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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

2016 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: Day Two

The 140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show wrapped up on Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden.  Before the coveted title of Best in Show was bestowed, the best in group titles were handed out in the SportingWorking and Terrier groups.

samoyed westminster dog show
Bogey in his "natural" habitat
Sporting Group:  If there was a blue blood, country club of dog show groups, that group would be the sporting group.  This is the group that includes retrievers and setters and spaniels.  You know, the kinds of dogs that are painted on canvases in the Vanderbilts' billiards rooms.  CJ the German Shorthaired Pointer fits that part exactly and won the group.

Working Group:  The working group can be described as the blue collar, lunch pail group.  This group does include rough and tumble guard dogs, but it was a gorgeous, fluffy dog that won the group this year.  Bogey became the first Samoyed to ever win the group at Westminster.  It was fitting for a sled dog to succeed after snow and sleet pelted Manhattan during the dog show.

Terrier Group:  The terrier group has been my favorite group at Westminster ever since Coco the Norwich Terrier captured my heart over a decade ago.  I also love this breed because I consistently get labeled a terrier on Facebook quizzes.  Last year's group winner, Charlie, was back to defend his title.  And defend it he did.  Charlie the Skye Terrier advanced to the Best in Show competition for the second year in a row.

Best in Show:  Last year's Best in Show winner, Miss P, the 15-inch Beagle retired on top last year to start a family.  That left the competition wide open for the seven group winners in 2016.  Terriers have won more best in show prizes at Westminster than any other group, and Charlie was the only dog with previous best in show competition experience at Westminster.  But this year's top prize went a true blue blood.  CJ, the German Shorthaired Pointer, took home the top prize and won  the prestigious title of Best in Show at the 140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

CJ celebrates Best in Show at Westminster

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