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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