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Bichon Frise

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Every year, the Westminster Kennel Club, often recognized as the world’s greatest dog show, selects a canine that meets their criteria in manner, agility, performance, and appearance.

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Bichon Frise

  1. 1. B I C H O N F R I S E • A M E R I C A ' S T O P D O G • Ryan Croman
  2. 2. E v e r y y e a r , t h e W e s t m i n s t e r K e n n e l C l u b , o f t e n r e c o g n i z e d a s t h e w o r l d ’ s g r e a t e s t d o g s h o w , s e l e c t s a c a n i n e t h a t m e e t s t h e i r c r i t e r i a i n m a n n e r , a g i l i t y , p e r f o r m a n c e , a n d a p p e a r a n c e . I n F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 8 , F l y n n , a B i c h o n F r i s e , w a s n a m e d A m e r i c a ’ s B e s t i n S h o w . A t M a d i s o n S q u a r e G a r d e n , w h e r e t h e c e r e m o n y t o o k p l a c e , J u d g e B e t t y - A n n e S t e n m a r k h o n o r e d t h e B i c h o n F r i s e w i t h t h e t o p p r i z e . B e a t i n g o t h e r b e s t i n b r e e d w i n n e r s l i k e T y t h e g i a n t s c h n a u z e r , B e a n t h e S u s s e x s p a n i e l , B i g g i e t h e p u g , S l i c k t h e b o r d e r c o l l i e , L u c y t h e b o r z o i , a n d W i n s t o n t h e N o r f o l k t e r r i e r , t h e a n n o u n c e m e n t c a m e a s a s u r p r i s e t o m a n y .
  3. 3. T h e t o p d o g , F l y n n , h a s a t t e n d e d o v e r 4 2 W e s t m i n s t e r d o g s s h o w s a n d , a t 6 - y e a r s - o l d , i s e x p e c t e d t o r e t i r e . T h e o n l y o t h e r B i c h o n F r i s e t o w i n t h e t i t l e w a s b a c k i n 2 0 0 1 .
  4. 4. T H E W E S T M I N S T E R D O G S H O W C E R E M O N Y Although several dog financiers were betting on the Bichon Frise, most people in the stands were cheering for other dogs. Two years ago, Ty the giant schnauzer won first place and in 2017 he won the title of runner-up. But Ty didn’t go home empty-pawed this time. Often endearing to fans, the pup jumped up and put his front paws on Katie Bernardin, his handler, after he won the working group award earlier in the evening. Other crowd favorites included the popular pub, Biggie, and Bean who stood up on his hind legs and begged the judges for a special treat.
  5. 5. A f t e r b e i n g n a m e d t o p d o g , F l y n n w i l l f o l l o w - u p t h e e v e n i n g w i t h a v i c t o r y l a p . T h e d a y a f t e r , h e w i l l b e a g u e s t o n m a n y m o r n i n g t a l k s h o w s , e n j o y a s t e a k l u n c h a t S a r d i ’ s , a v i s i t t o t h e E m p i r e S t a t e B u i l d i n g , a n d a w a l k - o n p a r t i n B r o a d w a y ’ s h i t s h o w “ K i n k y B o o t s ” . W h i l e t h e o t h e r w i n n i n g W e s t m i n s t e r c a n i n e s d o n ’ t r e c e i v e c a s h p r i z e s , t h e y a r e g i v e n s h i n y b o w l s , l u c r a t i v e b r e e d i n g f e e s , a n d m e m o r i e s t h a t o f t e n s t a y i n t h e h e a r t s a n d m e m o r i e s o f d o g s h o w f a n s f o r y e a r s . A t t h e 1 4 2 n d W e s t m i n s t e r c o m p e t i t i o n , t h e e v e n t i t s e l f w e l c o m e d 2 , 8 8 2 e n t r i e s w i t h o v e r 2 0 2 b r e e d s a n d v a r i e t i e s . W h i l e m a n y d o g s l i k e S p i c y N a c h o g a r n e r e d a d m i r a t i o n a n d l a u g h s , m a n y j u d g e s d i d n o t l i k e t h e l o o k o f t h e m i n i b u l l t e r r i e r .
  6. 6. P e r h a p s , i t w a s n o t o n l y F l y n n ’ s a d o r a b l e n a t u r e b u t a l s o h i s s o c i a l s k i l l s t h a t c h a r m e d t h e j u d g e s . A s S t e n m a r k m a d e r e v i e w e d t h e f i n a l s e v e n d o g s , F l y n n o f f e r e d h i s p a w , s i m i l a r t o a h a n d s h a k e g e s t u r e t o h e r . T h e j u d g e m e n t i o n e d t h a t h i s h a p p y n a t u r e a n d c o n t i n u o u s l y w a g g i n g t a i l e n d e a r e d t h e f l u f f y p u p t o h e r . T h e W e s t m i n s t e r K e n n e l C l u b D o g S h o w p r e d a t e s t h e i n v e n t i o n o f t h e a u t o m o b i l e , t h e l i g h t b u l b , a n d t h e z i p p e r . T h e f i r s t c e r e m o n y , h e l d o n M a y 8 , 1 8 7 7 , o n l y i n c l u d e d g u n d o g s w h o w e r e p r e s e n t e d b y t h e i r h u n t i n g o w n e r s a t t h e W e s t m i n s t e r H o t e l . V a r i o u s p r i z e s w e r e a w a r d e d i n t h e p a s t , i n c l u d i n g a p e a r l - h a n d l e d p i s t o l .
  7. 7. A f t e r t h e i n i t i a l d o g s h o w , t h e W e s t m i n s t e r K e n n e l C l u b w a s f o r m e d a n d t h e y b e c a m e t h e f i r s t c l u b t o j o i n t h e A m e r i c a n K e n n e l C l u b ( A K C ) , e s t a b l i s h e d i n 1 8 8 4 . A s t h e s h o w ’ s p o p u l a r i t y r o s e , t h e n u m b e r o f a t t e n d e e s w a s c a p p e d a t 2 , 8 0 0 a n d m o v e d t o M a d i s o n S q u a r e G a r d e n f o r t h e e v e n t . A t t h e E d d i e C r o m a n F o u n d a t i o n , w e l o v e a l l p u p s t h e s a m e , b u t t h e W e s t m i n s t e r d o g s h o w i s a g r e a t w a y t o v i e w t h e e x p e r t i s e t h a t g o e s i n t o g r o o m i n g , t r a i n i n g , a n d c a r i n g f o r t h e s e w o n d e r f u l d o g s o f a l l v a r i e t i e s . W e c a n ’ t w a i t t o s e e a l l t h e a d o r a b l e a n d f a m i l i a r f a c e s a t n e x t y e a r ’ s s h o w !
  8. 8. R Y A N C R O M A N . C O M T H A N K S !

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