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: Reuters
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: Reuters
Looker, 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: Reuters
Looker, 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: Reuters
Cyndy Geiser, of Lacon, Ill., grooms Campell, a Standard Long Hair Dachshund during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show  in New York. Photo: AP
Cyndy Geiser, of Lacon, Ill., grooms Campell, a Standard Long Hair Dachshund during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York. Photo: AP
Handlers line up Old English Sheepdogs while competing at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: Reuters
Handlers line up Old English Sheepdogs while competing at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: Reuters
Michelle Ridenour, of Novi, Michigan, grooms Tigger, a 3-year-old Pomeranian, during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York. Photo: AP
Michelle Ridenour, of Novi, Michigan, grooms Tigger, a 3-year-old Pomeranian, during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York. Photo: AP
A groomer shaves the paw of a dog during 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: Reuters
A groomer shaves the paw of a dog during 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: Reuters
An Old English Sheepdog waits to be groomed in the staging area of the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: Reuters
An Old English Sheepdog waits to be groomed in the staging area of the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: Reuters
Fiona, 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: AP
Fiona, 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: AP
Phil Schafmayer, prepares Rider, an Afghan Hound, before competing in the The Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photo: AP
Phil Schafmayer, prepares Rider, an Afghan Hound, before competing in the The Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photo: AP
A 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: Reuters
A 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: Reuters
A Yorkshire terrier is groomed during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: Reuters
A Yorkshire terrier is groomed during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: Reuters
A 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: Reuters
A 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: Reuters
Halli, 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: Reuters
Halli, 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: Reuters
A man holds his Smooth Coat Chihuahua in the staging area at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: Reuters
A man holds his Smooth Coat Chihuahua in the staging area at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: Reuters
A Yorkshire terrier is judged with the toy group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photo: AP
A Yorkshire terrier is judged with the toy group during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photo: AP
Swagger, 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: AP
Swagger, 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: AP
Jessica Rentro looks over her Treeing Walker coonhound Paris during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: Reuters
Jessica Rentro looks over her Treeing Walker coonhound Paris during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: Reuters
Jamie 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: Reuters
Jamie 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: Reuters
A Bichons Frise stands in the grooming area during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: Reuters
A Bichons Frise stands in the grooming area during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: Reuters
Stackem 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: Reuters
Stackem 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: Reuters
Angel, 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: AP
Angel, 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: AP
Jasper, a two-year-old Shih Tzu, is groomed during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: Reuters
Jasper, a two-year-old Shih Tzu, is groomed during the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Photo: Reuters
A 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: Reuters
A 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: Reuters
Colton 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: AP
Colton 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: AP
Colton 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
Colton 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.