King the wire fox terrier takes Westminster’s best in show

A Cirneco dell'Etna waits to be judged at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Jennifer Peltz)
A Cirneco dell’Etna waits to be judged at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Jennifer Peltz) (AP/Jennifer Peltz)
A toy poodle is groomed ahead of the Best of Breed event at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
A toy poodle is groomed ahead of the Best of Breed event at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) (AP/Wong Maye-E)
Colton the Schipperke sits backstage at Madison Square Garden during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. A day after winning the nonsporting group and a place in the final ring of seven, Colton was ruled ineligible for best in show. (AP Photo/Nat Castaneda)
Colton the Schipperke sits backstage at Madison Square Garden during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. A day after winning the nonsporting group and a place in the final ring of seven, Colton was ruled ineligible for best in show. (AP Photo/Nat Castaneda) (AP/Nat Castaneda)
Primadonna, a grand champion Nederlandse kooikerhondje, sticks close to handler Deborah Bean at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. The Nederlandse kooikerhondje are one of two new breeds at Westminster this year, and also perhaps the most shy. Unlike the gregarious labs or curious terriers, the Nederlandse kooikerhondjes almost all stayed hidden away in their crates until it was their turn in the ring. (AP Photo/Jake Seiner)
Primadonna, a grand champion Nederlandse kooikerhondje, sticks close to handler Deborah Bean at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. The Nederlandse kooikerhondje are one of two new breeds at Westminster this year, and also perhaps the most shy. Unlike the gregarious labs or curious terriers, the Nederlandse kooikerhondjes almost all stayed hidden away in their crates until it was their turn in the ring. (AP Photo/Jake Seiner) (AP/Jake Seiner)
A Neapolitan mastiff competes with the working group at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
A Neapolitan mastiff competes with the working group at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP/Frank Franklin II)
An English setter is prepared to compete at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
An English setter is prepared to compete at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP/Frank Franklin II)
In this Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, photo, a Bergamasco Shepherd plays on the Tuttle Road farm where they were born in Durham, Conn. Two of the sheepdogs competed in the 2019 Westminster American Kennel Club Dog Show. (Bailey Wright/Record-Journal via AP)
In this Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, photo, a Bergamasco Shepherd plays on the Tuttle Road farm where they were born in Durham, Conn. Two of the sheepdogs competed in the 2019 Westminster American Kennel Club Dog Show. (Bailey Wright/Record-Journal via AP) (AP/Bailey Wright)
An Alaskan malamute competes with the working group at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
An Alaskan malamute competes with the working group at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP/Frank Franklin II)
Bono, a Havanese, competes in Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King, a wire fox terrier, won Best in Show. Bono came in second among the more than 2,800 dogs who entered. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Bono, a Havanese, competes in Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King, a wire fox terrier, won Best in Show. Bono came in second among the more than 2,800 dogs who entered. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP/Frank Franklin II)
Bean, a Sussex spaniel, competes with the sporting group at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. Bean won the sporting group. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Bean, a Sussex spaniel, competes with the sporting group at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. Bean won the sporting group. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, competes in the Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King won Best in Show. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, competes in the Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King won Best in Show. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, competes in the Best In Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King won Best in Show. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, competes in the Best In Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King won Best in Show. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP/Frank Franklin II)
Colton,a schipperke, arrives for Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King, a wire fox terrier, won Best in Show. A day after earning a coveted spot in the final ring of seven, Colton was ruled ineligible for best in show. There was a conflict of interest — judge Peter Green's longtime partner has co-owned dogs with one of Colton's co-owners. Colton was allowed to run around the ring, then was excused. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Colton,a schipperke, arrives for Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King, a wire fox terrier, won Best in Show. A day after earning a coveted spot in the final ring of seven, Colton was ruled ineligible for best in show. There was a conflict of interest — judge Peter Green’s longtime partner has co-owned dogs with one of Colton’s co-owners. Colton was allowed to run around the ring, then was excused. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, poses for photographs after winning Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, poses for photographs after winning Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Gabriel Rangel poses for photographs with King, a wire fox terrier, after King won Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Gabriel Rangel poses for photographs with King, a wire fox terrier, after King won Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP/Frank Franklin II)
Gabriel Rangel poses for photographs with King, a wire fox terrier, after King won Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Gabriel Rangel poses for photographs with King, a wire fox terrier, after King won Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, poses for photographs after winning Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, poses for photographs after winning Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, poses for photographs after winning Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, poses for photographs after winning Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, competes in the Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King won Best in Show. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, competes in the Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King won Best in Show. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP/Frank Franklin II)
The judge points to King, a wire fox terrier, as Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
The judge points to King, a wire fox terrier, as Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP/Frank Franklin II)
A Boston terrier looks at its handler during the Best in Breed event at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
A Boston terrier looks at its handler during the Best in Breed event at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) (AP/Wong Maye-E)
An Old English sheepdog name Bugaboo's Let It Go Blu Mtn gets her fur brushed during the Best of Breed event at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
An Old English sheepdog name Bugaboo’s Let It Go Blu Mtn gets her fur brushed during the Best of Breed event at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) (AP/Wong Maye-E)
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A Cirneco dell'Etna waits to be judged at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Jennifer Peltz)
A toy poodle is groomed ahead of the Best of Breed event at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Colton the Schipperke sits backstage at Madison Square Garden during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. A day after winning the nonsporting group and a place in the final ring of seven, Colton was ruled ineligible for best in show. (AP Photo/Nat Castaneda)
Primadonna, a grand champion Nederlandse kooikerhondje, sticks close to handler Deborah Bean at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. The Nederlandse kooikerhondje are one of two new breeds at Westminster this year, and also perhaps the most shy. Unlike the gregarious labs or curious terriers, the Nederlandse kooikerhondjes almost all stayed hidden away in their crates until it was their turn in the ring. (AP Photo/Jake Seiner)
A Neapolitan mastiff competes with the working group at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
An English setter is prepared to compete at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
In this Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, photo, a Bergamasco Shepherd plays on the Tuttle Road farm where they were born in Durham, Conn. Two of the sheepdogs competed in the 2019 Westminster American Kennel Club Dog Show. (Bailey Wright/Record-Journal via AP)
An Alaskan malamute competes with the working group at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Bono, a Havanese, competes in Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King, a wire fox terrier, won Best in Show. Bono came in second among the more than 2,800 dogs who entered. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Bean, a Sussex spaniel, competes with the sporting group at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. Bean won the sporting group. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, competes in the Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King won Best in Show. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, competes in the Best In Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King won Best in Show. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Colton,a schipperke, arrives for Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King, a wire fox terrier, won Best in Show. A day after earning a coveted spot in the final ring of seven, Colton was ruled ineligible for best in show. There was a conflict of interest — judge Peter Green's longtime partner has co-owned dogs with one of Colton's co-owners. Colton was allowed to run around the ring, then was excused. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, poses for photographs after winning Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Gabriel Rangel poses for photographs with King, a wire fox terrier, after King won Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Gabriel Rangel poses for photographs with King, a wire fox terrier, after King won Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, poses for photographs after winning Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, poses for photographs after winning Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
King, a wire fox terrier, competes in the Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. King won Best in Show. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
The judge points to King, a wire fox terrier, as Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
A Boston terrier looks at its handler during the Best in Breed event at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
An Old English sheepdog name Bugaboo's Let It Go Blu Mtn gets her fur brushed during the Best of Breed event at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

