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Malachy, a Pekingese, competes for best in show at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York. Malachy went on to win the award.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Seth Wenig / Associated Press

Adam Bernardin reacts as Shadagee Caught Red Handed, an Irish setter, is declared the Best of Sporting Group at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Seth Wenig / Associated Press

Ania Gabrielle Kelly smiles with her dog Winfree's Do You Believe in Magic after winning Best Junior at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Seth Wenig / Associated Press

Debbie Parsons, left, and Brad Slayton kiss their dog, a Tibetan mastiff named Major, after they were married at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Major won Best in Breed this year at the dog show.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Seth Wenig / Associated Press

A Komondorok walks the judging ring at the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show.

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

Round-toe or pointy? Neapolitan mastiff Trinity of Ontario, Canada, waits for judging next to a pair of purple heels.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Craig Ruttle / Associated Press

Neapolitan mastiff Trinity probably has a smile in there somewhere.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Craig Ruttle / Associated Press

Handler Tim Terella of Fairview, Pa., runs in the ring with Winnie, a Siberian huskie, who received an award of merit in the competition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Craig Ruttle / Associated Press

Timer, a Bernese mountain dog, stretches out as handler Lisa Wadas of Flemington, N.J., plays along.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Craig Ruttle / Associated Press

A Dogue de Bordeaux takes a peek at his competition at the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show.

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

An Old English Sheepdog during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images

Andrew Mueller, 10, competes with his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Stella, in the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday in New York City.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Nagle / Getty Images

Susie Oliver of Phoenix handling a Harrier named Chet, works the ring during the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Craig Ruttle / Associated Press

Bichon Frises line up to be judged during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual dog show held at Madison Square Garden.

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

Nikkie Kinzigner performs a trick with Tibetan Terrier, Reese, winner of an award of merit, backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Nagle / Getty Images

Ibizan Hounds are shown in the ring at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Craig Ruttle / Assoicated Press

Sophie, a Standard Poodle, is groomed before her showing at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Craig Ruttle / Associated Press

Keith Paladino of Lodi, N.J., second from left, works with a 15-inch Beagle as they line up in the ring for competition at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Craig Ruttle / FR61802 AP

Simon, the Chihuahua, in the staging area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club dog show held at Madison Square Garden.

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

A Bulldog waits to go into the ring during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club dog show held at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

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

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Pekingese becomes America’s top dog at Westminster

7 Comments

  1. February 15, 2012, 6:36 am

    I love seeing how just a few years ago so few pictures were with owners showing affecxtion to their dogs. Cold and aloof. But this year it is all about Dog Love at Westminster Dog Show. It was an enjoyable event to watch and see pictures from.

    By: tata@aol/com
  2. February 15, 2012, 11:06 am

    Why has this dog have sores on its face??

    By: massiemay
  3. February 16, 2012, 11:12 am

    Are you mistaking the white fur on the dog's chin for something else?

    By: Ian Mega
  4. February 16, 2012, 11:14 am

    Are you mistaking the white fur on his chin for something else?

    By: chIan
  5. February 16, 2012, 11:53 am

    [...] PHOTOS: Westminster Kennel Club dog show [...]

  6. February 16, 2012, 7:34 pm

    No sores that I can see. What an adorable dog. He has star quality. Paul Newman eyes.

    By: sxs
  7. February 17, 2012, 11:07 am

    Malachy is certainly beautiful. I've seen white,black and usually brown pomeranians, but never one that looks like Malachy!

    By: thomire@ca.rr.com

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