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Dog 'sold for $2 million' in China

A Tibetan mastiff puppy has been sold in China for almost $2 million, a report said Wednesday, in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever. A property developer paid 12 million yuan ($1.9 million) for the one-year-old golden-haired mastiff at a "luxury pet" fair Tuesday in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the Qianjiang Evening News reported. "They have lion's blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs," the dog's breeder Zhang Gengyun was quoted as telling the paper, adding that another red-haired canine had sold for 6 million yuan.

Poodle Ricky trots off with UK top dog prize

A two-year-old poodle called Ricky on Sunday won the Best in Show award at Britain's Crufts festival, the world's largest annual dog show that this year attracted more than 21,000 entrants. Ricky, from Preston in north west England, will now retire from UK competitions, his owner revealed. "I couldn't have asked for anything more," Jason Lynn said after his triumph at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre. "He gave an absolutely beautiful performance and I am so proud of him.

Poodle Ricky trots off with UK top dog prize

A two-year-old poodle called Ricky on Sunday won the Best in Show award at Britain's Crufts festival, the world's largest annual dog show that this year attracted more than 21,000 entrants. Ricky, from Preston in north west England, will now retire from UK competitions, his owner revealed. "I couldn't have asked for anything more," Jason Lynn said after his triumph at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre. "He gave an absolutely beautiful performance and I am so proud of him.

Factbox: The 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The prestigious 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York will choose its winner at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. Four group winners were named Monday, with three more on Tuesday. * The wire fox terrier won the terrier group. * A Portuguese water dog named Matisse won the working group for the second straight year. * An Irish water spaniel was named the best in the sporting group, the seventh time the breed has won the group.

Wire fox terrier wins at Westminster dog show

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A wire fox terrier named Sky won "best in show" at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday, besting canines in six other groups at one of the oldest sporting events in the United States. Betty Regina Leininger of Frisco, Texas, awarded the top prize to Sky at this year's event in Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The win makes it the 14th time the wire fox terrier has won the competition, more than any other breed since the show's first staging in 1877.

Want a pedigreed pooch? Advice for dog owners

By Lauren Young NEW YORK (Reuters) - Basset hounds, German shepherds and poodles sporting crazy hairdos are prancing in front of pet lovers this week at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. How do you know if a breed is right for you? Dr. Suzanne Dempsey, a doctor of veterinary medicine from the Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services (http://vetcares.com) in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, has advice for would-be dog owners.

Thousands compete for Top Dog honors at New York show

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three newly admitted breeds will be among 3,000 dogs strutting their stuff in New York City at the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday in the popular event's largest gathering since 1990. This year's dogs come from all 50 states, organizers said, with the majority from New York and California. There are at least 127 foreign entries, including dogs from Finland, Slovenia, Japan and Thailand.

TSA adds 2 dozen bomb-sniffing dogs at Newark Liberty to monitor passengers for Super Bowl

NEWARK, N.J. - Newark Liberty International Airport is adding about two dozen bomb-sniffing dogs to beef up security during the Super Bowl. Transportation Security Administration agents demonstrated Saturday how the dogs can sniff out different types of explosives. Once they do, they're trained to sit rather than attack so as not to raise suspicion or create a panic. TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says the dogs undergo 12 weeks of training that costs about $200,000 when food, vehicles and salaries for trainers are factored in. The canines are usually Labradors or Lab mixes.

Labrador is Americans' top dog, French bulldog leaps in popularity

By Marina Lopes NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Labrador retriever is the most popular dog breed in the United States for the 23rd straight year, but the French bulldog has gained ground by leaps and bounds, the American Kennel Club said on Friday. Labrador retrievers enjoy the longest consecutive reign of any dog in the annual ranking compiled by the American Kennel Club, or AKC, which bases its list of the most popular breeds on the number of dog registrations across the country.

French bulldog, pups worth $80,000 stolen in Florida

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) - A Miami man returned from a New Year's Eve celebration to find his prize French bulldog and two litters of puppies, valued at $80,000, stolen from his home, police said. The missing dogs include El Che, who is named after Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara and won awards at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 2010 and the French Bulldog Club of America National Specialty Show in 2009, according to owner Marcelo Cicuta.
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