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Labrador Wins First Ever Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Obedience Competition

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Labradors are top again!

Heart, a beautiful, smart 3-year-old Labrador Retriever won the first-ever Westminster Kennel Club dog show’s obedience competition on Monday.

The Labrador was just plain superb and an absolute crowd-pleaser. Her impressive performance even included fetching a few heart-print pillows.

John Munson / NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
John Munson / NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

“She is just amazing,” her owner and handler Linda Brennan said.

This was the first obedience competition at the premier West Minister dog show.

Read: Father Daughter Labrador Retriever Duo To Compete At 2015 Westminster Dog Show

The Labrador beat 33 other dogs.While mixed breeds were eligible, none competed. Standards were extremely high – this was no “sit-stay” competition. In the first round, for example, the competing dogs had to sniff out a dumbbell their handlers had touched from a pile of identical dumbbells, and remain sitting while their handlers circled the ring.

John Munson / NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
John Munson / NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The 10 finalists performed complex routines that included spinning, walking backward and weaving through their handlers’ legs.

Smartie, a Belgian Shepherd Tervuren, took second place. Her routine included stacking water bowls with her mouth.

The third-place went to Chase, a Golden Retriever owned and handled by Pauline Hosenfeld, of Columbus, Ohio.

Yet another Labrador, Wyatt, owned and handled by Cat Perry of Mauldin, South Carolina, came in fourth.

Source: Associated Press via Sycaruse