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    Follow the Hounds: Westminster Dog Show Opens in New York

    A Basset Hound is presented in the competition ring during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York.
    A Basset Hound is presented in the competition ring during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York.
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    From tiny Chihuahuas to 100-pound (45-kg) Old English Sheepdogs, nearly 3,000 dogs and their handlers will hit the competition floor in New York on Monday for the opening of the two-day 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
     
    • Komondor Quintessential Chauncey is run through the ring by his handler as he competes in the working group on the last day of judging at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, Feb. 11, 2014.
    • After All Painting the Sky, a wire fox terrier, is held by her handler Gabriel Rangel (right) as she kisses judge Betty Regina Leininger after winning "best in show" at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, Feb. 11, 2014.
    • Sky, a wire fox terrier breed, stands in trophy after winning the Best In Show at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, Feb. 11, 2014.
    • Crystal Blue Jewell, a Bedlington terrier, gets a last check by Nadine Peterson after getting trimmed for competition during at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, Feb. 11, 2014.
    • Reseda (left) and Dash, both papillon dogs, exercise on a dog treadmill at the Affinia Hotel in New York City, NY, Feb. 9, 2014.
    • Dog handlers stand with their dogs at the sporting group judging at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, Feb. 11, 2014.
    • Riley, an Irish water spaniel breed, winner of the sporting group, stands at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, Feb. 11, 2014.

    This year's edition of the prestigious event, which features pure-breed dogs such as the feathery Cocker Spaniel and the playful Labrador Retriever, is expected to be the largest staging since 1990. It will stretch across two New York sites, with initial rounds of judging at a pier along the Hudson River and finals at Madison Square Garden, normally the site of basketball games and concerts.
     
    There will be 190 different breeds and varieties represented in the show by 2,845 expected contestants this year, said Westminster spokesman David Frei.
     
    Two dogs to watch will be a wire fox terrier named Sky and a Portuguese water dog called Matisse, both of whom performed well in shows earlier in the year, Frei said.
     
    But Frei, who co-hosts the television broadcast of the competition, cautioned that no dog is ever a shoo-in.
     
    “The thing about Westminster is it's the only time all the great dogs from the year are together at the same time,” he said in a telephone interview. “It's very competitive.”
     
    A crowd-pleasing Old English sheepdog called Swagger who was a surprise contender for Best in Show last year before being declared a runner-up will return this year.
     
    Beagles line up in the competition ring during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York.Beagles line up in the competition ring during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York.
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    Beagles line up in the competition ring during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York.
    Beagles line up in the competition ring during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York.
    The competition focuses on the appearance of a dog as compared with a breed standard. It follows the organization's first dog agility contest, which was held on Saturday, and, in another first for the group, was open to mixed-breed entrants.
     
    A seven-year-old border collie named Kelso from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, won that event, a timed run that required the dog to clear 18 obstacles, leaping hurdles, speeding through tunnels, and weaving through poles.
     
    On Monday, attention will turn to the first of the three new breeds making their debut at this year's event: the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, a fuzzy, pointy-eared hound.
     
    Karen Oglesby, the 35-year-old handler of a two-year-old Pequeno who will be competing, said she is looking forward to the experience.
     
    “There's a lot of buildup to it, a lot of preparation,” she said by phone. “Honestly, I just want to go and show and have fun, and if we get ribbons, we get ribbons.”
     
    Tuesday's highlights will be the debuts of the Chinook, a husky-like breed developed in New Hampshire, and the spotted Rat Terrier.
     
    Dogs from all 50 U.S. states, including large numbers from New York and California, will compete in this year's event, with some 127 foreign entries, including dogs from Finland, Slovenia, Japan and Thailand, expected.
     
    Monday's judging will feature the hound, toy, non-sporting and herding groups. Sporting, working and terrier breeds will be judged on Tuesday.
     
    The winners of those seven categories, each of which includes more than a dozen breeds, will face off on Tuesday evening in the Best in Show event, to be judged by Betty Regina Leininger of Frisco, Texas.

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