The Westminster 2020 Dog Show was on February 10 and 11, and people are not happy with the results.
The backlash comes after Siba, a Standard Poodle, won “Best in Show” over fan-favorite Golden Retriever, Daniel. According to AP News, Daniel won the Sporting Group and was expected to win “Best in Show” too. He had his fans chanting for him in the crowd as judge Robert Slay was choosing the winner. This was only the fifth time a Standard Poodle won the competition in the show’s 144 years of running.
“We think she’s beautiful and has a special something, so hopefully that’s what he saw,” Chrystal Murray, Siba’s handler, said in a post-show interview referring to Slay.
According to Reuters, this year’s competition drew in a field of contesters consisting of more than 2,600 dogs and 205 different breeds from 20 countries, including dogs like Bourbon the Whippet, who finished second place. The other dogs in the best-of-seven final ring were: Bono the Havanese, Wilma the boxer, Conrad the Shetland sheepdog, Wilma the boxer and Vinny the wire fox terrier.
According to The Westminster Kennel Club, The Westminster Dog Show started in 1877 when a group of sporting gentlemen, who gathered in the Westminster Hotel’s bar, decided to hold a dog show in Manhattan. The show now takes place every year at Madison Square Garden.