The 3-day event featured over 200 dog breeds, including a history-making recognition. Keep reading to find out more!

Sage Westminster Best in Show

3-year-old black miniature poodle Sage was awarded Best in Show at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show by judge Rosalind Kramer. Owned by Cathy Gauche, Sage is the first female dog to win since 2020 and the 4th miniature poodle to win the esteemed show.

Sage Westminster Best in Show

Speaking after the announcement, Sage’s handler, Kaz Hosaka said he was “so happy,” to hear the news. Kosaka said that, at first Sage seemed “kind of not sure,” but after some time she “gets used to it [sic],”

“I’m proud of this dog,”

This year’s dog show was Hosaka’s last as a dog handler.

Known as second honors, the runner-up was herding group member Mercedes, a German Shepherd.

Westminster dog show 2024 dog breeds

This year’s show made history when Mando, a Lancashire Heeler, became the first of its breed to be allowed into the show. This makes the Lancashire Heeler the 201st officially recognized breed in the Westminster Kennel Club.

Recognition by the Kennel Club helps to preserve the breed’s population and pedigree.

The Lancashire Heeler is described as “intelligent” “affectionate” and “versatile,”

What is Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the “second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S.” and is hosted in New York by the Westminster Kennel Club. Founded in 1877, the club is the oldest dog-showing organization in the United States.

Only one judge is allowed to pick the winner of each group.

What is Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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