When Flynn, a bichon frise, won best-in-show honours at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night, it acted as if it had been there before, jumping straight onto a raised purple platform in the centre of New York's Madison Square Garden.
Although it ranked as the No. 4 dog last year, it was entered in this year's show as something of an underdog.
With a powder puff of a head, expressive eyes and a bouncing gait, the five-year-old Flynn beat a strong group of contenders: Slick the border collie, Lucy the borzoi, Biggie the pug, Bean the sussex spaniel, Winston the norfolk terrier and Ty the giant schnauzer, which finished as the runner-up.
Mr Bill McFadden, Flynn's handler, described it as a dog "looking for a lap" and one which was eager to please.
"He can lift one eyebrow and make you laugh," he said.