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February 8, 2014

Dogs take on Westminster show's 1st agility trial

NEW YORK — Hundreds of dogs are running, leaping, weaving and breaking new ground at the Westminster Kennel Club show's first agility competition.

About 225 dogs are competing at Saturday's event at Pier 94 in New York.

The agility trial adds a dynamic, fast-growing sport to the nation's best-known dog show. And it marks the first time mixed-breed dogs have appeared at Westminster since early in the show's 138 years.

The competitors span 63 different breeds, from tiny papillons and toy poodles to big dogs such as Doberman pinschers and Rottweilers.

The animals race through a course of jumps, tunnels, ramps, and other obstacles in a sort of dog-world decathlon. Handlers guide them with signals and calls.

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