Scottish Deerhound Wins Best in Show at Westminster 2011

February 15, 2011

Photo of Scottish Deerhound Courtesy of Creative Commons Me'nthedogs

Congratulations to the Scottish Deerhound, the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Best in Show.

She is formally know by GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, but she goes by Hickory as a pet name.

Seven groups competed for the coveted Best in Show title. Besides the Scottish Deerhound, representing the hounds, other winning group competitors (listed from 1st to 4th) include:

Bearded Collie- GCH Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins
Belgian Tervuren- GCH Sky Acres Spy Plane
Border Collie- GCH Bon-Clyde’s Take One
Pembroke Welsh Corgi- GCH Segni At Coventry

Scottish Deerhound- GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind
Beagle (15”)- GCH Torquay Midnight Confession
Norwegian Elkhound- GCH Vin- Melca’s Voyager

Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeen- GCH Celestiral CJ’s Hearts on Fire

Cocker Spaniel- GCH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction
Irish Setter- CH Jewelset’s Up Up N Away
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon- GCH Fireside’s Spontaneous Combustion
Irish Water Spaniel- GCH Poole’s Ide Got Water RN

Chinese Shar-Pei- GCH Vaje’s Miss Jayne Hathaway
Bichon Frises- GCH Saks Hamelot Little Drummer Boy
Lhasa Apso- GCH My Thai Ta Sen Halleluiah
Keeshond- GCH KarolinaBonnyvale Meant To Be

Terrier– Terriers are my personal favorite, as they represent my canine companion, Cardiff.
Fox Terrier (Smooth)- GCH SlyFox Skeak’s A Peek
Norfolk Terrier- GCH Cracknor Cross The Ts
Skye- GCH Cragsmoor Buddy Goodman
West Highland White Terrier- CH Blythefell Fergus

Pekingese- GCH Palacegarden Malachy
Affenpinscher- GCH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari
Pug- CH Xoe’s Oscar De La Hoya
Papillion- CH Copella’s Rising Attraction

Portuguese Water Dog- GCH Aviators Luck Be A Lady
Boxer- GCH Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream
Kuvaszok (AKA Kuva)- GCH Szymeria’s Wildwood Silver Six Pence
Samoyed- CH- McMagic’s Candied Ham of Pebblesrun

Congratulations to all winners for all the hard work (and dieting) to make it to such a notable stage in the dog show competition world. Good luck on your next studding, whelping, or showing ventures.

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Photo credit: Creative Commons me’nthedogs and is not a photo of Hickory.

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Jana Rade February 16, 2011 at 12:03 AM

I have to admit that I was never a fan of dog shows. I think there is more to a dog than what he looks like. I also think that the obsession with how the dogs look is one of the big reasons for all the degradation within breeds. And I think that the dogs would have much more fun doing something else, such as agility, herding or hunting competitions …

So sorry, love dogs, but not a fan of dog shows at all.

sally February 16, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Hi Patrick! We were watching too, with great enjoyment. So many beautiful dogs. We enjoyed hearing in the commentary about their “normal” lives outside of the show ring. One of my favorites was that beautiful black and white smooth terrier. I’ll bet you had a great time!

Patrick Mahaney February 17, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Thank you for you comments Sally. I love going to WKC to see all the healthy examples of so many breeds and promote the Canine Health Foundation ( which helps to improve canine genetics.

Patrick Mahaney February 17, 2011 at 7:40 AM

There is good and bad associated with dog shows. For good, the breeders propagate the best genetics and work with organizations like the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation ( which helps to improve canine genetics. For bad, the general public sees a dog they like that is “SOOO CUTE”, then seeks out the breed without properly considering the problems a breed may have (i.e. English Bulldog) and becomes overwhelmed with basic care or other issues.
I saw some great examples of Jasmine’s cousins. So handsome and pretty!

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