NEW YORK (Reuters) – A borzoi, pug, bichon frise and limit collie won Monday’s organisation competitions during a 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and will strive for a contest’s tip prize.
This year’s two-day eventuality in New York City draws challengers from all 50 U.S. states and 16 other countries, including Canada, Mexico, Japan, Russia, Australia and China, a Westminster Kennel Club pronounced in a statement.
More than 2,880 dogs from 201 breeds and varieties were set to compete, according to organizers of a United States’ second-oldest sporting event.
Individual breeds are judged during a day on Monday and Tuesday, with a winners of any relocating on to a organisation competitions during night. Dogs are divided into 7 groups – hound, toy, nonsporting, herding, working, sporting and terrier.
The dogs crowned champion of any of a 7 groups afterwards foe for a Best in Show esteem on Tuesday.
Lucy, a borzoi, won a chase organisation foe on Monday, a fifth borzoi to win in a foe given 1930, according to Westminster Kennel Club data.
“She’s only amazing,” pronounced Valerie Munes-Atkinson, Lucy’s handler from California. “She’s always stepped adult to a image and given me 110 percent each singular time. Whether it’s freezing, either it’s 100 degrees out, she only goes.”
Bill McFadden, a handler of Flynn, who won a nonsporting organisation contest, pronounced a bichon frise enjoys competing in dog shows and has come to Westminster 3 times.
“The throng is so awesome, so shrill and so crazy,” McFadden pronounced of New York’s Madison Square Garden locus where a uncover takes place. “There’s a lot of sound and excitement. The best thing we can do is only wish your dog feeds off it.”
McFadden, who lives in California, combined that a arena’s ring is “difficult.”
“The weed is a small pokey on their feet,” he said.
Biggie, a pug, and Slick, a limit collie, won a fondle and herding contests, respectively.
Dogs from a sporting, operative and terrier groups will foe on Tuesday night, with a 3 victors fasten Monday’s finalists in a foe for tip prize.
Rumor, a womanlike German shepherd, was named Best in Show during final year’s competition.
Reporting by Stephanie Kelly; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore