The Westminster canine present winner is the primary of its breed to be thrown a bone

  • The 2023 Westminster Finest in Present winner was topped on Could 9 in New York Metropolis.
  • His identify is Buddy Holly and he is a 6-year-old “PBGV,” or petit basset griffon Vendéen.
  • It is the primary time a PBGV has gained finest in present in Westminster’s 147 years.

Buddy Holly lived as much as his rock-star identify on Tuesday when he was named Finest in Present on the 147th Westminster Kennel Membership canine present.

The 6-year-old canine is the primary petit basset griffon Vendéen — often known as a PBGV — to take the highest prize within the competitors’s historical past.

The breed hails from France, and the identify interprets to “low-lying, wire-haired canine from the Vendée area,” the Related Press reported. PBGVs are identified for “a cheerful demeanor,” in line with the American Kennel Membership.

Janice Hayes, Buddy’s co-owner and handler, could not imagine his win.

“I by no means thought a PBGV would do that,” she stated, AP reported. “Buddy Holly is the epitome of a present canine. Nothing bothers him.”

If you happen to’re questioning how precisely to pronounce Buddy’s breed, Hayes was round to assist out new followers.


“He simply screams PBGV,” Hayes stated. “They’re simply very impartial however very charming and simply foolish. Their objective is to make you chortle daily.”

She added that the one factor up subsequent for Buddy — so named as a result of “he is a buddy” — was a great night time’s sleep, tons of playtime, and rolling pillows.

“He simply will get to return to being a canine,” she added.

Buddy Holly, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, winner of the Hound Group, wins Best in Show at the 147th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Buddy Holly, the PBGV, wins Finest in Present.

Sarah Stier/Getty Pictures for Westminster Kennel Membership

On an look on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, the day after his win, Gail Miller Bisher, the director of communications for Westminster, elaborated on what set Buddy aside.

He has “a really balanced physique, compact. He has the mustache, the lengthy eyebrows,” she stated, including: “He has, most significantly, the angle and temperament. They’re alleged to be extroverts. They’re alleged to be assured. He clearly has that.”

Hayes additionally stated that Buddy is now retired and that he “lives the life.” Subsequent up is a go to to the Empire State Constructing and a champion’s lunch on the NYC culinary establishment Tavern on the Inexperienced.

Final 12 months, a breed that had by no means gained earlier than additionally took the highest prize: Flessner’s Toot My Personal Horn, identified to his house owners as Trumpet, was the primary bloodhound to be named Finest in Present. Different breeds, together with wire fox terriers, customary poodles, and Pekingese, have gained the competitors a number of instances.