Sky's the limit for Westminster Dog Show winner

UNITED STATES - A wire fox terrier named Sky won "best in show" at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday, beating canines in six other groups at one of the oldest sporting events in the US.

The win makes it the 14th time a wire fox terrier has won the competition, more than any other breed since Westminster started awarding the "best in show" prize in 1907.

Mr Gabriel Rangel, Sky's handler, who lives with the five-year-old in California, said the dog's newfound stardom should give it plenty of suitors for breeding.

He told Reuters: "She's a little perfect dog. She knows what you want to do. You put her on the table and she's ready to be brushed."

Ms Torie Steele, one of Sky's owners, said: "It's like winning an Oscar, one of those things you hope for."

A wire fox terrier last won was in 1992.

No other breed has more than eight victories in the show's history. In its first 30 years, Westminster did not name a "best in show."

The win adds to the dominance of the terriers at Westminster.

The group, which also includes the popular Scottish terrier, has won the top prize 46 times, more than double that of any other group.

A standard poodle named Ally was the runner-up, known as "reserve best in show".

The competition focuses on a dog's appearance, compared with a breed standard.

The show is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the US, after the Kentucky Derby horse race.

EXPERTLY PRESENTED

Ms Betty Regina Leininger, who awarded the top prize, noted Sky's presence: "She's in superb condition and was expertly presented."

Sky was one of the three group winners named on Tuesday before the championship round. An Irish water spaniel named Riley took honours in the sporting group and a Portuguese water dog named Matisse was best among working dogs.

This year, 190 breeds and varieties were featured, including three new breeds: The Portuguese podengo pequeno, the husky-like chinook and the spotted rat terrier.


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