Westminster Dog Show 2012: Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, and More (Photos)

At the Westminster Dog Show, thousands of pooches captured the hearts of fans and national TV audiences.

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They came, they saw, they slobbered. Over the two days of the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show, held Feb. 13-14, thousands of pooches took to the world’s most famous arena—Madison Square Garden—and captured the canine-loving hearts of fans and national TV audiences. Dozens of dogs trotted away as winners in their respective breeds while a male Pekingese named Malachy took home the grand prize. Check out the best pictures from the yearly competition, including cocker spaniels, poodles, and every other canine beast in between.

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A lady was the champ last year, but a male Pekingese named Malachy took home the grand prize at this year’s 136th Westminster Kennel Annual Dog Show. Malachy now has 115 best-in-show ribbons under his belt, having been crowned the top toy of America’s most prestigious dog show on Tuesday night.

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A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in the staging area.

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Mastiffs compete in the Best in Breed category.

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A Standard Poodle in the staging area.

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Sugar Baby, a Miniature Poodle, is groomed in the benching and grooming area before competition.

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Katrina, a Cesky Terrier, looks up at its handler during a news conference showing the six new breeds that will make their first appearance in competition.

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Pembroke Welsh Corgis are among the many breeds on display.

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Neapolitan Mastiff Trinity waits for judging.

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Emma Echols competes with her Yorkshire Terrier named Tucker in the Junior Showmanship Competition preliminaries.

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A Standard Poodle waits in the staging area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012.

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Trinity looks relaxed while waiting to be judged.

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Raaza, a Komondorok, is ready to go into the ring.

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A Standard Poodle named Sophie gets groomed.

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Handlers in the ring with Bulldogs.

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A Dogue de Bordeaux prepares to enter the judging ring.

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A handler and a Standard Poodle in the staging area.