It seems the Twitterverse was particularly invested in the outcome of the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, with users vocalising thunderous discontent over the final result.
Plenty of drama and a truckload of controversy surrounded the results of the Westminster held last Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York. It’s one of the oldest sporting competitions in the globe, and in the United States, it’s the second-oldest continuously held event behind the Kentucky Derby.
The audience both online and at Madison Square Garden seemed shell-shocked when judge Peter Green cast his vote to declare a gorgeous wire fox terrier named King as America’s top pooch of 2019. The decision was at odds with the crowd favourites: a longhaired and highly charismatic dachshund and a lively Sussex spaniel.
IT’S THE WIRE FOX TERRIER!
— FS1 (@FS1) February 13, 2019
King’s victory was the 15th time a wire fox snatched the top prize in the show’s 143-year history, more than any other breed by a wide margin. At second place in the pantheon of all-time greats stand the Scottish terriers with eight crowns. No dachshund of any variety has ever won show’s top prize.
The seven-year-old winning doggo from Brazil was shown by Gabriel Rangel, who now counts with three “Best in Show” wins as a handler. Curiously, his feat is just one short of the all-time record of four held by Peter J Green, the very judge on this year’s show.
King, whose official champion name is the regal as hell Kingarthur Van Foliny Home, ended on top of a huge list of almost 2,800 entries of 203 breeds. The crowd at Madison was smitten by Bean, the Sussex spaniel, and Burns, the longhaired dachshund, but things didn’t turn as expected.
And the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show fucked it up. They could have gone with the dachshund. They should have gone with the dachshund. They failed to go with the dachshund.
— DD 163 (@DD_163) February 13, 2019
Just finished watching the Westminster Dog Show. The venerable Best In Show judge was a wire haired terrier expert. And GUESS WHAT? The wire haired terrier wins Best of Show.
The long-haired Daschund got SCREWED! ??
— bleusharque (@bleusharque) February 13, 2019
— Matt Vickers (@mattvarchar) February 13, 2019
Honestly, these refs are getting out of control. Every sport is rigged. The dachshund was robbed. #WestminsterDogShow
— Erik Kenney (@Erik_Kenney) February 13, 2019
Rounding out the final five were a Havanese named Bono, a Bouvier des Flandres named Baby Lars, and an adorable boxer named Wilma.
To add more fuel to the fire, Colton the Schipperke, the seventh contender expected to compete for the big prize, was declared ineligible at the very last minute due to a conflict of interest: judge Green’s longtime partner has co-owned dogs with one of Colton’s co-owners.
Although King’s performance and garb are undeniably breathtaking – just look at the swag of little fellow – spectators were clearly rooting for Burns, the longhaired dachshund that just steals your heart.
“These types of things happen at dog shows and the rules are such to maintain the integrity of the sport,” a club spokesperson said in a statement halfway through Tuesday’s group judging.