The 136th annual Westminster Dog Show

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the US’s oldest and largest dog show competition, and takes place Monday and Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Here are a few of the pooches that have been spotted arriving and getting their groom on behind the scenes of the big show.


A great dane takes advantage of the facilities at the Spot Suite at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel. (Mary Altaffer/AP)


A Pomeranian named Honey Nut Cheerio arrives at the Pennsylvania Hotel. (Mike Segar/Reuters)


Tommy, a Yorkshire terrier, is held by its owner. (Mike Segar/Reuters)


Gilbert, a three-year-old briard breed, leaps on his owner as they arrive to check in. (Mike Segar/Reuters)


Dazzle, a two-year-old Papillon, is groomed at the Pennsylvania Hotel before the 136th annual Westminster Kennel club show. (Mary Altaffer/AP)


A standard poodle gets groomed in the staging area. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)


Beagles play in the benching and grooming area. (Mike Segar/Reuters)


A Cardigan Welsh Corgi gets groomed in the staging area. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)


Pampered: a cavalier king charles spaniel in the staging area. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)


Right and proper: a wirehaired dachshund ready for showtime waits in the staging area. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)


A lowchen gets groomed in the staging area. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

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