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Westminster agility 2021 winner: Verb the border collie is winner for 2nd time

Westminster agility 2021 winner: Verb the border collie is winner for 2nd time
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Verb, a border collie who breezed to victory at the 2019 Westminster Masters Agility Championship, has done it again.

The agile canine was named the most swift of all the swift pet dogs for the 2nd time to develop into the 2021 agility champion at the 145th Westminster Kennel Club pet show.

Owner Perry DeWitt of Wyncote, Pennsylvania accompanied Verb on the agility class, running absent with the victory as her dog won equally the 20-inch class and the complete level of competition (see movie underneath).


Verb, the 50th and final puppy to compete, defeat his 2019 time of 32.05 seconds by shifting like a blur by means of the obstacle study course to complete in 31.3 seconds in a tent on the grounds of the Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, New York.

The Friday event was the to start with of the 2021 Westminster Kennel Club doggy show, which relocated from the winter season time in Manhattan to the spring so it could be held outdoors since of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although there is normally a sizable crowd viewing the action-packed party, safety protocols intended it was closed to the typical public.

The agility final was broadcast on Fox Saturday night. The classic breed levels of competition started out Saturday and culminates Sunday night time with the naming of best in present.

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Verb with his operator, Perry DeWitt.Mary Altaffer | AP

Border collies have won the Westminster agility level of competition in 7 out of eight many years. The opposition was additional to the standard breed demonstrate in 2014. It is a person of just two Westminster activities that allow blended-breed canine, or “all-American dogs” in the parlance of the pet dog demonstrate.

In 2020, P!nk, a border collie named immediately after the singer, emerged as agility winner.

Plop, an Australian cattle pet dog blend handled by Lisa Topol of New York City, gained the 2021 agility award for ideal all-American dog for the next time, owning gained the honor in 2019. The pet ran the course in 37.73 seconds, beating his 2019 finest of 37.99 seconds.

Verb bested a New Jersey runner-up in the 20-inch class — Gracie, a barking Australian shepherd from Colts Neck, and her operator, Kelly Cardamone, who finished in 36.71 seconds. The placing, blue-eyed canine was raring to go, seeming keen to conquer the obstacles, which bundled weave poles, a tunnel, an A-frame, hurdles and hoops.

Manager, a Shetland sheepdog from Pascoag, Rhode Island, won the 16-inch course with a time of 31.78 seconds.

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Lark, a papillon from Delaware, Ohio, darted as a result of the program to get the 8-inch course in 33.51 seconds.

Doogie, a different border collie from Concealed Hills, California, took the 24-inch class with 36.88 seconds, and Pre, a lightning-rapidly poodle from Westford, Massachusetts, received the 12-inch class with 30.41 seconds.

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The Westminster Kennel Club dog exhibit continues with team level of competition Saturday night (June 12). The hound, toy, non-sporting and herding teams air dwell from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on FS1 and stream live on the Fox Now and Fox Sports applications.

Sporting, doing work and terrier groups will air along with very best in clearly show from 7:30 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. Sunday, June 13 on Fox and stream are living on the Fox Now and Fox Athletics apps.


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Amy Kuperinsky may be reached at akuperinsky@njadvancemedia.com and followed at @AmyKup on Twitter.