Pups on Parade at Westminster Dog Show

Tibetan terriers, Shetland sheepdogs, Pekingeses and more compete for the ultimate title of Best in Show at the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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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

  

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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

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