NEW YORK — A wire fox terrier named Sky won “best in show” at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday, besting canines in six other groups at one of the oldest sporting events in the United States.
Betty Regina Leininger of Frisco, Texas, awarded the top prize to Sky at this year's event in Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The win makes it the 14th time the wire fox terrier has won the competition, more than any other breed since the show's first staging in 1877.
The wire fox terrier's last win was in 1992. No other breed has more than eight victories.
The standard poodle was named runner-up, known as “reserve best in show.”
The competition focuses on a dog's appearance, compared with a breed standard. The show is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the United States, after the Kentucky Derby horse race.
The finalists included four group winners from Monday: a bloodhound named Nathan, best of the hound group; Classie, a miniature pinscher tops in the toy group; a standard poodle named Ally, who won the non-sporting group; and a Cardigan Welsh corgi named Coco Posh, leader of the herding group.
Sky was one of the three group winners named Tuesday prior to the championship round. A four-and-a-half-year-old Irish water spaniel named Riley took honors in the sporting group and a Portuguese water dog named Matisse was best among working dogs.
This year, 190 breeds and varieties were featured, including three new breeds: the Portuguese podengo pequeno; the chinook, a husky-like breed developed in New Hampshire; and the spotted rat terrier.