Flynn the bichon frise from Denver has won best in show at the annual Westminster Kennel Club’s dog show Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The 142nd Westminster event drew 2,882 entries in 202 breeds and varieties, according to The Associated Press.
“It feels a little unreal,” Bill McFadden, Flynn’s handler, told the New York Times. “I came in expecting nothing and just hoping for a good performance and I think I got it.”
McFadden said he believed this would be Flynn’s final year at the competition. He turns 6 in March.
Flynn is the first bichon frise to be named best in show since 2001 and the first non-sporting group champion since 2002, when Spice the miniature poodle took home the title.
Flynn edged out runner-up Ty the giant schnauzer, winner of the working category, who is America's top-ranked show dog. The bichon frise also triumphed over the five other finalists: Slick the border collie (in the herding group), Lucy the borzoi (champion of the hounds), Biggie the pug (of the toy group), Bean the Sussex spaniel (top of the sporting group) and Winston the Norfolk terrier (in the terrier group).