Westminster Kennel Club's annual dog show trots into to NY

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A wire fox terrier named King was named the victor of the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. King, whose full competition name is GCHB CH Kingarthur Van Foliny Home, is the 15th wire fox terrier to be named best in show.

Co-owner Elaine Paquette described Baby Lars, the bouvier des Flandres, as "very happy-go-lucky, he loves life".

"These types of things happen at dog shows and the rules are such to maintain the integrity of the sport", the American Kennel Club said in a statement.

"He just knows when to turn it on", said Bono's handler, Taffe McFadden of her Havanese, the national dog breed of Cuba. Gail Miller Bisher, spokeswoman for the Westminster Kennel Club, said at the start of the show that the No. 2 dog in the non-sporting group would not be eligible to replace Colton.

Close behind King was Bono the Havanese, who won second place - also known as Reserve Best in Show - at Westminster this year.

"You can't train a dog for what goes on in the floor of the Garden", said McFadden of Acampo, California, whose husband Bill McFadden previous year showed Flynn, the bichon frise who took home the 2018 Best in Show prize.

The animal, named King, captured the most coveted prize at the two-day event at Madison Square Garden, besting challengers from all 50 US states and 14 countries. That's because the judge was a breeder of both dogs. Colton the schipperke is out of the show!

That left six winners of the hounds, toys, herding, working, sporting and terrier categories to compete for "Best in Show". So by rule, Colton is out.

A total of 2,879 dogs, including 173 from New Jersey, competed in the breed show, which started on Monday at Piers 92 and 94 in NY.

Colton will be allowed to walk onto the green carpet with the other six contenders at Madison Square Garden, then will get excused from the ring.

Tuesday's snow and sleet in NY was far from the norm for Picasso, a Staffordshire bull terrier from Santa Rosa, California. Collins says her dog seemed "a little mopey" about having to wear something besides the coat he was born with. Collins calls the show "a good way to educate people" about the burly breed.

The best in show at the 143rd Westminster will be picked around 11 p.m.

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