The three-year-old poodle Siba was victorious at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Tuesday.

With the crowd at Madison Square Garden largely rooting against the poised poodle against 2,500 highly competitive opponents, Siba owned the show ring and strolled to victory. Poodles are top contenders in canine competitions and come in three sizes – standard, toy and miniature. However, this only the tenth time a poodle has become an American top dog. This is the first time since 2002 and the first standard poodle since 1991 to win top honors.

This was a big win for not only the beautiful primped poodle, but it was also for her handler Chrystal Clas. The veteran handler declared this was their last competition together before the victory lap at the end of the competition. Clas looks proudly at Siba.

“She just has confidence in herself, this attitude. She keeps me on her toes,” Clas told reporters after SIb won best in her group on Monday. “She’s so elegant and full of herself.”


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Siba will retire at the top of her game, as a champion.

Winners of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show do not receive any winnings for coming out on top. Winners receive a silver bowl, breeding rights and lifetime bragging rights for their dog.


There were a total of seven finalists, one from each group. In addition to Siba (non-sporting), there was Wilma the Boxer (working), Bourban the Whippet (hound), Bono the Havanese (toy), Conrad the Shetland Sheepdog (Herding), Vinny the firefox terrier (terrier) and Daniel the Golden Retriever (sport). Daniel was considered the fan favorite at the Westminster, beating out 31 other breeds in the sports group. Shocking enough, even though Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular breeds in the United States, they have never won Best In Show.

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