The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the Only Show that Matters

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The hound, toy, non-sporting and herding groups will be judged on February 12, along with the junior showmanship preliminaries and the obedience championship, according to AM New York.

It's that time of year again: The 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is taking place Monday and Tuesday at Madison Square Gardens in New York City.

They may be of the highest pedigree and superlative conformation, but to their owners even the finalists for the top prize of "Best in Show" are still just cuddly, playful pets. Thankfully, plenty of photographers are on hand at Westminster to take you back stage, delivering adorable images of dogs getting groomed to look their best and wow the judges.

8 p.m. - 11 p.m.: Dog Show Group competitions (Sporting, Working and Terrier Breeds) and "Best in Show" live on FS1 (TV) and streaming on Fox Sports GO with TV provider login. Already earning spots are Biggie the pug, Lucy the borzoi, Slick the border collie and Flynn the bichon frise.

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The, a 5-year-old who lives in Farmingville, New York, pulled him out of the event because a hematoma on his left ear caused pain and made it flop, co-owner Stephanie Schrock told HuffPost.

More than 2,880 dogs from 201 breeds and varieties were set to compete for the title.

Rumor, a female German shepherd, was named Best in Show at last year's competition. There will be seven dogs in the best of show ring.