Claire the Scottish Deerhound Bags Top Spot at National Dog Show 2020

Carla Harmon
November 27, 2020

Not only is she the granddaughter of a Westminster victor, but her mother, Chelsea, was named Reserve Best in Show (the second-place finisher) at the 2015 National Dog Show. The two have co-hosted together since the National Dog Show first aired.

Competition this year, the kennel says, will be limited to just 600 dogs.


Note: The National Dog Show airs from noon local time regardless of which U.S. time zone you live in. Lloyd was also the handler for Hickory and Chelsea.

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia kept the Thanksgiving Day tradition alive with its annual dog show. though things did look a little different out there, and understandably so.


Centuries ago, the large, fast deerhounds were employed to hunt the giant red deer in the Scottish highlands. The show, which was first broadcast on NBC in 2002, has aired on Thanksgiving following the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for nearly 20 years. The canine contest, filmed at the Pennsylvania expo center over two days, had no general audience. The dogs this year represented 173 different breeds. Due to safety protocols, the event was held without fans, vendors, sponsors or media, and nurses took the temperatures of all human participants.

The National Dog Show was founded in 1879 and has been held annually since 1933. According to the news release from the National Dog Show, the Best in Show victory makes Claire one of the favorites for the titles at Westminster and the American Kennel Club National Championship next month. A miniature American shepherd named Jimmy from Denton, Texas won the herding group; and a poodle named Kam from Seattle, Washington won the non-sporting group.


So if you prefer pooches to pigskin (football) or parades, the National Dog Show is the program for you.

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