Sports | February 13, 2019 10:05 am

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.

King, the wire hair fox terrier, poses after winning "Best in Show" at the Westminster Kennel Club 143rd Annual Dog Show in Madison Square Garden in New York on February 12, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
King, the wire hair fox terrier, poses after winning "Best in Show" at the Westminster Kennel Club 143rd Annual Dog Show in Madison Square Garden in New York on February 12, 2019. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 12: Gabriel Rangel poses with ‘King’ the Wire Fox Terrier after winning Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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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.