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Howls for favourites at Westminster dog show's first night

Published on Feb 11, 2014 10:15 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A bloodhound named Nathan was the first group winner at the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, besting 30 other hounds on the opening night of the two-day event that will crown its winner on Tuesday.

Nearly 3,000 dogs and their handlers hit the competition floor in New York on Monday at Madison Square Garden, which will send winners of seven groups to determine this year's champion.

The hound group, which features familiar breeds such as two different beagles and the greyhound, also marked the debut of the first of three new breeds at this year's event: the Portuguese podengo pequeno, which was represented by a five-year old fuzzy, pointy-eared dog named Tango.

The three-year-old bloodhound was a crowd favourite, drawing big cheers each time it ran around the show floor.

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