Miss P, a Canadian Beagle, won Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show on Tuesday, beating out fan favorite, Swagger, in a surprising twist.

Miss P Wins Best In Show

Miss P was declared the overall champion late Tuesday night, after a long deliberation by Best in Show judge David Merriam, a former California trial judge. Merriam said he chose Miss P as the winner for her “wonderful type” and “wonderful head.”

Miss P is the second beagle ever to win Best in Show – in fact, she is the grandniece of the first beagle ever to win the title, Uno, who won in 2008. The 15-inch beagle was a surprising pick for Best in Show. At 4-years-old, Miss P was not considered a heavy favorite, competing against the beloved Swagger and veteran dog show champ, Matisse, who has 238 best in shows to his name.

After Miss P’s big win, her handler, Will Alexander, proudly stated that she gave a perfect performance at this year’s show, saying, “She just never let me down. She didn’t make any mistakes.” Alexander has been with Miss P since she was 6 months old, calling her “my Princess.” “I met her when she was 6 months old, and she’s been my Princess ever since, and she just thinks she’s the best one here,” Alexander had said on Monday after Miss P was declared the top in her group.

As for what’s next for Miss P, the dog is officially going into retirement to become a mother, but not before making multiple stops at various television studios and media outlets. Miss P has already spent her Wednesday traveling from talk show to talk show, appearing on Fox and Friends, The Today Show, Good Day New York and The View, all before noon.

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