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Uno Is First Beagle to Win Top Westminster Prize

February 12th, 2008 Posted in Breaking News, Hot Search Trends

By Philip Boroff of Bloomberg.com

Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) — A beagle named Uno was named best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club contest in New York, the first time the breed took the top prize since the event was founded in 1877.

The 15-inch (38-centimeter) tall dog beat out six other highly ranked, highly coifed pooches in the final round tonight. They included standard and toy poodles, a Sealyham terrier, an Akita and an Australian shepherd.

The two-day show at Madison Square Garden began with 157 breeds of dogs among 2,627 entrants. The best in show competition was judged by J. Donald Jones, 75, a former dean of students at Emory University.

Last night, 2-year-old Uno won the hound category, the first beagle to do so in 69 years.

The annual Westminster dog show bills itself as the second- oldest continually run sporting event in the U.S., one year younger than horse racing’s Kentucky Derby. At the Westminster club’s first annual show in 1877 in the Hippodrome at Gilmore’s Garden, 1,201 dogs were entered, according to the club’s Web site.

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