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Top Pooches Fetch Prizes at Westminster Dog Show

More than 2,800 dogs in 200 breeds were competing for the top prize in the show at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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Image: Rumor, a German shepherd, leaps to lick her handler and co-owner Kent Boyles on the face after winning Best in Show

Rumor, a German shepherd, leaps to lick her handler and co-owner Kent Boyles after winning Best in Show.

Over 2,800 dogs in 200 breeds were competing for the top prize in the New York City show, the second-oldest sporting event in the United States behind the Kentucky Derby horse race. 

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Image: Handler Suzie Kipp celebrates as she runs Tanner, a Norwich Terrier and winner of the Terrier Group, at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City

Handler Suzie Kipp celebrates as she runs Tanner, a Norwich Terrier and winner of the Terrier Group.

There is no prize money for winning, instead, the payoff can come in breeding rights, so owners frequently are eager to retire their champions.

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Image: Devlin, a Boxer, is lifted by his handler Diego Garcia after winning the Working Group judging at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City

Devlin, a Boxer, is lifted by his handler Diego Garcia after winning the Working Group judging.

Dogs from 49 states and 16 foreign countries entered this year's show, where they were judged on characteristics specific to their breeds.

 

 

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Image: Beagles line up in the Judging area

Beagles line up in the Judging area.

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Image: Cullen, a Springer Spaniel from Charleston, South Carolina stands on a grooming table before competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York

Cullen, a Springer Spaniel from Charleston, South Carolina stands on a grooming table.

 

 

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Image: Canine Champions Compete In The Westminster Dog Show

Standard Poodles are judged during a competition.

 

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Image: A Bichon Frise stands on a grooming table in the benching area before competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York

A Bichon Frise stands on a grooming table in the benching area.

 

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Image: Canine Champions Compete In The Westminster Dog Show

A Pembroke Welsh Corgi waits to compete.

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Image: Canine Champions Compete In The Westminster Dog Show

Chinese Crested dogs wait to take the floor.

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Image: A Standard Poodle is groomed in the benching area by his handler before competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York

A Standard Poodle is groomed in the benching area by his handler.

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Image: Chuckie, a Pekingese, wins the Toy group at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, in New York City

Chuckie, a one-year-old Pekingese, wins the Toy group competition.

Twenty-six pekingese have now won the category, more than any other breed.

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Image: Canine Champions Compete In The Westminster Dog Show

Dogs are groomed backstage.

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Image: A Bergamasco waits with its handler before competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York

A Bergamasco with its handler.

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Image: Davis, a basset hound, waits in the staging area

Davis, a Basset Hound, waits in the staging area.

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Image: Canine Champions Compete In The Westminster Dog Show

A Lhasa Apso competes at the Dog Show.

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