Ninety-Pound Sheepdog, Affenpinscher in Westminster Final

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Swagger, a 90-pound Old English Sheepdog, at last night's Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York. The champion is one of seven to compete in best in show tonight. Photo: Philip Boroff/Bloomberg

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Swagger, a 90-pound Old English Sheepdog, at last night's Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York. The champion is one of seven to compete in best in show tonight. Photo: Philip Boroff/Bloomberg Close

Swagger, a 90-pound Old English Sheepdog, at last night's Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden... Read More

Honor, a Bichon Frise and winner of the non-sporting group at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show in New York. The breed last won best in show in 2001. Photo: Philip Boroff/Bloomberg. Close

Honor, a Bichon Frise and winner of the non-sporting group at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show in New York. The... Read More

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Artemis Tsagarakis and her beagle, Lexie, after placing fourth among 15-inch beagles at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Her father, Manos Tsagarakis, calls the show ``the Olympic games of the dogs.'' Close

Artemis Tsagarakis and her beagle, Lexie, after placing fourth among 15-inch beagles at the Westminster Kennel Club... Read More

The 9-year-old Affenpinscher Banana Joe that was named best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York Tuesday night. He's pictured after winning the toy group earlier, with his handler, Ernesto Lara, and owners Tina Truesdale and Mieke Cooijmans. Photo: Philip Boroff/Bloomberg. Close

The 9-year-old Affenpinscher Banana Joe that was named best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New... Read More

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Jewel, an American Foxhound competing tonight for best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. The 3-year-old purebred was the winner of the hound group. Close

Jewel, an American Foxhound competing tonight for best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. The... Read More

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Maggie Maciagiewicz grooming her Polish Lowland Sheepdog at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show yesterday. The opening rounds are held this year at Pier 92 and 94 on the far west side of Manhattan. Close

Maggie Maciagiewicz grooming her Polish Lowland Sheepdog at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show yesterday. The... Read More

The succession race riveting dogdom stars a stately American Foxhound, a peripatetic Affenpinscher, a docile Bichon Frise and a 90 pound (40 kilogram) Old English Sheepdog.

Tonight they face winners of the sporting, working and terrier groups in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show at New York’s Madison Square Garden. A Pekingese named Malachy was 2012’s best in show.

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“It’s like the Olympic Games of the dogs,” said Manos Tsagarakis, of Ashland, Massachusetts, after his teenage daughter, Artemis, showed her 15-inch (38 centimeters) beagle to a fourth place finish in the breed yesterday.

The top specimens of the hound, toy, non-sporting and herding groups were decided last night. The best in show is named just before 11 p.m. Eastern time.

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To contact the reporter of this story: Philip Boroff in New York at pboroff@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff in New York at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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