Flynn the bichon frise named Westminster best in show

Bill Mc Fadden shows Flynn a bichon frise in the ring during the non-sporting group during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Monday Feb. 12 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Flynn won best in the non-sporting group. (AP

Flynn the bichon frise named Westminster best in show

A bichon frise named Flynn was crowned Best in Show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday in New York City, wagging his tail to triumph over almost 3,000 dogs entered in the world-renowned contest for purebred canines.

The 142nd Westminster event attracted 2,882 entries in 202 breeds and varieties.

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

Flynn is the first bichon frise to be named best in show since 2001 and the first non-sporting group champion since 2002, when Spice the miniature poodle took home the title.

"It feels a little unreal", Fynn's expert handler Bill McFadden said.

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McFadden explained what goes into creating a winning look for Flynn, whose given name is GCHP CH Belle Creek's All I Care About Is Love.

Winston, a Norfolk terrier and victor of the Terrier Group, runs in the judging ring during competition at this year's show. The giant schnauzer was the runner-up. The groups are terriers, toy dogs, working dogs, herding dogs, sporting dogs, non-sporting dogs, and hounds. One of the dog's co-owners is from Ocean City.

Fans who had been loudly shouting for their favorites fell into stunned silence when judge Betty-Anne Stenmark announced her decision.

"He has the dark round eyes that create the attractive expression of a bichon", she said.

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

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Dogs in the Westminster show compete in a total of seven groups. Ty the giant schnauzer, a winsome Sussex spaniel named Bean and Winston the impossibly cute Norfolk terrier advanced Tuesday in the sporting, working and terrier groups. After the judge picked him, Ty jumped up and put his front legs around Bernardin. Bean, who was sure to replicate his move a couple of times during best in show judging - some in the crowd chanted "Beannn!" in reply - is the grandson of Stump, who in 2009, at 10 years old, became the oldest dog to win best in show. Flynn had won the non-sporting group.

A female German shepherd named Rumor was named Best in Show at last year's competition.

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