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2015 Westminster Show to Include 2 New Breeds

UpdatePosted 10/01/2014 12:10PM

2015 Westminster Show to Include 2 New Breeds

Originally posted 10/01/2014 10:00AM

One is a rugged, versatile hunter conditioned to withstand frosty Hungarian winters. The other is a happy-go-lucky companion from the island of Madagascar. Both will join the pack at the Westminster Kennel Club show next year.

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The World in Pictures: See the 10 Best Photos of the Week!

The World in Pictures: See the 10 Best Photos of the Week!

Originally posted 02/17/2014 08:00AM

Skiers fly through the sky in Sochi, volcanic ash covers a city in Indonesia and more breathtaking images from around the globe

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What It Looks Like Backstage at the Westminster Dog Show | Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

PHOTOS: What It Looks Like When You Sneak an iPhone Backstage at Westminster

Originally posted 02/12/2014 09:30AM

You already knew the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was a dazzling feast for the eyes, with thousands of purebred pups (and for the first time, mutts too!) prancing around New York City piers and Madison Square Garden in their finest canine fur.

But in these shots from Getty photographer Justin Sullivan, the two-day event gets a touch of Old Hollywood glamor, with stunning black-and-white close-ups capturing the dogs of Westminster before, during and after their moment in the spotlight.

Sullivan took the portraits on his iPhone 4S, before adding black-and-white filters in editing app SnapSeed.

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And Westminster's Best in Show Is ...

Westminster Names Wire Fox Terrier Best in Show

Originally posted 02/11/2014 11:25PM

Sky is on cloud nine!

A wire fox terrier ran off with the prestigious Best in Show title at Tuesday night's 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The 5-year-old ginger-colored pooch from Malibu, Calif., was chosen by judge Betty Regina Leininger and beat out six other breeds, including a Portuguese water dog, a bloodhound, an Irish water spaniel, a cardigan Welsh corgi, a miniature pinscher and Ally, a standard poodle, who was named the reserve winner. Sky was one of 2,845 dogs who entered the event this year.

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The Only 8 Photos You Need to See from the Westminster Dog Show | Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

UpdatePosted 02/10/2014 05:45PM

The Only 8 Photos You Need to See from the Westminster Dog Show

Originally posted 02/10/2014 05:30PM

Like any dogged journalist, we go where the story is.

And today, that's the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City, where over 2,000 canines are competing for one very important title: Best in Show.

But before any of these dogs can claim victory, they need to look their best. Preparation is key and requires many hours – not to mention hairbrushes, combs and products. We trekked to the hub of this year's canine chaos, Piers 92/94, to give you a glimpse of the fur flying. The mane event airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. on USA Network.

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Rejoice! Mutts Can Now Compete at Westminster

The Daily Treat: Rejoice! Mutts Can Now Compete at Westminster

Originally posted 01/16/2014 03:45PM

Long the province of the purebred, the Westminster Kennel Club dog show is opening a doggie door this year to mixed-breed competitors.

While Labradoodles, puggles and who-knows-whats won't be able to vie for the prestigious Best in Show award, they'll be included in its new agility trial.

It's a notable embrace for the nation's premier canine event, which is also adding three breeds at next month's show: the Chinook, the Portuguese podengo pequeno and the rat terrier. No mixed-breed dogs have appeared anywhere at Westminster since the 138-year-old event's early days, organizers said at a news conference Wednesday.

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Westminster Dog's Death Surrounded by Mystery

UpdatePosted 03/02/2013 04:00PM

Westminster Dog's Death Surrounded by Mystery

Originally posted 03/01/2013 03:25PM

Two weeks after the conclusion of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, a new controversy surrounds the storied competition: the death of Samoyed Cruz.

Only days after he strutted his stuff at Madison Square Garden, the white-haired furball passed away from symptoms that bear resemblance to ingesting rat or mouse poison, says the veterinarian who treated him. Cruz began coughing up blood on Feb. 16, and just a few hours after being hooked up to an intravenous drip and receiving oxygen, he was dead.

Though there is no evidence to support that he was poisoned intentionally, his handler, Robert Chaffin, and one of his owners, Lynette Blue, are not ready to rule out the possibility.

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Meet Swagger, Westminster's Runner-Up

What to Know About Westminster's Reserve Best in Show, Swagger

Originally posted 02/13/2013 05:15PM

Banana Joe may have been named best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – and landed a Broadway gig – but there's another furry face who's emerged as the competition's breakout star: Swagger.

The Old English sheepdog was named reserve best in show (essentially runner-up) on Tuesday and remained a fan favorite throughout the final rounds of judging, drawing cheers from the crowd as he made his laps around the ring at Madison Square Garden.

Much like viewers at home and in the audience, we can't get enough of the energetic furball. So here's what you need to know about Swagger:

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PEOPLE's Pics of Westminster's Cutest Furry Finalists

PEOPLE's Pics of Westminster's Cutest Furry Finalists

Originally posted 02/13/2013 02:30PM

They didn't win best in show, but these contestants put their best paws forward in our PEOPLE portraits

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Meet Banana Joe – Best in Show

Westminster Names Affenpinscher Banana Joe Best in Show

Originally posted 02/12/2013 11:55PM

Westminster has its top dog!

After two days of meticulous primping, prizes and the less-pretty realities of any spirited championship, the 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show came to its finale Tuesday night, declaring Affenpinscher Banana Joe the best in show.

The competition proved fur-rocious as the pint-sized, black-haired furball bested six other finalists (and 2,721 entries total) for the honor, including Old English Sheepdog Swagger, who was named the reserve best in show. It’s the first time the breed has ever taken home the top prize in Westminster history.

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