Bichon frise named America's top dog


After being picked late Tuesday night over almost 2,900 other dogs, Flynn was up early and on the go with handler Bill McFadden.

A five-year-old Bichon Frise called Flynn was named Best in Show at the 2018 Westminster Dog Show in NYC and as well as his agility it was his fluffy good looks that were a hit with the crowd.

"Sometimes it's just a connection between the two of them - the judge and the dog", said McFadden, who previously presented one other Westminster Best in Show champ, a Kerry Blue Terrier in 2003.

The Westminster-winning team gets no prize money.

The handler added: "I think I'll have to ask the owners, but I'm pretty sure I can drop the mic and say he's retired". Flynn had won the non-sporting group.

Flynn edged out runner-up Ty the giant schnauzer, victor of the working category, who is America's top-ranked show dog.

Farias paid tribute to Rumble, a "friend looking down from above" on Monday night after winning the Toy Dog group.

Flynn, a bichon frise, poses for photos after winning best in show during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Feb. 14, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in NY. His co-owner, Sandra Nordstrom, is from Ocean City and he is handled by Katie Bernardin of Chaplin, Connecticut.

A bichon frise who loves a good belly rub and loves to roll in the snow trotted away as best in show Tuesday at the 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. Flynn was part of the nonsporting group.

According to Westminster Kennel Club records, the oldest dog to ever win a "Best in Show" title was a Sussex spaniel, placed at little over 10 years old, in 2009.

Stenmark appeared to acknowledge this point before announcing Best in Show, stressing she loves "all dogs", but that Tuesday's proceeding was to honor the "best of the best" in the world of purebred dogs.

'You bathe him and dry him and then trim him, then retrim him at the show, then trim him again when he wins, ' she said.

Rumor, a female German shepherd, was named Best in Show at last year's competition.