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The 'elegant' Miss P, Westminster Best in Show winner, visits TODAY and meets Wrangler

She’s only the second beagle ever to win the coveted Best in Show honor, but Miss P did so by defeating both a rival with White House connections and a pooch belonging to a famed American heiress.

The 4-year-old beagle, crowned top dog at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, paid a visit Tuesday to TODAY to show why she beat out more than 2,700 dogs representing 192 breeds and varieties.

"She never lets me down," boasted her handler, Will Alexander.

Some enchanted morning... @WranglerTODAY meets Westminster winner Miss P! pic.twitter.com/CJQ5tM3gDl

Some enchanted morning... @WranglerTODAY meets Westminster winner Miss P! pic.twitter.com/CJQ5tM3gDl

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 18 | 2015

Among those the 15-inch beagle from British Columbia beat out were Matisse, the Portuguese water dog cousin of President Obama’s dog, Sunny, and Rocket, the Shih tzu owned by Patty Hearst. Miss P will now retire from competition, Alexander said.

"She's going to go be a mother soon. And that will be a great thing for the breed and for her," he said.

Miss P, whose registered name is "Ch Tashtins Looking for Trouble," is actually a nickname dubbed by a judge who asked about her name during a puppy class, Alexander said.

"I said 'Payton,' and he said, 'The Devine Miss P,'" Alexander recalled.

Congratulations to Bea-gelle Miss P on winning @WKCDOGS. "P" stands for "Pretty good even tho she is not a basset hound."

Congratulations to Bea-gelle Miss P on winning @WKCDOGS. "P" stands for "Pretty good even tho she is not a basset hound."

— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) February 18 | 2015

Miss P's victory shouldn't be a surprise to her family: Her great uncle, Uno, in 2008 became the first beagle to ever win Best in Show.

There's no prize money just lots of prestige. And, during her visit to TODAY’s Studio 1A, a chance to upstage Wrangler, TODAY’s Puppy with a Purpose.

Ugh. Typical. I'm meeting Miss P and my hair looks a mess #doglife pic.twitter.com/ijH2sc4Maw

Ugh. Typical. I'm meeting Miss P and my hair looks a mess #doglife pic.twitter.com/ijH2sc4Maw

— Wrangler (@WranglerTODAY) February 18 | 2015

Who dat? @WranglerToday spies @WKCDogs best in show winner, Beagle, Miss P in the #orangeroom @todayshow

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In addition to Matisse and Rocket, Miss P faced "ruff" competition from dozens of other top dogs.

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Emma Rogers, 11, from Columbus, New Jersey, and Great Dane "Joy" in the benching area during the 2nd day of the Westminster show.
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Enid Fritz from Dallas, Texas runs her Old English Sheepdog, Dizzy.
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Boston Terriers stand in the ring during judging in the non-sporting group.
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A viewing of Bedlington Terriers.
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