Big Joel was selected among the top dogs of the working group Tuesday night, but the St. Bernard co-owned by a Fresno couple came up short in the competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City.
The 3-year-old dog, whose official name is GCH CH Nobel’s Fierce Warrior V Jamelles, was selected as one of eight finalists in the working group that featured 29 breeds.
Judge John Ramirez selected a Boxer named Devlin as the winner of the group, followed by an Akita, a Standard Schnauzer and a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Joel earlier Tuesday won Best of Breed to reach the best in group finals. The winners of the seven groups advanced to the Best in Show competition.
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A German Shepherd named Rumor, from the herding group, was named Best in Show. An Irish Setter named Adrian, from the sporting group, was reserve champion.
Joel’s co-owners are Doug and Nicole Tucker of Fresno and Michele Mulligan of Diamond Bar, who showed Joel at Westminster while the Tuckers watched.