Wire Fox Terrier Named ‘King’ Wins Best in Show Title at 143rd Westminster Dog Show

A wire hair fox terrier named King won Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. (Photo: JUSTIN LANE, EPA-EFE)

A wire fox terrier named King was named Best in Show on Tuesday night at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

King is the first terrier to be named Best in Show since Sky, also a wire fox terrier, won in 2010. But terriers are the most dominant group in Westminster history: Beginning with Warren Remedy, who was named Best in Show in each of the first three years of competition from 1907-1909, terriers have now claimed the top spot 47 times.

“That’s one of the breeds I know really well,” said the Best in Show judge, Peter Green. “And (King) is as good as it gets. Everything about it … the head, the expression. Everything is really, really as good as it gets. And then the handler has him in perfect condition.”

Wire fox terriers in specific have been Westminster’s dominant breed, with King the 15th to win Best of Show.

“I’m just relieved,” said the terrier’s handler, Gabriel Rangel, a three-time winner of Best in Show. “I’m very proud of him, particularly.”

The runner-up was a Havanese named Bono, after the U2 singer. No Havanese has ever won the competition. Bono’s handler, Taffe McFadden, is married to Bill McFadden, the handler for last year’s Best in Show, a Bichon Frise named Flynn.

Joining the terrier and Havanese in the finals were a longhaired dachshund named Burns (hound group); a Bouviers des Flandres (herding group) named Baby Lars, the first of his breed to win the group; a Sussex spaniel named Bean (sporting group), who won his group for the second year in a row; and a boxer named Wilma (working group).

The crowd at Madison Square Garden saved its loudest cheers for the dachshund, another breed which has yet to claim Best in Show honors across 142 years of competition. Burns was the second dachshund to win his group, following his grandfather, Ben, who did so in 1998.

Joining the terrier and Havanese in the finals were a longhaired dachshund named Burns (hound group); a Bouviers des Flandres (herding group) named Baby Lars, the first of his breed to win the group; a Sussex spaniel named Bean (sporting group), who won his group for the second year in a row; and a boxer named Wilma (working group).

The crowd at Madison Square Garden saved its loudest cheers for the dachshund, another breed which has yet to claim Best in Show honors across 142 years of competition. Burns was the second dachshund to win his group, following his grandfather, Ben, who did so in 1998.

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SOURCE: USA Today, by Paul Myerberg