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Gallery: Westminster Dog Show

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Iran is again cracking down on people with pet dogs, viewed as unclean in Islam, but sales are booming despite fears the pooches might be arrested and their owners fined. File photo: ReutersLooker, a Shih Tzu, waits in the benching area prior to the first night of Group judging during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photo: ReutersCyndy Geiser, of Lacon, Ill., grooms Campell, a Standard Long Hair Dachshund during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show  in New York. Photo: APHandlers line up Old English Sheepdogs while competing at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: ReutersMichelle Ridenour, of Novi, Michigan, grooms Tigger, a 3-year-old Pomeranian, during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York. Photo: APA groomer shaves the paw of a dog during 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: ReutersAn Old English Sheepdog waits to be groomed in the staging area of the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: ReutersFiona, a 2-year-old Red Dilute Brush Coat, waits in the benching area before competing in the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York. Photo: APPhil Schafmayer, prepares Rider, an Afghan Hound, before competing in the The Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photo: APA Standard Poodle is judged during competition in the Non-Sporting Group at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photo: ReutersA Yorkshire terrier is groomed during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: ReutersA woman uses hair spray to adjust the hair of a Shih Tzu in the staging area at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: ReutersHalli, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from Germany, stands atop his cage as he waits in the benching area prior to the first night of Group judging during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photo: ReutersA man holds his Smooth Coat Chihuahua in the staging area at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: ReutersA Yorkshire terrier is judged with the toy group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photo: APSwagger, an Old English Sheep Dog, is posed for photographs after winning the hearding group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photo: APJessica Rentro looks over her Treeing Walker coonhound Paris during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: ReutersJamie Danelson sits in the staging area with her Briard, Cumano of the Coastline, while waiting to show during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: ReutersA Bichons Frise stands in the grooming area during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: ReutersStackem Ups Best Kept Secret, a Treeing Walker Coonhound looks up at his handler after winning the breed's first Best of Breed at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: ReutersAngel, a 2-year-old Toy Poodle from Houston, Texas, is groomed prior to competition during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York. Photo: APJasper, a two-year-old Shih Tzu, is groomed during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: ReutersA Chinese Crested, Gingery's Fuchsia, sits on her cage in the staging area at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: ReutersColton Johnson shows off Swagger, an Old English Sheep Dog and winner of the hearding group, during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photo: APColton Johnson shows off Swagger, an Old English Sheep Dog, with the hearding group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photo: AP

As the furry masses descend upon New York for the Westminster Dog Show, canines are primped, preened, and polished to face the stiff competition.

The show ranks the best and the brightest in each breed.

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