As the 84th annual Westminster Kennel Club show got down to the judging for best of the 2,547 dogs in show in Madison Square Garden last week, one prospect seemed clear: 1960 would be the year of the little dog. Of the six contending group winners not one was over 17 inches high. There was a Pembroke Welsh corgi, Ch. Cote de Neige Sundew; an Ascot cocker spaniel, Ch. Pinetop's Fancy Parade; Ch. The Ring's Banshee; a bulldog, Ch. Vardona Frosty Snowman; and a Scottish terrier, Ch. Blanart Bewitching. But the judge's final pat landed on a reddish-colored ball of fluff which lumped only 8½ inches high. Ch. Chik T'Sun of Caversham, a Pekingese, gracefully trotted off with the prize, first for his breed at the Garden. But the victory was the 127th best-in-show for 9½-pound Chik T'Sun, and it marked the end of a spectacular three-year winning record unmatched by any other dog.
Best-in-show Ch. Chik T'Sun of Caversham, owned by Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Venable of Atlanta and handled by Clara Alford, was first Peke to win at Garden.
Tired Terrier, Harold Florsheim's Airedale, Westhay Fiona of Harham, rests.
Bright lights and battery of photographers crowd about new champ as Chik T'Sun poses after Westminster win.
February 22, 1960
Bright future awaits group-winning finalist, Ch. The Ring's Banshee, first basset ever to win show's best-in-hound group.
Royal contender was Duchess of Windsor's Pugville's Imperial Imp, II.
Oriental import Hsaio Chin Ti, was only Shih Tzu entered in miscellaneous class.