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Dogs, poodles and more take to the ramp!

Last updated on: February 15, 2012 12:04 IST

Dogs, poodles and more take to the ramp!

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The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is an annual event to judge some of the most stunning dogs across the United States. It is held at New York's Madison Square Garden every year.

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Image: Mastiffs compete in the Best in Breed category
Photographs: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

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The annual dog show is considered to be a prestigious event for dog lovers. Owners of pedigreed dogs train and groom their pets for this annual event for months.

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Image: Shadagee Caught Red Handed, an Irish Setter, runs with dog handler Adam Bernadin
Photographs: Mike Segar/Reuters

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Dogs, poodles and more take to the ramp!

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This is the 136th version of the show. The first ever Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was held in 1877.

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Image: Ania Gabriella Kelly celebrates with Winfree's Do You Believe In Magic, an English Cocker Spaniel, after winning the Junior Showmanship competition
Photographs: Mike Segar/Reuters

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Dogs, poodles and more take to the ramp!

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Only purebred dogs are allowed to participate in the event. These canines are judged on the basis of how well they match the standards set by judges, based on the purity of their breed.

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Image: Protocol's Veni Vidi Vici, a Doberman Pinscher, is seen with his handler while winning the Working Group
Photographs: Mike Segar/Reuters

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Dogs, poodles and more take to the ramp!

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Much like a fashion show, the dogs strut around the arena, led by their proud owners. The judges scrutinise them and allot points in various categories such as gait, shine of their coats, fluffiness etc.

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Image: The judge examines the teeth of Ivywild's Lookin' To Skeldale, a Welsh Springer Spaniel, during the Sporting Group competition
Photographs: Ray Stubblebine/Reuters

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Nearly 2,500 dogs participate in the event, which comprises of many rounds. With each round, judges narrow down the competition and finally choose one dog from each breed.

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Image: Kerry Blue Terrier Perrisblu Kennislain Chelsey celebrates with handler Bill McFadden after winning the Terrier Group
Photographs: Mike Segar /Reuters

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Among the finalists from each breed, the judges choose the most impressive participant. The dog that is found to be the 'purest bred' receives the 'Best in Show' Award.

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Image: Handler David Fitzpatrick places Malachy, a Pekingese, into the silver bowl after he won Best In Show
Photographs: Mike Segar /Reuters

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