The Scottish deer won Best in Show at the 2020 National Dog Show.
Claire the Scottish Deer killed hundreds of dogs representing the 168 breeds and breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. He first won the Hound group in 28 breed fields. He then competed with the other six group winners before taking home the best honor. The English Springer Spaniel, the winner of the Sporting Group was named Reserve Best in Show.
Hear Claire’s handler Angie Lloyd about the victory:
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the National Dog Show was held without spectators, vendors, sponsors and media. The critique followed strict safety guidelines, including social distance, wearing masks, and monitoring the temperature of all participants. The competition was limited to 600 dogs, a 70% reduction from nearly 2,000 competing in a regular year. Learn more about the National Dog Show COVID-19 safety protocols for the 2020 edition.
The Miniature American Shepherd won the Herding Group; the Standard poodle won the Non-Sports Group; the Wire Fox Terrier won the Terrier Group; the Affenpinscher won the Playgroup; and the Portuguese Water Dog won the Working Group.
This year, two breeds made their debut at the National Dog Show. The Barbet, a French water dog joined the Sporting Group. The breed has a curly coat that can be black, gray, brown, or mineral, sometimes marked white. The Dogo Argentino, which belongs to the working group, was originally a hunting dog in Argentina. The breed wears short white coats, but a dark spot near the eyes is allowed as long as it does not cover the head too much.
The Belgian Laekenois (Lak-in-wah), a strong, strong and defensive breed in the Shepherd Group, was also fit to compete for the first time at the National Dog Show, but was not represented this year.
Connected: Complete list of breeds at the 2020 National Dog Show
NBC broadcast the 2020 National Dog Show immediately after Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade at Event 19th straight year. More than 20 million people tune in to the event each year, which was commented on by old presenters John O’Hurley and David Frei. Mary Carillo returned to one of the world’s oldest dog shows for further commentary, analysis, and behind-the-scenes viewing.