The 2014 Westminster Dog Show is in the books, and as is the case every year for the furry event, Madison Square Garden in New York was transformed from the hardwood court of legends to the green pastures of a timeless spectacle.
Thousands of world-class dogs walked their paces before judges, who whittled the field down to a controllable measure before determining Best of Breed winners. This group then gave way to the Best of Group before the final Best in Show was announced.
Considering it can cost upwards of $100,000 to groom and campaign a dog to get to this stage, a victory at the event is quite the accomplishment. Some of the winners this year gave fans moments to remember.
The Min Pin Comeback Story
Toy breeds all but stole the show at Madison Square Garden, but a sleeping giant rose above the rest by the end of the day.
Small dogs are seemingly always the most difficult for judges to pick because of their stature and cute factor, but Classie the Miniature Pinscher eventually broke away from the pack, as the show's Twitter reveals:
Toy Group Winner: 1 - Min Pin 2 - Cavalier 3 - Pomeranian 4 - Pekingese #WKCDogShow— Westminster Dog Show (@WKCDOGS) February 11, 2014
Following Classie was the Cavalier, Pomeranian and Pekingese, all worthwhile contenders. Still, Day 1 belonged to Miniature Pinscher. As Kyle Shiely of The John Hines Show illustrates, it had been quite some time since the breed won:
The last time a min pin won the toy group at #WKCDogShow was the year I was born, 1975. Far too long— Kyle Shiely (@WCCOKyle) February 11, 2014
Portuguese Water Dog's World Domination Continues
The Portuguese Water Dog has had quite the run over the years.
Matisse in particular has done quite well, although Barack Obama's Bo and Sunny may have something to say about who has had the most luck recently.
But on Tuesday night, Matisse was the talk of the globe after winning in the Working Group for the second year in a row:
Overall, the Working Group simply continued its recent long run of success at the show, as David Gaffen of Reuters U.S. Markets illustrates:
While a tad predictable, the Portuguese Water Dog once again put on a show that will not soon be forgotten.
The Best in Show
After thousands of contestants hit the stage and were reduced to 168 and then seven, it was Sky, a Wire Fox Terrier, who was given the title of Best in Show:
Any and all owners can appreciate Sky's unique look, which surely played a factor in the selection. The personality of the breed surely helped, too. Dog Channel has the details on the elegant breed:
The Wire Fox Terrier probably descended from the rough-coated Black and Tan Terrier. Like the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Wire Hair Fox Terrier was a hunt terrier whose job it was to go to ground and rout out the fox. This is an active, smart-looking breed with a hard and wiry coat. Wire Fox Terriers are loaded with pep and personality and should have a good exercise area outdoors. The breed is a good watchdog, fond of children and always ready for a game.
The Poodle won Reserve Best in Show in an admirable showing, but the main attraction was once again the Terrier group, which has put out the most Best of Show winners in the event's history.