Flynn the bichon frise fetches top prize at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

NEW YORK, Feb 13 (Reuters) - A bichon frise named Flynn was crowned best in show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, triumphing over the nearly 3,000 dogs that competed in the world-renowned contest for pure-bred canines.

The fluffy white winner edged out six other finalists, including the No. 2 "reserve best in show," a giant schnauzer named Ty, at the end of the annual two-day event at Madison Square Garden in New York City's midtown Manhattan.

The remaining five finalists selected as the top dogs of their respective canine categories were a borzoi, a pug, a border collie, a Sussex spaniel and a Norfolk terrier.

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'Flynn' the Bichon Frise, with handler Bill McFadden, poses after winning 'Best in Show' at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in Madison Square Garden in New York February 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Flynn, a bichon frise walks during judging of the nonsporting group at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, U.S., February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Jambo, a Briard breed, is groomed in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, U.S., February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Slick, a border Collie walks during judging of the herding group at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, U.S., February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Esteban Farias hugs Biggie, pug after winning best in Toy Group during judging at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, U.S., February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Biggie, a pug walks during judging for best in Toy Group at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, U.S., February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Lucy, a Borzoi walks with her handler after winning best in Hound group during judging at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, U.S., February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Leo, an Afghan hound breed, is groomed in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, U.S., February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
AJ, a Beagle breed, is groomed in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, U.S., February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Henry, a Pomeranian breed, is groomed in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, U.S., February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Handlers wait to enter the competition ring during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, U.S., February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Tuco, a Basenji breed, is held by its handler during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, U.S., February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A dog competes in the Masters Agility Championship during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, U.S., February 10, 2018. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
Photographer Justin Lane takes photos of Sid the Pug at a media preview event for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Dreamer the Shih Tzu is presented at a media preview event for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Pop Pop to the Top, a Japanese Spaniel breed, is dried off at a dog spa at the Hotel Pennsylvania ahead of the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in midtown Manhattan, New York City, U.S., February 9, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Her Majesty Briee Bride Elizabeth, an Imperial Shih Tzu breed, stands in the lobby after arriving at the Hotel Pennsylvania ahead of the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in midtown Manhattan, New York City, U.S., February 9, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Photographers take photos of Sid the Pug at a media preview event for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A dog is competing to become best during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A dog is competing to become best during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Dogs are competing to become best during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Dogs are competing to become best during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A dog is competing to become best during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A dog is competing to become best during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A dog is competing to become best during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A dog is competing to become best during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Dogs are competing to become best during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Dogs are competing to become best during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Dogs are competing to become best during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Dogs are competing to become best during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Dogs are competing to become best during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Dogs are competing to become best during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Dogs are competing to become best during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Beagles lineup in the judging area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: An Afghan Hound competes at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Winston the Norfolk Terrior is groomed backstage at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Dogs are competing to become best during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Handlers in the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries in the judging area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Dalmations wait in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Bichon Frise waits in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A handler and a Havanese wait in the judging area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Handlers and their Belgium Malinois dogs wait to compete at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Whippets compete at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Amie McLaughlin waits with her Chinese Crested and Norwegian Buhund in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Winning Treeing Walker Coonhounds pose for a group picture at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Robin the Maltese gets groomed backstage at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A Saluki dog stretches while waiting to compete at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A Chinese Crested dog licks its lips while competing at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A French Bulldog competes at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A Saluki dog waits to compete at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A Chinese Crested dog competes during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Green the Chow Chow sits in the grooming area at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A Chinese Crested dog competes at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Divin the Afghan Hound yawns while sitting backstage in the grooming area at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Winning Treeing Walker Coonhounds pose for a group picture at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: A Chinese Crested dog competes during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 12, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A Old English Sheepdog waits in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is groomed in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Bichon Frisein atop a cart is wheeled into the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Maltese waits in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Candace Chien plays with a Chow Chow in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A dog competes in the Masters Agility Championship during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 10, 2018 in New York City. TBest in show at the 142nd Westminster dog show will be awarded at the end of the competition on Tuesday, February 13. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A dog competes in the Masters Agility Championship during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 10, 2018 in New York City. TBest in show at the 142nd Westminster dog show will be awarded at the end of the competition on Tuesday, February 13. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A dog competes in the Masters Agility Championship during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 10, 2018 in New York City. TBest in show at the 142nd Westminster dog show will be awarded at the end of the competition on Tuesday, February 13. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A dog competes in the Masters Agility Championship during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 10, 2018 in New York City. TBest in show at the 142nd Westminster dog show will be awarded at the end of the competition on Tuesday, February 13. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A dog competes in the Masters Agility Championship during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 10, 2018 in New York City. TBest in show at the 142nd Westminster dog show will be awarded at the end of the competition on Tuesday, February 13. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
A dog competes in the agility course during the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 10, 2018 in New York at the 142th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the Agility trial will be on hand to demonstrate skills required to negotiate some of the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A dog competes in the agility course during the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 10, 2018 in New York at the 142th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the Agility trial will be on hand to demonstrate skills required to negotiate some of the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A dog competes in the agility course during the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 10, 2018 in New York at the 142th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the Agility trial will be on hand to demonstrate skills required to negotiate some of the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: A dog competes in the Masters Agility Championship during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 10, 2018 in New York City. TBest in show at the 142nd Westminster dog show will be awarded at the end of the competition on Tuesday, February 13. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
Clumber Spaniel dogs are seen during the 9th AKC Meet The Breeds on February 10, 2018 in New York at the 142th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Two Chow Chow's dogs are seen during the 9th AKC Meet The Breeds on February 10, 2018 in New York at the 142th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Bichon Frise are seen during the 9th AKC Meet The Breeds on February 10, 2018 in New York at the 142th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
An English Bulldog is seen during the 9th AKC Meet The Breeds on February 10, 2018 in New York at the 142th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Clumber Spaniel dog is seen during the 9th AKC Meet The Breeds on February 10, 2018 in New York at the 142th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers play with each other after competing at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 13, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Pointers and their handlers wait to compete at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 13, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: A terrier competes at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on February 13, 2018 in New York City. The show is scheduled to see 2,882 dogs from all 50 states take part in this year's competition. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Flynn, a bichon frise walks after winning the nonsporting group during judging at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, U.S., February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Flynn, a bichon frise and winner of Best In Show, handler Bill McFadden and judge Betty-Anne Stenmark pose together winning the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, U.S., February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 13: A dog competes to become best during the second day of the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 13, 2018. (Photo by Atlgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 13: A dog competes to become best during the second day of the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 13, 2018. (Photo by Atlgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 13: A dog competes to become best during the second day of the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 13, 2018. (Photo by Atlgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 13: A dog waits for competing to become best during the second day of the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 13, 2018. (Photo by Atlgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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More than 2,880 dogs representing 201 breeds and varieties competed in this year's WestminsterKennel Club contest, touted by organizers as America's second-oldest sporting event after the Kentucky Derby.

The victor receives the coveted Best in Show trophy, a media tour and bragging rights that are sure to boost breeding fees - all rewards for the winner's patience and pluck while enduring seemingly endless blow dryer blasts and tugs from combs and brushes.

Dogs compete in a total of seven groups. Flynn, the winning bichon frise, represented the non-sporting category.

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

Recognized for its soft, fluffy white coat and baby-doll face, with charcoal-colored eyes and nose, the bichon frise is known for its perky, good-natured disposition. The breed name is derived from the French phrase meaning "curly lap dog."

Dogs joined this year's contest from all 50 U.S. states and 16 other countries, including Canada, Mexico, Japan, Russia, Australia and China, the Westminster Kennel Club said in a statement.

Rumor, a female German shepherd, was named Best in Show at last year's competition.

(Reporting by Stephanie Kelly; Editing by Steve Gorman and Paul Tait)

 

 

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