Truly best in show: Westminster victor making Broadway debut

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GCH CH Ingebar's Tynan Dances With Wildflowers, a Giant Schnauzer known as "Ty", owned by Sandra Nordstrom & Carol Mann & Maryann Bisceglia.

The Westminster Dog Show crowned a fluffy white Bichon Frise named Flynn Best in Show Tuesday over a diverse array of other four-legged options, concluding the Big Apple's annual dogfest.

A Bichon Frise, named Flynn, is led by handler Bill McFadden before winning "Best In Show" at the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, Feb. 13, 2018.

Flynn is almost 6 and already has a musical theatre background.

The other groups consisted of hounds, terriers, toy, herding, working and sporting dogs, each judged by characteristics specific to their breeds.

Ty, a Giant Schnauzer, with handler Katie Bernardin, won the working breed category.

The win marked the second time a McFadden-trained dog took Best in Show honors. The breed name is derived from the French phrase meaning "curly lap dog".

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The giant schnauzer, aka GCH CH Ingebar's Tynan Dances With Wildflowers was the nation's No. 1 show dog a year ago. She was seemingly addressing protest of the dog show on Tuesday by animal-rights groups who say Westminster is unwise to promote breeding when there are dogs in shelters - including many mixed-breed dogs - that need homes.

"These dogs were bred to entertain people".

Bean, a Sussex spaniel and victor of the Sporting breed group, is seen in the judging ring during competition. Just as a group judge started to evaluate him, he sat up on his hind legs in a paws-up pose.

They may be of the highest pedigree and superlative conformation, but to their owners even the finalists for the top prize of "Best in Show" are still just cuddly, playful pets.

Dogs in the Westminster show compete in a total of seven groups. New Jersey champions emerged to lead the pack in two different dog sports.

Jessica Ajoux of Sparta with Fame, her border collie.

"She ran as fast as she could go", said Ajoux, 32, backstage after Fame's run.

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