Wire fox terrier named 'King' crowned best in show at Westminster

Wire fox terrier named 'King' crowned best in show at Westminster

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.

King, whose full name is Kingarthur Van Foliny Home, has now won 47 overall best in show titles, according to The Associated Press.

Bono the Havanese won for the toy group and finished in second place for Best in Show.

Wire fox terriers have won 15 times at the nation's most prestigious pooch pageant, far more than any other breed.

"Tonight is ... I can't even describe it", said an emotional Gabriel Rangel, King's handler, on the floor of Madison Square Garden.

Rangel has handled two other Westminster Best in Show winners including 2014's champion: Sky the Wire Fox Terrier. Scottish terriers have won eight times at the oldest continuously held sporting event in the United States after the Kentucky Derby.

Six pedigree dogs competed in the final instead of the usual seven because the victor of the non-sporting canine group, a schipperke named Colton, was ruled ineligible before the "best in show" competition began.

Bono, a Havanese from Menlo Park, California named for the U2 frontman, was named reserve best in show after winning the toy group.

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King the Wire Fox Terrier won for the terrier group.

After two days of strutting his stuff, King will enjoy the traditional Westminster Dog Show victory lap.

Colton was introduced on stage with the rest of the finalists, but wasn't eligible for judging.

The Westminster Kennel Club's show, in its 143rd year, is the second oldest U.S. sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby horse race.

Burns the Dachsund won for the hound group.

On Monday, Heart, a Labrador retriever from Columbia in Warren County, and Linda Brennan, her owner and trainer, won the Westminster Masters Obedience Championship for the fourth consecutive year.

Broadcasters noted that there was a conflict of interest between the dog's exhibitors and the judges. The competition drew 2,800 dogs from 203 breeds and varieties. Border collies have dominated agility, winning the championship in five out of six years, though Rudy the bulldog, another competitor from OH, was also a crowd favorite during his spirited run.

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