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Miniature Poodle Sage Fetches High Prize at Westminster Kennel Membership Canine Present

Miniature Poodle Sage Fetches Top Prize at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

NEW YORK (Reuters) -A sprightly miniature poodle named Sage was topped “Greatest in Present” on Tuesday on the 148th annual Westminster Kennel Membership Canine Present, successful the grand prize in essentially the most prestigious competitors amongst pure-bred canines in america.

Sage, the finalist representing 21 breeds categorized as non-sporting canine, triumphed over greater than 2,500 top-ranked canine competing within the two-day contest, held on the USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle within the Queens borough of New York Metropolis.

Sage, a 4-year-old black-colored feminine groomed within the nice, fluffy topiary fashion conventional for poodles, competed face to face in opposition to the winners in six different teams – terriers, hounds, herding canine, working canine, sporting canine and toy canine.

She was the primary feminine to win the highest prize at Westminster since 2020, in line with commentators on the Fox Sports activities channel, which broadcast the occasion dwell.

And she or he turned the fourth miniature poodle to assert the highest prize within the 148-year historical past of the competition, with the trophy beforehand going to her breed in 1943, 1959 and 2002, in line with kennel membership data.

The bigger “commonplace” poodle breed has been declared Greatest in Present 5 occasions, most just lately in 2020, and the smaller “toy” poodle breed has received twice.

The poodle originated as a searching canine in Germany and is now acknowledged because the nationwide canine of France.

Sage’s handler, Kaz Hosaka, cried tears of pleasure and carried his prized poodle in his arms round flooring of the auditorium to cheers of the group as he celebrated what he stated was his forty fifth 12 months collaborating on the Westminster canine present and the final of his profession.

The Westminster canine present payments itself because the second-oldest U.S. sporting occasion, behind solely the Kentucky Derby thoroughbred horse race. This 12 months’s competitors drew a area of contenders representing 200 breeds from all 50 U.S. states and 12 different international locations.

Mercedes, a feminine 4-year-old German shepherd, was named runner-up for the general contest, after first successful the highest prize within the herding canine group.

Together with Sage and Mercedes, the 2 different finalists chosen on Monday have been Comet the Shih Tzu, representing the toy group, and Louis, the Afghan hound main the hound group.

Rounding out the finalists have been three group winners chosen on Tuesday – Micah the black cocker spaniel, representing sporting canine; Monty, the large schnauzer, main the working canine; and Frankie, a coloured bull terrier from the terrier group.

(Reporting by Eduardo Munoz in New York; Writing and extra reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Modifying by Christian Schmollinger and Kim Coghill)

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