This one 315 miles from New Hampshire playing out at Madison Square Garden in NY.
The triumph of Siba, a black-furred female almost 4 years of age from Northampton, Pennsylvania, marked the fifth best-in-show title for a standard poodle in the 144-year history of the contest.
"Implementing TikTok into our communications strategy this year is creating a whole new layer of fan involvement", says Gail Miller Bisher, director of communications for The Westminster Kennel Club. A standard last won in 1991. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) Despite the breed's strong track record of success, the win can be viewed as an upset.
The other dogs that made the final round were Hound category - Bourbon, a whippet; Toy - Bono, a Havanese; Herding - Conrad, a Shetland sheepdog, Sporting - Daniel, a golden retriever; Terrier - Vinny, a wire fox terrier.
Last year's victor was King, a wire fox terrier.
"Dogs were originally bred to do specific jobs, whether hunting, guarding, tracking, or companionship", the Westminster Kennel Club explains.
The "best-of-group" competition will continue Tuesday with the terrier, sporting and working groups, after which the seven group winners will vie for the "Best-in-Show" trophy in a grand finale on Tuesday night.
There was Bourbon, the second-ranked dog at Westminster and victor of several Best in Show events in the weeks leading into competition. This year's competition drew a field of contenders consisting of more than 2,600 dogs representing 205 breeds from 20 countries, including the United States. Beginning with Warren Remedy, who won the first competition in 1907 and remains the only three-time champion, dogs from the group have accounted for 47 wins, with 15 coming from the Wire Fox Terrier breed alone.