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Westminster Dog Show 2019: Best In Show winner is King, the Wire Fox Terrier


Westminster Kennel Club Hosts Its Annual Dog Show In New York Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has concluded with the announcement of the Best In Show: King, the Wire Fox Terrier!

Bono, the Havanese, was named the Reserve Best In Show.

It is important to note, of course, that all of the dogs at Westminster are VERY GOOD DOGS. There are no losers, there are only VERY. GOOD. DOGS. This dog is simply VERY VERY GOOD, which is only slightly better than VERY GOOD but enough to make it Best In Show.

The format of the competition is fairly straightforward. Dogs compete within their breed in their specific groups out of Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding, Sporting, Working and Terrier, and with each other to determine the best in each group. Then, those dogs compete for the overall Best in Show award.

The Terrier Group holds the most wins, with 46 wins, more than twice as much as any other group, with the last win coming in 2014. The Wire Fox Terrier is the specific breed with the most wins. Last year’s Best in Show was a Bichon Frise in the Non-Sporting group, and before that was a German Shepherd in the Herding group. The Best in Show award is tailored to which dog performs the tasks of their group.

Typically, the dogs are more represented by a “team” name in addition to the name their actual owners refer to them on a daily basis. For instance, the winner of the Non-Sporting group this year is officially a Schipperke called Rivendel’s Barefoot Bandit,” but actually, that particular dog’s call name is Colton. The “Ch.” or “GCHP” designation before a dog’s name designates them as a Champion or a Grand Champion.

If you missed it, on Monday, Rudy the Bulldog won the Masters Agility Championship:

And Heart, a Labrador Retriever won the Masters Obedience Championship for the fourth time in four years.

Group Winners

Hound: “Burns” the Longhaired Dachshund
Toy: “Bono” the Havanese
Non-Sporting: “Colton” the Schipperke
Herding: “Baby Lars” the Bouvier Des Flandres
Sporting: “Bean” the Sussex Spaniel
Working: “Wilma” the Boxer
Terrier: King, the Wire Fox Terrier

Due to a judging and ownership conflict, Colton the Schipperke was ruled ineligible for the Best In Show competition, making it a six-dog race.

Full group results can be found at the official Westminster Dog Show website.