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Wire Fox Terrier wins 'Best in Show' for second year in a row

The win at the National Dog Show is one for the history books.

By Vetstreet Nov 22, 2012 6:40PM

For the second year in a row, a Wire Fox Terrier won the coveted Best in Show title at the National Dog Show presented by Purina. The same breed hasn’t won two years in row in a major competition since an English Springer Spaniel won Westminster in 1971 and 1972.

Photo: Steve Donahue, See Spot Run PhotographyIt wasn’t easy for the Terrier Group winner to nab Best in Show — the 4-year-old female faced some serious canine competition. Out of more than 1,500 dogs, 160 breeds, and six other Group Winners, Best in Show Judge Vicki Abbot chose GCH Afterall Painting the Sky to win the prestigious honor.

“She has a keen expression and that dense, wiry coat. The handler let her show herself and she performed,” said Abbot.

Sky beat out an Affenpinscher from the Toy Group, an American Foxhound from the Hound Group, a Great Dane from the Working Group, a Tibetan Spaniel from the Non-Sporting Group, a Bearded Collie from the Herding Group and a Field Spaniel from the Sporting Group.

“Sky is a very beautiful Wire Fox Terrier,” said Sky’s handler, Gabriel Rangel. “She is a natural show dog with a short, well-balanced body. She has a beautiful head and her face is unbelievable.”

This isn’t the first time Rangel has gotten to hold the Best in Show trophy. In fact, the handler has won the National Dog Show three of the last four years. He won with Sadie the Scottish Terrier in 2009, and with two Wire Fox Terriers — Eira in 2011, and now Sky.

Photo: Steve Donahue, See Spot Run Photography

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Nov 25, 2012 1:06PM
Nov 25, 2012 1:03AM
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 My dog sat in my lap and watched the whole thing,she wined and growled at the contestants.......
Nov 24, 2012 5:52PM
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 Love dogs, have two and tuned into the show yesterday on CH 4 and was disturbed by the handler of the small beagle. Thought he was overly aggressive, esp. with the choke collar. The dog appeared to be having difficulty breathing and shaking his head.....i was not the only one to notice this behavior. Where do you file a complaint with the dog show sponsors?
Nov 24, 2012 4:39AM
Nov 24, 2012 4:38AM
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I think the All-American mutt should get an award at this show.  He or she is the most popular dog and I think some are the most gorgeous dogs alive.  Just allowing nature to shake up the genes produces the most popular dogs in America.  Our Cosmo is a

Heinz 57, all mixed up and he is the cutest dog you've ever seen.  In fact we had never seen another like him until we spotted a twin on Facebook.  Apparently, boxers like the same mates.  Anyway, they are the most loyal, healthy, and sweet dogs God made and they don't need any awards to make that true.

We got Cosmo at a shelter and he had been abused and untrained.  He is now happy, healthy, and almost trained.  Just don't let him near a motorcycle.

Please get your next dog at a shelter.  This dogs need and want a home.

Nov 24, 2012 1:47AM
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Wire hairs are wonderful cheerful bundles of energy. Love Sky!
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