Standard poodle crowned top dog in finale of Westminster Kennel Club show

Siba a standard poodle took home top honors at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

The 2020 Westminster Dog ShowSiba a standard poodle took home top honors at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog

It culminates in the Best in Show competition where seven dogs (and their owners) will see who is the best of the best.

Bono the Havanese seized Westminster's toy group title for the second year in a row, drawing shouts of glee from the crowd of thousands at Madison Square Garden as he trotted around the ring, his floor-length silk coat flowing behind him.

A cocker spaniel relaxes backstage
The 2020 Westminster Dog ShowA cocker spaniel relaxes

Pine knows, for example, that golden retrievers are always favored (though they've never won Best in Show).

Bourbon the Whippet was the runner-up.

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A standard poodle named Siba was crowned "Best in Show" at the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in NY on Tuesday, taking home the grand prize in the most prestigious competition for pure-bred canines in the United States. A standard last won in 1991.

"Dogs were originally bred to do specific jobs, whether hunting, guarding, tracking, or companionship", the Westminster Kennel Club explains. One mistake, like confusing a wire fox terrier for a smooth fox terrier, could set off a Twitter firestorm among dog show enthusiasts. A furry, long-haired 3-year-old named after the U2 frontman, Bono was the favorite after coming out of the toy group to once again reach the Best in Show stage of competition.

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The Westminster dog show bills itself as the second-oldest United States sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby thoroughbred horse race.

Almost 3,000 dogs from around the world entered the competition. Beginning with Warren Remedy, who won the first competition in 1907 and remains the only three-time champion, dogs from the group have accounted for 47 wins, with 15 coming from the Wire Fox Terrier breed alone.

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