A Bichon Frise named Flynn has been awarded Best in Show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club show. GCHP CH Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love become the top dog on 13 February 2018.
The five year old male beat 11 Bichons to become Best of Breed, and 20 Best of Breed winners to take the top spot in the Non-Sporting Group on Monday evening. He then returned to Maddison Square Garden to compete in the Best in Show final on Tuesday.
Reserve Best in Show was Ty (GCH CH Ingebar’s Tynan Dances With Wildflowers), the Giant Schnauzer from the Working Group. Other finalists included Lucy, a Borzoi; a pug named Biggie; Slick the Border Collie; Winston, a Norfolk Terrier; and Bean the Sussex Spaniel. Bean is awarded our ‘Mr Congeniality’ prize for his special trick of sitting up like a person in the ring.
Flynn is the second Bichon Frise to ever win at Westminster, after Ch. Special Times Just Right in 2001. Judge Betty-Anne Stenmark said: “Every time I looked at him, he went, ‘Hey, lady.’ A little waggly tail looking up at me, and he sold himself.”
“It feels a little unreal,” said handler Bill McFadden, who’s been showing the breed at Westminster since 1991. “I came in expecting nothing and just hoping for a good performance and I think I got it.” McFadden also added that Flynn will probably retire from the dog show circuit following his win. “I’m pretty sure I can drop the mic!”
Full results for all breeds can be found here. These were the seven Group winners: