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Miss P’s Westminster win claims second Best in Show for a beagle

A beagle named Miss P won the 139th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night, the second of its breed to take the title in the past decade.

The 15-inch contender triumphed over six rivals, including Swagger, an Old English sheepdog, Liz, an English Springer Spaniel, and Rocket, a shih tzu that is co-owned by Patty Hearst.

Miss P even managed to surpass Matisse, a Portuguese water dog that has amassed a staggering 238 best-in-show wins, the Associated Press reported. Miss P has 20 wins to her name.

Charlie, a Skye terrier finished second. Terriers have a storied history at Westminster, earning the title 46 times. A wire fox terrier won last year.

Miss P, who represented the hound group, is related to Uno, who took the Best in Show trophy in 2008. The greying Uno spent his post-victory days on a ranch outside of Austin, Texas.

Miss P’s owner, Eddie Dziuk, has said the four-year-old beagle is, beyond Tuesday night, destined for motherhood. Before then, Miss P will embark on a media tour on Wednesday, starting with rounds on morning TV shows.

The two-day event was held at Madison Square Garden and is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the United States, after the Kentucky Derby.

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