Westminster Dog Show a showcase for young handlers

Westminster Dog Show a showcase for young handlers

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The Westminster Kennel Club held its 142nd annual dog show in New York. The competition is best known for the dog crowned best in show, but is also a showcase for young handlers who sometimes go up against grown-ups. There are a hundred junior handlers at this year’s competition. While there’s a special contest for junior handlers, many also exhibit their dogs in the breed judging that goes toward best in show. They go up against adults in an atmosphere that prizes poise and formality. About 5,000 junior handlers nationwide are registered with the American Kennel Club.