The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the Only Show that Matters

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According to Westminster Kennel Club records, the oldest dog to ever win a Best in Show title was in 2009, when a Sussex spaniel placed at little over 10 years old.

Cat lovers better skip the Big Apple for a couple of days. This year marks the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held in New York City. With two nights of competition, there will be plenty of wagging tales, floppy ears, and oh-so-adorable faces, so check out the gallery above of all the pooches at this year's extravaganza.

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This year's Best-in-Show victor, picked from a pack of almost 3,000 competitors, will win a trophy, a media tour and bragging rights that are sure to boost breeding fees - all rewards for the dog's patience while enduring seemingly endless blow dryer blasts and tugs of combs and brushes. These competitions consist of the following seven groups: non-sporting, herding, sporting, hound, toy, working, and terrier.

They may be of the highest pedigree and superlative conformation, but to their owners even the finalists for the top prize of "Best in Show" are still just cuddly, playful pets. The nation's top-ranked show dog has been judged best in his breed, a good start to what could make him best in show hours later. The Working group alone contains 30 individual breeds, from the Samoyed to the Rottweiler to the Alaskan Malamute. Underdogs and upsets are way more than norm on the green carpet of the Garden.

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