Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Dog drama at Westminster: Schipperke ruled out for top prize

Dog drama at Westminster: Schipperke ruled out for top prize

King was chosen best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Wire fox terriers have won 15 times at the nation's most prestigious pooch pageant, far more than any other breed.

Besides Colton, the four selected on Monday were a longhaired dachshund named Burns who won the hound group; a Havanese named Bono who topped the toy group and a bouvier des Flandres named Baby Lars who led the herding group.

The crowd at Madison Square Garden seemed nearly taken aback when judge Peter Green revealed his choice over a pair of overwhelmingly popular favorites: a longhaired dachshund looking to break a centuries-spanning hoodoo and a charismatic Sussex spaniel back in the final ring for the second year in a row.

"These types of things happen at dog shows and the rules are such to maintain the integrity of the sport", the American Kennel Club said in a statement. "Dogs were originally bred to do specific jobs whether hunting, guarding, tracking, or companionship", the Westminster Kennel Club explains on its website.

There have been a wide variety of breeds to claim Best in Show wins in recent years, ranging from Beagle to Terrier, Pekingese to Pointer, and Scottish Deerhound to German Shepard.

Second place this year went to a Havanese named Bono. Last year's victor was a Bichon Frise named Flynn. The clumber spaniel and Welsh springer spaniel were eliminated because the judge was a breeder of both dogs. Brennan and Heart impressed the judge with a freestyle routine inspired by the 1956 film "The Red Balloon", which saw the dog tugging a red balloon at Brennan's command. Colton the schipperke is out of the show!

The Schipperke was allowed to walk out with the other six group winners for the final round but was then excused from the ring before judging. So by rule, Colton is out. Thanks to the dog show's carefully placed cameras, you can see Gabby whip though the tunnel and zip through the weave poles.

Tuesday's snow and sleet in NY was far from the norm for Picasso, a Staffordshire bull terrier from Santa Rosa, California.

Picasso was sporting a stylish coat with a Union Jack design as he left the venue. Collins calls the show "a good way to educate people" about the burly breed.

"She does this because she loves me, not because she loves this", Bean said. "He's best in show".

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