ANNOUNCER: The Lakeland Terrier flourished in the lake country of England prior to the Fox Hunts with hounds. This is a small working terrier of sturdy build and determination. He was traditionally maintained by late country farmers. The Lakeland is a gay little dog, friendly and very self-confident. This is Lakeland Terrier number 11.
COMMENTATOR 1: So this is one of the Fell Terriers. And if you don't know what Fell Terrier means, it's a dog that worked in the mountainous terrain and high grounds that were used to graze sheep. And the fell fox would prey on that lamb, so these terriers were used with the hounds to get rid of the fox that was hunting on the baby lambs.
COMMENTATOR 2: It's a very bold and friendly temperament. Of course, shyness is penalized in this breed. They really need to be, you know, have that true terrier temperament. And Callie here, being shown with Leonardo Garcini, I think, was showing that.
ANNOUNCER: There are two varieties of Manchester Terriers. The standard, seen here in the terrier group, and the toy, seen in the toy group. The Manchester comes from Manchester, England, where he was bred to pursue rabbits in the field and as a rat killer on farms. Since 1959, they have been registered as a single breed in two varieties for show purposes. This is standard Manchester Terrier number 21.
COMMENTATOR 1: So this is the same type as a toy Manchester Terrier. The only difference is that their weight is 12 to 22 pounds, and that's required. They have to fall within the prescribed weight.
COMMENTATOR 3: There's an ear shape difference, too.
COMMENTATOR 2: Ear shape.
COMMENTATOR 1: Correct.
COMMENTATOR 2: Right. This is Audrey. Oh.
COMMENTATOR 1: Yeah. And the ear shape difference is just that the toys have to show the natural ear, whereas these can be cropped or natural.
COMMENTATOR 2: Audrey's being shown by Olivia Hodgkinson.
ANNOUNCER: The Miniature Bull Terrier is a miniaturized version of the larger Bull Terrier. The breed has been deliberately reduced to be a lap-size companion, although still shown here in the terrier group. His heart is fearless, his manner loving and responsive. Adaptable to apartment life or suburbs, he enjoys regular exercise. This is Miniature Bull Terrier number 8.
COMMENTATOR 2: Such a fun breed. Spicy Nacho is her name.
COMMENTATOR 1: Spicy was giving her handler a kiss there.
COMMENTATOR 3: Crowd partial to this miniature bull terrier.
COMMENTATOR 2: She's number one in her breed. And had seven Best in Shows last year.
COMMENTATOR 3: According to her owner, likes to chew on shoes--
- Thank you, sir. All the way around to the end.
COMMENTATOR 3: --of the handler. And when you're in Madison Square Garden--
--a famous basketball announcer often says, and the kiss.
COMMENTATOR 1: Who knew Westminster had a kiss cam?
COMMENTATOR 3: That's right.
ANNOUNCER: The Miniature Schnauzer is a native of Germany. His original assignments were ridding barns of rats and acting as a traveling companion for horses. He is said to come from a mix of Affenpinscher, poodle, and Small Standard Schnauzer. He's at home in both city and country, and an excellent watch dog. This is Miniature Schnauzer number 29.
COMMENTATOR 3: So we go to the extreme. You know Ty, the Giant Schnauzer who's already advanced, and a challenge from the miniature size.
COMMENTATOR 1: Right. These have to be between 12 and 14 inches, or it's a disqualification in the breed. And this is another broken-coated dog. So just like Ty, they have this hard outer coat.
COMMENTATOR 2: But they can come in three different colors. This is the salt and pepper color, of course, but they can also come in black and black and silver.
COMMENTATOR 3: Mary Tyler Moore, martial arts legend Bruce Lee, have owned this breed of dog. The owner and handler here is from Argentina.
ANNOUNCER: The exact origin of the Norfolk Terrier is unclear, but it is certainly British in its style. In the United States, both the prick ear and drop ear terriers were called Norwich terriers until 1979, when they were designated two separate breeds. This little drop eared dog is a Norfolk, a working terrier used both as a ratter and with foxhounds to bolt the fox. This is Norfolk Terrier number 7.
COMMENTATOR 1: So we have the Norfolk and the Norwich. And the easiest way to tell them apart is if you remember the saying a witch's hat. The Norwich wears the witch's hat because that's how their ears are shaped. This is the Norfolk, which has the drop ear.
COMMENTATOR 2: This is Winston, actually, being shown by Ernesto Lara.
COMMENTATOR 3: That is a cute dog.
