At the 2013 National Dog Show, which aired on Thanksgiving Day, American Foxhound Ch. Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box (‘Jewel’) took Best in Show under judge Randy E. Garren. Jewel, a dominant American Foxhound on the dog show circuit all year, won over more than 1,500 dogs at The National Dog Show Presented by Purina® during the annual Kennel Club of Philadelphia cluster at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on November 16.
The 3-year-old bitch is also the first winner in the 12-year history of The National Dog Show to come from the Hound Group. Every other Group has had at least one winner over the years (five Terrier, two Sporting, and one each from the Working, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups).
After successfully defending her 2012 Hound Group win at the show, Jewel edged out a Bearded Collie, a Pekingese, a Norfolk Terrier, a Standard Schnauzer, a Bichon Frisé and an Irish Water Spaniel on the Best in Show stage. Jewel also won the Hound Group at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club dog show this past February.
Breeder/owner-handler Lisa Miller of Mechanicsville, Md., said of her champion, “Jewel flies around on a loose lead, then she stops and free stacks with a look that says, ‘Beat me.’ She is probably the best American Foxhound I’ve ever bred.”
“I never have seen one that good [as Jewel] and may never see one better,” said judge Randy E. Garren. “Not only does she look good, but it is clear that she would be great in the field also,” he added in reference to the breed’s function as a hunter of foxes since the 1600s.
Jewel entered the show as the top-ranked American Foxhound , the No. 1 dog in the Hound Group, and the sixth-ranked dog of all breeds in 2013. She is the winningest American Foxhound in the history of the breed, her grandfather having held the record previously.
Coverage of the show and Jewel’s triumphant moments were broadcast to a holiday audience totaling some 18 million on NBC Thanksgiving Day. NBC will air an encore presentation of the two-hour special Saturday night (Nov. 30) in primetime from 8-10 p.m. in all time zones. The show was taped on Saturday, Nov. 16.
The following are the 2013 National Dog Show Group Winners: