A colored bull terrier named Rufus, the top-winning pug ever, a Rottweiler led by a former Florida State linebacker and a Dalmatian called Boomer are the big winners so far at the Westminster Kennel Club show.
Rufus beat a favored Norfolk terrier named Coco and a Dandie Dinmont terrier co-owned by Bill Cosby to win the terrier group.
Under the guidance of Keith Carter, Shaka became the first Rottweiler to win the working group at Westminster, which got under way last night in New York.
Boomer took the non-sporting group and will try to become the first of his kind to win Best in Show in 130 years of Westminster.
Dermot the pug won the toy group and will aim for his 66th overall Best in Show title.
The hound, herding and sporting groups are to be judged tonight, followed by the awarding of Best in Show.
The show began with a tribute to the canine victims of Hurricane Katrina and those who helped them.