Siba, A Standard Poodle, Crowned Top Dog At Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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Siba, a standard poodle, won the Best in Show title at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (J. Grassa /C. Frausini for Westminster)

Though there are numerous dog shows held around the US every year, none are considered as prestigious as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Now celebrating its 144th year, the "Super Bowl" of the canine world, is America's oldest dog show. This year's event, which took place at New York City's Madison Square Garden from February 8 to 11, 2020, attracted 2,500 competitors representing 204 breeds from 49 states and 19 countries.

To whittle down the large number of entrants to seven finalists, the dogs first have to compete and win in one of seven categories — sporting, non-sporting, toy, hound, working, terrier, and herding. This year's final contenders included Bourbon, a whippet who won the hound group; Bono, a Havanese, who snagged top honors in the toy group for the second consecutive year, and Wilma, a boxer who won the judge's nod in the working group. There was also Conrad, a Shetland sheepdog who led the herding group; Vinny, a fox terrier, who won in the terrier category, and Daniel, a golden retriever who beat out 31 other breeds to snag the top honors in the sporting group. The gorgeous pooch also won the hearts of the hundreds of people at Madison Square Garden and those watching at home. Many hoped he would become the first golden retriever to win the coveted Best in Show title in the competition's 144-year-history.

Daniel, a golden retriever, was the crowd favorite at the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show (Credit: Andrew Bliefernicht/Twitter)

However, it was the winner of the nonsporting group — a standard poodle, with shiny black hair and a shaved backside, named Siba — who won the judge's nod for the championship title. Though the decision seemed to stun the audience, her handler Chrystal Murray-Clas was not surprised, saying, “She’s beautiful and has that something." The win could not have come at a better time for the 3-year-old pooch, who was competing in her final show. Siba is only the fifth standard poodle ever to win the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show title, and the first of her breed to do so since 1991.

Along with the prestigious accolade, Siba also received the customary purple and gold rosette and a massive silver trophy. The sleek pooch also got to enjoy some of the perks of being America's top dog before heading back home to Allentown, Pennsylvania. These included interviews on several national television shows, a visit to the Empire State building, a special meal at New York's legendary Sardi's restaurant, and even a private meeting with American fashion designer Michael Kors!

Standard poodles, which typically stand over 15 inches tall are the largest members of the three categories of poodles, with females weighing between 40 to 50 pounds and males as much as 70 pounds. Though grouped under the nonsporting category, they are great hunters and love to swim. The calm, confident, and happy canines also make great service dogs. As you may have guessed, the dogs do require extensive grooming. According to Siba's owner, Connie S. Unger, the pooch's weekly routine takes about six hours — two to three hours for the bath and another two to three hours to properly dry out her dense, thick coat!

Resources: Mcall.com. Washingtonpost.com, NPR.org,Pennlive.com

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236 Comments
  • tatercandy
    tatercandyWednesday, May 27, 2020 at 5:49 pm
    The dogs were kawaii!
    • cutefurrygamer
      cutefurrygamerSaturday, May 23, 2020 at 1:36 pm
      Aww adorable! My fam has a choco lab named Sadie
      • mesodog
        mesodogSaturday, May 23, 2020 at 1:27 pm
        THAT WAS SO CUTE I LOVE DOGS THEY ARE ALL BEST IN SHOW!!!!!
        • l78
          l78Friday, May 22, 2020 at 3:08 pm
          The golden retriever is so cute!!!!
          • pikiwucy-158813444670
            pikiwucy-158813444670Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 10:26 am
            the boxer was so cute 🐶🐕🐶🐕
            • doglover47
              doglover47Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 9:38 am
              IKR
            • zztrooo
              zztroooMonday, April 27, 2020 at 12:07 pm
              i like the sheep herding dog he or she looks relly inspiring 😁😁😁😊😊😊😇😇😇
              • uwubreadjj
                uwubreadjjFriday, April 24, 2020 at 5:56 pm
                I love this artical and dogs! its cute and some of the dogs seem to enjoy it! siba and the others! im sure if the puupys dislike it they will let the owners know. who ever posted this artical thanks i love it!
                • hhhhhhhuuuy
                  hhhhhhhuuuyMonday, April 20, 2020 at 11:49 am
                  I have a boxer pitt and poodle
                  • baby_potatochip
                    baby_potatochipThursday, April 16, 2020 at 6:55 pm
                    I honestly do not find this cute at all....... In my opinion , dogs shouldnt be used like this . It is un natrual !
                    • gothik
                      gothikThursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:22 am
                      i agree i think dogs should do what they want when they want i mean whats the point of dog shows the dog doesn't get anything
                      • zztrooo
                        zztroooMonday, April 27, 2020 at 12:09 pm
                        me to did you know that dogs can hear you.
                    • eeveegirl
                      eeveegirlTuesday, April 14, 2020 at 4:15 pm
                      Wow