The 2019 Westminster Dog Show came to a close on Tuesday with King being crowned as Best in Show.
Bono, winner of the Toy Group, took second place as Reserve Best in Show. There has been a surprising amount of diversity in this competition for more than a decade. After King's victory, wire fox terrier and beagle are the only breeds with multiple titles since 2008.
King's win hardly comes as a surprise. The terrier group now owns 47 victories all-time, most at the Westminster Dog Show. Wire fox terriers have been the most honored breed with 15 wins.
The finalists for this year's Best in Show were determined from the Best of Breed winners portion of the event.
That group of six dogs included Burns (dachshund—longhaired), Bono (Havanese), Baby Lars (Bouvier des Flandres), Bean (Sussex spaniel), Wilma (boxer) and King (wire fox terrier).
Normally there would be seven dogs competing for the crown, but the schipperke Colton was ruled ineligible because of an ownership conflict with Best in Show judge Peter Green.
Colton's handler, Christa Cook, addressed the situation on Facebook:
"We never had any expectation of winning the Non-Sporting Group as no Schipperke in history has ever won the Group at this show and we focused solely on creating a spectacular performance in the breed- level competition! However one of Colton's wonderful owners has a distant working relationship with this evening's Best in Show judge - Mr. Peter Green.
"Westminster Kennel Club has a long history as a magestic and prestigious event. This is the crown jewel of the Dog Show World and one of the great competitive showcases in all of sports.
"BEST in Show at Westminster is our Kentucky Derby, our Indy500, our gold medal round at the Olympics, our Super Bowl...our World Cup
"We do not wish to diminish or detract from this great event, in this amazing venue, on this very special evening, therefore we will not participate in this evening's Best In Show to avoid any appearance of impropriety."
Despite the abrupt and unfortunate turn of events for Colton, the field was still stacked with competitors who made their mark to leave a lasting impression on the crowd at Madison Square Garden.
Wilma rode her perfect posture to the final round of competition as she attempted to become the first boxer since 1970 to win Best in Show:
Even though Wilma came up short for the top prize, she made a lasting impression coming out of the working group:
Bono seemed to be the crowd favorite thanks to her perfectly flowing hair as she made her way around the arena:
The Westminster Kennel Club may have pit these animals against each other in competition, but there are never any losers when dogs are involved.
All of the dogs are very good. King just proved to be a little better than the rest of the field, picking up bragging rights over his fellow competitors and putting his breed back on top of the world until next year's event.