From poodles to deerhounds, dogs seek honors at Westminster Kennel Club show

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) – Perfectly coifed Standard Poodles and small and sprightly Bichon Frises were among more than 2,700 dogs from 15 countries primping and prancing on Monday at the opening of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The show, which is in its 139th year, is the second longest continuously running sporting event in the United States, behind the Kentucky Derby horse race. "It's the most exciting dog show in the world," said Cecilia Dove, from Flint Hill, Virginia, while seated in front of her 3-year-old Scottish deerhound, Chelsea, who rested on a checkered dog bed while awaiting her first run in the competition. Chelsea's mother, Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, was the show's grand champion in 2011.


February 17, 2015 4:01 am

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