOG SHOW) Friday night’s annual National Dog Show presented by Purina unleashed a large assortment of 1,500 of the most beautiful purebred dogs in the world. For the second year in a row, a Wire Fox Terrier won the coveted Best in Show title as a four-year-old pooch named Sky stomped the competition. Read on for more on the show’s turnout and see photos of the canine champions. — Global Animal

Wire Fox Terrier Sky won Best in Show title at the National Dog Show presented by Purina on Friday evening. Photo Credit: Steve Donahue, See Spot Run Photography

Vetstreet, Laura Cross

This win is one for the history books.

For the second year in a row, a Wire Fox Terrier won the coveted Best in Show title at the National Dog Show presented by Purina. The same breed hasn’t won two years in row in a major competition since an English Springer Spaniel won Westminster in 1971 and 1972.

It wasn’t easy for the Terrier Group winner to nab Best in Show — the 4-year-old female faced some serious canine competition. Out of more than 1,500 dogs, 160 breeds, and six other Group Winners, Best in Show Judge Vicki Abbot chose GCH Afterall Painting the Sky to win the prestigious honor.

“She has a keen expression and that dense, wiry coat. The handler let her show herself and she performed,” said Abbot.

Sky beat out an Affenpinscher from the Toy Group, an American Foxhound from the Hound Group, a Great Dane from the Working Group, a Tibetan Spaniel from the Non-Sporting Group, a Bearded Collie from the Herding Group and a Field Spaniel from the Sporting Group.

“Sky is a very beautiful Wire Fox Terrier,” said Sky’s handler, Gabriel Rangel. “She is a natural show dog with a short, well-balanced body. She has a beautiful head and her face is unbelievable.”

This isn’t the first time Rangel has gotten to hold the Best in Show trophy. In fact, the handler has won the National Dog Show three of the last four years. He won with Sadie the Scottish Terrier in 2009, and with two Wire Fox Terriers — Eira in 2011, and now Sky.

Check out our photo gallery below to meet Sky’s Best in Show contenders.

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Joe, an from Seekonk, Mass., took first place in the Toy Group for the third year in a row. Photo Credit: Laura Cross for Vetstreet

 

Winner of the Hound Group was Jewel, an from Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Laura Cross for Vetstreet

 

The top dog in the Working Group was James, a from Bensalem, Pa. Photo Credit: Laura Cross for Vetstreet

 

Tenzin, a from New York City, won the the Non-Sporting Group. Photo Credit: Laura Cross for Vetstreet

 

A named Ms. Olivia took first place in the Herding Group. She’s from Nashville, Tenn. Photo Credit: Steve Surfman, Steve Surfman Photos

 

Ginger, a from Greenville, N.C., won the Sporting Group. Photo Credit: Laura Cross for Vetstreet

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2 Responses to 2012 National Dog Show Winners Unleashed

  1. Sandra Brooks November 28, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    I want to meet the Great Dane!

  2. Sharon Kay Rousseau-Risdon on Facebook November 26, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    I do not support “dog shows” or breeding or breeders.