Is this the best dog in the world?
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. 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 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 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. 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. Instead, 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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  • emilianar-Hyl
    2/23/2015 - 11:55 a.m.

    I think that it was very lucky for that lady and her dog to win and I am shore I would do the same, be suprised. That is also a beautiful beagle dog and is the most prettiest one I have ever seen.

  • tylero-Hyl
    2/23/2015 - 12:07 p.m.

    I really liked this artical because I liked dogs.I have a guestion for Will Alexander how old is miss p. Did Will Alexander go to the dog show before or not and when did he get miss p. Also what made you want to be in the dog show with miss p.

  • aliciac-Hyl
    2/24/2015 - 12:04 p.m.

    If my dog was in that contest she would be in last place. My dog ain't listen to any one. She ripped up my mom's carpet, destroyed the door, eats people's food right off their plate, and destroyed part of the bathroom. So yeah she probably would not win, unless she starts behaving. I probably shouldn't have told the world that. :) (smiley face).

  • margareth-Hyl
    2/24/2015 - 12:09 p.m.

    I think that the author emphasized on the fact that the winning beagle was " soft - spoken " because one most of the dogs are very loud and two because one of the things the judges are looking is a nice strong bark. I would love to compete in the Westminster dog show but alas I do not have a dog. I think that the dude who won Will Alexzander is really lucky. I think so because their is so much fame and honor that most people would not care about the money. I would not care about the money but some people would. I know that those people would say " it took so much of our time to get here not to mention money and you wont pay us? " " how unprofessional that? " " I will tell you it is very. "

  • nolanb-Hyl
    2/25/2015 - 12:04 p.m.

    I think this should be the worlds best dog. Well because if the judges say she's the best than she is the best. Also congratulations on the big win and what a big surprise. Then she didn't let a peep out in the ring?!? This article is very interesting.

  • brandond-Hyl
    2/25/2015 - 12:04 p.m.

    This article was very amazing in my eyes. This is because it has a grate story base, it has specific details, incredible facts, and dogs have always been interesting to me and awesome in the arena.

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