The 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show began in earnest at Madison Square Garden on Monday morning. The two-day competition, which got its unofficial start with this weekend's dog fashion show, will feature 2,500 dogs representing 185 breeds. Moses, a Dogue de Bordeaux, looks thrilled to check into his room at the Hotel Pennsylvania.
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Malachy, a Pekengese, won Best in Show on Tuesday.
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Major, a Tibetan Mastiff, gives a clerk the eye while waiting to check in at the Affinia Manhattan hotel.
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A Briard waits in the staging area.
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Martha Stewart hangs out with a Bichon Frises. Wonder how many trading secrets are hidden in that fuzzy little head.
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Rudee, a Briard, gets groomed in the staging area.
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Twins? A couple of beagles chill out on the grooming table.
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A Maltese lets it all hang down in the staging area.
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Libby, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, gets all fluffed up.
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A Standard Poodle with pigtails takes a quick rest.
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The dog's in the bag? Simon, a Chihuahua, can't decide if he wants in or out of his carrying case.
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Sophie, a wide-eyed Standard Poodle, is groomed before being shown.
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A toy poodle relieves itself at the indoor bathroom at the Hotel Pennsylvania.
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Grooming fit for royalty. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel gets its hair brushed.
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Clara, a Chinese Crested, waits in the staging area.
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Handler Dixie Rae shows Cardigan Welsh Corgi Myste Baledwr Free to Disagree to the judges.
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Tahoe, an Old English Sheep Dog, looks focused while in the grooming area.
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Handler Gwen DeMilta shows Bayshore Georgio Armani, the winner of the Xoloitzcuintli breed. The Xoloitzcuintli was one of six breeds competing in the Westminster show for the first time.
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Elvis, a 4-year-old Bearded Collie, gets a workout in at the Green Room Salon and Spa at the Hotel Pennsylvania.
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Jenna, a Great Dane from Japan, uses the outdoor facilities at the Spot Suite at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel.
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Audrey Reagin and her Toy Poodle Boo perpetuate the stereotype that all dogs look like their owners at the pre-Westminster Fashion Show.
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Miu Miu, a Chihuahua, strikes a dashing pose at the pre-Westminster fashion show.
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Dixie Bell, a nursing home volunteer dog, sports a Valentine's appropriate outfit at the Fashion Show.
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Ashley Alfonso (L), holding her Chihuahua Amazing Grace, and Summer Strand (R), holding her Chihuahua Daisy, participate in a wedding ceremony for the dogs at the pre-Westminster fashion show. Terrifying.
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A Lowchen has its tail between its legs in the staging area.
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A handler shows a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
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