Who is a good dog? Tune in and find out

by Jennifer Peltz | The Associated Press

TARYTOWN, NY – The top dog is crowned at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Wednesday night, including a French Bulldog with an NFL connection, a Bloodhound, a German shepherd, a Maltese and three more finalists yet to be chosen Is. ,

With over 3,000 dogs entered, only seven would be enough to compete for the best in show award at the most prestigious US dog shows. Usually held in the winter at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the show moved to the suburban Lyndhurst estate last year and this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Each finalist represents a different dog “group” or type, such as a hound or a terrier.

Westminster is often described as the Super Bowl of US dog shows, and Winston the French Bulldog aims to make it to co-owner Morgan Fox, a defensive lineman who has just been signed by the Los Angeles Chargers. went.

Fox, who has also played for the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers, congratulated Winston after his semifinal win on Tuesday night.

“Apparently I should be training with him,” said Fox, who also said he may have developed a newfound appreciation for his parents watching his game.

Winston, currently the top-ranked dog in the country, faces the river, a big-winning German shepherd, and Trumpet, a bloodhound descended from another major show, the 2014 winner of the Thanksgiving-season National Dog Show.

Then there’s a Maltese who is clearly aiming for stardom: her name is Hollywood.

Still to be chosen on Wednesday evening, there are three more finalists: a terrier, a sporting dog (such as spaniels and retrievers) and a working dog (guard dogs, sled dogs and other large breeds).

Hope includes the striker, a Samoyed who made it to the final at Westminster last year and won his race again on Wednesday morning. After topping the canine rankings last year, Stryker has been hitting up some dog shows lately to “keep his head in the game,” said handler Laura King.

What shines in the Snow-White Samoyed competition? “His heart,” said the King of Milan, Illinois.

“His charisma shows when he’s showing,” and he complains — vociferously — when he’s not, she said.

Monty, the giant schnauzer going into the semifinals on Wednesday night, is the son of the dog who won the 2018 Westminster runner-up award. Classified as a working dog, Monty enjoys yard work – which, to him, means presenting a football. That’s while Handler and co-owner Katie Bernardin’s husband, Adam, are mowing the lawn, she said.

Another competitor, Oma, had an easy route to the semi-finals on Wednesday. She was the only Chinook who appeared. Sled-pullers are the official dog of the state of New Hampshire, but they are rare across the country.

“I’d love to see some more” at the Westminster ring, said Patti Richards, the breeder, owner and handler of Ooma, of West Haven, Vermont. “Without people who will show up and breed, we are in danger of losing our breed.”

Bonnie the Brittany is Dr. Jessica Sielava’s first show dog, and the two didn’t come with a ribbon on Wednesday. But their teamwork extends beyond the ring.

Bonnie goes to work with Sielva at her chiropractic practice in Syracuse, New York, where “she has really helped people with their emotional stress,” Sielava said.

She also plans to get her show dog certified as a therapy dog.

The show will air on FS1/FS2 and Fox Sports Go on Wednesday. Group judging begins at 4:30 pm, the telecast ends with the Best in Show award.

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