Winston, a cream-colored French Bulldog, took top honors at this year’s National Dog Show. The three-year-old beat out six other finalists for best show at the annual event, hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia and broadcast by NBC on Thanksgiving Day.
After being announced the winner, Winston was hoisted into the air and whirled above the royal blue carpet by his manager and co-owner, Perry Payson. There was a huge cheer from the crowd. Winston wore a big smile.
Payson then took Winston out into the audience for people to pet him.
“He walked up to people and it was like touching a movie star. We had never seen anything like it. It was an outburst of applause,” said Kennel Club President Wayne Ferguson. Philadelphia.
“He’s a show dog with personality and good looks and a perfect fit for the breed,” top show judge Vicki Seiler-Cushman said in a statement. “He has a dazzling glare that says, ‘I’m here to win tonight. “”
According to the American Kennel Club, French Bulldogs are the second most popular breed in the United States, beaten only by Labrador Retrievers. Golden retrievers are the third most popular.
Winston has multiple owners, including NFL player Morgan Fox, a defensive end for the Los Angeles Chargers. He helped raise Winston as a puppy. One of the show’s announcers joked that the short but muscular Winston “works like a little linebacker.”
Winston – whose registered show name is GCHP Fox Canyon’s I Won The War at Goldshield – has collected a number of titles over the years. The victory marks his 78th best show title, making Winston the #1 ranked all-breed dog in the United States.
This year, the American Kennel Club approved three new breeds to compete in the National Dog Show: the Bracco Italiano, Russian Toy and Mudi.
Winston had already won in his non-sporting group before heading to the final round. There he beat an American Staffordshire terrier named Trouble from the terrier group, Reus the Alaskan Malamute from the working group, Nate the Treeing Walker Coonhound from the hound group, Sloane the Irish Water Spaniel from the sport, River the German Shepherd from the herding group and Cooper the English Toy Spaniel from the toy group.
Cooper won the second prize, known as Reserve Best in Show.
After the excitement of today’s event ended, Winston was seen enjoying festive treats served on a silver tray.