Meet the Siberian Husky Who Won Best in Show at the 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show
The 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina was finally broadcast to the world on Sunday, and the Best In Show winner has been crowned!
NBC Sports reported that the competition was won by a Siberian Husky named Nick, who managed to beat out hundreds of other dogs from 165 breeds and varieties recognized by the American Kennel Club. Nick kicked off the competition by winning the Working Group in a field of 27 breeds, which earned him a spot in competing against the six other group winners. He ended up winning that final round, with a Shetland Sheepdog was named Reserve Best in Show.
The Beverly Hills Dog Show was actually held on February 29, when it was hosted by John O’Hurley and David Frei, who also host the National Dog Show. The show was initially supposed to air on April 5, but was pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic, finally being broadcast on May 17.
Nick is from Shanghai, China and he works with handler Michelle Scott, who said that Nick not only has the athleticism of the ideal Working Group dog, but also the mindset of one. This was the pair’s debut at the Beverly Hills Dog Show, and it’s safe to say that it paid off for them in a big way!
Two dog breeds made their debuts at the Beverly Hills Dog Show this year: the Barbet and the Dogo Argentino. Competing in the Sporting Group, the Barbet got its start as a water dog in France, and it has been depicted in art going back to the 1500s. Barbet dogs are known for having curly coats that can be black, gray, brown, or fawn in color, and they sometimes have white markings. Barbets were originally bred to retrieve birds, and they are known to have a calm demeanor. They were finally recognized by the AKC in January of this year.
Meanwhile, the Dogo Argentino competes in the Working Group, and it originated as a pack-hunting dog in Argentina. The breed is able to take down large game like wild boar and puma, so these are not dogs to mess with! They have short, white coats but a dark patch near the eye is acceptable as long as it does not cover too much of the head. They were also finally recognized by the AKC earlier this year.