COMMENTATOR 2: Very cute. Of course, Ernesto has won Best in Show in this ring before, with Banana Jo, the Affenpinscher. And of course, we all know him very well in the sport. Ernesto worked for Peter Green for many, many years.
COMMENTATOR 1: And this dog actually won Montgomery County.
COMMENTATOR 2: Another top terrier.
ANNOUNCER: And this is the Norwich Terrier, recognized as a breed in this country since 1936. Spirited, stocky, with sensitive prick ears and a slightly foxy expression, he is one of the smallest of the working terriers. Don't let the small size fool you. The Norwich is an energetic breed, requiring a large daily dose of fun and frolic. This is Norwich Terrier number 17.
COMMENTATOR 1: Mike just said this is the smallest of the terrier breeds. So this dog actually was put into saddlebags and carried on the hunt, and then set on the fox. So they didn't just walk on the ground. They were actually carried to the hunt, and then released.
COMMENTATOR 2: Actually, there were a couple terriers that that happened, that they were carried along horseback in different ways. This dog's being shown by Marjorie Good, who actually is a long-time Sealy breeder, and has done very well in the terrier rings.
ANNOUNCER: Developed in England in the 1800s by Reverend John Russell, the Parson Russell Terrier had one purpose-- to hunt foxhounds and bolt the red fox from his lair. The Parson comes in a smooth or broken coat. Energetic, with a keen hunting instinct, the Parson naturally excels in performance events. This is Parson Russell Terrier number 9.
COMMENTATOR 2: Just to follow up on Marjorie Good, there are many handlers and terriers that specialize in terriers, and that's all they do is terriers.
COMMENTATOR 1: Right. It's a very specialized talent.
COMMENTATOR 2: Very unique to this group.
COMMENTATOR 1: Yeah. Because you actually pluck the hairs to trim the dog's coat.
COMMENTATOR 3: We have just a few more to go in the terrier group, our final group. Best in Show, the six group winners waiting backstage. Biggie the pug, who won in the toy group-- Biggie found somebody a little bigger and excited to get back out on the floor at Madison Square Garden. We'll see him in just a moment.
COMMENTATOR 2: Here's Toodles, number one Parson Russell Terrier.
ANNOUNCER: The Rat Terrier, as the name might suggest, is quite capable of hunting rodents and vermin above and below ground. An American breed, the Rat Terriers were developed from crosses of terrier breeds, and eventually, Whippets and Italian Greyhounds. They are intelligent, multi-purpose dogs with a playful, happy-go-lucky attitude, and are loyal family companions. This is Rat Terrier number 22.
COMMENTATOR 2: This is Vance, who is not even two years old yet, and he actually beat his father to win Best of Breed today, which is--
COMMENTATOR 1: Well, that's OK, you know? We're supposed to be improving our breeding stock. So to beat the sire means you're doing your job right.
COMMENTATOR 2: Absolutely correct. That's right. And this breed is actually fairly newly recognized. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2013, and were eligible at Westminster in 2014.
COMMENTATOR 3: And gets along well with cats, according to his owner.
ANNOUNCER: The Russell Terrier is slightly smaller in height and different in body and structure, and a distinct breed from the Parson Russell Terrier. Both breeds did originate in England, as fox hunters compact enough to be carried on horseback in terrier bags. The Russell Terrier further developed in Australia, and comes in three coats-- smooth, broken, and rough. This is Russell Terrier number 8.
COMMENTATOR 2: And Padre here has it all. He's actually won his national specialty in Montgomery. He's the top winning Russell Terrier of all time in the US. And he couldn't be any cuter.
COMMENTATOR 3: That was a good description about smooth, broken, and rough. Sounds like my accounting firm. But this is Padre, who's--
COMMENTATOR 1: It's time to get out of that accounting firm, I think.
COMMENTATOR 3: Padre's retiring after tonight. He's going to go back to Indiana and kind of just relax with his owner.
COMMENTATOR 2: Champion Lyrical is preaching to the choir. This is his retirement show, as you said. A lot of dogs either start at The Garden or end their careers at the Garden.
ANNOUNCER: The Highland Scots needed a big dog in a small package, all muscle, bone, and courage to keep their farms free of ground-dwelling predators. A small, sturdy dog with a thick double coat, Scottie's have charmed three US presidents with their devotion, determination, and independent thinking. Scottish Terrier number 12.
JUDGE: Down and back, please.
COMMENTATOR 3: And Michael, if they'd give us the historical reference with presidents, the board game Monopoly features Scottie as a player token, if you've rolled the dice.
COMMENTATOR 1: Right. It's one of the only dogs in the gaming industry for the Monopoly.
