The Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups competed Monday in a fierce show of temperament, gait, coat and presence. Judges determined the winners of the groups late Monday. A three-year-old Wire-Haired Dachshund named Raydachs Playing With Fire V Gleishorbach won the Best of Hounds group. A four-year-old Pekingese named Palacegarden Malachy won the prize for Best of Toys. An almost five-year-old Dalmatian named Spotlights Ruffian won the award for Best of Non-Sportings. The nearly 5-year-old German Shepherd named Babheim's Captain Crunch won the award of Best of Herdings.
The second day of the competition will feature dogs in the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups. The breeds that will be competing on Tuesday include, among others, the American Water Spaniel, the Cocker Spaniel, the Golden Retriever, the Bernese Mountain Dog, the Boxer, the Doberman Pinscher, the Dogue de Bordeaux, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, the Mastiff, the Rottweiler, the Border Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the newly-recognized Cesky Terrier, the Manchester Terrier, the Skye Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier.
The seven winners of Best in Group will compete in the Best in Show competition late Tuesday. The Best in Show competition will be judged by Cindy Vogels of Greenwood Village, Colo. Vogels will preside over a panel of 38 judges from 19 states.
The prestigious Westminster Dog show features 2,077 dogs and 105 Junior Showmanship entries. Dogs come from 47 states across the United States, with the most entries coming from New York, California and Pennsylvania. From the over 2,000 competitors, 185 will win Best of Breed awards, seven will be Best of Group winners and one special canine will be Best in Show.
A live stream of the Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show and the Best in Show competition can be found here. While some breeds will not be streamed live, clips of their performance will be available within two hours of completion of judging.
The show will also be televised live each night from 8 p.m. EST. Tuesday's show will air on the USA Network from 8 to 11 p.m. EST.
For a full schedule of events Tuesday, see the Westminster Kennel Club's judging schedule.
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