139th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show kicks off in NYC

  • Miss P, a 15-inch beagle, after winning the Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Feb. 17, 2015, in New York. 
  • Lydia Frey from Virginia and Bedlington Terrier Let Them Eat Cake celebrate wining first place in the Junior Showmanship competition at the 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Feb. 17, 2015. 
  • A dog has its teeth examined during the Sporting Group judging at the 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in the Manhattan borough of New York on Feb. 17, 2015.
  • A Miniature Bull Terrier breed is judged during the Terrier Breed Group competition at the 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in the Manhattan borough of New York on Feb. 17, 2015. 
  • A Komondor is shown in the ring during the working group competition at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, on Feb. 17, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
  • A West Highland White Terrier in the benching area at Pier 92 and 94 in New York City on the 2nd day of competition at the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Feb. 17, 2015.
  • A Sussex Spaniel competes with the sporting group at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 17, 2015, in New York. 
  • Patty Hearst, center, holds the ribbon Rocket, the shih tzu she co-owns won at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Feb. 16, 2015.
  • Rocket, a shih tzu co-owned by famed and infamous heiress Patty Hearst is inspected by the judge in the ring during the toy group competition during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, on, Feb. 16, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
  • A contestant pauses with his Samoyed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 17, 2015 in New York City. 
  • A woman carries her dog brush in her skirt at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 17, 2015 in New York City. 
  • A Komondorok being groomed in the benching area at Pier 92 and 94 in New York City on the 2nd day of competition at the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 17, 2015.
  • Jim Grieco, a cameraman for the USA Network, films Bloodhound Nathan in the benching area of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Feb. 16, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
  • Thunder, a Beagle from Bangkok, Thailand, rises up on its hind legs in the ring during judging in the Hound Group at the 139th Westminster Kennel Club’s Dog Show in the Manhattan borough of New York, Feb. 16, 2015.
  • Luke, a French bulldog, is carried by his owner Paul from New York City outside the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City ahead of the 139th Westminster Kennel Club’s Annual Dog Show in the Manhattan borough of New York, Feb. 15, 2015.
  • A Polish Lowland Sheepdog in the benching area at Pier 92 and 94 in New York City on the first day of competition at the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Feb. 16, 2015.
  • A dog competes during an agility event at the 139th Westminster Kennel Club’s Annual Dog Show in the Manhattan borough of New York, Feb. 14, 2015.

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This week has been “ruff.”

Dogs from all over the world competed Monday and Tuesday for the ultimate prize — “Best in Show” — at the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

It began in 1877 after a group of men met in the city to discuss their sporting victories and decided to hold a dog show in Manhattan. The event has come to reflect the growth and success of New York City. As the show increased in size every year, so did the club’s status as the symbol of the purebred dog.

The most coveted award in the dog show world, “Best in Show” at Westminster, was given for the first time in 1907, according to the event’s website. The only dog to win three times is the smooth fox terrier named Ch. Warren Remedy.

Hounds, toy, non-sporting, and herding groups were shown during the day on Monday, and sporting, working, and terrier groups on Tuesday. Evening sessions were host to group judging and “Best in Show.”

The two-day event ends Tuesday at 11 p.m.

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