It's a hugely important occasion in the doggy competition calendar. But while he may not have won the top prize, it was a Golden Retriever who stole hearts this year.
By, 2 Dec 2019
The National Dog Show Presented by Purina® is an annual event in the US, held in Philadelphia. It’s an all-breed show where any dog registered with the American Kennel Club can enter to compete. It sees over 2,000 primped, groomed and expertly manicured competition to win the most coveted titles in the canine world.
TODAY is the day! Who will get to take home a trophy? One thing is for sure, all the dogs are our champions. Tune in to The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®, on NBC Noon-2 in all time zones following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. #NationalDogShow #DogsUntil2 pic.twitter.com/CxYyfLsfdQ— National Dog Show (@TheNatlDogShow) November 28, 2019
The judges scrutinise the dogs and place them according to how each dog compares with the judge’s expectation of how the perfect dog should be according to its breed. The judges take into consideration the dog’s overall appearance, structure and temperament. They also look for characteristics that enable the dog to perform the function for which their breed was originally bred.
Thor the Bulldog
This year it was Thor the Bulldog who won the sought after Best in Show title.
A top-ranked, energetic Bulldog named “Thor” captivated a capacity crowd in Philadelphia to win the Best In Show title for 2019 at The National Dog Show Presented by Purina. Watch tonight’s encore broadcast on NBC 8-10 ET/PT, 7-9 CT. https://t.co/dAZzxNr0ta pic.twitter.com/eRZN1KxecR— National Dog Show (@TheNatlDogShow) November 29, 2019
Jack Daniels the Golden Retriever
But it was a Golden Retriever called Jack Daniels, who became the real winner. Known simply as Daniel, the handsome dog was among finalists for the top prize after winning the Sporting Group title for the second year running.
Daniel belongs to proud owner Tammy Tomlinson from Pennsylvania.
Best In Breed
For a dog to win the much sought after ‘Best in Show’ award, they must first be judged as the best of all the dogs of the same breed competing at the show. Some breeds have over 100 dogs entered, so competition can be tough. The winner of the breed moves onto the group judging.
At the start of the show, Daniel was already considered to be one of the best Golden Retrievers in the country after a number of other victories in other shows around the country. Daniel has already won an impressive 19 Best in Shows and 26 Best in Specialities.
Last year, Tammy told TribLive.com: "He is exactly what a Golden Retriever should be. This is our practice year. 2019 is when we're going to get really serious with him."
Tammy’s prediction couldn’t have been more spot on.
Expert breeding and training
Tammy runs a kennel where she breeds Golden Retrievers. She explained that Daniel’s success was down to expert breeding, years of hard work and training.
"This particular dog is many generations of my own breeding, and not many people in the country get to that particular level," she said.
Referred to as simply Daniel during the shows, his full name is Jack Daniels and the handsome chap caught the attention of many Twitter users thanks to his rather unique name.
Such a beautiful dog , with a great name , Jack Daniels— Steve K Bridges (@stephenbridge13) November 28, 2019
YAY. Oh my god, the dog's name is Jack Daniels.— Lara (@getupswinging) November 28, 2019
This year, the show featured a new breed of dog, Azawakh. These dogs are known for being taller than they are long and bred in Africa to be a hunting dog.
Well done Thor
But it was ultimately Thor who won the top title and coveted the red, white, and blue ribbon. He not only beat Jack Daniels, but also a handsome Old English Sheepdog, a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, a Pharaoh Hound, a Siberian Husky and a Havanese.