At the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, one fluffy little guy rose above the rest to claim Best in Show. Flynn the Bichon Frise took his perfectly coiffed haircut right to the top, winning out over a field of serious and seriously adorable competitors.
Flynn’s handler, Bill McFadden, has been showing Bichon Frise dogs at Westminster since 1991. He told the New York Times, “I came in expecting nothing and just hoping for a good performance and I think I got it.” He adds that Flynn, who turns six this year, has earned his retirement!
Enjoy these photos of Flynn and the other top dogs at Westminster this year. It’s always fun to get a peek into the pomp and circumstance of America’s biggest dog show.
Flynn’s Big Moment
Runner-Up: Ty the Giant Schnauzer
Slick the Border Collie Wins Herding
Biggie the Pug Takes the Toys
Beautiful Borzoi Wins Hound Group
Flame the Border Collie Flies to Agility Win
Jefe Wins Mixed-Breed Agility
This little guy has a special story. A Chihuahua-terrier mix from California, he was awarded a separate prize during the agility championships for the top mixed-breed agility dog.
Jefe’s handler Liza Buckner explains that Jefe was rescued as part of a litter of starving puppies found under a house. His resilience has served him well!