Bichon frise wins best in show at Westminster

Bichon frise wins best in show at Westminster



NEW YORK (AP) — Flynn the bichon frise won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club.

The choice was a surprise to most of the crowd at Madison Square Garden, with many fans falling silent when the white powder puff was picked.

Flynn beat out Ty the giant schnauzer, Biggie the pug, Bean the Sussex spaniel, Lucy the borzoi, Slick the border collie and Winston the Norfolk terrier. The giant schnauzer was the runner-up.

The 142nd Westminster event drew 2,882 entries in 202 breeds and varieties.

Lily Mancini of Sherman, Connecticut, and her English springer spaniel won the junior showmanship competition at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

The juniors finals were Tuesday night, before judging continued toward best in show.

Ninety-five junior handlers were invited to the nation’s most prestigious dog show. Its top juniors prize increased this year from a $6,000 scholarship to a $10,000 scholarship. The eight finalists all get some education money.

Junior handlers are between 9 and 18. They’re judge on their presentation of their dogs, not the dogs’ particulars.

But many also go up against adults to exhibit dogs in the breed judging that goes toward best in show.

The juniors finals ended on a light note when a Newfoundland paused for a leisurely pee before leaving the ring.

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