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Wednesday
Feb162011

Scottish Deerhound Takes Top Prize at Westminster Kennel Club Show

Photo Courtesy - Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A black haired Scottish deerhound named Hickory clinched the top prize Tuesday night at the second-longest running sports event in U.S. -- the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

The 5-year-old, 85 pound pooch was named best in show after beating out several other dogs from top breeds including a Portuguese water dog, smooth fox terrier and black cocker spaniel in the final round.

Hickory is the first Scottish deerhound to win the club's top dog title along with a long purple and gold ribbon and silver trophy.

Compared to golden retrievers and labradors, it's a breed not many people are accustomed to seeing in the U.S.

"Sure, not your common golden retriever…she loves unconditional no matter what, it's really hard to describe this dog, there are really no words for her," handler Angela Lloyd told ABC News after Hickory's win.

Bred for hunting, Scottish deerhounds are also the royal dog of Scotland.

More than 2,500 dogs from 179 breeds, including six new breeds, competed in the two-day event held at Madison Square Garden in New York.

This year's competition was an open field, with no clear favorite.  The 2010 best in show winner, Sadie the Scottie terrier, retired.

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