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‘King’ the wire fox terrier claims Best in Show title at 143rd Westminster Dog Show

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Thousands of dogs will strut their stuff at the Westminster Dog Show. Winners will be crowned, and losers will go home with their tails between their legs. Here’s how dogs got to center stage in the first place. USA TODAY

NEW YORK — A wire fox terrier named King was named Best in Show on Tuesday night at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

King is the first terrier to be named Best in Show since Sky, also a wire fox terrier, won in 2010. But terriers are the most dominant group in Westminster history: Beginning with Warren Remedy, who was named Best in Show in each of the first three years of competition from 1907-1909, terriers have now claimed the top spot 47 times.

“That’s one of the breeds I know really well,” said the Best in Show judge, Peter Green. “And (King) is as good as it gets. Everything about it … the head, the expression. Everything is really, really as good as it gets. And then the handler has him in perfect condition.”

Wire fox terriers in specific have been Westminster’s dominant breed, with King the 15th to win Best of Show.

“I’m just relieved,” said the terrier’s handler, Gabriel Rangel, a three-time winner of Best in Show. “I’m very proud of him, particularly.”


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