Westminster Dog Show 2018

The Westminster Dog Show crowned a fluffy white Bichon Frise named Flynn Best in Show Tuesday over a diverse array of other four-legged options, concluding the Big Apple’s annual dogfest.

Flynn’s cheeks beamed as he navigated the expanse of Madison Square Garden before a raucous crowd, most of which kept their seats for the big reveal after sitting through nearly four hours of competition.

“It feels a little unreal. It’s just magic,” said Flynn’s handler Bill McFadden shortly after the announcement as he cradled a dog originally named for “Billy Flynn” the shady lawyer in the musical “Chicago.”

The winner was announced by Judge Betty-Anne Stenmark of Woodside, California, who was poker-faced as she examined Flynn against six other finalists, poking and prodding the smaller candidates and adopting a more panoramic approach with the bigger ones. (AFP)

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<p>Flynn, a bichon frise and winner of Best in Show, poses at after winning the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 14, 2018. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters) </p>
Best in Show winner Flynn, a bichon frise, poses

Flynn, a bichon frise and winner of Best in Show, poses at after winning the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 14, 2018. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

<p>Flynn, a bichon frise, with handler Bill McFadden, poses after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in Madison Square Garden in New York, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Bichon frise, Flynn, poses after winning Best In Show

Flynn, a bichon frise, with handler Bill McFadden, poses after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in Madison Square Garden in New York, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Flynn, a bichon frise, is seen on the ring before winning the Best in Show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) </p>
Bichon frise, Flynn, is seen on the ring before winning

Flynn, a bichon frise, is seen on the ring before winning the Best in Show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

<p>Dogs compete to become best during the second day of the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Atlgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Dogs compete to become best

Dogs compete to become best during the second day of the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, United States on Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Atlgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>A dachshund keeps his eye on a treat as he competes in the Hound group during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP) </p>
A dachshund keeps his eye on a treat

A dachshund keeps his eye on a treat as he competes in the Hound group during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)

<p>Two great Danes sit in the benching area at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on Feb. 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) </p>
Two great Danes sit in the benching area

Two great Danes sit in the benching area at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on Feb. 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

<p>Bernie, a Pekingese, competes in the Toy group during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP) </p>
Bernie, a Pekingese, competes in the Toy group

Bernie, a Pekingese, competes in the Toy group during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)

<p>Golden retrievers in the judging area during Day Two of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Golden retrievers in the judging area

Golden retrievers in the judging area during Day Two of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Ty, a giant schnauzer with handler Katie Bernardin, wins in the working group during competition at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) </p>
Ty, a giant schnauzer, wins in the working group

Ty, a giant schnauzer with handler Katie Bernardin, wins in the working group during competition at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

<p>Cami, a toy poodle, competes in the Toy group during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP) </p>
Cami, a toy poodle, competes in the Toy group

Cami, a toy poodle, competes in the Toy group during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)

<p>Participants compete with their pet dogs in the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show hosted in New York, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) </p>
Participants compete with their dogs

Participants compete with their pet dogs in the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show hosted in New York, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

<p>Pointers and their handlers wait to compete at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on Feb.13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) </p>
Pointers and their handlers wait to compete

Pointers and their handlers wait to compete at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on Feb.13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

<p>A bullmastiff sits as its owner is interviewed at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on Feb. 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) </p>
A bullmastiff sits as its owner is interviewed

A bullmastiff sits as its owner is interviewed at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on Feb. 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

<p>Handler Esteban Farias hugs Biggie, a pug, after he won the Toy group competition during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Biggie won best in group. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP) </p>
Handler Esteban Farias hugs Biggi

Handler Esteban Farias hugs Biggie, a pug, after he won the Toy group competition during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Biggie won best in group. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)

<p>Lucy, a Borzoi walks with her handler after winning best in Hound group during judging at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters) </p>
Lucy, a borzoi walks with her handler after winning

Lucy, a Borzoi walks with her handler after winning best in Hound group during judging at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

<p>Slick, a border collie walks during judging of the herding group at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters) </p>
Slick, a border collie walks during judging

