Heartbreak for Classy, the miniature pinscher from Davie, who made it all the way to the “Best in Show” competition at the prestigious 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show competition only to lose Tuesday night in New York.
Classy, one of seven dogs in the final round in a packed Madison Square Garden, was defeated by Sky, a wire fox terrier.
In her last run for the audience, Classy, along with a bloodhound named Nathan, appeared to be the crowd favorites.
On Wednesday, Sky will go on a publicity tour, appearing on talk shows. She will also be treated as a top dog and will even be allowed to eat a steak at Sardi’s.
Classy’s climb to the top competition began Monday night when she won the Toy Group, earning her a spot in the final competition. She has won more than 120 “best in breed” honors during her show dog life. She is owned by Leah Monte and Armando Angelbello, who also trains and shows the dog.
Classy wasn’t the only South Florida canine showing well at the nation’s premier dog show.
Two Miami dogs, an Anatolian Shepherd Dog, owned by D. Michael Blitz, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback with a Hollywood name — Grand Champion Raquel Welch of Malabo APD owned by Ana Paolo Diniz— won “Best of Breed” in earlier parts of the competition, but did not advance as Classy.
Winners of the group breeds who competed for Best in Show Tuesday were: the hound group winner, Nathan, a bloodhound; the toy group winner was Classy, the miniature pinscher; the working group winner was Matisse, a Portuguese water dog; the sporting group was won by Riley, an Irish water dog; the non-sporting group was won by Ally, a standard poodle; the herding group was won by Coco, a Welsh Corgi and the terrier group had been won by Sky.