Annual Westminster Dog Show Takes Place In New York City

Westminster Crowns Its Top Dog

Meet the Best in Show, Flynn the Bichon Frise.

 
More than 2,800 dogs entered Madison Square Garden this week for the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show — but only one would be crowned Best in Show. After two days of preening, prancing, and parading, that honor went to a 5-year-old Bichon Frise named Flynn. Let's relive the highlights.

Leader of the Pack Drew Angerer/Getty Images Leader of the Pack How did he get here? Flynn (a.k.a. GCHP CH Belle Creek's All I Care About Is Love) first had to beat out a pack of competitors to win Best in Breed for non-sporting dogs. He then took on fellow Best in Breed challengers Ty the giant schnauzer, Slick the border collie, Lucy the borzoi, Biggie the pug, Bean the Sussex spaniel, and Winston the Norfolk terrier for the title of top dog. Flynn is only the second Bichon Frise to have ever won Best in Show, and the audience was reportedly stunned when he was awarded the coveted purple ribbon. Second-Place Schnauzer Drew Angerer/Getty Images Second-Place Schnauzer The second-place title — "Best Reserve in Show" — went to the 4-year-old giant schnauzer Ty (a.k.a. GCH CH Ingebar's Tynan Dances With Wildflowers). So if Flynn is unable to perform the duties of Best in Show (which include a victory lunch at New York City restaurant Sardi's), we assume Ty will be there nipping at his heels. Props All Around Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Props All Around Of course, every dog at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a very good dog and deserves recognition. Here's to you, fluffy white dude! Number One with a Mustache SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Number One with a Mustache And to you, little guy! Hair? Makeup? Drew Angerer/Getty Images Hair? Makeup? And to this Chinese crested dog, who's clearly ready for his close-up. Wag the Dog TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images Wag the Dog Only an owner could tell which dog is which here. Prancer Drew Angerer/Getty Images Prancer Talk about swag. This Afghan hound is a head-turner. Standing Proud Drew Angerer/Getty Images Standing Proud But they don't wake up like this. Competitors, like Winston the Norfolk terrior, endure an extensive grooming process backstage before they're deemed ready for the big show. Jump for Joy TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images Jump for Joy The Sunday leading up to the main event is traditionally reserved for the Masters Agility Championship, in which pups — like this Cavalier King Charles spaniel — run a gauntlet of obstacle courses. Consider it the Canine American Ninja Warrior. Little Dog, Big Hops... TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images Little Dog, Big Hops... Hoop Dreams TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images Hoop Dreams And that's our show, folks! See you next year.