Pug, borzoi among breeds to advance to final at Westminster Dog Show

From Reuters - February 12, 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A borzoi, pug, bichon frise and border collie won Mondays group competitions at the 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and will vie for the contests top prize.

This years two-day event in New York City draws challengers from all 50 U.S. states and 16 other countries, including Canada, Mexico, Japan, Russia, Australia and China, the Westminster Kennel Club said in a statement.

More than 2,880 dogs from 201 breeds and varieties were set to compete, according to organizers of the United States second-oldestsporting event.

Individual breeds are judged during the day on Monday and Tuesday, with the winners of each moving on to the group competitions at night. Dogs are divided into seven groups - hound, toy, nonsporting, herding, working, sporting and terrier.

The dogs crowned champion of each of the seven groups then compete for the Best in Show trophy on Tuesday.

Lucy, a borzoi, won the hound group competition on Monday, the fifth borzoi to win in the contest since 1930, according to Westminster Kennel Club data.

Shes just amazing, said Valerie Munes-Atkinson, Lucys handler from California. Shes always stepped up to the plate and given me 110 percent every single time. Whether its freezing, whether its 100 degrees out, she just goes.


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