Once again, a Poodle has taken home top honors at Madison Square Garden.
Siba the Standard Poodle was crowned Best in Show at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night, beating out six other finalists who had advanced to the final round out of their own categories. The four-year-old came out of the Non-Sporting Group.
It marks the fifth time a Standard Poodle has won the show.
“We think she’s beautiful and has that special something,” Chrystal Murray, Siba’s handler, said. “Hopefully that’s what [the judge] saw.”
“I really can’t see any drawbacks about this breed,” she added. “The temperaments are wonderful. There’s a little grooming involved, but I can’t deal with shedding hair, so I love that. They’re hypoallergenic. They’re athletic. They know when to tone it down and sleep on the couch. They’re wonderful.”
"We think she's beautiful and has that special something. I can't see any drawbacks of this breed, they're just wonderful."— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) February 12, 2020
Siba's handler Chrystal Murray on winning 2020 Best In Show. #WKCDogShow pic.twitter.com/kQnfOwVfcC
The 7 group winners
Daniel the Golden Retriever won the Sporting Group because, well, of course he did.
Even dogs at home were rooting for him.
Wilma ran the table in the Working Group for the second year in a row.
Vinnie the Fox Terrier, who took home top honors last year, won the Terrier Group.
Conrad the Shetland Sheepdog won the Herding Group.
Bono won the Toy Group.
Burbon won the Hound Group, and took runner-up honors.
The big night, however, didn’t go down without a bit of controversy.
Simone the Irish Water Spaniel was disqualified on Tuesday night after she lunged at a judge and refused to be examined multiple times.
This was Simone the Irish Water Spaniel. And it’s Nope not today! pic.twitter.com/8d8SGmOhfv— LaWanda (@lawanda50) February 12, 2020
While the environment inside Madison Square Garden is a tough one for dogs to perform, a closer look at the video appears to show the judge accidentally stepping on or extremely close to Simone’s paw — something that would undoubtedly cause a dog to react the way she did.
@WKCDOGS You might want to revaluate your judge Ms. Thersea L. Hundt. Stepping on a dog's paw would cause them to react the way they did. The Irish Water Spaniel & their handler deserved better. #dogshow #poorjudgment pic.twitter.com/AsOrK4g7a9— Victoria Wirth (@vmdm_photo) February 12, 2020
Rest assured, both Simone and the judge are fine.
Slow-Mo for the win
If we only learned one thing from this year’s competition, it’s that slow motion cameras need to be implemented everywhere all the time.
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