The Latest: A schipperke wins Westminster nonsporting group

The Latest: A schipperke wins Westminster nonsporting group
Earlier in the evening, a longhaired dachshund and Havanese took their groups. They haven’t been chosen as America’s top dog, either.

9:05 p.m.

Bono the Havanese has won the toy group at Westminster, besting Biggie the popular pug.

The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba. The breed has never won best in show at America’s top pooch pageant, and Bono will get that chance Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Bono was handled in the ring by Taffe McFadden. Last year, husband Bill guided Flynn the bichon frise to best in show at Westminster.

“Whoever brings it home, it’s team,” she said.

Biggie the pug made it to the final ring of seven last February. He drew cheers again, and finished second in the toy group.

8:22 p.m.

Could it be, could a dachshund really win Westminster?

This is the 143rd edition of America’s top dog competition, and no dachshund has ever walked off with best in show.

Sprightly at 7, Burns will get that chance after taking the hound group. A crowd pleaser, the longhaired dachshund and handler Carlos Puig hugged in the middle of the ring after the victory.

“Dachshunds are the best breed in the world,” Puig told fans at Madison Square Garden.

Burns now advances to the final ring of seven Tuesday night.

There were 76 dachshunds entered at Westminster in three varieties. Dachshunds are among several popular breeds that have never won this event — golden retrievers, Labs, Chihuahuas and Dalmatians have been shut out, too.
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