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Dog drama dominates Westminster with ineligibility, boos for top pooch

13 February 2019

A wire fox terrier named King was named the victor of the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. According to the Guardian, King is the 15th wire fox terrier to win the top prize (the most of any breed). Filling out the final round, judged by Peter J. Green, was Baby Lars the Bouvier des Flandres, Colton the Schipperke, Bono the Havanese, Burns the Longhaired Dachshund, Bean the Sussex Spaniel, and Wilma the Boxer.

Bono the Havanese won for the toy group. Chants of "Bean! Bean!" Colton the Schipperke was ruled ineligible for Best in Show ahead of the final round.

Spirited and compact, Colton was going to be allowed to walk on to the green carpet at Madison Square Garden when the finalists are announced.

At 7 1/2, Bean is the grandson of the oldest Best in Show victor in Westminster history: Stump, the victor in 2009.

Dog drama at the Westminster Kennel Club.

Later, as the show continued, Christa Cook, Colton's handler, posted about the development on Facebook. The clumber spaniel and Welsh springer spaniel were eliminated because the judge was a breeder of both dogs.

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Because of the disqualification, Colton and Cook were asked to leave the ring before the best in show competition, leaving just six dogs to square off instead of the usual seven.

This isn't the dog handler's first experience with best in show, having won two other times. So by rule, Colton is out. The FS1 4K TV coverage of The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show starts at 7 p.m. both days.

Tuesday's snow and sleet in NY was far from the norm for Picasso, a Staffordshire bull terrier from Santa Rosa, California.

There have been a wide variety of breeds to claim Best in Show wins in recent years, ranging from Beagle to Terrier, Pekingese to Pointer, and Scottish Deerhound to German Shepard.

Picasso was sporting a stylish coat with a Union Jack design as he left the venue.

And, she says, he walks on snow as though it's hot coals. Collins calls the show "a good way to educate people" about the burly breed.

Dog drama dominates Westminster with ineligibility, boos for top pooch