New York. On Tuesday, Buddy Holly, a petit basset griffon Vendéen, made history by winning best in show at the Westminster Kenel Club dog show, becoming the first dog of his breed to achieve this honor.
The 6-year-old beat six other finalists, including Rummie the Pekingese, Winston the French bulldog, Ribbon the Australian shepherd, Cider the English setter, Monty the giant schnauzer, and Trouble the American Staffordshire terrier.
Janice Hayes, Buddy Holly’s handler and co-owner, expressed her surprise and delight, saying, “I never thought a PBGV would do this. Buddy Holly is the epitome of a show dog.”
PBGVs are hound dogs originally from the French region of Vendée, known for their rabbit-hunting abilities and their happy demeanor and durable constitution, according to the American Kennel Club. The AKC also notes that they typically get along well with other dogs and small children.
To qualify as a finalist for best in show, a dog must first be the top dog in its breed, and then win its group, such as hounds or terriers.