Chariots of Fur: Day One at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show


Madison Square Garden belongs to the dogs while the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show continues on to Day Two. Sporting, working and terrier groups bring their A game (and their cuteness) to show the judges who will reign supreme. Tonight, the best in show will be announced (and other awards, too, but who cares about those). Who will come out on top? Let’s find out!

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    Day Two of the dog show has arrived and another shag rug has made an entrance. This time, ‘BettyBoop’ the Komondor makes her lap around the ring while barely being able to see. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/Getty

    Don’t be fooled by this droopy mug — this Neapolitan Mastiff is thrilled to be among the top canines to compete. Just be glad you don’t have to wipe the drool off the walls when this big guy shakes his head. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/Getty

    If Santa Claus was a dog, he would be a Saint Bernard. Large, wooly, and definitely jolly; this breed just wants to love and protect. They’re famously known for being “Hospice Hounds” who would alert monks of injured travelers in the Swiss Alps. They’re credited with saving thousands of lives. This big lug probably hasn’t saved anyone recently, but that doesn’t mean he won’t in the future! Show some respect. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/Getty

    Okay, I double checked, this is definitely not a lamb who sneaked past security just to get a little TLC from a handler. This is actually a Bedlington Terrier, a little powerhouse that’s quick as a whip (and actually related to another dog breed, the Whippet). The last time a Bedlingham Terrier won Best in Show was in 1948, so I think they’re way overdue for a champion! Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP

    Humphrey Bogart, a dogue de Bordeaux (also known as a Bordeaux Mastiff) shows off his massive grin and small-by-comparison teeth. Like his namesake, he’s a talented ladykiller and he doesn’t care who knows it. I wonder who else is part of the Westminster Rat Pack? Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP

    Miniature Bull Terrier? More like miniature bull shark! These muscular canines are fearless and full of energy. But unlike the bull shark, this breed is not the fiercest fish in the deep blue — they’re actually considered to be very comical! Just look at them. Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP

    Known for their fierceness and loyalty, Doberman pinchers are considered to be a “bag dog” breed; a list of 14 whom are widely accepted to be aggressive and dangerous. Don’t believe the hype — Dobermans make great family companions and are even enlisted as service dogs! Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP

    Bullmastiffs were originally recognized as stealthy, quiet guard dogs for large 19th century estates. A cross between a bulldog and a mastiff, they have the perfect amount of docility, tenaciousness, and strength. These days they’re more like big mushes who love belly rubs regardless of the setting. Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP

    A cocker spaniel, with his ears wrapped, continues to be pampered in the benching area. The name “cocker spaniel” derives from these canines being bred to hunt woodcocks (fat little brown birds with long, skinny beaks). There will be no hunting today, only fierce competition. Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP

    Unlike the previous pampered-and-proud cocker spaniel, Mona the English Springer casts a seemingly-nervous sideways glance to her handler. Springers and Spaniels are pretty closely related, with spaniels are slightly smaller and heavier set. But at the end of the day, they’re both cute dogs with long ears. Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP

    Dolce, the Wire Hair Fox Terrier, receives some sort of destress/decompress head massage from her hired help to get her head in the game. I mean, isn’t that the point of an entourage? Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP

    This fluffy Newfoundland stopped by the gift shop to pick up a tacky “I Heart NY” bib (sheesh, what a tourist) to pose for paparazzi. But I’d never say that to his face — this breed can grow to 150lbs. Timothy A. Clary/Getty

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