Champion Fairewood Frolic, a Norwich terrier, also won the terrier group competition Monday night. Owned by Sandina Kennels of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., and handled by Peter Green, the terrier--known to her friends as Rocki--now will be retired to motherhood.
The brown and black shorthaired favorite beat out the six other group winners to grab the 122nd Best-in-Show crown at Madison Square Garden.
Although Rocki went into Tuesday night's competition as the heavy favorite, Green was hesitant about claiming victory too soon.
"Sometimes dogs are off and sometimes dogs are on" the handler said. "Tonight, she was on and enjoying every minute of it."
After her latest triumph, photographers crowded around to take pictures of Rocki as she sat inside her Best-in-Show trophy, a big silver bowl.
At Westminster, the most prestigious event of its kind in the United States, dogs are judged solely on how they compare to the ideal of their breed.
Only dogs that have achieved champion status through points at American Kennel Club shows were eligible to enter Westminster.
Besides Ch. Fairewood Frolic, other winners of Monday night's groups were:
Working group: Ch. Nanuke's Take No Prisoners, Alaskan Malamute, owned by Dr. William Newman, Kathy Leuer and Sandra D'Andrea of Barker, N.Y.
Toy group: Ch. Dignity of Jewelry House Yoko, Toy Poodle, owned by Kaz Hosaka and Yoko Kamiya, Greenwood, Del.
Nonsporting group: Ch. Lake Cove That's My Boy, Standard Poodle, owned by Mrs. Alan Robson, Glenmore, Pa.
Competing for top dog this year were 2,500 canines from 47 states and the District of Columbia, Bermuda, Canada, Japan and South America.
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