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Top show dog a rare breed indeed, but we found some

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A Scottish deerhound was named top dog Tuesday night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. Hickory, a five-year-old female from Virginia, became the first of her breed to win best in show at Westminster.

It was the surprise of the show. Hickory the Scottish deerhound that loves to chase wild animals just pounced on the biggest prize ever.

Quiet and dignified, Harriet King says the ancestors of her two Scottish deerhounds Nate and Orion were ferocious hunters, that is, before the invention of the rifle.

"When I say deer hunting, they actually went out, chased the deer down, tired it out, cornered it and in some cases brought it down," Harriet said.

More than 2,600 dogs competed in the Westminster, but it was Hickory that made history. Only five hounds have claimed best in show at Westminster, with Uno the beagle last winning in 2008.

Scottish deerhounds have competed in the Westminster since the show began in 1877, and in their earlier days dating back to the 16th century, only those born into royalty were allowed to have them.

"It was said that no one below the rank of earl could own one, so they became very rare and they are rare to this day as a matter of fact," Harriet said.

Mostly known as country dogs, Scottish deerhounds have now proven they belong in the bright lights of the big city as well.

Nate and Orion are allowed to run free off their leash for about an hour a day, so if you are considering adopting a Scottish deerhound, think big yard and lots of exercise and extra time, because these dogs are going to be very popular pooches with the autographs.

Best in show winner Hickory lives on a 50-acre farm in Virginia where she enjoys running after deer and rabbits.

Breeders say the dogs sell for between $1,500 and $3,000.

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