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Tessa, Samoyed, 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York, NY • “Samoyeds were the first dogs that went to the South Pole – they pulled sleds there.” ❤️Happy Valentine’s Day!❤️

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141st Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show

More than 2,800 dogs, from tiny Chihuahuas to massive Great Danes, converged on New York City on Monday to compete for the top prize in the storied Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Westminster, the second-oldest sporting event in the United States behind the Kentucky Derby, drew entries from 200 breeds this year, the kennel club said. It will announce the final winner on Tuesday evening.

Dogs from 49 states and 16 foreign countries are in this year’s show, where they are judged on characteristics specific to their breeds.

Individual breeds are judged during the day, with the winners of each moving on to group competitions on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The winners of seven groups then compete for the final “Best in Show” award on Tuesday.

Monday’s four groups are hounds; herding dogs; toy dogs, which are the smallest breeds; and the non-sporting dogs, a group largely made up of those bred for show or as pets.

Sporting dogs, working dogs and terriers will be judged on Tuesday.

The sporting group, representing hunting and retrieving dogs, has the largest number of entries at more than 500. The most popular breed in this year’s show is the golden retriever, with 65 entries.

There are three new breeds in this year’s competition: the American Hairless Terrier, which was bred in the 1970s to hunt rats and other vermin; the Pumi, an ancient Hungarian herding breed, and the Sloughi, a North African sighthound.

An additional 330 dogs competed in an agility competition on Saturday, a separate event from this week’s judged show. It featured several winners, grouped by size. (Reuters)

(Photos: Mike Segar/Reuters, Brendan McDermid/Reuters, Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images, Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


See more photos from the dog show on Yahoo News.

Best In Show: Rumor, German Shepherd (5 y/o), 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York, NY • “She loves to play with our cat and Chihuahua. She’s in charge but she lets them think they are.”

Kitty, Australian Shepherd (2 y/o), 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York, NY • “She won Winners Bitch – best female of the breed. She’d rather be hiking today but she’s gotta do the pretty stuff.”

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Clyde, Australian Cattle Dog (2 y/o), 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York, NY • “He loves the agility weave poles.”

When I’m not jumping around on ice floes, I have a whole other career and life in NYC. I’m a Digital Strategist (whatever that means!) at an awesome little agency in Soho called GLOW. I am here for 6 months now, well, 19 weeks and counting, until I am off on my next adventure. If anywhere or anyone can get me to sit still for 6 months, it’s GLOW. 

My main project is the Westminster Dog Show (February 16th and 17th in NYC) and it is a blast. Yesterday I live-streamed a Press Conference where 2 new breeds were introduced as well as these 3 lovely sisters from New Jersey who will be each showing a dog at this year’s show.

It’s really hard for me to get behind sitting at a desk and in front of a computer all day, but when I’m mostly looking at photos of dogs, it ain’t so bad. 

If by any chance you’ll be at the Dog Show in NYC next month, let me know! Would be fun to see you there. 

Prowler, Field Spaniel (3 y/o), 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York, NY • “They’re a gentleman’s hunter. They can go long hours in the deep brush – their big paws are designed for it. They can flush, retrieve, and track game. They’re very rare – usually, less than 100 are born a year.”