Animal Competitions Around the World

Westminster isn’t the only dog show or animal competition that draws crowds and excitement. Check out these animal competitions from around the world featuring rabbits, cats, fish and more.

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David Frei, the Westminster Kennel Club’s director of communications, leads Hickory, a Scottish Deerhound and reigning Best in Show champion, across 7th Avenue at 31st Street, followed by 5 new breeds allowed to enter this year’s dog show. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Hoss, an Entlebucher Mountain Dog, poses for the press with owner Paula Lacker. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

A close-up of Hickory, 2011’s Best in Show winner at the Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show (owners: Scott and Cecilia Dove). 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Proud owner, Jose Barrera, holds up Alma Duce, a Xoloitzcuintli (show-lo-itz-quint-ly), for the cameras. Alma only traveled 5 blocks south for the shoot. She wears a handmade jade collar from her owner, a jeweler to the stars. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Hoss, pictured, traveled all the way from Cincinnati for the press conference, the farthest of all the dogs. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Katrina, a Cesky Terrier, looks up at owner Loren Marino during the press conference that followed the 7th Avenue walk. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Eowyn, a Norwegian Lundehund, gets up close and personal. She traveled with her owner from Syracuse, NY, for the walk. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Owner Harvey Sanderson holds up Eowyn's paw for the camera. Norwegian Lundehunds are known for their 5-fingered paws, which make them excellent mountain climbers. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Katrina, a Cesky Terrier, poses for the cameras. She traveled with her owner from Manchester, NJ. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Myles, a Finnish Lapphund, arrived from the Bronx with excited owner Barbara Kennedy. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Game Changer, an American English Coonhound, traveled with owner Richard Moore, from Jamaica Estates in the NYC borough of Queens. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

All 6 new breeds stand together: (left to right) Eowyn (owner: Harvey Sanderson), Katrina (owner: Loren Marino), Game Changer (owner: Richard Moore), Alma (owner: Jose Barrera), Myles (owner: Barbara Kennedy), and Hoss (owner: Paula Lacker). 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Nikkie Kinzigner performs a trick with Tibetan terrier Reese, winner of an award of merit, backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, first held in 1877, is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the US, second only to the Kentucky Derby. 960 1280

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Dog handlers compete with their Shetland sheepdogs in ring 5 at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

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Pekingese Malachy poses for photographers after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

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Mickey, a 7-year-old Saint Bernard, takes a bath with the help of "Auntie" Frances (left) and owner/breeder Cathy (right). 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser, Travel Channel Media.  

Terriwood Mojo, a Cairn terrier, is styled by breeder/co-owner Tom Godwin, at the Hotel Pennsylvania. This is Mojo's third year at Westminster; he traveled from Washington State via plane. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser, Travel Channel Media  

Matthew Perry competes with his papillon, Cricket, in the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

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Dylan, a sky terrier from Nova Scotia, is groomed prior to being shown at Madison Square Garden. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser, Travel Channel Media  

Andrew Mueller, 10, competes with his Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Stella, in the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

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Derek, a standard poodle, is groomed by her owner Gail Wolaniuk of Garnet Valley, PA, backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

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Dogs and their significant others wait backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

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Emma Echols competes with her Yorkshire terrier, Tucker, in the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

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Irish setter Grand Champion Shadagee Caught Red Handed, winner of the Sporting Group, is handled by Adam Bernardin at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

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David Frei, the Westminster Kennel Club’s director of communications, leads Hickory, a Scottish Deerhound and reigning Best in Show champion, across 7th Avenue at 31st Street, followed by 5 new breeds allowed to enter this year’s dog show. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Hoss, an Entlebucher Mountain Dog, poses for the press with owner Paula Lacker. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

A close-up of Hickory, 2011’s Best in Show winner at the Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show (owners: Scott and Cecilia Dove). 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Proud owner, Jose Barrera, holds up Alma Duce, a Xoloitzcuintli (show-lo-itz-quint-ly), for the cameras. Alma only traveled 5 blocks south for the shoot. She wears a handmade jade collar from her owner, a jeweler to the stars. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Hoss, pictured, traveled all the way from Cincinnati for the press conference, the farthest of all the dogs. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Katrina, a Cesky Terrier, looks up at owner Loren Marino during the press conference that followed the 7th Avenue walk. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Eowyn, a Norwegian Lundehund, gets up close and personal. She traveled with her owner from Syracuse, NY, for the walk. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Owner Harvey Sanderson holds up Eowyn's paw for the camera. Norwegian Lundehunds are known for their 5-fingered paws, which make them excellent mountain climbers. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Katrina, a Cesky Terrier, poses for the cameras. She traveled with her owner from Manchester, NJ. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Myles, a Finnish Lapphund, arrived from the Bronx with excited owner Barbara Kennedy. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Game Changer, an American English Coonhound, traveled with owner Richard Moore, from Jamaica Estates in the NYC borough of Queens. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

All 6 new breeds stand together: (left to right) Eowyn (owner: Harvey Sanderson), Katrina (owner: Loren Marino), Game Changer (owner: Richard Moore), Alma (owner: Jose Barrera), Myles (owner: Barbara Kennedy), and Hoss (owner: Paula Lacker). 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser  

Nikkie Kinzigner performs a trick with Tibetan terrier Reese, winner of an award of merit, backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, first held in 1877, is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the US, second only to the Kentucky Derby. 960 1280

Michael Nagle/Getty Images  

Dog handlers compete with their Shetland sheepdogs in ring 5 at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

Michael Nagle/Getty Images  

Pekingese Malachy poses for photographers after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

Michael Nagle/Getty Images  

Mickey, a 7-year-old Saint Bernard, takes a bath with the help of "Auntie" Frances (left) and owner/breeder Cathy (right). 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser, Travel Channel Media.  

Terriwood Mojo, a Cairn terrier, is styled by breeder/co-owner Tom Godwin, at the Hotel Pennsylvania. This is Mojo's third year at Westminster; he traveled from Washington State via plane. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser, Travel Channel Media  

Matthew Perry competes with his papillon, Cricket, in the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

Michael Nagle/Getty Images  

Dylan, a sky terrier from Nova Scotia, is groomed prior to being shown at Madison Square Garden. 960 1280

Elizabeth Fraser, Travel Channel Media  

Andrew Mueller, 10, competes with his Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Stella, in the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

Michael Nagle/Getty Images  

Derek, a standard poodle, is groomed by her owner Gail Wolaniuk of Garnet Valley, PA, backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

Michael Nagle/Getty Images  

Dogs and their significant others wait backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

Michael Nagle/Getty Images  

Emma Echols competes with her Yorkshire terrier, Tucker, in the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

Michael Nagle/Getty Images  

Irish setter Grand Champion Shadagee Caught Red Handed, winner of the Sporting Group, is handled by Adam Bernardin at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

Michael Nagle/Getty Images