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  • Faces of the Westminster Dog Show 2013

    Rocket, a 4-year-old afghan hound hailing from Pickerington, Ohio, poses while at the Westminster Dog Show 2013.
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  • Faces of the Westminster Dog Show 2013

    A backstage scene from the 2013 Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. The two-day, all-breed takes place February 11-12 this year.
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  • Faces of the Westminster Dog Show 2013

    The 137th Annual All Breed Dog Show boasts several groups, including Terrier Group, the Sporting Group, the Working Group, the Non-Sporting Group, the Toy Group, the Hound Group and the Herding Group.
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  • Faces of the Westminster Dog Show 2013

    During the day dogs compete at the breed level -- as in against other dogs of the same breed. Group competition is held during the evenings, and the seven group winners advance into the final competition.
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  • Faces of the Westminster Dog Show 2013

    The winning dog at the Westminster Dog Show becomes "America's Dog" for the next year.
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  • Faces of the Westminster Dog Show 2013

    The winner typically does a media tour the day after winning, and takes a special trip to the Observation Deck at the Empire State Building.
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  • Faces of the Westminster Dog Show 2013

    Dogs competing at the Westminster Dog Show are judged against their breed standards. Judges see how each dog matches the standard, which is a written description of the ideal specimen.
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  • Faces of the Westminster Dog Show 2013

    A Beagle is handled backstage at the 2013 Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. The Beagle was first bred as a hunting companion for small game.
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  • Faces of the Westminster Dog Show

    The show airs over two nights on the USA Network in the U.S. and has become one of the network's highest-rated sports specials. It gained further recognition after the 2000 comedy "Best in Show."
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  • Faces of the Westminster Dog Show 2013

    The Westminster Kennel Club predates the formation of the American Kennel Club by seven years. Breed parent clubs create the standards for judging their breeds.
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  • Faces of the Westminster Dog Show 2013

    Limo, a 5-year-old wirehaired daschund hailing from Red Hook, N.Y., is handled by owner Liz Heywood Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at the Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. The three daschund varieties - longhaired, smooth, and wirehaired -- compete separately.
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