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Affenpinscher 'Taser' and Brussels griffon 'Lincoln' to face off in Toy group (no surprise there)

February 10, 2009 |  2:53 pm

Taser the Affenpinscher will go head-to-head with Lincoln the Brussels Griffon in Westminster's Toy group

It's official: Taser (Ch. Tamarin Tug, above, the winningest affenpinscher in the breed's history) and Lincoln (Ch. Cilleine Masquerade, a top-ranked Brussels griffon) will meet on the green-carpeted grounds of Madison Square Garden in the Toy group tonight.  Each won its respective breed competition earlier today.

Both Taser and Lincoln have been favored by many to win tonight's Best in Show competition -- but of course, only one of them can win the Toy group to make it into Westminster's final round.

Fun fact: Taser's owners, Phil and Patty Smith, are the parents of Taser International's CEO.  So if this little "monkey dog" (yes, affenpinschers are really called that) winds up winning it all, brace yourself for a spate of headlines containing some variation on the phrase "Don't tase me, bro!"

Fair warning. 

But you won't read it here; we promise.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Taser with his handler, Jorge Olivera.  Credit: Mary Altaffer / Associated Press.

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