NEW YORK (AP) — Wire fox terriers are still King at Westminster.

A wire fox from Brazil who’s won big in Europe became America’s top dog Tuesday night, beating out a crowd-pleasing longhaired dachshund and popular Sussex spaniel.

There were some boos — along with modest cheers — at Madison Square Garden when judge Peter Green pointed at the 7-year-old King.

“It doesn’t get any better than that,” handler Gabriel Rangel said.

The win was hardly a surprise.

Wire fox terriers have won 15 times at the nation’s most prestigious dog show, far more than any other breed (Scottish terriers are second, with eight).

Green is a renowned figure in the dog world, especially for his work with terriers. He’s previously picked King as the champ at other shows.

Wired to win, this dog was.

“I look at King, he’s like a beautiful painting, a piece of art,” Rangel praised earlier in the day. “The way he stands and performs, he’s the whole package.”

A Havanese named Bono came in second among the more than 2,800 dogs who entered here.

Also in the final ring were Bean the Sussex spaniel, Burns the longhaired dachshund, Wilma the boxer and Baby Lars the bouviers des Flandres.

The fan favorites at the Garden were clearly Bean and Burns.

Chants of “Bean! Bean! Bean!” bounced around the packed arena as the Sussex spaniel rounded the ring. And Burns drew loud cheers as his long hair flowed while circling the green carpet.

There was a bit of dog show drama, too, at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club.

A day after earning a coveted spot in the final ring of seven, spirited Colton the schipperke was ruled ineligible for best in show.

There was a conflict of interest — Green’s longtime partner has co-owned dogs with one of Colton’s co-owners. Colton was allowed to run around the ring, then was excused.

“This doesn’t negate all he’s done here,” handler Christa Cook said as she brushed Colton’s colt backstage at the Garden. “It’s been a great experience, his accomplishment is in the book forever.”

Wagging his tail, the tri-colored King was completely in control under Rangel, who won for the third time at Westminster.

Rangel teared up in the middle of the ring after the win, overwhelmed by the moment and the recognition from Green.

“Special win because of that judge,” Rangel said.

Neither he nor King will have much time to rest.

Wednesday’s victory lap includes visits to morning television shows, a steak lunch at midtown eatery Sardi’s, a trip up the Empire State Building and a walk-on part in the Broadway musical “Pretty Woman.”

Owner Victor Malzoni Jr. of Brazil gets no prize money for this win. Besides a shiny silver bowl, the reward comes in lucrative breeding rights and a lifetime of bragging rights.

This was the 47th overall best in show win for the wire fox with a full name of Kingarthur Van Foliny Home. He’s also done well at the largest dog show in the world, Crufts in England.

Packed with personality, Burns had all the qualities of a Westminster champion.

He had a great coat. He had a wonderful gait. He had a playful spirit.

But did he have the right combination to become the big winner here? His body of work said yes. History said no.

“Best in show breeds need the flash to compete,” handler Carlos Puig said in the afternoon.

Despite always being among the nation’s most popular dogs, a dachshund has never won best in show at Westminster. Neither has a Havanese, schipperke or bouviers des Flandres.

Rangel twice previously guided terriers to best in show at Westminster — Sadie the Scottie in 2010 and Sky the wire fox in 2014.

That’s a lot better showing than popular golden retrievers and Labs. They’ve never taken the top title at Westminster.

“I love goldens. They’re so sweet, you just want to hold them,” he said. “But they don’t have that sharp expression.”

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AP freelance writer Ginger Tidwell-Walker contributed to this report.

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