The longhaired Dachshund is second in the hound group. Congratulations, Drag Queen, you did the Doxies proud. And Uno the beagle was a favourite going into this how even though, just like the wiener dogs, a beagle has never won best in show at Westminster. According to the Associated Press, beagles face the same problem as Dachshunds — they’re just too popular.
“Great show dogs often have an air about them. It’s like this is their world and we’re just living in it,” Westminster TV host David Frei said. “But beagles want to be in our world.”
They also have another disadvantage: They’re far from the fancy-cut, froufrou dogs that often win.
“To some, a beagle may not look as spectacular as the Afghan hound, flying around the ring with all that hair,” Frei said.
With pleading, golden-brown eyes and plenty of tail-wagging personality, Uno could break out of the Westminster doghouse. No beagle has even won the hound group since 1939.
“To have the general public see an average dog going and competing and actually winning would send a signal that everyone can do it,” said Eddie Dziuk, one of Uno’s co-owners.
Uno is not popular with everyone, however. In this outspoken dog forum, he’s taking flack for his lack of interest in chasing deer and rabbits. “He seemingly lacks the most meticulously selected for trait of the beagle – the innate tendency to speak on and follow a scent,” writes notsoape. “If he goes on to sire multiple litters, which seems likely, then that most fundamental trait may well be lost in a whole new generation of beagles, and their heritage will be diluted significantly. I don’t see how breeding from this chap, pretty as he might be, would better the breed. I don’t see how anybody would think it could.”
Best in group
Ch K-Run’s Park Me In First
Breed: Beagle, 15 In.
AKC: HP 16966001
Date of Birth: May 05, 2005
Breeder: Kathy Weichert & Leah Bertagnolli
Sire: Ch Windkist A Walk In The Park
Dam: Ch Legacy’s Lil Secret At K-Run
Owner: Caroline Dowell & Eddie Dziuk & Jon Woodring & Kathy Weichert
Photos: Breed judging
1st 15 Ch Solo’s Drag-Queen SL
Breed: Dachshund (Longhaired)
AKC: HP 08896302
Date of Birth: October 27, 2003
Breeder: Paula Carter
Sire: Ch Homars Havana Joe L
Dam: Ch Seidach’s White Diamonds SL
Owner: Wayne Heikes & Carlos J Puig
Photos: Breed judging
(Complete WKC Hound Group results)
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