Westminster Dog Show 2018: Flynn the Bichon Frise Wins Best in Show

Something to bark about! Flynn the bichon frisé came out on top at the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday, February 13.

Best in Show winner Flynn, a bichon frise, competes in the finals of the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on February 13, 2018.
Best in Show winner Flynn, a bichon frise, competes in the finals of the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on February 13, 2018. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Guided by handler Bill McFadden, the adorable Best in Show winner bested Ty the giant schnauzer, Lucy the borzoi, Biggie the pug, Bean the Sussex spaniel, Slick the border collie and Winston the Norfolk terrier. “It felt a little unreal,” McFadden said after the victory, via the Associated Press. “I came in expecting nothing except hoping for a good performance, and I think I got it.”

Flynn the Bichon Frise, with handler Bill McFadden, poses after winning "Best in Show" at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in Madison Square Garden in New York February 13, 2018.
Flynn the bichon frise, with handler Bill McFadden, poses after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club’s 142nd annual dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 13, 2018. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Tuesday’s show — which featured 2,882 entries in 202 breeds — was likely Flynn’s last before retiring. He turns 6 in March. “I’d have to ask the owners, but I’m pretty sure I can drop the mic and say he’s retired,” said McFadden, who has been showing the breed at the annual Westminster show since 1991.

The bichon frisé took the title from last year’s winner, Ty, who finished as the runner-up. According to the AP, Biggie and Bean appeared to be fan favorites based off the loud cheers throughout the arena.

Flynn has a busy day ahead of him. On Wednesday, February 14, he will stop by several morning shows, enjoy a steak lunch at the famed restaurant Sardi’s, take a trip to the top of the Empire State Building and even visit Broadway.

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