Claire was named Best in Show at the event, which was slightly reduced this year – because of Covid-19. The show featured only 600 dogs instead of the usual 2,000 – but Claire’s victory is no less significant.
“Perfectly built, active, easy-going and elegant, as Sir Walter Scott meant when he called the Deer Dog the most perfect creature.”
Claire came out of the Hound group, defeating six other dogs who came out at the head of their group.
The National Dog Show, hosted by the Philadelphia Kennel Club, was held for two days, November 14th and 15th. The show, first aired on NBC in 2002, was aired at Thanksgiving nearly 20 years after Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. .
Founded by the Philadelphia Kennel Club in 1879, the show has been held annually since 1933.
Like other events in 2020, viewers were not allowed into the show this year because of the ongoing pandemic – cardboard cutouts have replaced live audiences. Masks and social distance were also strictly enforced.