The 136th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show kicked off Monday in New York with competitors showing off their coats and gait in the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups.

The competitors Monday included Greyhounds, Bichon Frises, Poodles and many other canines of the 185 breeds competing in the prestigious show. The Westminster Dog Show features 2,077 dogs and 105 Junior Showmanship entries. Dogs come from 47 states across the U.S. to compete in the world's most famous dog show, with the most entries coming from New York, California and Pennsylvania. 

Tuesday will feature the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups. From the over 2,000 competitors, 185 will win Best of Breed awards, seven will be Group winners and one special canine will win Best in Show late Tuesday. 

Meet the many competitors in the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups from Poodles to Greyhounds.

Take a look at pictures from the first day of the show. 

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