New Breeds at Westminster Dog Show

This year, 6 new breeds, including the Finnish Lapphund and the Cesky Terrier, will make their debut at Westminster Kennel Club’s 136th Annual Dog Show.

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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

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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

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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

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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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Sculpting a Bedlington Terrier. Bling gets a 2-hour trimming at a grooming station in the lower level of the Hotel Pennsylvania, which was transformed into a spa for the dogs. Bling, from Vancouver, WA, was last year's Best of Breed winner. 960 1280

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Michael, a 6-year-old Boston Terrier, gets his exercise on the treadmill in the lower level of the Hotel Pennsylvania. Michael traveled from Michigan for his second trip to the Westminster Show. 960 1280

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Owner Carol Rose gets a lick from her 18-month-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Reckless. They traveled from upstate New York. 960 1280

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Handlers push a load of 9 crates holding 10 Chinese Cresteds through a Manhattan intersection near Madison Square Garden. This year, 179 breeds from 49 states will be competing. 960 1280

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In the lower level of the Hotel Pennsylvania, one area of the dog spa has been set aside as separate gender-specific bathroom areas. 960 1280

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A standard poodle named Gem stands with its owner at a news conference for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 10, 2011. 960 1280

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Gatsby, a Giant Schnauzer, is eager for a treat from his handler, Janine Starink in their hotel room. This is 3-year-old Gatsby's first visit to the dog show. Gatsby and Janine arrived from Canada. 960 1280

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An English Setter named Hottie is exhausted after taking the red-eye from California. Hottie and Pat Canino, a friend of Hottie's owner, wait in the lobby of their hotel while their room is readied. This is Hottie's fourth time at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 960 1280

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Maddie, a 7-year-old Tibetan Terrier, hangs out in the lobby of the Hotel Pennsylvania, across from Madison Square Garden. Maddie and her owner arrived from Green Bay, WI. This is Maddie's fourth visit to the Westminster show. 960 1280

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"Beren", a 4-year-old Great Pyrenees from Missouri is surrounded by his handlers as he gets a precision blow-dry after his bath. This is Beren's first time to Westminster. 960 1280

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"Prissy", a 2-year-old Bloodhound from North Carolina, cringes as the dryer is aimed under his ears. 960 1280

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Six-year-old English Springer Spaniel named "Gleason" gets his nails trimmed. Gleason, from Seattle, is making his fourth visit to Westminster. 960 1280

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Making his fourth appearance at Westminster, an Old English Sheepdog named "Nick" suddenly shakes off his shampoo while being bathed by his owner/breeder Chris Pesche. 960 1280

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Apple, a 20-month-old Norwich Terrier from Wisconsin, gets a final grooming while waiting in the benching area. 960 1280

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Just moments before walking into the ring, owner Rick Douglas, from Pennsylvania, gives a final touchup to Jazz, his Old English Sheepdog. 960 1280

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Tobie Shapiro gets a little nose kiss from Eli, a Standard Poodle, while the wait in the benching area in Madison Square Garden. 960 1280

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Visitors passing through the benching area take snapshots of their favorite breeds, in this case, an obliging Basset Hound. 960 1280

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At Madison Square Garden, the crowds watch as the judges begin to narrow the field of this year's 2,597 dogs from 179 breeds. 960 1280

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Owner/breeder Cathy Clayton, from Missouri, waits on the floor of the benching area with her French Bulldog named Casey. This was the first visit to Westminster for 2-year-old Casey. 960 1280

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A Scottish Deerhound, Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, was awarded "Best in Show." It was the breed's first "Best in Show" win. 960 1280

  

Photos

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  


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