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'Dachshund was robbed': People are outraged over the Westminster Dog Show victor

13 February 2019

The Stateline will be well-represented as the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show kicks off next week in New York City.

King the Wire Fox Terrier won for the terrier group. Four were selected on Monday: a longhaired dachshund named Burns won the hound group; a Havanese named Bono won the toy group; a schipperke named Colton won the non-sporting group; and a bouvier des Flandres named Baby Lars won the herding group. Then, late Tuesday, the field dropped to six when a MI schipperke named Colton was ruled ineligible due to a conflict of interest.

The Westminster Kennel Club's show is the second-oldest USA sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby horse race.

"You can't train a dog for what goes on in the floor of the Garden", said McFadden of Acampo, California, whose husband Bill McFadden a year ago showed Flynn, the bichon frise who took home the 2018 Best in Show prize.

Scottish terriers have won eight times at the oldest continuously held sporting event in the United States after the Kentucky Derby.

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A Sussex spaniel named Bean won the sporting group at Westminster for the second year in a row.

In an unexpected turn, a clumber spaniel and Welsh springer spaniel were both ruled ineligible shortly before judging started.

Judges decide which dog is "best" by comparing the dog against its own breed's ideal standards. Colton the schipperke is out of the show!

Because of the disqualification, Colton and Cook were asked to leave the ring before the best in show competition, leaving just six dogs to square off instead of the usual seven. So by rule, Colton is out.

Cheers filled Madison Square Garden as the short-legged, long-eared dog lumbered around the ring. Colton was allowed to run around the ring, then was excused.

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Kent and Gwen Meyer, who own Meyer's Tails Up Farm in Belvidere, are heading to Westminster with two top-winning show dogs.

Tuesday's snow and sleet in NY was far from the norm for Picasso, a Staffordshire bull terrier from Santa Rosa, California.

And, she says, he walks on snow as though it's hot coals. Collins calls the show "a good way to educate people" about the burly breed.

That's a lot better showing than popular golden retrievers and Labs.

"She does this because she loves me, not because she loves this", Bean said.

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'Dachshund was robbed': People are outraged over the Westminster Dog Show victor