SAN DIEGO, Feb 10, 2014 – A Bloodhound, Miniature Pinscher, Standard Poodle and Cardigan Welsh Corgi won their group competitions and will join three more winners from Tuesday night to vie for the title of Best in Show at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Four of the seven groups were contested on Monday: hound, toy, nonsporting and herding groups. Three more groups will select their representatives Tuesday: sporting, working and terriers. The seven group winners will via on Tuesday night to become America’s Top Dog as Best in Show.
The winner of the Hound group was popular with the audience at Madison Square Garden. Bloodhound “Nathan,” GCH Flessner’s International S’Cess placed first. Second was the Whippet GCH Flessner’s International S’Cess; third was the Basset Hound GCH Topsfield-Sanchu Eenie Meenie Miney Moe, and fourth was the Irish Wolfhound Ch Kuriann Of First Avenue.
The favorite in the Toy group didn’t disappoint. Miniature Pinscher GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare or “Classie” is the top-winning Min Pin in breed history with 115 previous Best in Show victories and added a group win at Westminster. Second was GCH Cordmaker Topsy Turvey, third the Pomeranian GCH CH Chase What Matters, and fourth the Pekingnese Ch Yakee Easily Persuaded.
Another overwhelming favorite made it to Best in Show on behalf of the Nonsporting group, Standard Poodle “Ally,” GCH CH Brighton Lakeridge Encore. It is her third apperance at Westminster and it will be her retirement show. Second was the Tibetan Spaniel GCH Kan Sing’s Tenzin, third the Miniature Poodle Ch Surrey Cherry Garcia, and fourth the Dalmatian GCH Spotted Bliss Oreo Delight.
The Herding group winner was literally an underdog. Cardigan Welsh Corgi GCH Riverside Telltail Coco Posh was the big surprise of the night, taking first place over last year’s returning Reserve Best in Show winner, Old English Sheepdog GCH CH Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect, who was fourth. Swagger is the number one Herding dog and number one dog overall in the United States. Second was the Puli GCH Cordmaker Topsy Turvey, and third was Swagger’s expected challenger, German Shepherd Dog GCH CH Wolf Creek’s Galaxy of Merivern.
This was the first ever group win at Westminster in the Herding group for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Her owner is in the hospital following back surgery, and watched her win on TV. Coco’s reward after her win? A big meal and time to play with her favorite toy in the hall of her New York hotel, her Frisbee.
The Westminster website will show live streaming video of each individual breed competition, judging results and photos on Tuesday. There is also a free iPhone and Android app available to let you follow the show on your mobile device.
Group competition will be broadcast live Tuesday night. The remaining groups will air on USA Network, followed by Best In Show. Hours are 8 to 11 p.m. ET/5 to 8 p.m. PT; the competition will repeat from 8 to 11 p.m. PT. This is the only dog show in the world broadcast live.
The winner on Tuesday night will embark on a whirlwind media tour including the traditional steak lunch at Sardi’s, and an appearance ringing the bell to open the New York Stock Exchange, a dog eat dog venue if there ever was one.
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