Georgia-bred Kentucky Bourbon almost top dog at 144th annual Westminster Show

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The 144th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was held Feb. 10 -11, 2020. Taking place in Madison Square Garden — as it has since 1877 — the Westminster is the largest and most prestigious dog show in the United States. Here's a look at some of the fine, four-legged canine competitors.

Georgia’s Pinnacle Kentucky Bourbon almost stole the spotlight during The 144th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Bourbon finished second in the covered best in show category to a very fluffy poodle named Siba during the show’s Tuesday night finale.

Bourbon had already won the competition for his breed, whippets, earlier in the show.

Siba also triumphed over another dog named Daniel to take first place, despite chants from the crowd at Madison Square Garden for the golden retriever.

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The show began last weekend and finished up with the main events that began Monday.

Taking place in Madison Square Garden — as it has since 1877 — the Westminster is the largest and most prestigious dog show in the United States.

The dogs competing are sorted into groups based on breeds. Those groups are hound, toy, non-sporting, sporting, working, herding and terrier. The group winners advance to the Best in Show competition.

The inaugural dog show was held at Gilmore’s Garden, predecessor to Madison Square Garden. More than 1,200 dogs competed in the four-day event.

The name “Westminster” comes from a former Manhattan hotel where a group of sporting gentlemen used to gather and swap stories. They eventually formed the Westminster Kennel Club.

Today, the show is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S. Only the Kentucky Derby has been staged longer by just two years.