There are competitors from all 50 states and 16 countries, including Australia, China and Japan, according to the show organizers. The next night, the sporting, working and terrier groups will be judged, and the junior showmanship finals till take place.
The Westminster Dog Show will be broadcast on three channels with the morning coverage on Fox with supplemental coverage on Nat Geo Wild and evening coverage on FS1.
But the real treat at the Westminster Dog Show happens behind the scenes, where the dogs get primped and polished before making their big entrances.
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More than 2,880 dogs from 201 breeds and varieties were set to compete for the title.
The 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will award the coveted prize of "Best in Show" Tuesday night after seeing almost 3,000 canines compete. These competitions consist of the following seven groups: non-sporting, herding, sporting, hound, toy, working, and terrier. For 2016, the Best in Show victor was C.J., a German short-haired pointer, whose handler was Valerie Nunes-Atkinson. Over it. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the only event that matters. Already earning spots are Biggie the pug, Lucy the borzoi, Slick the border collie and Flynn the bichon frise. The youngest pup to win was back in 1929, when a Collie won the title at 9 months.
This year's Best-in-Show victor, picked from a pack of almost 3,000 competitors, will win a trophy, a media tour and bragging rights that are sure to boost breeding fees - all rewards for the dog's patience while enduring seemingly endless blow dryer blasts and tugs of combs and brushes.