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Westminster Kennel Club to choose top dog in New York

Published on Feb 12, 2014 6:05 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Hair dryers blew and nail files flew in final preparations on Tuesday for seven furry finalists vying for "best in show" at the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

The top dog in each of seven groups will go nose-to-nose at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan in the championship event that concludes one of the oldest sporting events in the United States (US).

Among the preeminent pedigreeds are a bloodhound named Nathan, who was best of the hound group; Classie, a miniature pinscher tops in the toy group; a standard poodle named Ally, who won in the non-sporting group; and a Cardigan Welsh corgi named Coco Posh, leader of the herding group.

They won their rounds on Monday and the remaining three groups - sporting, working and terrier breeds - will compete late on Tuesday, prior to the "best in show" competition, which will be judged by Ms Betty Regina Leininger of Frisco, Texas.

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