Flynn the bichon frise beat out a darling pug, champion giant schnauzer, handsome border collie, sprightly Norfolk terrier, elegant borzoi and one cheeky Sussex spaniel to win best in show at the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club dog show in NY. Flash won "Best in Breed".
Flash, a 4-year-old, black, curly coated retriever was awarded "Best in Breed", Tuesday night.
"I'd have to ask the owners, but I'm pretty sure I can drop the mic and say he's retired", he said. "This isn't something everybody gets the chance to do".
Dogs in the Westminster show compete in a total of seven groups.
Even before competition in the sporting, working and terrier groups at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night, the fluffy white dog from Denver, Colorado, victor of the non-sporting group, had already emerged as a frontrunner for the 142nd rendition of Westminster, the Super Bowl of the dog world.
On Tuesday night beforne Best in Show, crowd favorite Bean the Sussex Spaniel - who won over fans by standing on its hindquarters during the competition - the Sporting Group, Ty captured the Working Group title, and Winston the Norfolk Terrier walked away with a Terrier Group win. After whittling down the competition to the best dogs in the Hound, Toy, Non-sporting, Herding, Working, Sporting and Terrier groups present, it was up to Betty-Anne Stenmark to pick the Best In Show.
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Dogs are judged on the basis of how well they stack up against breed characteristics as set by the American Kennel Club.
The show recently added agility and obedience events open to mixed breed dogs, and Westminster is emphasizing this year that breed clubs also rescue dogs.
Specifically bred to fit the breed's standards, Flash has been in shows since he was six months old, Davis said. Officially, the color is golden liver. "He's a once-in-a-lifetime dog", he said. And congratulations to Lily Mancini- she showed an English Springer Spaniel.
Now, Davis has been showing dogs for more than 10 years and has shown at this dog show before, but has never "gone this far" at the prestigious dog event.
"He kept wagging his tail and that sold himself to me", Stenmark said. I didn't really expect it to be honest with you.