As a longtime breeder, owner, handler and judge in the world of purebred dogs, he has enjoyed much competitive success with his Afghan Hounds, Brittanys, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Now in its 140th year, the show is the second-longest continuously running sporting event in the United States after the Kentucky Derby.
Leslie Simis grooms Derek, a miniature poodle, gets groomed in the benching area during the 140th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in NY.
No beagle had won the Westminster show until Uno, and he drew a standing ovation from a packed Garden crowd the night he was chosen.
The final rounds of competition will be televised live on USA Network at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Charlie the Skye terrier and Rumor the German shepherd head the pack, and could be picked as the nation's top pooch.
Westminster has given entree to mixed breeds by adding an agility competition in 2014 and the obedience event this year; both are open to non-purebreds. Other top entries include Golden Retrievers with 50 and French Bulldogs with 48.
Nine dogs from York County were selected to compete in the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog show in NY.
A 3-year-old German shorthaired pointer named CJ won the highest honor at the 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, claiming the coveted Best in Show award.
Rumor earned first place in the herding group on Monday. But before that happens, the sporting, working and terrier groups will have their chance to impress the judges.
Leading up to each show, Johnny Avello, director of race and sports operations for Wynn Las Vegas, releases his predictions for winning breeds. "I grew up with German Shepherds, so I'm completely biased".