Beagle named Miss P wins 139th Westminster dog show

Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:49pm EST
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By Laila Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A bouncy 15-inch beagle named Miss P won the top honor at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, besting more than 2,700 competitors.

Miss P, from Vancouver, British Columbia, was awarded the Best in Show prize at the 139th Westminster show, the second-longest continuously running sporting event in the United States after the Kentucky Derby.

"She's a princess," handler Will Alexander said about Miss P, who enjoys eating liver and sleeping on Alexander's pillow at night.

Miss P is the second beagle ever to take home the Westminster Best In Show prize, behind her relative, Uno, who won in 2008, said show co-host David Frei.

"This is very exciting," Frei said, while standing in front of Miss P. The tri-colored canine barked excitedly while being draped in purple ribbons.

A long-haired, foot-tall Skye terrier, called Charlie, was runner-up.

Nearly 200 dog breeds and varieties from 15 countries and all U.S. states except North Dakota and Idaho competed in the two-day event at New York's Piers 92 and 94 and Madison Square Garden.

As part of the show, judges selected the best of each breed and group, divided into seven categories - hound, toy, non-sporting, herding, sporting, working and terrier.   Continued...

Miss P, a 15-inch Beagle who won "Best in Show", stands near the winner's trophy at 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in the Manhattan borough of New York February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton