NEW YORK (AP) — Other dogs come to play, Swagger came to win.
The old English sheepdog that nearly won at the Westminster Kennel Club last year bounded to an early victory Monday.
There were a total of 2,845 entries in the America's top dog show. Breed judging in the hound, toy, nonsporting and herding categories started at Piers 92 and 94 on the Hudson River, with group winners to be picked Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
Sporting, working and terrier dogs will compete Tuesday. The best in show will be chosen shortly before 11 p.m.
Among the other breed winners was an Australian shepherd who lives with Tampa Bay Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan.