Westminster Dog Show 2012: Greyhounds, Bichon Frises, Poodles, And More From Day 1 [PHOTOS]

on February 13 2012 8:12 PM
  • Westminster Dog Show Day 1
    These Toy Poodles line up to prepare for the competition. IBTimes/Julia Greenberg
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    This French Bulldog waits for his turn to compete in the Dog Show. IBTimes/Julia Greenberg
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    These playful Beagles line up for inspection. IBTimes/Julia Greenberg
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    These Bichon Frises prepare to run in the ring. IBTimes/Julia Greenberg
  • This Bichon Frises stares hopefully at his handler.
    Is your dog a couch potato in desperate need of some quality television programming while you're at work? If you and your four-legged friend happen to live in the San Diego area, you're in luck. IBTimes/Julia Greenberg
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    This Xolo prepares for inspection. The Xoloitzcuintli is one of six newly recognized breeds this year that has been accepted into the prestigious competition. IBTimes/Julia Greenberg
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    These Borzois run in the ring. IBTimes/Julia Greenberg
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    This Standard Poodle makes a face in preparation for the competition. IBTimes/Julia Greenberg
  • Westminster Dog Show Day 1
    The 136th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show began Monday in New York, featuring competitors in the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups. Breed winners in the four groups will face off in a competition late Monday that determines who will compete in the Best in Show competition Tuesday. Check back at the live blog for the winners of the hound, toy, non-sporting and herding groups. Pictured here is Ghengis Khan, Martha Stewart's Chow Chow, won the Best of Breed award. He smiles for the camera. IBTimes/Julia Greenberg
  • Westminster Dog Show Day 1
    These beautiful Greyhounds line up for inspection. IBTimes/Julia Greenberg
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    One playful Greyhound stretches before his inspection from the judge. IBTimes/Julia Greenberg
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    Another Greyhound shows off his sleek shape as he eats a treat. IBTimes/Julia Greenberg
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    This Rough Collie stands obediently in front of his handler. IBTimes/Julia Greenberg
  • Australian Shepherd
    This Australian Shepherd smiles for the camera. IBTimes/Julia Greenberg
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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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