Flawless pups of all shapes and sizes: The best photos from the 146th Westminster Dog Show
On Monday, contestants representing 209 breeds and varieties (which is a subset of a breed) – including Chihuahuas, toy poodles, mastiffs, and an American Fox Hound named Cardi B – demonstrated their skills and precision in the ring while jumping through hoops, climbing atop obstacles and being ambitious cuties.
Judges factor in traits such as teeth, temperament and agility to determine a winner. The winner in each group represents which dog best matches the "standard” for its breed, which takes into account the breed’s original function. For the first time, a Hungarian herding breed, mudi, and a Russian toy competed.
Separately, about 350 dogs compete in agility and obedience. Mixed-breeds are ineligible for best in show but can compete in agility and obedience.
No matter which dog is crowned best in show Wednesday night, these canines and their flawless fur coats deserve a moment in the spotlight.
Camille Fine is a trending visual producer on USA TODAY's NOW team. She loves to make pizza, photograph friends and spoil her loving cat Pearl.
Contributing: Associated Press