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If your dog doesn’t qualify for the World’s Ugliest Dog, maybe there’s a chance for the best of the breed at this granddaddy of all dog shows. Since 1876, the Westminster Kennel Club has held its annual dog show, with prizes for best of breed, best of group (sporting dogs, toy dogs, etc.), and the height of the dog world, best of show. Before the competitions held in Madison Square Garden, anxious owners fix up their dogs with all the care used for supermodels headed to the runway, hoping to meet the judges’ impossibly strict standards. It is the World Series/Super Bowl/World Cup combined for dogs, but even so, at the most high-pressure event in all dogdom, the tails never stop wagging. westminsterkennelclub.org

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Westminster, New York City

If your dog doesn’t qualify for the World’s Ugliest Dog, maybe there’s a chance for the best of the breed at this granddaddy of all dog shows. Since 1876, the Westminster Kennel Club has held its annual dog show, with prizes for best of breed, best of group (sporting dogs, toy dogs, etc.), and the height of the dog world, best of show. Before the competitions held in Madison Square Garden, anxious owners fix up their dogs with all the care used for supermodels headed to the runway, hoping to meet the judges’ impossibly strict standards. It is the World Series/Super Bowl/World Cup combined for dogs, but even so, at the most high-pressure event in all dogdom, the tails never stop wagging. westminsterkennelclub.org

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