BEST IN SHOW
2013 BEST IN SHOW
American Foxhound “Jewel”
The three year-old bitch is also the first winner in the 12-year history of The National Dog Show to come from the Hound Group.
2012 BEST IN SHOW
Wire Fox Terrier “Sky”
2011 BEST IN SHOW
Wire Fox Terrier “Eira”
Registered as Ch Steele Your Heart, Eira’s call name means “snow” in Welsh and she outperformed a universe of almost 1,500 canines, winning the Terrier Group and besting the English Springer Spaniel, the Affenpinscher, the Australian Shepherd, the Dalmatian, the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Whippet.
“She looks beautiful and she moves beautifully,” said handler Gabriel Rangel, who stood on top of the dog show world two years ago with the National Dog Show and Westminster winner Sadie, the Scottish Terrier. “Eira moves as well as she stacks.” Rangel and Eira live in Rialto, CA, east of Los Angeles.
“She is a spectacular show dog, the epitome,” offered Wilson, who travelled from Culpepper, VA, to handle the Best In Show Judge duties. “She has a superior coat. She and Gabriel are a wonderful team.”
The four year-old bitch comes from a long line of highly-ranked Wire Fox Terriers and she captured her 17th Best In Show at Philadelphia. Eira is owned by Torie Steele and Maryann Roma of Malibu, CA.
2010 BEST IN SHOW
Irish Setter “Clooney”
"He loves the attention; he loves people; he loves being in the ring and being around all the people and everyone fussing over him. He is a great show dog in that regard."
2009 BEST IN SHOW
Scottish Terrier "Sadie"
She went on to win the coveted Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in February and retired with 112 Best In Shows. Sadie is now living happily with her owner, Amelia Musser, of Mackinac Island, MI, contemplating motherhood and eating her favorite foods, Purina ONE Sensitive Systems and organic chicken hotdogs.
2008 BEST IN SHOW
With handler Michael E. Scott, Holly finished as the second highest scoring dog in AKC conformation in 2008, garnering 117,199 points – besting the 2007 number one dog by 21,665. During that time, she garnered an amazing 10 Best in Show titles in a row, winning a total of 116 Best In Shows, making her the winningest Sporting Dog in history.
Owned by Sean and Tammy McCarthy of New York City and Helyne Medeiros of Cape Cod, MA, Holly has taken on another role. She resides in Marston Mills, MA and is busy raising the next generation of champion Pointers.
2007 BEST IN SHOW
Australian Shepherd "Swizzle"
Swizzle is owned by Nancy Gagnon of Stafford, CT. She emerged as the winner after a full day that saw judges determine more than 150 breed winners, then seven group winners who ultimately competed for the Best in Show title.
2006 BEST IN SHOW
Toy Poodle "Vikki"
Vikki is presented by one of the top handlers in the world, Kaz Hosaka. Originally from Japan, Kaz is a true artist in the grooming and presentation of poodles.
2005 BEST IN SHOW
Bull Terrier "Rufus"
At 6½ years, Rufus has now retired from the rings and lives as a family member with his owners. His favorite toy is his Planet Earth dog ball which he chases jumping from the bed to computer desk. Aside from being a wonderful showdog and the best home companion, Rufus serves as Therapy Dog Ambassador for “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®” and the Kennel Club of Philadelphia . He is a Canine Good Citizen and internationally certified Therapy Dog.
2004 BEST IN SHOW
Fox Terrier "Gracie"
After her BIS at the 2004 National Dog Show, Gracie’s owner started receiving fan mail from all over the country and from abroad. Children from Australia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile and Hungary have sent letters and E-mails wishing luck and asking questions about Gracie.
What many people don't know about Gracie is that aside from being a wonderful showdog and the best house companion one could ever dream, she has also brought many smiles to faces of older people in retirement homes that she often visits. After retiring from the rings Gracie bacome a therapy dog.