A French bulldog named Winston has been named best in show at the National Dog Show. Winston has won a top 78 in shows during his career, according to the National Dog Show.
Hosted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in Philadelphia, the show ran on November 19 and 20, but aired on Thanksgiving.
Each of the 212 dog breeds recognized by the AKC is assigned to one of seven groups: sport, dog, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting, and herding. Then the seven group winners compete for the best in show.
Winston won first in his group, the non-sports group, beating 20 other races and then moved up to compete against the other group winners, according to NBC Sports. In total he defeated 1,500 dogs for the title.
An English Toy Spaniel was named reserve best in show or first runner-up.
In 2020 and 2021,who made history as the first to win Best in Show at the prestigious dog show for two consecutive years.
In June, Winston won Best in Show for his group atand became reserve best in show.
“If you look at a French bulldog and you read the standard, and you see this dog, he fits the standard perfectly,” said Winston’s handler, Perry Payson of Bixby, Oklahoma, after his win at the National Dog Show.
Winston is co-owned by Payson and NFL player Morgan TSTIME and his family. TSTIME, who plays for the Los Angeles Chargers, tweeted when Winston won in his group at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show: “If my parents felt that way all these years watching my competitions, I apologise.”
This year, three new breeds have been added to the National Dog Show roster: the Russian Toy in the Toy group, the Mudi in the Herding group, and the Bracco Italiano in the Sporting group.