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Great Dane from Las Vegas wins 'Best in Breed' at Westminster

He eats 4 pounds of meat everyday
Posted: 5:19 PM, Feb 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-15 00:23:46-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Dog, the Great Dane, is deserving of all the treats these days after taking an award this week at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

He is 3-years-old and his owners told 13 Action News that he eats four pounds of meat everyday with his favorite treat being liver.

The Great Dane goes by "Dog" and returned to his Las Vegas home from New York City where he won "Best in Breed" at the Westminster event.

Dr. Nick Spirtos and Dr. Vicki Mazzorana, Dog's owners and breeders, say they were shocked when he won the competition.

"We never dreamed we would win best of breed," Mazzorana said.

Spirtos never thought Dog could win but did think he had a chance to place.

The 3-year-old Great Dane was born to a large litter in November 2016, weighing in at 1.9 pounds.

"He was the first of six, so he's a six-tuplet," Mazzorana said.

Dog first became a champion at 10-months-old. Since then, he's traveled around the country to different competitions and he does it all in comfort.

"He's just the easiest dog ever of all the Great Danes we've had," Spirtos said. "He's a joy."

Dog was also a joy to watch at Westminster. Spirtos described the crowd's reaction as "wildly enthusiastic."

"He got, I think, the loudest cheers. The building roared and the announcers even mentioned how popular he was," Spirtos said.

So, what will Dog do now that he's been crowned a Westminster champion?

"Well I think we should retire while we're on top," Mazzorana joked. "I don't know where we go from here.

If you'd like to see Dog in person, the Las Vegas Great Dane Club is putting on a show in March.

It's also a great way to support the Kennel Club and the Great Dane Rescue.