COMMENTATOR 3: Eight Best in Show titles for the Scottish Terrier, the last in 2010.
COMMENTATOR 1: This is a wonderful breed. This is a classic terrier breed. And you know, when we look at it, it may appear just slightly long, but it's actually a very compact dog. It has a forechest that extends well beyond the body, which gives it that look. And then, also, the shelf behind the tail. We love to see that shelf and the high-set tail on a terrier.
COMMENTATOR 2: They're a sturdy little dog.
ANNOUNCER: The Sealyham Terrier was created in Wales in the mid-1800s for typical terrier hunting activities, including badgers and otters, so he had to be tough. Today's Sealyham is a charming dog, adept at many activities, including obedience, agility, therapy, conformation, and generally making his owner's life a happier place. This is Sealyham Terrier number 11.
COMMENTATOR 3: And this dog owned by some of Hollywood's blockbuster names. Historically Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock all owned Sealyham terriers.
COMMENTATOR 2: Amy Rutherford is showing Cooper tonight. Cooper was a retirement present to the owner. The owner got Cooper as a present to herself, and you couldn't get a better present than a Sealyham Terrier.
ANNOUNCER: The Skye Terrier evolved on the Isle of Skye, to the west of Scotland. He has been in existence for probably four centuries, and has changed little during that time. He is a hunting breed of enormous loyalty, and makes a devoted companion. The Skye is at least twice as long as he is high, with a level top line. This is Skye Terrier number 8.
COMMENTATOR 1: So the easiest way to start judging this breed is to immediately say long, low, and level. If they don't have those three traits, then you probably don't have the greatest Skye Terrier.
COMMENTATOR 3: How about the vision there for Benji?
COMMENTATOR 1: Well, the hair actually will blow back as they walk, so it's not a problem at all. In a lot of these coated breeds, the hair will move back out of the eyes and they can see perfectly fine.
COMMENTATOR 2: And it's hard to tell with all that coat, but they're one of two terrier breeds that actually have hair feet.
COMMENTATOR 3: The sight line probably more important for the judge, Rosalind Kramer, assessing this terrier group, the final group of the night for our seventh winner.
COMMENTATOR 2: This is Benji, being shown by Josh Actor. Champion Blaze of Glory at Wallace's Coven.
ANNOUNCER: Soft coated terriers generally come from Ireland. And one of the most beloved of these is the Irish Wheaten Terrier, or as known here, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. He's used in Ireland as an all-around farm dog and small game hunter. In temperament, he combines the steadiness of a working dog with the intelligence of a terrier. This is Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier number 7.
COMMENTATOR 1: So the name of this terrier says it all. It says the color and the coat texture. So this dog is covered with a single coat over the entire body, and the texture is soft and silky, and it should have a gentle wave to it.
COMMENTATOR 2: That is definitely its distinguishing characteristic in this breed, is that it has that single coat that's so soft. It's beautiful. Great outline.
COMMENTATOR 1: And this dog actually is a good scent dog, as well. It was a multipurpose hound dog.
COMMENTATOR 2: This is Laney, shown by Gwen [INAUDIBLE].
ANNOUNCER: The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a muscular, intelligent breed, originating in the coal mining country of England. Originally bred to be a fast, courageous dog with great strength for his small size, he is best known today for his outstanding athletic ability, steady and dependable nature, and love of children. This is Staffordshire Bull Terrier number 17.
COMMENTATOR 3: And they say of Staffies, pour a gallon of dog into a quart-size container.
COMMENTATOR 1: Right. I want to go back-- I want to go back to the Soft Coated Wheaten. When I said hound dog, it was actually the poor man's hound dog because of the scent. Because they used it for scent work.
COMMENTATOR 2: Stan here is showing very well tonight.
COMMENTATOR 3: Looks like a sweet-natured family dog.
JUDGE: Thank you.
COMMENTATOR 2: He's a national specialty winner. But he loves to cuddle in bed most of all. You can tell.
COMMENTATOR 1: Yeah. This is another one of the great bull breeds. And their temperament is amazing.
ANNOUNCER: The Welsh Terrier is from Wales, bred for hunting fox, otter, and badger. It's a very old breed, and still close to its original style, the black and tan color we see today having been established over a century ago. The Welsh Terrier is a friendly, spirited breed, and well suited for a young, active family. This is Welsh Terrier number 8.
COMMENTATOR 2: This is Khaleesi, who was the number one terrier, all breeds for 2017.
COMMENTATOR 3: This breed, Welsh Terrier, one Best in Show win back in the '40s. Caroline Kennedy had a Welsh named Charlie.
