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For 142 years, dogs from around the world have ventured to New York City to compete for the coveted title of Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, presented by Purina® Pro Plan®.

But exactly how does that one dog make his or her way to the winner’s circle?

The Basics

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a “conformation show,” which means that dogs are judged and placed according to how closely they compare or “conform” to their official breed standards.

These standards are established by the breed’s parent club and describes the ideal features of that breed, like their structure, movement and temperament.

The competition starts with over 2700 dogs across 202 breeds.

All of the AKC-recognized breeds fall into one of 7 Groups. Breeds in the same group share similar purposes. Click the Group name to learn more about the AKC Groups:

Hound

Toy

Non-Sporting

Herding

Sporting

Working

Terrier

The Competition

First, all dogs compete against the other dogs in their breed.

The winner is named “Best of Breed” and heads to Madison Square Garden for the Group competition, where they compete against the other dogs in their AKC Group.

On Monday night, dogs in the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups take the ring, where the judges will name one dog in each group the “Group Winner.”

On Tuesday night, dogs in the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups take the ring for their AKC Group competitions.

Last year, Purina® Pro Plan® fueled 6 of the 7 Group Winners at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Finally, at the end of Tuesday night, all 7 Group Winners compete against each other for a chance to be named Best in Show.

10 of the last 11 Best in Show Champions broke through to victory with the help of the advanced nutrition of Purina® Pro Plan®†

Who will take the title of Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show this year?

† The handler or owner of these champions may have received Purina® Pro Plan® dog food as Purina ambassadors.

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