King the wire fox terrier wins Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

We have a new top dog.

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has crowned King the Wire Fox Terrier its new best in show champion from a field of six finalists that were named the best of their individual categories.

It was the 15th time a Wire Fox Terrier has been named a Best in Show winner at Westminster.

Meet the 7 group winners

Bean the Sussex Spaniel won for the sporting group.

Wilma the Boxer won for the working group.

King the Wire Fox Terrier won for the terrier group.

Burns the Dachsund won for the hound group.

Bono the Havanese won for the toy group and finished in second place for Best in Show.

Baby Lars the Bouvier des Flandres won for the herding group.

Controversy before final judging

There was drama among finalists that led to six group winners instead of seven competing for best in show.

Colton the Schipperke won the non-sporting dog category, but was disqualified from the Best in Show competition after his owner was ruled ineligible for the competition.

Broadcasters noted that there was a conflict of interest between the dog’s exhibitors and the judges. They also noted that this type of disqualification isn’t uncommon on the dog show circuit, but is for a show as prestigious as Westminster.

The Associated Press reported that one of Colton’s owners also co-owned dogs with the longtime partner of Best in Show judge Peter Green.

Colton was introduced on stage with the rest of the finalists, but wasn’t eligible for judging.

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NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: The Australian Terrier named 'Bacon' and handler compete during the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: The Norwich Terrier named 'Isaac' compete during the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: A dog plays in the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: The Australian Terrier named 'Bacon' and handler compete during the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: Michael Shepperd and his Boxer named 'Wilma' take first place in the Working Group competition during the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: A The Saint Bernard named 'Arista' competes during the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: Great Pyrenees named 'Peyton' competes during the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: A Neopolitan Mastiff named 'Maximus' competes during the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: A Komondorok stands with their handler during the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: A Great Dane named 'Promise' give pose to the fans during the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: A Nederlandse kooikerhondje runs during the sporting group competation at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: A Lagotto Romagnolo walks during the sporting group competation at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: Dog owners groom and prepare their dogs at the backstage before the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: Dogs are prepared at the backstage before the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: Melody Salmi prepares a saint bernard named Arista at the backstage before the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: Gabriel Rangel walks with 'King' the Wire Fox Terrier after winning Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: King, the wire hair fox terrier, poses after winning 'Best in Show' at the Westminster Kennel Club 143rd Annual Dog Show in Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - FEBRUARY 12: King, the wire hair fox terrier, poses after winning 'Best in Show' at the Westminster Kennel Club 143rd Annual Dog Show in Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Crowd favorites didn’t win

Green’s decision didn’t align with a raucous crowd that cheered the loudest for Bean the Sussex Spaniel and Burns the Dachsund as they made their laps around the stage.

The victory does not come with any prize money, but King will surely be in high demand for breeding. AP reports that this is the 47th Best in Show victory for King.

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