Ch. Starline's Chanel, a 2-year-old female whippet owned by Lori and Carey Lawrence, beat a top-ranked petit basset griffon vendeen to win the hound group at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday.
Handler Lauri Wilson, who guided Chanel to Monday's victories and will accompany her in the best-in-show ring Tuesday night, told USA Today that the dog stays in top athletic condition by chasing tennis balls. (See, show dogs might look nicer than the average couch-potato canines, but they're not really any different from ball-chasing mutts like ours, deep down.) "She also loves jumping straight up and down," Wilson told USA Today. Well ... everyone needs a hobby.
The American Kennel Club categorizes the 164 breeds it recognizes into seven groups. To take the hound title, Chanel first had to be named best of breed in a competition held earlier in the day. Four groups -- hound, toy, non-sporting and herding -- were judged Monday evening at Westminster. The remaining three groups -- sporting, working and terrier -- will be judged Tuesday evening, followed by the best-in-show competition, in which the seven group winners go head to head.