February 10, 2014 / 4:58 PM / 5 years ago

Factbox: The 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Abbs, an Afghan Hound, stands in the penning area at the 2014 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, February 10, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Almost 3,000 dogs will be on their best behavior this week when they parade in front of a team of judges at the prestigious, 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.

* Overall 187 breeds will enter the competition taking place in Madison Square Garden and Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan, including three new breeds - the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, the Chinook and the rat terrier.

* Hosted by The Westminster Kennel Club, the show is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the United States after the Kentucky Derby.

* Starting Monday, judges select the best of each breed and group, culminating in the prestigious Best In Show competition on Tuesday.

* The winner of the Best In Show competition and his owner receive a trophy and go on a media tour.

* Kelso, a seven-year-old Border Collie, won the first Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday night.

Reporting by Marina Lopes; Editing by Marguerita Choy

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