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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: Doberman pinscher C.J. wins working group

February 16, 2010 |  8:41 pm

Cj A female Doberman pinscher named Ch. Allure Blazing Star Alisaton has won the working group at Westminster, marking a special birthday -- she turned 4 on Monday, the first day of competition at the prestigious dog show.

The winning doberman, called C.J. for short, comes from a long line of top-winning show dogs, according to USA Today; her great-grandmother won Best in Show at Westminster in 1989.

If you're wondering how C.J.'s owners came up with a nickname so far from her registered name, wonder no longer: It's short for Calamity Jane, because she has a knack for getting into trouble, according to the Providence Journal.

C.J. beat a female boxer named Ch. Winfall Brookwood Styled Dream, a female Portuguese water dog named Ch. Aviators Luck Be a Lady and a male Alaskan malamute named Ch. Sno Klassic Play the Game to win the working group.

Working group winners have gone on to be named Best in Show at Westminster 15 times; Dobermans have won four times.

C.J. competes Tuesday night against a whippet, a toy poodle, a French bulldog, a puli, a brittany and a Scottish terrier for the title of Best in Show.

-- Lindsay Barnett

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Photo: Handler Carissa DeMilta Shimpeno reacts after showing C.J. on Tuesday night. Credit: Henny Ray Abrams / Associated Press

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