Monday brought the first night of group competition at Madison Square Garden in NY, with winners in the toy, non-sporting, herding and hound groups.
On its website, the Westminster Kennel Club says the men made a decision to put on a dog show named for the meeting spot, while trading stories about hunting and their dogs' exploits.
It marks the fifth time a Standard Poodle has won the show. A standard last won in 1991.
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is underway, but the final rounds air tonight, February 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST on FS1.
Siba advanced to the final round as the champion of the non-sporting group, going head-to-head with the winners in six other groups - hounds, toy dogs, herding dogs, working dogs, sporting dogs and terriers. A Havanese named Bono won the Toy Group, a standard poodle named Siba won the Nonsporting Group, a whippet named Bourbon won the Hound Group, and Shetland sheepdog named Conrad won the Herding Group.
Siba accepts her trophy as the Westminster Kennel Club's best in show on Tuesday night. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) Despite the breed's strong track record of success, the win can be viewed as an upset. One mistake, like confusing a wire fox terrier for a smooth fox terrier, could set off a Twitter firestorm among dog show enthusiasts. There was the overwhelming crowd favorite in Daniel, who represented a breed enormously popular with the everyday pet owner - the Golden Retriever is America's third-most popular breed, according to the American Kennel Club - and, as a breed that has never won at Westminster, was this year's Cinderella.
"Dogs were originally bred to do specific jobs, whether hunting, guarding, tracking, or companionship", the Westminster Kennel Club explains.