A bichon frise named Flynn topped over 2,800 dogs late Tuesday to win best in show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York.
According to the Associated Press, “Fans who had been loudly shouting for their favorites fell into stunned silence when judge Betty-Anne Stenmark announced her choice.”
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Competitors represented 202 breeds and varieties. Flynn and his handler, Bill McFadden, had earlier won the best in breed for non-sporting dogs. He beat out Slick, a border collie, and a pug named Biggie, among others, for the top honor.
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show predates the invention of the light bulb, the automobile and the zipper, and was initially held on May 8, 1877, according to the Sporting News. The first show consisted of just gun dogs by a group of hunters who met regularly at Westminster Hotel.