Truly best in show: Westminster victor making Broadway debut

Ty a Giant Schnauzer right is hugged by handler Katie Bernardin after winning the working group during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday Feb. 13 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York

'I came in expecting nothing and just hoping for a good performance and I think I got it'.

McFadden explained what goes into creating a winning look for Flynn, whose given name is GCHP CH Belle Creek's All I Care About Is Love.

"It's just magical", the dog's handler, Bill McFadden, told a reporter for Fox Sports.

The Westminster Dog Show crowned a fluffy white Bichon Frise named Flynn Best in Show Tuesday over a diverse array of other four-legged options, concluding the Big Apple's annual dogfest.

The victor of this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was announced Tuesday night, with a bichon frise named Flynn coming out triumphant and claiming the "Best in Show" award.

The next stop for Flynn, only the second bichon frise in history to win at Westminster, is retirement, McFadden said.

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"I'd have to ask the owners, but I'm pretty sure I can drop the mic and say he's retired", he said. Ty the giant schnauzer, a winsome Sussex spaniel named Bean and Winston the impossibly cute Norfolk terrier advanced Tuesday in the sporting, working and terrier groups. Flynn had won the non-sporting group.

Dogs compete in seven groups - hound, toy, nonsporting, herding, working, sporting and terrier - with the winners from each category, judged by characteristics specific to their respective breeds, going on to compete for Best in Show. His co-owner, Sandra Nordstrom, is from Ocean City and he is handled by Katie Bernardin of Chaplin, Connecticut.

The two-day Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show drew challengers from 50 states and 16 other countries, including Canada, Mexico, Japan, Russia, Australia and China, the Westminster Kennel Club said in a statement. Bean, who was sure to replicate his move a couple of times during best in show judging - some in the crowd chanted "Beannn!" in reply - is the grandson of Stump, who in 2009, at 10 years old, became the oldest dog to win best in show.

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.

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

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