The winner of the 2022 National Dog Show is Winston the French bulldog: NPR


Three-year-old Winston was the best-in-show winner at the 2022 National Dog Show.

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Three-year-old Winston was the best-in-show winner at the 2022 National Dog Show.

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Winston, a cream-colored French bulldog, earned top honors at this year’s National Dog Show. The three-year-old beat out six other finalists for Best Performance at the annual event, hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia and televised on NBC on Thanksgiving.

After being announced the winner, Winston was lifted into the air and spun across the royal blue carpet by his host and co-owner, Perry Payson. There was a huge cheer from the crowd. Winston flashed a big smile.


Winston runs with handler Perry Payson at the National Dog Show in Philadelphia.

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Payson later brought Winston into the audience so people could pet him.

“He reached out to people and they were just like touching a movie star. We’d never seen anything like it. It was a blast of applause,” said Wayne Ferguson, president of the Philadelphia Kennel Club.


NBC’s Mary Carillo (left) talks with Perry Payson, handler of Winston the French bulldog, winner of the 2022 National Dog Show Best In Show.

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NBC’s Mary Carillo (left) talks with Perry Payson, handler of Winston the French bulldog, winner of the 2022 National Dog Show Best In Show.

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“She is a show dog with personality and beauty and is a perfect fit for the breed,” Vicki Seiler-Cushman, the show’s top judge, said in a statement. “He’s got a dazzling glow that says, ‘I’m here to win tonight.'”

According to the American Kennel Club, French bulldogs are the second most popular breed in the United States, beaten only by Labrador retrievers. Golden retrievers are the third most popular.


Wire Fox Terrier, left, and Standard Poodle, right.

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Winston has several owners, including NFL player Morgan Fox, a defensive end for the Los Angeles Chargers. He helped raise Winston as a puppy. One of the show’s announcers joked that the diminutive but beefy Winston “runs like a little linebacker.”

Winston – whose registered show name is GCHP Fox Canyon’s I Won The War at Goldshield – has racked up numerous titles over the years. This win marks his 78th best show title, making Winston the No. 1 in the US


Cooper, an English toy spaniel, was the winner of the 2022 National Dog Show Reserve Best In Show.

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This year, the American Kennel Club has approved three new breeds to compete in the National Dog Show: the Bracco Italiano, the Russian toy and the mudi.

Winston had already won in his non-sport group before entering the final round. There he defeated an American Staffordshire terrier named Trouble from the terrier group, Reus the Alaskan Malamute from the working group, Nate the Treeing Walker Coonhound from the bloodhound group, Sloane the Irish water spaniel from the sports group, River the German shepherd from the group group of shepherds and Cooper, the English toy spaniel of the group of toys.

Cooper took second place, known as Reserve Best in Show.

After the excitement for today’s event died down, Winston was seen enjoying some celebratory treats served on a silver platter.

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