Flynn, a bichon frise, won the world-famous championship for purebred dogs. It isn't usual for a bichon frise to win such a competition and that is why many dog lovers were happy to see one take home the prize.
The tiny, white champion defeated six other competitors during the event which happened at Madison Square Garden in midtown Manhattan, New York City. It ran for two days and this event is held annually.
One of the competitors was Ty, a huge schnauzer who was the second-best reserve in the competition. Among the remaining five contenders, a borzoi, a pug, a Sussex spaniel, a border collie, and a Norfolk terrier were selected as the top dogs in their respective dog categories. More than 2,880 dogs of 201 varieties and colors participated in this year's Westminster Kennel Club competition.
According to the organizers, this makes it the second-oldest sporting event in the United States behind the Kentucky Derby. The bichon frise is recognized for its pleasant appearance, white fluffy hair, and beautiful face with black eyes and a black nose.
McFadden, Flynn's handler, claimed that this breed amuses many people. They are intelligent, and love to entertain people with their inherent talent. They have the appearance that can make people laugh or, at the very least, smile. According to research from the Westminster Kennel Club, the bichon frise has only won Best in Show once since 1907.
Wire fox terriers have won the Westminster Dog Show 14 times, making them the most celebrated champions.
At the Westminster Dog Show, there are seven different divisions in which dogs compete. They evaluated other breeds based on characteristics shared by hounds, herding, terriers, toy, sporting, and working dogs.
According to the Westminster Kennel Club, dogs from all 50 U.S. states and 16 other nations, including Japan, China, Canada, Russia, Mexico, and Australia, participated in the competition. German shepherd female Rumor won Best in Show at last year's competition.
Source: FOX Sports