Swagger, an Old English sheepdog from Colorado Springs, advanced to the best in show finals of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

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Colorado Springs Old English sheepdog advances to Westminster Kennel Club dog show final

Swagger, an Old English sheepdog from Colorado Springs, advanced to the best in show finals of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

NEW YORK — A familiar furry face is among the finalists at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
Swagger, an Old English sheepdog from Colorado Springs, won the herding group Monday night at the largest and most prestigious dog show in the country.
That means he’ll be back on center stage Tuesday night competing with six other dogs for best in show.
Two years ago, Swagger almost won it all, finishing second despite being a huge crowd favorite.
Four other Colorado dogs also are competing at Westminster.
Dessie, a long-haired dachshund from Keenesburg, won its best in breed but lost out to crowd-pleasing 15-inch beagle Miss P in the hound group.
The three other Colorado dogs will compete Tuesday.
J-Lo, a Labrador from Longmont, will compete for best in breed and if it wins, it will advance to the sporting group later Tuesday.
J-Lo’s owner, Susan Burke-Rose, has been showing dogs since 1972 but this will be her first time at Westminster.
A Labrador has never won Westminster.
Also competing Tuesday will be two Great Danes from Calhan. Gordy and Smooch are brothers and will compete in for best of breed. The winner of the Great Dane breed advances to the working group.
The terrier group will also be contested along with the sporting and working groups.
Besides Swagger in the herding and Miss P in the hound, the other winners Monday were a shih tzu called Rocket co-owned by infamous heiress Patty Hearst in the toy group and Flame the standard poodle in the nonsporting category.
The seven group winners then compete in best of show, which will begin about 8:30 p.m. MST.

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