Spotlight On The 7 Breeds That Competed For Best In Show At The 2018 Westminster

Bichon Frise


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Flynn, a Bichon Frise, won the Best in Show award at the 2018 Westminster Dog Show. This cheerful and fluffy breed belongs to the “companion dogs” group. Small in stature and affectionate, the Bichon Frise are eager to please and can live up to 15 years. Although presented as a French dog, this breed is originally from Spain and was a working dog on sailing ships.  If you are looking for a wonderful family pet, look no further – Bichon are a happy, contented breed (unless left alone for hours). They are patient with children and enjoy going for daily walks. Bichon Frise means “white fluffy dog” in French.

Sussex Spaniel


This dog breed hails from in Sussex County, England. It was traditionally used for hunting but very nearly went extinct during World War II. Sussex Spaniels enjoy following people around and being in the company of other dogs. They are active and respond well to training. The Sussex Spaniel was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1884. These easy going dogs can live up to 14 years and require an active, every changing environment to avoid becoming bored. Want to make a Sussex Spaniel happy? Praise them with rewards.

Giant Schnauzer

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These intelligent dogs were originally created to be a working dog in Germany, typically used to guard shops and personal property. Due to its quiet temperament and gentle nature, The Giant Schnauzer makes an effective therapy dog. This breed needs training, socialization, as well as physical and mental stimulation. This is the perfect dog for families with older children. The Giant Schnauzer learn quickly and respond well to positive reinforcement. Did you know that the German name of the giant schnauzer is “Riesenschnauzer”?

Norfolk Terrier


These adorable loyal companions are the smallest of the working Terriers. They are excellent watch dogs and were originally bred to get rid of rodents and other vermin in barns. The Norfolk Terrier is a true family dog and affectionate to children of all ages. These curious and observant dogs enjoy getting attention. Norfolk Terriers can weigh up to 12 pounds and live between 12 to 15 years. As is true of the majority of dog breeds, Norfolks are easily bored and can get up to mischief when left alone.  Did you know these energetic dogs enjoy digging?

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