Wired to win: Wire fox terrier is Westminster best in show

Sergio Conner
February 13, 2019

A total of 2,879 dogs, including 173 from New Jersey, competed in the breed show, which started on Monday at Piers 92 and 94 in NY.

Spanning two days in February, the most popular and prestigious dog show will take to Madison Square Garden, TVs and streaming.

But everyone's saying the dachshund was robbed.

"A schipperke may never, never win this group again", Cook said.

King the Wire Fox Terrier won for the terrier group. Last year, Flynn, a bichon frise handled by Bill McFadden of Acampo, California, won best in show.

Two breeds of dog, the Nederlandse kooikerhondje and the Grand basset griffon Vendéen, competed at Westminster for the first time this year, having joined the sporting group and the hound group, respectively, in 2018.

Folks flocked to Twitter after the results were announced, with torches, pitchforks and keyboard voices raised for Burns.

The rest of the show's final ring included Bean the Sussex spaniel Burns the longhaired dachshund, Wilma the boxer and Baby Lars the bouviers des Flandres.

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Rangel teared up in the middle of the ring after the win, overwhelmed by the moment and the recognition from Green.

"The judge is the most famous terrier man in the world", Rangel said. This Wednesday celebration includes a visit to the top of the Empire State Building, lunch at beloved N.Y.C. restaurant Sardi's and several press appearances. Besides a shiny silver bowl, the reward comes in lucrative breeding rights and a lifetime of bragging rights. King's win makes it 15 Best in Show titles for the breed. He had a wonderful gait.

But did he have the right combination to become the big victor here?

The winner's circle is familiar territory for Burns' handler Carlos Puig.

Rangel twice previously guided terriers to best in show at Westminster - Sadie the Scottie in 2010 and Sky the wire fox in 2014.

The best in show at the 143rd Westminster will be picked around 11 p.m.

At the Westminster Masters Agility Championship on Saturday, Verb, a border collie from Wyncote, Pennsylvania, swiftly soared over hurdles and mastered obstacles, including weave poles, a tunnel run and a hoop jump, to become top dog with a time of 32.05 seconds. "But they don't have that sharp expression".

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