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)
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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. 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.

It was 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 making 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. 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. A standard poodle, a shih tzu 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 who 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 the prestige lasts forever in 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. 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. The pooch now lives in Texas with owner Caroline Dowell. Her ranch is across the street.

"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 (110)
  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    2/24/2015 - 12:36 a.m.

    I think this is cool because Miss P is the second beagle to win the Westminster dog show. I can't believe that Miss P is the grand-niece of Uno, the first beagle to win the Westminster dog show. I did not know that so she should be pretty famous. But, I think she became known until after she was chosen to win for the Westminster dog show.
    Critical thinking challenge: Why did the author emphasize that the winning beagle was soft-spoken?
    Answer: The author emphasized that the winning beagle was soft-spoken because beagles are usually loud and Miss P was a quiet beagle.

  • Kali1
    2/24/2015 - 08:27 a.m.

    I love This dog, any dog can be the top dog in the world though! Good job mrs.P!! P.s cutest dog ever! I would love to meet this doggy!

  • Jadenj
    2/24/2015 - 08:36 a.m.

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HER NAME, Peyton i such a pretty name. And i believe that beagles are amazing dogs you can train them to do about anything. They are such amazing dogs and most of them are actually quiet.

  • Mareenaawc
    2/24/2015 - 08:40 a.m.

    the reason why they said he is soft spoken is because he is not a everyday dog because he is not a loud dog because he don't bark loud.

  • jackieawc
    2/24/2015 - 08:42 a.m.

    I think that it is the best dog it looks like it was train well and it dose not be rude. It seems as like the dog has the best trainer it's like the greatest dog to actually listen to an actually trainer. But the dog I think the name is Uno and he/she is not quite the showman so I guess she doesn't like performing in front of people. How come the dog had to move from another state, did he move or something because he/she was going to perform somewhere.

  • ad2000stealth
    2/24/2015 - 08:45 a.m.

    I think that the author was trying to make it seem like this dog was never really expected to be this incredible dog that didn't really seem like it was going to be the winner of the dog show.

  • zG2000mimi
    2/24/2015 - 08:48 a.m.

    to me i love dogs there so adorable i have two year old dog and i like dogs shows but i think that its kind of cruel how they force them to learn hard

  • CarlosDS3
    2/24/2015 - 10:20 a.m.

    This dog is amazing, I like how she was able to keep calm and not make a sound.This article is about what is potentially the best dog in the world. Plus she came in first in show, that is really good.

  • elenaa-Eic
    2/24/2015 - 10:46 a.m.

    I honestly love dogs I almost everybody in my family at least has a dog and they are very well trained but i would never put my dog in a dog show cause it is hard work especially for the dog they get tired

  • bradyng-Eic
    2/24/2015 - 11:20 a.m.

    i think this dog is amazing it means a lot to me actually because my first dog was a beguile and it one a couple prizes for tricks its still alive but its not doing the best sadly.

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