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Upsets rule at dog show

A Maltese is groomed Monday for competition at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

Associated Press
Published February 14, 2006

NEW YORK - The Westminster Kennel Club dog show opened Monday, a day after the biggest snowstorm in city history blanketed New York.

A total of 2,622 dogs in 165 breeds and varieties were entered. Some didn't make it because of the bad weather, though there was no exact count.

A colored bull terrier, Rufus, pulled an upset. In a show featuring lots of underdogs, he beat a favored Norfolk terrier named Coco and a Dandie Dinmont terrier co-owned by Bill Cosby to win the terrier group.

"I guess we're going shopping," handler Kathy Kirk said.

Earlier, a Rottweiler became the first dog of his breed to win the working group at Westminster. Shaka's co-owner, breeder and handler is former Florida State linebacker Keith Carter. "I don't know if I can articulate what this win means," he said.

A Dalmatian, Boomer, took the nonsporting group and will try to become the first of his kind to win Best in Show in 130 years of Westminster. Dermot the pug won the toy group. The hound, herding and sporting groups were to be judged tonight, with Best in Show chosen shortly before 11 p.m.

[Last modified February 14, 2006, 02:45:31]

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