Tim McGraw's canine Lepshi, a bracco Italiano, gained Better of Breed on the Westminster canine present

  • The Westminster Kennel Membership topped a Finest in Present winner on Could 9, 2023.
  • However earlier than that, they picked a Finest in Breed for all 210 breeds.
  • The bracco Italiano winner was Lepshi, who’s co-owned by nation star Tim McGraw.

Nation celebrity Tim McGraw was ready so as to add one other award to his trophy case this week after Lepshi, a canine he co-owns, took dwelling the Finest in Breed trophy on the Westminster Kennel Membership Canine Present on Could 9.

Lepshi is a bracco Italiano, an Italian breed of pointing canine. This was the very first 12 months that the breed was allowed to take part, since they have been solely lately acknowledged by the American Kennel Membership.

McGraw posted about his pleasure on Instagram.

“So pleased with Lepshi!! He is at all times been a winner in our eyes,” he wrote.


Lepshi, who’s 6 years previous, is only one of some bracco Italianos owned by McGraw and his spouse, Religion Hill. In 2020, McGraw posted a video about his two different appropriately named braccos, Caesar and Stromboli.

However this week was all about Lepshi. “He is an exquisite ambassador for the breed,” stated Ryan Wolf, who handles the canine for McGraw and his co-owners, Kristi Libertore, Tony Libertore, Jenell Tonini-Zanotto, based on the Related Press.

Lepshi, a Bracco Italiano (co-owned by Tim McGraw) wins Best New Breed at the 147th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Presented by Purina Pro Plan at Arthur Ashe Stadium on May 09, 2023 in New York City. (

Lepshi, a bracco Italiano (co-owned by Tim McGraw) wins Finest in Breed on the 147th Annual Westminster Kennel Membership Canine Present.

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Whereas Lepshi was named the perfect of his breed, he was eradicated throughout the semi-finals on Tuesday. The eventual Finest in Present trophy went to Buddy Holly, a 6-year-old “PBGV,” or petit basset griffon Vendéen. Buddy Holly broke boundaries similar to Lepshi did — he was the very first PBGV to ever win Westminster.

“I by no means thought a PBGV would do that,” Buddy’s handler and co-owner Janice Hayes stated, AP reported. “Buddy Holly is the epitome of a present canine. Nothing bothers him.”