Watch the Best in Show ceremony from the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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Watch the Best in Show ceremony from the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

MICHAEL LAFAVE: Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the seven group winners competing for Best in Show at the 142nd Westminster Dog Show.

The winner of the herding group, Border Collie number 18.


The winner of the hound group, Borzoi number 22.


The winner of the working group, Giant Schnauzer number 9.


The winner of the sporting group, Sussex Spaniel number 11.


The winner of the non-sporting group, Bichon Frise number 15.


The winner of the terrier group, Norfolk Terrier number 7.


The winner of the toy group, Pug number 15.


- These seven dogs. And among them-- Betty-Anne Stenmark sizing them up. The border collie has never won Best in Show. Borzoi has never won Best in Show. Same for giant schnauzer and for Norfolk terrier. Could one of them break through? Michael?


MICHAEL LAFAVE: Best in Show this evening will be judged by Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark of Woodside, California. Our stewards are Mr. Sean W. McCarthy and Mr. David A. Helming.


BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: Congratulations to you all. Winning the group at Westminster is something very special.

- Michael?

MICHAEL LAFAVE: Originating in Scotland and England, the border collie is the quintessential herding dog. Her skill in working with sheep is without equal, and they are every bit as accomplished in the obedience ring and on the agility course. They have extraordinary work ethic and are best suited for the farmer or suburbs unless dedicated city-dwellers can keep the border collie busy with outdoor activity. This is border collie number 18.


- Slick being handled by Jamie Cloot. Jamie says this dog is very chill.

- Seems pretty chill to me.

BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: And then at what speed you would like going around, please. Yes.


- Slick is national speciality winner. He's the winningest Bordie Collie in history.


BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: And around, please.

- Slick is owned by Ricky Johnson, Frank Bayless, and Ronnie DeLay.


MICHAEL LAFAVE: The borzoi was once known as the Russian wolfhound. This swift and powerful courser was treasured by Russian nobility, who hunted wolf in huge packs of 100 or more borzoi. The breed is still primed to chase anything that moves, but his kind demeanor and great intelligence make him a devoted pet as well. This is borzoi number 22.


BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: OK. Please, down and back at your own pace, and whatever you would like going around.

- OK.

- So one thing for everybody at home-- Best in Show is very unique. They're actually judging the dog against their own standard-- not against each other, but how they best meet their own individual standards.

- And of course, Lucy here is being handled by Valerie Atkinson. And when she retires after this show, she'll go back to Japan.

BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: And around, please.

- And Lucy hoping to become the first borzoi to win Best in Show representing the hound group.


- The Giant Schnauzer arrived in Germany in the late 1800s. He was almost, without a doubt, a herding dog but developed his following as a guardian and watchdog. Those three Schnauzers-- the miniature shown in the Terrier group and the Standard and Giant shown in this country in the working group-- are three distinct breeds. This is Giant Schnauzer number 9.

BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: Hi. That's a good dog.


OK. Please, down and back, not too fast. And then at your choice of speed going around.

- Ty very patient, top ranked coming in.

- He's the top-winning male Giant Schnauzer of all time.

- Saw the robotic camera and reacted.


- Ty is owned by Sandra Nordstrom, Carol Mann, and Marianne Disiglia.

- We heard Betty-Anne Stenmark talk about the pace.

- Right. She wants the dog to go at the correct pace for the breed. Each dog has its own pace.

- Perfect. Perfect. He looks great.

BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: And around, please.

- Quick treat for cooperating. It's been a long two nights for these guys.


MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Sussex Spaniel earns its name from the county of Sussex in England, where it no doubt emerged as one of the oldest Spaniel breeds. This is a methodical, close-working gun dog that is particularly valued in heavy brush. The Sussex has a jolly and loving nature with a tail that is in almost perpetual motion. This is Sussex Spaniel number 11.


- One of our crowd favorites here today, absolutely. How can you not love that face?


- Bean is the grandson of Stump, who won Best in Show at Westminster in 2009.

BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: Down and back at your own pace, and whatever you want to do going around.

- Thank you.


- His owners are Karen Anne Toner and Amanda Toner. He's being shown by Per Ingar Rismhyr.

- Betty-Anne getting rid of a little extra bait that's on the ground.

- It can be distracting.


- Oh, there's the encore performance once again.

- Strike a pose. Well, he got that routine down.


MICHAEL LAFAVE: The Bichon Frise hails from the Mediterranean region, eventually arriving in France. The name means "small dog with curly hair," giving the appearance of an animated powderpuff. The Bichon makes a lively, jovial companion for all ages and, his popularity is well-earned. This is Bichon Frise number 15.


BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: And would you show me the mouth, please?

- And Flynn, too, is also related to a past Best in Show winner, seven generations back, JR, who won in 2001.

- Measuring the physical traits. All these dogs are so well-groomed. A little last-minute touch-up here.

