Is this the best dog in the world? Miss P, a 15-inch beagle, and handler William Alexander, compete in the Best in Show group at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show (AP photos)
Is this the best dog in the world?
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A soft-spoken beagle really raised a ruckus.

Wagging her tail a mile a minute, Miss P became America's top dog by winning best in show in a big surprise at the Westminster Kennel Club.

At 4, Miss P is a grand-niece of Uno in 2008, the immensely popular hound barked and bayed his way to becoming the only previous beagle to win at the nation's most prominent dog show.

Miss P, however, didn't let out a peep in the ring.

"She is a princess," handler Will Alexander said.

A quiet one, too, and not your normal, everyday, vocal beagle, as most owners can attest.

Instead, it was the packed crowd at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night that seemed to loudly gasp when judge David Merriam picked her in a dog show world shocker.

Only a half-hour after her win did the 15-inch Miss P, a breed known as "big beagles," start to make a noise, and that was only because her people were giving her treats.

The best-of-seven final ring was full of favorites.

Matisse, a Portuguese water dog that's a cousin of President Barack Obama's family pet Sunny, was the top-winning male in show dog history with 238. Swagger the old English sheepdog finished second at Westminster in 2013 and clearly drew the biggest cheers.

A Skye terrier came in second this time and a standard poodle, a shih tzu owned by Patty Hearst and an English springer spaniel also made it to the last ring.

Miss P was the one that charmed Merriam. He is a retired California trial-courts judge and has spent more than 50 years with dogs, but this was the first time he'd judged a best in show.

"She never let me down. She didn't make any mistakes," Alexander said.

There's no prize money for winning Westminster although there's prestige forever in the dog circles, plus the possibility of lucrative breeding rights.

The tri-colored Miss P also earned a full day Wednesday. The canine made appearances on morning TV shows, met with Donald Trump, had lunch at Manhattan restaurant Sardi's and a walk-on part in the Broadway hit musical "Kinky Boots."

It was the 20th best in show win in the United States for the Canadian-born Miss P. The dog lives in both Milton and Enderby, British Columbia. Her call name is short for Peyton, and her official champion's name is Tashtins Lookin for Trouble.

One of her owners is Eddie Dziuk, a co-owner of Uno. Her other co-owners are Lori Crandlemire and daughter Kaitlyn.

Uno turns 10 in May and now lives in Texas with owner Caroline Dowell, across the street from her ranch.

"Uno has his own television set," Dowell said by phone after Miss P's win. "I assume he was watching."

Dowell said Miss P was "delightful," albeit a bit quiet.

"She's not quite the showman that Uno is, but I'm a little prejudiced," she said. "There aren't many dogs that are. Uno could go in the show ring right now and do what he did up there at Westminster."

Critical thinking challenge: Why did the author emphasize that the winning beagle was soft-spoken?

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COMMENTS (33)
  • ChinDakota-DiB
    2/23/2015 - 11:25 a.m.

    The reason for why the author emphasized the statement is because the beagle was probably really sweet and a very nice dog. The Dog was happy.

  • brianp-Che
    2/23/2015 - 11:46 a.m.

    Beagles are a vocal breed of dogs, usually bark a lot but it seems the owner really trained her well to obey . Really great to see dogs being praised this way and not shown abuse or neglect by some of their owners.

  • MikaylaStazewski-Ste
    2/23/2015 - 12:21 p.m.

    The dog looks really pretty, but I am sure it is not the best dog in the world just because it won a dog show. That type of question is definitely opinionated.

  • nicholas.jones07
    2/23/2015 - 12:39 p.m.

    I think that this beagle is amazing. As a dog person myself, I know that dogs bark a lot, especially beagles. I've never before seen a beagle that is quiet.

  • johanna.galloway34
    2/23/2015 - 12:51 p.m.

    I love dog's. I'm so proud for this dog winning first at Westminster. I looked up the top dog breeds in America. I looked that it was the boxer. Boxer's are really smart dogs. Beagles are like gentlemen and a good hunting dog. Miss P won that because she was very handsome. The thing about dog's is they are really playful.

  • eugenef-DiB
    2/23/2015 - 01:37 p.m.

    i say no because a course it still things out their to be amazed over. Plus their are so many dogs in the world what make one dog so special.

  • marcusr-Che
    2/23/2015 - 01:46 p.m.

    I saw this on TV and it was cool how fast that dog ran threw everything especially that obstacle were she had to go back and forth threw the poles

  • apalacio-Che
    2/23/2015 - 01:47 p.m.

    its cool to see that the owner has trained the dog so good. also this type of dog is suppose to bark a lot and be a loud dog.

  • tylerr-Che
    2/23/2015 - 01:55 p.m.

    I think that they are a one of a kind they have special talents and very very good abilitys to be outside and a good hunting dogs .

  • rositap-Che
    2/23/2015 - 01:56 p.m.

    I don't have a beagle personally but I think they are some cute animals. I wouldn't say they are the cutest animal but they are on of them.

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