Winston, a French bulldog with a cream coat, won first place at the National Dog Show this year. The three-year-old won best in show at the yearly competition, which was held by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia and broadcast by NBC on Thanksgiving Day, defeating six other competitors.
When Winston was declared the winner, his handler and co-owner Perry Payson lifted him into the air and spun him above the royal-blue carpet. The audience roared in approval. Winston grinned broadly.
Payson later took Winston into the audience so people could pet him.
“He walked over to the people and they were just like touching a movie star. We just had never seen anything quite like that. It was an explosion of applause,” said Wayne Ferguson, president of the Philadelphia kennel club.
“He is a show dog with personality and beauty and a perfect fit for the breed,” said Vicki Seiler-Cushman, the best in show judge, in a statement. “He has a razzle dazzle that says, ‘I am here to win tonight.'”
Only Labrador retrievers are more popular than French bulldogs in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club. The third most popular breed is the golden retriever.
Morgan Fox, a defensive end with the Los Angeles Chargers in the NFL, is one of Winston’s owners. He assisted with Winston’s puppy-raising. The diminutive but powerful Winston, according to one of the show’s announcers, “runs like a little linebacker.”
Winston has amassed a variety of titles throughout the years. His official show name is GCHP Fox Canyon’s I Won The War at Goldshield. With this victory, Winston becomes the top-ranked all-breed dog in the world, earning his 78th best-in-show award.
The Bracco Italiano, Russian Toy, and Mudi are the three new breeds that the American Kennel Club has given permission to compete in the National Dog Show this year.
Before the final round, Winston had already triumphed in his non-sporting group. There, he defeated Cooper the English toy spaniel from the toy group, an American Staffordshire terrier named Trouble from the terrier group, an Alaskan Malamute named Reus from the working group, an Irish water spaniel named Sloane from the sporting group, a Treeing Walker Coonhound named River from the herding group, and an Alaskan Staffordshire terrier named Trouble from the terrier group.
Winston was spotted eating some sweets that were placed on a silver platter after the thrill of today’s event subsided.