The Westminster Kennel Membership Canine Present, the largest and oldest occasion within the canine calendar—certainly, the second-longest working sporting occasion in American historical past—is as soon as once more attracting the world’s consideration.

01 Westminster Kennel Club dog show Bichons Frises are judged within the ring throughout the Non-Sporting group competitors on the 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Membership Canine Present at Pier 92/94 in New York Metropolis. Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Tens of millions of persons are anticipated to tune into the most recent incarnation of the competitors, which dates again so far as 1877. Now it brings collectively virtually three thousand pampered pooches from all around the nation—and places them to the take a look at.

Although probably the most enjoyable occasion to look at often is the Masters Agility Championship, the place canines weave their means by means of obstacles, probably the most prestigious prize is Greatest in Present. Right here, canines are judged by how intently they conform to the best picture of their breed group.

The American Kennel Membership, which runs Westminster, acknowledges seven classes: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terriers, Herding, Non-Sporting and Toy. The group that has gained least typically is the Herding group—which embody collies and German shepherds. Thus far, two of the world’s hottest breeds—Labradors and Golden Retrievers, each Sporting—have by no means gained Greatest in Present.

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Surprisingly, there isn’t a money prize for the winner, apart from the status and breeding rights that may be cashed in later down the road. However between 2010 and 2015, there was one other reward: Winners have been invited to satisfy Donald Trump at Trump Tower after the present. Trump is the primary president since 1987 to not have a canine within the White Home, however his enthusiasm for the Westminster Canine Present tells a unique story. Trump typically posed for a photograph with the profitable canine earlier than changing into president.

The Westminster Canine Present has seen 26 completely different presidents over the course of its lengthy and illustrious historical past, however few can have been larger followers than the present one.

Right here Newsweek rounds up among the finest photographs from the primary day of competitors on the 143rd Westminster Kennel Membership Canine Present. 

02 Westminster Kennel Club dog show A Normal Poodle named George waits backstage throughout the 143rd Westminster Kennel Membership Canine Present. Sarah Stier/Getty Photos 03 Westminster Kennel Club dog show A Shih Tzu is judged within the ring whereas one other waits its flip within the highlight on the 143rd Westminster Kennel Membership Canine Present. Sarah Stier/Getty Photos, Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Company/Getty Photos 04 Westminster Kennel Club dog show A Welsh Terrier stands on wood blocks whereas it’s groomed backstage.  Timothy A. Clary/AFP 06 Westminster Kennel Club dog show A Bichon Frise is groomed backstage earlier than competing within the Non-Sporting group. Timothy A. Clary/AFP 07 Westminster Kennel Club dog show A Bichon Frise walks within the ring throughout the judging of the Non-Sporting group. Timothy A. Clary/AFP 08 Westminster Kennel Club dog show A Pekingese named Pequest Primrose competes throughout the Toy group judging. Sarah Stier/Getty Photos 09 Westminster Kennel Club dog show A Lhasa Apso is groomed backstage. Timothy A. Clary/AFP 10 Westminster Kennel Club dog show A Maltese is carried into the ring for the judging of the Toy group. Timothy A. Clary/AFP 11 Westminster Kennel Club dog show A Yorkshire Terrier rests on a cushion backstage. Timothy A. Clary/AFP 12 Westminster Kennel Club dog show A handler attends to her Previous English Sheepdog earlier than judging. Timothy A. Clary/AFP 13 Westminster Kennel Club dog show A handler prepares her Previous English Sheepdog for the ring. Timothy A. Clary/AFP 14 Westminster Kennel Club dog show An Previous English Sheepdog nicknamed Elsa competes within the Herding group. Sarah Stier/Getty Photos 15 Westminster Kennel Club dog show Left: A Normal Poodle competes within the Non-Sporting group. Proper: A Toy Poodle competes within the Toy group. Sarah Stier/Getty Photos 16 Westminster Kennel Club dog show A Pug is carried into the ring throughout the Toy group competitors. Timothy A. Clary/AFP 18 Westminster Kennel Club dog show Kadence Addison runs within the ring along with her Spanish Water Canine throughout judging of the Herding group. Timothy A. Clary/AFP 19 Westminster Kennel Club dog show A Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Xiv Karat Particular Place In My Coronary heart at Brigadoon competes within the Herding group. Sarah Stier/Getty Photos 20 Westminster Kennel Club dog show A Yorkshire Terrier named Karma’s Promise Key-Per competes within the Toy group. Sarah Stier/Getty Photos GettyImages-1128973031 Heather Helmer shaves her Chihuahua named Monty. Sarah Stier/Getty Photos GettyImages-1128973226 Virginia Goscinak grooms her Previous English Sheepdog named Montgomery the Spartan Common. Sarah Stier/Getty Photos GettyImages-1128975608 Gringo the Bulldog appears to be like on after not being topped the winner of his group. Sarah Stier/Getty Photos GettyImages-1128993794 Eve the Pomeranian is groomed backstage. Sarah Stier/Getty Photos GettyImages-1128993871 Danny the Chow poses for a photograph throughout the 143rd Westminster Kennel Membership Canine Present. Sarah Stier/Getty Photos

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