The 143rd Westminster Dog Show officially kicked off Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Parity has been the overarching theme in the competition. Six different groups have earned the title of Best in Show going back to 2013. Representing the non-sporting dogs, Flynn the Bichon Frise reigned supreme a year ago.
The non-sporting group was one of four along with the toy, hound and herding groups that received the spotlight on opening night. Here's a look at Monday's results.
1. Dachshund (Longhaired), GCHP DC Walmar-Solo's OMG SL JE
2. Whippet, GCHB CH Pinnacle Kentucky Bourbon
3. Beagle (over 13 inches, not exceeding 15 inches), GCHP CH Gwencalon's Tam O'Shanter
4. Basenji, CH Dark Moon's Black Tri Affair
Burns the longhaired dachshund took first place in the hound group to remain in the hunt for Best in Show. The New York crowd appeared to be behind Burns, as he received a hearty ovation when the judge brought him out for one final look.
Burns will be rowing against the waves of history. No dachshund has ever been the last dog standing in the Westminster Dog Show.
Relying on his boundless energy and flawless coat, Burns could be the one who finally has a breakthrough on the big stage.
1. Havanese, GCHG CH Oeste's In The Name Of Love
2. Pug, GCHP CH Hill Country's Puttin' On The Ritz
3. Yorkshire Terrier, GCHP CH Karma's Promise Key-Per
4. English Toy Spaniel (Blenheim & Prince Charles), GCH CH Peri's Big Shot
It truly was a beautiful day for Bono, the Havanese who won the toy group. It's not hard to see why he stood out from the crowd. His coat flowed beautifully as he ran around the judge for the final jog.
Much like Burns, though, Bono faces a difficult road ahead Tuesday during the Best in Show category. A Havanese has never won the event.
As a whole, the toy group has enjoyed some recent success. The group is the last to go back-to-back, with Pekingese earning Best in Show in 2012 and affenpinscher taking the honor in 2013.
The Associated Press' Ben Walker noted the Havanese is the national dog of Cuba, so Bono will have an entire country cheering him on in the next stage. Walker added that Bono's handler, Taffe McFadden, is the wife of Bill McFadden, who led Flynn to victory in 2018.
Bono might be the dog to beat in the Big Apple.
1. Schipperke, GCHP CH Rivendel's Barefoot Bandit
2. French Bulldog, GCHP CH Le Petit Prince De La Bete
3. Chow Chow, GCHB CH Flamingstar The Lion King
4. Poodle (Standard), GCHG CH Stone Run Afternoon Tea
Keeping with the trend, another would-be first-timer is moving on to the Best in Show round after Colton the schipperke won the non-sporting group. He edged out the French bulldog, chow chow and standard poodle in what was a tight race.
The French bulldog is always one of the more popular breeds at the Westminster Dog Show, while the standard poodle's look is eye-catching, to say the least.
Still, Colton had the look and poise to impress the judge.
1. Bouvier des Flandres, GCHS CH Quiche's Major League
2. Border Collie, GCHP2 CH Majestic Elite Clever Endeavor PT
3. German Shepherd, GCHG CH Marquis' Hermes V Kenlyn
4. Old English Sheepdog, GCHG CH Bugaboo's Let It Go Blu Mtn
No group has had a harder time at the Westminster Dog Show than the herding dogs. Rumor the German shepherd was Best in Show in 2017. Before that, the only other herding Best in Show winner was in 1987 and also a German shepherd.
Baby Lars the Bouvier des Flandres will look to be the third winner from the herding group.
Baby Lars will await the results of Tuesday's final group judging to see the whole field for the Best in Show final. The sporting, working and terrier groups will be finalized before a grand champion is crowned.
Full results available at WestminsterKennelClub.org.