Sage the Miniature Poodle Wins Best in Show at 2024 Westminster Dog Show

Over 2,500 dogs entered the 148th Annual Westminster Dog Show, but only one emerged with the title “Best in Show.” This year, that honor was bestowed upon Sage, a four-year-old female miniature poodle from Texas, and her handler Kaz Hosaka. Sage is the first female dog to be named Best in Show since the 2020 Westminster Dog Show.

“I have no words…I’m so proud of this dog,” says Hosaka.

2024 is also a monumental milestone for Hosaka, marking his 45th Westminster Dog Show. Hosaka notes it will also be his last. What a way to enter retirement!

Reserve Best in Show, the runner-up, was bestowed upon Mercedes the German shepherd. Mercedes won her breed and group earlier this week. Check out the other group winners below.

Herding group: Mercedes, a German shepherd

Hound group: Louis, an Afghan hound

Working group: Monty, a giant schnauzer

Sporting group: Micah, a cocker spaniel

Terrier group: Frankie, a bull terrier

Non-sporting group: Sage, a miniature poodle

Toy group: Comet, a shi tzu

Mrs. Rosalind Kramer from High Point, North Carolina, was the Best in Show judge and shared how absolutely delighted she was with this year’s lineup before announcing the night’s top dogs.

“I want to thank every dog, whether you’re a house dog or a show dog, because you make our lives whole,” says Kramer.