February 13, 2019
Best in Show at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Goes to…
Congratulations to King, a Wire Fox Terrier, who beat out thousands of dogs to win the top prize – Best in Show – at the 143st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last evening at Madison Square Garden in New York City. King’s victory furthers the reign of the Wire Fox Terrier, the breed with the most wins in the history of the dog show.
King, a seven year-old male who’s full name is GCHB CH Kingarthur Van Foliny Home, hails from Brazil and was the top terrier worldwide in 2018. His handler, Gabriel Rangel, is also no stranger to the winner’s circle – he was the handler for previous Best in Show winners Sadie the Scottie in 2010 and Sky the Wire Fox Terrier in 2014.
This year’s Best in Show judge Peter Green told USA Today that King is “as good as it gets. Everything about it … the head, the expression. Everything is really, really as good as it gets. And then the handler has him in perfect condition.” Rangel described King as “like a beautiful painting, a piece of art.”
King beat out a stunning crowd of fellow competitors, including crowd favorites Bean the Sussex Spaniel and Burns the Longhaired Dachshund. The Non-Sporting Group winner, a Schipperke named Colton, was disqualified earlier in the day due to a conflict of interest between his owner and the judge. The second place prize, Reserve Best in Show, went to a Havanese named Bono, named after the U2 frontman.
Check out King’s winning moment here:
IT’S THE WIRE FOX TERRIER!
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) February 13, 2019
Congratulations King, from of all us at DogWatch! We know all our DogWatch terriers and terrier lovers are cheering for your victory!
Photos from Westminster Kennel Club Instagram (@westminsterkennelclub)
Video from FoxSports Twitter (@FOXSports)