February 16, 2011 by USA Post
Irish Wolfhound, Hickory the greyhound Scottish oped her way to victory in the series 2011 Westminster dog Tuesday night. The female is 5 years old the first of her breed to win Best in Show at the famous event, reports the New York Times. Hickory (full name Foxcliffe Grand Champion Hickory Wind) broke several favorites – including a bearded collie named Mister Baggins – to win the title in her last competition before retiring. Bookmakers put the dog at 60-to-1 odds, but Italian judge Paolo Dondin said his special affection for dogs in Hickory apart. “I am a dog person. I Afghans I had whippets, greyhounds I was Irish. I’ve never owned a greyhound. It’s my dream. “The race was originally as a companion to the nobility of the 18th century, but Hickory makes its home on a farm in Virginia. Its owners plan to begin pumping puppy’s prices, but not Hickory before breakfast enjoys a steak at Sardi’s on Wednesday.
Hickory, a Scottish deerhound, officially known as HCG Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, Best in Show won the Westminster Dog Show. With her thin, spotted coat of long brown hair, Hickory is a bit like an Irish wolfhound, Deerhound to which is bound. She was a commanding presence in the ring, skillfully manipulated by Angela Lloyd.
Perhaps the Scottish deerhound will now proceed to a rise of the 141st on the list of the American Kennel Club breeds most popular (first place for 2010 is held by the Labrador Retriever and has been for years). Or maybe not. Unlike a laboratory, they did not try. And they are not good guard dogs.
What they can do is hunt. The breed standard requires that the dog’s neck should be strong enough to take a deer of 250 pounds. United States, it is illegal to hunt with dog’s wood game, but Deerhound was used to hunt coyotes, wolves and rabbits.
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