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NY Dog Show Dazzled By Canine Beauties

by Tanya Thomas on February 16, 2011 at 7:36 AM
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 NY Dog Show Dazzled By Canine Beauties

America's best behaved, most carefully coiffed dogs hit the catwalk Monday at the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.

A total of 2,626 four-legged beauties, representing 179 breeds, were chasing the elusive Best in Show title to be decided late Tuesday.

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Madison Square Garden, the famous Manhattan arena, filled with everything from Dalmatians to Toy Fox Terriers, all vying to take the crown won last year by Sadie, a long-haired black Scottish terrier.

Winning brings instant celebrity status to the champion dog, with a trip to the top of the Empire State Building, appearances on morning television shows and in Sadie's case, ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
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New breeds allowed to join this year include the ferocious looking Cane Corso, originally bred on Italian farms, the lion-like Leonberger, a speedy hunting dog called the Bluetick Coonhound, and the Icelandic Sheepdog, a breed that first spread with Viking settlers.

Organizers claim the competition is the second oldest US sporting event, after the Kentucky Derby horse race.

Whether the event is a canine fashion show or a sporting event might be debated, but its huge popularity is not, with USA Network and NBC providing live coverage at peak hours.

Source: AFP
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