Slick, a border collie walks during judging of the herding group at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

<p>Handler Addison Lancaster has her Miniature American shepherd Pyro judged during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, Feb.12, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
Miniature American shepherd, Pyro, is judged

Handler Addison Lancaster has her Miniature American shepherd Pyro judged during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, Feb.12, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>Hendrix, a bloodhound breed, waits to enter the competition ring during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, Feb.12, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
Hendrix, a bloodhound, waits to enter the ring

Hendrix, a bloodhound breed, waits to enter the competition ring during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, Feb.12, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>Beagles lineup in the judging area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Beagles lineup in the judging area

Beagles lineup in the judging area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A Chinese crested dog licks its lips while competing at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on Feb. 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) </p>
A Chinese crested dog licks its lips

A Chinese crested dog licks its lips while competing at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on Feb. 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

<p>Handlers in the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries in the judging area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
A handler in the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries

Handlers in the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries in the judging area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>An otterhound named Willie Nelson licks a guest backstage before judging at The 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters) </p>
An otterhound named Willie Nelson licks a guest

An otterhound named Willie Nelson licks a guest backstage before judging at The 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

<p>Dalmatians compete at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on Feb. 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) </p>
Dalmatians compete

Dalmatians compete at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on Feb. 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

<p>Rembrandt, an old English sheepdog breed, is groomed in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, Feb.12, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
Rembrandt, an old English sheepdog, is groomed

Rembrandt, an old English sheepdog breed, is groomed in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, Feb.12, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>Handlers wait to enter the competition ring during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York,Feb.12, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
Handlers wait to enter the competition ring

Handlers wait to enter the competition ring during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York,Feb.12, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>Candace Chien plays with a chow chow in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Candace Chien plays with a chow chow

Candace Chien plays with a chow chow in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A Bergamasco sheep dog is groomed backstage at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on Feb. 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) </p>
A Bergamasco sheep dog is groomed

A Bergamasco sheep dog is groomed backstage at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on Feb. 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

<p>Jambo, a Briard breed, is groomed in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, Feb.12, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
Jambo, a Briard breed, is groomed

Jambo, a Briard breed, is groomed in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, Feb.12, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>A handler holds her Italian greyhound before competing at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on Feb. 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) </p>
An Italian greyhound before competing

A handler holds her Italian greyhound before competing at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on Feb. 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

<p>Whippets compete at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on eb. 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) </p>
Whippets compete

Whippets compete at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on eb. 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

<p>AJ, a beagle breed, is groomed in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, Feb.12, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
AJ, a beagle, is groomed

AJ, a beagle breed, is groomed in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, Feb.12, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>An Afghan hound competes at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on eb. 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) </p>
An Afghan hound competes

An Afghan hound competes at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on eb. 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

<p>A cavalier King Charles spaniel is groomed in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
A cavalier King Charles spaniel is groomed

A cavalier King Charles spaniel is groomed in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A toy poodle waits in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
A toy poodle waits in the benching area

A toy poodle waits in the benching area during Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A woman reads a book in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, Feb.12, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) </p>
A woman reads a book in the benching area

A woman reads a book in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York, Feb.12, 2018. (Photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

<p>A Maltese waits in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
A Maltese waits in the benching area

A Maltese waits in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Two Irish wolfhounds sleep in the grooming area at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on Feb. 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) </p>
Two Irish wolfhounds sleep in the grooming area

Two Irish wolfhounds sleep in the grooming area at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at The Piers on Feb. 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

<p>A standard poodle waits in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
A standard poodle waits in the benching area

A standard poodle waits in the benching area on Day One of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A dog competes in the Masters Agility Championship during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Caitlin Ochs/Reuters) </p>
A dog competes in the Masters Agility Championship

A dog competes in the Masters Agility Championship during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Caitlin Ochs/Reuters)

<p>Audience members watch dogs compete in the Masters Agility Championship during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Caitlin Ochs/Reuters) </p>
Audience members watch dogs compete

Audience members watch dogs compete in the Masters Agility Championship during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Caitlin Ochs/Reuters)

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