The 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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Last year's champ

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show brings out the best of the best of the nation's dogs. See gallery

2012 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show best in show winner, Malachy, a Pekingese, is shown during a press conference to announce the 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Thursday in New York.

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Waiting for a room

Two-year-old Azlo, a Dogue de Bordeux, waits in the lobby for his room to be ready at the Hotel Pennsylvania in advance of the Westminster Dog Show in New York on Sunday.

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Paparazzi and Ruben

A pair of Neopolitan Bull Mastifs named Paparazzi and Ruben ride the elevator with their owners after checking into the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York on Sunday in preparation for the Westminster Dog Show, which is Monday and Tuesday. The hotel is located directly across from Madison Square Garden, where the show is held.

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Cavalier King Charles

Halli, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from Germany, stands atop his cage as he waits in the benching area prior to the first night of group judging during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Monday.

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It's Tigger

Michelle Ridenour, of Novi, Mich. grooms Tigger, a 3-year-old Pomeranian, during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday in New York. 

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Patience before the spotlight

Dogs and handlers wait backstage before the Hound group judging during competition at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Monday.

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One of the newcomers

Xcetera, left, and Meg, Treeing Walker Coonhounds, are shown during a press conference to announce the 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Thursday in New York. The show features dogs from 187 different breeds and varieties with a pair of newcomers, the Treeing Walker Coonhound and the Russell Terrier.

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Jewel: Hound group winner

Jewel, an American Foxhound, runs with his handler during the hound group judging at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Monday. Jewel won the group and advances to Tuesday's best in show competition.

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Looker for the toy group

Looker, a Shih Tzu, is judged during competition in the toy group at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Monday.

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The toy champ: Banana Joe

Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher who won the Toy Group, walks during competition at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Monday. Banana Joe will advance to Tuesday's best in show competition.

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The Xoloitzcuintli

A Xoloitzcuintli is judged during competition in the non-sporting group at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Monday.

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Honor prevails

Honor, a Bichon Frise, and winner of the non-sporting group, is held by handler Lisa Bettis during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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Ready to show

A rough collie waits to compete in the herding group during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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Swagger wins the herding group

Colton Johnson shows off Swagger, an Old English Sheep Dog and winner of the herding group, during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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Ribbon prizes

Some of the awards won in the 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday.