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Sage the Miniature Poodle Wins Best in Show at Westminster Dog Show

It was an absolutely fabulous night.

Sage, the dapper poodle, won the title of “Best in Show” at the 148th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday evening.

The 3-year-old miniature poodle from Houston took home the top prize at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens after beating out more than 3,000 puppies during three exciting days of competition.

Sage, a miniature poodle, poses for photos after winning best in show at the 148th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. P.A.

“No words,” remarked manager Kaz Hosaka, who revealed this year’s Westminster would be his last after spending 45 years in the ring.

The Best in Show win marked Hosaka’s second – he led another miniature poodle, Spice, to the trophy in 2002.

“So happy – exciting,” Hosaka said, adding that the uniquely styled pup “gave me a great performance.”

Sage – who sported giant ’80s-style hair – was awarded the crown after the competition was narrowed down to what top show judge Rosalind Kramer called an “absolutely glorious” line-up of dogs: Mercedes the Shepherd German, Comet the Shih Tzu, Louis the Afghan, Micha the black cocker spaniel, Monty the giant schnauzer and Frankie the colorful bull terrier.

Monty was initially favorite to win, but sent shockwaves through the arena when he was left out of the top two, behind Sage and Mercedes, the latter of whom was crowned reserve Best in Show.

The 3-year-old miniature poodle from Houston took home the top prize after beating out more than 3,000 puppies during three exciting days of competition. AFP via Getty Images
Sage was awarded the crown after the competition was narrowed down to what top show judge Rosalind Kramer called an “absolutely glorious” lineup of dogs. REUTERS
Young handler Octavia Stenson reacts to her victory with her dog, a Norwegian Buhund named Pineapple, at the 148th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on May 14, 2024. SARAH YENESEL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Sporting Group winner Micah competes in the 148th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – Best In Show at Arthur Ashe Stadium on May 14, 2024, in Queens, New York. Getty Images for Westminster Kennel Club

They are judged based on who best fits the “standard” or ideal of their breed.

The more than 200 dog breeds in attendance first competed against other breeds of their breed. Then, the winner of each race competes against the other members of their “group” until the top seven group winners meet in the final round.

Sage advanced to the final round after beating 21 other dogs competing in the non-sporting group.

The Best in Show winner receives a trophy and a place in dog world history, but no cash prize.

Sage’s victory marks the 11th triumph of poodles of various sizes at America’s most prestigious dog event, the last of which took place in 2020.

With post wires

New York Post

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