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Thousands of Dogs Compete for 140th Westminster Title

Thousands of purebred dogs from more than a dozen countries compete at the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.

C.J., a German shorthaired pointer, is shown in the ring by his handler Valerie Atkins-Nunes during the Best in Show competition at the 140th Westminster Kennel Club dog. C.J. bested more than 2,700 contestants over the two-day competition to win "Best in Show."

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Ace, a Basset Hound from Lithuania, stands in the benching area before judging at the 2016 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Garden, New York, on Feb. 15, 2016.

About 2,700 dogs from more than a dozen countries participate in the annual competition. The show is held on February 15th and 16th.

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A dog owner sleeps in the benching area before judging at the show in New York on Feb 15. MIKE SEGAR / Reuters

A Yorkshire Terrier is groomed during the first day of competition at the show on Feb. 15.

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A Standard Poodle gets shaved before the show on Feb. 15.

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Bergamascos, one of the seven new breeds being judged, sit together at the 2016 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 15.

The seven new breeds are Bergamasco, Lagotto Romagnolo, Berger Picard, Miniature American Shepherd, Boerboel, Spanish Water Dog, and Cirneco dell'Etna.

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A Yorkshire Terrier named Ranger sits with Gareen Wilson of Texas while preparing to compete on Feb. 15.

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An old English Sheepdog named Andrew is groomed by Jere Marder of Chicago on Feb. 15.

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A Maltese's hair gets stylized in the grooming area at the show on Feb. 16.

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A person combs a Maltese's hair at the show on Feb. 15.

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A Miniature American Shepherd competes as a new breed during the annual event on Feb. 15. The dog competition culminates in the naming of the dog that is "Best in Show."

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A dog gets ready before the competition on Feb. 16. Matthew Eisman / Getty Images

Beaucerons stand in the ring with their handlers during judging on Feb. 15.

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A woman holds a Bichon Frise at the show on Feb. 15.

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A group of Bichons walk in the judging area at the show on Feb. 15.

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A Pembroke Welsh Corgi looks up.

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Dogs compete at the show on Feb. 16.

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A golden retriever jumps as it takes part in an agility competition during the show on Feb. 15.

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A dog holds one end of a thread to show the word "heart" during the competition on Feb. 16.

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Molly, a 13-inch Beagle from Bangkok, Thailand, runs during the Hound group competition on Feb. 16.

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Heart, a Labrador, and her owner Linday Brennan, of Columbia, N.J., walk off the main ring after picking up her trophy for winning the obedience portion of the show on Feb. 15.

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An award is ready for the winner on Feb. 16.

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