OAKS/VALLEY FORGE, Pa. - For the second year in a row, a Wire Fox Terrier won the National Dog Show Presented by Purina during the annual Kennel Club of Philadelphia cluster at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. GCH Afterall Painting the Sky, was selected by Best In Show Judge Vicki Abbott from among more than 1,500 canines.
“Sky” won the Terrier Group and then bested an Affenpinscher, an American Foxhound, a Great Dane, a Tibetan Spaniel, a Bearded Collie and a Field Spaniel during Best In Show. It is the first time that the same breed has won Best In Show at a major competition since an English Springer Spaniel won Westminster in 1971 and 1972.
Handler Gabriel Rangel of Rialto, Calif., has now won the National Dog Show three of the last four years with the Scottish Terrier, Sadie, in 2009, and the two Wire Fox Terriers – Eira in 2011, and now Sky.
Coverage of the show and Sky’s triumphant moments were broadcast to a holiday audience totaling some 18 million on NBC Thanksgiving Day. NBC will air an encore presentation of the two-hour special Friday night (Nov. 23) in primetime from 8-10 p.m. in all time zones. The show was taped on Saturday, Nov. 17.
“Sky is a very beautiful Wire Fox Terrier,” said Rangel. “She is a natural show dog with a short, well-balanced body. She has a beautiful head and her face is unbelievable.”
Abbott, who hails from McKinney, TX, added from the judge’s perspective, “She has a keen expression and that dense, wiry coat. The handler let her show herself and she performed.”
The four year-old bitch was number one-ranked in the breed and in the Terrier Group and number four ranked all-breed going into the show. Sky is owned by Torie Steele of Malibu, Calif., and Victor Malzoni of Sao Paolo, Brazil. Steele also owns last year’s winner, Eira.
The National Dog Show Group Winners for 2012 are:
• In the Toy Group, an Affenpinscher named “Joe” took first place for the third year in a row. He hails from Seekonk, MA.
• An American Foxhound named “Jewel” from Washington, DC, won in the Hound Group.
• A Great Dane named “James” from Bensalem, PA, took Working Group honors.
• The Non-Sporting Group winner was “Tenzin,” a Tibetan Spaniel from New York City, NY.
• The Herding Group winner was “Ms. Olivia,” a Bearded Collie from Nashville, TN.
• “Ginger,” a Field Spaniel from Greenville, NC, won the Sporting Group.
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