Meet the oldest dog to ever win Westminster Dog Show: Claire, a Scottish Deerhound

Meet Claire.

The Scottish deerhound, by far the oldest dog to win Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club is one year older than any of the 17 other winner dogs who previously held the title. The legend is, the dog — now Claire — snuck into the show from a cage underneath Westminster Dog Show judge Maria Tomasino’s shop and took the top prize. She now holds the trophy for the third time.

Claire’s father, Chinchilla Lucio D’Emelia Pascual Dam, was winner in 2012 and 2015.

The Westminster Kennel Club is the second largest dog show in the world behind Crufts.

Alex Malloy, Peter Hartnett and Anthony Oliveira led the Westminster judges, who considered about 3,700 entries in five groups and five categories before tabulating a final vote among the best of the best at Madison Square Garden Sunday.

Here are some of the other winners:

Puppy Dog Class (awarded to the puppy of the meeting)


Breed: American foxhound

Age: 1 year

Puppy Herding

Breed: Pedigree

Age: 3 months

Hound Herding

Breed: Pedigree

Age: 1 year

Novelty category

Breed: Border collie

Age: 4 months

Best of Breed

Breed: Setter

Age: 9 years

Best of Group

Breed: Labrador retriever

Age: 10 years

Best of the Ring

Breed: Shetland sheepdog

Age: 13 years

Traditional sport

Breed: German shepherd

Age: 17 years

How it works: The best show dogs must be able to recuperate from the longest distance walk of their lives.

Pup of the Meet

Breed: Chinese shar-pei

Age: 1 year

Badges of Honor

Breed: Schnauzer

Age: 1 year


Breed: Boxer

Age: 4 years

Sports and Assistance

Breed: Belgian Malinois

Age: 10 years

Methodology: The choice is based on the oldest first-place winners of each breed in the AKC.

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