- Got to fix him up one last time.

- Well, Bill McFadden knows how to win at Westminster. The dogs have to be in perfect condition, perfect shape, perfect performance.

- We've had one previous Bichon Frise win Best in Show. Could Flynn be the second? Well, they're going to go crazy. And here at Madison Square Garden, they show up on the TV screens here when there's a tight shot along with watching the dog on the stage or on the carpet.

BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: And circle around, please.


MICHAEL LAFAVE: The precise origin of the Norfolk Terrier is uncertain, but it is definitely British in style. In this country, both Pricked-Eared and Dropped-Eared Terriers were called Norwich Terriers until 1979 when they were established as two distinct and separate breeds. This engaging little drop-eared dog is a Norfolk, a working terrier used as a ratter and also in tandem with foxhounds to bolt the fox. This is Norfolk Terrier number 7.


- As much preparation that goes into the dogs, I think the judge goes through a lot of preparation, too. Betty-Anne looks great tonight.

- And so does Winston, the Norfolk Terrier being shown by Ernesto Lara.

- Winston on the move.

- Owned by Victor Malzoni Jr., Nancy Shaw, and Pam Beale.

- Trying to become the first Norfolk Terrier to win Best in Show in 141 years.

BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: And a nice circle around, please.


- Betty-Anne is going to have a tough job. They're all showing great tonight.

MICHAEL LAFAVE: There is little doubt the charming pug originated in China. From there, he made his way to Japan and then on to Europe in the 16th century, where he became a favorite of the aristocracy. Pugs are bold and confident, but with a sweet, sensitive nature. They're a sturdy toy breed with a particular fondness for children. This is pug number 15.


- Biggie is standing patient, waiting.

- Esteban Farias is handling Biggie tonight. They've had a wonderful year this year.

- He wants that bait, the dog treat.

- Biggie is owned by Carolyn Coch. He lives with two Dobermans, but he's in charge. I have no doubt of that.


- 11 Best in Show wins for the Pug breed out of the Toy group. One win for the Pug specifically previously. Could Biggie come up big tonight?

- And of course, with the Chinese New Year looming, this breed that was originally from China may have a little extra luck.

- Friday on the Chinese calendar, the year of the dog officially begins. Of course, every year at this time in New York, it's time for the dogs to have a big show.

- It's always the year of the dogs, always.

- Every year.

- Here comes our crowd. This is when the crowd steps up.

- And people at home-- I wonder, too, who they are choosing to whittle down before naming.

- There are seven beautiful animals out there. Incredible, incredible examples of their breeds. The breeders, owners, and handlers have worked very hard to get to this point in their dogs' careers. Some will retire after today. Some will go on and have puppies.

- And some may be back next year.

- And some may be back.

- And one will be celebrating at the end of the night. Can't get there fast enough. Some are patiently staring.

BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: All the way around. Come back to me in the middle here so everybody can see, please.

- So she's going to send them all the way around. They're going to come back. And I think she's going to have them put on a little show for us right at the end.

- The judges love to see the dog's free stand, free stack as they call it-- seeing where the feet naturally land.


- So far, so good.



- It's great to see all the dogs are having a perfect night tonight. It just makes it so much better when every dog looks its best.

- Of course, Lucy has been in this ring before.

- Some breeds aren't designed to do that. But Borzoi, this is not typical for it. But she still wants to see where the legs end up landing.

- That's right. Certain breeds are a little showier. They may seem a little showier than others. But Betty-Anne Stenmark knows all about the temperaments and behaviors of these breeds.

- And this crowd-- it sounds like overtime at the Garden.

- Yeah. This is where they come alive.

- Again, another perfect stat.

- They wait for moments like this-- to see that intensity.

- We have the best seat in the house.

- We do.


- Not a foot wrong.


The crowd loves Bean.

- Chanting his name already.

- It's a long way around the ring for the little guy.

- It is. It is.

- Those paws working overtime.

- That's it. They take 20 steps to the bigger dog's one.


- There's no avoiding it.


- Posing early for the statue, the award later.

- He put his feet right up on the trophy. Let's see if Bill's dog can do that when he goes back.

- It's a hard act to follow, isn't it? Not for Flynn. He's going to flood around the ring.


- This is so hard because there's so much adrenaline. The dogs are excited. The handler is excited. So they really have to take one step back and slow down.

- Jason Hoke, Gail Miller Bisher, Chris Myers, glad you're watching live from New York here on FS1. Our judge, Betty-Anne Stenmark, taking some time. How do you decide? Again, you're not judging a dog against another dog. But in essence, you can only pick one.

- You only pick one, and it's based on who comes closest to their winning standard and who's on tonight. That also is something I'm sure Betty-Anne will consider.

- And so far, you would agree that they've all been on.

- That's the hard part.