COMMENTATOR 1: And it's a wonderful breed. And if you look at this dog, this is one of the more sturdier dogs when you relate it to the Wire Fox Terrier and the Lakeland. This dog has much more substance bone and a strong rectangular head.
COMMENTATOR 3: And our final from the terrier group.
ANNOUNCER: A native of the Scottish Highlands, brought to these shores about 100 years ago, the stylish West Highland White Terrier refuses to be ignored. With a heart of a hunter and a brain determined to outwit every adversary, the Westie possesses no small amount of self-esteem. This is West Highland White Terrier number 18.
COMMENTATOR 2: This is Adam, shown by Rebecca Cross. Rebecca is very well known in the Westie ring, and also in the Scottie ring. She won Best in Show across in 2015 with a Scottie. This dog, however, Adam, won Best of Breed at Montgomery County.
And again, I had Westies growing up. I love this breed. They're wonderful. Wonderful pets. Trying to teach them obedience can be a little challenging.
COMMENTATOR 1: Yeah. As Ross said, they can be a little stubborn.
COMMENTATOR 2: They're supposed to be. That's what Westie-- yeah, all terriers, right? They're being terriers, and if they have that terrier attitude, that's a plus for them in the ring.
COMMENTATOR 3: So from the 32, our judge will single out the group. Remember, this is the dominant group. 46 Best in Show wins came from dogs in this group. The Wire Fox Terrier, Skye, the most recent.
COMMENTATOR 1: And you can see why. They have a commanding presence in the ring, you know? They never let down.
JUDGE: [INAUDIBLE] step out, please.
COMMENTATOR 2: Louis the Amstaff.
JUDGE: Sir, the Cairn.
COMMENTATOR 1: So the Cairn, Smooth Fox Terrier, and the Wire Fox Terrier.
COMMENTATOR 2: Gabriel Rangel, handling the Wire Fox.
COMMENTATOR 1: Oh, the Lakeland also.
COMMENTATOR 2: Winston, the Norfolk.
JUDGE: The Welsh, the Westie.
COMMENTATOR 2: Khaleesi, the Welsh, and Rebecca Cross, with the West Highland White Terrier, have made the cut.
JUDGE: Let's take them around, please.
COMMENTATOR 1: One last look.
COMMENTATOR 2: There's a lot of confidence in that arena.
COMMENTATOR 1: They're always looking around, the terriers.
COMMENTATOR 2: They're always confident and ready to go.
COMMENTATOR 1: Last one, the Westie, and then we're back to the Lakeland. She's going to make her final decision now. Sir, bring the Norfolk up.
COMMENTATOR 2: Ernesto Lara, Winston.
COMMENTATOR 3: I think Winston's just too cute to pass up.
COMMENTATOR 2: American Staffordshire's in second place.
JUDGE: 2018 Westminster Terrier group winner. Congratulations.
- Thank you very much.
COMMENTATOR 2: Ernesto Lara with Winston.
COMMENTATOR 3: Winston wins it.
COMMENTATOR 2: The Norfolk Terrier wins.
COMMENTATOR 1: Playing on the success of all the Winston Churchill movies that have been out lately.
COMMENTATOR 3: Not a dark hour here. A happy hour.
COMMENTATOR 1: No, not at all.
COMMENTATOR 3: Winston gets into the final seven, and has a chance to win Best in Show.
COMMENTATOR 2: And Ernesto Lara, of course, has won Best in Show at Westminster before. So he has a little edge there, right? He's already been in the Best in Show ring.
COMMENTATOR 1: He's experienced that. It can be a daunting experience.
COMMENTATOR 2: It can be.
COMMENTATOR 3: Originally from Mexico City, and Winston, who just caught your eye from the start.
COMMENTATOR 1: And you can see him just looking at every little thing. They are always on the hunt.
COMMENTATOR 2: The American Staffordshire was second, the Lakeland was third. And Westie was fourth. West Highland White Terrier.
ANNOUNCER: The James Mortimer Memorial Cup awaits for Best in Show. We finished our last group, and Karen is standing by with the winner.
- Yes, thank you so much. Congratulations to you. What do you think it was about him tonight that swayed the judge?
- Winston had an idea of what he was going to do, and I just followed. So I guess everybody did.
- OK. So you've been here before. You actually won Best in Show before as a handler. What will you do now to ready yourself to try to repeat that?
- Well, just stay collected, make sure he's still happy, and we'll hope for the best.
- All right. Well, congratulations to you. And we will see you in just a few moments.