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Formal Name: Gch. Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box
This 3-year-old American foxhound comes to the National Dog Show with quite the resume: she is the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club hound group winner, a two-time national specialty winner and is the top-winning American foxhound in the history of the breed (a record previously held by her grandfather). On paper, she’s the one to beat.
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Formal Name: Ch. Yakee Easily Persuaded
This pooch is a dead ringer for last year’s top dog, a Pekingnese named Malachy. Could this 5-year-old male, who loves to be groomed and is known as “a little show-off,” take another trophy home for his team?
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Formal Name: Gch. Whistlestop’s Riley on Fire
According to the American Kennel Club, the Irish water spaniel is a hunting dog that possesses the natural instinct to please. Turns out this 4-year-old female has pleased quite a few judges recently: she’s the number one dog in the sporting category this year.
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Formal Name: “Fawny” The Fab Fawn
The 4-year-old pooch “has charisma that doesn’t go unnoticed,” says his handler Greg Strong. “His athleticism commands attention in the ring.” The No. 3 ranked bearded collie in the country, Fawny is “the new kid on the block. He’s very young in his career.”
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Formal Name: Ch. Yarrow Venerie Ticket to Ride
The 2-year-old Norfolk terrier comes from a long line of winners: his grandmother was a Crufts winner in the early 2000s and his father has won multiple Best in Show titles. But more than his pedigree, he knows when to turn on the charm. “He’s like the person you want to invite to your party, but in dog form,” says his handler Roxanne Sutton.