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The Westminster Dog Show made history this week by naming a Scottish deerhound as the Grand Champion. What's next for the now-famous dog?

The 2011 Westminster Dog Show is in the books -- and it was the first time this breed won the coveted Grand Champion prize.

Westminster Dog Show Scottish deerhound

Hickory, a 5-year-old Scottish deerhound, beat out over 2,500 other dogs for the award. Hickory -- full name GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind -- is only the fourth Scottish deerhound to win the hound category in the 80-plus years of competition.

So what happens next for Hickory?

He's now retired from show after his Westminster Dog Show win -- besides, how can you top that? His owners say they'll return to Virginia before embarking on a publicity tour with Hickory. Then, of course, they'll work to breed him.

Other top dogs at the Westminster Dog Show included a Pekingese named Malachy, a Chinese Shar Pei named Jayne and a bearded Collie named Mister Baggins.

The Westminster Dog Show didn't go off without a hitch, though. PETA protested outside of New York City's Madison Square Garden with signs that read "Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs' Chances." This isn't the first time PETA has protested at the show -- and it likely won't be the last.

What do you think of Hickory's win at the 2011 Westminster Dog Show? Did another dog deserve the prize?

Tags: scottish deerhound westminster dog show

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Comments on "Westminster Dog Show names its Best in Show!"

Kate February 16, 2011 | 11:07 PM

Coincidentally, I did an interview about a week ago with a young journalism student. During which, I offered her some advice about her choice of career. The first was to never forget her audience was smarter than she. The second pertained to accuracy. "Journalists can't even cover a dog show without getting some fact wrong". Hickory is a "she".

heidi February 16, 2011 | 2:05 PM

Grace in motion. It was amazing my next choice would have been baggens

joann February 16, 2011 | 1:44 PM

It was a great show and Hickory was my favorite. PETA can jump in the lake.

Priscilla Kamrath February 16, 2011 | 1:07 PM

Yes, yes, yes - Hickory deserved to win - he is a magnificent dog. I love the Westminster Dog Show - watch it every year and some year I will be there in person. Cheers, Priscilla

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