King Rules: Wire Fox Terrier Wins Best in Show at Westminster
King will make the rounds on morning TV and enjoy a steak lunch at midtown eatery Sardi’s.
A wire fox terrier named King ruled the pack at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Show yesterday.
Beating out finalists Burns (longhaired dachshund), Bono (Havanese), Baby Lars, (bouviers des Flandres), Wilma (boxer), and Bean (Sussex spaniel), King was named “Best in Show” at Madison Square Garden.
A seven-year-old from Brazil who’s won big in Europe, the winner wasn’t necessarily a fan favorite among the 2,800 dogs who entered the competition, but judge Peter Green pointed at King regardless.
“It doesn’t get any better than that,” handler Gabriel Rangel said. “I look at King, he’s like a beautiful painting, a piece of art. The way he stands and performs, he’s the whole package.”
Thanks to the win, King will make the rounds on morning television shows and enjoy a steak lunch at midtown eatery Sardi’s.
Though he gets no prize money for the win, owner Victor Malzoni Jr. does get lucrative breeding rights and a shiny silver bowl.
Interestingly enough, of the 112 “Best in Show” titles awarded at Westminster, 15 have gone to wire fox terriers. Scottish terriers have the second-most wins with eight.
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