Bichon frise is top dog at Westminster Kennel Club show

Flynn the Bichon Frise is savoring his victory after his unexpected win at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show a day earlier.
A Bichon Frise named Flynn is Best in Show of the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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 Ga
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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.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2018, with the headline 'Bichon frise is top dog at Westminster Kennel Club show'. Print Edition | Subscribe