Standard poodle takes best in show at Westminster Kennel Club competition


After winning the Non-Sporting Group earlier in the show, Siba strutted onto the famous green ring at New York City's Madison Square Garden for the Best in Show round along with six other furry, fabulous group winners.

A black standard poodle named Siba maintained her breed's tradition of dominating the non-sporting group, becoming the 31st standard Poodle to win the group after she wowed the crowd with her towering crest of fluff.

© Associated Press Siba, the standard poodle, competes for Best in Show during the 144th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in NY.

Dog handler Crystal poses with Siba the Standard Poodle, victor of Best in Show, among trophies and awards at the 2020 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. A standard last won in 1991.

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To get to the final round of the competition, the dogs first had to compete against their own breeds and then win their group competition. A Havanese named Bono won the Toy Group, a standard poodle named Siba won the Nonsporting Group, a whippet named Bourbon won the Hound Group, and Shetland sheepdog named Conrad won the Herding Group.

"Dogs were originally bred to do specific jobs, whether hunting, guarding, tracking, or companionship", the Westminster Kennel Club explains.

The sporting, terrier and working groups will compete on Tuesday, just before best in show.

Siba elegantly defeated more than 2,600 dogs representing 204 breeds over three days of competition. One mistake, like confusing a wire fox terrier for a smooth fox terrier, could set off a Twitter firestorm among dog show enthusiasts.