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.
“She is just amazing,” her owner and handler Linda Brennan said.
This was the first obedience competition at the premier West Minister 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.
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