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Wire Fox Terrier wins 'Best In Show' at Westminster

(Reuters) - The wire fox terrier was named "best in show" at the prestigious 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday night. Four group winners were named Monday, with three more on Tuesday.

* The win marks the 14th time the wire fox terrier has won best in show, more than any other breed since the show was first staged in 1877.

* A Portuguese water dog named Matisse won the working group for the second straight year.

Westminster Kennel Club Crowns 138th Best In Show

* An Irish water spaniel was named the best in the sporting group, the seventh time the breed has won the group.

* Monday's judging featured four groups - herding, non-sporting, toy and hound dogs.

* The herding group winner was a Cardigan Welsh corgi, out of 26 breeds in that group.

* The standard poodle was the non-sporting group winner, out of 20 breeds.

* The miniature pinscher was the toy group winner, besting 22 other dogs in the group.

* The bloodhound was Monday's first winner over 30 other breeds in the hound group.

* Overall, 190 breeds and varieties are entered in the competition taking place in Madison Square Garden and Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan. There are three new breeds: the Portuguese podengo pequeno, the chinook and the rat terrier.

* Hosted by The Westminster Kennel Club, the show is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the United States after the Kentucky Derby.

* The winner of the Best In Show competition and the owner receive a trophy and go on a media tour.

* Kelso, a 7-year-old border collie, won the first Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday night. The event was notable for the inclusion of mixed breeds, which are not included in the judged competition.

(Reporting by Marina Lopes; Editing by Marguerita Choy, Eric Walsh and Gunna Dickson)

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Jude February 12 2014 at 8:58 AM

Love to watch this show and all the great dogs!!!!

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nam2205 February 12 2014 at 10:02 AM

All dogs go to heaven.

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Tracie February 12 2014 at 7:10 AM

No mention of "The Best in Breed", a dog from Gulfport, MS...my neck of the woods!! I just like a mutt...they make the best dogs!!!

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lizrpowell Tracie February 12 2014 at 7:41 AM

me too!

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sem1soup February 12 2014 at 6:50 AM

Need new judges. The judges are jaded in that they know the history of the show dogs and as a result just keep picking the same dogs. Agree that the judging is flawed and different types of dogs should be picked as winners every now and then. Feel bad for people that have good dogs in the competition and never even have a chance.

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hmarett sem1soup February 12 2014 at 7:29 AM

I thought if they picked that big ole shaggy gray one again that someone was getting paid off

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jeckrupsis sem1soup February 12 2014 at 8:00 AM

Not only judges.. It's the judges with the handlers. Rigged.

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petpetdon February 12 2014 at 6:45 AM

ANY sporting event that is judged by people will always have flaws. It is more of a contest than a sporting event. Just like ice skating in the olympics.

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viipergirl February 12 2014 at 6:34 AM

The show was great the winner superb..Of course would I have liked a German Shepherd to win?! of cousre I would have...I have a magnificient one! however I agree tht Sky was the all around winner for tht breed and tht's wht it is about..Congraulations Sky...

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kjperes viipergirl February 12 2014 at 8:41 AM

Since you have a wolf in your icon...did you happen to hear the announcer say that scientists have learned that the Lhasa Apso is the closest to the Wolf?! That made me laugh - that little dog, over the German Shepard, or a Husky-type dog? Science always surprises! ;-)

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Sunny February 12 2014 at 10:40 AM

All the dogs are beautiful in their own way. But, who wins really depends on who is judging the contest. Some judges have personal favorites and that influences their decisions. Put in another judge and you might get a different winner. It is all subjective.

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ctsturbine February 12 2014 at 10:43 AM

The Maryland Police of Anne Arundel County shot and killed my Champion Chesapeake Bay Retriever on Super Bowl Sunday 2014 in my yard. The less than one year Rookie COP said Vernon confronted him so he has to shoot him 2 times killing him. IN MY OWN YARD JUSTICE FOR CHES-A-BAR VERNON GOLDNUTS REEVES

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brideprincess February 12 2014 at 6:11 AM

I am so sick of the Pomeranian being snubbed year after year! They're perfect dogs, they need to be acknowledged!!!
Jenni, the Pommy Mommy

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brave1b3 brideprincess February 12 2014 at 7:26 AM

They are RATS!,not dogs!

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