At Westminster Kennel Club, bichon frise Flynn becomes America's top dog

At Westminster Kennel Club, bichon frise Flynn becomes America's top dog

Flynn's registered name is apparently "Belle Creek's All I Care About Is Love".

Ty came into this competition as the nation's No. 1 show dog a year ago and finished as the runner-up.

A five-year-old Bichon Frise called Flynn was named Best in Show at the 2018 Westminster Dog Show in NYC and as well as his agility it was his fluffy good looks that were a hit with the crowd. Handled by Katie Bernardin of Chaplin, Connecticut, Ty won the working group after entering Westminster ranked No. 1 dog in the country.

"Biggie is a goof", said Esteban Farias, handler of a pug named Biggie, who won the toy-dog group contest on Monday and will be vying for the ultimate prize. One of the dog's co-owners is from Ocean City.

Fans who had been loudly shouting for their favourites fell into stunned silence on Tuesday when judge Betty-Anne Stenmark announced her decision. She was seemingly addressing protest of the dog show on Tuesday by animal-rights groups who say Westminster is unwise to promote breeding when there are dogs in shelters - including many mixed-breed dogs - that need homes.

Flynn beat out Ty the giant schnauzer, Biggie the pug, Bean the Sussex spaniel, Lucy the borzoi, Slick the border collie and Winston the Norfolk terrier.

"He kept wagging his tail and that sold himself to me", Stenmark said.

Flynn, the Bichon Frise, with handler Bill McFadden, poses after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in Madison Square Garden, Feb. 13, 2018, in New York City. And Bean was a clear crowd favorite, the way he sat up straight on his hind legs and begged judges for the biggest treat in dogdom.

The bichon frise breed has won Best in Show just once before, in 2001, according to Westminster Kennel Club data going back to 1907.

Rumor, a German shepherd and 2017 Best in Show victor, poses for photographers during a trip to One World Trade Centre in NY a year ago. Add Westminster Dog Show as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Westminster Dog Show news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Fame (US) - "Famous" - a border collie from Sparta (who usually just goes by "Fame") won the 2018 Westminster Masters Agility Championship on Saturday after spurting through an obstacle course in an awesome 29.53 seconds. The pair won the 2018 Westminster Masters Agility Championship at Pier 94 in NY on Saturday, Feb. 10. "There was no wasted time".

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