Standard poodle crowned top dog in finale of Westminster Kennel Club show

Now in its 144th year, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show bills itself as the second-oldest sporting event in the country, behind only the Kentucky Derby horse race.

The event has been held annually at New York's Madison Square Garden since its inception in 1877, but it was only eight years ago, with the hiring of Glow, that it began doing social around the event (and throughout the year with efforts like "The Road to Westminster", sponsored by Purina Pro Plan).

The triumph of Siba, a black-furred female almost 4 years of age from Northampton, Pennsylvania, marked the fifth best-in-show title for a standard poodle in the 144-year history of the contest.

© Associated Press Siba, the standard poodle, competes for Best in Show during the 144th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in NY.

Bourbon the whippet finished second.

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Non-sporting dogs represent one of seven groups in competition, along with the hound, toy, herding, sporting, working and terrier groups.

But last night's show was not without controversy. It is the 5th win for the breed, good for fourth-most all-time.

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Almost 3,000 dogs from around the world entered the competition. Daniel the golden retriever, Bono the Havanese, Wilma the boxer, Conrad the Shetland sheepdog, and Vinny the wire fox terrier also made the final grouping.

Last year's victor was King, a wire fox terrier. Beginning with Warren Remedy, who won the first competition in 1907 and remains the only three-time champion, dogs from the group have accounted for 47 wins, with 15 coming from the Wire Fox Terrier breed alone.

  • Sonia Alvarado