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The best in show winner is Hickory, a Scottish deerhound, who poses for photographers as she visits the observation deck on the 86th floor of New York's Empire State Building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE SEGAR / Reuters

Amy Rutherford, center, handler for Portuguese water dog Ladybug, is interviewed after Ladybug won best in the working group at the 135th Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

Hickory, a Scottish deerhound, wins best in show. He is the first dog of his kind to take the top prize.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Franklin II / Associated Press

Best in show winner Hickory, a 5-year-old Scottish Deerhound, runs with handler Angela Lloyd.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SHANNON STAPLETON / Reuters

A black cocker spaniel named Beckham is inspected by a judge before winning the sporting group.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

A komondor takes a lap around the ring during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The show, one of the most prestigious dog shows in the world, was in the second of its two days at Madison Square Garden in New York.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / Getty Images

Two samoyeds are groomed in the benching area during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Timothy A. Clary / AFP

One-year-old Vienna Valazia of New York City plays with Guinness, an English mastiff, as he waits for his breed to be judged Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE SEGAR / Reuters

Vera Hueg looks at her bull mastiff, Tessa, from inside a dog cage during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

A shih tzu is groomed backstage during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

Old English sheepdogs line up for judging during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

Herding dog group winner Mister Baggins, a bearded collie, is led in the ring.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

A Maltese looks up at its handler during judging of the toy group.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE SEGAR / Reuters

Pekingese Palacegarden Malachy trots in the ring while winning the toy group at the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE SEGAR / Reuters

Sparkle, a standard poodle, backstage during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

Kindle, a shih tzu, is groomed backstage during the dog show.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

Jordan, an Old English sheepdog, is groomed backstage during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

A chow chow named Cody is groomed before the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Seth Wenig / Associated Press

A sign indicating where owners should take their dogs to go to the bathroom at the Hotel Pennsylvania.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tina Fineberg / Associated Press

Green Eyed Dixie Cup, a Chihuahua, gets out of its owners car before checking into the Hotel Pennsylvania for the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SHANNON STAPLETON / Reuters

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Nearly 2,600 dogs are competing in 179 breeds and varieties in this year’s Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York’s Madison Square Garden. They all carry the abbreviation “Ch.” before their names. It stands for champion, since every purebred dog at the 135th Westminster Kennel Club event has already been a winner somewhere.

Six breeds are newcomers, including Icelandic sheepdogs, redbone coonhounds, Leonbergers, Boykin spaniels, cane corsos and blue tick coonhounds.

– Associated Press

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