Westminster Dog Show Results 2014: Who Won Best in Show?!
The 2014 Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show honor was handed out on Tuesday night, and a female wire fox terrier named Sky won the coveted crown.
She beat out a field of six runners-up in the event’s final round, including a standard poodle that earned the Reserve Best in Show nod for second place.
A bloodhound that consistently drew the loudest applause from the Madison Square Garden crowd was also bested by the unheralded but charismatic Sky.
Sky, formally known as GCH Afterall Painting The Sky, because of course she is, was accompanied in the ring by seasoned handler Gabriel Rangel.
“She’s a perfect dog,” Rangel said. “When you put her on the table, she’s ready to be brushed. When you put on the leash, she’s happy and ready to be walked.”
Judge Betty Regina Leininger, a veteran show-dog breeder, handler and author in her sixth Westminster judging assignment, made the decision.
“There’s something magical that happens, it’s hard to put into words,” she said. “But it’s unmistakable. It’s the ‘it’ factor. I’ve seen her before, but she was really on.
“This was her night.”
Sky, of Rialto, Calif., won the Best in Breed for wire fox terriers at the 2013 Westminster event. She also won the 2012 Eukanuba National Championship.
“I’m used to winning, but not like this,” said owner Victor Malzoni Jr.
“This is something very incredible to me.”
Sky’s victory follows two straight winners from the toy group. An affenpinscher took the event’s highest honor in 2013; a Pekingese won Best in Show in 2012.
This year’s Westminster event boasted 2,845 competitors across the 187 eligible breeds and varieties, with dogs from all 50 states and 13 different countries.
What do you think? Did Sky deserve to take the title?