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From a shih tzu to a sheepdog, dogs advance at Westminster Kennel Club show

General February 17, 2015

Swagger, an Old English Sheepdog, walks with his co-owner and handler Johnson during judging in the Herding Group at the 139th Westminster Kennel Club's Dog Show in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) – A bouncy beagle and a floppy Old English sheepdog were among a handful of canines selected on Monday to advance in the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, a two-day event that draws more than 2,700 competitors from 15 countries. In its 139th year, the show is the second-longest continuously running sporting event in the United States, behind the Kentucky Derby horse race. "It's a beautiful group of dogs," said Colton Johnson, from Colorado Springs, whose three-year-old Old English sheepdog, Swagger, won best in his group and will advance to the finals. From perfectly coiffed Standard Poodles to small and sprightly Bichon Frises, 192 breeds were featured in this year's event, taking place at Piers 92 and 94 and Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.

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