NEW YORK (Reuters) – For the almost 3,000 canine converging on New York City on Monday for the yearly Westminster Kennel Club Canine Present, “Good Canine!” is a dreaded assessment but “Best Canine!” is a aspiration arrive genuine.
This year’s two-working day occasion draws challengers from all 50 U.S. states and 16 other international locations, together with Canada, Mexico, Japan, Russia, Australia and China, Westminster Kennel Club mentioned in a assertion.
It is the second-oldest U.S. sporting occasion, and some watch it as the canine variation of the Olympic Video games, which coincidentally are using location simultaneously in South Korea.
A overall of 2,882 canine are set to contend with the best pet picked as Finest of Present on Tuesday, organizers mentioned.
Last calendar year, the entire world-renowned contest for purebred canines drew 2,798 competition.
The competition functions canine from 201 breeds and varieties, from muscular French bulldogs to butterfly-eared papillons.
Dogs are divided into seven groups: hounds, toys, nonsporting, herding, operating, sporting and terrier. The canine topped winner of each and every of the seven groups then vie for the Finest of Present trophy.
Rumor, a woman German shepherd, was named Finest in Present at past year’s competition.
Reporting by Stephanie Kelly Modifying by Barbara Goldberg and Jonathan Oatis