Westminster Dog Show 2014: Best Paw Forward

America's top dogs vie for the grand prize of Best in Show at the annual Westminster Kennel Club show held in New York City.

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Judge Betty Regina Leininger, left, and handler Gabriel Rangel, pose with Sky, a wire fox terrier, after winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Riley, an Irish water spaniel competes in the Sporting group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York. Riley won the group.
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Coco, a Cardigan Welsh corgi, stands on a grooming table in the benching area before the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York.
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A golden retriever plays with a ball as they compete in the junior showmanship contest sporting group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Aristocrat, a St. Bernard, right, cools off in front a fan beside Bogey, a samoyed, in the benching area before the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Nathan, a bloodhound, has his ears held for a photograph in the benching area before the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York.
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An American Staffordshire terrier competes in the terrier group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York.
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A border terrier competes in the terrier group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York.
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Matisse, a Portuguese water dog, competes in the working group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York. Matisse won the group.
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A Neapolitan mastiff competes in the working group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York. Matisse, a Portuguese water dog, won the group.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show" at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014.
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Coco, a Cardigan Welsh corgi, receives kisses on a grooming table in the benching area before the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York.
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A colored bull terrier competes in the terrier group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York.
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A komondor competes in the working group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in New York. Matisse, a Portuguese water dog, won the group.
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Sky, the Australian shephard, runs the weave poles during the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster staged at Pier 94, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in New York. The competition marks the first time mixed-breed dogs have appeared at Westminster.
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Kholoe, an Australian Shepherd, nuzzles with handler Maureen Grentus in the benching area of Pier 94 during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York.
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A Airedale Terrier in the benching area at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 11, 2014.
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Raquel, a Rhodesian ridgeback, waits for competition to begin before the 138th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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Allie, a poodle, competes with other dogs in the Non-Sporting group during the 138th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York. Allie won the group.
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Izzy the St Bernard in the benching area on the second day of competition at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 11, 2014.
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Beagles leap for treats in the staging area at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York.
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A longhaired dachshund is groomed for the 138th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York.
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Spring, a Shetland Sheepdog, exits the tunnel obstacle during the Masters Agility Championship the Westminster Kennel Club staged at Pier 94, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in New York. The competition marks the first time mixed-breed dogs have appeared at Westminster since early in the show's 138 years.
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An Old English sheepdog competes with other dogs in the Herding group during the 138th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York. Coco, a cardigan welsh corgi, won the group.
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A English Springer Spaniel in the in the benching area at Pier 92 and 94 in New York City on the second day of competition at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 11, 2014.
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Dewey, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, rests after competing in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York.
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Beagles line up in the competition ring during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York.
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Dogue de Bordeaux Claire with Joy Chicatelli in the benching area at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 11, 2014. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a two-day, all-breed benched show that takes place at both Pier 92 & 94 and at Madison Square Garden in New York City .
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Jordan, a Yorkshire Terrier, is prepped in the benching area during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York.
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Dogs are prepped in the benching area before competition at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York.
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A Standard Poodle rests in the benching area of Pier 92 during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York.
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Golden Retrievers at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 11, 2014.
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Dogs compete in the Hound group during the 138th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York. Nathan, a bloodhound, won the group.
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Nathan, a bloodhound, competes with other dogs in the Hound group during the 138th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York. Nathan won the group.
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Spectators watch as Abbie, a rat terrier, and her handler Gayle Capen navigate the jumpers course during the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster staged at Pier 94, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in New York. The competition marks the first time mixed-breed dogs have appeared at Westminster since early in the show's 138 years.
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Cleo Marshall, 1, reacts to Sonnus Filho, a smooth coat chihuahua, before the 138th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in New York.
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