Westminster 2018 Wrap-up; Flynn with the Win!

Madison Square Garden lights up for the Westminster show

Madison Square Garden lights up for the Westminster show

The 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show concluded Tuesday night with Best in Show. The lineup of Champions was really impressive, the best we have seen in years in my opinion!

All the dogs really played to the crowd, bringing lots of cheers from the audience. The Sussex Spaniel, “Bean” was adorable posing for the judge and getting loud applause from the crowd. You can see his personality on display here.

The winner was Flynn (GCHP CH Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love), a beautiful 6-year-old Bischon Frise from Plymouth, Michigan handled by Bill McFadden. The breed last claimed top honors at Westminster 17 years ago. Reserve Best in Show was a Giant Schnauzer named Ty (GCH CH Ingebar’s Tynan Dances With Wildflowers). Going into the competition, he was the No. 1 ranked canine by Dog News Magazine.

Breed judging was lively Monday and Tuesday, at the piers, the crowd numbers were high and enthusiastic. The weather was also, pleasant and mild. The 142nd Westminster event attracted 2,882 entries in 202 breeds and varieties.

It seemed the media coverage for show this year was not as vigorous, I guess there is just too much going on in the world right now.

I have attended Westminster since 1999. It never gets old, it is always a thrill to watch and admire the magnificent dogs. This year may have had more sequenced outfits on the handlers than I have ever scene before! Handlers and dogs were ready to wow the crowds.

The Empire State building looked spectacular dressed up in purple and gold on a perfect evening.

I’m always sad when it is over, I am already looking forward to Westminster 2019!

The Bichon Frise (pronounced BEE-shawn FREE-say; the plural is Bichons Frises) is a cheerful, small dog breed with a love of mischief and a lot of love to give. Bichons love to show off, and they respond well to positive training but not harsh tactics. The Bichon is a naturally gentle, playful dog. With his black eyes and fluffy white coat, the Bichon looks almost like a child’s toy. The AKC Standard calls the Bichon Frise “a white powder puff of a dog whose merry temperament is evidenced by his plumed tail carried jauntily over the back and his dark-eyed inquisitive expression.”

The Bichon Frise descended from the Barbet or Water Spaniel, from which came the name “Barbichon” later shortened to “Bichon”. The Bichons were divided into four categories: the Bichon Maltais, the Bichon Bolognais, the Bichon Havanais and the Bichon Teneriffe. All originated in the Mediterranean area.

On March 5, 1933 the official standard of the breed was adopted by the Societe Centrale Canine of France. As the breed was known by two names at that time, “Teneriffe” and “Bichon” the president of the International Canine Federation proposed a name based on the characteristics that the dogs presented – the Bichon Frise. “Frise” refers to the dog’s soft, curly hair.)

On October 18, 1934 the Bichon Frise was admitted to the stud book of the French Kennel Club. The first Bichon litter was whelped in the U. S. in 1956. In 1959 and 1960 two breeders in different parts of the U. S. acquired Bichons. This, then, provided the origins for the breed’s development in this country. The Bichon Frise became eligible to enter the Miscellaneous Class on September 1, 1971. In October, 1972 the breed was admitted to registration in the American Kennel Club Stud Book. On April 4, 1973 the breed became eligible to show in the Non-Sporting Group at AKC dog shows. [source]


2018 Best of Breed Results

Hound Group
1st Place Borzois GCHG CH Belisarius JP My Sassy Girl
2nd Place Bloodhounds GCH CH Quiet Creek’s Limited Edition
3rd Place Beagles, Over 13 In. But Not Exceeding 15 In. GCH CH Windstar’s Magnum Opus
4th Place Whippets GCH CH Pinnacle Tennessee Whiskey
Toy Group
1st Place Pugs GCHS CH Hill Country’s Puttin’ On The Ritz
2nd Place Pekingese CH Pequest Feel The Burn
3rd Place Affenpinschers GCHS CH Tamarin Tailback
4th Place English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) GCH CH Clussexx Paddington Of Flivverwayy
Non-Sporting Group
1st Place Bichons Frises GCHP CH Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love
2nd Place Poodles (Standard) GCH Hightide Stormsurge
3rd Place Boston Terriers GCH CH Sabe’s Simply Invincible
4th Place Keeshonden CH Skyline Summerwind Order In The Court
Herding Group
1st Place Border Collies GCHP CH Majestic Elite Clever Endeavor
2nd Place Cardigan Welsh Corgis GCHP2 CH Aubrey’s Tails Of Mystery
3rd Place Old English Sheepdogs GCHB CH Bugaboo’s Let It Go Blu Mtn
4th Place Shetland Sheepdogs GCHB CH Laureate Invincible
Sporting Group
1st Place Spaniels (Sussex) GCH CH Kamand’s Full Of Beans @ Erinhill
2nd Place Spaniels (Cocker) A.S.C.O.B. GCH CH Silverhall Strike Force
3rd Place Spaniels (Clumber) GCHG CH Clussexx Man Of Steel
4th Place Wirehaired Pointing Griffons GCHS CH Whiskeytown Genesee On Tap MH
Working Group
1st Place Giant Schnauzers GCH CH Ingebar’s Tynan Dances With Wildflowers
2nd Place Akitas GCH CH Mojo’s Continuation Of A Myth
3rd Place Kuvaszok GCH CH Ederra’s Glacier The Power Of Mo’ne
4th Place Siberian Huskies GCHS CH Sharin Nick Of Dynasty Rc Kennel
Terrier Group
1st Place Norfolk Terriers GCH CH Yarrow Venerie Winning Ticket
2nd Place American Staffordshire Terriers GCHG CH Roadhouse’s Life Of The Party CGCA CGCU RATN DN CA
3rd Place Lakeland Terriers GCH CH Ederra’s Glacier The Power Of Mo’ne
4th Place West Highland White Terriers GCHS CH Atom De La’Pomme


Full Video: Best in Show Ceremony  [foxsports]
Westminster Dog Show 2018 Results: Best of Breed Winners and Day 2 Recap [bleacherreport]
2018 Best In Show Recap [westminsterkennelclub]
The Bichon Frise breed
Bichon Frise Temperament: What’s Good About ‘Em, What’s Bad About ‘Em [yourpurebredpuppy]
Breed Details for the Bichon Frise [akc]
Bichon Frise Breed Standard [weebly]


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