Primped and poised, Siba the standard poodle owned the ring.Even with the crowd at Madison Square Garden chanting for a popular golden retriever, the statuesque Siba strutted off with best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night.Adorned with black puffs and pompoms, the 3-year-old Siba was the picture of what many see as the epitome of a show dog.But not everyone shared that view. As judge Bob Slay studied Siba in the best-of-seven final ring, a fan shouted out: “No way, Slay, no way!” Advertisement Slay stuck by what he saw.“She’s beautiful and has that something,” handler Chrystal Murray-Clas said.Bourbon the whippet finished second. Daniel the golden retriever was clearly the crowd favorite — a golden has never won at Westminster — and fans chanted his name as Slay deliberated.Bono the Havanese, Wilma the boxer, Conrad the Shetland sheepdog, and Vinny the wire fox terrier also made the final grouping. Advertisement This was the 10th time a poodle has become America’s top dog, the first since 2002. A standard poodle last won in 1991.Siba put on an entertaining performance in the nonsporting group judging Monday night, doing the downward dog yoga pose before circling the ring. A… Read full this story
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