- I think she's reverting back to that standard, because she doesn't have much choice as far as how they're showing. They're also perfectly today.

- And the dogs feed off the energy here in Madison Square Garden. They know that they're loved, and they know they're the center of attention.

- They're six for six.

- Absolutely.

BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: Straight back, please.

- Betty-Anne has got to be smiling to have all the dogs come out and look their best.

- And we have seven really experienced handlers here tonight that are steering these dogs, guiding them around the ring.

BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: And all the way around, please, and come back to me.

- Yes, ma'am.

- Guiding them around the ring and making sure that their performance is perfect.


BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: Thank you, sir.

- I think he's hungry.

- This sellout crowd letting it all soak in, and at times hoping their voice is heard to the one they like.

- This is it. She's going to do one last walk, I believe.

- Tremendous responsibility on the shoulders of Judge Betty-Anne Stenmark.

- Make no mistake-- she loves every minute of it. It's quite an honor to be called upon to judge Best in Show at Westminster.

- A history-making moment about to take place.

- She's going to go back to the judge's table and mark her book.

- Yes. And first, she'll pick her runner up, which is reserved Best in Show.

- That isn't going to be easy, either.

- No.

- She's made her decision.

- And you can see that James Mortimer Memorial Cup, the trophy. No big cash prize, but a lot of on the line-- pride, respect, a part of history with this special event. The tension.

- And I judged Best in Show. And I tell you-- when you're writing this in the book, that's the moment where it all becomes real. It's a great feeling.

- You've committed.

- The way people are waiting anxiously on their gowns and tuxes-- it's almost like the Oscars. And the dogs taking it all in. It's a good scene. Runner up gets the ribbon.

- For reserve Best in Show.

BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: I love all dogs, both purebreds and crossbreds alike. But today is a special celebration of purebred dogs, the best of the best, purposely bred by responsible dog breeders.

It's not on?

- It's not on.


- We certainly could hear her on television. I think they're referring to here in the arena, loud enough for everyone to hear.


- Michael LaFave sharing his microphone with our judge, our Best in Show judge.

BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: I love all dogs, both purebreds and crossbreds alike. But this is a special celebration of purebred dogs, the best of the best, purposely bred by responsible dog breeders.


Reserve best in show at the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club shall be the Giant Schnauzer.


- What a great win for Ty.

- Ty, the number one dog for 2017, wins reserve Best in Show.

- Will be number 2. We're going to find out who's number 1.

- Number 2, but at the show.

- I mentioned the Oscars. She's been winning. She rehearsed her lines and delivered them well, even on the second take.

- She did. She repeated the--

- She's been rehearsing for years for this great moment.

All right. Who's it going to be?

- She's down to six.

- Six beautiful dogs out there.

- She can't go wrong at this point.

BETTY-ANNE STENMARK: I would like to thank the members of the Westminster Kennel Club, particularly Mr. McCarthy, Mr. Helming, and Mr. Bradley for the honor of being here. It is a privilege to judge these seven magnificent dogs.


- Best in Show at the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club will be the Bichon Frise.

- Flynn wins Best in Show, the second Bichon Frise to ever win Best in Show.

- Out of the non-sporting group, upsetting, in a sense, the number one rated dog coming in and a couple of other popular dogs, like Winston and Bean and Biggie.

- It just shows you never know who's going to win at Westminster.

- It's Champion Belle Creek's All I Care About is Love, owned by Petrina and Bruce Odette, Lindsey Van Keuren, Lorrie Carlton, and Larry Letsche.

- This was a dramatic decision. And I'm sure people at home are saying, well, wait a minute. I would have ranked this dog second or third on my list. What do you think the difference was?

- Well, I think today, the dog put on a great show. And she obviously felt it met the standard perfectly today. These dogs are near perfection.

- They all seem to appear that way.

- And Flynn, of course, was in the top five all year. He's been a top-ranked dog. Bill McFadden, as an experienced handler, knows how to bring a dog to its top, to the top of its career. And he's done it again.

- And now he stands on the podium.

- In 2017, the number one non-sporting dog.

- Flynn jumped right up there. He knows where he needs to be.

- Karen is standing by on the arena floor. Karen.

- All right. Thanks so much. Bill, congratulations. It is obviously every handler's dream to win at Westminster. What does it feel like?

- Well, it feels a little unreal. I came in expecting nothing except hoping for a good performance. And I think I got it. And I knew that she would fall in love with one dog, or three or four, or five, or six, or seven. And it's just magical.

- Absolutely magical. So what are the plans for Flynn after the show?

- I think-- I'll have to ask the owners, but I'm pretty sure I can drop the mic and say he's retired.

- I'm pretty sure. Well, thank you so much. Congratulations to you.

- Thank you very much. Thanks.

- That is a mic drop after winning Best in Show.

- It's typical for the tradition.

- There's nowhere else to go once you've won Best in Show at Westminster.