Westminster Dog Show Photos: Almost Ready for Prime Time

They gave the hounds and the herders the once over at the Westminster Dog Show on Sunday. The bassets and the beagles, the collies and the corgis. Monday is terrier day, but also showtime for the toy and nonworking groups. The Havanese and the Maltese, the Finnish Spitz and the French Bulldogs.

Each one will be groomed and pampered, allowed a few snacks and even a nap or two, and then poked and prodded and allowed to preen. By Tuesday night, the judges will have culled a field of hundreds to seven for the finale at Madison Square Garden. Only one will be left then, for best in show. For now, take a moment to celebrate them all.

A xoloitzcuintli, one of the newest breeds at Westminster, staked out an upper-deck seat at Madison Square Garden.

Sutton, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, in for a mist and a brush.

The Standard Poodles were not, well, standard.

“So I was thinking, maybe next year we bring the big crate?”

Westminster’s guide to breeds makes the Borzoi sound like a great catch, with “a gentle temperament and striking good looks.”

A poodle, left, heads toward the competition floor.

“You said this wouldn’t take long. And yet here I wait.”

What’s better than a Bichon Frise? Bichons Frises.

It is perfectly acceptable to tease the Pomeranians.

It is important to dress for the occasion, regardless of the time of day.

With no firehouses or Disney villains in sight, a group of Dalmatians waits at Pier 94.

A Maltese (we promise there is a dog under there) is groomed ahead of judging.

Participants of the two-legged and four-legged variety line up to prepare for the Westminster Dog Show.

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