The 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show named its “Best in Show” at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.
Judge Betty Regina Leininger awarded the “Best in Show” title to Sky, a 5-year-old wire fox terrier. Sky beat Westminster’s six other “Best of Group” winners as well as a field of 2,845 dogs from 190 different breeds.
“She just said, ‘pick me,’” Leininger said at a post-event news conference, according to a New York Times article. “She is a beautiful wire. She really made us proud. […] This was her night. I’ve seen her before. I had never judged her before. I had seen her before at other dog shows where she’s won. She looked the best tonight from every angle."
Gabriel Rangel, Sky's handler, heaped praise on the victorious wire fox terrier. “We love her,” Rangel told the Times. “She knows she did something good. She’s a princess dog.”
For the Westminster Dog Show, a win by a wire fox terrier is nothing new; Sky’s victory marked the 14th time that the breed has earned the title of “Best in Show,” the New York Times notes. In addition, terriers of various breeds have won the competition 46 times.
Sky also earned the title of “Best of Group” for the Westminster Dog Show’s terrier category. Tuesday’s other “Best of Group” winners were Riley, the Irish water spaniel, in the sporting category, and Matisse, the Portuguese water dog, in the working category.
The rest of Westminster’s “Best of Group” winners were announced on Monday. Nathan, a bloodhound, earned the honor for the hound group; Classie, a miniature pinscher, won for the toy group; Ally, the standard poodle, won for the nonsporting group; and Coco Posh, the Cardigan Welsh corgi, won for the herding group.
A full list of Westminster’s Day One results can be viewed here.