Dachshund, schipperke among breeds to advance to final at Westminster Dog Show


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div>NEW YORK (Reuters) – A longhaired dachshund, a Havanese, a schipperke and a bouvier des Flandres triumphed at Monday’s group competitions at the 143nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in the lead-up to the big day – competition for Best in Show.

Almost 3,000 high-pedigree dogs were groomed for victory this year in the most prestigious title in the rarefied world of dog breeding.

The two-day event at Madison Square Garden drew challengers from all 50 U.S. states and 14 other countries, including Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada and Japan.

Dogs are divided into seven groups: hounds, toys, non-sporting, herding, working, sporting and terrier. The dogs that emerge victorious from each of the groups then vie for the Best in Show trophy on Tuesday.

Burns, a longhaired dachshund, won the hound group on Monday.

His handler, Carlos Puig, showed the dog’s great-grandfather 21 years ago, who was the first and only long-haired dachshund to win the group in 1998.

Judge Patricia Craige Trotter, asked what she liked about the hounds group winner, said: “What’s not to like?”

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“Walmar-Solo’s OMG” a longhaired Dachshund won first in the Hound Group at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York, U.S., February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs