The Wire Fox Terrier won Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night.
The animal, named King, captured the most coveted prize at the two-day event at Madison Square Garden, besting challengers from all 50 US states and 14 countries. Scottish terriers have won eight times at the oldest continuously held sporting event in the United States after the Kentucky Derby.
King the Wire Fox Terrier won for the terrier group.
Yet Colton's best in breed and best in group wins remained intact and he was allowed to make a lap of honor with the final septet before he was excused from the ring.
The crowd at Madison Square Garden seemed nearly taken aback when judge Peter Green revealed his choice over a pair of overwhelmingly popular favorites: a longhaired dachshund looking to break a centuries-spanning hoodoo and a charismatic Sussex spaniel back in the final ring for the second year in a row.
There were six finalist pedigree dogs competing instead of the usual seven because the victor of the non-sporting canine group, a schipperke, was ruled ineligible before the "Best in Show" competition began.
The poised seven-year-old from Brazil, whose official champion's name is Kingarthur Van Foliny Home, earned the crown over a field of five other group winners, among them a Havanese named Bono (named reserve best in show), a bouvier des Flandres named Baby Lars, a boxer named Wilma and the crowd-pleasing dachshund Burns and spaniel Bean.
Broadcasters noted that there was a conflict of interest between the dog's exhibitors and the judges. They also noted that this type of disqualification isn't uncommon on the dog show circuit, but is for a show as prestigious as Westminster. Colton the Schipperke was ruled ineligible for Best in Show ahead of the final round.
The victory does not come with any prize money, but King will surely be in high demand for breeding.
That left six winners of the hounds, toys, herding, working, sporting and terrier categories to compete for "Best in Show".