Among 2,845 dogs, this one was judged the best. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

A little wire fox terrier called Sky won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night, finishing off a season in which she was ranked the nation’s number 1 dog.

Handler Gabriel Rangel scooped up Sky in one arm after she was picked as America’s top dog. He kissed judge Betty Regina Leininger’s hand as the title was awarded inside a nearly full Madison Square Garden in New York. Rangel may have learned that trick from Sky.

“Her personality is she loves to kiss people, and she connects with everybody,” Rangel said.

This was 5-year-old Sky’s 129th best-in-show ribbon overall.

The winner beat an impressive lineup in the final ring. Joining Sky were a standard poodle, a Cardigan Welsh corgi and a miniature pinscher, along with a bloodhound, a Portuguese water dog and an Irish water spaniel. Ally the standard poodle was chosen runner-up.

There were 2,845 dogs entered in the 138th Westminster Kennel Club show. They were eligible in 190 breeds and varieties.

— Associated Press