The 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show kicked off Monday (Feb. 10) with four groups: Hound, toy, non-sporting and herding (see the results here). On Tuesday, the second night saw the sporting, working and terrier groups take to the ring, culminating in Best in Show.
The dogs brought out for the sporting group include the Brittany Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Clumber Spaniel, Black Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel and Irish Water Spaniel. The judge declared the Top 4 to be the Irish Water Spaniel, Black Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever and English Springer Spaniel, with Riley the Irish Water Spaniel heading to Best in Show.
The judge brought down from this group the Akita, Boxer, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Mastiff, Portuguese Water, Samoyed, Standard Schnauzer and Tibetan Mastiff. The Top 4 were named the Portuguese Water, Mastiff, Akita and Boxer, which means Matisse the Portuguese Water Dog is the Best in Show choice from this group.
The dogs brought out from the terrier group are the Border, Bull (colored), Cairn, Smooth-haired Fox, Wire-haired Fox, Norfolk, Jack Russell and Skye terriers. The Top 4 are named the Wire-haired Fox Terrier, Skye Terrier, Border Terrier and Jack Russell Terrier, with Sky the Wire-haired Fox Terrier going to Best in Show.
Best in Show:
The seven participants are Nathan the Bloodhound, Classy the Miniature Pinscher, Ally the Standard Poodle, Coco the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Riley the Irish Water Spaniel, Matisse the Portuguese Water Dog and Sky the Wire-haired Fox Terrier.
After much examination, the BIS judge, Betty Regina Leininger, named Sky the Wire-haired Fox Terrier as Best in Show. Reserve Best in Show (the runner-up) went to Ally the Standard Poodle.
Sky has over 100 Best in Show wins under his belt (including the 2012 National Dog Show). This is the 46th Best in Show win for the terrier group, which is far and away the most Westminster BIS wins for any one group — most than double the sporting group, which is in second place with 19 BIS wins.